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CITY COUNCIL

Regular Council Meeting Agenda 01/11/21

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CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021
at the conclusion of the COW Meeting

 

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Public comment can be offered by telephone or virtual meeting application by registering with the City Clerk at 610 655 6205 by noon on the day of the business meeting or in writing through an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a letter mailed to the Council Office clearly marked “Public Comment”. Written public comment must be submitted by 4:00 pm on day of the meeting to allow time to distribute the comment submitted. The written comment received will be read into the record.

 

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

      Cesar & Rhode Herrera, South 7th St Christian Fellowship Church

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

      December 28 regarding potential litigation re Sunshine Ave Title 65 § 708. A. 4 potential litigation

  2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

     

  3. PUBLIC COMMENT - AGENDA MATTERS:

    Due to COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus the public speaking requirements have been modified. Public comment can be offered by telephone or virtual meeting application by registering with the City Clerk at 610 655 6205 by noon on the day of the business meeting or in writing through an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a letter mailed to the Council Office clearly marked “Public Comment”. Written public comment must be submitted by 5:00 pm on day of the meeting to allow time to distribute the comment submitted. The written comment received will be read into the record. 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 January 11, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      December 28, 2020 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the December 28 and January 4 COW meetings

  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. Award of Contract
    2. Resolution –

      disposing the 2014 Statement of Financial Interests and Gift Forms

    3. Resolution –

      authorizing the promotion of Paramedic/Fire Fighter Michael Sninsky to Deputy Chief /EMS, effective Jan 16th

    4. Resolution -

      authorizing the continuation of the collection of solid waste from Reading School District facilities for one additional year

    5. Resolution -

      authorizing the hiring of the following individuals as officers for the Reading Police Department (RPD).

       

      1. MacKenzie Adame
      2. Edgar Rios
      3. Rene Rios
      4. Aaron Levin
      5. Michael Cintron
      6. Michael Kiser
      7. Jeffery Yordy ;

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Downtown Public Private Partnership – Aaron Gantz

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE
    1. Bill 101-2020 -

      amending the City Code Section 576-411 re the use of loading zones and the addition of a parking meter fee to use loading zones located in the Parking Zones established in the City Code Section 576-502 Introduced at the December 14 regular meeting; Tabled at the December 28 regular meeting and January 4 special meeting

    2. Bill 1-2021

      authorizing the extension of the Downtown Improvement District (DID) for a five year period, with the final plan and authorizing the execution of the services agreement between DID and the City Introduced at the December 28 regular meeting

    3. Bill 2-2021

      amending City Code Section 212 regarding the Building/Trades and Property Maintenance Fees Introduced at the December 28 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Bill 102-2020 -

      amending the City Code Section 576-416 increasing and reducing parking fines and penalties as attached Introduced at the December 14 regular meeting; Tabled at the December 28 regular meeting; Amended and tabled at the January 4 special meeting

    2. Ordinance –

      amending the City of Reading Code Section 212-144, Vehicles and Traffic to reduce the booting fee and to modify the daily parking permit fees and parking meter fee

    3. Ordinance –

      amending the City of Reading Code Section 576-502, Parking Zones Established; Traffic Control Maps as attached

    4. Ordinance –

      amending City Code Chapter 576 Section 413 and regarding the authority of the Police Chief to void parking tickets and Section 514 requiring the Police Department and Parking Authority to provide notification regarding temporary changes to parking rules/regulations

    5. Ordinance –

      amending City Code Chapter 62 Pensions by replacing Administrative Oversight references to Finance Department and by allowing the mayor to designate a representative to replace him on the Fire and O&E Pensions boards

    6. Ordinance –

      amending the Property Maintenance Rules and Regulations in the City’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 180, Part 12, as attached in Exhibit A regarding solid waste

    7. Ordinance –

      amending the Solid Waste Ordinance, Chapter 496, Part II, regarding collection from mixed use properties

    8. Ordinance –

      increasing the salary of the Community Development Director to $110,000 contingent on the $20,000 contribution from the Reading Redevelopment Authority, retroactive to November 23, 2020

  11. RESOLUTIONS
    1. Resolution 181-2020

      authorizing the execution of the amendment to the Parking Authority Cooperation MOU Tabled at the December 14 and December 28 regular meetings and January 4 special meeting

    2. Resolution –

      appointing Mary Kelleher to the Board of Health

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, January 11
    Committee of the Whole - 5 pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Tuesday, January 12
    HARB Hearing – 525 Penn St – 5 pm

    Monday, January 18
    **Martin Luther King Day holiday**

    Tuesday, January 19
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

    Monday, January 25
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following Committee of the Whole

  16. ADJOURN