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Regular Council Meeting Agenda 06/14/21

CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING
VIRTUAL MEETING
MONDAY, June 14, 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:

      Pastor Tony Perez, Iglessia Buatista Betania

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

      Executive sessions regarding CBAs was help prior to the June 1st Special Meeting and for a quarterly litigation case update at the conclusion of the June 7th COW as per PA Sunshine Act Title 65 § 708. Executive Sessions (a) 2 and 4

  2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    Recognizing Princess Lovett as the Olivet Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

  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 June 14, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      May 24th Regular Meeting, the June 1st Special Meeting and approving the summations of discussion from the May 24th and June 7th COW meetings and the June 7th Nomination 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 demolition of 604 N. 9th St., 519 Cedar St., 1103 Spruce St., and 515 Wunder St., Reading, PA in the amount of $219,427.00 to Northeast Industrial Services Corp

    2. Resolution -

      – authorizing the submission of a PY2021 HOME Action Plan Amendment in the amount of $ 774,495.82 as follows:
      • $588,000 from the PY2021 HOME Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resale Project
      • $100,000 from the PY2019 HOME Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resale Project
      • $ 86,495.82 from the PY2021 HOME Program Income funds

    3. Resolution

      – authorizing the Solicitor to execute the forms accepting the Repository Bids submitted by the Berks County Tax Claim Office for the following properties: 523 Maple St. and 709 and 735A Neversink Alley and denying the Repository Bid for 442 Rosenthal St.

    4. Resolution –

      authorizing the Mayor and Controller to use the PennDOT dotgrants on-line reporting system to file the required Liquid Fuels forms annually; including but not limited to the MS965, MS-329 and MS-999 forms through the adoption of this resolution which must be executed by a majority of Council.

    5. Resolution –

      authorizing the submission of an application for RACP funds in the amount of $4,000,000.00 for the Alvernia University CollegeTown Infrastructure and Renovation Project as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    6. Resolution –

      authorizing the submission of the Sewage Planning Module for 114-118 Belvedere Ave

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) – Erin Weller, Chair & Amy Johnson Historic Preservation Specialist

  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; Placed in Pending Legislation as revised language was requested

    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; Placed in Pending Legislation as revised language was requested                                                 

    1. Bill 43-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

    2. Bill 44-2021 –

      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 Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

    3. Bill 45-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

    4. Bill 46-2021

      amending the City Code Fee Schedule 212-144 by adding fees for the towing, relocation and storage of ATV’s and dirt bikes Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

      Description Fee Ordinance No. Code Citation
      Reclamation cost for impounded ATV, snow mobile, dirt bike $50 Bill No.46- 2021 § 576-1305
      Towing/relocation fee for ATV, Snow mobile $120 Bill No. 46-2021 § 576-1305
      Towing/relocation fee for dirt bike $120 Bill No.46- 2021 § 576-1305
      Storage fee for ATV, snow mobile, dirt bike $25 per day Bill No. 46-2021 § 576-1305
    5. Bill 47-2021

       

      – 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 Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

    6. Bill 48-2021

      – 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 Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

    7. Bill 49-2021

      – 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 Introduced at the May 24 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      authorizing the Administration to enter into a one-year intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Reading School District, with the option for subsequent one-year renewals at both parties written agreement, regarding the collection, transportation, and processing of various recyclable items generated from the Reading School District, effective July 01, 2021

    2. Ordinance –

      Ordinance – authorizing a budget transfer within the Waste Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $332,700 for employee training and develop operational support tools and manual for optimization of new treatment plant processes and funds to provide operational support and guidance related to current process control and upsets

    3. Ordinance –

      setting the salary of the solicitor at $97,375.00 per annum, payable in equal bi-monthly installments, or as otherwise provided for by ordinance.

    4. Ordinance -

      authorizing a budget transfer of $260,000 from 2021 Capital PW Pagoda Wall Repair to Capital PW Garage for a Garage Class 8 and Fire Truck lifts and Permanent Hot Water Steam Cleaning Machine Hotsy – allowing the replacement of a Class 8 Lift and Permanent Steam Cleaning Machine Hotsy for the Garage Fleet Division Public Works to be distributed Monday

  11. RESOLUTIONS
     
    1. 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

    2. Resolution –

      appointing Samantha Martinez-Escobar to the Youth Commission
      representing District 2

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, June 14th
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting

    Monday, June 21st
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

    Monday, June 28th
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting

    Monday, July 5th
    City Hall closed for the 4th of July Holiday

    Tuesday, July 6th
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

     

  16. ADJOURN