[BIP-556] Fund Maxi Gas Station For DAO Operations

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The Balancer Maxis are assisting DAO participants in deploying pools and gauges, monitoring and funding various mission-critical components such as transmitting BAL rewards to gauges across deployments. Given the uptick in average gas costs in recent days, we have identified that the currently allocated budget will not be sufficient to continue operations until the end of March. Therefore, the Maxis are asking for 50 ETH to fund operations for the upcoming months.


The Maxis are responsible for various operational tasks across the DAO such as pool deployments, gauge creations and funding of our OZ defender infrastructure and distribution of voting incentives. These involve spending ETH to fund these operations. We have built a monitoring dashboard visualizing our gas spending over time: https://dune.com/scoffie/advancedmaxigasstation

As of the writing of this proposal, the gas station is running low on ETH, currently sitting at 1.8 ETH. Additionally, the Maxi Ops wallet 0x166f54F44F271407f24AA1BE415a730035637325 currently holds 2 ETH. Given the gas station is responsible to fund various critical components such as the BAL reward distributors across networks, these funds will likely not last until the end of March. In the past, Maxis requested approximately 20 ETH per quarter to fund these operations. Based on these metrics we ask for an additional 50 ETH that shall be spent over the next 5-6 months depending on network activity. Maxis will make sure to execute most transactions at the lowest possible fee rates. The funds will then be managed by the Maxi operations wallet to periodically fund the gas station when needed.


The DAO Multisig 0x10A19e7eE7d7F8a52822f6817de8ea18204F2e4f will transfer 50 ETH to the Maxis Multisig address as the recipient 0x166f54F44F271407f24AA1BE415a730035637325.


We scanned all deployers and received 0.86 ETH on mainnet and 0.36 ETH on Arbitrum from the decomissioned deployer address by shakotan (former Maxi).

Mainnet tx to gas station: Ethereum Transaction Hash (Txhash) Details | Etherscan
Arbitrum tx to @Tritium deployer: Arbitrum Transaction Hash (Txhash) Details | Arbiscan

As of the writing of this post, the mainnet gas station now holds 2.76 ETH parts of which will likely be used in the next checkpointing / BAL distribution by OZ defender.
Therefore, this is a timely proposal to make sure on-chain operations continue without any disruption.

Finally, the Maxis will evaluate all related infrastructure (e.g. OZ defender, fee distributions, gauge injectors) and design solutions to optimize gas usage wherever possible, likely as part of the Maxi Q2 initiatives.

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