BOARD MINUTES

THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2022, 9 AM

100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461

The meeting was called to order at 9:01 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.

Mr. Myers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Lowrey led roll call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Mark Myers, Donna O’Daniels, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith, Athena Tzuanos and Kathleen Wilkin. Absent:  Kevin Davis, Gregory Parke, and Betty Thomas. There was a quorum. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Kelly Baudoin, and Valerie Waeltz.

There were no guests. There was no public comment.

To begin Mr. Myers asked for a motion to move New Business to the beginning of the meeting. Mr. Bozant motioned for approval of the move, Ms. Berault seconded, and the motion was unanimously approved.

Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that it was time to levy The Harbor Center’s debt service millage. She recommended it be lowered to 0.25 mils from 0.33 mils. Mr. Myers read the formal resolution. There was no public comment. Ms. Lowrey then led a roll call vote. There were 9 yeas, 0 nays, 3 absent and 0 abstentions.

Ms. Lowrey then updated the Board on the Meeting Room Expansion project. She shared that she had received the drawing from the architect and was now waiting on the front-end documents to be finalized. She also informed the Board that the Operations department has been working to get the parking lot lights repaired due to damage from Hurricane Ida. She shared that recently some other lights have begun to fall. Because the Harbor Center was already contracted with Frischhertz Electric for repairs to the same type of lights, she requested that they inspect all remaining lights.  The inspection revealed that the base of the lights have  rusted significantly which has compromised the structures. Frischhertz advised that three of the poles needed to come down immediately as a safety precaution, but all 17 need to be replaced.  Ms. Lowrey had already ordered the three poles to be taken down.  Mr. Myers requested this situation be considered an emergency which could warrant immediate replacement since The Harbor Center was already under contract with Frischhertz, the lowest bidder to replace the same exact lights. Ms. Tzaunos asked if there was a plan for the replaced lights to avoid recurring damage. Ms. Lowrey state that there would be a powder coating in place as well as annual maintenance. Mr. Bruno moved to allow Frischhertz to replace the lights, Ms. Wilkin seconded, and the Board approved unanimously. Ms. Lowrey also informed the Board that the streetlights in the median were almost complete.

Ms. Lowrey then updated the Board on the outdated Wi-Fi system and recommended signing a lease with the current IT company to provide consistent up to date Wi-Fi.  A lease would eliminate the need to replace equipment every few years as the technology becomes obsolete. Mr. Myers asked for a motion to accept the lease proposal. Mr. Bozant motioned to approve, Ms. Tzaunos seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Myers then asked for a motion to approve the minutes from 4.7.22. Mr. Smith moved to approve, Mr. Bozant seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Shinn provided the Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Bruno motioned to adopt the report, Mr. Bozant seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. Ms. O’Daniels then led a discussion of tourism projections. Mr. Myers noted that he and Ms. Lowrey were to have an upcoming meeting with a hotel consultant and the feasibility of an expansion.

Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the insurance renewals were in and had increased as expected. She also told them that an increase was to be expected for the next few years until a season occurs with major hurricanes.

Ms. Lowrey provided the General Manager’s Report. She mentioned that Mr. Don Thaners was on the Parish Council agenda to fill Ms. Elaine DiMicelli’s vacant seat on the Harbor Center Board. She also reminded the Board that their financial disclosures were due by May 16, 2022.

Ms. Waeltz presented the sales report.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:51 am. Mr. Bozant motioned to adjourn, and Ms. Tzaunos seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,

June 2, 2022, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin