Northshore Harbor Center Board

Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:00 a.m.

100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, LA

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Mark Myers.  Mr. Myers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present: Stephanie Berault, Martin Bruno, Kurt Bozant, Irma Cry, Kevin Davis, Martin Jackson, Mark Myers, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith, Kathleen Wilkin. Also present: John Case, Jay Newcomb, Kathy Lowrey and Valerie Waeltz.  Absent: Carol Beech, Carrie Calvin, Donna O’Daniels and Martin Patel.

A quorum was present.

The Board moved to the reading and approval of the January 3, 2019 meeting minutes.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Martin Bruno and seconded by Darrell Smith. The minutes were unanimously approved.

 The meeting then moved to Old Business.  Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on the status of caterers.  She then provided an update on the status of the Harbor Center’s pending legislation and resolutions of support being sought. Ms. Lowrey proceeded with an overview of the Brand Launch Leader’s luncheon and the community response.

Mr. Myers and Ms. Lowrey gave an update on the Lobby Lounge Concert series, upcoming concerts and the need for Board support by attending and helping to spread the news.

Ms. Lowrey then reminded the Board of the requirement to complete the online ethics training and filing of the financial disclosure report by May 15th.

The meeting moved to New Business.  Mr. John Case presented an overview of the various insurances that the Harbor Center has in place, their cost and how it is shopped to ensure the lowest possible rate.  The Board asked that he provide a quote of cyber liability insurance.

Next was a discussion of the catering fee that is part of the Harbor Center catering policy.  Mr. Myers suggested that a small committee of the Board review the policy and revenue received.  Mr. Shinn, Mr. Bozant, Mr. Davis and Mr. Myers volunteered to serve on that committee.

Prior to the General Manager’s report and to ensure a quorum was present, Mr. Bozant made a motion, seconded by Mr. Davis to move the Executive Session up on the agenda and enter into Executive Session to discuss catering contracts and staff vacations. The vote being unanimous, the Board moved into Executive Session.  Mr. Bruno made a motion to move out of Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Bozant with the Board voting unanimously to return to the regular meeting.  Mr. Bozant made a motion to reinstate Nola Grill to active status effectively immediately, seconded by Mr. Bruno.  The motion unanimously passed.  Mr. Davis made a motion to add in recognition of the staff’s hard work, and in light of tight budgetary times. Mr. Smith seconded it and the motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Lowrey presented the General Manager’s report.  She highlighted two letters she recently received.  The first was from client, Lonnie Favret, commending the staff of the Harbor Center on the high level of customer service they have provided every year for her event.  The second letter was from Slidell PD Officer Cliff Lagaste.  He expressed appreciation for the toys that were donated to Slidell PD to support their Christmas and year-round KAPS program.

Ms. Waeltz presented the Sales report.  She highlighted new bookings that have been contracted.  Sales are up for January 2019 over 2018.

Mr. Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Smith.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Lowrey