Decide / specify co-op structure, communicate to lawyer
We're already pretty clear on aiming for a consumer co-op (patrons are the co-op member-owners, the point is to serve the mission of public goods for public interest — funding of the workers who make it happen is secondary; this is about empowering the users, the demand-side not the supply-side).
We need to define what that means in a way that we can express to lawyer(s) as part of drafting Bylaws that reflect our goals.
Our Michigan lawyer sent us "decision making matrix, model operating agreement and guide to the model operating agreement" which is for LLC but can be adapted to our official being a co-op. Whether we use the exact tools, we need to deliver clear communication that fulfills the same ends that these tools are used for.