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February 9, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the Working Men’s Institute met on February 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

President Fred Frayser called the meeting to order. In attendance were Mr. Frayser, Secretary Tom Cullum, Treasurer Kenyon Bailey, Trustee Tamara Allison, WMI Member Amanda Bryden, and Director Ryan Rokicki.

Minutes of the January 12, 2017 meeting had been sent electronically. Mr. Cullum’s motion to accept the minutes was seconded by Mr. Bailey. The minutes were then accepted.

Mr. Bailey then submitted the Treasurer’s Report. As the Hilliard Lyons statements had not yet been received, the Report was incomplete. Mr. Cullum made the motion to hold the Report for audit. Mr. Bailey seconded this and the Report was accepted.

Amanda Bryden, representing the Indiana State Museum, informed the Trustees of an endeavor to see Thomas Say’s Firefly named as the Official State Insect. Ms. Bryden asked for the support, in the form of a letter, from the WMI Trustees to the proper State officials. Mr. Bailey’s motion to provide this support was seconded by Mr. Cullum and the motion was accepted. Ms. Bryden will provide a template for the letter to Mr. Rokicki.

In Old Business

Special Projects Committee – Mr. Frayser reported that he had met with WMI Vice-President, Nathan Maudlin to discuss the Regional City paperwork.

Mr. Frayser also reported on a brief call with Dr. George Rapp regarding use of the Maclure Conservatory. Dr. Rapp expressed interest in adding college students to help in the garden during the spring and summer. He is also exploring having cooking classes offered. Finally, Dr. Rapp expressed a hope to have five rooms for the “Paint Out” available year round.

Mr. Frayser reported that Jeffery Kingerly is still interested in establishing a grocery in the school building but has not yet provided any written commitment.

Mr. Cullum provided a floor plan and a square footage allotment of the school to facilitate the discussion. He reported that there are 43,679 rentable and 1,788 non-rentable square feet in the facility. The gym and locker rooms represent 12,000 square feet. Discussion then followed regarding possible uses for the gym.

Mr. Rokicki reported that Harmonie Associates had made the final payments to Patriot Engineering and IFF Real Estate.

Building Improvements – Mr. Rokicki reported that Koester Construction has begun the project of repairing the walls and dry walling the ceiling in the Art Gallery.

Director’s Report – see attached

Mr. Rokicki presented the claims. Mr. Bailey moved to accept the claims and Mrs. Allison seconded. The claims were then accepted.

Mr. Cullum then moved to adjourn the meeting.