President Ken Schultz called the meeting to order at 755am at the Washburn County Economic Development office located at 208 Vine Street, Spooner, WI.
Present: Jim Bethel, Bill Marx, Tom Klassa, Rob Paine, Ken Schultz, Jim Dohm, and Dennis Stewart
Absent: Connie Lester, Morris Gillett, Lloyd Wallace, and Skip Fiedler
Others Present: Margie Quinn and Mike Spafford
Concerned Citizens: None
Approval of Agenda- Rob Paine made a motion to approve agenda, 2nd by Dennis Stewart. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Approval of Meeting Minutes Bill Marx made a motion to approve minutes from June 18th, 2014 2nd by Dennis Stewart. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Treasurer’s Report by Jim Bethel- Jim Bethel read the monthly Treasurer’s report. Jim Bethel reported on the qtr. report on expenses and income to compare to the budget for 2014. Jim B. reported on the monthly bills. The total expense for June 18, 2014 – July 16, 2014 were $8428.03 leaving a checking account balance of $94064.98 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 $111201.44. Marge Quinn has provided board members with a Treasurer Report, P&L, detail from QB and a balance excel spreadsheet for the qtr. on income with expense. Bill Marx made a motion to accept the Treasurer Report and pay all bills as noted, 2nd by Rob Paine. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Discussion/Action on Proposed Budget for 2015: Marge provided Board Members a copy of the 2015 Budget in the Excel Spreadsheet. Discussions were made. Rob Paine made a motion to accept the proposed budget set for 2015, Bill Marx second the motion. M.C. by unanimous vote.
Director Report - Director Mike Spafford discussed projects he is working on and the meetings he has attended for the last month for WCEDC. Mike updated the board on the meeting with Todd Keup from Magnifisites on and new updated EDC Website. WCEDC Board agreed to allocate funds set aside for updates on the website and move forward with Magnifisites. Mike stated he has about 5 headings to put into place with drop down bars in the right location. Tom Klassa suggested getting references on Magnifisites, and has some questions for Todd. Tom has agreed to meet with Magnifisites, and have Todd Keup come to the next board meeting for a presentation to the board. Marge will contact Todd to meet with Tom on his questions and concerns. Mike stated he would like to send massive emails to business such as our newsletter, and has met with Barb Emerson on setting up the Constant Contact at a fee of $20.00 a month to constant contact. Tom Klassa stated there is a place on his web site he can send massive emails to businesses. Tom Klassa made a motion to check with Magnifisites to see if we have a link to send massive emails to businesses on the WCEDC Website, or if not, move forward with Constant Contact at the rate of $20.00/mo. Jim Dohm 2nd the motion. M.C. Marge will check with Todd from Magnifisties, and report to board members at the August meeting. Mike updated the board on Broadband he is working with Hugh Smith. Mike commented on several projects he would like to accomplish for WCEDC. Board members has requested Michelle Voight from Tourism, to give a copy of the detailed invoice for the new WC sign to determine what WCEDC could help pay for the sign.
Other Concerns/Discussions/Action – Rob Paine commented on the NW Complex. Jim Dohm reported on the proposed Safari Center to be located where the Wayside is on Hwy 53, and stated they are moving forward with plans.
Agenda items for Next Meeting: Todd Keup to attend meeting for new Web Site questions, Constant Contact update, and Michelle from Tourism to attend meeting with presentation on new sign Tourism is requesting money from WCEDC.
Next Monthly Meeting: August 20th, 2014.
Motion to adjourn by Rob Paine, 2nd by Jim Dohm. M.C.
Draft only! Board needs to approve at the next Meeting. Respectfully Submitted by Margie Quinn.