THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2022, 9 AM
100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461
The meeting was called to order at 9:05 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.
Mr. Martin Bruno gave the invocation and Mr. Myers led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Lowrey led roll call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, Athena Tzuanos and Kathleen Wilkin. Present via Zoom: Kevin Davis and Thomas Shinn. Absent: Elaine DiMicelli, Donna O’Daniels, 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.
Mr. Myers then requested for a motion to allow for a hybrid in-person/zoom meeting as authorized by the Governor’s Health Emergency Declaration. Mr. Smith motioned to accept this request, Mr. Bozant seconded, and the Board unanimously approved.
The minutes from the meeting of January 6, 2022, were then reviewed. Mr. Bruno motioned to accept the minutes, Mr. Smith seconded, and they were unanimously approved.
Mr. Bruno then presented the Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Bozant motioned to accept the report, Mr. Smith seconded the motion, and the Board unanimously agreed to approve.
The meeting then moved on to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey began the discussion on the current meeting room expansion project. She informed the Board that the parish had determined the correct zoning for the property and were allowing a choice between 2 options to move forward. The first option to change the zoning would be free of charge but take numerous months to complete. The second option would be to expediate the process at a fee of $325 which would allow for no delay in construction. The Board discussed and decided on option 2. It was made known to the Board that the new zoning would be LE-4.
Ms. Lowrey then informed the Board that Mr. Shinn had volunteered to take over the office of treasurer. Mr. Bruno motioned to accept the nomination, Ms. Berault seconded, and it was unanimously approved by the Board.
Ms. Lowrey provided an update to the Board on the ongoing repairs of the exterior lighting due to damage from Hurricane Ida. Three proposals had been received. Gulf South Electric at $56,550, NuLight at $56,632 and Frischhertz at $53,500. Ms. Lowrey recommended to award the contract to Frischhertz as they were the lowest quote. Mr. Bruno motioned to approve the recommendation, Ms. Wilkin seconded, and the choice was unanimously approved. Mr. Smith then requested a sub-committee be formed to consider options of upgrading the original parts of the building to create a consistent flow with the new expansion. Discussion ensued. Mr. Smith will Chair and create this committee.
There was no New Business.
Ms. Lowrey provided the General Manager’s report. She shared that the Slidell Independent had written a lengthy article highlighting The Harbor Center and its path forward. She also spoke about the abundance of events scheduled in 2022. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the Lobby Lounge had been voted favorite live music venue by Edge of the Lake magazine.
Ms. Waeltz then presented the sales report.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:32 am. Mr. Bozant to adjourn, and Mr. Smith seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 9 am.