President Ken Schultz called the meeting to order at 735am at the Washburn County Economic Development office located at 208 Vine Street, Spooner, WI.
Present: Jim Bethel, Bill Marx, Connie Lester, Ken Schultz, Tom Klassa, Skip Fiedler, Rob Lester, Lloyd Wallace, and Morris Gillett.
Others Present: Margie Quinn
Concerned Citizens: None
Approval of Agenda- Rob Lester made a motion to approve agenda, 2nd by Skip Fiedler. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Approval of Meeting Minutes Skip Fiedler made a motion to approve minutes for January 15rh, 2nd by Connie Lester. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Minong Representative- Lloyd Wallace made a motion to elect Dennis Stewart to represent Minong area, 2nd by Skip Fiedler. Nominations closed. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Stone Lake Representative- Jim Bethel made a motion to elect Rob Paine to represent Stone Lake Area, Lloyd Wallace 2nd the motion. Nominations closed. 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 January 16, 2014 – February 19 were $6126.02 to include 2014 Rent paid annually, leaving a checking account balance of $64222.28 (partial membership for 2014 in our budget) and an additional $9504.64 in the CD account to be used for ½ marketing expenses, ½ for business plan development, and 501 (c) (3) expenses to the IRS and Anderson Hager and Moe. RMAP fund is in the amount of $7596.23. Total available funds are $85418.19. Marge Quinn has provided board members with a Treasurer Report, P&L monthly and a balance detail from QB. Bill Marx made a motion to accept the Treasurer Report and pay all bills as noted, 2nd by Skip Fiedler. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Update on Job Fair- President Ken Schultz stated Marge Quinn sent Job Fair brochures to all businesses on our list totaling approximately 150 businesses in WC. Randy McQuade has indicated there are approximately 20 businesses signed up so far. Ken stated he would like to see some of the Board Members to be present at the job fair if they are available. Ken said WCEDC has committed to $600.00, and the City of Spooner also committed to $600.00 to help fund the job fair. The Job Fair is March 7th from noon to 4:00pm, and 1100a.m. set up for businesses. Marge Quinn will make name tags for any of the WCEDC Board Members.
Update on New Director-Discussions was made by Board Members. President Ken Schultz stated we have received 2 applications, and have had 6 more that should be bringing them in within the next week. The deadline for application is March 1.
Sub Committee will meet Wednesday, March 5th at 730am, to go through applications and choose 3-5 of the best qualified applicants for interviewing. Interviewing will take place on March 11th 730am at the Washburn County Economic with 30 minutes available for each applicant. Sub Committee will present to WCEDC Board on the March 19th meeting on recommendations for hiring, and the board will vote on the best candidate at the meeting. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Correspondence Received- Margie Quinn circulated a flyer on “Where do Most Jobs Come From” to WCEDC Board Members she received from Beverly Stencel, Extension Office. Ken Schultz attended the WCIDA meeting on Feb. 12th, introduced himself to the board as the President of WCEDC Board. Ken asked the WCIDA Board of any recommendations they would have in hiring a new Director, and what knowledge he should know and what to WCIDA expects from the new Director along with the WCEDC.
Motion made by William Marx to convene in closed pursuant to 19.85 (1) (C), WI statues, which if discussed in public would likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person, referred to in such data. Rob Lester 2nd the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Roll Call was properly taken by Margie Quinn.
Motion made by Tom Klassa to reconvene in open session to discuss issues and take action on matters discussed in closed session. Skip Fiedler 2nd the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Motion made by Tom Klassa to increase Administrative Coordinator (Marge Quinn) wages to $37,000.00 annually with the additional $10,000.00 for benefits. Skip Fiedler 2nd the motion. Wallace voted no on the increase of Marge’s wages. M.C.
President Ken Schultz stated he would like the board to review annually. Marge Quinn thanked Board Members.
Motion by Skip Fiedler to pay $10.00/hr for someone to sit in the office while Marge is on vacation, with hours to include 9am-4pm. Tom Klassa 2nd the motion. Marge will check with Anderson Hager and Moe on the I-9. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Other Concerns/Discussions/Action - None
Agenda items for Next Meeting:
New Director in Place
Next Monthly Meeting: March 19th, 2014.
Rob Lester made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by Skip Fiedler. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Draft only! Board needs to approve at the next Meeting. Respectfully Submitted by Margie Quinn.