Regular Meeting of Wilmington City Council

Thursday, May 22, 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

All Council Welcome Osogbo Sister Cities Nigerian Delegation
D. Brown Sympathy Elwood Wilson
D. Brown Commend Thomas Edison Charter School Chess Team
Cabrera Sympathy Amelia Ramirez
Cabrera Sympathy Maria de Los Angeles Petrucelli
Dorsey Walker Retirement Thomas Onley
Williams Sympathy Monica Ashley Davis
Wright Honor Reverend Silvester S. Beaman

6. Legislative Business

Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Rev. 1 to Agenda #3911
Sub. 1
Ordinance 14-012
Enacted but not codified
Establish a Rate of Taxation on Real Property and the Taxable Property of Public Utilities for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, the Ordinance would establish a new property tax rate for the 2015 Fiscal Year that begins July 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2015. The new tax rate ($1.855 per one hundred dollars of assessed value) would be 5% higher than the current rate and would require the owner of a property assessed at the Citywide average of $45,000 to pay $3.31 more per month in property taxes.
Rev. 1 to Agenda #3912
Sub. 1
Ordinance 14-013
Enacted but not codified
Amend Chapter 45 of the City Code Regarding Sewer System Unit Charges, Water Rates and Charges and Storm Water Rates and Charges for Fiscal Year 2015
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, the Ordinance would establish a higher annual fee for properties receiving City water, for the use of the City’s sewer system and for storm water run-off. The new rate, which is 5% higher than the current rate, would be in effect for the 2015 Fiscal Year that begins July 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2015. The higher fee would require City water service customers who use an average of 12,000 gallons each quarter of the year to pay $2.39 more per month for water and sewer utility services.
Agenda #3913
Ordinance 14-014
Enacted but not codified
Adopt a Capital Program for the Six Fiscal Years 2015-2020, Inclusive
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, the Ordinance would be authorizing the narrative description of the City’s six year (Fiscal Year 2015 through Fiscal Year 2020) Capital Improvements Program to develop and/or improve public facilities that serve citizens who live or work in Wilmington. The first year of the City’s six fiscal year Capital Improvements Program is known as the Capital Budget. In alternating years, the Capital Budget includes two full fiscal years of funding because the City goes to the bond market biennially instead of annually. This process results in what are known as “off years” when the budget requests will be zero. FY 2015 will be a zero budget year.
Agenda #3914
Ordinance 14-015
Enacted but not codified
Adopt a Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2015
Synopsis The first year of the City’s six fiscal year Capital Improvements Program is known as the Capital Budget. In alternating years, the Capital Budget includes two full fiscal years of funding because the City goes to the bond market biennially instead of annually. This process results in what are known as “off years” when the budget requests will be zero. FY 2015 will be a zero budget year.
Rev. 1 to Agenda #3915
Sub. 1
Ordinance 14-016
Enacted but not codified
Adopt the Annual Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year Beginning on July 1, 2014 and Ending on June 30, 2015
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, the Ordinance would allow for the enactment of an Operating Budget and a Water and Sewer Fund Budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year that begins July 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2015. The new operating budget totals approximately $150 million and provides funding for all of the direct service City departments such as police, fire, public works, licenses and inspections, etc. The new Water/Sewer Fund Budget totals approximately $68 million and provides funding for all water/sewer infrastructure, construction and improvement projects that provide the delivery of clean drinking water and a safe disposal and treatment of wastewater.
Agenda #3931
Ordinance 14-023
Referred to Committee
Amend Chapters 4 and 34 of the City Code Regarding the Requirement of All Windows to be Operable
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, the Ordinance would be authorizing changes to Chapters 4 and 34 of the City Code regarding the requirement that all windows in a dwelling be operable and readily opened and closed. The new language would clarify that this law pertains only to R-3 (single family row homes) and two-family dwellings in Wilmington.
  1. Petitions and Communications
  2. Adjournment