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REGULAR MEETING                        MONDAY, APRIL 22, 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 Melvin Padilla Santos, Lamb of God and the Courageous Ministries

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS:  There were no executive sessions between April 8th and April 22nd  

2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Council Commendations

  • Celebrating Earth Day and National Garden Month
  • Celebrating National Poetry Month and the Berks Bards

 

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 April 22, 2024

B. MINUTES:  The minutes from the April 8th Regular Meeting, and the summations of discussion from the April 8th Regular Meeting and the April 8th and April 15th COWs

 

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 award of contract to Buchert Horn in the amount of $670,000 from the CIP to perform design engineering and construction management services for the Reading Public Safety Building construction project. The City initially contracted with Buchart Horn to perform a feasibility review of the New Public Safety Building. Buchart Horn met with the Police, Fire and Public Works Departments to determine the intended utilization and needs of the future training facility. It is recommended to keep continuity in the project that the City award Buchart Horn the Design and Construction Management of the Public Safety Building contract.

B. Award of Contract for Northwest Library Circulation Desk Project to Purcell

Construction, Denver PA in the amount of $49,700.00 from the 2023 CDBG Action Plan.

This project consists of high-pressure laminate casework, base cabinets, specialty casework and countertops, with all accessories and other appurtenant parts and components required to provide a complete, finished, and operating installation, except for such services or work hereinafter specifically mentioned as furnished under other Sections.

C. Award of Contract - for the Reading Iron Playground Improvement

Project to Purcell Construction, Denver PA, in the amount of $649,900 - CDBG $100,000

from CDBG, $237,000 from a Keystone/DCNR, $200,000 from ARPA and $112,900 from

CIP. The project includes the replacement of the existing playset and the incorporation of

Pour in Place play surfaces at all play equipment locations, removal of excessive asphalt,

repairs to fencing and lighting as well as renovations to the baseball field and ADA access

6. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

 

Pending completion of 90-day trial period – on or about April 29th

 

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

 

 

 

Pending due to need for 28-day layover period required by PA Title 11, Subchapter 29

 

Ordinance – authorizing the revision of the City’s Topographical Map to include the section of “Glen Road” that lies between Mineral Spring Road and the City line to the north, where it adjoins Lower Alsace Township. Introduced on April 8th

 

A. Bill No. 27-2024– directing the Berks County Board of Elections to place the following referendum question to voters of the City of Reading on the 2024 General Election ballot: “Shall § 603 of the Reading Home Rule Charter be amended to provide City Council with the ability to terminate Department Directors by super majority vote?” Introduced at the April 8 regular meeting

B. Bill No. 28-2024 – authorizing the amendment of the Position Ordinance for the following positions, 85% covered by two HUD Grants Lead Abatement & Healthy Homes Initiative Introduced at the April 8 regular meeting

  • Lead Hazard Reduction Coordinator – Pending promotion, Set salary at $60,234 [2023 +3.5% increase]
  • Intake Coordinator – Currently filled, no change
  • Lead Risk Assessor – Currently filled, no change
  • HH Program Coordinator – Vacant, set salary at $60,234
  • HH Risk Assessor – Vacant, set salary at $48,496
  • HH Intake Coordinator – Vacant, set salary at $48,496

7. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

 

A. Ordinance – authorize an increase in compensation for instructors at the Reading Police Academy from $35.00 dollars per hour to $50.00 dollars per hour

B. Ordinance – Amending Administrative Code 5-809 Part 4.01 of the purchasing policy modeled after Section 515 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code regarding the use of sole source purchasing when there is a patent or copyright which is overly restrictive and impractical

           

C. Ordinance – amending the Position Ordinance by eliminating the Property Maintenance Supervisor at $61,197.84 and one Property Maintenance Inspector at $50,538.74 and adding a Blight/Transfer Officer at $67,434 and a Blight /Transfer Inspector at $52,618.74 in the CD Property Maintenance Division

8. RESOLUTIONS

 

A. Resolution

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

Animal Control Board – Rich Rosato, chair and Savannah Baller, ARL Rep

10.  COUNCIL REPORT

 

11. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Attached

 

12. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Attached

 

13. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, May 6

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

Monday, May 13

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers 7 pm

 

Monday, May 20

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

**Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day – City Hall Closed

 

**Tuesday, May 28

COW – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers 7 pm

 

15. ADJOURN