OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT
AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON OCTOBER 14, 2021
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At a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District held at 10:00 a.m., October 14, 2021, at 1320 Grimmett Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, the following members were present: Patrick Harrison, Jackie Baker, Kandi Moore, James T. Sims, Carolyn C. Prator, Willie Walker, and Gary Procell.
Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Richard Brontoli, Administrator, Arkansas Red River Commission; Seth Miller, WMA Biologist, LA. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries; German Velazquez, LA. Department of Transportation and Development; John Barr, Regional Director Senator John Kennedyís Office; Mark Jusselin, Integrity, Inc.; Ali M. Mustapha, Executive Director; Penny Adams, Assistant Executive Director; and Lynda Jones, Administrative Assistant were also present. Lenora Krielow, CPA, CFF, attended via Zoom.
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 September 2021 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mr. Sims made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Moore, to approve the minutes from the September 2021 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.
Mrs. Moore discussed the September 2021 financial reports, reporting that operating expenses were in line with monthly averages for this time of year. Oil & gas royalty revenues have improved in the last two months.
The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of September 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of August 2021. Mrs. Moore made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of September 2021 and subsequent bills for the month of August 2021. The motion unanimously passed.
Lenora Krielow, CPA, CFF, reported via Zoom on Caddo Levee Districtís audit report and financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Mrs. Krielow reported that the audit was conducted slightly different this year with a COVID-19 protocol, but the same procedures were used. The report resulted with no findings.
Mr. Seth Miller, WMA Biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, presented to the Board the Annual Report for the Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Mr. Miller reported no major changes in wildlife, hunting, or the boat launch management except for upgrading equipment with a multi-head excavator for use in future cleaning and maintenance operations. Mr. Miller included in the Report an article that was recently published about Soda Lake WMA in the Louisiana Wildlife Insider. He also thanked the Board for their continued partnership and support of the Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area.
The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the following Resolution to approve the Act Establishing Boundary and Agreement between Caddo Levee District and The Hall Group, with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims:
†††††††††††† WHEREAS, Stratford Hall, LLC, a Louisiana Limited Liability Company and Dubney Hall Richy referred to as THE HALL GROUP, owners of certain tract of Land containing 120.0 acres, being the S/2 of SW/4 and the NW/4 of SW/4 of Section 22, Township 19 North, Range 16 West, Caddo Parish, Louisiana; and†
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† WHEREAS, Caddo Levee District, owner of a tract of Land containing 80 acres, being the E/2 of the SE/4 of Section 21, Township 19 North, Range 16 West, Caddo Parish, Louisiana; and
WHEREAS, THE HALL GROUP and the Caddo Levee District hereby stipulate and agree that the boundary marking the West property line of THE HALL GROUP property and the East property line of The Caddo Levee District property is accurately shown on the Map of Survey dated September 21, 2021, prepared by James Cody Goodwin, Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Louisiana, Reg. No. 5038; and
WHEREAS, Caddo Levee District disclaims any interest in any property which borders and lies immediately to the West of the property line and THE HALL GROUP disclaims any interest in any property which borders and lies immediately to the East of the property line; and
WHEREAS, Caddo Levee District and THE HALL GROUP agree that the property line shall be the boundary marking the West property line of THE HALL GROUP and the East property line of the Caddo Levee District property, and it shall be a line of separation between their properties in accordance with Louisiana Civil Code Articles, 789, 790, 791, and 795; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, in legal session conveyed, that it does hereby agree to the terms of the Act Establishing Boundary with THE HALL GROUP and its President, Patrick Harrison, be and hereby is, fully authorized to execute for and on behalf of the Board of Commissioners an Act Establishing Boundary with THE HALL GROUP containing such terms and conditions as he, in his sole discretion, deems proper and necessary, to fully effectuate the intent of this Resolution.
Richard Brontoli, Administrator, Arkansas Red River Commission (ARRC) presented to the Board a status report of the SW Arkansas Navigation Feasibility Study from Shreveport, Louisiana to Texarkana, Arkansas. He reported that the continuation of navigation would provide many benefits to Northwest Louisiana which include, stabilized river channel, riverbank stabilization through Arkansas and North Louisiana that will reduce siltation in Pool 5, dependable year-round water supply, and safe recreation in addition to flood control and economic impact. The cost for the study is 3 million dollars and the ARRC has proposed a cost share of 50% with Northwest Louisiana entities who will significantly benefit from the project. The cities of Shreveport and Bossier, the parishes of Caddo and Bossier, the Red River Waterway Commission, and the Caddo and Bossier Levee Districts have committed to contribute to the funding of the study. The Board has previously approved $100,000.00 for funding the study and Mr. Brontoli requested and an additional $50,000.00 contribution. The Board unanimously approved the request with a motion made by Mr. Sims and a second by Mr. Procell.
Mr. Brontoli explained that Arkansas will fund the first 1.5 million cost of the study and Louisiana partners the remaining 1.5 million starting in January 2022. He also explained that the AARC will establish a Memorandum of Agreement with Louisiana partners and create a joint committee of LA and AR representatives to provide input and monitor the study.
The board unanimously approved the transfer of Campsite Permit from Elba Staggs to Kenneth E. Thomas for approximately one (1) acre on Jeems Bayou known as Lot #54 in Section 35, T21N, R16W, 10899 Shady Rest Road, Oil City, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana with a motion by Mrs. Moore and a second by Mr. Sims.
There was no Oil & Gas Report.
There was no President Report.
†††††††††† Mr. Mustapha reported that the contractor started repairs on the Black Bayou-Pine Island East Levee slide in late August. The repairs were approximately 90% complete before the bank slope started to slide and shift due to ground water seepage and soil shear movement. Geotechnical investigations, soil analysis, and slope stability assessment will be required to determine the appropriate repairs for this non-typical slide.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that the contractor, Lou Chandler, retained by the City of Shreveport to repair a slide on W. Agurs Levee at a Cityís 36-inches sanitary force main crossing has completed the repairs at the end of September. The slide is located at the toe of the levee adjacent to Twelve Mile Bayou.
Mr. Mustapha also reported that he had received a request from Mr. Ken Lawler, E&L Development, Inc., to setup a pumping system on a property owned by Caddo Levee District at LA 173 (Dixie-Blanchard Road) and Twelve Mile Bayou. The purpose of this pumping system is to transport water from Twelve Mile Bayou to the E&Lís Development Pond located on Blanchard Lake Road, west of Blanchard. Mr. Lawler will be submitting an official request with an agreement for review and approval of the Board at a later date once he receives approval from the Department of Natural Resources.†††
Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all ongoing projects and open permits. One (1) permit request was received in September and a total of (29) permit requests have been received in 2021.
†††††††††††† Ronald Lattier, Board Legal Counsel reported that the Caddo Levee District had no pending legal issues.††
There was no Forester Report.
There was no Personnel Committee Report.
There was no Legal Committee Report.
There was no Equipment Committee Report.
There was no Recreation Committee Report.
With no further business to be brought before the Board, Mr. Walker made a motion to adjourn, with a second by Mr. Sims. The motion unanimously passed, and the meeting was adjourned.
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