BOARD MINUTES

THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020 9 AM

THE HARBOR CENTER

The meeting was called to order at 9:02 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, Carrie Calvin, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith, and Kathleen Wilkin.  Also present were Kathy Lowrey, Valerie Waeltz, and Kelly Baudoin.  Absent: Stephanie Berault, Donna O’Daniels, and Martin Patel. There was a quorum.

Mr. Myers then acknowledged the guests and asked for public comment.  None was given.

The meeting then moved to the reading of the minutes from October 1, 2020. Mr. Smith motioned to accept, Mr. Shinn seconded. The minutes were unanimously approved.

Mr. Bruno provided the Treasurer’s Report. He gave an overview of the proposed 2021 budget.  It was noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had significant impact on revenue in all areas in 2020.  Mr. Bozant motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report. Mr. Smith seconded. It was unanimously approved.

The meeting then moved to Old Business with Ms. Lowrey giving a COVID-19 business update.  She reported that several events had been held since October, but with the most recent shift back to Phase II, the Harbor Center’s capacity is again limited to 75, except for theatre set up which can potentially allow up to 250 according to the Fire Dept. Upcoming events to be held in December were also discussed. Ms. Lowrey then recognized the staff for their continued efforts  to work with clients despite restrictions and capacity.

New Business was then discussed. Mr. Bruno acknowledged the trimming of the proposed 2021 budget that resulted in a balanced budget despite projected decreases in revenue due to COVID-19. Ms. Lowrey described specific projected decreases in revenue and expense line items.  Discussion ensued. Mr. Smith then inquired if The Harbor Center might be utilized as a vaccine location. Ms. Lowrey assured the Board she would reach out to St. Tammany Parish to find out if it were possible. Mr. Bozant then asked about the possibility of retiring the debt service bonds early. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the sinking fund account was maintaining proper levels to continue to pay down the bonds. She also noted that the bonds will be retired in 2024. Ms. Calvin then motioned to accept the 2021 Budget that as proposed. Mr. Davis seconded. It was unanimously approved.

Ms. Lowrey then provided the General Manager’s Report. The Board meeting dates for 2021 were released. Ms. Lowrey also reported on some minimal damage to the parking lot light poles, due to Hurricane Zeta.  Ms. Lowrey also thanked the Board for their support through 2020.

Ms. Waeltz then gave the Sales Report. Mr. Myers gave a brief update on Lobby Lounge.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:32 am. Mr. Davis motioned to adjourn and Ms. Calvin seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,

January 7, 2021 at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin