Free Ride Council » Meetings agendas and Notes » 2015 december notes

Location: R.R. Donnelley, 218 N. Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15208
Time: 10:00am
Date: sun 20 dec ’15

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Council: Gregg LaFace, Scott Kowalski, Ned Schmidgal (notes), Will Wedler; absent: Angela Urban
Note: Gregg and Angela hadn’t been added to the council email list; this was fixed during the meeting.

 Scott or Will still need to provide them with vanity addresses; who will train them about usage? 

Members: Jeremy D’Souza, Jeff Raymond
Guests: none

Schedule next council meetings in 2016

We’re sticking with the third week of the month, but shifting days to accommodate Angela’s availability.

  1. wed. 20 jan. at the Big Idea Bookstore in Bloomfield at (???) 6:00pm
     Scott to confirm location availability 
  2. tue. 16 feb. at the UU church in Shadyside
     Ned to confirm this one
  3. th. 17 mar. at the shop (hopefully it’s warm by then!)

We also discussed meeting at the Tech Shop in Bakery Square, but there’s a $200 fee. Gregg may organize a group of Free Riders for a free tour (he’s a member).

Volunteering review

Potential for Free Ride to expand next year

 Gregg is interested in working on a questionnaire for volunteers this spring. 

Electrical improvements in the shop

 Proposal: Shall we pay Gregg's initial bill, and have him finish the job? (Gregg & Ned stand aside) Will & Scott: Approve; Result: PASS; Gregg will get the bill to Tom


Ned remarked that the state has informed us, we only need to remit sales tax quarterly again, instead of monthly (likely due to lack of Fix-For-Sale bikes).

Outdoor bike rack

 APPROVED: Spend up to $1000 to acquire and install the longest rack we can fit between the sidewalk and the street, in front of our windows (rather than shared with The Space Upstairs). Deadline: spring opening.

Scott to lead, Will & Gregg want to help.

Ned interested in downsizing/improving existing, sheltered rack.


Discussion mostly limited to new event calendar (via Wordpress plugin), currently under testing:

Make shop computers more accessible

Gregg reported the sign-in (Linux) machine has been difficult to operate

Signage in shop

Heating & welding

  1. Jeff would like to get a propane heater, approximately $150, would use refillable cylinders
    • We’d have to make sure all staff know how to operate it
    • Would need to keep kids away from it, etc.
  2. Jeff & Scott are interested in bringing in 110V welding equipment for some personal projects, like tall bikes
    • Would not be used during public hours
    • This equipment would not be stored in shop

News from Will

Colleen is pregnant! (And there was much rejoicing.) So Will doesn’t plan to serve on council next term.

Topics tabled for future meetings