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PREFACE
Chapter C HOME RULE CHARTER
Chapter 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
Chapter 5 ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
Chapter 14 AUTHORITIES
Chapter 23 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS
Chapter 36 FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
Chapter 51 INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
Chapter 62 PENSIONS
Chapter 70 PERSONNEL
Chapter 77 POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chapter 91 SALARIES AND COMPENSATION
Chapter 120 ALARM SYSTEMS
Chapter 127 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Chapter 141 ANIMALS
Chapter 166 CABLE TELEVISION
Chapter 173 COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY CODE
Chapter 180 CONSTRUCTION CODES
Chapter 185 CONVERSION THERAPY
Chapter 188 CURFEW
Chapter 201 ELECTRIC SERVICE
Chapter 212 FEES
Chapter 219 FIREARMS
Chapter 225 FIREWORKS
Chapter 231 FIRE INSURANCE PROCEEDS
Chapter 237 FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION
Chapter 251 FOOD CODE
Chapter 272 GRAFFITI
Chapter 288 HEALTH AND SAFETY
Chapter 295 HISTORICAL AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Chapter 302 HOUSE NUMBERING
Chapter 308 HOUSING
Chapter 317 INVASIVE PLANTS AND NOXIOUS WEEDS
Chapter 325 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Chapter 328 LEAD-BASED PAINT
Chapter 332 LIBRARY
Chapter 339 LICENSES AND PERMITS
Chapter 346 LITTER AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL
Chapter 353 LOITERING AND PANHANDLING
Chapter 364 MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Chapter 378 MUNICIPAL CLAIMS AND LIENS
Chapter 387 NOISE
Chapter 396 PARKS AND RECREATION
Chapter 403 PAWNBROKERS
Chapter 410 PEDDLING AND SOLICITING
Chapter 424 POLES
Chapter 431 PROPERTY SALES
Chapter 433 PUBLIC ART
Chapter 438 RAIN BARRELS
Chapter 442 RECORDS, PUBLIC ACCESS
Chapter 453 SALES
Chapter 460 SCRAP METAL DEALERS
Chapter 467 SEWERS AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL
Chapter 473 SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES
Chapter 479 SIDEWALK CAFES
Chapter 485 SIGNS
Chapter 496 SOLID WASTE
Chapter 502 STORAGE FACILITIES
Chapter 505 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
Chapter 508 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
Chapter 515 SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 521 SUSTAINABILITY
Chapter 536 TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC PROPERTY
Chapter 540 TATTOO AND PIERCING ESTABLISHMENTS
Chapter 543 TAX ABATEMENTS
Chapter 546 TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM
Chapter 549 TAXATION
Chapter 555 TREES
Chapter 564 VEHICLE NUISANCES, STORAGE OF
Chapter 570 VEHICLE REPAIR SHOPS
Chapter 576 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
Chapter 583 VENDING MACHINES
Chapter 600 ZONING
Chapter A610 ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY
Chapter A611 BOND ISSUES AND LOANS
Chapter A612 FRANCHISE AND SERVICES
Chapter A613 GOVERNMENTAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Chapter A614 PLAN APPROVAL
Chapter A615 PUBLIC PROPERTY
Chapter A616 SEWERS
Chapter A617 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
Chapter A618 WATER
Chapter A619 ZONING; PRIOR ORDINANCES
Chapter DT DERIVATION TABLE
Chapter DL DISPOSITION LIST
§ 508-514.  Projecting porches, areaways or steps; cellar doors.
   A.   No person, firm or corporation shall make or set up or cause to be made or set up or reset on Penn Street, any porch, areaway or step, which shall extend beyond the building line as fixed by the topographical survey of the City of Reading.
   B.   No person, firm or corporation shall make and set up or cause to be made or set up or reset areaways extending beyond the building line of Walnut Street, Washington Street, Penn Street, Franklin Street and Chestnut Street from Front Street to Eleventh Street and on Front, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Streets from Chestnut Street to Walnut Street in the City as fixed by the topographical survey of the City of Reading.
   C.   It shall be unlawful to erect, reset, repair, use and maintain cellar doors extending beyond the building line of Walnut Street, Washington Street, Penn Street, Franklin Street and Chestnut Street from Front Street to Eleventh Street, and on Front, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Streets from Chestnut Street to Walnut Street in the City of Reading, until a permit for such cellar door has first been obtained from the Department of Public Works subject to the following limitations, restrictions and conditions, which shall be prescribed by the Director of Public Works:
      (1)   No permit will be issued for the setting, resetting or repairing of any cellar door on the above-listed streets until there has been executed a vault or areaway agreement covering the vault or passageway under the sidewalk leading to such cellar door.
      (2)   No permit will be issued for the setting, resetting or repair of any cellar door on the above listed streets until the property owner files with the City Clerk a public liability bond of $10,000 to $20,000 limit, naming the City as a party assured. Such bond shall be kept in force as long as the cellar door remains in existence.
      (3)   Plans of proposed construction shall be submitted by the property owner, showing location and type of construction of vaults and cellar doors, which shall be approved by the Director of the Department of Public Works prior to the issuance of any permit for such work. 19
      (4)   Not more than one cellar door for each property shall be permitted on sidewalks of the above listed streets.
      (5)   All cellar doors shall be of steel, no larger than four feet by five feet, flush with sidewalk grade and have no projections or depressions beyond the uniform grade of sidewalk, except those necessary to produce a nonskid surface. They shall be arranged so they can be opened and closed only from the outside or sidewalk area, and shall be provided with approved guards to protect pedestrians during the entire period the doors are not firmly closed.
      (6)   The nearest edge of new cellar door construction shall be at least three feet from the center line of any fire hydrant and at least three feet from the building line of any intersecting street.
      (7)   Cellar doors and vault covers shall be designed for a concentrated live load of 800 pounds or for a uniform distributed live load of 250 pounds per square foot over the entire area, whichever produces the greatest stress. Top slabs shall be of a minimum thickness of six inches of reinforced concrete, even though a more shallow depth will resist the design stresses.
      (8)   Repairs to existing cellarways or sidewalks of the above listed streets may be made by installing new steel cellar door frames and doors at present locations.
      (9)   The use of cellar doors at all times shall be subject to regulations by the Department of Police.
19.   Editor's Note: Amended during codification (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Part 2).