Agenda for Regular Meeting

06/16/2022 6:30 pm

VIRTUAL MEETING WITH REMOTE PARTICIPATION

Call to Order
Prayer
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Committee Reports

Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report

Non-Legislative Business

ALL COUNCIL

  • Recognize Juneteenth Day of Observance
  • Recognize Coalition of Black Trade Unionist 5th Annual Solidarity Ball

CABRERA

  • Recognize Reggie DeWayne Johnson
  • Recognize National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

CONGO              

  • Sympathy Dr. James E. Newton

HARLEE

  • Recognize Kuumba Academy

OLIVER              

  • Recognize Sickle Cell Awareness Day

SPADOLA            

  • Recognize Jamar Rahming (Wilmington Public Library)

PUBLIC COMMENT
The meeting will be open to the public starting at 6pm, so members of the public can sign up to speak. To sign up for Public Comment, members of the public must go to the following website https://tinyurl.com/wccpubliccomment061622 to fill out the information requested. Public Comment will take place after non-legislative business. The President of City Council will recognize speakers in the order listed on the website.

Note: Due to the Governor’s continuing state of limited public health emergency, this meeting of Council shall be fully virtual with no anchor location. Members of the public are also welcomed to observe the proceeding and participate by ZOOM or by telephone through the links provided below:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86937839876 or visit the WITN22 website http://www.witn22.org or WITN YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/WITN22Wilmington/ or listen in only by calling one of the following phone numbers (929) 205-6099 or (301) 715-8592. You will be asked for the Webinar ID. Please enter 869 3783 9876 and then #. International numbers available: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kedDdOiuj.


Legislative Business

GRAY

Agenda Item #0189 - Res. 22-036
Adopted
A Resolution Requesting the Delaware General Assembly Amend Firearms Preemption Statue

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution requests that the Delaware General Assembly restore the pre-1985 home rule authority of the City of Wilmington to enact legislation to regulate firearms within the limits of the City of Wilmington by exempting the City of Wilmington from the Delaware Code’s preemption statute that prohibits all municipalities from regulating firearms post-1985.

 


CONGO (Darby presented on behalf of Congo)

Agenda Item #0190 - Res. 22-037
Defeated
A Resolution Initiating a Proposed Amendment to the Wilmington City Charter Section 2-102 to Require an Independent Redistricting Commission

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to the Wilmington City Charter Section 2-102 to require an independent redistricting commission to redistrict the City’s eight (8) Councilmanic districts within six (6) months after the publication by the United States Census Bureau of the population of the City at each federal decennial census.

 

Agenda Item #0191 - Res. 22-038
Adopted
A Resolution to Amend the Wilmington City Charter Section 2-103 Lowering the Minimum Age Requirement of Members of Council from Twenty-Five (25) to Twenty-Three (23)

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-103 lowering the minimum age requirement of those desiring to serve as members of Council from twenty-five (25) to twenty-three (23).

Agenda Item #0192 - Res. 22-039
Adopted As Amended
A Resolution to Amend the Wilmington City Charter Section 3-300 Lowering the Minimum Age Requirement of Mayor from Thirty (30) to Twenty-Three (23)

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 3-300 lowering the minimum age requirement of those desiring to serve as Mayor from thirty (30) to twenty-three (23). 

Agenda Item #0193 - Res. 22-040
Adopted
A Resolution to Amend Wilmington City Charter Section 2-101 to Allow the Citizens of Wilmington to Fill a Vacancy Arising on City Council Through a Special Election

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution requests the Delaware General Assembly to amend Section 2-101 of the City Charter to allow the citizens of Wilmington to fill a vacancy arising on City Council through a special election.


DARBY

Agenda Item #0165 - Ord. 22-029
1st & 2nd Reading - Referred to F&ED
An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 40, Section 40-341(A) of the City Code to Mirror the State Code's Policy Regarding Paid Parental Leave

Synopsis:  This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Ordinance amends Chapter 40 of the City Code by eliminating the City’s current four weeks of paid parental leave and replacing it with twelve weeks of paid parental leave, in accordance with the leave provided by the State of Delaware to its employees.

Agenda Item #0194 - Res. 22-041
Defeated
A Resolution to Amend Wilmington City Charter Section 3-203 to Modify the City Solicitor Position from an Appointed Position to an Elected Position

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution urges the Delaware General Assembly to enact legislation that will amend City Charter § 3-203 to modify the City Solicitor position from an appointed position to an elected position.  

Agenda Item #0195 - Res. 22-042
Defeated
A Resolution to Amend Section 2-100 of the City of Wilmington Charter to Impose a Limit of Not More Than Three (3) Terms for Members Elected to the Council

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution requests the Delaware General Assembly to amend Section 2-100 of the City Charter to impose a term limit for City Council members of not more than three (3) terms in each representative capacity; council member elected from a councilmanic district, council member at large, and president of the council.

Agenda Item #0196 - Res. 22-043
Adopted
A Resolution Urging the Delaware General Assembly to Re-Establish Voting Rights for Prisoners in State Facilities

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution urges the Delaware General Assembly to enact legislation that will allow for all prisoners in state facilities to have their right to vote in local, state, and federal elections re-established. 

Agenda Item #0197 - Res. 22-044
Defeated
A Resolution to Amend Wilmington City Charter Section 2-101 to Provide for Four-Year Staggered Terms of Office for City Council

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution requests the Delaware General Assembly to amend Section 2-101 of the City Charter to provide for four-year staggered terms of office for City Council. 

Agenda Item #0198 - Res. 22-045
Defeated
A Resolution to the Delaware General Assembly Opposing Changes to Wilmington City Charter for Broad Use of Eminent Domain

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. Although the “public use” restriction in  Title 49 of the Delaware Code is instrumental in combatting legal excesses with regard to the use of eminent domain policies, this  Resolution expresses strong opposition to any additional amendments to the Delaware Code or City of Wilmington Charter that have the potential to weaken protections against unnecessary property seizures in already marginalized communities.

Agenda Item #0199 - Res. 22-046
Defeated
A Resolution Proposing Amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-205 to Require City Council to Make Emergency Appropriations from Available Revenues, Grant Funds or Special Funds in Order to Meet a Public Emergency Affecting Life, Health, Property or the Public Peace

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-205 to require City Council to make emergency appropriations from available revenues, grant funds or special funds in order to meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or other public peace.

Agenda Item #0200 - Res. 22-047
Adopted
A Resolution Proposing an Amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-300 to Require City Council to Appropriate Grant Funds in the Annual Operating Budget

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-300 to require City Council to appropriate grant funds in the annual operating budget.

Agenda Item #0201 - Res. 22-048
Adopted
A Resolution Proposing an Amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-301 to Require City Council to Make Certain Supplemental Appropriations of Excess Revenues, Grant Funds or Special Funds During the Fiscal Year

SynopsisThis Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-301 to require City Council to make certain supplemental appropriations of excess revenues, grant funds or special funds during the fiscal year.


OLIVER

Agenda Item #0202 - Res. 22-049
Adopted
A Resolution in Support of House Bill No. 205 which Aims to Amend Title 19 and 29 of the Delaware Code Relating to the Establishment and Management of Expanding Access to Retirement and Necessary Savings Program

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.  This Resolution expresses strong support from the Wilmington City Council for the passage of House Bill No. 205 which aims to amend Title 19 and 29 of the Delaware Code relating to the establishment and management of expanding access to retirement and necessary savings program. This Act will facilitate increased retirement savings among Delaware’s working population and reduce the need for additional taxes or fees to fund public assistance programming. This program will provide a convenient, low-cost, portable, and tax-efficient means of saving for workers whose employers do not offer a private-sector 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan.


HARLEE

Agenda Item #0203 - Res. 22-050
Adopted
A Resolution Urging the Delaware General Assembly to Amend Wilmington City Charter Section 2-204 to Exclude August and December from the Twice a Month Meeting Requirement

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.  This Resolution urges the Delaware General Assembly to enact legislation that will amend City Charter § 2-204 to exclude August and December from the twice-a-month meeting requirement except when a meeting is requested by the Mayor, President of City Council, or a Majority of the City Council.

Agenda Item #0204 - Res. 22-051
Adopted
A Resolution in Support of House Bill No. 25, an Act to Amend Title of the Delaware Code Relating to Elections

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval.  This Resolution is in support of House Bill No. 25 (HB No. 25), An Act to Amend Title 15 of the Delaware Code Relating to Elections, which provides for election day registration for presidential primary, primary, special and general elections, and permits same day registration at polling places for eligible voters who present appropriate documentation. The electoral system is the bedrock of a democratic governance system, and our laws should make every possible accommodation to ensure that those who are eligible to participate in the voting process are able to exercise their rights.

Agenda Item #0205 - Res. 22-052
Adopted (Public Hearing)
A Resolution Approving an Amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan Entitled “Wilmington 2028: A Comprehensive Plan for Our City and Communities” Regarding Three Parcels of Land Located at the Southeast Corner of Fourth and Shipley Streets, Commonly Known as “Humble Park

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution approves an amendment to the City’s comprehensive development plan entitled “Wilmington 2028: A Comprehensive Plan for Our City and  Communities” to change the land use of three parcels of land located at the southeast corner of Fourth and Shipley Streets, Wilmington, Delaware (being Tax Parcel Nos. 26-043.10-188, 26-043.10-189, and 26-043.10-190), which are commonly known as “Humble Park”, from “Parks and Open Space” to “Downtown Mixed Use” by revising the Midtown Brandywine/Central Future Land Use Map for the parcels.

Agenda Item #0144 - Ord. 22-011 - HELD
Public Hearing - 3rd & Final Reading
Rezone Three Parcels of Land Located at the Southeast Corner of Fourth and Shipley Streets, Commonly Known as "Humble Park", from a Zoning Classification of O (Open Space) to a Zoning Classification of C-3 (Central Retail)

Synopsis:  This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. This Ordinance rezones three parcels of land located at the southeast corner of Fourth and Shipley Streets (being Tax Parcel Nos. 26-043.10-188, 26-043.10-189, and 26-043.10-190), which are commonly known as “Humble Park”,  from a zoning classification of O (Open Space) to a zoning classification of
C-3 (Central Retail).

Agenda Item #0206 - Res.
HELD
A Resolution Approving the Bid of the Best Bidder for the Disposition of Three Parcels of Land Commonly Known as “Humble Park”

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution approves the bid of The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. for three parcels of real estate located at the southeast corner of Fourth and Shipley Streets, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 (being New Castle County Tax Parcel Nos. 26-043.10-188, 26-043.10-189, and 26-043.10-190), which are commonly known as “Humble Park”, as the best bidder and authorizes the Mayor and the City Clerk, or their respective designees, to execute any and all documents necessary to effectuate the disposition of such properties to The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. 


B. FIELDS

Agenda Item #0207 - Ord. 22-030
1st & 2nd Reading - Referred to F&ED
An Ordinance to Approve the Disposition of Seven Properties Located in the West Center City Neighborhood to Graduates of the Jumpstart Wilmington Program

Synopsis:  This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. This Ordinance approves the disposition of seven parcels of real estate located in the West Center City neighborhood at 817 West 4th Street, 612 West 5th Street, 802 West 6th Street, 834 West 6th Street, 517 West 7th Street, 618 West 7th Street, and 717 West 8th Street to graduates of the Jumpstart Wilmington program. 


JOHNSON

Agenda Item #0158 - Ord. 22-020
3rd & Final Reading - Defeated
Authorize and Approve a Contract between the City of Wilmington and ThirdLine, Inc. for Monitoring & Auditing Services

Synopsis:  This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval.  This Ordinance authorizes the execution of an Agreement between the City of Wilmington and ThirdLine, Inc.  ThirdLine will provide services that can   help detect fraud, expedite audits, and improve monitoring of financial transactions for the City’s Auditing Department while integrating with Tyler Technologies Munis planning system.  These services will be provided over a five (5) year period for a total cost of $425,000, with an additional cost of up to $25,000 per year if the City requests custom analytic support.

Agenda Item #0208 - Res. 22-053
Adopted
A Resolution Urging the Delaware General Assembly to Support SS No. 1 to SB No. 3 to Better Regulate Firearms and Promote Responsible Gun Ownership

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution urges the members of the Delaware General Assembly to support SS No. 1 for SB No. 3 to better regulate the sale and transfer of firearms and promote responsible gun ownership.


CABRERA

Agenda Item #0171 - Res.
HELD
A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to File the City Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Action Plan Budget with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Including Funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program

Synopsis:  This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. This Resolution authorizes the Mayor, or his designee, to file the City Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Action Plan Budget with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban  Development, which includes funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships  Program, the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program.

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