Caddo Levee District

Ali  M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator


June 9, 2016

Shreveport, Louisiana






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            At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., June 9, 2016 at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present:  Carolyn Prator, James T. Sims, Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker.  Helen Godfrey Smith was not present.


            Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones and Odom L.L.P., Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator, Robert Tomasek, Department of Transportation and Development, Sam Brimer, Forester, and Kathy Breyman, Administrative Assistant, Eric Lindsey, 933 Deer Park Road, and Milikyah Etihio, 452 E. 83rd Street, were also present.


            The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Prator asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues.  There were no public comments.  

President Prator stated the minutes for the May 12, 2016 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve.  Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting.  The motion unanimously passed. 


            The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of May, 2016 and subsequent bills for the month of April, 2016.   Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of May, 2016 and subsequent bills for the month

of April, 2016.  The motion unanimously passed.


              In regard to adopting the tax millage rate for 2016, Mr. Harrison made a motion to set the millage rate at zero, with a second by Mr. Sims, for the following resolution which was passed by unanimous vote.


              BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage is hereby levied on the 2016 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 2016, 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.


                 This resolution having been submitted to a vote, and the vote thereon was as follows:

               Yeas:    5

               Nays:   0

                 Abstains:  None


               Absent: 2


                 President Prator recognized Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, L.L.P. who reported to the Board that plugging operations on Land in Section 21 (State Agency Lease 10765) by Gemini Exploration were complete and that surface restoration had started.


                 Mr. Mustapha provided the insurance proposal submitted by Doles Insurance and Ronnie Parnell (Parnell-Robinson Insurance, Inc.)  for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The premium, even with more equipment and 5Million Excess Liability, will be approximately $11,000 less than last year.  He recommended the Board approve the proposal and renew the Policy with Parnell-Robinson Insurance, Inc.  It was moved by Mr. Sims and seconded by Mr. Harrison to approve the policy presented by Doles Insurance and Ronnie Parnell (Parnell-Robinson Insurance, Inc.).  The motion passed unanimously.


                 In regard to the transfer of surface leases, Ms. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the transfer of surface lease from Steve Hines to Anthony Juneau for approximately one acre known as Lot 122, in Section 18, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.  The motion unanimously passed.


              After discussion regarding the transfer of funds in the Certificates of Deposit with Red River and Cross Keys Banks, the Board unanimously approved the following resolution with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mr. Walker.


              BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, authorizes two Certificates of Deposits, dependent upon competitive interest rates and savings accounts with any two of the four designees named below being authorized to sign all documents necessary for the opening and closing transactions for these accounts or any other insured financial institution:  Carolyn Prator, President, James Sims, 1st Vice President, Patrick Harrison, 2nd Vice President and Ali Mustapha, Administrator-Secretary.


              President Prator reported that the Senate had confirmed the appointments of the Commissioners and the Oath of Office for the Commissioners will be administered at the July Board Meeting.  She also indicated that she will be drafting letters on behalf of the Board to Governor Jon Bel Edwards and our State Senators expressing appreciation for the re-appointment and confirmation. The President also discussed holding meetings in the community where frequent flooding occurs to discuss flood issues and concerns.


             Mr. Mustapha reported that the USACE 2016 Annual Inspection was completed May 31, 2016.  Inspection was performed on the Twelve Mile Bayou, Black Bayou/Pine Island and West Agurs Levee systems, which were not accessible earlier in the year due to high water levels.  He also reported that there had been only minor change in the erosion on Twelve Mile Bank which is encroaching on the West Agurs Levee at Cadillac Street.  A surveyor has been retained to perform a detailed field survey and to expedite the planning of repair work.  Mr. Mustapha reported that high flood stage elevations of the Red River and Twelve Mile Bayou continue to require constant monitoring of the levels and checking the floodgates to insure the Flood Protection System is working properly. 


              Mr. Mustapha updated the Commissioners on the status of Capital Projects that have been on hold due to rainy weather and wet conditions.  He stated that construction could start in late June on the Channel Repairs on Bayou Pierre.  Construction should start within the next 10 days on the Culverts Rehabilitation at Black Bayou and West Agurs.  Construction should start June 13 on the Levee Gravel Surfacing at Twelve Mile Bayou from LA 3049 to LA 173. 


              Mr. Mustapha reported on the State of the River Presentation made by Col. John Cross, the Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, at the Caddo-Bossier Port on May 24th.  Col. Cross presented an update on the status of the Red River after the June 2015 Historic Flood and reported that the Corps will soon begin dredging the River to restore navigation, repair Lock & Dam #1 gates and other funded projects in the area.


                 Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel, reported that he had filed a Motion to Vacate against a Campsite Lessee, known as Lot 180.  He also reported that he has finalized the Campsite Lease Mission Statement and the Campsite Permit (Lease) Agreement and will be meeting with the Legal Committee for final review and approval.


                 Sam Brimer reported that he had been cleaning up overgrown campsites and would be overseeing the Capital Project of Levee Gravel Surfacing that is scheduled to start  next week .

                 Robert Tomasek of the DOTD announced that he had officially been named to replace Harvey Christian, who retired earlier this year.

                 There was no Personnel Committee Report.

                 There was no Legal Committee Report

               Willie Walker reported all equipment was in good working order.

                 There was no Corps of Engineers Report.

                 With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

President                                                                                                                    Administrator-Secretary                                  





Minutes - June 09, 2016






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