The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.

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

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

No Guests were present. There was no public comment.

The agenda was approved.  Mr. Thanars motioned, with Mr. Bozant seconded.

The minutes from the previous meeting on September 7th, 2023, were then presented. Mr. Davis motioned to accept the minutes, Mr. Thanars seconded, and the motion carried.

Mr. Shinn provided the Treasurer’s Report. He gave a brief review of the cash on hand and the current hotel tax income. He also mentioned that expense was higher, due to the air conditioner replacement and deferred maintenance. Mr. Smith motioned to accept the Treasurer’s Report, Mr. Black seconded, and the motion carried.

Ms. Lowrey then moved the meeting to Old Business. She updated the Board regarding her meeting with Blitch Knevel on the meeting room expansion and interior finishes.  She informed the Board of the construction timeline.  The projected completion date is July, 2024.

The Proposed Levee project Ms. Kreiger previously presented was discussed.  Mr. Smith, Mr. Ireton and Mr. Davis attended a meeting for the project.  Mr. Smith reiterated information he had emailed the Board.  Discussion ensued.  A motion to not support the project was stated by Mr. Black.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion, and the motion carried.  Mrs. Lowrey will write a letter to Ms. Kreiger informing her of the Board’s decision.

The meeting then moved to New Business. The SLU Economic Study was discussed.  The study showed the Harbor Center brings $5.1 million economic impact to St. Tammany Parish.  Mr. Myers requested Mrs. Lowery prepare a press release regarding the information.  Mr. Smith requested the Lobby Lounge information be added in to the report.

Ms. Lowrey then presented the General Manager’s Report. She noted the Friends of the Harbor Center Louisiana Food Truck Festival.  And the elected official luncheon will be held after the elections.

Ms. Waeltz gave the Sales Report.

Mr. Myers then asked for Commissioner Comments. Mr. Thanars discussed the Notes for Education Twilight Symphony on November 17th, at the Pinewood Country Club.  Mr. Myers gave a brief Lobby Lounge update. Ms. Larkin informed the Board of the East St. Tammany Business Alliance Business After Hours will be held at Patton’s on October 12.  Mr. Thanars also brought up the Keep Slidell Beautiful events, and the Parish Hazardous Waste Collection October 28 at the Oak Harbor Park and Ride.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:33am.  Mr. Davis motioned to adjourn, Mr. Ireton seconded the motion, and the motion carried.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Valerie Waetlz