Council's administrative staff has returned from the Government
Center in New Castle Corporate Commons to its former quarters on
the eighth floor of the Redding Building in downtown Wilmington,
but found it hard to recognize the place.
During Council's traditional August
recess -- interrupted this year for a session and finance
committee meeting -- the suite was reconfigured to provide for
the six new members to be added after the general election on
Nov. 2. Each one will be entitled to hire an aide and an
assistant county attorney will be added to the staff to help
handle the increased workload the larger Council is expected to
Renovations, which included
extensive work on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning
system, cost about $1.2 million.
The new members are scheduled to be
sworn into office as soon after election day as the results are
certified by Superior Court. There also will be a new Council
The public, however, will get its
first look at the new digs on Sept. 7 when Council's executive
and land use committees meet. Here is a Delaforum photo preview
of what they will see.
The first general Council session
will be on Sept. 14.
corridor, which shaped like a U lying on its side,
has 13 exterior offices for Council members and the
Council president. The six new members will be
elected to four-year terms by voters in districts
formed by dividing the present six districts in
half, based upon population. Terms of the six
incumbents, elected in 2002, have two more years to