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Regular Council Meeting Agenda 01/25/21

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 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:

      Nancy Lennert, Transformative Solutions Network

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

      None

  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 25, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      January 4 Special Meeting and January 11 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the January 11 and January 19 COW meetings and January 19 Nominations & Appointments 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. Award of Contract –

      to Hirneisen Electric, Reading PA the low bidder for the replacement of the McKnight & Spring firehouse’s original electric gear and the electric back-up generator at a total cost of $85,445

    2. Resolution –

      authorizing the sewage planning module for the 810 Windsor St apartments

    3. Resolution -

      authorize the hiring of 12 Firefighters/Paramedics for the 2021 Fire Academy Class:

      Justin Benner
      Brett Buskirk
      Michael Grilli
      Corgan Herbert
      Charles LaGrossa
      Alexander Marschka
      Sean McCormick
      Brett Noll-Emmick
      Timothy Perrault
      Lucas Richardson
      Anthony Trento
      Adam Webster

    4. Award of Contract -

      for the purchase of 38 sets of Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment for the Academy Class and the replacement of the equipment at the end of its useful life from Reading Fire Equipment, Inc., Reading, a COSTARS Vendor at the price of $122,030.54

    5. Resolution –

      extending the contract of Interim Public Works Director Charles Jones for an additional six months retroactive to January 1, 2021

    6. Award of Contract – award the Downtown Plus Strategic Master Plan project to Stantect, Philadelphia, at $272,725.00, to facilitate the direction, type, location, and scale of new development and associated Downtown improvements for the next ten years with a focus on achievable outcomes over the next five years

       

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Charter Board – Shane McFarlane Chair

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE
    1. Bill 102-2020 -

      amending the City Code Section 576-416 increasing and reducing parking fines and penalties and retaining the current parking meter rate 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; Reintroduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    2. Bill 3-2021

      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 Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    3. Bill 4-2021

      amending the City of Reading Code Section 576-502, Parking Zones Established; Traffic Control Maps as attached Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    4. Bill 5-2021

      amending City Code Chapter 576 Stopping & Parking 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 Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    5. Bill 6-2021

      amending City Code Chapter 62 Pensions by replacing Administrative Services references to Finance Department and by allowing the mayor to appoint a designee on the Fire and O&E Pensions boards Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    6. Bill 7-2021

      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 Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    7. Bill 8-2021

      amending the Solid Waste Ordinance, Chapter 496, Part II, regarding collection from mixed use properties Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

    8. Bill 9-2021

      increasing the salary of the Community Development Director to $110,000 contingent on the $20,000 contribution from the Reading Redevelopment Authority, retroactive to January 1, 2021 Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      amending the City Code Section 576-603, Daytime Parking Restrictions Notice of Violation; Violations and Penalties; Waivers to modify the manner in which notice of a violation is provided and to change the threshold for the immobilization or removal of a vehicle

    2. Ordinance –

      amending the City Code Section 576-517, Parking Meters or Kiosks Notice of Violation; Violations and Penalties; Waiver to modify the manner in which notice of a violation is provided

    3. Ordinance -

      Increasing the HR Director’s salary by $1000 to $83,000 retroactive to November 16, 2020

    4. Ordinance -

      amending the 2021 Position Ordinance by reclassifying one position in the Human Resources Department from Human Resources Assistant to Training & Employment Coordinator.

  11. RESOLUTIONS
    1. Resolution –

      appointing Ricky Denunzio to the Stadium Commission

    2. Resolution –

      appointing Gary Yeager Jr to the Stadium Commission

    3. Resolution –

      relinquishing the public rights to the public walk shown on the Topographical Survey of the City of Reading between 1305 East Wyomissing Boulevard and 1307 East Wyomissing Boulevard which connects Museum Road, and Wyomissing Boulevard are hereby relinquished as of the date hereof to the owners of the properties located at 1305 East Wyomissing Boulevard and 1307 East Wyomissing Boulevard, City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

    4. Resolution –

      Ratifying the Memorandum Agreement between the City and the AFSCME Local 3799 regarding salary changes as set forth in the Agreement with an effective date November 23, 2020, as attached as Exhibit “A.”

    5. Resolution –

      Ratifying the Memorandum Agreement between the City of Reading and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and AFSCME Local 2763 regarding salary changes as set forth in the Agreement with an effective date November 23, 2020 and January 1, 2021, as attached as Exhibit “A.”

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, January 25
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Monday, February 1
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

    Monday, February 8
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Monday, February 15
    **City Hall Closed – President’s Day holiday

    Tuesday, February 16
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    SALDO Pub Hearing & Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

  16. ADJOURN