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 Arena - CEI Lounge

Chuck Phillips, Solicitor

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.

Council 7 Members 4 Year Term  
  Date Appointed Date Reappointed Term Expiration
P. Michael Ehlerman (County) 6/20/1996 07/01/2016 8/29/2020
Isreal Gonzalez (City) 11/13/2018   8/29/2020
Michele Richards (County) 3/02/2017   8/29/2019
Michael Fiucci (City) 4/17/2000 07/22/2019 8/29/2023
John Ernesto (County) 8/22/2002 08/28/2014 08/29/2018
Vacant (City)      
Michael Gombar Jr (City) 01/09/2017   08/29/2020


City Revitalization And Improvement Zone Authority (CRIZ)

Mission: the purposes, powers, and rights, as provided by Article XVIII-C of House Bill No. 465,Session of 2013, including, but not limited to the designation of revitalization and improvement zones in the City, engaging in and financing the construction, including related site preparation and infrastructure, reconstruction or renovation of facilities within such revitalization and improvement zones, for purposes of taking any and all actions and performing any and all duties authorized by a Contracting Authority as defined in and authorized by Article XVIII-C of House Bill No. 465, Session of 2013, and shall have all the purposes, powers, and rights as provided by the Municipality Authorities Act

Liaison CD Director:  610-655-6211

Created by Bill 59-2013, November 12, 2013

Council11 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Vacant04/13/2015 12/31/2019
Charles Milch05/11/2015 12/31/2019
Vacant11/12/2013 12/31/2014
R. David Myers05/26/2015 12/31/2020
Vacant11/12/2013 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 1st Floor

Liaison: Executive Director 610-376-6424

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

Mayor w/Council Approval 7 Members 5 Year Term  
  Date Appointed Date Reappointed Term Expiration
Charles Broad, Exec Dir      
Catherine Montano 7/14/2014   1/1/2019
Mike Zielinski 10/27/2008 03/11/2013 1/1/2018
James Cinelli 09/17/2018   1/1/2023
Richard McDougall 09/28/2009 03/08/2015 1/1/2020
Laura Cooper 06/09/2014   1/1/2019
Daniel Laws Jr 09/23/2013 04/10/2017 1/1/2020
Council Liason - Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz 02/12/2018   02/12/2020
Council Liason - Lucine Sihelnik 02/12/2018   02/12/2020


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 - Jeffrey Waltman1/27/201602/12/201802/12/2020
District 1 Councilor - Lucine Sikelnik02/12/2018 02/12/2010
District 4 Councilor - Stratton Marmarou5/27/200802/12/201802/12/2020
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.

Meetings: 3nd Tues of the month 4:00 p.m. 1801 Kutztown Road

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
Cecile Grimshaw11/13/2017 1/1/2022
Phillip Dougherty04/09/2018 1/1/2023
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: Mya Hornberger, 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.

Council 5 Members 5 Year term  
  Date Appointed Date Reappointed Term Expiration
Rev. Steve Belinski 7/13/1983 10/26/2015 12/31/2020
Lorena Keely 11/23/2015   12/31/2018
Odelia White 6/10/2013   12/31/2018


Reading Parking Authority

Mission:  To build, manage, supply and supervise parking facilities within the City of Reading and maintain these facilities as clean, safe, convenient, accessible, and reasonably priced.

Meetings: 4th Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 p.m. in the Penn Room

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
Linda Burns-Glover01/02/2018 12/31/2022
Misael Marmolejos08/11/2017 12/31/2018
Lawrence Miller07/25/2017 12/31/2020
Bill Muray07/25/2017 12/31/2018
Zimri Rivera01/31/2018 12/31/2022


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 Thursday of the Month 5:00 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 5 Members 5 Year Term  
  Date Appointed Date Reappointed Term Expiration
Mel Jacobson 07/24/2017   12/31/2022
Wellington Santana 05/15/2019   12/31/2023
Lazaro Pepen 02/13/2019   12/31/2024
Juan Zabala 05/22/2017   12/31/2022
Noah Wilson 08/14/2019   12/31/2023