Wilmington City Council Meets Tomorrow Night (Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.) In Regular Session

Posted on  11/06/2013 1:11 pm

Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory, on behalf of all Members of Council, invites citizens to attend the next meeting of City Council which will be held tomorrow night, Thursday, November 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the first floor of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building. Citizens who are unable to attend are invited to view the meeting live or on replay on WITN, Channel 22 on the Comcast system, or online live or anytime at WITN22.org.

City Council’s agenda for its regular meetings includes a synopsis or summary immediately following the formal listing of each Ordinance or Resolution so citizens are better able to understand and follow the proceedings of Council. You can view and download a complete copy of any Council Ordinance or Resolution by visiting the City’s website at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/ccagenda.

The agenda for the November 7 meeting is as follows, beginning with the name of the sponsoring Council Member:

DARIUS BROWN
#3869
A Resolution Authorizing the City of Wilmington to Accept the Property Donation of 2506 Thatcher Street from HSBC Bank USA 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 (REH) to accept ownership of this property from HSBC Bank USA Trustee. REH plans to renovate the property for home ownership in a process that should be completed within one year.

#3870
A Resolution Authorizing the City of Wilmington to Accept the Property Donation of 822 E. 17th 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 (REH) to accept ownership of this property from US Bank National Association Trustee. REH plans to renovate the property for home ownership in a process that should be completed within one year.

#3871
A Resolution Authorizing the Department of Real Estate and Housing to Enter into a Lease Agreement for the Property Located at 301 East 15th Street a.k.a. 1500 North Walnut Street (Urban Bike Project)

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration and City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City to enter into a 13-month lease agreement with the Urban Bike Project (UBP) which would operate its program from this site through December of 2014. Under the terms of the lease, the UBP would pay the City a monthly rental fee of $425. The Urban Bike Project is a non-profit organization based in Wilmington which focuses on the values of education and self-reliance by promoting to young people the sport of cycling as a safe, practical and cost-efficient mode of transportation as well as learning tool for mechanical skills to maintain bicycles.

SAMUEL PRADO
#3872
A Resolution Declaring Properties as Surplus (2227 Lamotte Street, 1006 N. Lombard Street and 2412 W. 2nd Street)

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 (REH) to declare these properties as surplus for the purposes of either renovating the properties for home ownership or listing the properties as part of the city’s Property Disposition Program so citizens or entities can obtain the properties for renovation and home ownership.

#3873
A Resolution Authorizing the Disposition of 1123 West 4th Street to Latin American Community Center for Partnership with Westside Grows to Construct a Community Garden

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 (REH) to deed this property to the Latin American Community Center (LACC) at no cost to be used as a community garden. The LACC will work with Westside Grows to implement a community garden which will also serving as a teaching tool for the LACC’s early development center students and summer camp participants.

ROBERT WILLIAMS
#3874
A Resolution Authorizing the Disposition of 2412 W. 2nd Street to Mr. Amrinder Singh for Homeownership

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 (REH) to deed ownership of this property to Mr. Singh who will renovate property for owner occupancy home ownership. Mr. Singh is obtaining the property through the City’s RFP Property Disposition Program.

#3875
An Ordinance to Amend Chapters 13, 34, and 45 of the City Code Regarding the Disposal and Collection of Recycling (1st & 2nd Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing changes to City Code related to the requirement that citizens dispose of recyclable materials in a recycle bin, separate recyclable materials from garbage and that citizens adhere to the same City legal requirements for the storage and placement of recycle bins as they do for garbage containers.

CHARLES FREEL
#3861
Ord. 13-035 Constituting Amendment No. 1 to Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 13-011, Being an Ordinance to Adopt the Capital Program for the Six Fiscal Years 2014-2019, Inclusive (William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center) (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance would amend the program listing of the City’s Capital Budget. It is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be amending the Capital Budget program listing to provide $2 million for the renovation, rehabilitation or other structural or infrastructure needs related to the William “Hicks” Anderson Center, the only City-owned community center, located at 501 North Madison Street in the City’s West Center City neighborhood.

#3862
Ord. 13-036 Constituting Amendment No. 1to Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 13-012, Being an Ordinance to Adopt the Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (3rd & Final Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance would amend the City’s Capital Budget. It is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be amending the Capital Budget to provide $2 million so the City can implement the findings of a task force that is currently studying the future of the William “Hicks” Anderson Center. A task force was suggested last summer by City Council and announced in mid-August by the Mayor. The group is scheduled to issue its report on the future of the center in June of 2014. The William “Hicks” Anderson Center is located at 501 North Madison Street in the City’s West Center City neighborhood. While it is the only City-owned community center in Wilmington, it serves children and families from throughout the City. It was built in 1973. In 1993, the center was named for long-time civil rights, education and community activist William Herbert Anderson who was known as “Hicks” and also known for his aggressive advocacy of children, families and working people.

#3876
An Ordinance Constituting Amendment No. 2 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 (1st & 2nd Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is an amendment to the FY 2014 General Operating Budget. It is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a series of funding and other changes to the current City operating budget. The changes include adding $350,000 to the budget for animal control services; adding the position of Human Resources Information Systems Analysis ($44,648) and the elimination of a Human Resources Administrator; adding the position of Finance Accounting Manager ($43,383) and the elimination of a Finance Revenue Manager position; upgrading a water quality position by $10,762 in the Department of Public Works to create a supervisory position for the water quality unit; adding $100,000 to the Mayor’s Contingency Fund; transferring funding from Public Works Personal Service budget line to the Public Works MS&E budget line for contractual service of the Public Works Commissioner; and adding $30,000 to Council’s MS&E budget line for professional services.

#3877
An Ordinance to Authorize an Amendment to Extend Contract PD05006 –Parking Violation Processing and Collection System – with Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. (1st & 2nd Reading)

Synopsis: This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved by Council, the City Administration would be authorized to extend for six months the current contract with Xerox City and State Solutions for the City’s parking violation processing and collection system. This extension is requested in order to provide additional time for the City Finance Department to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for vendors who may wish to provide this service to the City and to assess responses to the RFP. The current contract with Xerox expires on December 31, 2013. The six-month extension would take the current contract through June 30, 2014.

MICHAEL BROWN
#3878
A Resolution Authorizing the Wilmington Police Department to Enter into a Lease Agreement for the Property Located at 1200 N. French Street (Parking Spaces, Maintenance Room and Guard Station)

Synopsis: This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved by Council, the City’s Police Department (WPD) would be authorized to enter into a five-year lease agreement with the owners of a building at 1200 North French Street (PS#5, LLC) for interior parking spaces for some of the Department’s traffic division vehicles including motorcycles. Due to parking space limitations at the WPD headquarters at 4th and Walnut Streets, the WPD is seeking alternative parking in a building that was formerly part of the MBNA and Bank of America business complex. The contract cost to the City is a nominal amount of $10.00.