Agenda for Regular Meeting

06/04/2015 6:30 pm

Non-Legislative Business

All Council

  • Recognize Bob King – Delaware Track Star and Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Sympathy Former Delaware State Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III

M.Brown

  • Sympathy Elizabeth Bratcher

Gregory

  • Recognize Elder Helena Michelle Creamer
  • Retirement Mary E. Polk
  • Sympathy Mr. William Moris
  • Sympathy Marian Deatrich Roache
  • Sympathy Eartha Rogers

Shabazz

  • Sympathy Joseph N. Perkins, Sr.

Williams

  • Congratulate Salesianum – Delaware state Soccer Team Champions
  • Congratulate Salesianum – Delaware State Cross Country Champions

 


Legislative Business

CHUKWUOCHA

Agenda Item ##4054 - Res. 15-026
Adopted
A Resolution Authorizing the Department of Licenses and Inspections to Carry Out the Non-emergency Demolitions of Eleven Properties

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Licenses and Inspections to demolish ten vacant residential properties and one vacant garage, all of which have been deemed to be nuisance properties. L&I is certifying to Council that the owners of these properties have failed to respond to repeated requests to rehabilitate or demolish these properties, placing the City in the position of having to take action for the safety of residents who live near the properties. Once the property is demolished, the City will place a lien against the property making the owner liable to repay the City for costs incurred for the demolition.


D. BROWN

Agenda Item ##4055 - Ord. 15-020
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 38 of the City Code Regarding Animal Control in City Parks

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for
City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving amendment to chapter 38 of the City Code regarding animals in City Parks. Specifically, this Ordinance would make it illegal for citizens to walk or allow their animals to roam on the playing fields or athletic surfaces of City parks. This provision would be added to the current law which already prohibits citizens from hunting with animals, disturbing animals in their natural abode, bringing vicious or unruly animals into a park, or bringing or riding a horse in a City park.


SHABAZZ

Agenda Item ##4027 - Ord. 15-007
Passed
Amend Chapter 11 of the City Code to add a new Article VI, “Illicit Discharge and Connection to MS4”

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing an amendment to Chapter 11 of the City Code to add a new section that preserves the health, comfort and environment of Wilmington residents. Specifically, passage of this Ordinance will bring the City into compliance with an MS4 permit (municipal separate storm sewer system permit) issued to the City by the State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The City is required to adhere to the MS4 permit by adopting regulations prohibiting incidents of illegal dumping into a MS4 and illicit discharges that can adversely affect local waterways. An estimated 90% of Wilmington’s stormwater collection system is a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system while the remaining 10% is a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).

Agenda Item ##4040 - Ord. 15-016
PASSED
Extend and Rescind Certain Traffic/Parking Regulations

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the elimination of a traffic and parking regulation related to the Community Education Building (CEB) on French Street. Pursuant to Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 14-024, City Council had previously authorized temporary traffic and parking regulations related to the CEB that will expire on May 14. This new Ordinance would continue all of the previous traffic and parking regulations regarding the CEB with the exception of allowing the closure of French Street to vehicular traffic which is currently permitted two times each weekday to allow for the loading and unloading of students from school buses. After passage of this Ordinance, only the intermittent closure of French Street would be permitted for the loading and unloading of students and only when such a closure is directed by the Wilmington Police Department in consultation with officials of the CEB for the safety of students.

Agenda Item ##4056 - Res. 15-027
Adopted
A Resolution Approving Construction and Utility Easement Agreement with New Castle County to Allow the County to Construct and Run their New Sanitary Sewer Line through Bringhurst Woods Park

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be granting certain construction and utility easements to the New Castle County government for the construction, operation and maintenance of a new sanitary sewer line on and across City-owned land known as Bringhurst Woods Park.

Agenda Item ##4057 - Res. 15-028
Adopted
A Resolution Authorizing the Disposition of 1104 A Street and 1106 A Street to Thomas Hicklin Jr.

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Real Estate and Housing to convey ownership of two City-owned properties—1104 A Street and 1106 A Street—to Thomas Hicklin, Jr. for the purpose of Mr. Hicklin renovating the properties as residential and occupying the properties.

Agenda Item ##4058 - Res. 15-029
Adopted
A Resolution Supporting the Proposal to Expand the Port of Wilmington and Strongly Encourage Governor Jack Markell and the Delaware General Assembly to take Immediate Action to Execute the Expansion

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be supporting the expansion of the Port of Wilmington to a site on the Delaware River in New Castle which would enable the Port to accommodate larger ships that require larger terminals. The Port expansion would involve a public-private partnership that would produce a single, larger pier or dock that could accommodate seven or more berths thus allowing the Port to accommodate larger container ships. The expansion is projected to create as many as 4,000 additional higher paying jobs for longshoremen.

Agenda Item ##4059 - Res. 15-030
Adopted
A Resolution Respectfully Urging the Delaware General Assembly to Support House Concurrent Resolution No. 30 allowing for the Creation of the Port of Wilmington Exports Task Force and Encourage that the Task Force Consider the Economic Development and Employment Opportunities that an Expansion of Port Operations would Provide for Residents of the City of Wilmington

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be supporting the Delaware House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution No. 30 which calls for the creation of the Port of Wilmington Exports Task Force. This body would be charged with exploring the feasibility of introducing new agricultural products for export which would likely result in new jobs at the Port.

Agenda Item ##4060 - ORD. 15-021
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to Authorize a Professional Services Agreement with Itron, Inc. for Automated Water Meter Reading Services

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Public Works to enter into a five-year contract not to exceed $324,000 with Itron, Inc., for automated water meter reading services. Itron, Inc. previously installed Itron radio transmission modules on the water meters that allow for the reading to be recorded electronically.

Agenda Item ##4061 - ORD. 15-022
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to Enter into a Twenty Year Transfer Agreement to Sell 550 of Wilmington’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit per Year on the SRECDelaware MarketPlace

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City, through the Department of Public Works, to sell 550 of the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) that have been generated from the City’s renewable energy solar panel project at the Porter Water Filtration Plant. The SREC’s would be sold over a 20-year period. For the first ten years, they would be sold at $49.98 per SREC which would generate $27,489 per year in revenue for the City and at a rate of $35.00 per SREC for the second ten year period which would generate $19,250 per year in revenue for the City. This action is part of the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard which is amandate to increase energy production from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and other alternatives to fossil and nuclear electric generation.


DORSEY WALKER

Agenda Item ##4036 - Ord. 15-014
Passed
Approve the Removal of a Portion of Seventh Avenue from the Official City Map

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the removal of a portion of a city street from the Official City Map. Specifically, New Riverfront Associates, LLC, which owns an eight- parcel property at 415 Seventh Avenue, has requested that a portion of Seventh Avenue, located between Duncan Street and the Penn Central Railroad right-of-way, be removed from the Official City Map. The City Planning Commission met on March 17, 2015 and adopted a resolution which recommended approval of the request by New Riverfront Associates, LLC. The City Law Department has determined that the City’s ownership of the portion of Seventh Avenue that is proposed to be removed cannot be established.

Agenda Item ##4062 - ORD. 15-023
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to Enact Certain Traffic/Parking Regulations

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving certain traffic and parking regulations. These changes would involve a variety of regulations such as all-way stop signs, no parking signs, no loading zone signs, four-hour parking signs and others. For a complete listing of the traffic/parking regulations and the street that are affected by this proposed Ordinance, please download a complete copy of the Ordinance by visiting the City’s website atwww.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/ccagenda.


FREEL

Agenda Item ##3898 - Sub. 2 Ord. 14-007
PASSED
Authorize a Volume Licensing Agreement with Microsoft Licensing, GP, to License Microsoft Computer Software

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to enter into a Volume Licensing Agreement with Microsoft Licensing, GP to purchase Microsoft computer software licenses to run City technological devices. The term of this Agreement is for a period of three (3) years.


FREEL

Agenda Item ##4042 - Ord. 15-018
Passed as Amended
Pledging the Full Faith, Credit and Taxing Power of the City of Wilmington to the Payment of Guaranteed Parking Authority in an Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed $15,000,000; Determining that the City’s Assistance in Financing a Refunding Program of said Authority is in the Public Interest of the City; and Authorizing Other Necessary Action

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be pledging the City’s full faith, credit and taxing power to assist the Wilmington Parking Authority (WPA) as it refunds its Guaranteed Parking Revenue Bonds, Series of 2005, and issues Guaranteed Parking Revenue Bonds, Series of 2015 in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $15 million. The refunding will allow the WPA to obtain a lower interest rate on the new bond issuance which the City deems to be in the public interest of the City.


FREEL

Agenda Item ##4063 - ORD. 15-024
1st & 2nd Final Reading
An Ordinance to Authorize City Contract 14068HRPS, Property and Casualty Insurance Brokerage Services, As Amended, with USI Insurance Services LLC, Successor in Interest to Willis of Delaware, Inc.

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Human Resources to enter into an amended one-year contract with an option for three, one-year extensions with USI Insurance Services (USI), a successor to Willis of Delaware, Inc., to serve as the City’s property and casualty insurance broker. The contract, for the period of August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015, would not exceed $60,000 and could be renewed up to three times at the same annual amount. USI was selected through a competitive City bidding process.

Agenda Item ##4064 - Ord. 15-025
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to Authorize City Contract 15016HRPS, Life and Health Insurance Brokerage Services, As amended, with USI Insurance Services LLC, successor in Interest to willis of Delaware, Inc.

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Human Resources to enter into an amended one-year contract with an option for three, one-year extensions withUSI Insurance Services (USI), a successor to Willis of Delaware, Inc., to serve as the City’s life and health insurance broker. The contract, for the period of August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015, would not exceed $135,000 and could be renewed up to three times at the same annual amount. USI was selected through a competitive City bidding process.


M. BROWN

Agenda Item ##4065 - Res. 15-031
Adopted
A Resolution Supporting Senate Bill No. 83, which is to Provide Enhanced Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be expressing its support for State Senate Bill No. 83 which would expand the legal protections for victims of domestic violence and reduce the ability of the perpetrators of domestic violence from purchasing or otherwise obtaining a firearm. The state legislation would also extend protections concerning domestic violence to include those involved in a substantive dating relationship as well as those who have co-habited at the time of an offense or within five years prior to an offense.

Agenda Item #4066 - Ord. 15-026
1st & 2nd Reading
An Ordinance to Authorize City Contract 16002PD Police Uniform Cleaning with Blue Swan, Inc.

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s  review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City, through the Wilmington Police Department, to enter into a one-year contract totaling $30,645 with Blue Swan, Inc. for the cleaning of police uniforms. The Ordinance also allows the contract to be renewed for at least two, one-year renewals at the same cost.


WALSH

Agenda Item ##4067 - Res. 15-032
Adopted
A Resolution Supporting the Joint Efforts of the New Castle County Office of Economic Development and the City’s Office of Economic Development in Developing the Economic Development Strategic Action Plan

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be endorsing the City’s Economic DevelopmentStrategic Action Plan which presents a vision and path forward for economic development within the City. The City’s Office of Economic Development has produced a plan that sets forth ten initiatives that act as the guiding principles for the City’s future economic vitality and prosperity.

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