WILMINGTON, MA — While they may not always be for the most exciting reasons, it IS exciting that Wilmington’s town government always seems to be receiving lots of awards and recognition. Here are four of the latest:
#1) Earlier this winter, Wilmington was recognized by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIAA) for “excellence in efforts to control losses and reduce local insurance claims.” It was one of only nine Massachusetts cities and towns to receive the award at the MIAA’s Annual Conference in Boston.
#2) In the latest edition of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s The Beacon newsletter, Wilmington was again spotlighted for its ability to control costs and losses.
“Wilmington has emerged as a leader in risk management – an emphasis that has led to reduce losses and associated costs. The town uses GIS technology to map infrastructure, and has an accredited Police Department that is a national leader in school safety. The School and Public Works Departments supplement regular training with policy review ‘tailgates,’ and the Facilities Department is diligent with inspections and preventative maintenance.” (p. 31)
#3) Blue Cross recently praised Wilmington for the success of its employee wellness program. In one of the latest issues of The Municipal Advisor (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Updates For Municipal Entities newsletter), Wilmington was highlighted for its first annual Wellness Cook-off Competition, which was won by Town Treasure/Collector Pamela Mackenzie, for her healthy version of chicken salad. (Find her recipe HERE on page 6.)
“Wilmington offers a role-model worksite wellness program. We are honored to partner with such an engaged leader,” a Blue Cross Blue Shield official is quoted as saying in the article.
#4) Two weeks ago, Assistant Town Manager Kendra Amaral represented Wilmington at the Code Across Boston conference. According to Microsoft New England, the event brought together “technologists, community members, and government and municipal workers for a weekend of collaboration, discussion and coding.”
Teams spent much of the weekend “working towards solutions to civic and community problems using special weekend access to MassIT’s open data pilot, MassData. During final presentations on Sunday, groups pitched their projects and solicited feedback from the crowd,” according to the site.
And which team won? Well, that would be the team headed by Wilmington’s Kendra Amaral, for the creation of a “cross-silo data integration application called the ‘Property Dashboard.’” The dashboard would bring together vital data (e.g., assessors info, permits, violations, deeds, taxed owed, police/fire responses) to make it easier for municipalities to get a better “holistic understanding” of challenging properties.