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CITY COUNCIL

Regular Council Meeting Agenda 05/24/21

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
VIRTUAL MEETING
MONDAY, MAY 24, 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:

      Rev. Dr. Bruce Alick, Zion Baptist Church

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

      Executive session regarding litigation was held during the May 17 COW regarding personnel as per PA Sunshine Act Title 65 § 708. Executive Sessions (a) 1.

  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 May 24, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      May 10 Regular Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the May 10th and May 17th COW 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 –

       

    2. Award of Contract -

       

    3. Resolution –

      authorizing the solicitor to execute the acknowledgement forms from the Berks Tax Claim office accepting the repository bids on 213 Hudson St., 527 and 519 Strong Alley and 416 Orange St

    4. Resolution –

      authorizing the submission of an application for a PA Walkworks grant with the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the amount of $20,000

    5. Resolution –

      authorizing a 1 year extension of the PROCHAMP registration program

    6. Resolution –

      authorizing the submission of the PennDOT “Traffic signal Maintenance Agreement” for all traffic signals and signs in the City

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Board of Health – Dr. John Dethoff

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

    Revisions requested at the May 17th COW

    Bill 40-2021 – Amending City Code Section 576-403, Parking Prohibited in Specific Areas by adding the requirement to park inside parking stall lines Introduced at the May 10 regular meeting

    Bill 41-2021 – Amending City Code Section 576-416 by adding a fine of $45 and additional 10 and 30 day penalties each in the amount of $22.50 for parking outside the parking stall lines Introduced at the May 10 regular meeting

    1. Bill 38-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the April 26 regular meeting; tabled at the May 10 regular meeting

    2. Bill 42-2021 –

      authorizing the total transfer of $99,000 from General Ledger Rental – Parking Authority, to General Ledger - Contracted Services to provide funding for Special Counsel to the Planning Commission to provide specialized legal advice relating to subdivision and land development projects; review of ordinance amendments, agreements, and resolutions; and general legal matters involving planning and zoning Introduced at the May 10 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      amending City Code Chapter 576 Vehicles & Traffic Section 503 clarifying that parking meter enforcement is exempted on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve and Christmas

    2. Ordinance –

      amending City Code Chapter 576 Vehicles and Traffic, Part 13 Motorized Devices and All-Terrain Vehicles by modifying the enforcement process and adding due process and an appeals process which will allow the Police Department to destroy the vehicles seized

    3. Ordinance –

      amending City Code Chapter 23 Boards and Commissions Part 23 Code and License Appeals Board by adding appeals to Chapter 576 Part 13 Motorized Devices and All-Terrain Vehicles

    4. Ordinance -

      amending the City Code Fee Schedule 212-144 by adding fees for the towing, relocation and storage of ATV’s and dirt bikes

      Description Fee Ordinance No. Code Citation
      Reclamation cost for impounded ATV, snow mobile, dirt bike $50 Bill No. 2021 § 576-1305
      Towing/relocation fee for ATV, Snow mobile $120 Bill No. 2021 § 576-1305
      Towing/relocation fee for dirt bike $120 Bill No. 2021 § 576-1305
      Storage fee for ATV, snow mobile, dirt bike $25 per day Bill No. 2021 § 576-1305
    5. Ordinance –

      authorizing an appropriations transfer of $241,000 from General Fund Rental – Parking Authority to Capital Fund Public Works – Parks, to enable the construction of the Canal Street Skate Park

    6. Ordinance –

      restricting parking, to maintain the requisite number of No Parking signs along both sides of North Ninth Street in the 1100 and 1200 blocks as depicted on the parking drawing titled Exhibit “A“. The purpose is to comply with the conditions of PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit Application No. 238205 associated with the Marion Street Fire Station Project.

    7. Ordinance –

      authorizing the total appropriations transfer of $294,336.75 from General Fund Rental – Parking Authority to General Fund Part Time Wages in order to increase base pay to $15 for most part time staff.

  11. RESOLUTIONS

    Eligible for adoption at the June 14th regular meeting – relates to Ordinance F above re N 9th St Parking
    Resolution – authorizing the submission a PennDOT permit application for driveways, warning sign devices, parking restrictions and similar features and related PennDOT forms to secure a permit for the 9th and Marion Fire Station

    1. Resolution -

      ratifying the AFSCME 3799 Contract

    2. Resolution –

      ratifying the FOP contract

    3. Resolution –

      confirming the appointment of Fred Lachat III as City Solicitor

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

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

    Monday, June 7
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm

    Monday, June 14
    Committee of the Whole - 5pm
    Regular Meeting - immediately following Committee of the Whole

  16. ADJOURN