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Foreign Fire Insurance Board

Regular meetings of the Foreign Fire Insurance Board (FFIB) take place on the third Monday of the months of February, April, June, August, October and December.  All meetings are held at the Winnetka Fire Department and start at 7:30 a.m.

Purpose

The FFIB is established by Chapter 3.24 of the Village Code, pursuant to Section 11-10-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code, which requires every municipality that imposes a foreign fire insurance company tax to establish a board to authorize the expenditure of those funds for the maintenance, use and benefit of the Fire Department.  

State law requires all members of the Board to be active, sworn members of the Fire Department.  Under the provisions of the Winnetka Village Code, the Fire Chief is one of the seven elected members; the other members are elected by active, sworn members of the Fire Department.  The FFIB is unique among all of the Village’s boards, commissions and committees, as it is the only public body of the Village in which persons who are not elected or appointed by the Village have discretion to spend public funds. 

Powers and Duties

The key duties of the FFIB are:

  • Adopts rules necessary to carry out the Foreign Fire Insurance Board’s powers.
  • Sets aside funds for appropriation by the Village Council to the Foreign Fire Insurance Board, pursuant to the levy of the foreign fire insurance company tax.
  • Spends funds appropriated to the Foreign Fire Insurance Board by the Village Council, to be used for the maintenance, use and benefit of the Fire Department.
  • Provides a listing of items the Board feels are appropriate expenditures to the Village Council on an annual basis.
  • The Foreign Fire Insurance Board follows all of the Village’s purchasing and financial policies.
  • The Foreign Fire Insurance Board’s funds are audited annually to verify the Board’s purchases are for the maintenance, use and benefit of the Fire Department.

Members

Chris Kopecky

Chair

847-716-3380

12/31/2016

Jon Colpaert

Vice Chair

847-716-3373

12/31/2016

Tim McCloskey

Secretary

847-716-3389

12/31/2017

Rob Bowne

Treasurer

847-716-3372

12/31/2017

Adam Kolka

At-large

847-716-3385

12/31/2016

Tim McManigal

Treasurer 847-716-3396

12/31/2017

Alan Berkowsky

At-large

847-716-3309

 

 

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