BOARD MINUTES

THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2023, 9AM

100 HARBOR CENTER BLVD. SLIDELL, LA 70461

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:01 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.

Mr. Myers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Kathy Lowrey led roll call. Present: Kurt Bozant, Troy Brackett, Eric Calvin, Kevin Davis, Greg Ireton Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, and Kathleen Wilken. Absent: Grant Black, Linda Larkin, Donna O’Daniels, Thomas Shinn, Don Thanars & Athena Tzuanos. The quorum was met. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Shari Appel, Kelly Baudoin, and Valerie Waeltz.

Ms. Suzanne Krieger was present as a guest. There was no public comment.

Mr. Smith motioned to amend the agenda to move up the proposed levee presentation by Ms. Krieger to the beginning of the meeting. Mr. Bozant seconded, and the motion carried. Ms. Kreiger updated the Board on the completion of the feasibility study regarding the proposed levee system for parts of St. Tammany Parish and gave a quick presentation on some of the findings.

Mr. Davis moved to accept the meeting agenda, Mr. Smith seconded, and the motion carried.

The minutes from the previous meeting on October 5, 2023, were then presented. Mr. Brackett noted a correction needed in the minutes regarding the roll call. Mr. Brackett had not been recorded and needed the minutes to be amended to reflect his absence. Mr. Davis motioned to accept the minutes, Mr. Bozant seconded, and the motion carried.

Ms. Lowrey provided the Treasurer’s Report. She noted that the budget was on track in most areas. Revenue was up except for Hotel Occupancy Tax income. Mr. Brackett moved to accept the minutes, Mr. Ireton seconded, and the motion carried.

The meeting proceeded to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that construction had paused due to the discovery of some damaged pilings and would resume on November 6, 2023. Mr. Art Baudoin entered the meeting briefly to give an explanation on possible reasons for the damage. shared that the Board members were welcome to attend the next construction meeting.

Mr. Myers then moved the meeting to New Business. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the application for Capital Outlay had been submitted for the funding of a new flat roof.

Ms. Lowrey then gave the General Manager’s Report. She let the Board know that the Harbor Center had been voted as one of the south’s best meeting sites through Convention South magazine. She also updated the Board on the ongoing 2024 budget analysis. Finally, Ms. Lowrey reminded the Board to complete their online Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Ms. Waeltz gave the Sales Report.

Mr. Myers then asked for Commissioner Comments. Mr. Davis updated the Board on the upcoming comedy show he was working on coordinating. Mr. Bozant recommended reaching out to the new Clerk of Court to try and continue the contract for their future training. Mr. Myers gave a brief Lobby Lounge update.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:41 am. Mr. Brackett motioned to adjourn, Mr. Davis seconded the motion, and the motion carried.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin