I will call out the point from Orion's post that seem most relevant from my point of view:
The board doesn't regularly determine whether we add an audio processing station, a bow-maker's bench, or a new torch cart. They obviously can, but Department Management should be involved when a permanent fixture is to be added. The board obviously has authority to say yes or no to any proposal that affects the membership as a whole, but they have officially delegated the operations of the shop to some designated individuals who are supposed to facilitate the communication smittex is talking about, as best they can.
Department management, John (overall), McSteve (electronics), Tony (metals), Jude (facility and infrastructure), and me (wood and CNC), are almost always available somehow. Our phone and email contact info is on the wiki and elsewhere, we in various combinations are on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, the TCMaker blog and these forums. We have a responsibility to be in the space for Open Hack, and two other occasions (at least) each week, when life permits. And we regular look in on our respective spaces for notes or other indications of activity that might require input from the membership at large.
Each proposal will have specific considerations, and members should invite input from shop management for anything semi-permanent and the management personnel will facilitate additional communication as seems necessary. Or we might just say "yeah, sounds cool" depending on the proposal.
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