OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 11, 2022
At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., August 11th, 2022, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, Kandi Moore, James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Jackie Baker, Gary Procell, and Willie Walker.
Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom, LLP; Robert Tomasek, P.E., LA Department of Transportation; German Velazquez, P.E., LA Department of Transportation and Development; John Barr, Regional Director, Senator John Kennedy’s Office; Mark A. Jusselin, Integrity, Inc.; John Saye, Saye Energy LLC; Sam Cambeck, Saye Energy LLC; Louise Pearce, Hargrove, Smelley, & Strickland, P.L.C.; Ali M. Mustapha, P.E., Executive Director; Penny Adams, Assistant Executive Director; and Sam Brimer, Forester, 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 July 2022 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Walker made a motion, with a second by Mr. Baker, to approve the minutes from the July 2022 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Kandi Moore discussed the July 2022 monthly financial reports. She reported that operating expenses were little higher this month due to the payment of the property insurance, the LWWC annual premiums, and the higher prices of fuel. Revenues from oil & gas royalty have continued to improve. Expenses and revenues are similar to the average revenues and expenses of the summer months for the last 3 years.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of July 2022 and subsequent bills for the month of June 2022. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of July 2022 and subsequent bills for the month of June 2022. The motion unanimously passed.
The Board unanimously approved the following Resolution to approve the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Entities for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mr. Walker.
WHEREAS, in accordance with La. R.S. §24:513, the State Legislative Auditor has issued the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Entities, attached as Exhibit A and hereinafter referred to as “the Questionnaire”; and
WHEREAS, the staff of the Caddo Levee District has completed the Questionnaire to the best of their belief and knowledge; and
WHEREAS, the State Legislative Auditor requires that the Questionnaire be presented to and adopted by the governing body of the Caddo Levee District by means of a formal resolution in an open meeting.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session convened, that it does hereby adopt the completed Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Audit Engagements of Governmental Entities, attached as Exhibit A; and the staff of the Caddo Levee District is hereby authorized and directed to submit the Questionnaire appropriately as required by the State Legislative Auditor.
John Saye, of Saye Energy LLC, presented to the Board a request for acquiring a Surface Access Passage Right of Way Servitude Agreement on a Caddo Levee District’s property for use to drill a mineral well on a property located in Section 1, T13N, R16W off Barnette Road in Caddo Parish. The Board with a motion by Mr. Sims and a second by Mrs. Prator voted unanimously to refer the request to the Commissioner’s Executive Committee for consideration and recommendations.
The Board unanimously approved the transfer of a Campsite Permit from Dave Fortuna to Charlette Ardoin for approximately one (1) acre known as Lot# 121 located on Black Bayou, NE Front Street, Vivian, in Section 18, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Walker.
Marshall Jones reported that commodity prices of crude oil and natural gas will continue to improve in the near future due to high demand. Also, he reported that the demand for surface water for fracking natural gas wells is high because of the Haynesville shale drilling.
President Harrison had no report.
Mr. Mustapha reported that, nineteen (19) permit requests have been received and processed in 2022. The majority of the requests were for crossing the Red River Levee- Caddo South or Bayous in the Southern part of the Parish. The 208/408 permit request for West Agurs Pump Station project was approved by the USACE and we have summitted the 404-permit request to the USACE’s Regulatory Branch for review and approval. Once we receive approval, the design engineer (CSRS) will complete the plans, specification and bid documents to allow for advertising the project for bids. Two (2) projects, Black Bayou-LA 530 Repair and Shiftail Canal Paved outlet apron repairs, will be advertised for bids next week in the Shreveport Times and BIDSYNC next week with a bid opening on September 8, 2022. The four (4) flow monitoring gauges which were installed at Agurs Pump Station and Cash Point Flood Control Structure will have to be replaced because the 3G technology which was used to collect and transmit data has been discontinued. We have ordered four (4) new replacement gauges. The UASCE has acquired Newt’s Brown Property located East of LA 3049 which will be used to mitigate the Red River Waterway Navigation Project. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries will operate and maintain the property as a wildlife management area similar to Soda Lake’s area.
Also, Mr., Mustapha reported that Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation and the Black Bayou Commission are interested in executing an intergovernmental agreement with the Board of Commissioner for use of Land near Robert Nance Park in Hosston for expansion and improvements to the park and the construction of a fishing pier.
Also, he reported that the Association Levee Boards of Louisiana (ALBL) annual meeting will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans on November 30th to December 1st, 2022. Registration deadline is November 3rd, 2022.
There was no Legal Counsel Report.
Sam Brimer reported that crews are busy mowing and cleaning out ditches.
Robert Tomasek, DOTD, reported that he is working on the MOU with Department to provide required construction inspection services for the upcoming construction Capital Outlay Projects.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
The Recreation Committee Report was included in the Executive Director’s Report.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mrs. Moore made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Sims. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.
President Executive Director
Minutes - August
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