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Regular Council Meeting

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CITY COUNCIL

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REGULAR MEETING                        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2024

HYBRID MEETING                                                              7 pm

 

 

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RULES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT COUNCIL MEETINGS

Public comment at all meetings of the City Council of the City of Reading shall be governed by the following:

  • Residents and/or taxpayers of the City who wish to make or submit public comment must pre-register utilizing one of three (3) following options:
  1. By calling (610-655-6205) or emailing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) the City Clerk's Office by 4 pm on the day of the meeting with your name, address and the subject matter or topic to be discussed. If you are not able to attend in-person, instructions to access the virtual meeting app or dial-in telephone number will be provided.
  2. By submitting written public comment to be read into the record at the meeting by submitting an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4pm on the day of the meeting. The email message must clearly be marked as Public Comment.
  3. By registering in-person at the Council Chambers on the sign-up sheet found on the podium in Council Chambers between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the day of the scheduled meeting, with your name, address and the subject matter or topic to be discussed.
  • No person shall be permitted to speak who is not a resident or taxpayer of the City, except upon permission of the President of Council or a majority of City Council.
  • Public comment will occur only during the Public Comment period listed on the meeting agenda at which time the Presiding Officer will recognize speakers and written comment that properly registered in the order received.
  • All public comment shall be delivered from the podium and speakers may not approach the Council tables at any time.
  • Those individuals registered to speak on agenda matters will be allotted no more than 5 minutes and those individuals registered to speak on non-agenda matters will be allotted no more than 3 minutes.  The City Clerk will control a timer to monitor these time periods.  When the alarm rings, a speaker must immediately end their comment.  If a speaker refuses to comply, the microphone at the podium will be turned off and the next speaker will be given the floor.  These time periods also apply to written comments that are being read into the record such that any written comment may only be read into the record for a 5-minute period for agenda items and a 3-minute period for non-agenda items. The President of Council or a majority of Council may grant an additional period of time in their discretion. 
  • If anyone is present in a group or association, each such group should designate a spokesperson to address the City Council on the group’s collective behalf in order to avoid repetitive public comments.
  • Comments posted in Zoom Chat and on Facebook are not considered public comment and will not be read into the record of the meeting or addressed by City Council.

 

1. OPENING MATTERS

A. CALL TO ORDER

B.  INVOCATIONPastor Lisa Peña, Respiro y liberación church

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS:  There was an executive sessions after the Jan 22nd COW on personnel, real estate and litigation and there was an executive session after the Jan 29th COW on litigation

2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Commendations in celebration of Black History Month

3. PUBLIC COMMENT – AGENDA MATTERS:

  • Those individuals registered to speak on agenda matters will be allotted no more than 5 minutes and those individuals registered to speak on non-agenda matters will be allotted no more than 3 minutes. The City Clerk will control a timer to monitor these time periods. When the alarm rings, a speaker must immediately end their comment.  If a speaker refuses to comply, the microphone at the podium will be turned off and the next speaker will be given the floor.  These time periods also apply to written comments that are being read into the record such that any written comment may only be read into the record for a 5-minute period for agenda items and a 3-minute period for non-agenda items. The President of Council or a majority of Council may grant an additional period of time in their discretion. 
  • All public comment must be directed to Council as a body and not to any individual Council member or public or elected official in attendance. Public comment is an opportunity to make a statement only.  It is not designed for questioning and there is no guarantee or requirement for a question presented during public comment to be answered or responded to.
  • Each speaker shall speak clearly and slowly.
  • No speaker shall register or speak more than once at a meeting.
  • A speaker shall not comment in a manner that is disruptive, scandalous, impertinent, redundant, rude, unruly, personally offensive, irrelevant to the registered topic, done for the purpose of preventing the conduct of the business of the meeting or promotion of candidates at an upcoming election, or otherwise in disregard to the rules of order or decorum.  Any such comment will not be accepted or included in the record.
  • In the event that a speaker or written comment violates any of these rules, that speaker or written comment will be deemed to have forfeited their right to public comment and the President of Council or a majority of City Council may direct the City Clerk to turn off the microphone or cease reading the comment into the record, have the individual removed from Council Chambers and/or cited.
  • All persons in attendance are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner that does not disrupt the meeting.  Clapping, calling out, cheering or interrupting speakers or the discussions of City Council during or after a public comment is not permitted.  Those wishing to have conversations should do so in the hall outside Council Chambers in a low speaking voice.

 

4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES

A. AGENDA:  Meeting of February 12, 2024

B. MINUTES:  The minutes from the January 22th Regular Meeting, and the summations of discussion from the January 22nd and February 5th COWs and the January, 16, January 29 and February 5th 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. Award of Contract for the purchase of a 2023 Chevy 3500 Wheeled Coach Citimedic 146” Type III Ambulance to Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Manassas VA, a PA COSTARS Vendor, for the cost of $223,285 from the CIP and the contract is reflective of the COSTARS pricing. This will replace the ambulance that was totaled in an accident.

 

B. Resolution – authorizing the sale of the 2012 TYMCO Sweeper to D. W. Classic, Lebanon, PA for the price of $31,000.00, which is higher than the trade-in price offered by Golden Equipment Co. These funds will be used to offset the cost to purchase a new sweeper from Golden Equipment Co

C. Award of Contract authorizing the purchase of a 2025 TYMCO Sweeper from Golden Equipment Co., Mars, PA to replace the 2012 TYMCO Sweeper from the same distributor for the total submitted price of $352,552.00 from the Sewer Fund Budget.  The sale of the 2012 TYMCO Sweeper as per the previous resolution will reduce the City’s cost by $31,000. Golden Equipment Co. (025-039) is a Costar’s approved vendor.

D. Resolution –authorizing the installation of the Berks Arts Jazz Fest Banners on the Penn Street Bridge, the Bingaman Street Bridge and the Buttonwood Street Bridge for a 60-day period as approved by the Public Art Review Committee when the holiday banners are removed by Public Works

 

E. Resolution –authorizing a conditional offer of employment to Matthew Griffin as a Probationary Paramedic effective February 16, 2024. The department’s offer of employment is conditional upon successful completion of the required training.

F. Award of Contract –authorizing the Public Works HVAC Renovation Project for City Hall and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) project at the PW Building to the Warko Group Reading, PA  in the amount of $1,628,649.00 from the PW Budget.

G. Resolution –authorizing the purchase of a ventilation system for the Fire Tower from CoStars Vendor Denney Electric Supply for $109,980.00 from CIP and ARPA to balance the temperatures in the building and address condensed water that enters the  building

H. Resolution –authorizing the purchase of 1 Unicarrier 4,500 lb. Capacity Electric 36-Volt Forklift Reach Truck for the Public Safety Building from CoStars Vendor (40462), H&K Equipment, Inc., Coraopolis, PA under CoStars Contract #008-541 in the amount of $45,769 from the Capital Budget. Quotes were received from 3 CoStar vendors.  H&K Equipment, Inc. offered the best value with a 1-year, 2,000-hour warranty and a 5-year battery warranty with immediate availability.

I. Award of Contract – for the Biosolids Removal Project to the J.P. Mascaro &Sons., Audubon, PA in the amount of $3,787,500.00. This project will remove sludge, grease, rags and grit from the Fritz Island Wastewater treatment plan along with the 6th and Canal, 18th Ward, 19th Ward and West Reading lift stations

J. Award of Contract – for a CO-STARS Vendor purchase from Certa Pro Painters to paint

City Hall hallways in the amount of $40,267.00 that will include the preparation of the walls and

ceilings, repair of cracked paint and plaster, water damage and other physical damages.

6. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

 

Pending completion of 90-day trial period

 

Ordinance – pursuant to section 576-402 of the Code of Ordinances, the City of Reading agrees to establishing a limited No-Parking zone located on the North side of Green Street between N. 13th Street and Linden Street during the hours of 7:30AM and 4:00PM on days when school is in session at Thirteenth and Green Elementary School only.  The zone shall be posted with official signage, per City Code section 570-403.A.10.  The zone is established to alleviate the double-parking and traffic congestion problems during pick-up and drop-off times for students at Thirteenth and Green Elementary School and for the purpose of improving the safety of students and other pedestrians in the area. Introduced at the November 27 regular meeting

 

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7. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

 

A. Ordinance – authorizing the amendment of the 2024 Position Ordinance by increasing the number of sworn personnel in the Department of Fire & Rescue Servies from 138 to 144,

B. Ordinance – authorizing an amendment to the 2024 Position Ordinance by eliminating the position of Deputy Public Works Director at a salary of $98,000, reinstating the Operations Division Manager at the salary of $87,000 and increasing the Project Engineer’s salary to $98,000 to compensate him for being a PE.  The amendments proposed do not increase the budget.

C. Ordinance – authorizing an appropriation of $65,320 in ARPA Funds for the College Manor Swimming Association, known as College Manor Pool. The appropriated funds will be given to the Association after signing a grant agreement with terms specified by the city. The funds will be dispersed from the ARPA Fund, PW-Bldg Improvements.

D. Ordinance – authorizing an Amendment to the Blighted Property Review Committee Ordinance Section 23-904 Definitions to bring the ordinance into compliance with the definition of Blight in Pa Act 79 of 2019, as attached in Exhibit A

 

E. Ordinance – authorizing an allocation of $652,800 [out of the total $2,000,000 committed] from the American Rescue Plan Fund by funding various amounts to small businesses as identified in Exhibit A

8. RESOLUTIONS

 

A. Resolution – appointing Vanessa Campos and Jaime Baez, Jr. as liaison to the Reading Redevelopment Authority

B. Resolution – reappointing Lorena Keely to the Reading Housing Authority

C. Resolution – reappointing Myra Maldonado to the Reading Housing Authority

D. Resolution – reappointing David Dobrosky to the HVAC Board

E. Resolution – reappointing Rick Mountz to the First Energy Stadium Commission

F. Resolution – reappointing Barry Unger to the Plumbing Board

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

Reading Area Water Authority – Steven McCracken, Chair and Bill Murray, Executive Director

10.  COUNCIL REPORT

 

11. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Attached

 

12. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Attached

 

13. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

**Monday, February 19

Presidents Day City Hall Closed

 

Tuesday, February 20

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

Monday, February 26

COW – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers - 7 pm

 

Monday, March 4

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

Monday, March 11

COW – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers 7 pm

 

15. ADJOURN