WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Roller-coaster ride for Wilmington mayor and council

Seldom has the City of Wilmington seen such hour-by-hour developments.


Speaking on the air with Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong here on WDEL, Mayor Dennis Williams declares his administration would go to court, seeking a temporary restraining order to COMPEL City Council President Theo Gregory to convene a special meeting to consider a revised budget. Williams says cops might be needed to deliver council members to the chamber.

The Delaware Court of Chancery convenes to consider Williams' request, with the session teleconferenced to the city/county building.

A bomb threat forces the evacuation of the city/county building.

The Court of Chancery hearing continues.

Ultimately, Vice Chancellor John Noble denies the administration's request for a temporary restraining order.

Even so, the Williams administration perpetuates the farce, with several administration staff gathering for a phantom special session.

The climax comes Thursday, when council members will vote to override Mayor Williams' veto of the amended budget. Theo Gregory believes he has enough votes for a successful override. Friday is the deadline for a budget to be in place.

How did it come to this? Given the personalities and philosophies of the various parties, was it destined to come to this?

No one comes out smelling like a rose: Mayor Williams' higher ground about Council's $250,000 "slush fund" is undermined by the costly nepotism displayed in the mayor's hires. And the willingness to go to court - even talk about using the cops to round-up council members - smacks of heavy-handedness and a cop mentality: Wait a minute! Williams was a cop. But that $250,000 allocation council placed in its budget DOES look like a "slush fund".

Meanwhile, comparatively little drama in New Castle County government, although County Council members did vote for nearly $2.8 million in cuts to County Executive Tom Gordon's operating budget.

Posted at 5:57am on May 29, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, May 29, 2013 7:00pm
As I stated in a previous post from May 16th, they should have elected a Republican.

Allan Loudell
Thu, May 30, 2013 6:13am
After winning the Democratic mayoral primary, Dennis Williams won the general election by default: He was unopposed.

Fri, May 31, 2013 6:52am
Ah yes, I remember now. Once again, the Republican candidate was disqualified for missing the question about Elvis's birthday.

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