CITY COUNCIL AGENDA RESULTS

FEBRUARY 6, 2014

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LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

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Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Agenda #3897
Ordinance 14-006
Referred to Committee
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 a Fiscal Year and Replenishment of the Budget Reserve Account Funds in the Ensuing Fiscal Year for Fiscal Year 2014 Only
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 accounts 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 state of current 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 practice and does not represent anything out of the ordinary as far as the City’s ability to fund its expenditures.
Agenda #3898
Ordinance 14-007
Referred to Committee
Authorize a Three-Year Computer Software Volume Licensing Agreement between the City and Microsoft
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Microsoft Licensing to purchase Microsoft computer software licenses that would run on approximately 487 desktop City government computers. The term of the agreement is for three years at a total cost of $338,002.35 to be paid in three equal installments over three years. Under this agreement, the City will be receiving the same volume governmental pricing as the State of Delaware.
Agenda #3899
Ordinance 14-008
Referred to Committee
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
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.

Justen A. Wright: At-Large

Agenda #3900
Resolution 14-001
Adopted
Supporting Ban the Box Act also known as House Bill No. 167 and Encourages the Delaware Senate to Vote to Approve the Legislation
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be urging the Delaware General Assembly to adopt House Bill 167 which would prohibit public employers from inquiring into, or considering, the criminal record, history or score of an applicant before making a conditional offer to the applicant. House Bill 167 would permit inquiry and consideration of a person’s criminal background after a conditional offer has been made. Further, the so-called “Ban the Box” legislation specifies that once a background check is conducted, an employer shall only consider felonies for 10 years of the completion of the sentence, and misdemeanors for 5 years from the completion of sentence. The legislation would also require contractors with State agencies to employ similar policies when not in conflict with other State or Federal requirements. House Bill 167 has passed the House of Representatives in Dover and has been sent to the State Senate for consideration.

NON-LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

D. Brown Congratulate Bishop George E. Gibson
Cabrera Celebration of Dia de la Altagracia
Cabrera Recognize Artist Verna Hart - 30th Anniversary
Freel Sympathy Louis P. “Lou” Angeli
Freel Salute Olakunle S. Olundina
Gregory Recognize the 375th Anniversary of “Black Anthony” one of Delaware’s first settlers