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Regular Council Meeting

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CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

REGULAR MEETING                                        MONDAY, JUNE 10, 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 James Farnsworth, Reading Police Chaplain

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS:  There were no executive session between May 28th and this evening.

2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Council Commendations

 

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 June 10, 2024

B. MINUTES:  The minutes from the May 28th Regular Meeting, and the summations of discussion from the May 28th and June 3rd 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 promotion of Officer Eric Shade to the rank of Sergeant

B. Resolution – authorizing a CDBG Action Plan Amendment granting $400,0000 in unprogrammed CDBG funding for the Sidewalk Improvements Project and retaining an engineer to define the specifications (see the resolution attached to the website for the locations)

C. Resolution – authorizing a COSTARS contract with Doug Lamb Construction in the

amount of $58,075.00 for the concrete floor repairs of Public Works shop and garage which

were installed in 2004. Over the years of normal operation, damages have occurred to the floor

due to heavy traffic and winter salt utilization. 

D. Resolution – authorizing the annual renewal of the Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement with the Reading School District for the collection and delivery of recyclable items at multiple Reading School District locations for $61,525,05 (a 2% increase from 2023) . In addition, the agreement calls for the City to provide education to the district.

 

E. Resolution – authorizing the submission of a Sewage Planning Module for 522 Washington St, a mixed use reuse for a commercial space on the 1st floor and 3 residential units split between the 2nd and 3rd floors for a total 4 EDUs with a total projected wastewater flow of 1,050 gallons per day in compliance with the allocations and other aspects of the provision of Chapter 94 of State Statutes.

F. Resolution – authorizing the COSTARS contract with Promax fencing in the amount of

$95,325.00 from ARPA for 2 security gates along Skyline Drive and Duryea Drive to managing

the late-night activities along Skyline Drive which have caused significant disruption to the peace and

tranquility to the residents and across municipal lines and return the area to a park-like

atmosphere

6. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

 

Pending 14 day layover

 

A. Bill 34-2024 – authorizing a budget transfer $153,000 from PW CIP Building Account to CIP Traffic Engineer to fund the Summitt Chase Street streetlighting project Introduced at the May 28 regular meeting

B. Bill 35-2024 – amending the City Code Chapter 23, Part 15 Youth Commission, Section 1506 adding a removal procedure for failure to attend three meetings, misconduct or neglect of duty or for other just causes Introduced at the May 28 regular meeting

C. Bill 36-2024 - authorizing a cooperative purchasing agreement with the Reading Parking Authority for engineering services for the 400 to 600 blocks of Penn Street Introduced at the May 28 regular meeting

D. Bill 37-2024 – amending the Personnel Code to increase the salary range of the Traffic Engineer to no more than $75,000 to no more than $95,000 Introduced at the May 28 regular meeting

7. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

 

A. Ordinance – amend the Position Ordinance to set the salary/hourly rate for the PW public outreach & education coordinator at $36,400. This represents an increase of $10 dollars in the current hourly rate. This position has been vacant since July 2023 and is responsible for robust community engagement on solid & hazardous waste handling, recycling, storm water pollution reduction strategies, wastewater pollution reduction strategies, air quality and air pollution reduction strategies, and the effects of climate change on these systems.

B. Ordinance – Phase 1 Zoning Amendments - amending the City Code Chapter 600 Zoning, Sections 301 Permits and Certificates, 414 Zoning Hearing Board, 610 Types of Uses, 803, 806, 808, 809, 810, 811, 812, 814. 815 Districts 1006, 1010, 1101 Accessory Uses, 1201, 1202, 1204 Provisions for Special Exceptions and Conditional Uses, 1303 Fences and Walls, Sight Triangles, 1505 Private Roadways, Driveways and Parking Areas, Sidewalks, 1603 Off-Street Parking and Loading, and 2202 Definitions; Public Hearing July 1st

C. Ordinance - renaming Cathedral Street, located between Front Street and Centre Avenue/Route 61 to “R-Phils Drive”

D. Ordinance – Phase 2 Adaptive Reuse - amending the City Code Chapter 600 Zoning, Sections 1202 Conditions for Special Exception Uses and 2202 Definitions Public Hearing July 1st

E. Ordinance – authorizing the appropriation of $657,500 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to the small businesses identified and attached in exhibit A

8. RESOLUTIONS

 

A. Resolution – reappointing Jamal Abodalo to RAWA

B. Resolution – reappointing Dennis Straub to the Animal Control Board

C. Resolution – appointing Jonathan Auchter to the Animal Control Board

 

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, June 17

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

**Wednesday, June 19

City Hall closed – Juneteenth holiday

 

Monday, June 24

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – Council Chambers 7 pm

 

Monday, July 2

Nominations & Appointments Committee – Penn Room – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – Council Chambers – 5 pm

 

**Wednesday, July 4th

City Hall Closed for Independence Day Holiday

 

15. ADJOURN