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Regular Council Meeting

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CITY COUNCIL

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REGULAR MEETING                        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 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.  INVOCATIONNancy Lennert, Transformative Solutions Network

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS:  There were executive sessions after the February 5th 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 towing services to Matos

 

B. Resolution – authorizing the disposition of the Handicap Applications from 2011 through 2017 held in Public Works, as per the PHMC Records Disposition and Retention Schedule

C. Resolutions to authorize the following Police promotions:

            Resolution promoting Officer David Vega to the rank of Sergeant.

Resolution promoting Officer Christopher Baker to the rank of Sergeant.

D. Resolution authorizing the asphalt paving projects from a CO-STARS Vendor R.S. Smith Paving in the total amount of $269,580 at Camp Lily, Essick Park and Public Works Complex from ARPA and the CIP

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

 

A. Bill 9 - 2024 – 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 Introduced at the February 12 regular meeting

B. Bill 10 - 2024 – 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. Introduced at the February 12 regular meeting

C. Bill 11 - 2024 – 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.  Introduced at the February 12 regular meeting

D. Bill 12 - 2024– 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 Introduced at the February 12 regular meeting

 

E. Bill 13 - 2024 – 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 Introduced at the February 12 regular meeting

7. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

 

A. Ordinance – authorizing the redirection of ARPA 2021 and ARPA 2023 funds from the Bushong Dam project and the New Pole Barn concrete project to the Egelman’s Dam Project

B. Ordinance – authorizing the amendment Chapter 212 Fees of the Section 147 Zoning and Historic Preservation and Section 141 SALDO (Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance) as attached in Exhibit A

C. Ordinance – authorizing the amendment of the 2023 ARPA Fund Budget to appropriate budgeted expenditures over what was previously budgeted for general construction of the 9th & Marion fire station by $710,000. The budget appropriation will be made in the ARPA Fund, increasing the budget line-item Contracted Services, in the amount of $710,000, and will be funded by an increase in Grants and Gifts, in the amount of $710,000.  Amount is composed of amended contract of $5,936,000 less $226,000 expended in CIP fund less $5 million previously budgeted for this project

 

8. RESOLUTIONS

 

A. Resolution – adopting the Debt Policy as required by the Act 47 Exit Plan enacted by Council via Bill 24-2019 on July 22, 2019 and required by CP07 within the Plan, as drafted by the City’s Financial Advisor FSL Public Finance, LLC, as attached in Exhibit A.

B. Resolution – Reappointing Chad Spohn to the Plumbing Board

C. Resolution – Appointing Gerald Richter to the Reading Public Library Board

D. Resolution -

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

 

10.  COUNCIL REPORT

 

11. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Attached

 

12. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Attached

 

13. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, March 4

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

HARB Appeal Hearing - 1403 Hill Rd – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5:30 pm

 

Monday, March 11

COW – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers 7 pm

 

Monday, March 18

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

Monday, March 25

COW – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers 7 pm

 

15. ADJOURN