CITY COUNCIL AGENDA RESULTS

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

As a public service to the community, Wilmington City Council provides links to ordinances and resolutions presented at each City Council meeting.

Darius J. Brown: 3rd District

Agenda #3901
Resolution 14-002
Adopted
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 to Agenda #3887
Sub. 1
Ordinance 13-044
Enacted but not codified
Amend Chapter 35 of the City Code Regarding the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission
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: 5th District

Rev. 1 to Agenda #3822
Sub. 2
Ordinance 13-034
Enacted but not codified
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
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 M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Agenda #3894
Ordinance 14-002
Enacted but not codified
Amend Chapter 4 of the City Code Regarding the Registration of Vacant Properties
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.
Agenda #3895
Ordinance 14-003
Enacted but not codified
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
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.
Agenda #3897
Ordinance 14-006
Enacted but not codified
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
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.
Agenda #3899
Ordinance 14-008
Enacted but not codified
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.

Michael A. Brown, Sr.: At-Large

Agenda #3893
Ordinance 14-004
Enacted but not codified
Approve ShotSpotter Flex Gunfire Location, Alert and Analysis Service Contract
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. This is 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.
Agenda #3902
Resolution 14-003
Adopted
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.
Agenda #3903
Resolution 14-004
Adopted
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.

NON-LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

D. Brown Congratulate Pastors Guy and Wanda Reeves
Gregory Sympathy Lorraine Kent
Shabazz Retirement Marvin Thomas
Walsh Recognize St. Michael's School and Nursery, Inc.