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CITY COUNCIL

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REGULAR MEETING                             MONDAY, MAY 23, 2022

HYBRID MEETING                                                              7 pm

 

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RULES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT COUNCIL MEETINGS

The Administrative Code, Section § 5-209 defines public participation at Council meetings. 

  1. Citizens who wish to make public comment must pre-register following the instructions in Agenda #3 Public Comment on this agenda.
  2. Citizens attending Council meetings are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner that does not disrupt the meeting. 
  3. Those wishing to have conversations should do so in the hall outside Council Chambers in a low speaking voice.
  4. Public comment will occur only during the Public Comment period listed on the agenda. Comment must be directed to Council as a body and not to any individual Council member or public or elected official in attendance. Clapping, calling out, and/or cheering when a speaker finishes his comments is not permitted.
  5. Citizens may not approach the Council tables at any time during the meeting.
  6. Any person making threats of any type, personally offensive or impertinent remarks or any person becoming unruly while addressing Council may be called to order by the Presiding Officer and may be barred from speaking, removed from Council Chambers and/or cited.
  7. Failure to abide by these regulations could result in your removal from Council Chambers and/or a citation. These regulations are meant to avoid disruptions at the meeting and they are not meant to interfere with public participation.

 

1. OPENING MATTERS

A. CALL TO ORDER

B.  INVOCATION: Pastor Bland, New Beginnings Christian Life Fellowship Church

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS: An executive session was held after the May 16th COW regarding litigation, real estate and personnel

2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

3. PUBLIC COMMENT – AGENDA MATTERS:

 

Public Comment Instructions:

All remarks must be directed to Council as a body and not to any individual Council member or public or elected official in attendance. Any comment that is personally offensive or impertinent will not be read into the record. Comments on agenda matters are limited to 5 minutes in length and comments on non-agenda matters are limited to 3 minutes in length.

 

4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES

A. AGENDA:  Meeting of May 23, 2022

B. MINUTES:  May 9th Regular meeting and the summations of discussion from the May 9th, and May 16th COW meetings and the May 16th Nominations Committee meeting

 

5. Consent Agenda Legislation

The Consent Agenda is designed to provide efficient approval of non-controversial legislation that does not require discussion/debate by giving approval via acclimation when the meeting agenda is approved.  The President of Council will call Council’s attention to the list of Consent Agenda legislation at the meeting before action is taken, which allows Council to remove a piece of legislation for separate consideration. 

 

A. Resolution – authorizing the following promotions in the Fire Department:

  • 2nd Deputy Chief Michael R. Glore to 1st Deputy Fire Chief
  • Fire Suppression Lieutenant David C. Williams to 2nd Deputy Fire Chief
  • Firefighter Steven E. Ginder to Fire Suppression Lieutenant

 

B. Award of Contract to Dutchman Contracting, LLC, Reinholds, PA at $160,355.80 for repairs to the Egelman’s Park Large Pavilion - main roof and apron roof is to be replaced with metal roofing, repairs made to wood roof decking where necessary and repairs made to vertical apron support poles and bases.

 

C. Award of Contract to the H&K Group, Skippack, PA, in the submitted price of $4,000,732.77 for 2022 Road Work, which is included in the Public Works budget

D. Award of Contract to VirTra Inc Tempe AZ for purchase of equipment to upgrade the

Use of Force/Firearm Training Simulator system currently in use by the Police Department at  $79,993.03 from the Capital Budget. Upgrading to a 3 screen system to add more realistic training situations and training based scenarios, providing officers with additional training and de-escalation scenerios while in controlled environments  The equipment is Sole Source and the justifications have been completed and accepted by the City Administration. 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Attached

7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Attached

 

8. REPORT FROM DEPT. DIRECTORS, BOARDS, AUTHORITIES, & COMMISSIONS

Diversity Board – Kimberly Talbot

 

9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

A. Bill 45-2022 – adopting and amending the International Electrical Code Introduced at the May 9 regular meeting

 

B. Bill 46-2022 – authorizing the transfer of $15,000 in grant funding from the State Fire Commissioner’s Office within the Agency Fund Budget for the purchase of a drone for the Office of the Fire Marshal and the purchase of power saws for Fire Suppression r Introduced at the May 9 regular meeting

 

10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

A. Ordinance - amending the City of Reading Code of Ordinances, Chapter 5 Administrative Code, Part 10 Code of Ethics, Section 5-1004 Statement of Financial Interests by requiring the filing of a Supplemental Statement of Financial Interest and the investigation procedure letter b #2 to allow complaints to be filed within five (5) years of the date of occurrence

B. Ordinance – amending the 2022 General Agency Fund Budget (Fund 31) by increasing the contracted services expense line item by $152,500 and increasing the grants and gift revenue line item by $152,500 as awarded by the PA Department of Health for the Lead Hazard Control Program. healthy homes initiative by targeting households with children six (6) years old or younger who have been medically found to have a measurable concentration of lead in their blood.

C. Ordinance – increasing the salary of the Finance Director by $15,000 to $120,000 due to the expansion on that role as Deputy Managing Director

D. Ordinance – amending the Charter Board Ordinance by making various alterations such as eliminating Advisory Opinions, creating an administrative body, eliminates the confidentiality of complaints, etc. to establish reasonable guidelines on Charter Board spending

E. Ordinance – amending the City of Reading City Code Chapter 496 Solid Waste, Part 2 Dumpster Placement by eliminating the permitting process in the Property Maintenance Division and relocating that process to the Solid Waste Division, as attached in Exhibit A.

11. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution – appointing Jessica Schwartz as an alternate to the Board of Health

B. Resolution – reappointing Jeff Darlington to the Board of Ethics

C. Resolution – appointing Dennis Baver to the Fire / Building Code Board of Appeals

D. Resolution – removing Rebecca Noviello from the Environmental Advisory Council due to lack of participation

E. Resolution – approving the Conditional Use application submitted by Kathy Saldana (owner/applicant), of 500 Calabria Drive, Blandon PA for a banquet hall to be located at 2040 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA  19601 conditional on the owner/applicant obtaining approval of the Zoning Hearing Board for a parking variance and the approval of a Bottle Club Operation variance as Bottle Clubs are not permitted in this zoning district.

12. PUBLIC COMMENT – GENERAL MATTERS

Please see public speaking rules on second page

 

13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS

 

14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, May 23

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – 7 pm

 

Monday, May 30

**City Hall closed – Memorial Day holiday**

 

Monday, June 6

Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

Monday, June 13

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – 7 pm

Tuesday, June 14

ARPA Update

Monday, June 20

**City Hall closed – Juneteenth**

Tuesday, June 21

Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm