2014-10-01 Board Meeting

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Summary

Board meeting, Wednesday, Sept 30th, 6:30 pm.
Started: 7:13 pm
Finished: 8:10 pm

Location

@the space, 5502 1st Avenue N., Birmingham AL 35212

Participants

Attending

Trae Watson, chair
Shawn Pearson, vice-chair
James Nylen, treasurer
Shirley Hicks, secretary
Chris Lais, board member-at-large

Absent

Russell Holcombe, board member-at-large
Mykel Alvis, board member-at-large

Agenda

New

Old

  • Reno work status report.
  • Application for city business license - status.
    • Need to have illuminated exit sign project underway before we start the city license application process.
  • Illuminated exit signs - remedy required in order to maintain insurance status.

Back Burner

Minutes

Votes

Last minutes approved unanimously. 5 yea, 0 nay.
Electrical expense approved unanimously, 5 yea, 0 nay

New

  • Approval of [previous meeting's minutes] (Please read prior to meeting!)
  • Treasurer's report
    • Income: $1400 - $1500 membership fees
    • Expense: Averaging $1100/month
    • $3000 on hand in the bank account.
  • Electrical system work - $600.00 for new electrical exit signs so that we comply to city fire code and meet our insurance requirements.
    • Awaiting Steven Wyss's proposal for additional work.
  • Proposa - Show/outreach signage proposal - tall narrow banner with stand, outdoor stand
    • Answer - make it! Shirley to approach membership for assistance with project.
  • An issue that has come up relative to the Big Pitch. Rev Birmingham's Big Pitch competition was sponsored, in part, by our competitor, MAKEBhm.
    • Solution - characterize RMM as a DIY hackerspace, with a focus on electronics and a public presence, as distinct from MAKEBhm's craftsman and workshop focus.
    • - That we would use the money to purchase tools to make other tools.
    • Bottom-up percolation of ideas and organization.
  • No further update on Andrew's proposal (Andrew is our landlord)
  • Community service offer received (we can now utilize such offers)
    • After discussion, we are now in a position to both accept such community service offers and to supervise them resonponsibly.
  • Call to membership and makers - Need for direct work on the space continues - any help is appreciated. We are very close to having three well organized and functional labs.
    • One of the reasons our membership dues are at the level they are at is that individual members are investing a lot of sweat equity.
  • Open call for nominations for lab hosts.
    • Our initial trial with Chris Lais as the Print Lab host has worked well. As a result, we are now putting the role into place for other labs.
    • We are accepting nominations of members to act as lab hosts.
    • In return for the work required, lab hosts will receive $15 off their membership.

Old

  • Reno work status report.
    • Computer Lab 2.0 will be put together next week once paint on new desk has had time to dry.
  • Application for city business license - status - no change.
    • Need to have illuminated exit sign project underway before we start the city license application process.
  • Illuminated exit signs - remedy required in order to maintain insurance status.