The meeting was called to order at 9:04 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.

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

Ms. Lowrey led roll call. Present: Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, Don Thanars, and Kathleen Wilkin. Absent: Stephanie Berault, Donna O’Daniels, Thomas Shinn, Betty Thomas, and Athena Tzuanos. The quorum was not met. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Shari Appel, Kelly Baudoin, and Valerie Waeltz.

There were no guests. There was no public comment.

Ms. Lowrey provided the Treasurer’s Report. She reviewed the current Profit & Loss report and let the Board know of some upcoming budget amendments that will be necessary. Mr. Myers led a discussion on ideas to mitigate the increasing cost of the meeting room expansion. The Board then formed a committee to look closer at certain budget items and ways to cut costs or increase revenue regarding the expansion. The committee will consist of Mr. Bruno, Mr. Bozant, and Mr. Davis.  Ms. Wilkin suggested looking into sponsorship opportunities for the rooms or the building to generate revenue.

The meeting then moved to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on the Meeting Room Expansion project. She stated that St. Tammany Parish was now requiring a Storm Water agreement and that Blitch Knevel Architects will prepare that agreement on the Harbor Center’s behalf. Ms. Lowrey also led a discussion concerning the most updated cost estimates from Blitch Knevel.

Ms. Lowrey then moved to New Business.  The 2023 budget was reviewed as well as the 2023 Board of Commissioner’s meeting dates.

Ms. Lowrey then provided the General Manager’s report. She informed the Board on a few upcoming events taking place at the Harbor Center including the USMC Holiday concert, the Chamber After Hours event and the ESTBA Holiday Shop Local Luncheon.

Ms. Waeltz presented the sales report.

Mr. Myers then asked for comments from the Commissioners. Mr. Bruno inquired about the Employee of the Month recognition and Mr. Myers gave a brief update on the Lobby Lounge concert series.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:41.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin