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CITY COUNCIL

Regular Council Meeting Agenda 04/26/21

 

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
VIRTUAL MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 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:

      Joby & Nan Soisson, Celebrate Recovery, Life Church

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

      Executive session regarding litigation was held during the April 12th and April 19th COWs regarding litigation as per PA Sunshine Act Title 65 § 708. Executive Sessions (a) 4.

  2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    None

  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 26, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      April 12 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the April 12 and April 19 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 Bituminous Materials and Asphalt Cement for the Public Works Department to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Winfield, PA for the price of $45,000.00. The actual expenditure may be greater or less than the estimate based upon the need of the materials

    2.  
    3. Award of Contract – LFT Engineering Consultant to McCormick Taylor, Exton, PA, as follows: 2021 - $210,000, 2022 - $210,000, 2023 – $210,000 - Total price of the contract will be $630,000 for paving, road construction, road maintenance, etc.

       

    4. Resolution –

       

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Police and Fire Civil Service Boards – Steve Price, Board Solicitor

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE
    1. Bill 30-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the April 12 regular meeting

    2. Bill 31-2021 –

      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 Introduced at the April 12 regular meeting

    3. Bill 32-2021 –

      authorizing the Agreement of Sale for 313 A South 8th Street for $600, after the City followed its purchasing policy by notifying the surrounding neighbors of the property that the property was available for bid Introduced at the April 12 regular meeting

    4. Bill 33-2021 –

      authorizing the Agreement of Sale for 423 Schuylkill Avenue, Reading PA to the Reading Parking Authority for $25,000 Introduced at the April 12 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      amending the zoning map by moving 226 North 5th Street into the same zoning district as 230 North 5th Street, also known as the Medical Arts Building property, into the same Commercial (C-C) Zoning District. As part of the project, both properties will be combined into a single parcel for commercial uses and residential apartments. Public Hearing scheduled during the May 3rd COW

    2. Ordinance –

      amending the zoning map by moving 654, 656, 658 & 660 Schuylkill Avenue into the same Commercial Neighborhood (C-N) Zoning District for a mixed use development. As part of the project the properties will be combined into a single parcel for a convenience store/restaurant, a barbershop, dwelling units, and a shared parking area. Public Hearing scheduled during the May 3rd COW

    3. Ordinance –

      amending City Code Chapter 353 Loitering; Obstructing Public Places, by renaming the Chapter Loitering and Panhandling, creating replacing a diversionary program to be used to address aggressive panhandling or loitering when it is reported to the Reading Police Department or when police officers encounter it and eliminating the possibility of a prison sentence

    4. Ordinance -

      authorizing an appropriations transfer of $40,634.03 from Project #31-01-03, GL#01-00-00-2990 – Fund Balance to project #31-01-03 under GL #31-01-00-4510 General Plant Supplies in order to make the Samuel Pottieger Trust donations available for use during the current fiscal year

    5. Ordinance –

      authorizing an amendment to the 2021 Budget revenues reflecting the increase of $1,427,667 in General Fund revenue pursuant to the recently negotiated Cooperation Agreement with the Reading Parking Authority

  11. RESOLUTIONS
    1. Resolution –

      authorizing the execution of the Agreement between the City and Hope Rescue Mission to utilize Hope’s Clean Team to clean and maintain the downtown area formerly serviced by the Downtown Improvements District Authority.

    2. Resolution –

      reappointing Ann Sellers to the Environmental Advisory Council

    3. Resolution –

      appointing Ryan Yanchocik to the Recreation Commission

    4. Resolution -

      approving the settlement of the federal lawsuit with the caption Gary Mogel v. City of Reading, Case 2:18-CV-01512 and the payment of the negotiated settlement amount.

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, May 3
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the WholeWhole, including a Zoning Amendment Public Hearing - 5pm

    Monday, May 10
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Monday, May 17
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the WholeWhole, including a Zoning Amendment Public Hearing - 5pm

    Monday, May 24
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

    Monday, May 31
    **No Meeting - City Hall closed for Memorial Day Holiday**

  16. ADJOURN