Northshore Harbor Center Board

Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00 a.m.

100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, LA

The meeting was called to order at 9:07 a.m. by Vice-Chairman Martin Bruno.  Martin Jackson gave the invocation and Kurt Bozant led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present: Martin Bruno, Kurt Bozant, Carrie Calvin, Irma Cry, Martin Jackson, Thomas Shinn, Kathleen Wilkin. Absent: Carol Beech, Stephanie Berault, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Donna O’Daniels and Martin Patel.

A quorum was not present.

Reading and approval of the February 7, 2019 meeting minutes was tabled due to a lack of quorum.

The meeting then moved to Old Business.  Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on the Harbor Center’s pending legislation and resolutions of support being sought. She stated that she had received the tear sheet confirming publication of the public notices.  She further stated that a resolution of support was on the next Parish Council meeting agenda.  Bill Borchert is leading the proposed resolution from the city.

Ms. Lowrey then gave an update on the Lobby Lounge Concert series and upcoming concerts.  She updated the Board on the Friends of the Harbor Center’s upcoming 2019 events sharing that the Silver Slipper will once again be the presenting sponsor of the Food Truck Festival.  She also shared information on participating trucks and details of Bayou Bark Fest to be held on April 28th.

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.  Ms. Lowrey stated that the contract for the 2018 audit had been received from Heinz and Macaluso.  She explained that the firm has offered to maintain the current rate for a three year period.  Ms. Calvin stated that the rate was a very good one.  Due to lack of a quorum, the decision was tabled until the April meeting.

The discussion moved on to discuss a potential client who wishes to bring in a caterer from New Jersey whose specialty is Indian cuisine.  Ms. Lowrey recommended an exception be allowed to the catering policy for the client’s caterer since the caterer would be unlikely to benefit from being on the approved caterer list.  She further stated that the caterer should still be required to submit the standard fees to the facility.  The Board expressed approval, however, a decision was tabled due to the lack of a quorum.

There being no Commissioner Activities announced, the meeting moved on to the General Manager’s Report.  Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on the status of landscaping proposals received.  She will seek an additional proposal from Binder Landscaping prior to the Board making a decision.

Ms. Waeltz presented the Sales report.  She highlighted new bookings that have been contracted.  She also provided an overview of year to date sales revenue as compared to 2018, reflecting a 23.7% increase.

The meeting adjourned at 9:47 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Lowrey