Agenda for Regular Meeting

01/15/2015 6:30 pm

Non-Legislative Business

M. Brown 

  • Sympathy John L. Wright
  • Sympathy Bertram Furrowh

Cabrera

  • Recognize Dr. Nelson R. Santos
  • Welcome Women’s Business Center

Freel 

  • Farewell Joan Fultz

Gregory 

  • Retirement Karl Hines
  • Sympathy Maxine Jacqueline Anderson

Shabazz

  • Sympathy Ardella B. Faulkner

Legislative Business

CHUKWUOCHA

Agenda Item #4010 - RES. 15-001
Adopted
A Resolution to authorize the Department of Parks and Recreation to accept a grant from the Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund for improvements at Helen Chambers Park

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration to accept a $100,000 grant, originally awarded to the City in 2009 from the Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund (DLWCF). The grant requires the City to provide a $100,000 match which is already approved as part of the FY 2012 Capital Budget. The grant will be used by the Parks and Recreation Department to construct a basketball court, a picnic plaza, a pathway and other improvements at Helen Chambers Park in the West Center City area of Wilmington.

Agenda Item #4011 - RES. 15-002
Adopted
A Resolution to authorize the Department of Parks and Recreation to accept a grant from the Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund for improvements at Brown Park, Eastlawn Playground, Tatnall Street Playground and Brown Burton Winchester Park

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration to accept a $120,000 grant, originally awarded to the City in 2008 from the Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund (DLWCF). The grant requires the City to provide a $120,000 match which is already approved as part of the FY 2008 Capital Budget. The grant will be used by the Parks and Recreation Department to make playground improvements to Brown Park, Eastlawn Playground, Tatnall Street Playground and Brown Burton Winchester Park.

Agenda Item #4012 - RES. 15-003
Adopted
A Resolution to urge the Delaware Department of Education to institute a moratorium on new charter school application reviews

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.If approved, Council would be expressing its concerns to the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) about the proliferation of charter schools in the City of Wilmington and throughout the State. The Resolution also urges the DOE to institute a moratorium on new charter school applications to allow elected officials and community representatives time to assess the impact of charter schools in Wilmington and throughout the State.


SHABAZZ

Agenda Item #4013 - ORD. 15-001
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to amend Chapter 44 of the City Code regarding the duration of the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District, assessments on properties located within the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District, and the issuance of licenses to delinquent licensees

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing changes to Chapter 44 of the City Code affecting the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District (WDBID). Specifically, the Ordinance would extend the authorization of the WDBID to October 1, 2024 and would stipulate that a property re-assessment by the County Board of Assessment Review (NCCBAR) would become effective with regards to the DBID having to adjust its assessment for a property within its jurisdiction only after the NCCBAR makes a final decision about an assessment appeal, as opposed to when the assessment appeal is filed with the NCCBAR which is the current practice. Finally, the Ordinance would authorize the City to prohibit the issuance of a business license to any person or business which is delinquent to the WDBID.


M. BROWN

Agenda Item #4014 - RES. 15-004
Adopted
A Resolution to Support the City of Wilmington and the Delaware Department of Justice’s Application to Secure a Grant from the Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund to Enhance the Wilmington Community Policing Initiative”

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.If approved, Council would be expressing its support for a Wilmington Community Policing Initiative proposed by Attorney General Matt Denn to aggressively implement an expanded, visible and effective community policing presence in specific high-crime neighborhoods in

Wilmington. Funding in the amount of $640,200 would be used by the Delaware Department of Justice to pay overtime to police officers of the Wilmington Police Department, New Castle County Police Department and Delaware State Police Department who volunteer to serve as patrol officers in neighborhoods and at times selected by the Wilmington Police Department through the use of crime incidence data. The initiative would allow for the use of best practices in a number of areas, including advice from front-line officers regarding effective tactics and deployment, use of crime incidence data to make adjustments to tactics and deployment, involvement of community residents both at the decision-making level and in face-to-face contact with officers patrolling neighborhoods on foot, and effective training of officers in legal and other issues involved in visible foot patrols of high-crime areas.


WALSH

Agenda Item #4015 - RES. 15-005
Adopted
A Resolution to encourage Governor Jack Markell to pardon Delaware Abolitionists

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.If approved, Council would be urging Delaware Governor Jack Markell to issue pardons to three notable Delawareans for the criminal convictions they were given because of their efforts to help slaves achieve freedom. The individuals for whom this Resolution seeks pardons are Thomas Garrett, a Quaker abolitionist who is credited with helping more than 2,700 slaves to freedom; John Hunn, a farmer from the Odessa area and a member of the Camden, DelawareFriends Meeting who was convicted for aiding the Hawkins family to reach freedom, and Hunn’spartner in the abolitionist movement, Samuel Burris, a free black man, who, because he helped Hunn free slaves in Maryland and Southern Delaware, was sold back into slavery and ultimately released back to freedom by the highest bidder. The Resolution also salutes the unwavering humanitarian efforts of all of those who fought for the freedom of those enslaved.

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