Ali M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
July 13, 2017
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON JULY 13, 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., July 13, 2017, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, Carolyn C. Prator, Kandi Moore, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. James T. Sims and Helen G. Smith were not present. First Vice President Harrison presided over the meeting in President Sims’ absence.
Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom LLP; Lanny Barfield, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Will McRae, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Craig McRaney, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Rodney Nordby, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Robert Tomasek, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Emily Jones, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Sam Brimer, Forester; Ali M. Mustapha, Administrator; and Danielle Stafford, Assistant Secretary, were also present.
The meeting was opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vice President Harrison asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.
Mr. Harrison stated that the minutes from the June 2017 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mrs. Prator made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the minutes from the June 2017 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports and reported that expenses for the month of June were in line with the monthly average.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of June 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of May 2017. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of June 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of May 2017. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board unanimously approved the following resolution to renew the lease with Caddo Parish Commission for Horace Downs Park at Caddo Lake Dam in Section 21, T20N, R15W, with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mrs. Moore:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby agree to renew the lease held by Caddo Parish Commission for Horace Downs Park at the following described property:
From Northeast corner of Section 21, Township 20 North, Range 15 West, of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, proceed South 0° 21' East, a distance of 1105.8 feet; thence North 76° 11' West, a distance of 225.75 feet to the axis of the dam; thence South 14° 16' 34" West, a distance of 3725.50 feet to P.B.M. #1; thence continue on centerline axis South 14° 16' 34" West, a distance of 36 feet to the point of beginning.
From the point of beginning, proceed South 55° 03' East, a distance of 116.2 feet; thence North 84° 27' East, a distance of 430.6 feet; thence North 31° 21' East, a distance of 197.3 feet; thence North 46° 44' West, a distance of 361.2 feet; thence South 88° 21' West, a distance of 281.2 feet; thence South 32° 28' West, a distance of 359.8 feet; thence South 54° 16' East, a distance of 136.6 feet to the point of beginning; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this lease shall be for a term of three (3) years commencing on the first day of August, 2017, and ending at midnight on July 31, 2020; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District does hereby authorize the President to execute this lease on behalf of Caddo Levee District.
Marshall Jones reported that Jackie Devall, Office of Conservation—Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, reported via email that Gemini has plugged five wells in Section 21 and has removed equipment from one of the wells. He stated that the equipment from the remaining four wells will be removed by the end of the year. Mr. Jones reported that the Department of Natural Resources will be checking the plugged wells within 30 days to ensure all wells have been plugged in accordance with the Department’s specifications. Mr. Jones also reported that he attended a meeting of the Caddo Lake Institute in East Texas where the withdrawal of the Preliminary Permit Application for the Caddo Dam Hydroelectric Project was discussed. The Institute’s Board was pleased that Energy Resources USA, Inc. withdrew the permit application for their hydroelectric project on the Lake’s Dam once they were notified that the dam is property of Caddo Levee District and not the U.S. Government.
The Board unanimously approved the insurance proposal submitted for the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year with a motion by Mrs. Prator and a second by Mr. Procell.
Vice President Harrison reported that the community meeting held at Gilliam Civic Center on June 29, 2017 was successful and well-received by the community. He also stated that the second community meeting is to be held at Captain Shreve High School on July 20, 2017.
Mr. Mustapha first thanked the staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg Office for making the trip to make a presentation on the Levee Safety and Levee Risk Assessment Programs. Mr. Mustapha then reported that the Mississippi River Commission will be in Shreveport the week of August 13–19, 2017 to conduct a low water inspection of the Red River. He reported that the Flood Technical Committee has arranged to meet with the Commission on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at Caddo Levee District’s office.
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 also provided a written report on the status of all open permits. He also reported that Colonel Michael Derosier, Commander of the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is tentatively scheduled to attend the August Board meeting but has not been fully confirmed.
Mr. Mustapha reported that he met with Mr. Keith Daniels, who represents the Lo-Lift Pump Company located in Welsh, Louisiana, and who is working with representatives of the Caddo Citizens for Flood Prevention (CCFP), on July 6, 2017. He discussed the request of the CCFP for the installation of pumps with Mr. Daniels and provided him with detailed information about the existing drainage system in the area and the watershed for the Borrow Ditch Canal. Mr. Mustapha also offered his assistance to Mr. Daniels and invited him for a site visit (tour) of the drainage basin and drainage facilities serving the area.
There was no Legal Counsel Report.
Sam Brimer, Forester, reported that prep work has begun on two tracts that will be planted in January of 2018.
There was no Engineer’s Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
Lanny Barfield, Levee Safety Officer and Geotechnical Branch Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, gave a thorough presentation to the Board on the Levee Safety Program and the new Levee Risk Assessment Program. Mr. Barfield and his colleagues Will McRae, Craig McRaney, and Rodney Nordby—all of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District—gave insight into the changes being made to the Levee Safety Program and how those changes will impact future inspections and projects with the Caddo Levee District.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes - July 13, 2017
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