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November 18, 2019


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EAST ASCENSION CONSOLIDATED GRAVITY DRAINAGE
DISTRICT NO. 1 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
The Meeting of the East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District
#1 Commission Meeting held on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:11 p.m.
in the Council Meeting Room, Courthouse Annex, Gonzales, Louisiana.
Chairman Dempsey Lambert called the meeting to order.
Members Present: Chairman Dempsey Lambert, Vice-Chairman Randy
Clouatre, Commissioner Daniel Satterlee, Commissioner Aaron Lawler,
Commissioner John Cagnolatti, Commissioner Bill Dawson and Commissioner Todd Lambert.
Members Absent: Commissioner Travis Turner, Commissioner Johnson and Commissioner Teri Casso were absent.
The invocation was given by Commissioner Clouatre and the Pledge of Allegiance
recited by all present.
Public Comments Period / Additions to Agenda
Chairman Dempsey Lambert announced to please sign up to speak on any agenda items and announced an addition to the agenda. He then asked Ron Savoy to approach the podium for the addition of an item to the agenda. Ron requested that an item for “Approval to draft a “Letter of Objection” for the East Baton Rouge Drainage Improvements Project”, for submission to East Baton Rouge City Parish concerning their drainage improvements plan. A motion was made by Commissioner Clouatre and seconded by Commissioner Dawson. No objection Motion passed to add item 6a to the agenda under drainage report. Chairman Dempsey Lambert requested a roll call vote as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Dempsey Lambert, Todd Lambert, Aaron Lawler and Daniel “Doc” Satterlee.
NAYS: NONE
ABSENT: Teri Casso, Benny Johnson and Travis Turner
Motion passed unanimously. No objection.
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Acceptance of minutes of October 7, 2019 meeting
The minutes of the last meeting were submitted for approval by the commission.
A motion was made by Commissioner Todd Lambert and seconded by Commissioner Cagnolatti to accept the minutes of October 7, 2019 as written. Motion passed. No objection.
Chairman’s Report – Chairman Lambert had no items to report.
Drainage Report – Joey Tureau approached the podium and gave the board an updated report for on-going drainage project, Capital Improvements Projects and latest on FEMA flood maps. Commissioner Dawson had questions about the maps and asked for a meeting to be set up between parish and FEMA representatives for an update. There was discussion about ditch maintenance requiring permitting due to wetlands. Commissioner Clouatre asked for an update on the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension project progress. Joey told Commissioner Todd Lambert that $24 million is budgeted for the project. Pontchartrain Levee District to cover and right-of-way acquisition remains on hold per Glenn Shaheen, with costs estimated to be around $500,000. Right-of-way acquisition will be needed to move forward. Commissioner Clouatre then made a motion for parish administration and legal counsel to submit the Hold Harmless Agreement between East Ascension Drainage and the PLD, to the district so that the project can move forward with the land acquisition for the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension. Following comments given by legal counsel, Commissioner Clouatre clarified the motion for addition to the agenda. Commissioner Dawson made a second to the motion. No objection. Motion passed. Chairman Dempsey Lambert requested a roll call vote for the addition of the item to the agenda as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Dempsey Lambert, Todd Lambert, Aaron Lawler and Daniel Satterlee.
NAYS: NONE
ABSENT: Teri Casso, Benny Johnson and Travis Turner
Motion passed unanimously. No objection.
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Item 7a was added to the agenda as a “Hold Harmless Agreement be entered into
between the East Ascension Drainage District and the Pontchartrain Levee District in order to proceed with land acquisition for the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension Project.”
Commissioner Satterlee recognized Ron Savoy’s staff and their work with attention on the roadside ditch maintenance “Pilot Program” and its’ success thus far. Chairman Lambert and Commissioner Clouatre also thanked those involved with contract. Ron appreciated the statements and added that he could not have done it without his fellow employees assisting with administration of the contract.
Drainage Report (continued) – Ron Savoy continued with update on current drainage projects and then made a power point presentation for the installation of a ring levee in the city at the south end of Southwood subdivision, located in the Bayou Conway and Bayou Boyle water shed basins as a possible grant submission by October 2020. Hodgeson Road experiences flooding after just a 2” – 3” rain event. Martha Collins, Grants Department also spoke to the board about the application and what is needed to meet the October deadline. H & H modeling is needed before we can apply and also to find out if the project is feasible. Ron said he would come back at a future meeting for further discussion.
6a) Approval to submit a “Letter of Objection” to the State Bond Commission pertaining to East Baton Rouge drainage projects – A motion was made by Commissioner Cagnolatti to open a public hearing for the comments. Commissioner Lambert gave a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objection. Commissioner Lawler made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Clouatre made a motion to close the public hearing. Motion passed. No objection. The public hearing was closed.
Commissioner Clouatre made a motion to send the “Letter of Objection” to the State Bond Commission and to also our state representatives, federal delegation as well as, Govenor Edwards and Mr. Clay Schexnayder should be copied for receipt of the letter submission to the bond commission. Glenn Shaheen announced that the bond meeting is scheduled for this coming Thursday. He also asked if the motion could be modified to state, subject to a review of the modeling. A motion was made
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by Commissioner Clouatre to approve the inclusion of a review of the modeling. Commissioner Todd Lambert gave a second to the motion. Motion passed.
Clarification to the October 7, 2019 meeting minutes for “Ascension Parish Drainage Improvements Pelican Point Pkwy. Cross Drain Repair – TBS Project No. 2019.0266” – Ron Savoy presented this item for clarification of the October 7, 2019 meeting minutes to strike the wording “and to move forward to the full council” from the minutes for the Pelican Point Parkway cross drain repairs project. He explained that approval by the commission is all that is required and that the item does not need to go back to the full council for approval. Commissioner Dawson made a motion for approval. Commissioner Lawler made a second to the motion. No objection. Motion passed.
Submission of Hold Harmless Agreement between Pontchartrain Levee District and East Ascension Drainage to PLD in order to move forward with land acquisition for the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension Project – Commissioner Clouatre made a motion to move forward with sending a Hold Harmless Agreement to PLD for execution and to move forward with levee extension project for land acquisition and any other construction. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a motion to open a public hearing for the item. Commissioner Todd Lambert made a second to the motion. Motion passed. Commissioner Clouatre made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Lambert made a second to the motion. Motion passed. Commissioner Todd Lambert made a second to the original motion made by Commissioner Clouatre. Motion passed. No objection.
Approval to transfer $4,300,000.00 from the East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 fund to the “Move Ascension” Fund in the 2020 budget, for the construction of drainage infrastructure during the road construction improvements – Mike Enlow presented this item to the commission for approval while explaining the cost estimates. Commissioner Lawler made a motion for approval. Commissioner Clouatre made a second to the motion. Motion passed. After a discussion with legal about the funding, Commissioner Lawler amended his motion to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement for the transfer of funds in the amount of $10,674,865.00 for drainage improvements over the next
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three (3) years. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objection. There was further discussion about dedicated drainage funds.
Amendment No. 6 to the roadside ditch maintenance contract with On-Grade Construction to increase contract by an additional $1,000,000.00; contract total not to exceed $5,250,000.00. – Ron Savoy presented this item to the commission for increased funding to the roadside ditch maintenance contract. Commissioner Dawson made a motion to approve. Commissioner Satterlee made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objections.
Amendment No. 2 to the culvert installation/setting contract with On-Grade
Construction to increase contract by an additional $60,000.00; contract total
not to exceed $160,000.00 – Ron Savoy presented this item to the commission for
increased funding to the culvert installation contract with On-Grade Construction.
Commissioner Satterlee made a motion to approve. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objections.
Approval of bulkhead agreement with the City of Gonzales, located at 1015 E. Cornerview Rd., Gonzales, on Bayou Francois at the Jambalaya Park – Ron presented this bulkhead agreement with the City of Gonzales to the commission for approval to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement to be drafted by legal. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a motion to approve. Commissioner Dawson made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objection.
Authorization to enter into an agreement between East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 and USGS in the amount of $119,000.00 for the maintenance and operation of fourteen real time gauges and seven flood profile gauges. USGS contribution $33,000.00 and East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 contribution $86,000.00 – Ron presented this item as a renewal for maintenance of our gauges. Commissioner Clouatre made a motion to approve. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objection.
Executive Session – Discussion of Litigation. “Parish of Livvingston, et al. v. State of Louisiana, et al., Suit No. 669704, 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana.” (Cody M. Martin, Legal) – Chairman
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Dempsey Lambert announced an item for executive session. Commissioner Cagnolati made a motion to approve to go into executive session. Commissioner Lawler made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objection.
Chairman Dempsey Lambert request a roll call vote as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Dempsey Lambert, Todd Lambert, Aaron Lawler and Daniel Satterlee.
NAYS: None
ABSENT: Teri Casso, Benny Johnson and Travis Turner.
Motion passed. No objection.
Commissioner Todd Lambert made a motion to reconvene the meeting. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a second to the motion. Motion passed. No objection.
The public meeting reconvened.
A motion to adjourn was given by Commissioner Satterlee. Commissioner Clouatre made a second to the motion. Motion passed.
The public meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.


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