Regular Meeting of Wilmington City Council

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Council Chambers
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 North French Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801

AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
    Invocation
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Committee Reports
  4. Acceptance of Treasurer's Report

5. Non-legislative Business

Congo Sympathy Auretha Mae Stallings Talbert
Gregory Best wishes Mrs. Eunice E. David – 100th Birthday

5. Legislative Business

Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha: 1st District

Agenda #3998
Resolution 14-054
Adopted
Respectfully urging the Federal Communications Commission to adhere to its policies governing appropriate content permitted in television and radio programming
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be requesting that the Federal Communications Commission enforce its policies regarding the prohibition against graphic and vulgar content of programming and take appropriate action against media outlets that repeatedly violate regulations. The Resolution says that such violations of FCC policy serve to promote a culture of violence and disrespect leading to the degradation of women and minorities and a blatant disregard for human life.

Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: 4th District (Chukwuocha presented on behalf of Shabazz)

Agenda #3973
Ordinance 14-039
Enacted but not codified
Repeal Ordinance No. 12-028 being an ordinance regarding the keeping of livestock at inspection or resting facilities within the City limits
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be rescinding City Council Ordinance 12-028 adopted in June of 2012 that would have allowed livestock to be kept or housed at inspection or resting facilities in the City that are related to the export of such livestock from the Port of Wilmington.
Agenda #3994
Ordinance 14-050
Enacted but not codified
Approve that a certain agreement between the City, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Rotary Club of Wilmington for improvements to the H. Fletcher Brown Park
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving an agreement between the City, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Rotary Club of Wilmington regarding certain improvements to H. Fletcher Brown Park, which is bordered by Market Street, Orange Street, 14th Street and the Brandywine River. Improvements would include an outdoor amphitheater, public event space, play spaces among other amenities that would enhance the appearance, functionality and community use of the Park. This effort is being carried out in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Wilmington.
Revision 1 to Agenda #3999
Ordinance 14-053
Referred to Committee
Amend Chapter 48 of the City Code to adopt regulations and administrative procedures related to development in floodplains and floodprone areas
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing certain revisions to Chapter 48 of the City Code related to floodplain management regulations in order for the City to continue to meet the Federal requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Agenda #4000
Resolution 14-055
Adopted
Scheduling a Public Hearing on December 18, 2014 to consider the proposed amendments to Chapter 48 of the City Code to adopt regulations and administrative procedures related to development in floodplains and floodprone areas
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a public hearing on December 18, 2014 to consider certain revisions to Chapter 48 of the City Code related to floodplain management regulations in order for the City to continue to meet the Federal requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. The City Planning Commission is scheduled to meet on December 16, 2014 to review the proposed amendments to the City Code related to floodplains and floodprone areas.

Robert A. Williams: 7th District

Agenda #4001
Resolution 14-056
Adopted
Authorizing the disposition of 1409 and 1411 Marsh Street to Peter DiRado and 303 North Brown Street to Scott Hedrick
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City Administration to transfer the title of two City-owned properties at 1409 and 1411 Marsh Road to Peter DiRado so he may use the properties as a side yard. The Resolution also authorizes the City Administration to transfer the title of a City-owned property at 303 North Broom Street to Scott Hedrick so he may use the property as a side yard. The City’s Real Estate and Housing Department had determined that the City no longer needs the properties on Marsh Road or the property on Broom Street.

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

Agenda #4002
Resolution 14-057
Adopted
Extending the time for review and submission of a report by the City Planning Commission on Ordinance No. 14-026 and the respective amendments to the Delaware Avenue/Bancroft Parkway Neighborhood Comprehensive Development Plan for an additional 90 days to March 2, 2015
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing an extension to March 2, 2015 for the City Planning Commission to review and submit a report regarding proposed amendments to the City Zoning Map related to the former Wilmington Finishing Company property. The deadline for the City Planning Commission to review and submit a report on this matter had previously been extended by Council to December 2, 2014.
Agenda #4003
Ordinance 14-054
Referred to Committee
Amend Chapter 45 of the City Code regarding the Wilmington Water, Sewer and Stormwater Citizens Advisory Board (“CAB”)
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 45 of the City Code regarding the members of the Wilmington Water, Sewer and Stormwater Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). Specifically, this Ordinance would allow no more than one of the five members of the CAB to reside outside of the City limits, as long as that member lives within the New Castle County limits and works in the City of Wilmington. Currently, all members of the CAB are required to be residents of the City of Wilmington.

Michael A. Brown, Sr.: At-Large (Congo presented on behalf on M. Brown)

Agenda #4004
Resolution 14-058
Adopted
Approving the Wilmington Police Department’s acceptance of a Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (“S.L.E.A.F.”) grant and a Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (“D.A.T.E.”) grant
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City Administration to accept two grants to assist the Wilmington Police Department. The first grant totals $4,800 from the Delaware Special Law Assistance Fund and would be used by the WPD for flotation devices for the WPD’s marine unit. The second grant totals $5,000 from the State’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement and would be used by the WPD to fund overtime salaries for officers dedicated to fighting alcohol-related crime. No local match of funding is required for either grant.

Loretta Walsh: At-Large

Agenda #4005
Resolution 14-059
Adopted
Approving the respective amendments to the Neighborhood Comprehensive Development Plan for the Baynard Boulevard Analysis Area (Public Hearing)
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing changes to the City Land Use Map and the City Zoning Map affecting five areas within the Baynard Boulevard Analysis Area constituting an update to the Neighborhood Comprehensive Development Plan for Baynard Boulevard. The City Planning Commission has recommended to Council that the comprehensive plan be updated based on the recommendations of the Baynard Boulevard/Concord Avenue Working Group. This Ordinance is available at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/ccagenda in its entirety.
Agenda #3989
Ordinance 14-045
Enacted but not codified
Approve the rezoning of five areas within the Baynard Boulevard Analysis Area (Public Hearing)
Synopsis This Ordinance changes the zoning district classifications for five areas in accordance with the Neighborhood Comprehensive Development Plan for the Baynard Boulevard Analysis Area.
  1. Petitions and Communications
  2. Adjournment