Northshore Harbor Center Board

Thursday October 4, 2018 9:00 a.m.

100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, LA

The meeting was called to order at 9:02 a.m. by Board Chairman Mark Myers.  Present: Mark Myers, Darrell Smith, Kathleen Wilkin, Carrie Calvin, Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Irma Cry, Martin Jackson and Donna O’Daniels.  Absent: Carol Beech, Martin Patel, Stephanie Berault, Kevin Davis and Thomas Shinn.   Also present:  Mike Caparotta, Kevin Jones, Kathy Lowrey, Valerie Waeltz and Jessica Summers.

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

The board reviewed minutes from the September meeting. Mr. Martin Bruno motioned to accept the minutes as written, Mr. Darrell Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

The meeting then moved to Old Business and the 2017 Financial and Agreed upon Procedures Audit. Mr. Mike Caparotta of Heinz & Macaluso presented the results of the audits.  The 2017 Financial audit received an unmodified opinion, the highest opinion available, with no instances of non-compliance found.  No exceptions were found during the AUP audit which reviewed payroll, personnel and deferred compensation. A motion was made by Carrie Calvin to accept the audit and to request a comparison to the previous year be included as part of future audits. Irma Cry seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Moving on to Catering, Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on client input received.  A motion was made by Darrell Smith and seconded by Kurt Bozant to make a change to the approved catering list. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Darrell Smith made a motion to reaffirm the Board’s confidence and support of General Manager, Kathy Lowrey and stated “It is the sense of the Board of Commissioners of the Northshore Harbor Center to reaffirm its strongest confidence and support of the General Manager, Kathy Lowery.  Further, we would also like to express our deepest appreciation for her dynamic leadership, unwavering support tthe Northshore Harbor Center and steadfast commitment to the community as a whole.” Ms. Irma Cry seconded and the motioned carried unanimously.

The next order of business was Master Planning.  Ms. Lowrey provided an update on the median lighting and tree planting project, as well as information regarding solar power.  She then provided an update on marketing efforts and discussed the logo, facebook marketing and upcoming events being hosted by the Friends of the Harbor Center and free to the community, including the Senior Appreciation luncheon, Business after Hours, Food Truck Festival, Toys for Tots and the Marine Reserve Holiday Concert.  Mr. Mark Myers highlighted the Lobby Lounge concert series.

Ms. Lowrey provided the General Manager’s report highlighting the busy calendar.  Ms. Valerie Waeltz presented the Sales Report.

The next meeting will be on November 1st at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Martin Bruno motioned to adjourn.  Ms. Irma Cry seconded.  The meeting adjourned at 9:47 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Lowrey