Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
May 11, 2017
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MAY 11, 2017
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., May 11, 2017, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, Helen Godfrey Smith, and Willie Walker.
Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom LLP; Sam Brimer, Forester; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator; Danielle Stafford, Assistant Secretary; and Kathy Breyman, Administrative Assistant, were also present.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Sims asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
President Sims stated that the minutes from the April 2017 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Smith, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of April 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of March 2017. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of April 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of March 2017. The motion unanimously passed.
In regard to adopting the tax millage rate for 2017, Mr. Harrison made a motion to set the millage rate at zero, with a second by Mr. Walker, for the following resolution which was passed by a unanimous vote:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage(s) are hereby levied on the 2017 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by Caddo Levee District:
Caddo Levee District 0.00 mills
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Caddo, State of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2017, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.
The foregoing resolution was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes:
Marshall Jones reported that Jackie Devall, Office of Conservation—Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, continues to aid the Caddo Levee District in the plugging of abandoned non-producing wells located on CLD property. Mr. Jones reported that Mr. Devall informed him that the Office of Conservation issued permits to Allen Brothers requiring the plugging of four wells on CLD property, and those wells have already been plugged. In addition, Gemini will begin plugging their 5 wells in Section 21 as required for 2017 on Monday, May 15, 2017, weather permitting.
The Board unanimously approved the renewal of two Certificates of Deposit with Home Federal Bank with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mrs. Prator. The Board also unanimously approved the renewal of three Certificates of Deposit with Iberiabank with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Harrison.
President Sims reported on the Board’s recent trip to Baton Rouge for the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana Annual Workshop. He stated that the workshop was very informative and allowed the commissioners to acquire their annual Code of Ethics for Public Officials and sexual harassment training.
Mr. Mustapha reported that the request to incorporate Cherokee Park Levee into the Federal system has been submitted to the congressional delegation. Mr. Mustapha stated that Representative Graves’ office has indicated that Cherokee Park will be included in the proposed 2017 WRDA. Mr. Mustapha also reported that The Corps of Engineers completed the Annual Inspection of all the levees on April 17 – 19, 2017. He stated that all levees are expected to be in compliance with the Corps regulations.
Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all the ongoing Capital Outlay projects. He also provided updates on the operation and maintenance activities of the District’s staff.
Mr. Mustapha reported on a phone call he received from Ms. Leslie Quinn with Congressman Mike Johnson’s office regarding a letter which the Congressman received from an organized group of citizens in North Caddo named Caddo Citizens for Flood Prevention (CCFP). Ms. Quinn communicated to Mr. Mustapha that the group is asking the Congressman for assistance in resolving flood issues in a North Caddo area located within the District boundaries which was caused by the Red River and Twelve Mile Bayou. Mr. Mustapha advised Ms. Quinn that the District has not received any formal or informal request from this group and was not aware there is a group with this name (CCFP). The Board requested that Mr. Mustapha contact Congressman Johnson’s office and that he request a copy of the letter received by his office from the CCFP group.
Mr. Lattier reported that Tom Arceneaux, Board Attorney for the Bossier Levee District, had reached out to him and suggested a joint meeting between the Caddo and Bossier Levee Districts to discuss issues that affect the region. The Board agreed that such a meeting would be beneficial to both parties, and Mr. Lattier advised that he would follow up on the matter with Mr. Arceneaux.
There was no Forester’s Report.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
Mrs. Prator followed up on her discussion regarding planned public meetings to educate residents on the Caddo Levee District’s duties and responsibilities. Mrs. Prator stated that the meeting for the North Shreveport area has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Gilliam Civic Center. The Board also discussed possible locations for the South Shreveport area community meeting, which has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Prator also stated that mailers will be distributed out soon to residents in the Caddo Levee District areas affected by flooding to advise them of the final dates of these meetings.
Mr. Harrison suggested to the Board that a report by the Finance (Executive) Committee be added to the monthly agenda going forward. The Board discussed this addition and agreed that this item be added to the agenda after the discussion of the monthly bills beginning with the June regular Board meeting.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes - May 11, 2017
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