LETTER: Maplewood’s part-time firefighters were treated like a cheap date

To the Editor:

I want to thank Ramsey County Review for giving the Maplewood Firefighters Relief Association a much fairer representation in their reporting than what I’ve seen in the “major” newspapers (“Maplewood sues fire relief organization over surplus pension fund money,” published March 7).

The City of Maplewood argues that the MFFA is “governed not by its members, but by the board of trustees.” Wrong. The members who elect their representatives to the board have final say on matters based on the best information available and the advice they receive from their professional representatives, such as attorneys, accountants, etc. The board cannot act unilaterally unless specially directed by the membership.

Finally, I would like to know why the City of Maplewood did not publicly discuss this move in their 2018 budget presentation last fall. Why are they so hell bent on dissolving the Association, which is a separate entity from the city, and getting their hands on $1.5 million to $1.8 million? And why is the Maplewood City Council silent on this matter?

For an employer who prides itself on its employees, the part-time firefighters have been treated, in my opinion, worse than a cheap date.

Joseph Waters, Maplewood

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