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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; OBSTRUCTING PUBLIC PLACES
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 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
Chapter C
HOME RULE CHARTER
ARTICLE I
Powers of the City
§ 101.   The City.
§ 102.   Grant of power.
§ 103.   Exercise of powers.
§ 104.   Preservation of powers of the people.
§ 105.   Construction.
ARTICLE II
Council — The Legislative Branch
§ 201.   Composition.
§ 202.   Eligibility.
§ 203.   Election and terms.
§ 204.   Compensation.
§ 205.   Vacancies.
§ 206.   Forfeiture of office.
§ 207.   Filling of vacancies.
§ 208.   General powers and duties.
§ 209.   Prohibitions.
§ 210.   Investigations.
§ 211.   Removal powers.
§ 212.   Procedures.
§ 213.   Citizens' right to be heard.
§ 214.   Quorum.
§ 215.   Ordinances in general.
§ 216.   Form of ordinance.
§ 217.   Procedures.
§ 218.   Final passage of ordinance resolutions.
§ 219.   Effective date of legislation.
§ 220.   Emergency ordinance.
§ 221.   Submission to Mayor and veto power.
§ 222.   Recording of ordinances.
§ 223.   Codification of ordinances.
§ 224.   Action by resolution or motion.
§ 225.   City Clerk.
ARTICLE III
Executive Branch
§ 301.   The Mayor.
§ 302.   Election and terms.
§ 303.   Eligibility.
§ 304.   Vacancy.
§ 305.   Forfeiture of office.
§ 306.   Prohibitions.
§ 307.   Compensation.
§ 308.   Powers and duties of the Mayor.
§ 309.   Appointment by the Mayor.
§ 310.   Removals by Mayor.
§ 311.   Managing Director.
§ 312.   Deputy Mayor.
ARTICLE IV
Managing Director
§ 401.   Appointment; qualification; compensation.
§ 402.   Approval by Council.
§ 403.   Vacancy.
§ 404.   Removal.
§ 405.   Prohibitions.
§ 406.   Powers and duties.
ARTICLE V
City Auditor
§ 501.   Election and terms.
§ 502.   Eligibility.
§ 503.   Responsibilities.
§ 504.   Forfeiture.
§ 505.   Vacancy.
§ 506.   Prohibitions.
ARTICLE VI
Administration
§ 601.   Administrative Manual.
§ 602.   (Reserved)
§ 603.   Heads of departments, offices, and agencies.
§ 604.   Qualifications.
§ 605.   Prohibitions.
§ 606.   Department of Public Works/City Engineer.
§ 607.   Department of Finance.
ARTICLE VII
Personnel System
§ 701.   Job discrimination.
§ 702.   Personnel system and personnel code.
§ 703.   Personnel Code.
§ 704.   Collective bargaining agreements.
§ 705.   Compensation of heads of departments, offices and agencies.
§ 706.   Political activity.
§ 707.   Department of Human Resources.
ARTICLE VIII
City Solicitor
§ 801.   Qualifications and responsibilities.
ARTICLE IX
Financial Procedures
§ 901.   Fiscal year.
§ 902.   Submission of balanced budget and capital program.
§ 903.   Budget message.
§ 904.   Budget.
§ 905.   City Council action on budget.
§ 906.   Revised budget.
§ 907.   Appropriation and revenue ordinance.
§ 908.   Amendments after adoption.
§ 909.   Lapse of appropriation.
§ 910.   Administration of the budget and capital program.
§ 911.   Capital program.
§ 912.   City Council action on capital program.
§ 913.   Public records.
§ 914.   Independent audit.
§ 915.   Bidding process.
ARTICLE X
Boards and Commissions
§ 1001.   Establishment.
§ 1002.   Membership.
ARTICLE XI
Citizen's Rights and Participation
§ 1101.   General provisions.
§ 1102.   Initiative and referendum.
§ 1103.   Initiative and referendum; commencement of proceedings; Petitioners Committee; affidavit.
§ 1104.   Initiative and referendum; petitions.
§ 1105.   Initiative and referendum; procedure after filing.
§ 1106.   Referendum petitions; suspension of effect of ordinance.
§ 1107.   Initiative and referendum; action on petitions.
§ 1108.   Initiative and referendum; results of election.
§ 1109.   Initiative and referendum; limitations.
§ 1110.   Recall of elected officials.
§ 1111.   Citizens right to place an item of the City Council agenda.
§ 1112.   Citizens rights to call a special meeting of City Council.
§ 1113.   Council submission for initiative of certain proposals.
ARTICLE XII
General Provisions
§ 1201.   Conflict of interest and Code of Ethics.
§ 1202.   Prohibitions.
§ 1203.   Review of Charter.
§ 1204.   Amendments.
ARTICLE XIII
Transition
§ 1301.   Purpose of article.
§ 1302.   Effective date.
§ 1303.   Initial elections.
§ 1304.   Initial salaries of elected officials.
§ 1305.   Continuation of boards and commissions.
§ 1306.   Specific transfer of functions.
§ 1307.   Personnel.
§ 1308.   1996 budget.
§ 1309.   Legal continuity.
§ 1310.   Temporary ordinances.
§ 1311.   Mandatory acts.
§ 1312.   Council districts.
§ 1313.   Transition Committee.
Charter Amendments Approved by Referendum
[HISTORY: Approved by the voters of the City of Reading at the general election on 11-7-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administrative Code — See Ch. 5.
Charter Board — See Ch. 23, Part 6.
Personnel — See Ch. 70.