Agenda for Regular Meeting

04/07/2016 6:30 pm

Non-Legislative Business

All Council

  • Sympathy Dr. Emmanuel Babbatunde Durosomo
  • Recognize Housing Opportunities of Northern Delaware “Fair Housing Month”

D. Brown/Wright

  • Sympathy Robert L. Davis, Sr.
  • Commend Brandon Lee Brinkley Foundation

D. Brown

  • Retirement Beverly Ann Williams Berry

Cabrera

  • Sympathy Leonard Young
  • Sympathy Lawrence Franklin Hayes

Gregory

  • Commend Reverends Barbara and Robert Henry
  • Recognize Raheim Burnett
  • Sympathy Coleman E. Smith
  • Sympathy Carolyn Davis Wright
  • Delaware Chapter #0094 of the National Association of Black Veterans

Prodo

  • Sympathy Christian Andrew Serrano

Shabazz

  • Congratulate Main Street

Dorsey Walker

  • Recognize Senior Corporal Daniel Vignola
  • Bishop Eric D. Garnes (Christian Love Worship Cathedral)

Willliams

  • Recognize Price of Piedmont Lodge #475 100th Centennial Celebration

Wright

  • Congratulate Kenneth Everett
  • Welcome Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
  • Sympathy Frank R. King
  • Congratulate Elder Robert Goodman and First Lady Jean Goodman – New Life United Holy Church of America

Legislative Business

Darius J. Brown: 3rd Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4188 - Resolution 16-026
Adopted
Approving the Proposed Amendments to the Price’s Run/Riverside/11th Street Bridge Neighborhood Comprehensive Development Plan (Public Hearing)

A public hearing will be held at tonight’s meeting prior to a vote being taken on this Resolution which is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing an amendment to the Price’s Run/Riverside/11th Street Bridge Neighborhood Comprehensive Development Plan in order to revise maps A through Q to include a property located at 3604 Downing Drive. The City Planning Commission, at its March 15, 2016 meeting, recommended that City Council approve the change to the plan.

Agenda Item #4177 - Ordinance 16-012
Codified
Annex a Parcel of Land Located at 3604 Downing Drive (Downing Drive Industrial Park), Contiguous with the City Boundary in the Vicinity of the Riverside Neighborhood Analysis Area, New Castle County, Delaware, and in Connection Therewith, to Amend the Boundaries of Councilmanic District No. 3, the Building Zone Map – Flood Districts and to Add the Annexed Territory to the City’s Corporate Boundaries (Public Hearing)

A public hearing will be held at tonight’s meeting prior to a vote being taken on this Ordinance which is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration to annex a parcel of land in New Castle County at 3604 Downing Drive into the City of Wilmington based on a Petition for Annexation from the property owner, Moat Street LLC. The property lies within the Downing Industrial Park and is contiguous to the City boundary and the Riverside neighborhood. If approved, the ordinance would annex the land, assign a zoning classification of M-1 (light manufacturing) to the land, amend the City’s Building Zone Map to reflect the new property, amend the 3rd Councilmanic District to add the property and amend the City’s official boundaries to include the new property.


Theopalis K. Gregory: President (D. Brown presenting on behalf of Gregory)

Agenda Item #4180 - Ordinance 16-013
Codified
Authorizing the City to Enter into a Lease Agreement with the Urban Bike Project of Wilmington, Inc. for the Lease of the Premises Located at 301 East 15th Street

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration to enter into a two-year lease agreement with the Urban Bike Project of Wilmington, Inc. for use of a City-owned property at 301 East 15th Street to house the operations of the non-profit agency. The monthly lease fee to the City would be $500. The Urban Bike Project supports Wilmington communities by providing access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable and practical means of transportation and recreation.


Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: 4th Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4166 - Ordinance 16-010
Held
Authorize an Extension to City Contract 14045WDPS, Fire Hydrant Testing and Rehabilitation Services with Utility Service Co., Inc.

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration, through the Department of Public Works, to extend, for one additional year, the contract with Utility Service Company, Inc. (USC), for the inspection, water flow testing and rehabilitation of the City’s approximately 2,500 fire hydrants. The original contract with USC became effective last March and contained two, one-year contract extension periods. The City will pay USC $386,920 (the same amount as the first year of the agreement) for the second year of the agreement which is scheduled to begin on or about March 12, 2016.

Agenda Item #4167 - Ordinance 16-011
Held
Authorize an Extension to City Contract 14046WDPS, Valve Inspection, Exercising and Rehabilitation Services with Utility Service Co., Inc.

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration, through the Department of Public Works, to extend, for one additional year, the contract with Utility Service Company, Inc. (USC), for valve inspection, exercising and rehabilitation services. The original contract with USC became effective last March and contained two, one-year contract extension periods. The City will pay USC $386,920 (the same amount as the first year of the agreement) for the second year of the agreement which is scheduled to begin on or about
March 12, 2016.

Agenda Item #4189 - Ordinance 16-019
Referred to Committee
To Enact Certain Traffic/Parking Regulations Throughout the City

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing certain traffic and parking regulation changes.

Agenda Item #4190 - Ordinance 16-020
Referred to Committee
To Approve the Removal of a Portion of E-Street, Claymont Street, and Green Street from the Official City Map

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing portions of E Street, Claymont Street and Green Street to be removed from the Official City Map. The request for the change is being made by 200 LLC, the owner of eight parcels of contiguous land in South Wilmington. The request, which has already been approved by the City Planning Commission, would allow the City and New Castle County governments’ access to existing buried utilities as well as water and sewer infrastructure in the area.


Theopalis K. Gregory: President (Shabazz presented on behalf of Gregory)

Agenda Item #4191 - Resolution 16-027
Adopted
Supporting House Bill 283, the Veterans, Skilled Workers and Community Workforce Act

This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be urging the Delaware General Assembly to pass House Bill 283, also known as the Veterans, Skilled Workers and Community Workforce Act. This legislation would require that on all State-funded construction, public works or improvement projects, contractors and sub-contractors draw 30% of the workforce for a particular project from the Representative District within which the project is located and 5% of the workforce from among eligible Delaware veterans.


Theopalis K. Gregory: President (Dorsey Walker presented on behalf of Gregory)

Agenda Item #4192 - Ordinance 16-021
Referred to Committee
To Close a Portion of Liberty Street (Proposed Site of the Wilmington Skate Plaza)

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a portion of Liberty Street to be closed based on the recommendation of the Departments of Public Works and Planning. The City Planning Commission approved the recommendation at its March 15, 2016 meeting.


Robert A. Williams: 7th Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4096 REV. 1 - Ordinance 15-039 SUB. 1
Codified
Amend Chapter 40 of the City Code Regarding Elected and Appointed City Officials’ Disclosure of Delinquent Property Taxes, Water/Sewer Fees, Licenses and Inspections Fees, Fees Related to Parking or Red Light Violations or Other Obligations Owed to the City

This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing amendments to Chapter 40 of the City Code that would require elected and appointed City employees to report annually any outstanding delinquencies to the City in taxes or fees. Specifically, this Ordinance would require all elected and appointed City officials to file an annual declaration of delinquent obligations with the City’s Human Resources Department by the last day in January. Elected and appointed employees would have to declare if they are delinquent on property taxes, water/sewer fees, license and inspection fees, parking or red light fines or fees, or any other obligation owed to the City. Failure to comply with the law would be a Class A misdemeanor offense under a State law that prohibits individuals from making a false written statement. Maximum violations of the law are punishable by up to one year of incarceration and a fine of up to $2,300, restitution or other conditions as a court may deem appropriate.

Agenda Item #4193 - Resolution 16-028
Adopted
Encouraging Leaders of the Wilmington Police Department to Provide Training and Certify Officers to Carry Narcan While on Duty

This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be requesting that the Administration require that the Wilmington Police Department [provide training and certification for police officers to carry and administer Narcan, an emergency medication that has been shown to counteract the effects of opioid-related drug overdoses. This effort would help to mitigate a dramatic increase in heroin and opioid abuse in recent years and save lives.


Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4159 - Ordinance 16-008
Codified
Ratify and Authorize an Agreement with Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A., for the Conduct of the CAFR and Federal Funds Audits for Fiscal Year 2015, 2016 and 2017

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration to enter into an agreement with the auditing firm of Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A., to provide an annual audit of all City government departments, as required by the City Charter, for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016, and 2017. The estimated cost of each annual City government audit is estimated to be $185,000. The agreement also allows for the possibility to two, one-year extensions of the contract by mutual agreement of the City and auditing firm. Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. was awarded the audit contract as the result of a public request for proposals.

Agenda Item #4194 - Ordinance 16-022
Referred to Committee
Establishing Salaries of City Council Members to be Effective as of the First Tuesday in January, 2017

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing implementation of a new salary structure for City Council Members who will take office in January 2017, after the November, 2016 general election. The new salary structure is part of a 1987 Council Compensation Commission methodology that recommended salary increases every four years for those citizens elected to the 13 part-time positions of City Council. The new salary structure to begin in 2017, if enacted by Council, would be $35,650 for President of Council (current salary is $34,950), $33,150 for the Finance Committee Chair (current salary is $32,500), $32,030 for the President Pro Tem of Council (current salary is $31,400) and $28,205 for the remaining members of what will be the 107th session of Wilmington City Council (current salary is $27,650 for members of the 106th session).

Agenda Item #4195 - Resolution 16-029
Adopted
Approving the Wilmington Police Department’s Acceptance of a Reimbursable Capital Fund Grant from the State of Delaware for a Real Time Crime Center Project

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration, through the Departments of Planning and Police, to accept two appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly’s Fiscal Year 2016 Bond and Capital Improvements Act. Specifically, the Police Department would be authorized to accept a $750,000 appropriation for the new Real Time Crime Center and the Planning Department would be authorized to accept a $500,000 appropriation for park improvements. There are no local matching funds required for either appropriation.

Agenda Item #4196 - Ordinance 16-023
Referred to Committee
To Authorize an Installment Payment Agreement, Security Agreement with VAR Resources LLC, d/b/a VAR Technology Finance, to Finance the Procurement of Certain Computer Hardware and Software

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration, through the Division of Integrated Technologies (IT), to enter into a five year agreement with VAR Resources LLC to finance the procurement of hardware and software top upgrade the City’s IT services. The total cost of the agreement is $1,108,098.63 to be paid in five equal installments of $221,619.73.


Theopalis K. Gregory: President (Freel presented on behalf of Gregory)

Agenda Item #4197 - Resolution 16-030
Adopted
Requesting the Delaware General Assembly to Approve an Amendment to Section 8-200 of the City Charter Regarding City Contracts and Procurement Requirements

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be joining with the Administration in asking the Delaware General Assembly to make certain changes to the City Charter related to the City’s contracting and procurement requirements. Specifically, the changes would improve the City’s procurement procedures, increase public access to contracting opportunities through Internet advertising, and allow the City to participate in cooperative purchasing agreements.

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