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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY BOARD OF MANAGERS <br />FOR HOTEL-MOTEL TAX <br /> WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 <br />8:30 A.M. CENTURY CENTER SUITE 1 <br /> <br />Members Present Members Absent Others <br />John Anthony Carmen Piasecki Rob DeCleene & Staff – VSB/CVB <br />Greg Downes Victor Ravago Leanna Belew & Staff – Century Center <br />Joseph Kurth Thomas Walz Jeff Jarnecke, VPA <br />Mark McDonnell Ron Zeltwanger <br />Jenny McNeil <br />Dan Parker <br />Gary West <br /> <br /> <br />The meeting was called to order by President Anthony at 8:30 a.m. Anthony noted the contributions <br />of Priscilla Phillips for her many years of service as secretary to the board. McDonnell commented <br />that Priscilla served since the beginning of Century Center (over 40 years.) Anthony welcomed <br />Mary Ellen Smith. Smith introduced herself as Operations Manager at the Morris. <br /> <br />ROLL CALL <br />Roll call was taken with the following members absent: Carmen Piasecki, Victor Ravago, Thomas <br />Walz, Ron Zeltwanger. Anthony welcomed new board member Dan Parker. Parker introduced <br />himself as the new Controller for the City of South Bend for two months. Before coming to the City, <br />he was with Beacon Health System and his undergraduate degree is from Notre Dame. <br /> <br />APPROVAL OF MINUTES <br />Anthony entertained a motion to approve the minutes of November 2, 2018. McDonnell moved to <br />accept with one correction that member present “John” Kurth should be corrected to “Joseph” Kurth; <br />seconded by Downes, the motion carried. <br /> <br />TREASURER’S REPORT <br />Since Treasurer Ron Zeltwanger was absent, Anthony reported on the period ending December 31, <br />2018. The beginning balance from January 1, 2018, was $5,453,192. Receipts for the year were <br />$5,679,728 with disbursements of $5,037,769 resulting in a remaining 12-31-18 balance of <br />$6,124,258. Anthony commented that this amount is the highest balance that he recalls. The <br />projected 2018 ending balance with what is yet to be disbursed and accounted for is $5.195 million. <br />$1.5 million is allocated for future opportunity. The approved budget for 2019 is $5,859,000, which <br />is $200,000 more than collected this past year. The reserve is being spent down a little even without <br />the more ambitious projects. The receipts this year were up 8.4% over the previous year. In the <br />last seven years the increase has averaged 6.9% per year. This is on pace to just about double in <br />a couple of years where we were less than 10 years ago. Anthony thanked everyone who is making <br />this happen. Anthony commented that this has been a very nice trajectory since the Great <br />Recession and that expenses have been conservative, especially since the Hall of Fame allocation <br />has passed. <br /> <br />PRESIDENT’S REPORT <br />Agency Reports <br />Visit South Bend/Mishawaka: Rob DeCleene announced that Mary Bishop is an official member <br />of the Visit South Bend staff after 30 years at the Chamber. She is now listed on both the Chamber <br />and VSBM websites. <br />