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CITY COUNCIL

Regular Council Meeting Agenda 04/12/21

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
VIRTUAL MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 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:

      Father Thewodros Asfaw, Sts Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church

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

      Executive session regarding litigation was held during the March 22nd April 5th COWs regarding litigation as per PA Sunshine Act Title 65 § 708. Executive Sessions (a) 1 and 4.

  2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    Commendation celebrating National Library Week

  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 April 12, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      March 22 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the April 5 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 purchase of a 2021 Ford E450 AEV Ambulance to Speclin Emergency Vehicle Sales & Service, Scottdale PA in the amount of $178,286.00

    2. Resolution –

      authorizing the disposition of records as set forth in Resolution 134-2009, adopted December 14, 2009 in accordance with Act 428 of 1968 the Retention and Disposition Schedule for Records of Pennsylvania Municipalities for all Information Technology system/server backup tapes from 2013 and earlier

    3. Resolution –

      authorizing the disposition of records as set forth in Resolution 134-2009, adopted December 14, 2009 in accordance with Act 428 of 1968 the Retention and Disposition Schedule for Records of Pennsylvania Municipalities for 2013 Accounts Payable Invoices

    4. Resolution –

      authorize the execution and submission of a PA DCED Keystone Communities Program Development Grant for the Reading Downtown 800 Block of Penn Street South Courtyard Improvement Project

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Shade Tree Commission – Lester Kissinger, City Arborist

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE
    1. 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 8 regular meeting

       

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

       

    3. Bill 27-2021 – amending the Police Chief’s contract by adding the benefits, excluding overtime, granted under the current MOU between the City and the FOP and any collective bargaining agreement that supersedes or amends the current agreement, as he is entitled 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 Introduced at the March 22 regular meeting

       

    4. Bill 28-2021 – 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 Introduced at the March 22 regular meeting

       

    5. Bill 29-2021 – 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 Introduced at the March 22 regular meeting

       

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      Amending the 2021 Position ordinance by reassigning two (2) police Officers from the Patrol Division to the Criminal Investigation Division who will be assigned to the State Police Auto Task Force, fully funded by the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Theft Taskforce.

    2. Ordinance -

      Ordinance – Amending the City Code Chapter 77, Part 1 Police Department by amending the experience requirements for the position of Captain and striking Section 110 College Credits for Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain and reserving that section

    3. Ordinance -

      Ordinance – authorizing the Agreement of Sale for 313 A South 8th Street for $600, after followed its purchasing policy by notifying the surrounding neighbors of the property that the property was available for bid

    4. Ordinance -

      Ordinance – authorizing the Agreement of Sale for 423 Schuylkill Venue, Reading PA to the Reading Parking Authority for $25,000.

    5. Ordinance -

      Ordinance – authorizing an appropriations transfer of donations from the Samuel Pottiger Trust currently in Fund Balance into an Agency Fund Account for active use to be distributed Monday

  11. RESOLUTIONS
    1. Resolution -

      reappointing Joseph Amprey to the Ethics Board

    2. Resolution –

      appointing John Zabala is appointed as liaison to the Youth Commission

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, April 19
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm

    Monday, April 26
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

  16. ADJOURN