2017 Cold Metals Area Budget Vote

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The cold metals budgets for previous years were $6000 (2015) and $5600 (2016). This year's budget request is higher to accommodate more members in the area, furniture for the expansion, and to continue providing fasteners to the space. As I have done in past years, I will be looking for bargains on used equipment that will expand our capabilities. Having funds allocated in this budget vote, rather than in a vote later in the year, allows me to react quickly to something that comes up, such as at an auction. Based on input I've received so far, members are most interested in adding a cold saw and sheet metal equipment, so that's what I'll be looking for.

While 2016 is not yet reconciled, so the values provided might not be final, Cold Metals actually spent $5,658.48 in 2015 and so far has allocated $4,131.89 for 2016. 2016 Q3 expenses are currently $1,352.45. For the purpose of understanding how this might relate to 2017 budgeting, the Treasurer recommends adding 10% to this 2016 value at the very least, as there may be some expected end-of-year expenditures from area hosts not included in these values, beyond the usual flux from managing the occasionally lengthy accounting processes that might make these Quickbooks-based data points, slightly off from reality. Additionally, keep in mind that mid year we took on the space expansion, but even the Q3 expenses shown here, do not really show any sort of expected usage of a given area for 2017. It may be wise to factor in at LEAST a 50% or so increase in the numbers here before trying to extrapolate for 2017.. To put it simple, take the numbers for 2015 and 2016 provided at the start of this paragraph and multiply x 1.5, or take this number, the Q3's not yet reconciled figures for spending and multiply by 4 for expanding to a year and then again by 0.5 to minimally account for the average 2x growth in physical size of each area as a result of taking on the rest of the building.

Item Amount
Repairs to existing equipment - motors & controllers, belts, pulleys, replacement parts, services 1500
Consumable tooling - drills, blades, taps, dies 750
Lubricants, coolant 250
Non-consumable tooling - jigs, fixtures, clamps, etc. 450
Furniture - shelving, benches, storage cabinets 800
Safety - guarding, glasses, hearing protection 500
Measurement - tools & calibration equipment 500
Equipment 2000
Fasteners & Hardware 750
Handtools - Sockets, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers etc. 750
Books and videos 150


Authorize the board to spend up to $8400 to cover Cold Metals Area expenditures for the fiscal year of 2017. The board may assign this spending authority to the area host. This spending authorization goes into effect 2017-01-01 and expires 2017-12-31.


  • Quorum: 43
  • Yay: 42
  • Nay: 0
  • Abstain: 1