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CITY COUNCIL

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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:

      Nilda Nieves, Feet on the Street Youth Ministry

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

      Executive sessions regarding

  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 June 28, 2021

    2. Minutes:

      June 14th Regular Meeting, and approving the summations of discussion from the June 14th and June 21st COW meetings and the June 21st 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 purchase of a 2021 Sewer Equipment of America (SEA) combination sewer cleaner with hydro-vac soft digging capability for the WWTP from Golden Equipment Company, Mars, PA for the total submitted price of $481,692.40. Golden Equipment Co. is sole distributor for Sewer Equipment of America (SEA) and is a member of CoStars

    2. Award of Contract -

      authorizing the purchase of two (2) 2023 freightliner 108SD plow/dump trucks from Berman Freightliner, Leesport PA in the amount of $353,949.28

    3. Resolution -

      authorizing the Solicitor to execute the forms accepting the Repository Bids submitted by the Parking Authority to the Berks County Tax Claim Office for the following properties: 818 Culvert St, 428-438 Spring Garden St and 442 Rosenthal St

    4. Resolution -

      authorizing the Solicitor to execute the forms accepting the Repository Bids submitted to the Berks County Tax Claim Office for the following properties: 1400 Chester St, 737 Neversink Al, 735 Neversink Al, 238 R Plum, 234 Hudson, 240A Wood St, 641 Orange Al, 709 Neversink Al; 735A Neversink Alley

    5. Resolution -

      authorizing the mayor and managing director to execute documents relating to the North Front St PennDOT Green-Light-Go grant agreement to receive the awarded funding for this project

    6. Resolution -

      authorizing the sewage planning module for 1711 Hampden Blvd as the proposed connection complies with the allocations and other aspects of the provision of Chapter 94 of State Statutes.

    7. Resolution -

      authorizing the mayor and Council to each appoint a representative to the AMERICA250PA Commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States and Pennsylvania’s integral role in that event and the role of its people on the nation’s past, present and future

  6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

    Written report attached.

  7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

    Written report attached.

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

    Human Relations Commission – Executive Director Kimberly Talbot

  9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

    Pending Legislation

    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 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; Tabled at the June 14 regular meeting

    2. 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; Tabled at the June 14th regular meeting

    3. 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; Tabled at the June 14th regular meeting

    4. Bill 50-2021 -

      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 1, 2021 Introduced at the June 14 regular meeting

    5. Bill 51-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the June 14 regular meeting

    6. Bill 52-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the June 14 regular meeting

    7. Bill 53-2021 -

      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 Introduced at the June 14 regular meeting

  10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES
    1. Ordinance -

      amending the City Code by adding a new Chapter 433 Public Art and to establish a process for the City to consider public art projects that will effectively enliven neighborhoods and create outcomes such as safety, livability, walkability, health, and economic development in City neighborhoods

  11. RESOLUTIONS
     
    1. Resolution 60-2021 -

      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 Tabled at the June 14 regular meeting

    2. Resolution –

      appointing Lynanne Bohn to the Board of Health

    3. Resolution –

      appointing Donald Snyder to the Plumbing Board

  12. PUBLIC COMMENT - GENERAL MATTERS

    Please see public speaking rules on second page

  13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS
  14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
  15. Monday, July 5th
    City Hall closed for the 4th of July Holiday

    Tuesday, July 6th
    Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

    Monday, July 12
    Committee of the Whole – 5 pm
    Regular Meeting – immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting

    Tuesday, August 10
    2 Conditional Use Hearings group home and boarding house – 5 pm

    Tuesday, August 17
    2 Conditional Use Hearings group home and boarding house – 5 pm

  16. ADJOURN

 

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