Northshore Harbor Center

Board of Commissioners Meeting

Tuesday, June 6, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:01 am by Board Chairman Mark Myers.  Mr. Myers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Kathy Lowrey proceeded with roll call.  Present:  Mark Myers, Carol Beech, Kurt Bozant, Stephanie Berault, Martin Bruno, Irma Cry, Carrie Calvin, Donna O’Daniels and Kathleen Wilkin.  Absent:   Kevin Davis, Martin Patel, Martin Jackson, Thomas Shin and Darrell Smith.  Also present:  Bill McHugh, Barbara Carey, Adrian Percy, Kathy Lowrey, Valerie Waeltz and Jessica Summers.

A call for public comment was made. Hearing none, the Board moved to the reading and approval of the May minutes.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Irma Cry, with a second by Kurt Bozant.  The minutes passed unanimously.

The meeting moved on to Old Business.  Results of focus groups conducted were presented by Barbara Carey and Adrian Percy.  The Board reviewed their findings, discussion ensued. Ms. Lowrey advised the results from the focus groups provided valuable insight into several areas that will be pursued through active committees.

Next was an update by Ms. Lowrey regarding her meetings with the Lodging Association.  The Association voted to support an additional $1 per room night hotel occupancy fee. Ms. Lowrey will work with Senator Hewitt on legislative changes in 2019. The meeting further moved discusses formation of master planning and marketing committees. All Board members were asked to advise Lowrey what committee they wish to participate on.

Next, it was proposed to have Sizler Architects write specifications to be used in the upcoming acoustic panel RFP.  A motion to proceed and cap cost at $2,400 was made by Kathleen Wilkin and seconded by Irma Cry. The motion was unanimously approved.

The Board moved to New Business. Mr. Myers read the Bond Millage Resolution to levy a proposed .75 bond millage. The expectation is to reduce it further next year.  After discussion of current and upcoming debt services, a motion was made by Martin Bruno and seconded by Carol Beech to adopt the milliage at .75.  A roll call vote took place with the following outcome: Carol Beech – Yea, Kurt Bozant – Yea, Stephanie Berault – Yea, Martin Bruno – Yea, Irma Cry – Yea, Carrie Calvin – Yea, Donna O’Daniels – Yea, Kathleen Wilkin – Yea, Mark Myers – Yea, Kathy Lowrey – Yea, No Nays, zero abstained and five absent.

The Board moved to consider and take action on acceptance of the Districts’ Official Journal. Ms. Lowrey presented the per line costs received. A motion was made by Stephanie Berault and seconded by Carrie Calvin to adopt the St. Tammany Farmer as the Official Journal for the period beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. Vote was taken and passed unanimously.

The General Managers Report was given by Kathy Lowrey who updated the Board on possible cooperative endeavor agreements with government entities for events that benefit the community. A motion was made by Irma Cry and seconded by Kurt Bozant. Motion was passed unanimously to incorporate this as policy. Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on local presentations she had made, client testimonials received and the Northshore Harbor Center’s Family Fun Day and Food Truck Festival.

Ms. Valerie Waeltz presented the Sales Report. She reviewed new business booked; revenue generated and increased sales revenue for 2018 over 2017.

Next Board meeting will be July 12, 2018. A motion was made by Martin Bruno to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Carol Beech and the meeting adjourned at 10:39 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Jessica Summers