BOARD MINUTES

THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2021, 9 AM

100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461 AND VIA ZOOM

The meeting was called to order at 9:08 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.

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

Ms. Lowrey led roll call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Martin Bruno, Kurt Bozant, Carrie Calvin, Mark Myers, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith, and Kathleen Wilkin. Absent: Kevin Davis, Donna O’Daniels, Gregory Parke and Martin Patel. There was a quorum. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Kelly Baudoin, Taylor Copeland and Valerie Waeltz.

There were no guests and no public comment.

The meeting began with the approval of minutes from May 6, 2021. Mr. Martin motioned to accept, Mr. Smith seconded, and the rest of the board unanimously approved.

Mr. Bruno then gave the Treasurer’s Report and commented positively on the state of the budget. Mr. Bozant motioned to accept the report, Ms. Berault seconded, and the board unanimously approved.

The meeting then moved to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey began by updating the Board on the proposals received from the architect firms regarding the meeting room expansion. She informed the Board that the proposals were all scored on a 10-point scale and the firm Blitch-Knevel scored the highest. Mr. Myers recommended to move forward in securing Blitch-Knevel as the architect for the project. Mr. Bozant moved to accept the recommendation and Ms. Calvin seconded. Blitch-Knevel was unanimously approved as the official architect for the meeting room expansion project.

The meeting then turned to the annual acceptance of the Harbor Center’s official journal. Ms. Lowrey explained despite numerous requests, the Advocate had not provided a quote and recommended adopting The Farmer as the official journal. Ms. Berault moved to accept this recommendation, Mr. Smith seconded, and the motion was unanimously approved. Ms. Lowrey then presented the Board with the updated quotes from Sign Lite regarding the rebranding of the interstate marquee. The first proposal was basic letter replacing which would leave a ghosting effect, coming in at $1,920.00. The second was more involved adding words and a logo and came in at $12,470 and the third was the largest update that would recreate the current logo with new background colors and lettering and came in at $36,000. Mr. Smith moved to accept the third proposal; Mr. Shinn seconded. Ms. Calvin had questions on the vast difference in proposal amounts and requested bids from other companies on a complete update before moving forward. Mr. Myers agreed to table the vote until alternate bids were received and reviewed.  The meeting then moved on to the current public relations campaign for The Harbor Center. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that client testimonials will be filmed on July 13. She also informed the Board that a fact sheet was being developed to accompany the presentation to be given at numerous outside organizations promoting The Harbor Center. Ms. Lowrey then told the Board that the auditor had been on site the previous week and the audit report should soon be complete. Ms. Lowrey then updated the Board on the progress of the monument sign for the boulevard. She informed them that the parish was in process of installing signal lights and once that was complete a place for the sign could be determined. Lastly, Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that HVAC ductwork needed to be replaced due to rust. Three proposals had been received for this project and it was recommended to contract with Gulf South Mechanical, who came in with the lowest bid. Mr. Bruno moved to accept the recommendation, Mr. Bozant seconded and the Board unanimous approved.

The meeting then moved on to New Business. Ms. Lowrey referred to the 2020 Audit Compliance Questionnaire for the Board’s review. Mr. Bozant moved to accept the reading of the compliance questionnaire resolution, Mr. Smith seconded. Mr. Myers read the resolution aloud. A roll call vote then took place to accept the resolution. There were 8 yea’s, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, and 4 absences.

There was no General Manager’s Report.

Ms. Waeltz then gave the sales report.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 am. Mr. Smith motioned to adjourn, and Mr. Bozant seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,

August 5, 2021, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin