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

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

Ms. Kathy Lowrey led roll call. Present: Grant Black, Eric Calvin, Kevin Davis, Greg Ireton, Linda Larkin, Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, Thomas Shinn, Don Thanars & Athena Tzuanos. and Kathleen Wilken. Absent: Kurt Bozant, Troy Brackett, and Donna O’Daniels. The quorum was met. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Shari Appel, and Kelly Baudoin.

There were no guests. There was no public comment.

Mr. Myers asked for a vote to approve the agenda. Mr. Davis motioned to approve, Mr. Thanars seconded, and the motion carried.

The minutes from the November 2, 2023, meeting were presented for approval. Mr. Smith motioned to accept; Mr. Calvin seconded the motion. Mr. Thanars questioned a potential error in the timing of when the agenda was accepted. Any corrections needed will be made. The Board unanimously voted on the minutes as amended.

Mr. Shinn gave the Treasurer’s report. He updated the Board on the balance sheet as of November 30, 2023, noting that the Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue was lower than budgeted. Mr. Davis motioned to accept the report, Mr. Smith seconded, and the motion carried. Ms. Lowrey presented the proposed 2024 budget, pointing out that many of the numbers proposed were based on 2023 budget actuals and any projected changes.  She briefly reviewed details regarding a few items with significant change. Mr. Ireton requested a report showing budget trends over the past few years. Mr. Smith motioned to accept the new 2024 budget, Mr. Ireton seconded, and the motion carried.

Old Business: Ms. Lowrey gave a brief update on the meeting room expansion, noting a brief pause in construction due to the discovery of some broken pilings. She then reviewed the change order request received to repair the pilings at a cost of $20,700. Mr. Davis motioned to accept the change order, Mr. Shinn seconded, and the motion carried. Ms. Lowrey then requested a committee to be formed to approve any future change orders without having to wait until the following Board Meeting.

Mr. Davis, Mr. Myers, and Mr. Shinn volunteered to form the committee and the Board agreed.

New Business: Ms. Lowrey presented The Cooperative Endeavor Agreement resolution renewal to be entered into with the Louisiana Department of Treasury. She requested authorization from the Board to enter into the agreement based upon an approved and signed resolution. Mr. Myers requested a motion to give a formal reading of the resolution. Mr. Davis motioned to accept this request, Mr. Thanars seconded, and the motion carried. Mr. Myers then read the resolution out loud. Mr. Myers asked for a motion to approve the resolution. Ms. Wilkin motioned to accept, Mr. Davis seconded, and the motion carried. Ms. Lowrey then reviewed the scheduled 2024 Board Meeting dates.

GM Report: Ms. Lowrey briefly updated the Board on a few the past and upcoming events.

Sales Report: Ms. Lowrey gave the Sales Report.

Mr. Myers then asked for Commissioner Comments. Mr. Davis updated the Board on ticket sales regarding the upcoming comedy show that will take place in March. He also mentioned that the show has secured two sponsors to cover the expenses. Brief discussion ensued about having a comedy show be a more regular occurrence. Ms. Wilkin asked how Lobby Lounge season ticket sales have been going. Mr. Myers noted that they were up by 2 sales. He also provided a brief update on upcoming Lobby Lounge shows. Mr. Myers then thanked the Board for their service. Mr. Calvin questioned the potential for a future hotel. Mr. Myers responded that the consultants have indicated now is not the time due to high interest rates. Mr. Black requested to speak with Ms. Lowrey and/or Ms. Appel regarding an event inquiry following the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:39 am. Mr. Davis motioned to adjourn, Mr. Smith seconded the motion, and the motion carried.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin