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Milwaukee Makerspace Board of Directors Meeting - August 17th, 2017

Held at the Milwaukee Makerspace craft lab


  • Steffanie Maher
  • Adrian Volden
  • Pete Prodoehl
  • Tom
  • Mathew
  • Kathy
  • Erich
  • Dan J,
  • Bill W,
  • Tim C,
  • Amber Z,
  • Kyle W,
  • Rick S,
  • Marcus K,
  • Kathy C


  • Meeting Called to order by Steffanie Maher at 7:00PM

Review and approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting

  • Minutes approved from previous meeting.

Reports of Boards and Standing Committees

Treasurers Report

  • Find the current treasurer report here.

Space Equipment Inventory

  • Previous status
    • Kathy to ask Area Champions to update the Wiki with equipment in their area(s).
  • Update
    • No update.

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
    • A quote was started and Tom Gralewicz should have it. Board to follow up with Tom Gralewicz for update.

Reports of Special (Select) Committees

  • No Special Committees for this meeting.

Unfinished Business

Property tax exemption

  • Previous Status
    • Paperwork filed with Assessors office on 2/22
    • Adrian to follow up. No other update.
  • Update
    • They didn't approve an exemption. We do not know why we were Denied. Get document from Keith.
    • September/October 1st.

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.
    • Back hallway camera needs to be mounted.
    • Steffanie to follow up with Keith to figure out status.
    • Camera installation will be added to Space Improvement Day Projects.
  • Update
    • Board discussed areas that may need additional cameras.
    • Tony offered to help get them up and running.
    • See Tony

Willy's Boat

  • Willy continues to to be seen working on the project.
  • Launch day for the boat, “​LOY”,​ is Saturday September 2nd, 2017 around 10-11 AM at the public boat ramp near South Shore Yacht Club, 2300 E Nock St, Milwaukee, WI 53207. Lunch back at the Makerspace to follow!

Signs & Awnings Outside

  • Previous status
    • Awnings on hand awaiting screen printing and warmer weather
    • May install during Space Improvement Day if weather is nice. Steffanie to print (in some fashion) the logo on the awning.
    • Steffanie is still working on it.
  • Update
    • Steffanie has all of the supplies and it should be done soon.

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
    • Adrian and Dan are working on it
  • Update
    • No Update

Front bar redesign

  • Last Status
    • What to do with the bar by the front - Kathy
    • Kathy to work on finding items to rearrange/organize the front entrance.
    • Tom K. and Kathy H. to work on building a new entrance design.
  • Update
    • Have seen Kathy H. and Wolfgang working on it.
    • Needs Paint and Plastic for backing.
    • Contact membership about removing items from front project table.

Membership Engagement

  • Last Status
    • Membership Engagement
    • Board to generate ideas for Engagement ideas.
      • Ideas: Space leaders/influential members and big event bulletin boards.
    • Stephanie is working to setup a T-Shirt/logo design event and planning to reach out to Hal.
    • Ideas are still being generated.
  • Update
    • New Ideas
      • Member of Awesomeness - Free membership at the end of the year for the most recognized member.
      • BOD/Area Champions reimbursement at end of term if they did their job well, voted by members.
      • Looking for more ideas!
      • Newsletter on a monthy or bi weekly basis. Amber Z and Marcus K have offered to start this project.
      • Follow up with Amber Z and Marcus K.

First Aid Training

  • Last Status
    • Board to research options for training.
    • Discussion about Makerspace adding AED - Steff/Pete to do more research on AED.
    • Board reviewed legality of first aid and other training.
    • Pete to look into first aid training.
  • Update
    • Amber Z has Lifeguard Information that she is willing to share. Will follow up with Amber Z.

Vault 15 flooding/stopping water from entering the Space

  • What to do about flooding in vault 15.
    • According to vault owner - two free, unused boxes were damaged.
    • Garage door fix will be made by space, potentially Space Improvement Day.
  • Update
    • $100 has been voted on and allocated for the repair. Dan J will do the repair.

Member Accountability

  • What to do about Member accountability
    • Board discussed member behavior of member behavior accountability.
  • Update
    • Create a stick.

Area Champion Interest

  • Increasing Area Champion Interest
    • Member of the month was discussed.
    • Discussion of negative feedback loop when items break.
  • Update
    • Steffanie plans to communicate with Area Champions to find out why they choose to be Area Champions.
    • Set up a meeting

New Business

  • Air compressor dryer and bid from the roofer to repair the flashing on the roof
  • Update
    • Dryer is Fixed
    • Need to add Ventilation for the room. Cut the door. Space Improvement Day Project.
  • Request for more space from the Power Wheels Area
  • Update
    • Board voted to expand the Power Wheels Area into where the Impound lot is now. 5 voted yes, 1 Abstain, 1 Absent.
  • How should Maker Faire project funding work?
  • Update
    • Discussed by the board.
    • For the future a proposal must be presented to the Maker Faire Area Champion.
  • Willies Boat Space
  • Update
    • Gaylord from trash to cash moving to south end.
    • Discussed the moving of various areas, adding a table workspace, a new area.
    • Contact membership to find out what they would like to see in that area.
  • Trash to cast is not a Dumping Ground! Talk to members
  • BOD Meeting for September moved to September 28th.



  • Meeting was adjourned at 8:55PM
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