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CITY COUNCIL

Regular Council Meeting Agenda 03/22/21

 

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
VIRTUAL MEETING
MONDAY, MARCH 22, 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:

      Thomas Adil, Director of Spiritual Care, Tower Health

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

      There were no executive sessions at the March 15th COW

  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 March 22, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      March 8 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the March 8 and March 15 COW and Nominations & Appointments Committee 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 –

      for the Repairs. Parts and Supplies for the City’s City Wide Passenger, Light Duty, Medium Duty and Heavy Duty Fleet Vehicles to Diesel Service Reading and Penske, Shillington for the repairs and/or specialty services to include but not limited to alignments, engines, transmission, exhaust, electrical, snow equipment, leaf equipment, glass repairs and or replacements radiators, fire apparatus, body work, drive shaft, hydraulic repairs, OEM above warranty, spring work, decals, car wash and detailing

    2. Award of Contract –

      for the Repairs and/or Specialty Services for the City’s City Wide Passenger, Light Duty, Medium Duty and Heavy Duty Fleet Vehicles to DW Classics, LLC, Lebanon, PA; EM Kutz, Reading, and Diesel Service , Reading. These vendors will be used for the repairs and/or specialty services to include but not limited to alignments, engines, transmission, exhaust, electrical, snow equipment, leaf equipment, glass repairs and or replacements radiators, fire apparatus, body work, drive shaft, hydraulic repairs, OEM above warranty, spring work, decals, car wash and detailing

    3. Resolution –

      authorizing the submission of a DCNR Grant in the amount of $300,000 for the rehab of Reading Iron Playground

    4. Award of Contract –

      to Desman Design Management, Inc., Pittsburgh, at the cost of $123,499, for a comprehensive parking plan to be developed in conjunction with the Downtown Plus Strategic Plan to attract and retain businesses, workforce, residents, and visitors to the City. The City will use this plan to better manage public parking resources and to anticipate future parking needs as the City’s revitalization unfolds.

    5. Award of Contract –

      to ProMax Fencing Reading to upgrading the perimeter fencing around 11th & Pike at the cost of $50,725.00. Previously approved at the March 8th meeting at the cost of $40,725.00

    6. Award of Contract –

      to Doug Lamb Construction for the 18th Ward Island Project at Hancock & East Wyomissing Blvd. at the cost of $556,400.00

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Planning Commission – Lee Olsen Chair; See attached report

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

    Pending Legislation – 28 day layover required by Third Class City Code, eligible for enactment at the April 12th Reg Mtg

    Bill 21-2021 – vacating a portion of Liggett Avenue and removing it from the City’s topographical map, as requested by the petition presented by the Reading Housing Authority and recommended by the Reading Planning Commission and Public Works Department Introduced at the March 8th regular meeting

    Bill 25-2021 – Liggett Ave. intersection Realignment and Topo Map revision Introduced at the March 8th regular meeting

    1. Bill 15-2021 –

      authorizing the write off of a General Fund receivable, approved via Bill 86-2015, from the Community Development Fund which will have the effect of increasing General Fund ‘transfer to Community Development Fund’ (an expenditure) of $500,000, and increasing Community Development Fund ‘transfer from General Fund’ (a ‘revenue’) of $500,000 Introduced at the February 22 regular meeting; tabled at the March 8 regular meeting

    2. Bill 16-2021 –

      authorizing the write off of a net General Fund receivable from the Community Development Fund from 2015 to prior to 2002 which will have the effect of increasing General Fund ‘transfer to Community Development Fund’ (an expenditure) of $835,102.00 and ‘transfer from Community Development Fund’ (a ‘revenue’) of $69,440.95, and increasing Community Development Fund ‘transfer from General Fund’ (a ‘revenue’) of $835,102.00 and increasing ‘transfer to General Fund’ (an expenditure) of $69,440.95 Introduced at the February 22 regular meeting; tabled at the March 8 regular meeting

    3. Bill 17-2021 –

      authorizing the write off of this net General Fund receivable from the City’s Water Fund from 2011 to prior to 2002 which will have the effect of increasing General Fund ‘transfer to Water Fund’ (an expenditure) of $2,000,000.00 and increasing City Water Fund ‘transfer from General Fund’ (a ‘revenue’) of $2,000,000.00 Introduced at the February 22 regular meeting; tabled at the March 8 regular meeting

    4. Bill 18-2021 –

      authorizing the write off of this net General Fund payable to the City’s Capital Reserve Sewer Fund recorded between 2003 and 2005 which will have the effect of increasing General Fund ‘transfer from Capital Reserve Sewer Fund’ (a ‘revenue’) of $1,521,154.38 and increasing City’s Capital Reserve Sewer Fund ‘transfer to General Fund’ (an expenditure) of $1,521,154.38 Introduced at the February 22 regular meeting; tabled at the March 8 regular meeting

    5. Bill 19-2021 –

      authorizing the write off of this net General Fund payable to the City’s Sewer Fund recorded between 2010 and 2012 which will have the effect of increasing General Fund ‘transfer from Sewer Fund’ (a ‘revenue’) of $2,338,270.50 and increasing City’s Sewer Fund ‘transfer to General Fund’ (an expenditure) of $2,338,270.50 Introduced at the February 22 regular meeting; tabled at the March 8 regular meeting

    6. F. Bill 20-2021 –

      amending the 2021 Water Fund Budget by $47,400 to offset an increase for the Carryover to Reserve. There is no overall impact on the Water Fund Operating budget Introduced at the March 8 regular meeting

    7. Bill 22-2021 –

      amending the City of Reading City Code Chapter 515, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) Introduced at the March 8 regular meeting; Public Hearing held on March 15th

    8. Bill 23-2021 –

      amending the General Fund Budget by transferring of $123,499 from the Fund Balance to the Agency Fund Project to finance a comprehensive City-wide parking study Introduced at the March 8 regular meeting

    9. Bill 24-2021 –

      amending the General Fund Budget by transferring $92,000 from the Fund Balance to the Agency Fund for construction costs related to the New 9th & Marion Fire Station project Introduced at the March 8 regular meeting

    10. Bill 26-2021 –

      amending the City Code Chapter 576 Vehicles and Traffic, Part 4 Parking, Section 576-404 Blocking Garage Entrance by adding rear parking areas and Section 576-407 Storage of Vehicles by removing the language regarding the parking of tractor/trailers bringing the section into compliance with the prohibition on tractor/trailer parking in Chapter 564 Introduced at the March 8 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      amending the Police Chief’s contract by adding the benefits he is entitled to under the PA Chief’s Act due to his extended service as a Police Officer on June 1, 2000, followed by his promotions to Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain working in multiple capacities for the City of Reading

    2. Ordinance –

      authorizing the acceptance of the MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) for the City of Reading by adding two rain gardens in District 5 to benefit the Tulpehocken Creek

    3. Ordinance –

      authorizing the following: changing median width from 24 feet to 26 feet on the 100 block through the 400 blocks of Hancock Boulevard and on the 800 block through 900 block of East Wyomissing Boulevard, reducing the cart way width to 23 feet. Changing median width from 24 feet to 28 feet on the 1000 block through the 1300 blocks of East Wyomissing Boulevard reducing the cart way width to 23 feet.

  11. RESOLUTIONS
    1. Award of Contract -

      for the municipal ERP project to Tyler Technologies at a cost of $1,110,468 with $700,000 available in FY 2021 and the remaining costs covered in FY 2022 for reprogramming property parcel data Tabled at the 2-22-21 and March 8 regular meetings

    2. Resolution 33-2021 –

      confirming the appointment of Fred Lachat as Acting City Solicitor for a 180 day period Tabled at the March 8 regular meeting

    3. Resolution –

      making the following appointments to the Youth Commission

      • Wynton Butler II, representing Council District 4, term expiration July 1, 2021
      • Kylie Shapiro, representing Council District 1, term expiration July 1, 2022
      • Morgan Hutchinson, representing Council District 1, term expiration July 1, 2022
      • Brandom Hernandez Ruiz, representing Council District 4, term expiration July 1, 2023
      • Genesis Munoz Arias, representing Council District 6, term expiration July 1, 2023
      • Jose Tineo, representing Council District 6, term expiration July 1, 2023
      • Saoni Segura, representing Council District 5, term expiration July 1, 2023
      • Wilma Victoriano, representing Council District 2, term expiration July 1, 2024
      • Jonny Division Martinez, representing Council District 3, term expiration July 1, 2024
      • Wesley Butler, representing Council District 4, term expiration July 1, 2024

       

    4. Resolution –

      authorizing the Mayor to execute an MOU for the use of 339 S. 7th by South of Penn Taskforce for community events To be distributed Monday

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, March 22
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Monday, April 5
    Nominations & Appointments Committee - 4pm
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm

    Monday, April 12
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

  16. ADJOURN