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Milwaukee Makerspace Board of Directors Meeting - February 15th, 2018

Held at the Milwaukee Makerspace craft lab


  • Marcin P
  • Mat M
  • Tim C
  • Pete P
  • Steff M
  • Adrian V (via Phone)
  • Kathy H
  • Billy K
  • Jake B
  • Bill W
  • Bobby
  • Bill C
  • Tony S
  • Matt N
  • Marcus
  • Tom K
  • Tony
  • John H


  • Meeting called to order by Steff M at 19:03

Review and approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting

  • Previous meeting minutes were Approved

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).
    • Paused due to Maker Faire, Kathy is continuing to work on it.
  • Update
    • No Update

Building Maintenance/Issues

  • Previous status
    • Roof work finished and invoice paid.
  • Update
    • Light Bulb Replacement with LED
      • Estimated total cost $2,250
      • 20-30% reduction in Electric bill
      • Board Voted Yes (Adrian on Phone) (minus Kathy)

Reports of Special (Select) Committees

  • No Special Committees for this meeting.

Unfinished Business

Property tax exemption

  • Previous status
    • Found the original letter, must wait to re-apply next year with better evidence.
    • Tom G will contact our lawyer and try again.
  • Update
    • No Update

Camera System

  • Previous status
    • Need another camera vantage point for alley, pointing north.
    • Need computer for viewing and recording.
  • Update
    • Marcin donated a computer and Tony setup new recording software

New Shelving Plans (Willie's Boat Area & PowerWheels Area)

  • Previous Status
    • Mat to create a proposal that includes a design and layout that is compliant with building codes.
  • Update
    • 3D printers moved.
    • Racking acquired for vault hallway.
    • Mat will email members and ask for help

Membership Engagement

  • Previous Status
    • Empowering area champions
    • Board will create a newsletter for important events.
    • We have a template and will send the first issue
  • Update
    • First newsletter was sent
    • During SID, the entire MMS is closed, no working on projects
      • Discussion to be continued later

First Aid Training

  • Previous Status
    • Every phone and exit door has emergency contact info
    • Focus on CPR and first aid training
    • Billy will seek out professional training (free) for members
  • Update
    • No update, Billy forgot

Member Accountability

  • Last Status
    • What to do about Member accountability
      • Board discussed member behavior accountability.
      • Create a stick
    • Reinforce to members about unauthorized activities at the space.
    • Champions signing parking permits for other areas is becoming an issue.
      • Wiki for parking permits and ticketing system will be updated.
    • Complete, Pete and Kathy to confirm if PDFs have been updated
  • Update
    • No update, still need to check PDFs

Maker Faire projects, funding, etc. Review

  • Last Status
    • See survey for responses
    • Having the truck one day earlier would be nice
  • Update
    • Jake: can more money be budgeted for projects?
      • Proposals need to be submitted for specific requests

Possible new fields in Wild Apricot for Vehicle Information

Hiring a professional to auger the men's room toilets

  • Last Status
    • Board voted to hire plumber.
    • Steff will take lead to find a plumber.
  • Update
    • Flush your Pee
    • Take used toilet paper home with you

Vault hall member storage abuse

  • Last Status
    • Need to promote members who have had a positive impact on the makerspace
    • Certain member(s) are using it as personal storage and are lapsed
    • Empower facilities director to enforce current storage rules
    • Update the emails for lapsed accounts to include warning about losing storage
    • Kathy H is proposing that vaults have an acceptance criterion and members must submit an application
  • Update
    • No update or decision, will discuss when Kathy is available

Door Monitor System

  • Last Status
    • Dan will buy peepholes (budgeting $100.00 or less)
    • Tony will design a camera and screen system (budgeting $500.00 or less)
  • Update
    • No update, still waiting for proposals

Matt Neesley Vault

  • Matt N started the conversation
  • Self-proclaimed that:
    • to have money troubles
    • to not paying on time (1st of month)
    • to be in violation for 34 months
    • believes to be a paying customer for a service
    • that BOD is not following their own rules for storage policies
    • asking that BOD enforces rules uniformly
    • that his account has never lapsed
    • Agrees that if he is late again, then he forfeits any storage
  • Pete described payment rules (due on 1st)
  • Tim showed evidence that Matt has paid late after grace period (after 7th: 4 times in 12 rolling months)
  • Billy mentioned that each member is responsible for understanding policies and bylaws
  • Steff comments:
    • Described this is not personal vendetta but enforcement of current rules and policies
    • Reiterated current policy of 1st due date and grace period
    • Stands by prior BOD decision that Matt forfeits his vault
  • BOD discussed the current documentation for bylaws and storage policies

New Business

  • Anodizing proposal
    • Kathy Cannistra sent an email on February 15th proposing to put the anodizing station in the vault hallways in the area where to grill currentlly is. Venting options would be out the door, through a new wall hole or tubed through to the paint room fan.
    • To be discussed at next BOD meeting
  • Expanding the paint room
    • Kathy Cannistra sent an email on February 15th proposing that we start considering how the paint room could be expanded. Air quality in the east room can be compromised when big items or large quantities of items can't fit in the paint room. This was extremely noticeable the month before christmas when a lot stuff was being made and coated with solvent based products. I propose we start considering how the paint room could be expanded in the near future for both easier painting and fiberglass work.
    • To be discussed at next BOD meeting
  • Miltronics Mill
    • BOD is empowering Champions to make their own decisions for their area
    • Reminding members that new large equipment should be first discussed with BOD
    • Get a parking permit please


  • Please follow rules #1 and #2, be excellent to each other


  • Meeting was adjourned at 20:33
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