Wilmington City Council Agenda for the Meeting of Thursday, February 20, 2014

Posted on  02/19/2014 11:19 am

Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory, on behalf of all Members of Council, invites citizens to attend the next meeting of City Council which will be held Thursday, February 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the first floor of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building.

Citizens who are unable to attend are invited to view the meeting live or on replay on WITN, Channel 22 on the Comcast system, or online live or anytime at WITN22.org.

City Council’s agenda includes a synopsis or summary immediately following the formal listing of each Ordinance or Resolution so citizens are better able to understand and follow the proceedings of Council. You can view and download a copy of any Council Ordinance or Resolution by visiting the City’s website at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/ccagenda.

The agenda for the February 20 meeting is as follows beginning with the name of the sponsoring Council Member:

DARIUS BROWN
#3901
A Resolution Authorizing the Department of Real Estate and Housing to Accept the Donation of 2113 Pine Street from US Bank National Association Trustee

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Real Estate and Housing (RE&H) to receive title to a property at 2113 Pine Street from US Bank National Association Trustee. RE&H would ensure that the property is rehabilitated and sold to a homeowner who will live in the property. US Bank National Association Trustee will provide the City with a $13,000 contribution to assist RE&H with rehabilitation of the property.

Rev. 1
#3887 Sub. 1 Ord. 13-044
Amend Chapter 35 of the City Code Regarding the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the reestablishment of the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission for the purpose of securing freedom from discrimination for all individuals within Wilmington because of age, color, creed, mental or physical disability, familial status (including source of income), gender identity, national origin or ancestry, marital status, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. The anti-discrimination process would cover areas such as employment, housing, public accommodation, education, and credit.

SAMUEL PRADO
Rev. 1
#3822 Sub. 2 Ord. 13-034
An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 4 of the City Code to Approve the Adoption of “The International Code Council of 2012,” The International Building and Residential Codes and Amendments to be Set Forth in Chapter 4 of the City Code as the City’s Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved by Council, the City of Wilmington, through the Department of Licenses and Inspections, would conduct building inspections and reviews for residential and business construction according to the International Code Council’s 2012 edition of the building code. This edition of the code would replace the 2003 edition under which the City has been conducting reviews and inspections. The new code will provide an updated level of protection for the citizens of Wilmington regarding the construction and safety of buildings while at the same time meeting the standards of today’s construction industry. The revised code has been reviewed and tested nationally to ensure the safety of occupants that dwell within structures and to hold those entities that build structures to the new code standards. The 2012 edition of the building code takes into consideration advances in construction technology, allowing for newer and safer methods of building construction, maximizing safety while allowing for the construction of more economically feasible buildings.

CHARLES FREEL
#3894
Ord. 14-002
Amend Chapter 4 of the City Code Regarding the Registration of Vacant Properties (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing an amendment to the City’s Vacant Property Registration Fee Law that would create a category of “occupancy ready” and would exempt buildings that qualify for the new category from the imposition of an annual vacant property registration fee. Additionally, non-profit housing providers who receive a vacant building from the City for rehabilitation or receive public funds from the City for the acquisition, rehabilitation or redevelopment of a vacant building would be eligible for a waiver of the vacant property registration fee for a period of up to four years related to the rehabilitation and sale of a property. These non-profit housing providers will be billed only from the time that the entity received the property or funds from the City. This provision is retroactive for May 1, 2003. Finally, under this Ordinance, all non-profit agencies as defined by the IRS may be eligible for a four-year waiver of their vacant property registration fee.

#3895
Ord. 14-003
Authorize the Annual Reconciliation of Accounts by Transferring Funds to Various Offices and Departments in the City of Wilmington to Fulfill Obligations for the Remainder of Fiscal Year 2013 (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing, based on information from the Director of the Department of Finance, the transfer of funds among City departments and offices as part of the City’s annual reconciliation of accounts. These fund transfers are carried out to ensure that all government department accounts are properly balanced for the fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2013.

#3897
Ord. 14-006
Amend Chapter 2 of the City code by Amending Ordinance No. 13-004, in Order to Authorize the City Treasurer Access to the Budget Reserve Account Funds at the End of Fiscal year and Replenishment of the Budget Reserve Account Funds in the Ensuing Fiscal Year for Fiscal Year 2014 Only (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be extending the authorization to the City Treasurer (from the current date of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) to borrow money from the City’s budget reserve account, if necessary, to pay City expenditures and to replenish those funds no later than October 1, 2014. Although the Treasurer does not expect to have to take this action based on the current condition of City finances, the Treasurer has on occasions in the past been required to use money from the budget reserve account to pay the City’s bills and then replenish those accounts because either City tax and/or fee collections have lagged or unanticipated expenditures have arisen. The Treasurer’s authorization to pay City expenditures through this process is a normal and accepted financial practice and does not represent anything out of the ordinary as far as the City’s ability to fund its expenditures.

#3899
Ord. 14-008
Authorize Capital Projects of the City of Wilmington Relating to Upgrades and Improvements to the City’s Transmission and Distribution Water Mains System; Authorizing the Issuance of the City’s General Obligation Bond, Series 2014A-SRF, or Such Other Designation as the City Shall Determine, in Order to Provide the Funds Necessary for Such Projects; Providing for the Sale of the Bond to the Delaware Drinking Water State Revolving Funds; and Authorizing Other Necessary Action (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to borrow up to $4 million over a 20-year term to finance upgrades and improvements to the City’s water transmission and distribution system. Improvements and upgrades would include a redundant transmission network of large diameter piping in high service zones; improvements to the transmission and distribution of water in low service zones; reconfiguration of the 48-inch transmission water main along Baynard Boulevard and other improvements as needed. The borrowing would also fund administrative costs related to the capital projects and the cost of borrowing the money. The borrowing will be done in conjunction with the Delaware Drinking Water State Revolving Fund which will result in a more favorable interest rate for the City’s borrowing and lower closing costs. The City would be responsible in full for the payment of the principal and the interest on the borrowing as part of a General Obligation Bond issuance.

MICHAEL BROWN
#3893
Ord. 14-004
Approve ShotSpotter Flex Gunfire Location, Alert and Analysis Service Contract (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to adopt a new crime-fighting tool called ShotSpotter, which is a gunfire detection, location and alert system that detects and locates gunfire and automatically alerts first responders within seconds of shots being fired. The term of the contract is for three years at a total three-year cost of $415,000. This Ordinance authorizes the City to enter into a contract for ShotSpotter but does not obligate the City to enter into a contract.

#3902
A Resolution Approving the Wilmington Police Department’s Acceptance of a Grant from the State of Delaware Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (S.L.E.A.F.) and State Aid to Law Enforcement (S.A.L.L.E.) Programs for a Variety of Projects Including Funding for Training and Equipment

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving the Wilmington Police Department’s action of seeking a grant from the State of Delaware Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (S.L.E.A.F.) and State Aid to Law Enforcement (S.A.L.L.E.) programs in the total amount of $176,785.94. The WPD will use the funding for a variety of programs including the training of officers and the purchase of equipment for officers. The grant does not require a local match of funding.

#3903
A Resolution Approving the Wilmington Police Department’s Acceptance of a Grant from the State of Delaware Emergency Illegal Drug Enforcement (E.I.D.E.) Program for Police Officer Overtime Pay

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving the Wilmington Police Department’s action of seeking a grant from the State of Delaware Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Illegal Drug Enforcement Program (EIDE) in the amount of $31,944.36. The WPD will use the money to fund police officer overtime pay. The grant does not require a local match of funding.