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Mayor's Report to City Council 08/24/15

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Executive Office of the Mayor
Vaughn D. Spencer
Administrative Report
August 24, 2015
Fire Department
Fire Activity
On Saturday, August 15th, at 12:59, units responded to 533 South 6th Street for a fire in a 3rd floor bedroom. The fire was placed under control in 20 minutes and there were no injuries.
Also, 7:37 PM that same day, units responded to a fire at the Evergreen Power Plant at 800 South Street. The fire involved the belts on the conveyor and several hoppers; smoke from the fire was visible throughout the city. The fire was placed under control after 2 hours and there were no injuries. Off-duty firefighters were recalled to man reserve apparatus in order to provide adequate protection for the rest of the city, due to the extended length of the operation.
On the morning of August 22nd at 3:58, units responded to Industrial Grounds Maintenance at 102 Neversink Street for a fire that involved the structure and several vehicles. The fire went to 2 Alarms and was brought under control in about an hour. There were 2 minor firefighter injuries and the occupants of 2 homes on McIlvain Street were displaced due to water damage and put up by the Red Cross. The damage estimate at this time to the business is $650,000. The fire is believed to have started in one of the vehicles and the investigation is ongoing. Building and Trades was notified and brought Empire Wrecking in for emergency demo to make the area safe.
Other Department Activity
The crew on one of the Engine companies successfully revived an unconscious Overdose patient in the McDonalds parking lot on Lancaster Ave. by use of the drug "Naxolene" which was only placed on the apparatus days before. All the department's firefighters had just recently completed updated training on Basic Life support protocols, which included training in the application of the drug.
Mayor’s Office
Penn Street Market
The Penn Street Market is encouraging market lovers to get “inky” and post creative photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter incorporating FMC’s “I heart farmers markets” temporary tattoos for a chance to win great prizes including canopies, cookbooks, gift cards and more.
Participants can use the hashtag #MoretoMarket. Markets featured in the winning photos will receive great prizes including canopies, cookbooks, gift cards and more!
Entry deadline is August 31. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for re-posts of some of our favorites!
Also, Penn Street Market Debuts Farm-to-Table “Pop-Up” Bistro; an innovative farm-to-table venue, Urban Bistro, is making its debut at Penn Street Market, in the heart of downtown Reading. At the close of each Thursday market day in September, a fresh air, outdoor dinner feast will be sourced by local vendors and presented by Adam Cocuzza, co-founder of Say Cheese Restaurant and Neil Patel, owner of Momma Patel’s, current vendor at Penn Street Market. A full press release with all details is attached.
Stop by the Penn Street Market every Thursday to grab lunch, stock up on local goods & enjoy free live music. This is the tentative lineup for the next two weeks.
Feet on the Street Youth Band
Education Hour:
The Reading Public Library @ Ashley & Maria
Community Hour:
3:15 - 4pm
Reading Youth and RHS Cheerleaders
Meet the Farmer:Meet Steve Finke & his bees!
4: 15 – 5pm
Feet on the Street Youth Band



Brazilian Samba Band, A.J. Merlino
Education Hour:
Tia Mazy @ Amazyng Style benefits of organic hair color and the many facets of running an eco-friendly brick and mortar estab
Community Hour:
3:15 - 4pm
Wanda Holdren of the WH Dance Academy
4: 15 – 5pm
Brazilian Samba Band, A.J. Merlino
On Thursday, August 20th, the City of Reading EMS, along with three other Berks County ambulance services, was honored in a ceremony at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center with the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline award. This prestigious award is given annually to those EMS Services who provide excellence in Emergency Cardiac Care. This was the second year in a row that we have received this award and we are proud to be recognized as a service that provides excellence in medical care for our residents and visitors.
The criteria for this award were extensive and our Paramedics and EMT’s have done an excellent job of providing cardiac care that is second to none. Although they face many challenges, patient care is always their number one priority and their dedicated Paramedics and EMT’s strive to provide the best medical care possible.
Public Works Department
The City of Reading was awarded a DEP grant in 2014 to improve the current facilities at the Egleman’s Park Woodshed location to begin the City’s internal baling of their recycling collection paper. This current project will allow for the City to continue to improve the collection process and maximize the revenue streams in the Recycling Department. The possibilities for the future of the program are exciting and this current opportunity allows the City to capitalize on the current program.
The baler will be in operation year-round and has the potential to handle the current volume of all of the City’s paper/fiber recycling materials. Currently, the city has baled several loads and will be able to establish a more refined and streamlined operations by October of 2015.
Fleet Management Software
Also, Public Works has been working with the new Fleet Software for the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) that was installed earlier in the year. Most of the vehicle information is now in the system, and the program is being utilized on a constant basis for tracking and cataloging all work.
The system is also being used to create invoices for those vehicles that are owned by the County District Attorney’s office. Continued improvements include adding fuel usage, user web portals, and increased reporting. These items are scheduled to be instituted as the vehicle, equipment, and parts inventories are completed.
Reading Downtown Improvement District
Highlights of activities/events of the Reading Downtown Improvement District for July and August 2015 are attached.
Community News
Please find attached press release from Reading Public Library.
The Berks Community Health Center held their ribbon cutting ceremony today for at Reading's new Federally-Qualified Health Center site, Berks Community Health Center at Oakbrook.
Anti-Drug and Crime Committee’s 14th Annual Rally was held on August 15, 2015 at the Fightin Phils stadium. Senator Schwank, Representative Caltagirone, and I spoke at the event about crime and drugs in our community. I also saw several members of Council as well as Chief Heim in attendance.
The Reading 120 is being held on September 12. There are a lot of things our city needs to do to prepare and learn about to make this as successful as possible. If you visit, you will find all information for the race from where are the best places to watch from, to highlights of City activity, to a comprehensive list of volunteer needs.
The CELG is holding an open house on October 19. The event has multiple purposes: Kick off the Programming Year; Present the Certificates to the officials who have completed the Master Planner and Advanced Master Planner programs; and to honor our Private Sponsors who have been such a major part in the expansion of CELG and the BCW&SA.
This event also marks the initiation of the alignment of the Advanced Master Planner Program with the Smart Growth Alliance and the presentation of the Award of the Fourth Annual Smart Growth Award given to the Person or Project which best emulates the principals of Smart Growth.
The Call for Nominations for the 2015 Smart Growth Award is attached. Please review and discuss with, or forward the application, to appropriate individuals in your municipalities and then prepare that winning application for the project you know warrants this prestigious award. Award applications are due by August 31, 2015.


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