BOARD MINUTES

THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2022, 9 AM

100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461

The meeting was called to order at 9:05 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, Kurt Bozant, Kevin Davis, Elaine DiMicelli, Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, and Kathleen Wilkin. Present via Zoom: Gregory Parke and Betty Thomas. Absent: Martin Bruno, Donna O’Daniels, Thomas Shinn, and Athena Tzuanos. There was a quorum. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Kelly Baudoin, and Valerie Waeltz.

There were no guests. There was no public comment.

The minutes from the meeting of February 3, 2022, were reviewed. Mr. Smith motioned to accept the minutes, Mr. Bozant seconded, and they were unanimously approved.

Ms. Lowrey then presented the Treasurer’s Report commenting on the balance in the Contingency account. She also mentioned future budget adjustments that will be necessary once invoices are received for damage from Hurricane Ida. Mr. Bozant motioned to accept the report, Mr. Davis seconded the motion, and the Board unanimously agreed to approve.

The meeting then moved on to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey began by discussing the meeting room expansion project. She informed the Board that the budget estimate plus a 10% contingency addition totaled $3,174,072. She noted this increase is due to the recent increase in supply costs. Mr. Bozant expressed concern over a few of the line items in the estimate noting that they seemed low. Mr. Davis advised the Board to put the construction out to bid as soon as possible before costs increase again, particularly due to the war in Ukraine. Mr. Bozant motioned to authorize Ms. Lowrey to put the construction out to bid as soon as the construction documents were ready and not have to wait until the following Board meeting. Ms. Wilken seconded the motion. Mr. Davis added an addendum to the motion that the architect could review and approve substitutes to the original bid to trim cost. It was unanimously approved.

There was no New Business.

Ms. Lowrey provided the General Manager’s report. She informed the Board of the upcoming full calendar. She also provided details on the LA Food Truck Festival to take place on March 5, 2022, as well as the next Lobby Lounge concert and the future ESTBA summit. Ms. Lowrey then shared with the Board that the Operations management was struggling to hire part-time staff.  She proposed raising the starting wage to attract more prospective employees. Mr. Smith motioned to raise the starting wage to $12/hr. with the flexibility to go to 14/hr. if needed. Mr. Bozant seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.  Ms. Lowrey shared that her plans for the future are to retire in 2 years.

Ms. Waeltz presented the sales report.

Ms. Lowrey announced that this was Ms. Elaine DiMicelli’s last meeting due to her moving out of the parish and thanked her for her time on the Board.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:47 am. Mr. Davis motioned to adjourn, and Mr. Bozant seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin