Regular Meeting of Wilmington City Council

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Council Chambers
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street, 1st Floor, 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

All Council Sympathy New Castle County Councilman Joseph M. Reda
All Council Recognize Scott AME Zion Church 141st Anniversary
All Council Sympathy Reverend Willie Forace Smith Tymes
All Council Recognize Paul Calistro 25th Anniversary at West End Neighborhood House
All Council Commend Veronica Oliver
All Council Recognize Rev. Dr. Gloria M. Snipes, Pastor, Scott AME Zion Church
D. Brown Sympathy Apostle Dr. Richard Milton Avant, Jr.
D. Brown Sympathy Nathaniel “Mase” Mangrum
Cabrera Recognize Brother Chris Posch of the Catholic Diocese
Chukwuocha Recognize Paul Fedorkowicz
Gregory Recognize Donn Devine
Gregory/M. Brown Sympathy Olivia P. Shaw
Gregory/Shabazz Commend Veronica F. Oliver
Williams Recognize Dr. Jack P. Varsalona
Williams Commemorate Wilmington Police Department’s 125th Anniversary
Wright Commend The Peace Drums Steel Band
Wright SympCongratulate Johnnie B. Wilson, Kenneth Brown and Thomas James Ford

6. Legislative Business

Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: 4th District

Agenda #4198
Resolution
Pending
Encouraging All Cities to Stand United in Support of Local Authority and Inclusiveness in the Face of Actions by Some States that Preempt Local Authority
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be supporting the position of the National League of Cities (NLC) which has asked all cities to stand united in support of local authority in the face of actions by some states that preempt local authority. The NLC’s position followed passage of North Carolina House Bill 2 that was intended to counter the decision of the City of Charlotte (North Carolina) to expand its anti-discriminatory laws affecting the LBGT community and others. This resolution reasons that if states can usurp local authority, then efforts by local officials to legislate subjects such as wage equality and immigration reform will be stifled.
Agenda #4166
Ordinance 16-010
3rd & Final Reading
Authorize an Extension to City Contract 14045WDPS, Fire Hydrant Testing and Rehabilitation Services with Utility Service Co., Inc.
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration, through the Department of Public Works, to extend, for one additional year, the contract with Utility Service Company, Inc. (USC), for the inspection, water flow testing and rehabilitation of the City’s approximately 2,500 fire hydrants. The original contract with USC became effective last March and contained two, one-year contract extension periods. The City will pay USC $386,920 (the same amount as the first year of the agreement) for the second year of the agreement which is scheduled to begin on or about March 12, 2016.
Agenda #4167
Ordinance 16-011
3rd & Final Reading
Authorize an Extension to City Contract 14046WDPS, Valve Inspection, Exercising and Rehabilitation Services with Utility Service Co., Inc.
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration, through the Department of Public Works, to extend, for one additional year, the contract with Utility Service Company, Inc. (USC), for valve inspection, exercising and rehabilitation services. The original contract with USC became effective last March and contained two, one-year contract extension periods. The City will pay USC $386,920 (the same amount as the first year of the agreement) for the second year of the agreement which is scheduled to begin on or about March 12, 2016.

Theopalis K. Gregory: President (Dorsey Walker presenting on behalf of Gregory)

Agenda #4192
Ordinance 16-021
3rd & Final Reading
Close a Portion of Liberty Street (Proposed Site of the Wilmington Skate Plaza)
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a portion of Liberty Street to be closed based on the recommendation of the Departments of Public Works and Planning. The City Planning Commission approved the recommendation at its March 15, 2016 meeting.

Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Agenda #4199
Resolution
Pending
Authorize the Department of Parks and Recreation to Accept Grant Funding from Various Entities to Assist with the Renovations of Conaty Park
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be supporting the renovation of Conaty Park which is located on Gilpin Avenue near DuPont Street. Specifically, this Resolution authorizes the Administration to accept grants that will be used for the project. The grants include $20,000 from the Wilmington Housing Authority, $20,000 from the Delaware Center for Horticulture and $67,000 from the State of Delaware’s Community Transportation Fund. There are no matching funds required for any of these grants.
Agenda #4200
Ordinance
1st & 2nd Reading
To Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code Regarding the Term of the City’s Active Depository, M&T Bank
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing an extension of the current agreement between the City and M&T Bank for the bank to serve as the City’s active depository for banking services. Based on a recommendation of the City’s bank Selection Committee, the agreement, set to expire on June 30, 2016 would be extended to June 30, 2020.
Agenda #4201
Ordinance
1st & 2nd Reading
To Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code in Order to Authorize the City’s Treasurer Access to the Budget Reserve Account Funds at the End of a Fiscal Year and Replenishment of the Budget Reserve Account Funds in the Ensuing Fiscal Year for Fiscal Year 2016
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be extending the authorizing of the City Treasurer through Fiscal Year 2016 to access funds from the City’s Reserve Account needed for City expenditures and to then to replenish the Account on or before October 1, 2016.
  1. Petitions and Communications
  2. Adjournment