Items of interest on the agenda included:
- A presentation by Fire Chief Buddy Martinette on the plan to replace four aging fire stations with two new, larger stations.
- A presentation and resolution accepting the donation of the Wilmington Firefighters Memorial located at the Empie Park Fire Station. The memorial contains an original steel beam from the World Trade Center and honors all firefighters who died in the September 11 attack, as well as all Wilmington firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty since the department formed in the 1800’s. The $265,000 memorial was paid for through private donations.
- APPROVED: An amendment authorizing changes to design services for the planned improvements to Riverfront Park. The changes involve extending the project by three blocks from Princess to Walnut Street. This would allow the city to coordinate with CFPUA on their work to replace aging infrastructure in the area and the city’s planned streetscape improvements, with final street excavation and repaving only happening once. This $2.8 million project, to occur in late 2015, will follow the extensive Riverfront Park improvements planned earlier that year.
- APPROVED: A public hearing and resolution on a proposed transportation bond. Council will make a final determination about whether or not to move forward with the bond referendum, which would be on the Nov. 4 ballot, after the public hearing. While only $44 million would be borrowed, the city would leverage existing funds to complete an entire package of projects worth $55 million. Citizens continually rank traffic among the highest of concerns, with recent emphasis being placed on pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Background on this item can be found here.
- APPROVED: Request to amend an agreement with Lakeside Partners of Wilmington, Inc. to expand a residential housing development that will help the homeless from 24 units to 40 units. The development will be located on the site of the former Adrian B. Rhodes Armed Forces Reserve Center, located at 2144 West Lake Shore Drive. The center was torn down earlier this year after it was closed by the federal government in 2011. The federal government requires military facilities such as the Rhodes Center that are no longer utilized to be redeveloped to help the homeless. Lakeside is asking to amend their current agreement.
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