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Nom & Appts Committee



Nominations and Appointments Committee

Monday, October 2, 2023

4:00 pm

Penn Room / Hybrid Meeting


The Nominations and Appointments Committee meets to address nominations and appointments to the City’s boards, authorities, and commissions.

Public comment is not permitted during Committee meetings.

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Meeting ID: 419 292 6522

Passcode: 972205

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I.       Interviews


4:00 – Shane McFarlane – reappointment – Charter Board - virtually

4:15 – Anna Miller - reappointment – Animal Control Board - virtually


II.      Appointment Recommendations


III.    Review Pending Applications Memo (see page 4), BAC Openings (see page 6) & Board, Authority, Commission Membership


IV.    Mayor’s Office Application Review Process and Timeline


V.      Adjourn

Charter Board Facts

The Charter Board was approved by referendum in the General Election of 2002.  City Council approved the Charter Board Ordinance in 2005. The purpose of the Charter Board is to hear and decide all cases alleging violations of the Charter or Administrative Code, except that its jurisdiction shall not extend to any case arising under the Ethics Code or the Personnel Code. Insofar as permitted by state law the Board shall issue advisory opinions, binding opinions, impose penalties and administrative fines, refer cases for prosecution, and conduct investigations on its own initiative and on referral or complaint. City Council shall appropriate sufficient funds to enable the Board to perform the duties assigned to it, including expenses for independent counsel and other necessary staff. The Charter Board must also educate elected and appointed officials, employees and the public about Charter issues.

Charter Board Questions for New Applicants

  1. What is the purpose of the Charter Board?
  2. Why are you interested in serving on the Charter Board?
  3. The Board currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm.  Will you be able to regularly attend those meetings?
  4. Why do you think the Charter Board is needed?
  5. Are you aware of any of the issues or complaints the Charter Board has handled in the past?
  6. Have you ever read the City’s Charter? If you could modify one section which would it be and why?

Charter Board Questions for Reappointments

  1. Are you able to regularly attend Board meetings?
  2. What has the Charter Board done well and what could be improved upon?
  3. Are there any issues that the City could assist with?
  4. What types of Charter issues or complaints has the Board handled?  And how were they resolved?
  5. Explain how the Charter Board works to educate City officials and the public.
  6. Reading appears to be the only City in PA and the US to have a Charter Board.  Do you believe the Charter Board is a valuable tool?  Why or why not?


Animal Control Board Facts

City Council created the Animal Control Board in 1998 to oversee the Animal Control Ordinance and issue permits for anyone to own or harbor any exotic animal, domestic agricultural animal or native wildlife animal within the City. Such permit shall be given only if it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that the animal will not constitute a threat to public health or safety and that the applicant has the means to properly care for the animal. The Board is composed of five people; two members shall be appointed representatives of animal humane societies and animal shelters and one member shall be appointed as a representative of private veterinarians or veterinary hospitals.  The remaining two members shall represent the community at large.

New Applicant Questions - Animal Control Board

  1. What is the purpose of the Animal Control Board?
  2. Why are you interested in serving on Animal Control Board?
  3. The Animal Control Board meets twice per year at the convenience of the members.  Are you willing to dedicate time and effort to the duties of this Board?
  4. What would you like to see the Animal Control Board accomplish?
  5. Are you familiar with the Animal Rescue League and the work that shelters provide?
  6. Are you aware of any issues/problems with animals or pets that needs to be addressed?

Reappointment Questions – Animal Control Board

  1. Are you able to regularly attend meetings?
  2. What issues has the Board considered during your term?
  3. What has the Animal Control Board done well and what could be improved upon?
  4. Are there any issues that the City could assist with?
  5. Are there any enforcement problems that you have become aware of?