Agenda for Regular Meeting

04/20/2023 6:30 pm

Virtual Meeting with Anchor Location and Remote Participation
Council Chambers
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street – Wilmington, DE  19801


Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Committee Reports

Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report 

Non-Legislative Business

a.  Recognition Resolutions


        • Recognize Arab American Heritage Month
        • Recognize Rev. Dr. Jay Macklin


        • Recognize Dr. Richard Allen Williams


        • Congratulate Salesianum School – DIAA Championship Teams (Basketball, Indoor Track, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling and Ice Hockey)

b.  Sympathy Resolutions


        • Sympathy Stanley Munfur Ali
        • Sympathy Will Minster (Minster’s Jewelers)


        • Sympathy Sara E. Burton


        • Sympathy Pastor Rella Reynolds


        • Sympathy Delvert Snyder, Sr.
        • Sympathy Vernon Jerone Hill, Sr.


        • Sympathy William Oscar Cornelious

Legislative Business


Agenda Item #0057 (Rev. 1) - Sub. 1 to Ord. 21-024
3rd & Final Reading - Passed
Amend Chapter 5 of the City Code to Require Buyers of Residential Rental Property to Pay Business License Fees at Property Settlement

Synopsis:  This Substitute Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.  This Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 21-024 amends Chapter 5 of the City Code by adding Section 5-37.1 to require buyers of residential rental properties located within city limits to complete a business license application and pay business license fees at settlement. Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 21-024 also requires the Department of Licenses and Inspections to provide the new property owners with an informational brochure providing guidance for landlords and owners of vacant properties. The purpose of Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 21-024 is to increase enforcement and compliance with business license requirements among owners of rental property, and to  streamline the process for investor-owners to obtain business licenses.


Agenda Item #0295 - Ord. 23-017
1st & 2nd Reading - Referred to CD&UP
An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 41 of the City Code to Permit the Use of Parapet Signs

Synopsis:  This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval.  This Ordinance amends Chapter 41 of the  City Code to permit the use of parapet signs in the City.


Agenda Item #0273 - Ord. 23-007
3rd & Final Reading - DEFEATED
Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code to Prohibit City Council from Hiring Close Relatives of Currently Sitting City Council Members

Synopsis:  This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Ordinance seeks to improve government  transparency by amending Chapter 2 of the City Code to prohibit City Council from hiring close relatives of currently sitting City Council members.  This Ordinance does not include a close relative City Council staffer who was hired prior to and continuously employed by City Council  since September 1st one year before the election in which the close relative’s related City Council member was elected.  For example, a City Council staffer who is a close relative to a City Council member elected in 2024 may be hired again if the staffer was hired by September 1, 2023 and remained employed by City Council since September 1, 2023.  


Petitions and Communications


Public Comment

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