Berks County Convention Center Authority

Mission: To oversee the operation of the Santander Center and Santander Performing Arts Center.

Meetings: 3rd Thursday of every other Month 7:00 a.m. Santander Center - CEI Lounge

Liaison: Hope Parkin, 610-898-7240

Joint authority with the County, incorporated with the State August 29, 1996, City members approved by Bill No. 16-96, June 24, 1996 and County members approved by Ordinance No. 2-96, June 20, 1996.

Council7 Members4 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
P. Michael Ehlerman (County) (Chair)6/20/199607/01/20168/29/2020
Carl Herbein6/24/199612/09/20138/29/2017
Vacant (County)   
Michael Fiucci4/17/20005/11/20158/29/2019
John Ernesto (County)8/22/20028/28/20148/29/2018
Vacant (City)   
Michael Gombar Jr (City)1/09/2017 8/29/2020


City Revitalization And Improvement Zone Authority (CRIZ)

Liaison:  610-655-6211

Created by Bill 59-2013, November 12, 2013

Council11 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
William Long04/13/2015 12/31/2019
Charles Milch05/11/2015 12/31/2019
Vacant11/12/2013 12/31/2014
R. David Myers05/26/2015 12/31/2020
Melvyn Jacobson11/12/2013 12/31/2015
Scott Gruber11/12/2013 12/31/2016
Mike Toledo11/12/2013 12/31/2016
Donald Smith Jr11/12/2013 12/31/2017
Vacant11/12/2013 12/31/2017
Vacant11/12/2013 12/31/2018
William Bender11/12/2013 12/31/2018


Downtown Improvement District

Mission: To provide business improvements and administrative services.

Meetings: 4th Monday of the month 12 p.m. 645 Penn St #505

Liaison: Executive Director 610-376-6424

Municipality Authorities Act of 1945, P.L. 382, Bill No. 134-94, January 11, 1995.

Mayor w/Council Approval7 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Charles Broad, Exec Dir   
Lucy Cortez08/08/2016 1/1/2019
Catherine Montano7/14/2014 1/1/2019
Mike Zielinski10/27/200803/11/20131/1/2018
James Snyder2/23/200905/13/20131/1/2018
Richard McDougall09/28/200903/08/20151/1/2020
Laura Cooper06/09/2014 1/1/2019
Daniel Laws Jr09/23/201304/10/20171/1/2020


Local Redevelopment Authority

The United States Department of Defense announced plans to close federally-owned military installations under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). Included on this list was the Navy Marine Center located on Kenhorst Boulevard in the City of Reading. To address the BRAC process, a Local Redevelopment Authority was formed by the City of Reading City Council. The Reading LRA serves as the primary link between the Department of Defense, the current installation, the Reading community, and the Federal and State agencies responsible for all base closure matters. The Reading LRA's main responsibility is "identifying local redevelopment needs and preparing a redevelopment plan for the Military Department to consider in the disposal of the installation property."

Meetings: as necessary

Linda Kelleher, 610-655-6204

Created by Bill 39-2008; amended by 14-2009

Mayor/Council as noted7 Members5 Year term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Council President - 2/13/2012 5/27/2017
District 1 Councilor - Chris Daubert3/10/2014 5/27/2019
District 4 Councilor - Stratton Marmarou5/27/20088/22/20115/27/2016
Redevelopment Authority Rep - Dan Luckey1/15/2014 5/27/2019
Planning Commission Rep - Ermete Raphaelli5/27/20086/8/20125/27/2017
Mayor Rep - Maria Ballas5/27/2008 5/27/2013
Mayor Rep - Vacant   
County Administrator - Ad Hoc   


Reading Area Water Authority (RAWA)

Mission: To operate and maintain the regional water system of the City of Reading in a manner which assures an adequate and safe drinking water supply to the residential and business customers of the Water System; to maintain through an on going capital improvement program so that rates can remain reasonable and so that no large rate increases are required in the future; and to cooperate with the City of Reading to maximize the benefits of the Water System to the city and its residents and taxpayers.

Work Shops: 2nd Tues of the month 4:30 p.m. Reading Area Water Authority Office, 1801 Kutztown Road

Regular Meetings: Last Thurs of the month 4:30 p.m. City Council Chambers, 815 Washington St

Liaison: Suzanne Ruotolo, 610-406-6300

Created May 5, 1994 Act of Assembly approved May 2, 1945 P.L. 382, Bill No. 46-94. Amended to seven members January 2015.

Term: One member per year - all terms expire 1/1

Council7 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Julissa Espinal10/27/2014 1/1/2020
Steven McCracken10/24/2016 1/1/2018
Ralph Johnson, Chair11/23/2015 1/1/2021
Steven Symons11/09/2015 1/1/2019


Reading Housing Authority

Mission: To provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Meetings: 4th Tues of the Month 4 p.m Workshop @ 5 p.m. Meeting William W. Willis Center for Administration, 400 Hancock Boulevard.

Liaison: Janice Eickhoff, 610-775-4813

35 P.S. Sec. 1550, Powers of an Authority 37125 35 P.S. Sec. 1550 Purdonis Pennsylvania statutes and consolidated statutes annotated.

Council5 Members5 Year term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Rebecca Acosta5/10/201010/27/201412/31/2020
Rev. Steve Belinski7/13/198310/26/201512/31/2020
Walter Pawling10/27/2014 12/31/2017
Lorena Keely11/23/2015 12/31/2018
Odelia White6/10/2013 12/31/2018

Reading Parking Authority

Meetings: 4th Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 p.m. in the Parking Auth Office

Liaison: Executive Director, 610-655-6166

Appointment made by the Mayor Letter Act 208 of June 5, 1947, P.L. 458 as amended.

Term: One member per year - all terms expire 1/1

Mayor5 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Felipe Fana08/03/2017 12/31/2017
Misael Marmolejos08/11/2017 12/31/2018
Lawrence Miller07/25/2017 12/31/2020
Bill Muray07/25/2017 12/31/2018
Delphin Vasquez07/07/2017 12/31/2017


Reading Redevelopment Authority

Mission: To “exist and operate for the public purposes of the elimination of blighted areas through economically and socially sound redevelopment of such areas, as provided by this act, in conformity with the comprehensive general plan of their respective municipalities for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial or other purposes, and other wise encouraging the provision of healthful homes, a decent living environment and adequate places of employment of the people of this Commonwealth.”

Meetings: Third Wed of the Month 3:00 p.m. Redevelopment Conf Room

Liaison: Dennis Witwer, 610-655-6025

Resolutions No. 18-50 and 31-50. Letter to appoint Act 385, P.L. 991-1945

Term: One member per year - all terms expire 1/1

Mayor w/Council Approval5 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Daniel Luckey - Vice Chair02/12/20074/08/201312/31/2017
James Radwanski04/09/2012 12/31/2017
Chris Heinly - Chair11/12/2013 12/31/2018
Juan Zabala05/22/2017 12/31/2022
Mel Jacobson07/24/2017 12/31/2022