The meeting was called to order at 9:02 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.  Mr. Myers then gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Lowrey led Roll Call. Present:  Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Carrie Calvin, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Donna O’Daniels, Martin Patel, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith and Kathleen Wilkin. Absent: Stephanie Berault. Also present were Kathy Lowrey, Valerie Waeltz, and Kelly. There were no absences. There was a quorum.

There were no guests and there was no public comment.

The meeting moved to approval of the minutes from February 4, 2021. Mr. Bozant moved to accept the minutes, Mr. Shinn seconded the motion, and the minutes were unanimously approved.

Mr. Bruno then provided the Treasurer’s Report. He noted the budget was doing well so far and running average for this time of year. Mr. Bruno moved to accept the report, Mr. Davis seconded the motion, and it was unanimously accepted.

The meeting moved to Old Business with Ms. Lowrey providing a COVID-19 business update.

She informed the Board that many events originally scheduled in the first two months of 2021 had shifted back. She also updated them of the shows that were held, noting that they had done well. Ms. Lowrey also informed the Board that since Governor Edwards had moved the state into a modified Phase III, the Harbor Center’s capacity had increased from 75 to 250. The Harbor Center would also now be permitted to host live music events. Mr. Myers then interjected that while the Lobby Lounge concert was cancelled in March 2021, he was working on the logistics to be able to hold one in April.

Ms. Lowrey also mentioned she is working with Alan Case for insurance annual quotes and renewals.  Ms. Lowrey then polled the Board on if they would prefer to move to in-person Board meetings or remain via ZOOM. Mr. Myers interjected with a motion retroactive to the beginning of the meeting to hold the current meeting via ZOOM and accept the agenda items. Mr. Davis moved to accept, Ms. Calvin seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved. Mr. Bruno then motioned to resume in-person Board meetings, Mr. Bozant seconded, and it was unanimously approved. The Board then went on to discuss the pros of meeting with ZOOM, noting that there is a better chance of reaching quorum. Mr. Myers then requested a change to the motion to make the meeting a hybrid, in that the meeting would be held in person, with the options of joining through ZOOM if necessary. Mr. Davis motioned to accept, Mr. Bruno seconded, and the change was unanimously accepted.

The meeting then shifted to New Business. Ms. Lowrey presented a public relations proposal by The Communications Institute (TCI) to develop a presentation and professional fact sheet for use in conveying the value of the Harbor Center’s service and contribution within the community.   She noted that she was waiting for two additional proposals.  Mr. Myers requested a motion to approve funds for the project. Discussion ensued.

Martin Bruno  motioned not to move forward, but to have the consultants present their proposals to the Board. Mr. Smith seconded the motion with a request to amend the motion to call a special Board meeting to hear the proposals if needed. Mr. Bozant noted that this should occur after meetings with Chris Massengill. Discussion ensued.  Ms. O’Daniels stated that  The Harbor Center’s voice should be Ms. Lowrey.  Mr. Bruno added to the motion for Ms. Lowrey to meet with Ms. O’Daniels to consider free-lance graphics. There were 9 yea’s and 1 nay. The motion passed.

Ms. Waeltz then gave the Sales Report.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:04 am. Mr. Bruno motioned to adjourn and Mr. Smith seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,

April 1, 2021 at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin