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Milwaukee Makerspace Board of Directors Meeting - April 20th, 2017

Held at the Milwaukee Makerspace craft lab


  • Keith McMillan
  • Adrian Volden
  • Kathy Hughett
  • Pete Prodoehl
  • Erich Zeimantz
  • Tom Klein
  • Mathew Melk
  • Dan J.
  • Tony
  • Steff
  • Bill
  • Kendra
  • Steve P.


Meeting was called to order at Keith M. at 6:58 PM.

Review and approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting

  • Minutes approved from last meeting.

Reports of Boards and Standing Committees

Treasurers Report

  • Find the current treasurer report here.

Space Equipment Inventory

  • Previous status
    • Inventories from areas coming in, DL has been working with the procedure - will have done by end of year
    • Intends to involve area champions
    • pictures of equipment slowly coming in
  • Update
    • Kathy and Keith checking with DL to see the status and get information passed forward to continue inventory.

Building Maintenance/Issues

  • Last status
  • Membrane installed incorrectly on roof
    • Tom Gralewicz reports that when fixing the roof, we found that the membrane had not been installed correctly. He's spoken to the company that did the job and the new owner has offered to fix it for free if we pay for parts. The board accepted this offer.
    • awaiting warmer weather
  • Update
    • Still waiting for warmer weather.

Reports of Special (Select) Committees

Space Projects Update

Wood shop dust collection

  • Previous status
    • Steve is working on the dust collector with Kyle
    • A cyclonic collector has been offered to the space. The board voted unanimously to approve it if the area champions want it.
    • Collector is here, waiting for switch to be fixed.
  • Update
    • Steve P. and Bill brought forward a parts list for the Dust Collection system. Board voted unanimously to contact membership for vote to approve due to amount.

Unfinished Business

Property tax exemption

  • Previous Status
    • Paperwork filed with Assessors office on 2/22
  • Update
    • Adrian to follow up. No other update.

New camera system

  • Previous Status
    • 8 cameras online
    • Second new system awaiting installation
    • One exterior camera will be installed after awnings are installed
    • Bill would like one additional camera in the wood shop
    • Currently have three camera systems, will be adding a fourth. Do we need or want to consolidate?
    • Tony and Keith are working on installation/configuring.

Willy's Boat

  • Willy continues to to be seen working on the project.

Signs & Awnings Outside

  • Previous status
    • Awnings on hand awaiting screen printing and warmer weather
  • Update
    • May install during Space Improvement Day if weather is nice. Steff to print (in some fashion) the logo on the awning.

Long-term Budgeting

  • Previous Status
    • Create a list of “house projects” to establish funds for
    • Sit down with Tom G about price points that have previously been estimated
    • Call out to 3rd parties for getting estimates
  • Update
    • Adrian and Dan to work on it

Member Free Storage Space

  • Previous Status
    • DL will draft policy and circulate
      • Short list
        • no more duplicate spaces per member ie, members with pallet will not have shelf space etc.
        • reduce storage size per square foot
  • Update
    • Discussion of 100 sq. ft. of space per member policy already existing. Board reviewed old voting records to confirm. Board intends to start enforcing this policy.
    • Item to be removed from future minutes and no further action required.

New Member Sign-ups

  • Last Status
    • Require Google Groups subscription to match Wild Apricot
    • Board discussed automatically adding members to the members only list as web-only - add link to group to Wild Apricot
    • Film Dan doing The Spiel and play on a loop - filming completed on 2/28
    • Announce during meetings that applications need to be in before 8:30
    • Board agreed to ask for address verification on signups
    • Keith updated and shared the “how do you become a member” card/sheet with the board
    • Waiting for Carl to finish The Spiel loop.
  • Update
    • Pete working on getting footage from Carl.
    • Keith working on switch to start and stop the loop.
    • Keith and Pete to work on new member hand out and how does the space run document.

New Vacuum Cleaners

  • Last Status
  • There's been discussion of needing new vacuums, but the board doesn't have a proposal in hand
  • Rick has proposed vacuums for carpet cleaning
  • There was concern that a filtering vacuum might not work as well as a bagged one with all the debris the space has
  • Keith has a Kirby he can donate, he will bring it in to see how it works for the space.
  • Keith brought in the Kirby
  • Update
    • Dan J. asked the board to consider purchasing the last 4 of Tom G.'s industrial shop vacuums. Dan J. will clean and replace the filters. Board unanimously voted approved up to $400.00 to pursue the purchasing of the vacuums.
  • Last Status
  • Bay View Gallery Night participation
    • Board voted unanimously to participate in Bay View Gallery Night and Amy to coordinate
    • Board also voted unanimously for up to a $100 refreshment budget.
  • Update
  • Paid and participating in gallery night.
  • Kendra and Pete signed up.

New Business

  • Equipment loan policy - Keith
    • Discussion of whether or not to allow tool loaning.
    • Discussion of a drafting a policy or not.
    • Erich to draft policy and send to the Board.
  • File for a Tradename on “Milwaukee Makerspace” - Dan
    • Tradename would remove the confusion of Milwaukee Makerspace Inc. and cost $15.
    • Board unanimously voted to approve Dan to file for tradename.
  • Adrian has requested that Dan J. be his Assistant Treasurer.
    • Board unanimously voted to approve.
  • Mat Melk asked what is the Maker Faire budget.
    • Discussion about the Fall Member Survey items.
    • Mat to do more research and propose a budget.

Good of the Space


  • Pete is looking to step down as screen printing champion and looking for another one.


  • Adjourned 8:21 PM
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