Ali† M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator
Regular Business Hours : Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
September 14, 2017
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 14, 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., September 14, 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 G. Smith, and Willie Walker.
Laura-Ashley Overdyke, Caddo Lake Institute; Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom LLP; Emily Jones, LA Department of Transportation and Development; Mike DeFalco, Broussard & Company CPAs, LLC; 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.
President Sims asked for any comments from the public regarding agenda items or other issues. There were no public comments.†
Mr. Sims stated that the minutes from the August 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 August 2017 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports and reported that expenses for the month of August were in line with the monthly average.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of August 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of July 2017. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of August 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of July 2017. The motion unanimously passed.
President Sims recognized Mr. Mike DeFalco, Broussard & Company CPAs, LLC. Mr. DeFalco presented the Board with copies of Caddo Levee Districtís financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Mr. DeFalco reported the audit was conducted smoothly and without issue and reviewed the financial statements, addressing questions as they arose.
†††††††††††† Marshall Jones reported that the three orphaned wells in Section 12, T22N, R16W on Black Bayou will be plugged by the state as soon as weather conditions improve. Mr. Jones then introduced Mrs. Laura-Ashley Overdyke, Executive Director of the Caddo Lake Institute, who spoke to the Board about the history and current activities of the Caddo Lake Institute and her vision for the Institute going forward.
†††††††††††† The Board unanimously approved the transfer of surface lease from Wanda Hardaway to Jeffery Johnson for approximately one acre known as Lot #140 in Section 9, T22N, R15W, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Harrison.
†††††††††††† President Sims had no report.
†††††††††††† Mr. Mustapha reported that the Flood Technical Committee met with the Mississippi River Commission at the offices of Caddo Levee District on August 14. He reported that the meeting was very well attended with approximately 60 attendees representing the Corps of Engineers, DOTD, and local and state government. Rich Brontoli, Executive Director of the Red River Valley Association gave a presentation about the Red River flooding, sediment accumulation concerns, flood stage predictions, and FEMAís published Base Flood Elevations for the Red River. The Committee explained to the Commission the importance of funding and completing the USACE Hydraulic and Sediment Study to our area and the value of having accurate and reliable flood stage prediction levels for the Red River.
†††††††††††† Mr. Mustapha also reported that the District received the 2017 Annual Inspection Report for Red River South Levee. The rating for this levee segment was also Minimally Acceptable. He reported that this is the first time in more than five years that all the levee segments received a Minimally Acceptable rating.
†††††††††††† Mr. Mustapha 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 Districtís staff. Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report on the status of all open permits.
†††††††††††† There was no Legal Counsel Report.
Sam Brimer, Forester, reported that prep work is continuing on two tracts that will be planted in January of 2018.
There was no Engineerís Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
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