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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 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
§ A612-101.  Franchises and services.
Ord. No.
Date
Description
Ord. No.
Date
Description
48-1914
7-29-1914
Executing an agreement between the City and the Reading Transit and Light Company relative to paving Franklin Street
59-1914
9-2-1914
Granting Reading Steam Heat and Power Company the right to lay mains and lines of pipe on various streets
23-1915
5-5-1915
Granting G.H. Delp and Company the right to construct a single-track railroad siding
34-1915
6-9-1915
Granting to the City of Reading Passenger Railway Company the privilege of constructing a curve to connect other tracts of said Company
13-1917
4-11-1917
Granting the Reading Transit and Light Company the privilege of extending its line and laying tracks
18-1917
5-2-1917
Granting the Reading City Passenger Railway Company the privilege of constructing a curve to connect tracks
25-1917
7-3-1917
Granting the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company, lessee of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Railroad, the right to construct and operate a single-track railroad siding
42-1917
8-1-1917
Granting the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company the privilege to construct, maintain and operate a single-track railroad siding
48-1917
8-22-1917
Granting the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company the privilege to construct, maintain and operate an additional single-track railroad siding
21-1918
7-31-1918
Authorizing the American Telegraph and Telephone Company to occupy and use the underground works of the Bell Telephone Company
67-1922
12-6-1922
Entering into an agreement between the City and the Reading Transit and Light Company for the temporary abandonment of the exercise of the franchise of the Company on Nineteenth Street
17-1923
4-4-1923
Permitting the Hamburg Gas and Electric Company, on certain conditions, to place and maintain poles on property of the City in Ontelaunee Township for serving electric current
26-1923
5-29-1923
Granting the American District Telegraph Company of Pennsylvania a franchise to operate a signal system in the City
58-1923
10-17-1923
Permitting the Metropolitan Edison Company to erect towers and cross property of the City on Fritz's Island with overhead wires
24-1924
3-19-1924
Permitting Metropolitan Edison Company to lay an underground conduit for the purpose of supplying the prison with electric current
28-1924
5-14-1924
Granting Northeastern Street Railway Company to construct, maintain and operate a single-track electric railway
10-1926
2-10-1926
Extending the time for the American District Telegraph Company to begin operations to avail itself of the privilege granted to it by Ord. No. 26-1923
31-1928
3-28-1928
Executing a contract with William B. Sheidy for the collection of garbage
35-1928
4-11-1928
Executing a contract with Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting of a section of Mineral Spring Road
39-1928
4-25-1928
Executing a contract with Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting of a section of the Eighteenth Ward
159-1928
12-26-1928
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to furnish electric streetlighting service to the City for a term of 5 years
6-1929
1-23-1929
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to furnish electric streetlighting service to the City for a term of 5 years
63-1929
8-21-1929
Executing a lease between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company providing for the leasing of the City a duct in the conduit system owned and maintained by the company together with the cable therein
84-1929
10-30-1929
Permitting the Reading City Passenger Railway Company upon surrender and relinquishing of all its franchise rights to remove its existing easterly single track of the double track now maintained
86-1929
10-30-1929
Executing a lease between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company providing for the leasing of the City a duct in the conduit system owned and maintained by the company together with the cable therein
51-1930
7-16-1930
Granting the Reading Company the privilege to construct, operate and maintain a single-track railroad siding
66-1930
8-20-1930
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide streetlighting for a portion of the City for a term of 10 years
82-1930
10-22-1930
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting of the underpass under the railroad tracks of the Reading Company
87-1930
11-19-1930
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the Eighteenth Ward
94-1930
12-3-1930
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 10 years
2-1931
1-21-1931
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 10 years
14-1931
2-18-1931
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City
31-1931
4-29-1931
Declaring that the Reading and Southwestern Street Railway Company has forfeited and abandoned its franchise and right to occupy with its tracks
54-1931
7-1-1931
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company for supplying electricity to the Old City Hall Building
53-1933
12-13-1933
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City
20-1934
3-21-1934
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City
66-1934
9-26-1934
Granting to the Reading Coach Company the franchise to operate motor bus passenger transportation for hire over and along public ways of the City
15-1936
2-26-1936
Executing an agreement with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for placing storm sewer pipe lines across the tracks and property of the Pennsylvania Railroad
18-1936
3-25-1936
Amending an agreement with the Reading Coach Company
48-1939
10-11-1939
Amending an agreement with the Reading Coach Company
45-1940
8-28-1940
Amending Ord. No. 40-1940 to extend contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company from 8 years and 9 months to 10 years
49-1940
10-11-1940
Amending Ord. No. 66-1934
57-1940
11-27-1940
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 10 years
23-1942
7-8-1942
Amending Ord. No. 66-1934 and Ord. No. 49-1940
20-1947
7-23-1947
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for one year
21-1947
7-23-1947
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 1 year
8-1948
3-24-1948
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 10 years
29-1948
7-14-1948
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 1 year
30-1948
7-14-1948
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 1 year
29-1949
6-29-1949
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 10 years
34-1949
7-25-1949
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 1 year
35-1949
7-25-1949
Executing a contract between the City and Metropolitan Edison Company to provide lighting for a section of the City for 1 year
29-1957
7-24-1957
Regulating the form of contracts between the City and the Electric Light and Power Company having the right to furnish streetlighting and types of electric light and power services
32-1963
12-24-1963
Granting a nonexclusive franchise to Berks T.V. Cable Company to operate and maintain a community television system in the City
22-1966
5-25-1966
Granting a nonexclusive franchise to T.V. Service Company to operate and maintain a community television system in the City
30-1966
6-15-1966
Granting a nonexclusive franchise to Suburban T.V. Cable Company to operate and maintain a community television system in the City
5-2007
1-22-2007
Granting a nonexclusive and revocable franchise to Comcast of New Mexico/Pennsylvania LLC, for a period of 15 years, replacing a cable franchise agreement that the City entered into with Berks Cable on December 24, 1985 and is subject to City Ord. No. 101-85, entitled "City of Reading Cable Television Ordinance"
45-2007
6-25-2007
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement between the City of Reading and Berks Community Television for the provision of an annual appropriation
16-2011
3-28-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement between the City of Reading and Exide Technologies, allowing Exide Technologies to enter onto and to remediate Bernhart Park
21-2011
4-25-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the lease between the City of Reading and the Reading Area Fire Fighters Museum, Inc.
30A-2011
7-11-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement between the City of Reading and the County of Berks for premises for the development, erection and operation of a public safety radio system
33-2011
7-25-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement of cooperation between the City of Reading and the Reading School District for the joint support of a recreational and education program and creation of the Reading Recreational Commission
39-2011
8-8-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute all documents required to effectuate the transfer of ownership of premises known as 516 Gordon Street, 722 Lance Place, 1709 Mineral Spring Road, 818 Muhlenberg Street, 108 Plum Street, 112 Plum Street, 454 Schuylkill Avenue and 456 Schuylkill Avenue from Lobos Ten Properties to the City of Reading
44-2011
2-27-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a lease between the City of Reading and the Olivet's Boys and Girls Club for a portion of the real estate situate in Pendora Park
48-2011
9-26-2011
Authorizing the Mayor or the Purchasing Coordinator to enter into an agreement with Municibid (online government auctions) to list various City property items for public sale online to the highest bidder
50-2011
10-24-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the memorandum of understanding between the Reading Berks Association of Realtors and the City of Reading for the creation of the CORE Program within Reading
59-2011
10-24-2011
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a lease agreement between the City of Reading and ATV Bakery, Inc., which will allow the City to lease 203 Franklin Street, 205 Franklin Street, and 207 Franklin Street, and a lease agreement with the Reading Redevelopment Authority to allow the City to lease 201 Franklin Street, which together will be converted into a community garden by the Entrepreneur's Connection
31-2012
3-26-2012
Amending the lease agreement between the City of Reading and the Reading Area Water Authority
122-2012
12-10-2012
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a third amendment to the revised and restated lease agreement between the City of Reading and Reading Baseball LP
35-2014
4-14-2014
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a first amendment to the agreement of cooperation between the City of Reading and the Reading School District to change both the number of scheduled meetings per year and the month of the organizational meeting for the Reading Recreation Commission
1-2017
1-9-2017
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a termination and mutual release agreement re the redevelopment project of properties situated on Penn Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets
2-2017
1-9-2017
Repealing Bill No. 22-2016 dissolving the Reading Area Water Authority
16-2017
2-27-2017
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a stormwater easement agreement between the City of Reading and the Schuykill Valley School District, conveying a non-exclusive perpetual easement and right-of-way upon that portion of premises shown and designated as the easement area, described in legal description
17-2017
2-27-2017
Authorizing the Mayor to execute a stormwater easement agreement - rain garden, between the City of Reading and the Schuykill Valley School District, conveying a non-exclusive perpetual easement and right-of-way upon that portion of premises shown and designated as the easement area, described in legal description
31-2017
3-27-2017
Authorizing the Administration to enter into a commercial lease agreement with the County of Berks for the use of premises to operate emergency radio services
48-2017
5-22-2017
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the lease between Alvernia University and the City of Reading for certain property to be used for activities related to the Reading Police Academy
51-2017
6-12-2017
Repealing and replacing the lease agreement with the Reading Area Water Authority and all addendums with this new lease agreement
8-2018
2-26-2018
Authorizing the creation of the Mt. Penn Preserve Partnership Council of Government (MP3 COG) to foster a cooperative effort to implement components from the Mt. Penn Master Plan and implement other regional initiatives that will improve the area
49-2018
8-13-2018
Authorizing the Adopt-a-Trail agreement between the City of Reading and Pennsylvania State University Berks College
55-2018
8-27-2018
Approving the first amendment tot he lease agreement with the Reading Area Water Authority approved on June 12, 2017
Res. 123-2019
12-9-2019
Authorizing the Mayor to execute the memorandum of understanding for animal control services with Berks Animal Rescue League for a three year term
Res. 71-A-2021
7-26-2021
Authorizing the Managing Director to sign and submit a Traffic Signal Maintenance Agreement to the Department of Transportation on behalf of the city.