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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
§ 23-602.  Organization of Charter Board.
   A.   Composition and structure of Board.
      (1)   Composition. The Board established under Amendment I of the City of Reading Home Rule Charter ("Charter") shall be composed of five residents of the City of Reading. Board members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of City Council.
      (2)   Terms of service. Members of the Board shall serve for terms of five years, except that the members shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed and qualified. The terms of the initial members shall be staggered, with members serving terms of one, two, three, four, and five years, respectively.
      (3)   Vacancy. An individual appointed to fill a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of a term of office shall be appointed for the unexpired term of the member he/she succeeds and is eligible for appointment thereafter according to the terms herein. 7
7.   Editor's Note: Former § 1-599.22D, Removal of members, added 8-23-2010 by Ord. No. 59-2010, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 3-26-2012 by Ord. No. 39-2012.
      (4)   Election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. The Board shall elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson upon seating of the members and thereafter annually at a meeting held in July of each year. The Vice Chairperson shall act as the Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson or in the event of a vacancy in that position.
      (5)   Quorum. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum and the votes of a majority of the members present are required for any action or recommendation of the Board.
      (6)   Staff. The Board shall appoint a Solicitor, a secretary, and such other staff as may be deemed necessary. The Solicitor, secretary, and such other staff as may be necessarily appointed shall not be members of the Board.
      (7)   Meetings. The Board shall meet at the call of the Chairperson or at the call of a majority of its members.
      (8)   Investigative Officer.
         <(a)   The Board shall appoint an investigative officer ("Investigative Officer") who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Investigative Officer is charged with determining jurisdiction, conducting preliminary and full investigations, issuing written findings reports, prosecuting complaints before evidentiary hearings, and performing such other duties as set forth herein. The Investigative Officer shall conduct his/her work independently and without comment or inquiry from the Board, except as provided in Subsection A(8)(d) below.
         <(b)   The Investigative Officer shall be a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and shall have so been for at least five years. The Investigative Officer need not be a resident of the City of Reading and shall not be a Board member. The Investigative Officer is authorized to retain the services of an investigator and other professional staff and/or consultants, and shall only delegate nondiscretionary functions.
         <(c)   The Investigative Officer shall not be the current or former Solicitor to the Board and the Investigative Officer shall not serve in the future as Solicitor to the Board on any matter investigated or prosecuted by the Investigative Officer. Furthermore, the Investigative Officer shall not seek the advice of the Solicitor to the Board, and the Solicitor to the Board shall not seek the advice of the Investigative Officer, on substantive aspects of any complaint or referral before the Board.
         <(d)   In addition to all other responsibilities of the Investigative Officer, he/she shall provide to the Board every six months a summary of each complaint received, its procedural status, and if it has been dismissed, the reasons for its dismissal. Said summary shall not contain any identifying information of any person involved as a witness, complainant or subject of the complaint.
   B.   Prohibitions. Due to the nature of their appointment, Board members have a duty to avoid any known conflicts of interest, especially actions or behaviors in violation of the City Charter or its full and impartial enforcement. The prohibitions in this section are in addition to all other duties, responsibilities, and obligations imposed upon Board members.
      (1)   No member may hold or campaign for any other public office.
      (2)   No member may hold office in any political party or political organization or political committee.
      (3)   No member may hold a position of employment with City government or appointment to any other board, authority, or commission formed by the City of Reading.
      (4)   No member may actively participate in or contribute to any political campaign in the City of Reading for a candidate running for the office of Mayor, President of Council, Council member, or Auditor. This does not abridge the right of a member to vote or attend a debate, speech or similar event that is held primarily for the purpose of communicating a candidate's platform or position on issues of public concern.
      (5)   No member shall receive compensation but shall be reimbursed by the City for documented expenses actually incurred.
   C.   Mandate to fund. City Council shall appropriate sufficient funds for the Board to perform its enforcement, advisory, and educational duties, including expenses for independent counsel, investigative personnel, investigations, hearings, appeals, staff, any other necessary personnel, and professional educational programming.