2017 Hot Metals Area Budget Vote

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  • Mailing List Announcement: 2017-12-05
  • Officially Proposed: 2017-12-13 (planned)
  • Voted on: 2017-12-20 (planned)


The hot metals area is seeking $7500 for the next fiscal year (FY 2017-18). This amount is to cover the following three major areas of concern:

  • Completing the expansion of the hot metals area to the new space (new welding curtains, for example)
  • New equipment for proper ventilation
  • Repairs of, and supplies for, existing equipment (e.g. shielding gas, grinding discs, etc.)

While 2016 is not yet reconciled, so the values provided might not be final, Hot Metals actually spent $4,419.41 in 2015 and so far has allocated $4,370.67 for 2016. 2016 Q3 expenses are currently $514.65. 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 numbers provided 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
Cylinders (Argon, 72/25, Propane) $1230
Welding-specific equipment (Mig wire, tips, etc.) $500
Discs for angle grinders, chop saw $500
Welding curtains $500
Repairs $1000
New equipment $3200
Safety equipment $500


Authorize the board to spend up to $7500 to cover Hot 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: 41
  • Nay: 0
  • Abstain: 2