Caddo Levee District







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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 8, 2021, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker. Jackie Baker and Kandi Moore were not present.


Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Mark A. Jusselin, Integrity, Inc.; German Velazquez, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; Penny Gourley Adams, Assistant Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant were also present.


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


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


President Harrison stated that the minutes from the June 2021 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to approve the minutes from the June 2021 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.


Patrick Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports, reporting that our financial position is still good.  Mr. Mustapha stated that we will have the complete June financial report and the 2020-2021 fiscal year end reports at the August meeting because the bank statements for June were  not received on time to allow preparing the monthly financial reports.


The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of June 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of May 2021. Mr. Procell made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of June 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of May 2021. The motion unanimously passed.


Mr. Mustapha introduced Mrs. Penny Gourley Adams as the new Assistant Executive Director and requested confirmation of her appointment to fill the position vacated by Mrs. Danielle Thames.  Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mr. Walker.  The motion unanimously passed.


 The Board discussed the insurance proposal submitted by Parnell-Robinson Insurance, Inc. for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 fiscal year. Mrs. Prator made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell to approve the insurance proposal for 2021 – 2022. The motion unanimously passed.


            Marshall Jones was not present and had no report.


President Harrison had no report.


Mr. Mustapha reported that Caddo Levee District received a fully executed copy of the letter of agreement with Duke Realty, Developer of the Distribution Center at Hunter’s Industrial Park, and upon receipt of the funds for the design and construction of the auxiliary storm water pumping station to mitigate the impact of the development on the existing drainage infrastructures, he will prepare the appropriate Resolution for adopting the executed agreement. 


Mr. Mustapha reported that on June 14, 2021, one of the mowing crew team members had an unfortunate accident which resulted in significant damage to the 2015 John Deere Tractor.  The crew member was transported to Willis Knighton Work Kare for checkup and screening as required by the district’s policy.  The driver did not require any medical treatment and was released to return to work with restrictions for a week and was fully released the following week. The damage to the tractor was significant and the cost of repairs may exceed $60,000.00 based on a preliminary estimate by Goldman Equipment. The insurance adjuster is working with Goldman to determine if it is a total loss and replacement, is the most appropriate option. 


Mr. Mustapha also reported that on June 21, 2021, one of crew’s vehicles was rear-ended on LA 3049 (North Hearne Avenue close to Aero Drive).  The two-man crew were transported to Willis Knighton Work Kare for checkup and screening.  The crew required minimum treatment, and both were released to return to work with restrictions for a week and fully released the following week.  The damage to the vehicle (Ford 350) was significant and a claim has been filled with the Insurance company.


Mr. Mustapha reported that the State’s Civil Service authorized a 4% Market Adjustment increase for all Caddo Levee District’s Classified Employees effective July 15, 2021.  He stated that it was needed and well deserved.


Mr. Mustapha reported that the illegal occupant of campsite Lot# 139 on Ed Road at Black Bayou has been evicted by the Sheriff’s enforcement division and all improvements on the lot will be removed by Caddo Levee District.  Upon completion of the demolition and clearing the site of all debris, the lot will be advertised for lease.


Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status of all ongoing projects and the status of all open permits. Four (4) permit requests were received during June and a total of 23 permits requests have been received in 2021.


             Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel reported that the Levee District has no pending legal issues.


There was no Forester’s Report. 


There was no Engineer’s Report.


There was no Personnel Committee Report.


There was no Legal Committee Report.


There was no Equipment Committee Report.


Mrs. Prator reported that the Recreation Committee continues to work on locating sites suitable for recreational type activities in North and South Caddo.   Mr. Mustapha will be contacting Mr. David North, DOTD’s District Administrator, regarding the possible use of a site at Black Bayou and LA 1 South of Rodessa.


With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mr.  Sims made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Walker. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.




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