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CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

        REGULAR MEETING                                      MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021

          HYBRID MEETING                     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. Comments posted in Zoom Chat and on Facebook are not considered public comment and a response may not occur.

 

1. OPENING MATTERS

A. CALL TO ORDER

B.  INVOCATION:  Nancy Lennert, Transformative Solutions Network

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS: Executive Sessions on recycling litigation were held at the

conclusion of the July 6th and July 12th COWs in accordance with Sunshine Act Title 65,

Section 708 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 both 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. Comments posted in Zoom Chat and on Facebook are not considered public comment and a response may not occur.

 

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

A. AGENDA:  Meeting of July 12, 2021

B. MINUTES:  June 28th Regular Meeting, and approving the summations of discussion from the June 21st and June 28th COW meetings and the June 6th 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. 

 

A. Resolution – authorizing conditional offers of employment for the hiring of the following as probationary patrol officers effective July 5, 2021: Zachary Dugan, Dean Ebersole, Paige Stuart and Emily Schreiner

B. Resolution – authorizing the purchase of Class 8 Lifting Equipment for the Public Works Fleet Division from Hyde Villa Auto Parts in the amount of $54,300.00

 

C. Resolution – authorizing the submission of a PA DCED Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund Program Grant application for the City of Reading 18W Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety Trail Project-Layer 2                                        

D. Award of Contract– authorizing the purchase of 6 Patrol Police vehicles and 1 K-9 vehicle from New Holland Auto Group, a CoStars vendor, at the cost of $348,765 from the CIP Fund

 

E. Award of Contract – authorizing the purchase of 1 Police Evidence vehicle from Whitmoyer Ford Inc., a CoStars vendor, at the cost of $46,750 from the CIP fund

 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Written report attached.

7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Written report attached.

 

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

Blighted Property Review Committee – Heminton Urena, Chair

 

9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

 

Pending Legislation

A. 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

B. 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                       

A. Ordinance 54-2021– 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 Introduced at the June 28 regular meeting; Advertised on July 5th
 

10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

 

A. Ordinance – amending Administrative Code Section 5-208 Rules of Procedure by defining a quorum and remote participation at meetings

B. Ordinance – amending Administrative Code Section 5-209 Public Participation by providing citizens with the ability to continue to submit written public comment

C. Ordinance – establishing a No Parking Zone in the 200 block of Chestnut St to eliminate traffic concerns at the Remcon building

D. Ordinance – directing the County Board of Elections to place a referendum on the 2021 General Election Ballot to eliminate Charter Section 1110 Recall of Elected Officials as the State Supreme Court has determined that local recall provisions are unconstitutional due to the impeachment process provided in the State Constitution.

E. Ordinance – directing the County Board of Elections to place a referendum on the 2021 General Election Ballot to amend Charter Section 1204 with the correct citation to State Statute Title 53, Subchapter C Amendment of Existing Charter or Optional Plan 9 through the County Board of Elections and with the current citation to the existing Home Rule Charter requirements.

 

11. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution– making a $3M commitment to the FirstEnergy Stadium project, contingent on the approval of funding from the County, State and Fightin Phils

12. PUBLIC COMMENT – GENERAL MATTERS

Please see public speaking rules on second page

 

13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS

 

14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, July 19

Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

 

Monday, July 26

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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