Regular Meeting of Wilmington City Council

Thursday, October 16, 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 Retirement Celena Hicken
All Council Sympathy Ruby Mae Ryle
Cabrera/Council Sympathy Alejandro Lind
Chukwuocha 37th Annual Hershey National Track & Field Meet (Parks & Recreation)
Dorsey Walker Sympathy Mary Rachel Doughty
Gregory Retirement Howard R. Young, Jr.

5. Legislative Business

Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha: 1st District

Agenda #3983
Resolution 14-047
Adopted
Approving the acceptance and use of grant funds from the State of Delaware for the Fiscal Year 2015 Child and Adult Care Food Program
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the City Administration to accept a $477,163 grant for a Child and Adult Care Food Program to be administered by the Parks and Recreation Department at various locations around the City from October 6, 2014 through May 31, 2015. This grant is from the Federal government and comes to the City through the State of Delaware. While there is no local match of funds required for this grant, the City is required to pay food program vendors and then be reimbursed by the other governments.

Hanifa G.N. Shabazz: 4th District

Agenda #3984
Ordinance 14-046
Referred to Committee
To approve the removal of New Street from the official city map
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a change to the Official City Map of Wilmington to remove a portion of New Street from the map. The portion of New Street that is affected is near Vandever Avenue, Palmers Row and Mabel Street and is owned by Delmarva Power. The utility recently renovated a substation at the site based on a City Design Review and Preservation Commission (DRPC) recommendation. The affected portion of New Street is now completely surrounded by the substation, thus the need to remove that portion from the official map. The City Planning Commission will review this Ordinance at its October 21 meeting.
Agenda #3985
Ordinance 14-047
Referred to Committee
To adopt the subdivision plan known as "Walnut Ridge at 15th and Walnut Streets" and to accept the dedication of a new city street to be named "Koinonia Drive"
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be approving a subdivision plan known as Walnut Ridge, located at 15th and Walnut Streets, to create nine parcels for residential development. The Ordinance would also add a street to the Official City Map known as Koinonia Drive. The City Planning Commission will consider this Ordinance at its October 21 meeting.
Agenda #3986
Resolution 14-048
Referred to Committee
Supporting the City's application to the State of Delaware to have certain areas of the City designated as Downtown Development District
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration and City Council for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the Administration to submit an application to the State by November 1 requesting that Wilmington be designated as an official development district under the State’s Downtown Development District Act. This new law was enacted during the last session of the Delaware General Assembly. If Wilmington is designated, a development plan assembled by the Administration, Council and community representatives would be entitled to certain state government funding supports in order to achieve the development goals listed in the plan.

Sherry Dorsey Walker: 6th District

Revision 1 to Agenda #3974
Sub. 1
Ordinance 14-040
Passed
Amend Chapter 44 of the City Code in order to extend the City's exemptions from real estate taxation to caregivers
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by City Council for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a property tax exemption for a property owner who qualifies under certain conditions as a caretaker to another person. Currently, the City offers a tax exemption for elderly and/or disabled individuals that is calculated on the first $40,500 of the assessed value of a property. This ordinance would allow qualified caregivers to be eligible for a similar property tax exemption. Whereas, however, an elderly and/or disabled property owner may apply for an exemption for a three-year period after which time they may re-apply, a qualified caregiver would be eligible for only a one-year exemption and would have to re-apply each year to keep that exemption. The new category of caregiver is defined as a property owner whose family member is chronically ill, disabled, or is otherwise unable to perform the critical tasks of personal care necessary for everyday survival. If this Ordinance is approved by Council and signed by the Mayor, it will become effective on December 1, 2014 and will carry a five-year sunset provision that would make it effective only until December 1, 2019, unless it is extended by ordinance.

Charles M. "Bud" Freel: 8th District

Agenda #3987
Ordinance 14-048
Referred to Committee
Constituting Amendment No. 2 to Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget (being an ordinance to amend Substitute No. 1 to Ordinance No. 14-016, As Amended), by making changes to the Fiscal Year 2015 Position Allocation List for the City Auditor’s Office
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by Administration for Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing as change in the City’s Position Allocation List as it relates to the Office of the City Auditor. In particular, the appointed position of “Auditing Administrative Assistant” would be removed from the list and a merit position entitled “Staff Auditor” with a pay grade of “P” would be added to the list. In addition, the title of “Senior Auditor-IT” would be changed to “Senior Auditor” with no change in pay grade. There is no fiscal impact to the FY 2015 City Operating Budget as a result of these changes.
Agenda #3988
Ordinance 14-049
Referred to Committee
Authorizing the issuance of the City’s General Obligation Bonds, in order to provide the funds necessary to finance the costs of acquiring containers for municipal solid waste collection and recycling receptacles for use within the city limits; 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 Administration to issue up to $1 million of General Obligation Bonds to finance the acquisition of containers to be used for the City’s curbside recycling program and for the disposal/collection of solid waste materials. This Ordinance would also pay the costs associated with the issuance of the Bonds.

Loretta Walsh: At-Large

Agenda #3989
Ordinance 14-045
Referred to Committee
Approving the rezoning of five areas within the Baynard Boulevard Analysis area
Synopsis This Ordinance is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing the rezoning of five areas within the Baynard Boulevard Analysis Area and the respective amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
Agenda #3990
Resolution 14-049
Adopted
Scheduling two public hearings on November 20, 2014 for certain amendments to the Baynard Boulevard Comprehensive Plan and the proposed rezoning of five areas within the Baynard Boulevard Analysis area
Synopsis This Resolution is being presented by the Administration for City Council’s review and approval. If approved, Council would be authorizing a public hearing to be held on November 20, 2014 for the purpose of publicly reviewing the rezoning of five areas within the Baynard Boulevard Analysis Area and the respective amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
  1. Petitions and Communications
  2. Adjournment