EMSBo DMeeting Minutes110316
Board of Directors
Meeting date: 11/03/2016
Call to order:
A Regular meeting of the Board of directors of EMS, was held via Google Hangouts on November 3rd, 2016. The meeting convened at 6:08 PM, Clif Cox presiding and Ben Hallert acting as secretary.
Board Members in attendance: Clif, Kassie, Ben, and Darrell
Board Members not in attendance:
Quorum present? Yes
Also Present Were:
Approve agenda, and previous minutes.
- Approve the agenda
- Review previous meeting minutes
- Officers reports
- Pumpkin Chunkin Update
- Upcoming meeting/elections
- Plan for assessing things
Approval of Agenda: Motion was made by Clif and seconded by Darrell to approve this meeting's proposed agenda.
The Motion carried with unanimous approval.
Approval of minutes: Motion was made by Clif and seconded by Darrell to approve the minutes of the 09/19/2016 meeting.
The Motion carried with unanimous approval (Ben abstained)
Clif met with John Stapleton regarding the LCC center being repurposed as part of the Downtown Innovation District. Around June, the city voted to continue an incremental tax to fund the innovation district. There are four main projects this is earmarked for:
- Downtown fiber
- Open Spaces
- Downtown center
- Parks upgrade
In his talk with John, it sounded like $6 million would be available to start and some matching funds could probably be procurred from other sources. Now is a good time for the Maker Spaces to organize and pick a representative to be on the governing council. The stakeholders of the innovation district will be represented on the council. Clif reported on the Eugene Library maker space as one party to reach out to as well as the Ferdi Lab folks in Springfield.
Because the funding to continue development was passed, Clif feels optimistic that something will happen. Clif also feels that John is motivated to help make this happen which encourages him further regarding the chances of this progressing. Clif shared a number of thoughts on qualities the board has previously identified as important in a new space for EMS and each of them sounded as they might be achievable in the LCC space.
Clif feels that if we pursue this, we'll have our work set up for us to ensure membership buy-in.
Clif also reported that the Wordpress site was hacked. We discussed possible strategies for mitigating risk,
Nothing to report.
Pumpkin Chunking Update
The discuss list is in full swing, the Register-Guard will have a report there.
Action: Clif will bring the banner.
Time to nominate folks. Darrell suggested we reach out to Tanda. Ben volunteered to nominate her. Darrell checked to see if Kass was interested, it sounds as if she is not. Ben is also not planning on coming back, or specifically not in secretarying.
Plan for assessing things
We discussed the requirement to pay taxes on equipment and tools in the shop.
Action: Clif will check with the OCF to see what their input is on the requirement to assess and pay taxes. Ben asked Clif to also ask about whether NPOs should pay taxes for member-owned equipment and tools.
- Clif will check with the OCF to see what their input is on the requirement to assess and pay taxes. Ben asked Clif to also ask about whether NPOs should pay taxes for member-owned equipment and tools.
- Clif will bring the banner to the Punkin' event
Ben moved for adjournment and was seconded by Clif.
The vote was unanimous and the meeting was adjourned at 6:43 PM.
Secretary Date of approval
Eugene Maker Space