Regular Meeting of Wilmington City Council

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Council Chamber
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

M. Brown Recognize Matthew Emerson, Alleyne Pierre, Tobias Martin, Keith Tucker, Kinard Lang (Canby Park Maintenance Crew)
M. Brown Sympathy Thomas Maddrey
M. Brown Commend Master Corporal Gary Tabor
Cabrera Sympathy Maria Nilsa Rodriguez-Mendez
Cabrera Sympathy Evelyn M. Tietze
Freel Best Wishes Mrs. Mardell Coates – 80th Birthday
Gregory Sympathy Samuel B. Miller
Prado Retirement Mrs. Maria Prado
Shabazz Sympathy Maya Angelou
Walsh Commend Local 1102 Women’s Committee’s “Fresh Start Drive”
Wright Sympathy Marjorie J. Stansbury
Wright Retirement Dr. Frances H. Leach
Wright Commend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - 20th Anniversary
Wright Recognize "Team Delaware 7 on 7 Football Program"

6. Legislative Business

Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha: 1st District

Agenda #3932
Resolution 14-017
Adopted
Authorizing the Acquisition of 2702 Moore Street from Wells Fargo Bank
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 the title to a property at 2702 Moore Street from Wells Fargo. RE&H would ensure that the property is rehabilitated and sold to a homeowner who will live in the property.

Darius J. Brown: 3rd District

Agenda #3933
Resolution 14-018
Adopted
Declaring as Surplus and Authorizing the Disposition of 507 and 517 Shearman Street and 414 E. 10th Street to Inter-Neighborhood Foundation
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Department of Real Estate and Housing (RE&H) to declare these three properties as surplus for the purpose of transferring ownership to Inter-Neighborhood Foundation (INF). INF, a non-profit corporation, will prepare the properties for sale to homeowners who will live in the properties.
Agenda #3934
Resolution 14-019
Adopted
Authorizing the Department of Real Estate and Housing to Accept Donation of 934 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 934 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.

Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: 4th District

Agenda #3935
Resolution 14-020
Adopted
Authorizing the Disposition of the Property Located at 630 Townsend Street to Mr. David Hammond for Use as a Side Yard
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 dispose of 630 Townsend Street to David Hammond for use as a side yard. Mr. Hammond will provide the City with an $800 acquisition fee for the property.
Agenda #3936
Ordinance 14-024
Referred to Committee
Enact Certain Traffic/Parking Regulations
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing certain traffic and parking regulations affecting East 12th Street, East 13th Street, North French Street, Wilson Street and Thatcher Street. These traffic and parking changes are due to the anticipated movement of bus and vehicular traffic related to the opening of the new Community Education Building on North French Street. You can view a complete list of the changes by accessing the Ordinance at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/ccagenda
Agenda #3937
Resolution 14-021
Adopted
Support of Victims of Nigerian Kidnapping
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be bringing additional attention to the kidnapping of children in Nigeria by a militant Islamic terrorist group known as Boko Haram and urge officials to bring the kidnappers to justice and return the children to their homes. The Resolution also expresses condolences to the families of two children who died during the kidnapping assault on a village in Chibok, Nigeria and support for the families of the children who are still being held captive.
Agenda #3938
Ordinance 14-025
Referred to Committee
Authorize an Agreement between the City and the Kent County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals a/k/a First State Animal Center and SPCA for Animal Control Services
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a one-year contract (with the possibility of two, one-year extensions with the same terms and conditions) for animal control services for the City. The City would pay the Kent County SPCA, also known as First State Animal Center and SPCA, a sum not to exceed $600,000 per year (or $50,000 per month) for animal control and related services as outlined in the contract attached to the Ordinance. The agreement would begin on July 1, 2014 if approved by City Council.

Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Rev. 1 to Agenda #3920
Sub. 1
Ordinance 14-018
Enacted but not codified
Constituting Amendment No. 3 to the Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget (Being an Ordinance to Amend Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 13-013, As Amended), the Ordinance Adopting the Annual Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year Beginning on July 1, 2013 and Ending on June 30, 2014
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a $1.75 million amendment to the City’s current FY 2014 Operating Budget. The Administration is requesting an additional $1.27 million in funding from the City’s Unassigned Fund Balance to support unanticipated costs associated with staffing and materials for winter snow-related services. Those expenses include an additional $250,000 for the Department of Public Works; $819,000 for police officer overtime pay; $155,000 for firefighter overtime pay; and $47,000 for the Department of Parks and Recreation. City Council is requesting access to $487,000 from the existing Cable Television Fund (CATV) for a variety of projects related to the government television station (WITN, Channel 22) including upgrades for the Council Chambers and Council Committee Room, upgrades to equipment in the TV studio and TV control room, upgrades to the TV lighting system in the Council Chamber, installation of WiFi in the Council Chamber and other operational and capital needs that may arise related to upgrades of equipment and the production of government-related programming for City residents.
Agenda #3922
Ordinance 14-020
Enacted but not codified
Amend Chapter 44 of the City Code in Order to Extend the City’s Tax Abatement and Exemption Programs to June 30, 2018
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be extending a series of tax abatement and exemption programs currently offered by the City that are due to expire on June 30, 2014. This legislation would extend until June 30, 2018 the 20-year abatement of real estate taxes for off-street parking facilities and the 5-year or 10-year tax abatement program for historic district properties and national historic register properties.
Agenda #3929
Ordinance 14-022
Passed
Authorize City Contract 14052HRPS – Third Party Administration of Insurance Claims with PMA Management Corp.
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 a 14-month contract not to exceed $114,508 for PMA Management Corporation to process and administer insurance claims brought against the City, including workers’ compensation, general liability and automobile liability claims. The 14-month amount of $114,508 will remain firm unless the City requests additional services from PMA. The contract also contains a provision allowing for three, one-year extensions of the agreement at an annual price not to exceed $98,150.
Agenda #3931
Ordinance 14-023
Enacted but not codified
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.
Agenda #3939
Ordinance 14-026
Referred to Committee
Rezone the Property Comprising the Former Wilmington Finishing Company Site from C-6 (Special Commercial District) to W-4 (Waterfront Residential Commercial District)
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the rezoning of the former Wilmington Finishing Company site from C-6 (Special Commercial District) to W-4 (Waterfront Residential Commercial District).

Justen A. Wright: At-Large

Rev. 2 to Agenda #3896
Sub. 2
Ordinance 14-005
Enacted but not codified
Amend Chapter 37 of the Wilmington City Code to Establish a “Commercial Services Parking Permit”
Synopsis This is an Ordinance being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the creation of a new parking permit category—Commercial Services Parking Permit. Such a permit would be issued to a business company or corporation that are providing active or current services such as building renovations, heating/AC repairs, plumbing, electrical work, painting, home health services, etc., to residents or businesses located within the City limits. Such active commercial services must be accompanied by a valid, City-issued building permit which applicable. A commercial services company may apply for a Commercial Services Parking Permit from the City for an annual fee of $250 for each company vehicle for which a permit sticker is being issued. The permit authorizes the operator of a commercial services company vehicle to park on any City roadway Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and to be exempt from limited-time parking regulations and loading zone restrictions. The loading zone exemption, however, would last only two-hours under this Ordinance. In addition, the permit is not valid at metered parking spaces. In order for a company to receive such a permit it may not be delinquent on any financial obligations to the City including parking tickets, taxes and fees, nor may its vehicle have any outstanding obligations to the City.
  1. Petitions and Communications
  2. Adjournment