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October 7, 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, October 7, 2019 at 7:07 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 Travis Turner, Commissioner John Cagnolatti, Commissioner
Teri Casso, Commissioner Bill Dawson and Commissioner Benny Johnson.
Members Absent: Commissioner Todd Lambert.
The invocation was given by Commissioner Clouatre and the Pledge of Allegiance
recited by all present.
Public Comments Period / Additions to Agenda
No one signed up to speak on any agenda items.
Acceptance of minutes of September 9, 2019 meeting
A motion was made by Commissioner Cagnolatti and seconded by Commissioner Johnson to accept the minutes of September 9, 2019 as written. No objection. Motion carried.
Chairman’s Report
Chairman Lambert announced that item #8 is being moved to item 6a, following item #6 the drainage report.
Drainage Report – Joey Tureau reported updates on the New River Chanel Improvements Project, as well as drainage improvement projects for Lake Park and Charleston subdivisions to the board members and answered any questions presented by the commissioners. Vice-chairman Randy Clouatre asked for the status of the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension project for outcome of a meeting held today. Mr. William Daniel approached the podium for the updated information.
East Ascension Drainage Commission Meeting
Minutes – October 7, 2019
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He reported the upcoming plan for a meeting to take place between DOTD engineers and officials, Livingston drainage officials and GSA engineers to come to an agreement on the science of drainage. Commissioner Clouatre expressed his desire for a conclusion and his wishes to get this matter resolved and not hold up the levee extension project any longer. He then presented a motion to add an item 6b to the agenda to draft a resolution to administration to move forward with a conclusion as to not hold up the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension project any longer; and to resolve the lawsuit with Livingston Parish. Commissioner Lawler made a second to the motion.
A roll call vote for the addition of the drafting of a resolution was conducted with the results as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Teri Casso, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Benny Johnson,
Dempsey Lambert, Aaron Lawler, Daniel “Doc” Satterlee and Travis Turner.
NAYS: None
ABSENT: Todd Lambert
Motion passed 9 yeas; and 0 nays. No objection.
Further discussion was held.
Drainage Report (continued) – Ron Savoy then gave an update report on current drainage projects and on daily operations at DPW to the board and answered questions presented. There was discussion about ditch maintenance requiring permitting due to wetlands.
Ascension Parish Drainage Improvements Pelican Point Pkwy. Cross Drain Repair TBS Project No. 2019.0266 – (Joan Shivers, Purchasing Director)
Joan Shivers, Director, Purchasing Department reported that it received four (4) bids for the Ascension Parish Drainage Improvements Pelican Point Pkwy. Cross Drain repair. After review, the East Ascension Drainage Department and T. Baker Smith recommend accepting the lowest responsive bid submitted by Kort Construction
East Ascension Drainage Commission Meeting Minutes – October 7, 2019 Page -3-
Services and to authorize the Parish President to enter into any applicable agreement or contract for this project. A motion was made by Commissioner Dawson for approval. A second to the motion was made by Commissioner Johnson. No objection. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Commissioner Satterlee to open public comment period for the item added to the agenda for a resolution to conclude the lawsuit with Livingston Parish and move forward with the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension Project. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a second to the motion. Motion passed.
A motion was made by Commissioner Satterlee to close the public comment period for a resolution to conclude the lawsuit with Livingston Parish. Commissioner Cagnolatti made a second to the motion. The public comment period was closed.
A motion was made by Vice-Chairman Randy Clouatre for a request to the administration to have legal counsel draft a resolution to address the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension Project injunction for a conclusion and/or drop lawsuit and settle injunction filed by Livingston Parish on July 2, 2018; or to proceed with the injunction hearing while allowing for any counter claims to be brought forward, if necessary. Motion was amended to further request reporting back to the East Ascension Drainage Board Commission at its’ November 2019 meeting on the draft resolution. A second to the motion was given by Commissioner Dawson. No objection. Motion passed.
EXECUTIVE SESSION – In accordance with La. R.S. 42:17 (A) (10), discussion of drainage work performed within municipal boundaries, including related legal counsel opinions and communications that are privileged under La. Code evid. 506 (B) (Cody M. Martin, Legal) – A motion was made by Commissioner Clouatre to go into executive session. A second to the motion was made by Commissioner Dawson. Motion passed. A roll call vote to go into executive session was conducted with the results as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Teri Casso, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Benny Johnson,
Dempsey Lambert, Aaron Lawler, Daniel “Doc” Satterlee and Travis Turner.
NAYS: None
ABSENT: Todd Lambert
East Ascension Drainage Commission Meeting
Minutes – October 7, 2019
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Motion passed on unanimous roll call vote. No objection. The commission then went into executive session.
A motion to reconvene was made by Commissioner Johnson and seconded by Commissioner Casso. Motion passed. No objection. The meeting reconvened.
Approval to proceed with servitude sell back for 134 ft. of original 200 ft. servitude on Black Bayou at George Lambert Road, Tract 9841A-41, Section
25, R9S, R3E in Ascension Parish, in the amount of $6,500.00. (Ron Savoy, East Ascension Drainage Department)
Ron Savoy presented this sell back of servitude located on Black Bayou at George Lambert Road. A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Clouatre. A second was made by Commissioner Casso. No objection. Motion passed.
Approval of Amendment No. 3 with HNTB Corporation for Floodplain Management to extend original contract term through August 7, 2020.
(William Daniel, Infrastructure Director)
William Daniel presented Amendment No. 3 to extend the term of HNTB’s contract for a Floodplain Management Plan, through August 7, 2020. This Amendment only extends the term of the contract and does not affect the original contract price. William Daniel approached the podium to point out the need for an existing and current contract with HNTB to be used for drainage projects, if needed. Commissioner Casso made a motion to approve. Commissioner Lawler made a second to the motion. One objection was noted from Commissioner Benny Johnson.
A roll call vote for extending the contract term was conducted with the results as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Teri Casso, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Chairman Lambert, Aaron Lawler and Travis Turner.
NAYS: Benny Johson and Daniel “Doc” Satterlee
ABSENT: Todd Lambert
Motion passed: 7 YEAS, 2 NAYS and one objection noted from Commissioner Johnson.
East Ascension Drainage Commission Meeting
Minutes – October 7, 2019
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Discussion of scope of work and consideration of entering into Intergovernmental Agreement between East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 and the Town of Sorrento for roadside ditch maintenance; and authorizing President Matassa to sign any contract documents. (Cody M. Martin, Legal)
Cody Martin, Legal Counsel announced that a discussion was held earlier in executive session for legal advice. The board was in agreement for scope of work and a not to exceed amount.
Commissioner Bill Dawson offered a motion and defined the scope of work as performing engineering for work in Phase I of IV, for roadside ditch maintenance in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00. Commissioner Randy Clouatre made a second to the motion. One objection was noted from Commissioner Benny Johnson. Motion passed with noted objection from Commissioner Benny Johnson. A roll call vote for the Intergovernmental Agreement for maintenance between East Ascension Gravity Drainage District No. 1 and the Town of Sorrento was conducted with the results as follows:
YEAS: John Cagnolatti, Teri Casso, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Chairman Dempsey Lambert and Aaron Lawler.
NAYS: Benny Johnson, Daniel Satterlee and Travis Turner.
ABSENT: Commissioner Todd Lambert
Motion passed: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 3; with noted objection from Commissioner Johnson.
Commissioner Lawler made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Satterlee made a second to the motion. Motion passed.
The public meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.


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