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Morning Mosquito Spraying Planned for Southbridge Community, Friday, July 31

The spraying process is scheduled to take place between 4:00 – 5:00 a.m. The Delaware Mosquito Control Section will conduct mosquito spraying to reduce adult mosquito populations in the Southbridge area of Wilmington on Friday, July 31, 2020. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Application of the insecticide Sumithrin […]

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Members of the public are invited to join the next virtual Public Safety Committee Meeting

Members of the public are invited to join the next virtual Public Safety Committee Meeting July 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Agenda A Resolution Encouraging the Delaware General Assembly to Repeal the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights (LEBOR) Ord. 20-032 Authorize the Wilmington Police Department to Publish a Public Version of the Wilmington Police Officer’s […]

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Wilmington Police Body-Worn Camera Funding Moving Forward Mayor Purzycki, Chief Tracy, Council President Shabazz, and Six Other Members of Council Support Budget Amendment to Fund the Local Match for the Program

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR AND WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT As part of a pledge by City leaders to support police and racial justice reforms, Mayor Mike Purzycki said today his Administration will introduce a $942,000 budget amendment on July 9 to fund a police body-worn camera program. The budget amendment will provide $400,000 in […]

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Morning Mosquito Spraying Planned for Southbridge

Morning Mosquito Spraying Planned for Southbridge Community Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23 The spraying process is scheduled to take place between 4:00 – 5:00 a.m. The Delaware Mosquito Control Section [dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov] will conduct mosquito spraying to reduce adult mosquito populations in the Southbridge area of Wilmington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 4:00 a.m. […]

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Wilmington City Council Unites to Address Racial Disparities Council is Dedicated to Take Immediate Action to Put Forth Policy Changes in the City of Wilmington

WILMINGTON – Today, Wilmington City Council announced that they are immediately taking action to address racial disparities in the community and to address the requests of community leaders. “The community, especially our youth,  has made their voices heard through peacefully protesting injustice.  We can not ignore them.  We will not ignore them,” said Council President Hanifa Shabazz.  “We […]

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CITY COUNCIL PASSES FY 2021 BUDGET

Wilmington, DE (May 28, 2020) — Today, Wilmington City Council approved the City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget. “One of City Council’s most important responsibilities is to adopt an annual operating budget,” said President Shabazz. “This is the taxpayers’ money, and it’s their right to know that we are being fiscally responsible with their dollars.  […]

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Mayor Mike Purzycki, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz and Councilman Chris Johnson will Work with Community Leaders to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2020 WILMINGTON- Wilmington City Council will be working with the Administration, community, and nonprofit leaders to coordinate efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. City government leadership will work in tandem with the Wilmington COVID 19 Community Mobilization Group (C19CMG), a consortium of community-based organizations that is collaborating under the leadership of […]

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THE NEXT VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS THURSDAY APRIL 16.

“VIRTUAL” REGULAR MEETING OF WILMINGTON CITY COUNCIL APRIL 16, 2020 @ 6:30 P.M. www.WilmingtonDe.gov or www.WITN22.org AGENDA I.          Call to Order Prayer Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call II.        Approval of Minutes III.      Committee Reports IV.       Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report V.        […]

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FY2021 BUDGET HEARINGS:

Wilmington City Council will hold budget hearings during the month of April and early May. Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:00 PM Finance & Economic Development Committee Meeting Budget Hearings Wilmington Police Department   4:00PM Wilmington Fire Department      5:45PM The public can access the meeting by click the following link: https://zoom.us/j/890441517   […]

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VIRTUAL COUNCIL MEETING -THURSDAY 3/26/20 6:00PM

Our next virtual City Council meeting will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm in which the Mayor will give his Budget Address. The Council meeting will be conducted using virtual video/teleconferencing technology that will permit the public and members of Council to hear the meeting and so that the members of the […]

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COVID-19 UPDATE from Council President Shabazz 3/24/20

Hello Wilmington, Here are the most recent COVID-19 Updates: Governor Carney Declares Public Health Emergency (PHE) Governor Carney Closes Delaware Schools Through May 15 DNREC campgrounds and playgrounds to close March 24 Division museums closed; special programs postponed Food Bank Mobile Pantry sites Information on Unemployment Benefits State of Delaware’s COVID-19 daily updates Governor Carney […]

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Updates from Council President 3/23/20

Hello Wilmington, On Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, Governor Carney issued a Stay at Home Order for Delawareans. All non-essential businesses are to close effective Tuesday March 24 at 8:00 AM. You can view Governor Carney’s video briefing here. To read the Governor’s Declaration or to view the list of essential and non-essential businesses you may […]

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Message from President Shabazz- 3/20/20

Hello Wilmington, These are certainly unusual times, but we are all in this together. As a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, I can not stress enough the importance of everyone taking the necessary precautions to stay safe and well. In my capacity as your City Council President, I and the members of Council want to […]

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CITY COUNCIL INVITES PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN MARCH 19, 2020 VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

WILMINGTON –Today, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz along with members of Council announced final plans for hosting Thursday’s scheduled meeting. “I can not stress enough the importance of maintaining the health and safety of every resident in the City of Wilmington,” said President Shabazz. “Following the Governor’s amended State of Emergency order authorizing local governments […]

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The Delaware Guide to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Delaware Division of Public Health Opens Coronavirus Call Center For any questions or concerns regarding COVOD -19 Please call the Delaware Division of Public Health’s call center at 1-866-408-1899, TTY at 1-800-232-5460 or email dphcall@delaware.gov Anyone who has returned from a country with a level 2 or higher travel alert – China, Italy, Iran, Japan, […]

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Wilmington City Council Welcomes Nigerian Delegation

WILMINGTON – On Monday morning, members of Wilmington City Council welcomed a delegation of Nigerian leaders, University of Delaware professors and Chairman “Wale” Adelagunja of the Delaware African Caribbean Affairs Commission. City Council President Hanifa Shabazz along with Councilwomen Michelle Harlee and Yolanda McCoy welcomed Abike Dabiri Erewa, Chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission […]

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Councilwoman Oliver and Lt. Governor Hall-Long to distribute Narcan in the 3rd District

WILMINGTON – On Wednesday, February 12th at 3:00 p.m., Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver will join Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long to distribute opioid overdose kits in the third district. They will meet at Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, 2713 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805. “People are dying from this epidemic and we all have role to play […]

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January 15, 2020: Solutions to Building Safer Neighborhoods Discussion

Community Discussion: Solutions to Building Safer Neighborhoods * MEDIA ADVISORY * WHAT: In an effort to address the increasing issue of gun violence in our communities, 4th District Wilmington City Councilwoman Michelle Harlee along with Corie Priest from the Attorney General’s office will facilitate a public discussion with the goal of identifying solutions to address […]

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City Council Votes to Authorize New Police Academy Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2020 WILMINGTON – At Thursday’s Wilmington City Council meeting, Council voted to pass a resolution calling for the commencement of an academy class for the Police Department. The vote had been previously delayed amid concerns from several Councilmembers regarding the lack of diversity on the police force. Councilman Christofer Johnson […]

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11/22/19 City Council Approves Code Change to increase penalties regarding commercial property maintenence

WILMINGTON – On Thursday November 21, 2019, Wilmington City Council approved a bill presented by Councilmember Zanthia Oliver that amends Chapter 13 of the City Code regarding commercial property maintenance. The vote was passed with 10 votes in the affirmative with 3 members absent. Chapter 13, section 13-4 of the City Code requires all owners […]

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9/27/19 City Council’s Community Development & Urban Planning Committee Announces formation of Sub-Committee to Promote Healthy Communities

WILMINGTON – Today, City Council’s Community Development and Urban Planning Committee (CD&UP) announced the names of the “Healthy Communities” Sub-Committee. Healthy Communities is a sub-committee of the CD&UP and will be focusing on examining best practices and solutions to address housing issues and community revitalization. The first meeting was held on September 18th. The creation […]

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9/5/19 Christofer Johnson Sworn in as 7th District Councilmember

SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 WILMINGTON – Today, Wilmington City Council has sworn in Christofer C. Johnson as Wilmington’s 7th District Councilman. He is filling the seat that was vacated when Councilman Robert Williams stepped down in July. “Council approved a new process for replacing members that step down and I am pleased to say that it […]

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Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for Monday August 26, 2019 4:30 PM

WILMINGTON – Last week, Wilmington City Council announced the names of the qualified candidates for the City’s 7th Councilmanic District vacancy for the seat vacated by Councilman Robert Williams in July. Today, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz announced that the Committee of the Whole Meeting will be held Monday August 26th at 4:30 PM in […]

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Council Announces Names of 7th District Candidates

WILMINGTON – Today, Wilmington City Council announced the names of the qualified candidates for the City’s 7th Councilmanic District vacancy for the seat vacated by Councilman Robert Williams in July. Pursuant to the City Charter, to qualify to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older, affiliated with the […]

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Reminder – City Council now accepting letters of interest for filling District 7 vacancy

WILMINGTON – – The Wilmington City Council is now soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party of the City’s 7th District to consider filling the seat that has been vacated by Councilman Robert A. Williams. Pursuant to the City Charter, to qualify to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be twenty-five (25) years of age […]

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Williams resigns, Council search for successor begins

WILMINGTON – – Today, Robert A. Williams today resigned his post as Councilman of Wilmington’s 7th District. “It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of the 7th District and the City of Wilmington as a whole,” wrote Williams in his resignation letter addressed to Council President Hanifa Shabazz. “Likewise, it has been a pleasurable experience working with this […]

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Fogging Spraying Mosquitoes – Southbridge Community /Alert

The Delaware Mosquito Control Section will conduct mosquito spraying to reduce adult mosquito populations in the Southbridge area of Wilmington on Friday, June 14, 2019. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Application of the insecticide Sumithrin will be applied via a pickup truck. The insecticide, dose and […]

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Sub#1 to Ord# 19-026 – Councilman Freel plans to hold legislation at the June 6th Council Meeting

  “I will be holding Sub#1 to Ordinance # 19-026 an Ordinance to Amend Chapters 4, 5 and 34 of the City Code to Increase the Rental Dwelling Unit Business License Fee; Provide for Civil Fines for Owners of Rental Properties and Vacant Properties; and Increase Vacant Registration Fees.” “This item is on the Council […]

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Council Approved the City’s FY2020 Operating Budget

News and Information From the Wilmington City Council City Council Approved the City’s FY2020 Budget The approved budget includes no property tax increase and 3.8% water/sewer/stormwater rate increase for City customers, zero for County customers City Council reconvened for a second meeting, and now has approved the FY2020 Operating and Water/Sewer Budget tonight by a vote of 8 […]

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Community Conversations – Media Advisory

Wilmington City Council President, Hanifa Shabazz, will host the fourth “Community Conversations” today, Tuesday May 21st at 6:00 p.m. at Highlands Elementary School, 2100 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE. The public series of meetings is focused on updating and informing the community about work that the 107th Session of City Council has accomplished thus far in their […]

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City’s FY2020 Operating Budget Failed Approval by Council

  The operating budget tonight was defeated, 6 yea votes, 2 present votes,1 absent, 4 nay votes, which an ordinance requires 7 votes to pass. Per City Charter, the Council is required to pass a balanced budget 30 days prior to the end of the fiscal year. More information to follow for details of scheduling another meeting of Council […]

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Community Conversations – Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE Wilmington City Council President Hanifa Shabazz Presents Upcoming Community Conversations May 17, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. P.S duPont Middle School, 701 W. 34th Street May 21, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. Highlands Elementary School, 2100 Gilpin Avenue

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Cancellation of the previously scheduled public hearings (June 6, 2019, 700 Lea Blvd)

    The previously scheduled hearings (June 6, 2019) has been cancelled on the following: Proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Northwest Analysis Area and Ordinance No. 19-018, which proposes to rezone 700 Lea Boulevard from R-2 (One Family Detached Dwellings and One-Family Semi-Detached Dwellings) to R-5-A-1 (Low-Medium Density Apartment Houses) Zoning […]

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Community Conversations – News Media Alert

Council President Hosts Second of Four “Community Conversations” Wilmington City Council President, Hanifa Shabazz, will host the second of four “Community Conversations” this evening, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club located at 1601 North Spruce Street, on the City’s North Eastside. […]

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Community Conversations Hosted by Dr. Hanifa Shabazz, President Wilmington City Council

Community Conversations – Save the Date   SAVE THE DATE Wilmington City Council President Dr. Hanifa Shabazz Presents Community Conversations April 25, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. Peoples Settlement Association, 408 E. 8th Street April 30, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club, 1601 N. Spruce Street May 17, 2019, 6 […]

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City Council confirms Robert M. Goff Jr., Esq. as next City Solicitor

  WILMINGTON– City Councilmembers this evening confirmed the appointment of Robert M. Goff Jr., Esq. as the next Wilmington City Solicitor. Councilmembers unanimously approved a resolution that formally names Goff as City Solicitor representing the Mayor, City Council and all City departments, boards, and commissions. Goff was nominated for the position by Mayor Michael S. […]

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City Council approves CVT Commission’s recommendation to name DETV as next Public Access/Leased Access station operator

WILMINGTON– The Wilmington City Council has voted to accept the Cable, Video & Telecommunications Commission’s recommendation to select DETV as the next manager of its Public Access/Leased Access (PALA) television station. By a vote of 7 to 4 Council Members endorsed the recommendation to select DETV to take over the broadcast operation of Channel 28. […]

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DelDOT to hold public workshop on rehabilitation of I-95 from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to invite residents from in and around Wilmington and all other interested parties to a Public Workshop to discuss the proposed rehabilitation of I-95 Viaduct Corridor Project from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Chase […]

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Community Court seeks input from the Wilmington community through online survey

WILMINGTON– Community Court organizers are asking the Wilmington community to assist them, as they prepare to launch a Wilmington Community Court, by completing a short online “Needs Assessment” survey. The assessment is a multiple-choice 15-question survey that can be accessed on the Community Court’s webpage here https://courts.delaware.gov/aoc/communitycourt.aspx The Wilmington Community Court initiative is an innovative […]

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FY 2020 City Council Budget Hearing schedule released

FY 2020 CITY COUNCIL BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE  WILMINGTON – The Wilmington City Council is scheduled to begin hearing proposals from the heads of the various departments throughout city government outlining plans to fund their respective operations over the course of the 2020 fiscal year. The following are the dates and departments scheduled for the hearings inside […]

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Delaware Transit Corporation to hold a public workshop to discuss proposed changes to DART Statewide Bus Services

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) is hosting Public Hearing Workshops to provide input and comments on proposed changes to DART Statewide Bus Services to become effective May 19, 2019.  Wilmington Public Library, The Commons, 10 East 10th St., Wilmington, 19801  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 11 AM to 1 PM  5 PM to 7 […]

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Wilmington City Council Swears in 1st District Councilwoman Linda Gray

WILMINGTON– Linda Gray, a former parole officer, and magistrate judge is the new 1stDistrict Council Member of the City of Wilmington. By a vote of 8 to 4, the full body of the Wilmington City Council voted this evening to select Gray, who was sworn in and immediately took her seat. “My overall vision is […]

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Stormin’ Norman Reunion Classic basketball tournament tips off this weekend

  WILMINGTON – An effort that started as a way to get young people off the streets of Southbridge will serve as a reminder of its success in changing lives nearly 40 years later. The Stormin’ Norman Reunion Classic 2019 Basketball Tournament will reunite the players and coaches from the Wilmington youth league that ran from […]

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WITN-22 again awarded top honors from Delaware Press Association

WILMINGTON– For the second time in as many years WITN-22 has taken away first-place awards in the 2019 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest. The awards are as follows: 1st Place: On-the-scene report (news) – Television: Yesenia Taveras for her solo news package on a YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program 1st Place: Talk Show (Television): WITN-22 staff, which includes […]

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Wilmington City Council office closes early due to worsening weather conditions

WILMINGTON – Due to worsening weather conditions,  President Hanifa Shabazz has closed the office of the Wilmington City Council for the remainder of the day. Wilmington City Councilmembers are available to constituents and can be contacted through the City Council web site at www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com. Citizens should contact the City’s Public Works Call Center at 302-576-3878 with […]

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Tomorrow’s City Council meeting rescheduled to Thursday, February 28th

  WILMINGTON– At the request of numerous members of City Council and due to their unexpected professional conflicts to attend tomorrow’s regularly scheduled meeting, President Hanifa Shabazz has agreed to reschedule the Wilmington City Council meeting to February 28. “Several items on the agenda are the culmination of weeks and months of work, debates and […]

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Committee of the Whole makes recommendation to fill 1st District seat, full Council to vote to accept or reject

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington City Council Committee of the Whole has selected Linda M. Gray as its recommended candidate to fill the 1st District vacancy and will next present it to the full body of Council for a vote on February 21st. “We got this out of this committee with a majority vote, which is a good sign […]

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Council Members ‘looking forward to’ Committee of the Whole meeting to recommend candidate to fill long vacant 1st District seat

WILMINGTON– On Friday at 4:30 p.m. the entire body of the Wilmington City Council will convene as a Committee of the Whole to participate in the selection process for filling the vacancy in the 1st District. “This seat has been open since November, so I’m glad we came up with a resolution to pick someone to […]

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