REGULAR MEETING MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 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. OPENING MATTERS
A. CALL TO ORDER
B. INVOCATION: Rev. Jeremiah Sassaman, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
C. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG
D. ROLL CALL
E. EXECUTIVE SESSIONS: There was an executive session held after the July 25 COW meeting on real estate and litigation and at the beginning of the August 1st COW to consult with legal counsel.
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 August 8, 2022
B. MINUTES: July 25 Regular meeting along with and the summations of discussion from the July 25, July 28 and August 1st COW meetings and the August 1 Nominations & Appointments 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. Award of Contract – for the purchase of 1-(6 Set) Drying Unit from PAC Industries, Inc. Harrisburg, PA in the amount of 11,795.00 from the Capital Budget. PAC Industries Inc., is a PA COSTARS Vendor and the purchase is reflective of the COSTARS pricing. The Drying Unit will be placed at the Reading Hose Fire Station located at 614 Franklin St for drying of Firefighters Personal Protective Equipment in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.
B. Award of Contract - to Overhead Door, Reading PA in the amount of $78,400 from Capital for the weatherization of all PW garages. The project is to repair and or replace weather seals on the PW garage doors which will promote heat retention in the winter as well as prevent other weather infiltration to all PW Garage Bays.
C. Award of Contract - for a Co-Stars Purchase to replace the Plum and Franklin Fire Station roof to Sensenig Company of Ephrata in the amount of $171,660 from the Capital budget
D. Award of Contract - for school crossing guards to All City Management Services Inc of Santa Fe Springs, CA, at the submitted price not to exceed $634,077.00. This company will be responsible for providing crossing guards at 47 locations specified by the City and/or School District. Crossing Guard Program is funded in a 50/50 split with the Reading School District.
6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR
8. REPORT FROM DEPT. DIRECTORS, BOARDS, AUTHORITIES, & COMMISSIONS
Reading Public Library Board – Dennis Skayhan, Chair and Melissa Adams, Executive Director
9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE
Bill No. 50-2022 – 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 Introduced at the May 23 regular meeting; Tabled at the June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25 regular meetings
A. Bill 72-2022 – amending City Code Section 5-207 relating to the attendance of the
Council Solicitor and City Solicitor at Council meetings Introduced at the July 25 regular meeting
B. Bill 73-2022 – authorizing an appropriations transfer in the amount of $200,000 to Zoning Contracted Services to help expand the processing capacity of the Zoning and Planning Office Introduced at the July 25 regular meeting
10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
A. Ordinance – authorizing the transfer of $37,237.00 from the Agency Fund Budget.
to purchase medical supplies for the EMS Division.
B. Ordinance – appropriating $5,197,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to following organizations as outlined
ARPA Review Committee Recommendations – total $3,177,000:
Mayor’s Additional Recommendations – total $2,020,000:
E. Ordinance – ARPA allocation for additional City Capital projects - Public Works-Mt Penn Preserve Trail study -$115,000, Reading Recreation Commission facilities/programing -$352,200 and Reading Public Library equipment - $100,139
F. Ordinance –allocating $1,500,000 in additional ARPA funding to the Reading Fightin’ Phils for use in construction/renovations of the FirstEnergy Stadium due to inflation as required by the MLB.
G. Ordinance –setting the salary of the managing director at $148,522.32
A. Resolution 112-2022 – forgiving in its entirety the $1,475,000.00 loan originally extended to the previous owner of River Oak Apartments and assumed by River Oak Development LLC aka Reading Housing Authority by that certain Assignment of Amended and Restated Promissory Note and Mortgage dated September 17, 2008 and to release the mortgage securing said loan Tabled at the July 11 and July 25 regular meetings; Discussion held at the August 1 COW meeting
B. Resolution – reappointing Lee Olsen to the Planning Commission
C. Resolution – appointing Rodney Ridley to the Planning Commission
D. Resolution – appointing William Heim as Managing Director
E. Resolution – approving the Conditional Use application for a banquet hall at 46 S
12. PUBLIC COMMENT – GENERAL MATTERS
Please see public speaking rules on second page
13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
Monday, August 15
Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
Monday, August 22
Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
Regular Meeting – 7 pm
Monday, September 5
**City Hall closed – Labor Day Holiday**
Tuesday, September 6
Nominations Committee – 4 pm
Committee of the Whole – 5 pm