President Ken Schultz called the meeting to order at 730am at the Washburn County Economic Development office located at 208 Vine Street, Spooner, WI.


Present: Jim Bethel, Rob Paine, Ken Schultz, Connie Lester, Bill Marx, and Tom Klassa.  


Absent: Lloyd Wallace, Jim Dohm , Skip Fiedler, Dennis Stewart, and Morris Gillett


Others Present:  Margie Quinn, Mike Spafford.


Concerned Citizens


Approval of Agenda- Rob Paine made a motion to approve amended agenda, 2nd by Jim Bethel.  M.C. by unanimous vote.


Approval of Meeting Minutes – Tom Klassa made a motion to approve minutes from November 19th 2014 2nd by Bill Marx.  M.C. by unanimous vote.



Treasurer’s Report by Jim Bethel- Jim Bethel read the monthly Treasurer’s report. Jim B. reported on the monthly bills.  The total expense for November 19th, 2014 – January 21, 2015 were $25355.78 which included the annual rent for 2015.   Leaving a checking account balance of $72964.76 and an additional $9588.02 in the CD account to be used for marketing expenses, Web Site, and for business plan development.  Jim also updated the board on the year end income and expenses with the budget for 2014.   RMAP fund is in the amount of $7596.23.  Total available funds are $90,149.01   Marge Quinn has provided board members with a Treasurer Report, P&L, detail from QB and a balance excel spreadsheet for the annual income with expenses for 2014.   Rob Paine made a motion to accept the Treasurer Report and pay all bills as noted, 2nd by Bill Marx   M.C. by unanimous vote. 


Director Mike Spafford updated the board on Membership for 2015, and reported we have received a total of $11,450.00 for 2015 membership.  We did receive some of the membership at the end of 2014.


Correspondence Received- President Schultz stated we had received an invoice from rice Lake Chamber of Commerce for Heart of the North days in the amount of $1000.00  Discussions were made in November on the total Contribution WCEDC would give is $500.00.  Motion made by Tom Klassa to pay Rice Lake Chamber $500.00 as agreed in the November 19th meeting minutes and send a letter to the Rice Lake Chamber stating WCEDC never committed to the $1000.00, but will commit to $500.00 for Heart of North Contribution.  Jim Bethel 2nd the motion.   M.C. by unanimous vote.


Director Report - Director Mike Spafford discussed projects he is working on to include Broadband, discussed his importance of attending at the Heart of the North in March.  Mike updated the board on the show we committed to in Minneapolis for Tourism.   Discussions were made regarding the job fair this year with the Location, dates that would be open.  Tom Klassa stated he felt the Arts Bldg. in Shell Lake would be available and big enough for the Job fair.  President Schultz will follow up on the Arts Bldg.  Mike updated the board on the updates with our Website/Magnifisites and stated he has not had the time to work on the Web Site.  Mike commented on the Education Advisory panel he is working on and stated he has talked with several businesses to have the kids tour the businesses in WC.   Mike is also trying to put together Career Days.

Mike discussed his job description in depth, and stated he does not have the time with working 24 hours a week to complete the duties assigned and do a good job. 



Tom Klassa made a motion to convene in closed pursuant to 19.85 (1) (C), WI statues to discuss personnel issues of specific persons, and job descriptions, which if discussed in public would likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person, referred to in such data.  Connie Lester 2nd the motion.  M.C. by unanimous vote. 


Roll Call was taken by Margie Quinn.

Jim Bethel-yes, Bill Marx-Yes, Rob Paine-Yes, Tom Klassa-yes, Ken Schultz-yes, Connie Lester-yes, M.C.


Margie Quinn and Mike Spafford were excused.


Motion to reconvene in open session by Rob Paine, 2nd by Connie Lester.  M.C  


Motion made by Tom Klassa to have the three board Members work with Director for the Job description of a part time secretary to work up to 16 hours a week, with an hourly wage for the secretary at $12.00/hr-$15.00/hr.  Jim Bethel 2nd the motion.    M.C. by unanimous vote.  


Other Concerns/Discussions/Action – WCEDC Board Members made discussions on black chairs we bought several years ago, and stated if someone would like to buy them all for $100.00, to move forward and sell.


Agenda items for Next Meeting:  New Part time position Administrative Assistance for Director.


Next Monthly MeetingFebruary 18th, 2015  


Motion to adjourn by Bill Marx, 2nd by Jim Bethel.  M.C.  by unanimous vote



Draft only!  Board needs to approve at the next Meeting.    Respectfully Submitted by Margie Quinn.