The meeting was called to order at 9:01 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, Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Thomas Shinn, Don Thanars, Betty Thomas, Athena Tzuanos and Kathleen Wilkin. Absent: Donna O’Daniels and Darrell Smith. There was a quorum. Also present: Kathy Lowrey, Shari Appel, Kelly Baudoin, and Valerie Waeltz.

Michael Caparotta from Ericksen-Krentel CPAs and Consultants was present as a guest. There was no public comment.

Mr. Myers asked for a motion to move New Business up in the agenda. Mr. Bruno moved, and Ms. Berault seconded. The motion passed unanimously. New Business began with Mr. Caparotta giving his audit presentation. He reported that no deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting or instances of noncompliance were found during the financial audit. He also reported that no exceptions were identified during the Act 774 audit which covered certain control and compliance areas, including written policies and procedures; board or finance committee and debt service. Mr. Bruno moved to accept the audit report, Mr. Shinn seconded, and the motion unanimously passed. Ms. Lowrey then reported to the Board that in order to receive monies from The St. Tammany Parish Fund, The Harbor Center must enter into a CEA with the LA State Treasury Department and disclose how those monies are to be used. Ms. Lowrey asked for approval to sign future CEAs with the department. Mr. Thanars’ moved to authorize her to do so, Ms. Wilkin seconded the motion and it unanimously passed. Ms. Lowrey also informed the Board that it was time to renew The Harbor Center’s contract with Hancock Whitney bank. Discussion ensued. Mr. Bozant motioned to stay with the current bank, Mr. Thanars’ seconded the motion and it unanimously passed.

Mr. Myers asked for approval of the agenda. Mr. Bozant moved to accept the agenda, Mr. Thanars seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Mr. Myers moved to review and approve of the minutes from October 6, 2022. Mr. Davis motioned to accept the minutes Mr. Bozant seconded and amended the motion to include the spelling correction of Mr. Thanars’ last name. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Shinn then provided the Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Bruno motioned to accept the report, Mr. Bozant seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

The meeting moved to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey informed the Board that the expansion plans were in the Parish’s hands for review.  After confirming that the expansion is less than 25% of the sq. ft. of the building, the only new requirement is regarding installation of additional sinks in the men’s restroom.  Final approval had not yet been received.

Ms. Lowrey then provided the General Manager’s report highlighting the upcoming LA Food Truck Festival on October 8.

Ms. Waeltz presented the sales report.

Mr. Myers then asked for any comments from the Commissioners. Mr. Thanars reminded the Board of his ongoing campaign to join the St. Tammany Parish School Board. Ms. Tzuanos let the Board know that the hotels have been selling out locally and Mr. Myers gave a brief update on Lobby Lounge.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:49. Mr. Bozant motioned to adjourn, Mr. Thanars seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin