CITY COUNCIL AGENDA RESULTS

JULY 11, 2013

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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 #3841
Resolution 13-045
Adopted
Respectfully Urging the Governor of the State of Delaware to Designate Wilmington, Delaware or its Areas Qualified as “Targeted Employment Area” (TEA) for Implementation of the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) Immigrant Investor Program, Also Known as the EB-5 Visa Process
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for its review and approval. If approved, Council would be asking the Governor to designate Wilmington or appropriate sections of Wilmington as a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) enabling the City to participate in the Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The IIP has been established to attract foreign investors to create businesses and jobs in the local community. In exchange for the investment, which can range from $500,000 to $1 million depending on the location of the business, the foreign investor is able to obtain United States Permanent Residence (green card status) for the investor and his or her family. There are currently more than 300 Immigrant Investor Programs established around the United States.

Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: 4th District

Agenda #3832
Ordinance 13-020
Codified
Authorize City Contract 14007PW – HVAC Preventive Maintenance, General and Emergency Service with Bradley-Sciocchetti, Inc. at the Municipal Complex
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a two-year contract—with a City option for a third year at the same annual cost—for HVAC preventive maintenance and general and emergency service for the City’s Municipal Complex at 500 Wilmington Avenue. The vendor—Bradley-Sciocchetti, Inc., based in Pennsauken, New Jersey—was the lowest responsible bidder for the City’s recently completed publicly bid contract 14007PW. The two-year cost of the contract is not to exceed $60,532 or $30,266 annually. The contract also provides for an annual materials allowance not to exceed $5,000.
Agenda #3842
Ordinance 13-025
Referred to Committee
Approve that Certain Agreement of Sale and Certain Contribution Agreement Whereby the City of Wilmington Agrees to Purchase the Finger-Gordon Property to Create the South Wilmington Wetlands
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to proceed with the acquisition of the Finger-Gordon property in South Wilmington. The City would contribute $808,833 of the total $1.5 million purchase price to obtain approximately 20-acres of land which would become part of the planned South Wilmington Wetlands and Flood Mitigation Program.

Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Agenda #3840
Ordinance 13-024
Held
Implement the Wilmington Pension Commission’s Recommendations Pursuant to Chapter 39 Section 6 of the Wilmington City Code
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a $200,000 pension increase for the City’s uniformed and non-uniformed retirees. The increase is based on a recommendation to the Administration earlier this year by the City Pension Commission. $100,000 of the appropriation would benefit police and fire retirees, while the remaining $100,000 would benefit all other non-uniformed retirees. The monthly increase in pension benefits would be retroactive to July 1, 2013 or to the beginning of the FY 2014 Fiscal Year.
Agenda #3843
Ordinance 13-026
Referred to Committee
Authorize an Electricity Procurement Contract Starting in Fiscal Year 2015
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving negotiated draft contracts (excluding exact price and length provisions) with three “short-listed” electricity providers that were selected recently by the City through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. In order to obtain the lowest possible cost for electricity beginning in Fiscal Year 2015, it is necessary for a “short-listed” selection of electricity providers to be in place so the City can choose an electric provider within a matter of hours after the City is provided with the exact prices and contract lengths offered by the “short-listed” providers. Under this Ordinance, Council would also be authorizing the Commissioner of Public Works to execute an agreement with an electricity provider for a term of two or three years with an option to extend the contract for an additional one or two years.
Agenda #3844
Ordinance 13-027
Referred to Committee
Authorizing the Issuance of the City’s General Obligation Bonds (South Wilmington Wetlands Project), Series 2013-SRF Land Conservation Loan Program, in Order to Provide the Funds Necessary to Finance the City’s Acquisition of Land for the South Wilmington Wetlands Project; Providing for the Sale of the Bonds; 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 issuance of up to $4,370,000 aggregate principal balance of General Obligation Bonds in order to provide financing for the acquisition and restoration of the South Wilmington Wetlands Project, the placement of such land in permanent conservation to help address flooding concerns, and to provide significant water quality and recreation benefit to the City. Council would also be authorizing the payment of costs associated with the issuance of the Bonds.

Michael A. Brown, Sr.: At-Large

Agenda #3839
Ordinance 13-023
Codified
Authorize City Contract 14008PD – Police Uniform Cleaning - Blue Swan, Inc.
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a one-year contract—with a City option for a second year at the same annual cost—for the cleaning of police uniforms. The vendor—Blue Swan, Inc.—located at 2001 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington was the lowest responsible bidder for the City’s recently completed publicly bid contract 14008PD. The one-year cost of the contract that would begin on July 1, 2013, is $32,640.

Justen A. Wright: At-Large

Agenda #3845
Resolution 13-046
Adopted
Regarding the Voting Rights Act/John Lewis Act
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by City Council for its review and approval. If approved, Council would be supporting efforts underway within the United States Congress to restore recently voided provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which was established to ensure that the right of all citizens to vote is protected. This Resolution is in direct response to the recent United States Supreme Court 5 to 4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts which declared as unconstitutional Section 4 of the 1965 law. Section 4 established the formula that determined which jurisdictions are subject to federal “preclearance” of any changes made to local or state election laws.

NON-LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

All Council Sympathy Bishop Thomas John Weeks
D. Brown Recognize Learning Neighborhood Scholarship Recipients
D. Brown Congratulate Coleman Bye of Mercantile Press
Chukwuocha Elder Robert Goodman 11th Pastoral Anniversary
Dorsey Walker Sympathy Kim Vanessa Armstead