Select a Language

CITY COUNCIL

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
VIRTUAL MEETING

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2021
at the conclusion of the COW Meeting

Download Agenda Here

The Regular Meetings of City Council are filmed and can be viewed LIVE while the meeting is taking place or at your convenience at https://www.readingpa.gov/content/city-council-video. All electronic recording devices must be located behind the podium area in Council Chambers and located at the entry door in all other meeting rooms and offices, as per Bill No. 27-2012.

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, the public is prohibited from attending the meeting. To attend the meeting via our virtual app, please log in using the link below. Please copy the link into your browser bar and touch enter.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join. https://readingpa.zoom.us/j/81332687087?pwd=OWtLeDlrc3V4VEpuQlpEZy9QWVR3Zz09

Passcode: 267677

Or iPhone one-tap:
+13126266799,,81332687087#,,,,*267677# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,81332687087#,,,,*267677# US (New York)

Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782 or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 813 3268 7087
Passcode: 267677

 

  1. OPENING MATTERS
    1. CALL TO ORDER
    2. INVOCATION:

      Pastor Dave Klase – Door of Hope Church

    3. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG
    4. ROLL CALL
    5. EXECUTIVE SESSIONS:

      There were no executive sessions conducted during or after the August 9th or August 16th COWs

  2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    Commendation recognizing Café Esperanza and National Everybody Eats Week accepted by Pastor Mary Wolfe

  3. PUBLIC COMMENT - AGENDA MATTERS:

    Due to COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus the public speaking requirements have been modified. Comments posted in Zoom Chat and on Facebook are not considered public comment and a response may not occur.

    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
    1. Agenda:

      Meeting of August 23, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      August 9th Regular Meeting, and approving the summations of discussion from the August 9th and August 16th COW meetings and the August 16th Nomination 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.

    1. Resolution

      – authorizing the purchase of five hundred-fifty (550) licenses under Microsoft 365 for Information Technology Division from COSTARS Vendor SCW – Southern Computer Warehouse, in the amount of $69,025.00.

    2. Resolution –

      authorizing the purchase and installation of the hybrid technology in Council Chambers to Haverford Systems Inc (HSI) at the cost of $73,242.86

    3. Award of Contract –

      for Liquid Fuels Tax Paving Project to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Leesport, PA in the amount of $2,398,935.70 for the 2021 removal and replacement of roadway pavement and related items such as subbase repairs, base repairs, leveling, drainage improvements, pavement markings, and loop detection systems for the following City-owned roads:

      • S. 6th Street (Willow Street to Cherry Street)
      • N. 6th Street (Court Street to Elm Street)
      • S. 8th Street (Franklin Street to Neversink Street)
      • Church Street (Woodward Street to Court Street)
      • Court Street (Bridge Approach over NFS RR to 10th Street)
      • Riverfront Drive (S. Front Street to 2nd Street)
      • River Road (SR12 to Muhlenberg Twp Line)
      • Riverdale Roads (Elkton Street, Denton Street, Colston Street, W. Berton Street, Fulton Street, Lowrie Street, Durham Street, High Street, Downing Street & Berkley Street)
      • Pike Street and Birch Street (SW Corner)

       

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

  8. REPORT FROM DEPT. DIRECTORS, BOARDS, AUTHORITIES, & COMMISSIONS
  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE
    1. Bill 62-2021 -

      authorizing the transfer of $10,000 from Reading Beautification to The PW Sustainability & Solid Waste General Plant Supplies to provide funds for cleanup/graffiti supplies for city clean-ups Introduced at the August 9 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      authorizing a referendum question on the 2022 Primary Election Ballot to eliminate Section 907 of the Reading Home Rule Charter be eliminated as it is in violation of State Statute 53 Pa. C.S. § 2962(b) which does not allow a Charter to place taxation limitations on the governing body, apart from State Act 511

    2. Ordinance -

      authorizing the transfer of $32,000 in grant funding from the PA EMS Provider Foundation/Highmark into the Grants and Gifts line of the Agency Fund Budget for the replacement/purchase of stair chairs for the department’s ambulances.

  11. RESOLUTIONS
     
    1. Resolution -

      reappointing James Schlegel to the Stadium Commission

    2. Resolution –

      reappointing Stacy Taylor to the Human Relations Commission

    3. Resolution –

      appointing Maria Delgado to the Housing Authority

    4. Resolution –

      reappointing Michael Kautter to the Fire / Building Code Board of Appeals

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, August 23
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting

    Monday, September 6
    City Hall closed – Labor Day holiday

    Tuesday, September 7
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

    Monday, September 13
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting

    Tuesday, September 21
    Conditional Use Hearings – 5 pm

    • 234 N 6th – Road to Damascus – temporary women’s shelter
    • 238 N 6th – Road to Damascus – boarding house

     

    Oct 19 or 21
    Conditional Use Hearing – 730 McKnight - group home – 5 pm

     

  16. ADJOURN