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CITY COUNCIL

Regular Council Meeting Agenda 02/08/21

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 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:

      Nilda Nieves, Feet on the Street Ministries

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

      held at the January 25 Committee of the Whole regarding collective bargaining re PA Sunshine Act Title 65 § 708. Executive Sessions (a) 2 and on February 1 regarding litigation re PA Sunshine Act Title 65 § 708. Executive Sessions (a) 4.

  2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    Commendation recognizing Black History Month

  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 February 28, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      January 25 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the January 25 and February 1 COW meetings and 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 –

      for the VSU (Video Safety Unit) infrastructure upgrade to LTW, Lets Think Wireless, LLC for $526,137.89 which will upgrade the core infrastructure (street level) of the current camera system, removing and replacing the current 10-12 year old cameras, radios, and associated equipment within the core network

    2. Resolution –

      ratifying the Snow Declaration of Emergency

    3. Resolution -

      forgiveness of CDBG and EZ-Fred small business loans issued approved by City Council April 18, 2020

    4. Resolution -

      authorizing the City’s 2021 bank accounts

    5. Resolution -

      authorizing the submission of an application for a State DCED study on the change to 12 hour police shifts which will include overtime costs and pension calculation implications

    6. Resolution -

      authorizing the forgiveness of the loans issued to Reading small businesses affected by COVID-19 using the State EZ FRED Loan re-payment funds the City had on account with the verification by Community First Fund that the business remained open and job retention was obtained

  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 5-2021 -

      amending City Code Chapter 576 Section 416 Stopping & Parking regarding the authority of the Police Chief to void parking tickets and requiring the Police Department and Parking Authority to provide notification regarding temporary changes to parking rules/regulations Introduced at the January 11 regular meeting; tabled at the January 25 regular meeting

    2. Bill 10-2021 -

      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 and providing the Police Chief with the authority to void parking tickets Introduced at the January 25 regular meeting

    3. Bill 11-2021 -

      amending the City Code Section 576- 514 and 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 and providing the Police Chief with the authority to void parking tickets Introduced at the January 25 regular meeting

    4. Bill 12-2021 -

      amending the 2021 Position Ordinance by reclassifying one position in the Human Resources Department from Human Resources Assistant to Training & Employment Coordinator Introduced at the January 25 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      authorizing a budget transfer in the amount $60,000 for the Pagoda Foundation to make the contributions from 2018-2020 that were never made, as per the agreement with the Foundation

    2. Ordinance –

      increasing the Property Maintenance Manager’s salary from $61,398.16 to $69,000

  11. RESOLUTIONS
    1. Resolution –

      approving the appeal of MoraviaHealth, applicant, for the use of an LED internally illuminated sign at 525 Penn Street; but directing MoraviaHealth to reduce the size of the sign to comply with the current zoning requirements and HARB Sign Policy and remanding the approval of the size of the sign to HARB

    2. Resolution –

      reappointing M. Angella Singletary to the Board of Ethics

    3. Resolution –

      reappointing Thomas Lynam to the Fire/Building Code Board of Appeals

    4. Resolution -

       

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. 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

    Wednesday, February 17
    COW on Loitering and Panhandling Ordinance - 5pm

    Monday, February 22
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Monday, March 15
    SALDO Pub Hearing & Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

  16. ADJOURN