Minneapolis Telecommunications Network

Board Meeting Agenda

Monday, April 8, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Board Minutes from 3.11.2019
  3. Executive Director Update - Valerie Lockhart (Communications/Operational Strategic Plan)
  4. 2018 Audit Presentation
  5. Public Commentary (3 minutes per person signed up)
  6. Board meeting adjourned


Attendance:  David Allison (Chair), Mike Wade (Treasurer), Destaye Crawford (Secretary), Ilse Rolf, Valerie Lockhart (Executive Director)

Public in Attendance: Ken Kirchner, Avery Kirchner, Chris Conradson

Absent: Jon Samuelson (Vice-Chair)

Meeting called to order: 6:03pm

Minutes from 3/11/2019 meeting: Approved, unanimously

Executive Director Update: Discussion of current strategic plan (handout to Board) and a working timeline through 2020. Applying for a large number of grants (goal of $500K)  in order to secure at least $75K in funding between now and July 2020. Note that the needed funding can also come through donations, increased memberships, corporate sponsorships / partnerships, or space rentals. NMI will be limiting some public time to focus on these ongoing goals/projects, while having more coverage provided by trained Ambassadors.  

2018 Audit: Distributed copies and went through findings of the 2018 audit (handouts include direct note from auditors). A couple of recommendations were made and will be implemented before the 2019 audit takes place. Updated 990 will be made available to the public once available. Board approved findings of the 2018 audit via email on April 11th, 2019.

Public commentary: Ken and Avery Kirchner addressed the Board regarding their dissatisfaction with communications related to the Ambassador program. Valerie assured that they had been given the information they were claiming to have never received, including dates and times of prior discussions, and then stated that these were things better suited to be discussed at the monthly Ambassador meeting instead of the Board meeting, as these were not things the Board is involved with (day-to-day operations).

Board Meeting Adjourned: 7:30pm