Council Policy Handbook

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City of Reading

City Council

Policy & Operations

Updated December 2019

 

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                      PAGE 4

  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Council’s Structural Evolution

POWERS                                                                                          PAGE 7

COUNCIL THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH                                                 PAGE 8

  • Inauguration Policy
  • Policy on Filling Council Seat Vacancies

COUNCIL BUSINESS                                                                         PAGE 12

  • Meeting and Agenda Setting Policy
  • Conduct of Business
  • Policy on Town and District Meetings
  • HARB Appeal Hearing Procedure
  • Conditional Use Hearing Procedure
  • Amendment of the Charter and Codified Ordinances
  • Liquor License Transfer
  • Property Tax Exemption and Exoneration
  • Proclamations & Commendations
  • Citizen Issue and Complaint Policy
  • BCTV Programming Procedure
  • Adoption & Amendment of Plans
    • Comprehensive Plan
    • Park and Open Space Plan
  • Redistricting

CITY ADMINISTRATION & DEPARTMENTS                                 PAGE 34

  • Policy on Appointment of Directors

PURCHASING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES                                PAGE 43

  • Bidding Process
  • Professional Services

REVENUE SOURCES                                                                PAGE 53

FINANCE & BUDGET (Gen Fund, Capital, CDBG)                           PAGE 56

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Budget – Review and Adoption Policy
  • General Fund Budget - Review and Adoption Policy
  • Capital Program Budget - Review and Adoption Policy
  • Tax Rate
  • Policy on Bond and Debt Financing

CITIZENS RIGHTS AND PARTICIPATION                                      PAGE 67

  • Initiative and Referendum

BOARDS, AUTHORITIES, COMMISSIONS (BAC)                              PAGE 69

  • Appointment Policy
  • Council Representation on BACs
  • BAC Descriptions

APPENDIX                                                                                PAGE 93

  • Permits
    • One Stop Shop
    • Building
    • Zoning
    • Special Event
    • Shade Tree
    • HARB Certificate of Appropriateness
    • Business
    • Solicitation

 

 

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