"Expand the Tax Base and Create New Jobs"
Washburn County Economic Development Corporation

MONTHLY MEETING – Wednesday October 21, 2015


President Ken Schultz called the meeting to order at 730am at the Washburn County Economic Development office located at 208 Vine Street, Spooner, WI. 54801.


Present: Ken Schultz, Jim Bethel, Jim Dohm, Rob Paine, and Tom Klassa.


Absent:, Bill Marx, Mike Bobin,  Romaine Quinn,  and Connie Lester


Others Present:  Margie Quinn, Mike Spafford


Concerned Citizens


Approval of Agenda- Jim Bethel made a motion to adjust the agenda and have the Director position moved to first item on the agenda as he has to leave for a meeting.  Jim Dohm 2nd the motion.  Tom Klassa made a motion to approve the adjusted agenda, 2nd by Rob Paine.  M.C. by unanimous vote.


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.  Jim Bethel 2nd the motion.  M.C. by unanimous vote. 


Roll Call was taken by Margie Quinn.

Jim Bethel-yes, Rob Paine-yes , Jim Dohm-Yes,  Ken Schultz-yes, Tom Klassa-yes, M.C.


Margie Quinn and Mike Spafford were excused from Closed Session.


Motion to reconvene in open session by Jim Bethel, 2nd by Rob Paine.  M.C  


Tom Klassa made a motion to offer Gwen Welter the Executive Director Position starting December 1st, 2015 with a 1 month overlap with Mike Spafford training Gwen.  Teresa Stein as the back up choice by board members. 


Approval of Meeting Minutes in August-  Tom Klassa made a motion to approve minutes from August 26, 2015, 2nd by Jim Dohm.  M.C. by unanimous vote.


Treasurer’s Report by Jim Bethel- Jim Bethel read the monthly Treasurer’s report. Jim reported on the monthly bills.  The total expense for October, 2015 was $11197.35.   Leaving a checking account balance of $68847.54 and an additional $9623.91 in the CD account to be used for marketing expenses, Web Site, and for business plan development and expenses.   RMAP fund is in the amount of $7596.23.  Total available funds are $86074.79.  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 2015.  Mike Bobin made a motion to accept the Treasurer Report and pay all bills as noted, 2nd by Romaine Quinn.   M.C. by unanimous vote.


Correspondence Received- None


Membership Comments- None




Director Report - Director Mike Spafford discussed the Creative Concept Contest and distributed a list of the winners to the Board.  Funds were used for the contest on a grant Marge completed from Bank of the West.  Mike stated they had three 3rd palce winners, as the group felt as though they all qualified for 3rd place.  Motion made by Tom Klassa to use WCEDC funds available for the additional $1000.00   Photos of the Contest will be uploaded on the WCEDC Web Site.

1st place winner-Paul Pizza Den, 2nd place Spooner Tactical & Outdoors,  with 3 – third place winners and they are Gunfighter Targets, The Burch Barn, and Surgery Clinic. 


Mike updated the board on the 2016 Membership and the letters will be going out by November 1st.  Mike will be attending Career Days in Minong today at the Northwoods School, and the Leadership Conference in Minong tomorrow the 22 of October at Links.  Mike stated the prelimary budget was approved by the County Finance Committee. new Director going full time, and WCEDC Board wants to go with plans for future.  Mike updated the board on the maintenance and updates on the Website, and adding Facebook Page for social media.  Mike also stated the assistant will be on a call schedule basis now with the Web Site completed.


Jim Bethel made a motion to include a 2016 Membership for the winners of Creative Contest. (Businesses)  Jim Dohm 2nd the motion. M. C. by unanimous vote.


Other Concerns/Discussions/Action – None


Agenda items for Next Meeting: To be determined


Next Monthly MeetingNovember 18, 2015  


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




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