THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2022, 9 AM
100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.
Mr. Myers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Lowrey led roll call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Martin Bruno, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Donna O’Daniels, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith, Betty Thomas, Athena Tzuanos and Kathleen Wilkin. Absent: Kurt Bozant Gregory Parke, and Don Thaners. There was a quorum. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Kelly Baudoin, and Valerie Waeltz.
There were no guests. There was no public comment.
To begin, Mr. Myers asked for a motion to read and approve the meeting minutes from May 4, 2022. Mr. Smith moved to accept the minutes, Mr. Bruno seconded, and the motion was unanimously agreed upon.
Mr. Shinn then gave the Treasurer’s report. Ms. Lowrey reminded the Board that it will soon need to vote on a budget amendment to cover the expenses incurred by the meeting room expansion project. Mr. Smith moved to accept the Treasurer’s report, Mr. Davis seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
The meeting moved to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the Harbor Center attorney was working to complete her review of the front-end construction documents regarding the meeting room expansion.
The meeting moved to adoption of the official journal. Ms. Lowrey provided information on the two quotes that were received from The St. Tammany Farmer and The Advocate. The Board discussed both options. Mr. Davis moved to accept The Farmer, Ms. Tzuanos seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Lowrey then reported to the Board on an unexpected sewer line break. She informed the Board that a quote of $15,750 was provided by Gridline Services for repair. Mr. Davis moved for a declaration of emergency, for the Harbor Center to receive a total of 3 quotes that include necessary permits or survey prior to moving forward, and to authorize Ms. Lowrey to move forward with the lowest quote up to $20,000 without further Board approval. Ms. Berault seconded, and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Myers then requested a motion for the Board to enter executive session. Mr. Davis moved to enter, Ms. Wilkin seconded, and the Board unanimously approved. Ms. Lowrey, Ms. Baudoin and Ms. Waeltz left the meeting, and all recordings were paused. Concluding the executive session Mr. Davis motioned to reenter normal Board meeting proceedings, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously approved to re-enter. Ms. O’Daniel’s moved to request a feasibility study to be done to determine job descriptions of General Manager’s of convention centers throughout the area. She also requested a study to be done on salaries for all positions compared to other centers. Lastly, Ms. O’Daniel’s requested a study to be done on other centers regarding the position of an Assistant General Manager. Ms. Wilkin seconded, and the Board unanimously approved.
The meeting then moved to the General Manager’s report. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that she and Mr. Myers had met with. Mr. Don Landry, a hotel consultant to determine if the economic climate is now more suitable to construct a hotel adjacent to The Harbor Center. She also mentioned that they would meet and share Harbor Center goals with the Lodging Association to determine their interest. Ms. Lowrey also updated the Board on the recent Public Records request and how the staff was compiling those records. Discussion ensued.
Ms. Waeltz presented the sales report.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:12 am. Mr. Smith motioned to adjourn, and Ms. Berault seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
July 7, 2022, at 9 am.