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5th consecutive year
District Receives Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
For the fifth consecutive year, the Wilmette Park District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
The Finance Department of the Wilmette Park District, was honored by the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement as the department primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive annual financial report for the year ended December 31, 2011.
The comprehensive annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the comprehensive annual financial report.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with officers in Chicago, IL and Washington D.C.
Four Park Board Positions Open in April 2013 Election
On April 9, 2013, four seats on the Wilmette Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners will be open for election. These are unpaid positions and may only be filled by persons who are registered voters and who have lived within the Park District boundaries for one (1) year prior to April 9, 2013.
The first day to circulate nominating petitions to be placed on the ballot for the April 9, 2013, election is Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Completed petitions may be filed between Monday, December 17, 2012, beginning at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, no later than 5 p.m. The date and time of filing determines position on ballot.
For more information on how to download nominating petition forms from the Illinois State Board of Elections, the number of signatures required, ethics statements and where to file petitions click here.
Board Reacts to Commissioner Involvement with Harbor Lease Bid
The Wilmette Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners was advised by Commissioner Michael Murdock on Tuesday, Oct. 23, that he was part of a not-for-profit group, unaffiliated with the Park District, that planned to submit a bid to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to acquire the lease for operations of the Wilmette Harbor. The bid opening was held on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
It is the Board’s position that Commissioner Murdock, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, should have advised the Board of his relationship with the group and the potential for a conflict of interest. The Board does not endorse Commissioner Murdock’s involvement with this bid.
The Wilmette Park District’s role in the future of the harbor’s operations has been a topic of study and discussion by the Board for over 18 months. In early September the MWRD announced its intention to seek public bids for a new 39 year harbor lease at a starting rent of $67,000 per year and assumption of all maintenance costs. On Sept. 20, at the conclusion of a special board meeting and after extensive public input, the Board determined it would not submit a bid to operate the Wilmette Harbor, given the parameters set by the MWRD.
As a result of these developments, and because of the jurisdiction the Parks and Recreation Committee has over Gillson Park and its relationship to the Wilmette Harbor, Commissioner Murdock has resigned from this committee effective immediately. If the bid submitted by Mr. Murdock’s group is accepted by the MWRD, the Board will expect him to refrain from participating in discussions or voting on any issues related to the harbor, adjacent park, beach or parking issues during the remainder of his tenure.