Progress! Understanding the structural, financial, and legal operations of the Fire Relief and Rescue Squad associations

At the August 21, 2012 City Council Work Session, TJ Dvorak and Tom Nelson from the Fire Relief Association and Rescue Squad Association met with the Council to:

… provide an update on their efforts to address process and procedural topics of the Association. Attached is supporting information on the steps they are taking in this process and how the Relief Association is integrated with the Fire Department and the Rescue Squad.

It’s been a long and tortuous road to this point (see all the blog posts for background). There are no dollar amounts attached to anything yet, so it remains to be seen whether item 3D Transparency Review will reveal the important numbers to the public. But I’m pleased that there appears to be progress. The document in the packet (PDF) included this outline and flowchart (PDF):

Northfield Fire Relief Assn and Northfield Rescue Squad Relief Assn Funding FlowchartNorthfield Fire Relief Association & Northfield Rescue Squad Association – Progress Update

1. Process Goal: Association and City staff leaders jointly review (with external assistance) the structural, financial, and legal operations of non-profit Fire Relief/Rescue Squad associations, outline recommended changes, and report to City Council

2. Process Team

a. TJ Dvorak – Association President
b. Tom Nelson – Association Secretary
c. Mark Taylor – Public Safety Director
d. Tim Madigan – City Administrator
e. Kathleen McBride – Finance Director
f. External Review/Recommendations members
i. Tom Olinger CPA – Abdo, Eick, and Meyer CPA
ii. Eve R. Borenstein JD – Eve Rose Borenstein LLC

3. Process Steps:

a. Preliminary Meetings and flowchart development
b. Information/documentation gathering for external review
c. Outline Time Line – process, deliverables, and any change management.
d. Transparent Review – Structural, Fiscal, and Legal
e. External Assistance/Recommendations – CPA and Non Profit specialized JD
f. Recommendations Review – External consultants and process team
g. Next Steps & Change management
h. Final Report presentation to Council

Here’s the video from that segment of the work session:

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