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Commissioner calls for increased transparency at county’s water agency

According to one commissioner on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Board of Commissioners, the agency overseeing Cook County’s water should provide more information concerning projects slated for board consideration.

State agency begins flood damage assessments today

Emanuel: There’s an app for energy conservation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago to dip its toes into “cleanweb,” where public data is used to create web applications for mobile devices that will help Chicagoans save energy.

Emanuel announced Tuesday that, starting this weekend, the city of Chicago will over the next year hold a series of “hackathons,” two-day sessions where people will compete to make applications out of city data on the energy efficiency of buildings.

MWRD awards long-delayed Wilmette Harbor lease

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago board approved a 39-year lease for management rights at Wilmette Harbor in an eleventh hour vote on Thursday.

Wilmette Harbor Association, the lessee, has maintained the north suburban harbor since 1938. However, WHA had been preparing to vacate the property since the district’s Board of Commissioners voted against granting them the lease at its last meeting, held on April 4.

County Forest Preserve leases its land for farming

The Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners approved leases Tuesday for 1,500 acres of county land for farming uses.

That acreage is spread out between 13 forest preserve sites throughout the county. The sites range in size from a 486-acre parcel in the Janura Preserve just west of Hoffman Estates to 25-acres of land in at Tampier Lake.

Park district to test bond market waters this summer

The Chicago Park District set in motion Wednesday plans to issue $35 million in bonds this June, as the agency vies to secure money for their long-term capital plan.

The district’s Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the agency to reimburse any bond it issues, a procedural hurdle necessary to enter the bond market.  At an earlier meeting Wednesday of the district’s Committee on Administration, Cynthia Evangelsti, acting treasurer for the park district, acknowledged that the bond market is currently unpredictable.

MWRD rejects all bidders for Wilmette Harbor lease

Wilmette Harbor appears to be without a caretaker for the coming season as the result of a vote that left district commissioners and boaters alike scratching their heads.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Thursday voted down a recommendation from its procurement board to lease the harbor to the Wilmette Harbor Association, an entity that has managed the property since 1938. The association had entered a bid for a minimum annual payment to the MWRD of $68, 501 in return for rental rights at the harbor.

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