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City of Reading Fall Legislative Highlights

Sep 18, 2017 • by City of Reading 'Council Corner' Newsletter
City of Reading

We’ve made it easier to locate the online City Code and research adopted ordinances and resolutions.  Now when you open the ReadingPA.gov home page, click on Government and at the bottom/middle of the tab that opens you will see Legislation – click on that and a tab will open that contains the City Code, New Ordinances and Resolutions and Archived Ordinances and Resolutions links.  Much easier to access!!!  

1.       City Council awarded a contract for the repaving of Kenhorst Blvd.  Public Works is working to have this paving project completed by December this year.

2.      City Council enacted Bill 67-2017 restricting parking between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 AM along both sides of Skyline Drive between the Pagoda and the City limits to the north, a distance of approximately 3,500 feet. The purpose is to improve safety during the nighttime hours.  The effective date of this law is August 25, 2017.

3.      At the request of the Animal Rescue League (ARL), the City’s Animal Control Agent, City Council enacted Bill 80-2017 amending the Reading City Code Chapter 141 Animals, Section 205 by adding a heat index under the terms for Code Red.  The heat index combines the temperature and humidity, in the same way that Code Blue uses the wind chill – the combination of temperature and wind.  A Code Red may be called by the ARL when the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts an extended weather forecast that includes at least three consecutive days of 95° F. or above temperatures, following the public notice requirements as stated in the Code.

4.      If your vehicle is ever towed off a privately owned parking lot by a private tower, Bill 69-2017, effective August 25, 2017, regulates the rates charged by the tow contractors. A privately owned lot is defined as “a parking lot open to the public or used for parking without charge; or a parking lot used for parking with charge” – this does NOT apply to vehicles towed under order of the Police Department or Parking Authority.

This law applies to tows from privately owned lots that have signs notifying the public about the restrictions allowing the lot owner to have your vehicle removed if it is illegally parked there. Any towing company contracted to remove vehicles from private property shall not charge more than $100.00 for towing and no more than $10.00 a day for storage, charged to the owner of the vehicle, as per Section 212 Tow Service Charges. This Section shall be enforced by the City of Reading Police Department and shall apply to all vehicles towed by a privately owned towing company. If you are overcharged when your car is towed from a private lot by a private tower – not towed under order of the Police Department of Parking Authority – contact the Reading Police Department Traffic Unit.

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