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 ==== Minutes for September 11, 2012 ==== ==== Minutes for September 11, 2012 ====
   *  Regular Items   *  Regular Items
-    * Treasurers ​report+    * Treasurer'​s ​report
       * $1170 in bank       * $1170 in bank
       * 19 full members, no associates       * 19 full members, no associates
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       * Workshop Committee       * Workshop Committee
         * Classes         * Classes
-          * James: Not available until after October +          * Electronics class (James): Not available until after October 
-          * Al: 5 or 6 people ​already signed up. Scheduled for Sept 29th. +          * PCB fabrication class (Al): 5 or 6 members ​already signed up. Scheduled for Sept 29th. 
-          * Paul: 5 interested for homebuying class. Scheduled for Oct 10th. +          * Home-buying class (Paul): 5 members expressed interest. Scheduled for Oct 10th. 
-        * New tools forumNo news +        * New tools pledgesno news 
-    * Open house+    * Open house review
       * Very quiet       * Very quiet
       * No new members       * No new members
 +      * Not enough advertising done this time
     * T-shirts     * T-shirts
-      * Haven'​t gotten a hold of Steve +      * Have not spoken to Steve 
-      * Bergo emailed, but no reply+      * Bergo emailed ​him, but no reply
       * Paul will get Bergo Steve'​s number to contact him       * Paul will get Bergo Steve'​s number to contact him
     * Special items     * Special items
       * Changes to lease       * Changes to lease
-        * No reply from Curtis+        * No reply from Curtis ​on the status of the lease
         * They are appealing the tax increase with the city         * They are appealing the tax increase with the city
-        * This month we have paid them the higher price+        * This month's rent we paid with the additional occupancy cost added
       * Other options for the space       * Other options for the space
         * Location on 442 44th St:         * Location on 442 44th St:
-          * The space is 36x24 overall, with the back area being 23x24 and the front office being about 12x16+          * The space is 36'​x24' ​overall, with the back area being 23'​x24' ​and the front office being about 12'​x16'​
           * Direct entry           * Direct entry
           * Overhead door           * Overhead door
-          * Locked compound with 2-3 cars parking +          * Locked compound with 2-3 cars parking ​available 
-          * Price is $792+$209.95 = $1001.95 + GST = $1052.05 per month, plus utilities +          * Price is $792 (rent) ​+ $209.95 ​(occupancy) ​= $1001.95 + GST = $1052.05 per month, plus utilities ​(gas, electrical, shared water) 
-          * Approximately ​$1200 incl. util.+          * Estimating ​$1200/mo incl. util.
           * Advantages to moving:           * Advantages to moving:
             * Direct entry             * Direct entry
-            * Able to do welding 
             * Ground floor             * Ground floor
 +            * Overhead doors
 +            * Able to do welding
 +            * Safer neighborhood
 +            * Landlord more amenable to making modifications to the space
           * Disadvantages:​           * Disadvantages:​
-            * Not on 20th St.+            * Not close to downtown 
 +            * No night time bus service
             * More expensive             * More expensive
             * Taxes likely to increase (but how much?)             * Taxes likely to increase (but how much?)
-            * Capital cost to prepare new space +            * Capital cost required ​to prepare new space 
-          * Needs to be decided on right away+          * Needs to be decided on right away because others have already expressed interest in it
           * Going to see it at 8:30pm           * Going to see it at 8:30pm
-        * Other options are possibly the Easy Pawn or above Money Express+        * Other options are possibly the Easy Pawn or above Money Express, though Albert expressed that these would not be immediate options, but potentially for when more space is required.
       * Park(ing) day       * Park(ing) day
         * 10AM - midnight, Friday Sept 21         * 10AM - midnight, Friday Sept 21
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         * Curtis will bring robots         * Curtis will bring robots
         * We have a few people willing to help out in the evening         * We have a few people willing to help out in the evening
-        ​+      ​Viewing of 442 44th St. E.: 
 +        * All present members went to view the 44th St building. 
 +        * After review of the building, a vote to move to the new building was unanimously in favor, contingent on not being locked into a lease with the Two Twenty and coming up with a plan to increase our income to meet the added costs. 
 +        * Present members pledged to donate additional funds, in amounts each volunteered,​ to meet the added costs, with the expectation that a membership drive will be held to increase membership and eliminate the need for continuing support. 
 +        * An informal tally was taken of pledges from those present and it was over the $300 necessary to make up the additional monthly costs needed in the foreseeable future. 
 +        * Based on this, we expressed our intentions to the landlord of 442 44th St E and agreed to confirm with him on Wednesday, Sept 12, contingent on our lease with the Two Twenty and receiving an example of utility costs from another tenant. 
 +        * If we are able to go ahead with moving out of the Two Twenty, we will not be participating in the Park(ing) Day events.
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