THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD
MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021, 9 AM
100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461 AND VIA ZOOM
The meeting was called to order at 9:05 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.
Mr. Martin Bruno gave the invocation and Mr. Myers led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Lowrey led roll call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Martin Bruno, Kurt Bozant, Carrie Calvin, Kevin Davis, Gregory Parke. Thomas Shinn, Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, Kathleen Wilkin, and Absent: Donna O’Daniels, and Martin Patel. There was a quorum. Also present: Kathy Lowrey and Kelly Baudoin.
Mr. John Case was introduced as a guest. There was no public comment.
Mr. Myers called for Item #3, Insurance Update, to be moved to the front of the agenda. Mr. Bruno motioned to approve, Mr. Smith seconded, and the Board unanimously approved. Mr. Case then gave his insurance update presentation on an optional policy. Mr. Smith motioned to not renew the optional policy, Mr. Bozant seconded, and the Board unanimously approved.
The meeting then moved on to the approval of minutes from April 1, 2021. Mr. Martin motioned to accept, Mr. Smith seconded, Ms. Berault and Mr. Bozant abstained due to previous absence and the rest of the board unanimously approved.
Mr. Bruno then gave the Treasurer’s Report. Ms. Calvin motioned to accept the report, Mr. Davis seconded, and the board unanimously approved. Ms. Lowrey then presented the Board with a quote of $11,640 to repair a broken roll up door in the grand hall. She also gave them a quote from Gulf South Mechanical of $25,000 needed to replace duct work on HVAC unit 5 that was rusty and leaking. Two more quotes are pending. Mr. Art Baudoin was called in to the meeting to answer questions regarding the ductwork.
The meeting then moved to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the ad for the RFQ regarding the architect to design the new meeting rooms was scheduled to run on April 28 and March 5. She also let the Board know that the Q & A meeting for those submitting proposals was scheduled for April 2 at 10 am. The proposals are due on May 21, at 2 pm. The review committee will then meet on May 24 at 9 am to discuss options.
Ms. Lowrey then gave the PR update. She informed the Board that there was an 8 am meeting on April 2 with all local officials and 3 state elected officials facilitated by St. Tammany Corp. CEO, Chris Massengill to discuss The Harbor Center and its future. Ms. Lowrey also updated the Board on TCI’s PR campaign and requested input from the Board on TCI’s wanting to emphasize The Harbor Center being community centered. Mr. Davis suggested creating a sub-committee of 3-5 hotel/motel general managers or owners. Mr. Myers encouraged Ms. Lowrey to present the idea of a sub-committee at the next Lodging Association meeting.
The meeting then moved on to New Business. Ms. Lowrey notified the Board that the current millage rate was at 0.33% and recommended decreasing it to 0.30%. Mr. Myers called formerly read the resolution to adjust the millage in debt service for repayment of construction. He then called for a motion to accept the adjustment. Mr. Bruno motioned to accept, Ms. Wilkin seconded the motion and the Board agreed to vote. There were 10 yeas (2 via ZOOM), 0 nays, 0 abstentions, and 2 absent. The meeting then moved to the acceptance of The Harbor’s Center’s official journal. Ms. Lowrey requested the discussion be tabled until the next meeting since quotes had not yet been submitted.
Ms. Lowrey then presented the Board with two proposals from Sign Lite to update the marquee on I-10 to match the new logo. The Board chose to table any vote on the sign update so that more research can be done. Ms. Lowrey also informed the Board know that the parish will be placing a signal light at the end of the boulevard and once that is finished, the Board can submit proposed placement of The Harbor Center monument sign.
Ms. Lowrey proceeded with the General Manager’s report and the Sales Report.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:25 am. Mr. Davis motioned to adjourn, and Mr. Bruno seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday,
June 14, 2021, at 9 am.