The meeting was called to order at 9:04 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers.  Mr. Myers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

To begin Mr. Myers issued the oath of office to newly appointed Board member, Ron Newson.

Ms. Lowrey then led Roll Call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Carrie Calvin, Kevin Davis, Mark Myers, Ron Newson, Thomas Shinn, and Kathleen Wilkin. Also present were Kathy Lowrey, Valerie Waeltz and Kelly Baudoin.  Absent: Donna O’Daniels, Martin Patel, and Darrell Smith. There was a quorum.

There were no guests and no public comment.

Acceptance of the previous meeting minutes was then addressed. The minutes from July 2, 2020 were reviewed and Mr. Bruno motioned to accept, Mr. Shinn seconded the motion and they were unanimously approved. The minutes from August 6, 2020 were then reviewed, Mr. Bozant motioned to accept, Ms. Berault seconded the motion and they were also approved unanimously with a vote to abstain from Mr. Bruno and Mr. Shinn due to not being present at the August 6 meeting.

Mr. Bruno then gave the Treasurer’s Report. He began by explaining the discrepancy in revenue from the Previous Year Comparison report for the Hotel Occupancy account and the Ad-Valorem Bond account. This difference was due to the December revenue being recorded in 2019 instead of 2020 which inaccurately reflected a larger decrease than what was actual. Mr. Bruno then moved to accept the report, Ms. Wilkin seconded the motion and the report was unanimously approved.

The meeting then moved on to Old Business. Ms. Lowrey gave an update on the effects of COVID-19 on business. She stated that there has been a $65,813 loss of business due to the pandemic. She explained, to help combat this loss, steps were being taken to reduce expenses.  As a result, two employees had been furloughed until October 15, although their benefits will continue. Ms. Lowrey also reported that she has been working with the local fire marshal to increase capacity to 100 based on custom floor plans. Because of this, two upcoming events were able to hold 100 instead of the original 50. Discussion ensued.

The meeting then moved on to the annual acceptance of the official journal.   Quotes were submitted by The Advocate and The Farmer. Mr. Bruno motioned to accept The Farmer, Mr. Shinn seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.

The meeting moved to new business. Ms. Lowrey updated the Board on the replacement of HVAC unit 5. She also informed the Board of a recent discussion over who was responsible for the landscaping of the median on the boulevard. She reassured the Board that the boulevard has now been put on regular rotation with St. Tammany Parish for maintenance. Ms. Wilkin then inquired about trees being planted on the boulevard. Ms. Lowrey informed her that she has an upcoming meeting with Councilman Jake Airey to discuss the trees, as well as the permits for the monument sign and for street lighting.

Ms. Lowrey then gave the General Manager’s report. She reported that the parish is looking into putting up two traffic signals and a round-about in the area. She also let the Board know that the appointing body of East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce was now changed to the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. Their appointee is Mr. Martin Bruno and he will remain with the Board. She also reported that the East St. Tammany Business Alliance will be an appointing body and their appointee is Mr. Kevin Davis and he will also remain on the Board.

Ms. Waeltz provided the Sales Report.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:33 am. Mr. Davis motioned for the adjournment, Mr. Bozant seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Baudoin