Agenda for Regular Meeting

06/15/2017 6:30 pm

Non-Legislative Business

All Council

  • Retirement Bobby Cummings

Shabazz

  • Commend Dr. LaVerne Harmon of Wilmington University

Williams

  • Commend Ryan Hahn, Sean Williams and Kayla Chambers
  • Commend Senior Firefighter Basilio Silva, Jr. and Firefighter Michael Wiktorowicz

Legislative Business

Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha: 1st Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4374 - Resolution 17-042
Adopted
Approving a MOU between United Way, Delaware Department of Education and New Castle County Vo-Tech School District for the Summer Youth Employment Program

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving a Mutual Support Agreement between the City of Wilmington, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District, Delaware Department of Education, and United Way of Delaware to employ 10 summer youth program participants, assist with training, and evaluate this pilot program.


Hanifa Shabazz: President (Chukwuocha presenting on behalf of Shabazz)

Agenda Item #4375 - Resolution 17-043
Adopted
Approving the Acceptance of Requested Grant Funds, if awarded, from the State of Delaware and New Castle County to Support the Efforts of the CDC Community Advisory Council to Combat Youth Firearm Violence in Wilmington

This Resolution is being presented by the Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City’s requests to the State of Delaware and New Castle County for $40,000 each. The funds would help support efforts to implement the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the work of the CDC Community Advisory Council formed to help address youth firearm violence in Wilmington through a holistic, public-health lens.

Agenda Item #4376 - Resolution 17-044
Adopted
Opposing United States Congress House Resolution 610 Titled the “Choices in Education Act of 2017”

This Resolution is being presented by the Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be on record opposing House Resolution 610 which would repeal provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and take steps to expand voucher programs for parents who choose to send their children to non-public schools or to home-school their children, which could reduce funding and resources allocated to public schools.


Zanthia Oliver: 3rd Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4377 - Resolution 17-045
Adopted
Declaring as Surplus Property and Authorizing the Disposition of 5, 7, 9 East 23rd Street and 3, 4, 5, 13 Gordon Street to Conscious Connections for the Expansion of an Existing Community Garden

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be declaring properties located at 5, 7, 9 East 23rd Street and 3, 4, 5, 13 Gordon Street as surplus and approves the properties for disposition to Conscious Connections for the expansion of an existing community garden.


Michelle Harlee: 4th Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4378 - Ordinance 17-022
Referred to the Finance & Economic Development Committee
To Amend Chapter 44 of the City Code by Amending the Boundaries of the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District

This Ordinance is being presented by the Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be amending section 44-154 of the City Code to enlarge the boundaries of the Wilmington Business Improvement District to include the 800 block of Washington Street.


Va'Shun "Vash" Turner: 5th Councilmanic District*

Agenda Item #4379 - Resolution 17-046
Adopted
Authorizing the Department of Public Works’ Application for a Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Public Works’ application for a $80,000 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Funds will be used to create a sustainability plan related to sea level rise that builds on modeling already performed by the State of Delaware. The grant requires a 20% local match.


Robert A. Williams: 7th Councilmanic District

Agenda Item #4380 - Ordinance 17-023
Referred to the Public Safety Committee
To Amend Chapter 36 of the City Code to Create the Gun Offender Registration Act

This Ordinance is being presented by the Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be amending Chapter 36 of the City Code to establish the Gun Offender Registration Act (GORA) which would require all gun offenders, convicted in the State of Delaware and who reside in Wilmington, to register with the Wilmington Police Department within two business days of disposition and release as specified in Title 11 of the Delaware Code. Like the sexual offender registry, if enacted, the GORA would also require registrants to be photographed, periodically verify registry information, and provide notification of change of address.


Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th Councilmanic District (Turner presented on behalf of Freel)

Agenda Item #4373 - Ordinance 17-021
Enacted but not codified
Authorize an Electricity Procurement Contract Starting in FY 2018

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to enter into a contract or contracts with the three (3) “short-listed” electricity providers for services starting in FY 2018 for a term of two (2) or three (3) years with an option to extend for an additional one (1) or two (2) years.


Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th Councilmanic District (Chukwuocha presented on behalf of Freel)

Agenda Item #4381 - Ordinance 17-024
Referred to the Finance & Economic Development Committee
Authorizing the Issuance of the City's General Obligation Bonds or a General Obligation Bond Anticipation Note, in Order to Provide the Funds Necessary to Finance Water Meter Replacement Costs; Providing for the Sale of the Bonds or the Note; and Authorizing Other Necessary Action

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the issuance of up to $3,600,000 aggregate principal amount of General Obligation Bonds and/or a General Obligation Bond Anticipation Note (Water Meter Replacement Project), Series 2017 or 2018 as the Bond Committee may determine in order to provide permanent and temporary financing, respectively, for water meter replacement costs and to pay the costs associated with issuance of the Bonds or the Note. The estimated cost from the issuance of the Bonds or Note is expected to be approximately $25,000.


Samuel L. Guy, Esq.: At-Large

Agenda Item #4372 - Resolution 17-041
Held
Proposing an Amendment to the Wilmington City Charter Related to the Age Requirement of the Mayor

This Resolution is being presented by the Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be proposing an amendment to Section 3-300 of the City Charter to change the age-eligibility requirement for Mayor from 30 years old to 25 years of age.

Agenda Item #4382 - Resolution 17-047
Held
Requesting that the Wilmington Police Department Manual be Distributed to Each Member of City Council and that Members Receive Updates as the Manual is Amended

This Resolution is being presented by the Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be requesting that a copy of the Wilmington Police Department Manual be distributed to each member of Wilmington City Council and that members of Council are provided with updates as the manual is amended.


Loretta Walsh: At-Large (Chukwuocha presented on behalf of Walsh)

Agenda Item #4383 - Resolution 17-048
Adopted
Approving an Amendment to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Wilmington and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1, Regarding the Timeline for Addressing Grievances

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving an amendment to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the City and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 (Rank and File) to extend the time for meeting with the Chief of Police and Human Resources upon appeal of a grievance decision by a division commander from five (5) days to 30 days.

Agenda Item #4384 - Resolution 17-049
Adopted
Regarding the Wilmington Fire Department Commencing a Fire Academy Class

This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would recognize that the Chief of the Fire Department has represented that the manpower of the Fire Department has fallen below 95% percent of the number of firefighters set forth in the position allocation list attached to the FY 2018 Annual Operating Budget ordinance and has drafted a resolution calling for the commencement of an academy class for the Fire Department.


Hanifa Shabazz: President (Chukwuocha presented on behalf of Shabazz)

Agenda Item #4385 - Ordinance 17-025
Referred to the Finance & Economic Development Committee
To Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code Regarding the Requirement of Bi-Monthly Reports from the Law Department

This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be amending Chapter 2 of the City Code to require bi-monthly reports to City Council, the City Clerk, the City Auditor, and the City Treasurer from the Law Department on the status of certain pending litigation.

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