President Louie Villella called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. at the Washburn County Economic Development Office-located at 208 Vine Street-Spooner, WI 54801
Present: Louie Villella, Rob Paine, Jim Bethel, Rob Lester, Greg Krantz, Lloyd Wallace, Pete Paine, Morris Gillett and Chuck Jenkins.
Absent: Mark Krueger
Others Present: Margie Quinn, and Dick Hartmann
Rob Paine made a motion to approve the agenda, Lloyd Wallace 2nd the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Approval of meeting Minutes for December 15th, 2010- Rob Lester made a motion to approve minutes from December 15, 2010. Rob Paine 2nd the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Treasurer’s Report by Jim Bethel-Marge circulated P & L report, Balance sheet, and a check register to board members. Jim Bethel read the monthly Treasurer’s report and reported on the monthly bills. The total expense for December and January was $$18,388.77 including wages for Marge and Dick, building rent for 2011, additional attorney bill from RMAP grant. Dick Hartmann stated WCEDC will be reimbursed for the attorney bill through RMAP adm. Fees. Checking account balance is $24986.68 and an additional $9266.70 in the CD account to be used for ½ marketing expenses, ½ for business plan development, and advertising. Total available funds are $34,253.38. Rob Lester made a motion to approve Treasurer Report, and pay bills as noted, Morris Gillett 2nd the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Member and Directors Comments: Pete Paine stated he is resigning from WCEDC Board effective January 19, 2011. Lloyd Wallace made a motion to accept Pete Paine’s resignation, 2nd by Chuck Jenkins. The WCEDC Board Members thanked Pete for his time and effort with WCEDC. Lloyd Wallace stated he will talk with people in Minong area to represent the Minong as a WCEDC Board Member. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Directors Report was circulated to board members for review. Dick discussed projects he is working on and the meetings he has attended for the past month. Discussions were made on articles to be placed in the Advocate, and WC Register to give the public the opportunity to know what is happening in WCEDC.
Discussion/Action on Superior Days. President Louie Villella stated IDA has invited two representatives from WCEDC Board to attend Superior Days. Lloyd Wallace made a motion to allow Dick Hartmann, and another designee from WCEDC Board to attend Superior Days. Rob Lester 2nd the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Discussion/Action on Great NW Economic Development: Discussions were made, no actions were taken.
Discussions/Actions on RMAP Grant- President Louie Villella stated there were some minor changes to the contract with EDC/WCIDA to have IDA Administer the RMAP RLF Account. The contract has been signed by WCEDC President, and WCIDA president. Director Dick Hartmann stated he is in the process of completing the Employee Dishonesty insurance for WCEDC to complete the RMAP Grant requirements.
Other Concerns: Lloyd Wallace updated Board members on the possible activity with Economic Development in the Minong area to create a possibility of 50 new jobs.
Next Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 730a.m. – Washburn County Economic Development Office located at 208 Vine Street, Spooner, WI 54801
Rob Lester made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by Morris Gillett. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Respectfully Submitted by,
Draft only! Board needs to approve at the January Meeting.