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Court Asked to Release CCFD Documents

Operating and financial data for the fire district is being sought by citizen taskforce.

 

STATE HOUSE, APR. 15 – In a brief filed with Kent Country Superior Court, State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) has asked for the release of past financial and operating data for the Central Coventry Fire District.

Morgan’s request was filed on behalf of the Central Coventry Citizens Taskforce for Fire Protection, the group organized to review options for fire and emergency services in central Coventry.

“All of the attention on the Central Coventry Fire District has been on keeping the CCFD open, and keeping it operating on the same unsuccessful basis it has been,” said Morgan.

“The focus of this taskforce is on identifying options for the future, and ways fire protection and emergency services can be provided in a more accountable and cost-effective fashion. To do this, the group needs to understand exactly what has been going on,” she continued. "The operating and financial data that has been gathered by the Special Master has not been made readily available by the Fire District, it is not posted on the Special Master’s website, and the Special Master has not responded to our request for the information."

“Under these circumstances, we had no choice but to ask Judge Stern to order its release,” Morgan concluded.

The information sought in the court filing included:

  • Operating Budgets – Prior Five Years
  • Treasurer’s Reports – Prior Five Years
  • Capital Budget – Prior Five Years
  • Sources & Uses of Fund – Prior Five Years (if not detailed in Treasurer’s Report)
  • Capital Assets Detail – All plant and equipment
  • Salary & Benefits data – All employees, by rank/position – Prior five years
  • Operations Summary – Prior Five Years to include, but not limited to:

- Total # 911 or direct dispatch calls

- Total # fire runs

- Total # fire runs – mutual aid (specify location)

- Total # emergency runs

- Total # emergency runs – mutual aid (specific location)

mad hatter April 15, 2013 at 07:19 PM
should the information that should be public and posted on the district web site be hidden from all of us?? someone is finally asking the right questions. i give her credit for that.
sdb April 15, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Seems like a reasonable request for information. "Just an oversight" of this magnitude is not plausible. Someone knew what was going on and it should be in the records. I am not going to vote yes on any budget until there is accountability and checks to prevent this from happening again. It's not the amount of the increase, it's the complete disregard for how money is spent.....and not just in CCFD. All over the state....taxpayer funds, and tolerance, is not unlimited. Everyone needs to stay within, and be accountable to, budget constraints.
Another Voter April 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Public Records!!! All she had to do was request them, agree to the fee that could be charged by law, and she could have received them. I guess this is just another way for her to get some press.
mad hatter April 16, 2013 at 03:32 PM
"Special Master has not responded to our request for the information." i believe when your ignored, you only have so many options left.
Mary April 16, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Jim Hummel has all the info why nit ask him for it?

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