City Council meeting, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Items of interest included:
- Approved: Formation of a new Gang Investigative Unit within the Wilmington Police Department to deter/dismantle gang-related activity and crimes. The agenda material states: “In the recent months, the City has experienced an increase in gang violence. While the recent suppression efforts by the department reduced some of the violence, as soon as these officers were returned to their normal assignments, the gang violence erupted again. This supports the need for a long term strategy to resolve the gang threat issue.”
The new Gang Investigative Unit will be made up of one sergeant and four officers and will be operational within 4-6 weeks. The agenda material goes on to say: “These specially-trained investigators will not only arrest gang members after they commit these crimes, but will work to dismantle each gang network.”
The department’s plan is to transfer one sergeant position into the gang unit, along with four officers from other positions. One civilian computer support specialist, who would not be part of the unit, would be added to backfill the unit’s new sergeant position. The department will also hire and train 10 “over hire” positions, which means 10 officers would be trained and ready to step into employment any time there is a vacancy at the department, instead of having to wait for officers to complete the required training that takes six months to complete. The over hires begin in February.
Council approved an ordinance appropriating $142,381 for start-up costs that would be funded through salary savings of currently vacant positions within the department.
- Continued to January 2014: Resolution adopting a policy that helps determine how to fund local economic development agencies. City staff have developed a policy in an effort to more objectively determine which economic development agencies receive funding from the city each year and how much they will receive.
The groups that would be impacted include local economic development agencies that receive at least $5,000 a year from the city, such as Wilmington Business Development and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. It would NOT include non-profit agencies funded through a competitive bi-annual process that already has defined criteria and required application submittal. The city currently budgets approximately $313,500 from the tax-supported General Fund each year for the affected economic development agencies. City Council discussed this issue at their Sept. 30 Agenda Briefing. Details here
NOTE: Because of Election Day, the next Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6.
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