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The New Castle County Council has called on the council president Karen Hartley-Nagle to resign.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 10-to-3 vote was prompted by her refusal to participate in behavior coaching mandated by the council.

The paper reports that the mandate came after the county spent at least $135-thousand to investigate and settle claims of workplace harassment by a former aide.

Council member George Smiley sponsored last night’s resolution and there was no debate.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The New Castle County Council has agreed to give county union employees a series of raises over the next two years.
WDEL-FM reports that the council on Tuesday authorized the County Executive to sign the collective bargaining agreement negotiated with employee union representatives.
As part of the agreement, employees will receive a 1 percent retroactive raise for this year, as well as 2 percent raises in each of the next two years.

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New Castle County Council member Joe Reda has died of heart complications yesterday at the age of 73.

The Wilmington News Journal notes that Reda was a sheet metal worker, a union man as well as a politician.

He was well known around town and called “Joe the Bartender” for his mixing drinks at high-class parties in Greenville.

Reda was named to the First District seat in 12 years ago when then Council member Robert Woods quit.

New County Council Executive Tom Gordon has restored funding for a start-up stock exchange in Wilmington.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county leader is using tax reserves for the project.

But County Council member Penrose Hollins called the move “money laundering” and it is expected to set off another fight over how the county invests its funds.

The council has already authorized $10-thousand to explore the legality of Gordon’s action.

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The New Castle County Council yesterday okayed $15 million in bonds to help establish a stock exchange in Wilmington.

Nick Niehoff, president and chief executive of Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Incorporated, said that there is no competitor to what the company was offering to establish.

The exchange would provide place for small and medium sized companies that do not qualify for Nasdaq.

In addition, there would be another trading system for U.S. and foreign securities to be done electronically.

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A stock exchange could be coming to Wilmington.

Trade Holdings Incorporated will be coming to the New Castle County Council to ask for a $15 million when it meets tomorrow

The firm wants to create two alternative trading systems that would include one for small and medium businesses that do not qualify for the Nasdaq of the New York Stock Exchange.

The other would take care of U.S. and foreign securities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the bond would raise money for the technology to set up the exchange.

The old Avon Products distribution building near Newark is coming down if one developer has his way.

In its place will be some 220 apartments along with office, retail and dining space.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that forty of the units will go to seniors.

Spread out over more than 600,000 square feet there will also be a two story parking garage.

The New Castle County Council is expected to decide next week whether to rezone the 42 acre property for commercial use.

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A new audit finds that the New Castle County Council staff is poorly managed.

In addition, it found that some employees engaged in questionable practices in accounting for hours worked and compensatory time.

Auditor Anthony Scannell wrote that some of the comments are symptomatic of an overall lack of respect for the County rules as well as lack of supervision and accountability.

Disagreement with the report came from council member Janet Kilpatrick, who said that the picture the auditor laid out was not accurate.

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Delaware’s Chief Justice Leo Strine questioned the arguments by the owner of Barley Mill Plaza in Greenville that a lower court judge overreach in throwing out the project’s rezoning.

The lower court judge’s ruling voided the New Castle County’s 2011 vote to rezone nearly 40 percent of the 92-acre office park.

The owners argued that the lower court should not have gotten into the meeting records to figure out the reasoning of a key vote on the council.

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Last night the New Castle County Council authorized the police department to receive more than $460-thousand in federal and state grants.

The money will go towards paying overtime for patrols in high crime areas training officers and equipment for criminal surveillance and investigations.

WDEL reports that Council member George Smiley said the programs are aimed at cutting crime by more than 11 percent.

He added that the Target Analytic Police System has helped take guns and drugs off the street.