Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

After the departure of the Harvard Fire Protection District administrative assistant, the board of trustees is considering a partnership with a public accounting firm to perform administrative and financial services.

They received a presentation from Lauterbach and Amen LLP – which provides administrative services for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, the Cary Police Pension Fund board, and Crystal Lake Fire Department. Before the board moved forward with hiring an administrative assistant, they wanted to explore the firm’s services to see if it could improve some of the weaknesses in the district’s system. For $700 a month, the firm would prepare board meeting agendas and packets for trustees, transcribe meeting minutes, maintain the district’s digital records while making arrangements for the potential destruction of paper copies of files plus maintaining the district’s website. For an extra $100 a month, a representative would be in attendance for board meetings. The firm also could provide financial services to the fire district, such as budget assistance, audit preparation and tax levy documentation.

Fees for financial services generally are between $1,000 and $1,500 a month but the firm would have to determine how many bills the fire protection district pays a month and what software is used before it can come up with an exact number.