Caddo Levee District

Ali  M. Mustapha P.E., Administrator

 

 

November 09, 2017

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF

CADDO LEVEE DISTRICT

AT REGULAR MEETING HELD ON NOVEMBER 09, 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., November 9, 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.

 

Ronald F. Lattier, Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier; Marshall Jones, Jones & Odom LLP; 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.

 

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 October 2017 meeting had been emailed for review and asked for a motion to approve. Mrs. Smith made a motion, with a second by Mr. Procell, to approve the minutes from the October 2017 meeting. The motion unanimously passed.

 

Mr. Harrison discussed the monthly financial reports and reported that expenses for the month of October were in line with the monthly average.

 

The Board reviewed payments and invoices for the month of October 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of September 2017. Mr. Harrison made a motion, with a second by Mrs. Prator, to ratify payment of the invoices for the month of October 2017 and subsequent bills for the month of September 2017. The motion unanimously passed.

 

The Board unanimously approved the consideration to advertise for bid for grazing purposes approximately 146 acres located in the E/2 of SE/4 of Section 1, T19N, R16W, less road; NE/4 of NE/4 of Section 12, T19N, R16W; and NW/4 of NW/4 of Section 7, T19N, R15W, less KCS & G Railroad ROW, with a motion by Mr. Procell and a second by Mrs. Prator.

 

The Board unanimously passed the following resolution to approve the professional services contract for Ronald F. Lattier of the Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier for December 1, 2017 through November 30, 2018, with a motion by Mrs. Smith and a second by Mr. Walker.

 

             WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District is presently engaged in extensive and continuing operations in conjunction with various State, Parish, City and Federal Agencies relating to drainage and flood control programs in Caddo Parish, Louisiana; and,

 

             WHEREAS, the Caddo Levee District is financially involved in numerous legal matters arising out of these operations and required legal advice and assistance during regular and special meetings and at various other times regarding these matters; and,

 

             WHEREAS, abstracts of title to lands either belonging to the Caddo Levee District or involved in its projects, from time to time need examining; and,

 

             WHEREAS, it is anticipated that said Board will be occasionally involved in lawsuits and the resolution of these suits require special legal counsel; and,

 

             WHEREAS, the District Attorney of Caddo Parish, the Board's legally designated counsel, is involved in extensive prosecution of criminal matters in Caddo Parish, and does not have a sufficiently large staff to adequately handle the legal affairs of the Board; and,

 

             WHEREAS, by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District that in view of the real and urgent necessity of present and future special legal counsel, that The Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier be retained as Special Counsel for one year beginning December 1, 2017 and ending November 30, 2018, at a stipulated fee in accordance with professional service contract submitted herewith, subject, however, to the approval of the proper officials of the State of Louisiana at a rate as follows:

 

A fee of $175.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of ten years or more in the practice of law.

 

A fee of $150.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of five to ten years in the practice of law, $125.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of three to five years in the practice of law, $100.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of less than three years in the practice of law, $45.00 per hour for paralegal services, and $25.00 per hour for law clerk services, as specified in the Maximum Hourly Fee Schedule of the Department of Justice dated January 14, 2008.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing fee schedule, State will pay a fee of $100 per hour for all approved non-local (more than 30 miles one way) automobile travel by attorneys.

 

 

             WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, pursuant to La. R.S. 42.262, does hereby retain and employ The Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier as special counsel; and

            

             NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the President or Vice President of the Board is especially authorized to enter into, on behalf of the Board, the said Professional Service Contract submitted herewith.

 

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution and proposed contract described herein be submitted to the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana for approval.

 

             The resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

             YEAS:                            7

             NAYS:                            0          

             ABSENT:                       0

             NOT VOTING:             0

 

The Board unanimously passed the following resolution to approve the professional services contract for Marshall Jones of Jones & Odom LLP for December 1, 2017 through November 30, 2018, with a motion by Mr. Harrison and a second by Mrs. Smith.

 

             WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District is presently engaged in extensive and continuing operations in conjunction with various State, Parish, City and Federal Agencies relating to drainage and flood control programs in Caddo Parish, Louisiana; and,

 

             WHEREAS, the Caddo Levee District is financially involved in numerous legal matters arising out of these operations and required legal advice and assistance during regular and special meetings and at various other times regarding these matters; and,

 

             WHEREAS, abstracts of title to lands either belonging to the Caddo Levee District or involved in its projects, from time to time need examining; and,

 

             WHEREAS, it is anticipated that said Board will be occasionally involved in lawsuits and the resolution of these suits require special legal counsel; and,

 

             WHEREAS, the District Attorney of Caddo Parish, the Board's legally designated counsel, is involved in extensive prosecution of criminal matters in Caddo Parish, and does not have a sufficiently large staff to adequately handle the legal affairs of the Board; and,

 

             WHEREAS, by the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District that in view of the real and urgent necessity of present and future special legal counsel, that Jones & Odom, L.L.P. be retained as Special Counsel for one year beginning December 1, 2017 and ending November 30, 2018, at a stipulated fee in accordance with professional service contract submitted herewith, subject, however, to the approval of the proper officials of the State of Louisiana, at a rate as follows:

 

A fee of $175.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of ten years or more in the practice of law.

 

A fee of $150.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of five to ten years in the practice of law, $125.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of three to five years in the practice of law, $100.00 per hour for attorneys having experience of less than years in the practice of law, $45.00 per hour for paralegal services, and $25.00 per hour for law clerk services, as specified in the Maximum Hourly Fee Schedule of the of Justice dated January 14, 2008.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing fee schedule, State will pay a fee of $100 per hour for all approved non-local (more than 30 miles one way) automobile travel by attorneys.

            

             WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Caddo Levee District, pursuant to La. R.S. 42.262, does hereby retain and employ Jones & Odom, L.L.P. as special counsel; and

            

             NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the President or Vice President of the Board is especially authorized to enter into, on behalf of the Board, the said Professional Service Contract submitted herewith.

 

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution and proposed contract described herein be submitted to the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana for approval.

 

             The resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

             YEAS:                            7

             NAYS:                            0

             ABSENT:                       0

             NOT VOTING:             0

 

 

             Marshall Jones thanked the Board for renewing his professional services contract for another year. He had no further report.

 

             President Sims thanked Mr. Jones and Mr. Lattier for their continued work with the Caddo Levee District.

 

             Mr. Mustapha reported that the video inspection of the 22 outfall culverts in the Levee system as required by the USACE was completed. He reported that he is in the process of reviewing the inspection footage before it is submitted to the USACE for approval.

 

             Mr. Mustapha reported that the crews are working to clean all ditches right now.

Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report that detailed the status and progress of all the ongoing Capital Outlay projects. Mr. Mustapha also provided a written report on the status of all open permits.

 

             The Board discussed the ongoing communication with Mr. Keith Daniels with Lo-Lift Pump Company and the representatives of the Caddo Citizens for Flood Prevention and how to progress toward a meaningful resolution for all parties.

 

             Ronald F. Lattier thanked the Board for renewing his professional services contract for another year. He had no further report.

 

Sam Brimer, Forester, reported that prep work is continuing on two tracts that will be planted in January of 2018.

 

There was no Engineer’s Report.

 

There was no Personnel Committee Report.

 

Mrs. Smith, Chair of the Legal Committee, thanked Mr. Lattier and Mr. Jones for their continued service for the Caddo Levee District.

 

There was no Equipment Committee Report.

 

With no further business to be brought before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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