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CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

REGULAR MEETING                             MONDAY, JULY 26, 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:  Crystal Tapia, Feet on the Street Youth Ministry

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS: An Executive Session on the recycling litigation was held

at the conclusion of the July 12th COW in accordance with Sunshine Act Title 65,

Section 708 A 4

 

2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Commendation recognizing Urban Agriculture Week – accepted by the Berks Conservation District

 

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 26, 2021

B. MINUTES:  July 12th Regular Meeting, and approving the summations of discussion from the July 12th and 19th COW meetings and the June 19th 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 the Managing Director to sign and submit the attached “Traffic signal Maintenance Agreement”, to submit future modifications to the attached Traffic Signal Maintenance Agreement, and to submit future Applications for Traffic Signal Approval to PennDOT    

B. Award of Contract for the Angelica Park ADA Improvements Project to Columbia Excavating, Berwick, PA in the amount of $162,986.21

 

C. Award of Contract for the Pagoda Access Modifications Project to close the Pagoda parking lot to vehicular traffic during nighttime hours and maintain two-way traffic on Skyline Drive to Barwis Construction, Birdsboro, PA in the amount of $160,344.00

D. Resolution appointing Donna Reed as the Council representative to the America250PA Berks County Commission

 

E. Resolution authorizing the purchase of a 1 stakebody with chassis for the Public Works Parks Division from Manderbach Ford in the amount of $85,034.84

 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Written report attached.

 

7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Written report attached.

 

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

Electrician’s Examining Board – Jeff Bower, Electrical Inspector

 

9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

 

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 5; Tabled at the July 12 regular meeting

B. Bill 55-2021 – amending Administrative Code Section 5-208 Rules of Procedure by defining a quorum and remote participation at meetings Introduced at the July 12 regular meeting; Advertised July 19th

 

C. Bill 56-2021 – amending Administrative Code Section 5-209 Public Participation by providing citizens with the ability to continue to submit written public comment Introduced at the July 12 regular meeting; Advertised July 19th

 

D. Bill 57-2021 – establishing a No Parking Zone on the north side of the 200 block of Chestnut St to eliminate traffic concerns at the Remcon building Introduced at the July 12 regular meeting; Advertised July 19th

 

E. Bill 58-2021 – 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 removal process for elected officials provided in the State Constitution Introduced at the July 12 regular meeting; Advertised July 19th

 

F. Bill 59-2021 – directing the County Board of Elections to place a referendum on the 2021 General Election Ballot to amend Charter Section 1204 Amendments by making the correct citation to State Statute Title 53, Subchapter C Amendment of Existing Charter or Optional Plan through the County Board of Elections Introduced at the July 12 regular meeting; Advertised July 19th

 

10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

A. Ordinance – amending City Code Chapter 23 Boards and Commissions, Part 1201 Downtown Revitalization Public Private Partnership, Section 23-201 authorization by replacing the DID Chair with the City of Reading Designated Downtown Coordinator

 

B. Ordinance – directing the Berks County Board of Elections to place a referendum question before city voters on the 2021 General Election Ballot which would amend the City of Reading Home Rule Charter by eliminating the requirement for the City’s Public Works Director to be an engineer

 

11. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution – making a $3M contribution to the Convention Center to assist with the capital needs for the Convention Center and the SPAC

 

B. Resolution – appointing Michael McDevitt to HARB

 

C.  Resolution – appointing Pamela Gockley to the Shade Tree Commission

 

12. PUBLIC COMMENT – GENERAL MATTERS

Please see public speaking rules on second page

 

13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS

 

14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, August 2

Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

 

Monday, August 9

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

Regular Meeting – immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting

 

Monday, August 16

Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm

Committee of the Whole – 5 pm

 

Tuesday, August 17

3 Conditional Use Hearings – 5 pm

  • 234 N 6th – Road to Damascus – temporary women’s shelter
  • 238 N 6th – Road to Damascus – boarding house
  • 700 Franklin – R&L Investments – rooming house

 

16. ADJOURN