Posted by Jolene Nieves on June 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM
Thursday, June 16
In the last Council session before the summer break, Councilman Henon introduced six bills and one resolution.
- Councilman Henon introduced a bill and companion resolution that defines the responsibility of a new Department of Labor, Employment and Consumer Affairs and begins the process to formally create the new Department.
The bill poses a ballot question to be voted on by Philadelphians in May 2017 that would change the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter and create the Department of Labor, Employment and Consumer Affairs.
Read the press release on the Department of Labor, Employment and Consumer Affairs here.
- Councilman Henon introduced two bills that would modernize and streamline procurement practices (co-sponsored by Councilman Derek Green).
These bills will create a vendor registry and require that RFPs remain online after being awarded, thereby modernizing procurement practices and simplifying the RFP application process for businesses.
The vendor registry aims to reduce forms and administrative overhead by allowing for a single certification for Local Business Entity, Minority, Women and Disabled-owned (M/W/DBE), and Tax Clearance. Under the current system, an individual certification is required for each clearance. Vendors will be able to use this simplified, single certification for applications across City Departments. Additionally, the vendor registry will provide businesses with a user-friendly point of entry.
The legislation also seeks to improve transparency be requiring the City to leave posted RFPs online for five years after a vendor has been identified. This process will allow new vendors to review previous RFPs and winning bids to strengthen their applications in the future.
Read the press release here.
- Councilman Henon introduced a bill that restructures requirements for vacant properties and foreclosed vacant properties.
This legislation requires that the existing foreclosed vacant residential registry requirements be shared also as a public registry. It also creates a registration fee which would be used to operate the vacant registry and to ensure that foreclosed vacant residential properties are meeting the requirements of the code. The bill requires that vacant properties have protections in place against unlawful entry.
- Councilman Henon introduced a bill that would add mobile cranes to Chapter 9-3300. Erection, Use and Inspection of Tower Cranes.
This bill adds mobile cranes to existing law about the erection, use and inspection of tower cranes. The bill defines mobile cranes, including commercial truck-mounted cranes, crawler cranes, locomotive cranes, and more, using the American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards.
The bill also requires that mobile cranes be inspected, regularly, according to OSHA laws and reinspected before returning to operation if an accident of any kind occurs. It also requires general liability insurance for the use of the crane.
- Councilman Henon introduced a bill called Percent for Art.
This bill requires that a minimum of 1% of capital dollars be spent on public art. It would replace the current Percent for Art legislation that states up to 1% of capital dollars be spent on public art. The bill also further amends the current iteration of Percent for Art to expand the definition of qualifying art at the Mayor's discretion.
Update on Councilman Henon's previous bills and resolutions:
City Council passed Councilman Henon's buffered bike lane bill, which will be coming to Mayfair late this summer/early fall. Learn more about Bobby's commitment to making the Northeast a safer place to cycle here.
Last week, Councilman Henon introduced a resolution calling for hearings on problem properties. Read the press release on these hearings here.
Additionally, City Council voted to approve the amended sugary drinks tax.