April 6, 2008
Allentown - From City of Allentown Website

Allentown was originally named Northamptontown by its founder, Chief Justice of
Colonial Pennsylvania's Supreme Court, William Allen. Allen, also a former Mayor of
Philadelphia and successful businessman, drew up plans for the rural village in
1762. Despite its formal name, from the beginning, nearly everyone called it
"Allen's town". Allen hoped Northamptontown would turn into a commercial center
because of its location along the Lehigh River. The low water level most of the
year, however, made river trade impractical. Sometime in the early 1770s, William
Allen apparently gave the property to his son, James, who built a country home
called Trout Hall after his father's hunting and fishing lodge. Even by the time of
the American Revolution, Allentown remained little more than a small village of
Pennsylvania Dutch, more properly German, farmers and tradesmen, but continued
its development as a center of marketing for local farmers from the post
revolutionary years into the 1920s. The U.S. Census of 1810 placed it at the heart of
the largest grain producing regions in the country.

In 1838, the city officially adopted the name Allentown which was not the only
change in store for this town on the Lehigh. By the 1830s and 1840s, America's
industrial revolution, which was born in the Lehigh Valley, was entering its take-off
stage, and the arrival of the Lehigh Canal and later the railroad, opened up
Allentown in a way that would have been beyond William Allen's wildest dreams.

The 1850s and 1860s saw the rise of a strong local iron industry. The nation's
growing railroad network soaked up all the iron Allentown could produce. By the
post Civil War era, a large influx of German and Irish workers had created a
mini-Pittsburgh along the banks of the Lehigh. But all of this prosperity fell apart
with the collapse of the railroad boom in the Panic of 1873. Big and small iron
furnaces closed one by one and sent the industry into a tail-spin from which it
never recovered.

By the dawn of the 20th century, the community had fully recovered from the
economic disasters of the 19th century. Silk mills had taken over from the dying
iron trade, but they were not alone. Allentown's diverse economy produced
everything from parlor furniture to beer and cigars.

Since World War II and particularly since the 1960s, Allentown has undergone yet
another transition. Faced with the decline of manufacturing and the rise of the
service economy, the city is once again dealing with change. City officials are
currently trying to attract business to the downtown district, primarily as a way to
find new uses for existing structures. The City's infrastructure offers
state-of-the-art technology, including a fiber optic loop and uninterrupted
electrical service, which plays a role in attracting businesses to the downtown
district.
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Peter Rhoads ---- First Burgess of Allentown

Peter Rhoads came to town  during the first year of its existence, and built a good sized stone
residence which once stood at 107 North Seventh Street.  The residence still standing at the time of
Allentown's bicentennial, the structure was torn down sometime later to make way for a parking lot.
 A storekeeper and tailor by trade, Rhoads was also active in the emerging community having
association with the Allen's and serving their interests. During the Revolutionary War, Rhoads was
a solid supporter of the Rebel cause. In fact, in 1776 he was sent to Pennsylvania's first
Constitutional Convention. After the war period Rhoads continued to be active in the community,
serving as a Judge of the local courts in Northampton County. Then he became the President
Judge of the newly formed county court when Lehigh County was organized as a new jurisdiction.
Additionally, served as the first Burgess of the Bourough of Allentown in 1811. He died in 1814.

Peter Rhoads married Sabina Kohler November 23, 1762 and had four children that reached
maturity: George, Peter, John and Catharine ... Sabina Kohler died August 8, 1785 ... Where upon
Rhoads married a second Kohler daughther, Eva Catharine Kohler in 1789 who died in Allentown
in the Old Rhoads  homestead August 26, 1825. At first Eva Catharine Kohler married John Miller,
but he died September 18, 1788 leaving a son, Peter and a daughter, Barbara who married Leonard
Weiss.

Rhoads brother-in-law Peter Kohler, was the eldest son of Jacob Kohler Sr who was the first settler
in the vicinity of Egypt PA, probably locating there as early as 1728 0r 1730. Here Jacob Kohler
cultivated his land, clearing it of timber, year by year , until in 1768 he had 115 acres of cultivated
land, and 215 acres 0f uncultivated land. In 1755 he built the first grist-mill in the vicinity. He had
become one of the overseers of the poor in 1753, as is shown by a small scrap of paper still in
existence. Peter Kohler was born in Eqypt April 2, 1735. He assisted his father on his farm and at
the mill and in 1762 opened a hotel at Egypt to which he added a store in 1764. He continued to
conduct the mill and became one of the leading citizens of the township. At the beginning of the
Revolution he was chosen a member of the County Committee of observation. On November 8,
1777, he was appointed a commissioner to collect clothing for the American troops and December
16, 1777, he was appointed by the PA Assembly to take subscriptions for the continental loan in
the County. He was commissioned one of the justices of the County on May 29, 1779, and was
elected to the PA Assembly in 1780, 1781 and 1782. He died September 27, 1793 at the age of fifty
eight. He married Julianna Margaret Guth. John Peter Kohler, was the only child of that union to
live until maturity. Peter Kohler was a member of the Egypt Reformed congregation and was on the
building committee that erected the second church in 1785, to which he was the one of the largest
contributors, giving 29 pound stirling.
The Allentown City Council consists of seven members.

Michael D'Amore - President
Tony Phillips - Vice President
W. Michael Donovan
Jeanette Eichenwald
Julio A. Guridy
David M. Howells, Sr.
Peter G. Schweyer          
Commissioner Bill Lenier, Jr. Absent

Appointments

Lehigh County Housing Authority/Redevelopment Aurhority
Reappointment - Terms expires December 31, 2012
Robert P. Forney - 3673 Oakwood Trail Allentown, PA 18103

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Reappointment - Term expires December 31, 2008
Norman E. Blatt, Jr., Esq. - 764 Seneca St., Apt. 1, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Administration
Reappointment - Term expires December 31, 2010
James E. Mahoney - 917 N. Marshall St. , Allentown PA 18104

Bills Passed on Second Reading Discussion

Bill 2008- 09 --- Approving a Professional Services agreement with Vinetta ---Scope of
Services --- A) The Provider shall provide the following services: To provide architectural
and engineering services related to the design and construction of the Lehigh Countty
Community Correction Facility expansion project ( in Salisbury Township) B)  These services
are more fully explained in Appendix A which is attached to the Contract.

Bill 2008 - 10 - Approving Professional Services Agreement with Buchart, Inc./  Basco
Associates ... Scope of Services --- A) The Provider shall provide the following services: To
provide architectural and engineering services related to the design, specification and
construction of a "Green"  Environmental Center at the Trexler Nature Preserve B) These
services and requirements for their provision are set forth more fully in Appendix A which is
attached to the contract

Background

1)The Trexler Nature Preserve is 1100 plus acres of county-owned land located in
Schnecksville, Pa. An ecological study and a master site plan have been completed for the
site and the County is currently carrying out the recommendations of the plan. The plan
details the development of a County passive park, including a series of trails. Activities
include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and bow hunting.

2) As part of the development plan, the County desires to build a "green" environmental
center of approximately 3,000 square feet, which can be used for educational purposes in
addition to office space. The County estimates the building cost at $750,000.

3) This environmentally sensitive building will house a Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
satellite office, a County park office, restroom facilities for park users and a
classroom/meeting room.

4) Building principles implemented may include but are not limited to a green roof, high
R-value construction, low emission materials, solar cells, energy efficient lighting, triple
pane/low E glass, geothermal heat pump, waterless urinals, energy efficient lighting and
native plant landscaping.

5) The project has been discussed with the local municipality and the Lehigh Valley Planning
Commission (LVPC). Both have given a favorable response to the concept and LVPC
verified that it is consistent with the comprehensive plan for this area.

6) This building will serve as an educational center that will showcase practical applications
of renewable energy and the benefits of alternate energy systems. Programs of study will
include quantifying the efficiency of the "green" systems and related savings. In addition the
County will continually collect and evaluate data on the efficiency of the systems. The
County will use this information in determining future strategies on including these
technologies into both new and existing facilities.

Bill 2008 -11 --- Approving CDBG Subscription Grant Agreements with :

1) the Borough of Alburtis  --- Sidewalk Replacements  along South Main Street - $70,890.00;
2) Borough of Catasauqua --- Construct a parking lot proving 18 to 26 parking spaces
-$66,000;
3) Borough of Coopersburg --- Service Sewer Lateral Improvements - $61,250.00;
4) Borough of Coplay --- 20 constructed Curb Cuts --- $49,223.03;
5) Borough of Emmaus ---34 constructed Curb cuts  Curb Cuts --- $36,673.94
6) Borough of Emmaus --- Community Neighborhood Development Plan - Consultant fee -
$15,000;
7) Borough of Fountain Hill - Storm Sewer Improvements - Replacement portion of Sewer
Line --- $95,000;
8) Borough of Slatington -- Storm Water Improvements -Construct storm sewer along South
7th Street and associated road construction --- $274,520.00;
9) Town of Whitehall -- 20 Constructed Curb Cuts ---$49,223.03
10) Catholic Charities -- Self-Sufficiency and Intervention Program --- $60,421.00;
11) Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living -- Comprehensive Housing Service Program
-- $15,000;
12) Lehigh County Senior Center --- Satellite Program for Seniors - $12,587.00;
13) Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley --- Domestic Violence Shelter Services -- $30,000.

Bill No. 20 - Introduced by the administration: Amending the 2008 Capital Budget to provide for a
supplemental appropriation of  $500,000 to provide for a grant from Harry C. Trexler Trust to the City of
Allentown for the Old Allentown Homeowners initiative Program. ...The proposed Old Allentown
Homeownership Development Initiative involves the acquisition of existing, multi-unit residential
properties within the historic Old Allentown neighborhood. These properties will be deconverted and
rehabilitated and re-sold into single family dwellings. In addition, a blighted parking deck will be
demolished and new housing will be created. ... $250,000 already received ... $250,000 expected to be
received later this year. The entire project will create create approximately 40 high-quality home
ownership units,,, Will help stabilize and invigorate Old Allentown ... The total proposed cost of the
project is $12.3 million with a total of $750,000 coming from the Trexler Trust. The difference will be
made from other funding sources.

Bill No.  21 - Introduced by Administration: An ordinance amending the Consolidated Plan One year
Action for the twenty sixth, twenty ninth, thirtieth, thirty-first and thirty second years of the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) which reprograms Four Hundred Seventeen Thousand Three
Hundred Twenty six( $417,326) Dollars of unexpended funds ( This legislation is required to close
unspent CDBG accounts and "roll the funds" over to be used for the upcoming program year (July 1,
2008 to June 30, 2009. Funds are rolled over for various reasons, but mainly because the
program/activity is complete and costs were not as great as originally anticipated. At times, agencies
decide to refuse their allocation if they have difficulty raising the additional funds necessary to run
program/activity.

Bill No. 22 - Introduced by Administration: An Ordinance providing for the expenditure of certain
monies received by the City of Allentown under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development
Act of 1974, as amended: Subtitle B of Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of
1987, as amended; and Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended; for the
purpose of undertaking programs of housing and community development within the City. ( This
legislation requires the City to establish expenditure accounts for City Budgeting purposes, in addition
to listing all the activities/programs which will be funded for the 2008-2009 Consolidated Grants
Program year. It provides the basis for the creation of the Action plan which is submitted to HUD as the
application for CBDG, HOME, and ESG program funds which the City receives every year.  This
ordinance provides the City with the ability  to expend $5,368,721 in federal funds to complete a variety
of activities including Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation (CDBG) ---$2,046,168; Public Services
(CDBG) --- $405,950; Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG) --- $510,000 ; Administration, Planning and
Economic Development (CDBG) --- $880,380; Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) ---
$1,363,775; Emergency Shelter Grants Program (ESG) --- $121,670)

Bill No. 23 --- Introduced by the Administration: An Ordinance providing for the expenditure of certain
monies by the City of Allentown from the repayment of loans made through the Rental Rehabilitation
Program . (This ordinance allows the budgeting of payments received from the Rental Rehabilitation
Program ( ( a HUD program no longer in existence)). The funds are budgets each year to be used for
other rental rehabilitation activities which comply with HOME program regulations . This legislation
according to the legislative template will allow the City to expend $60,489 in funds on the rehabilitation
of rental units in the city but the legislation itself only specifically budgets $49,711 as  Rental
Rehabilitation Program Income. )

Resolution 15 -- Introduced by the Administration. The Ordinance approves of the submission to the
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development of the Action Plan for the period July 1,
2008 to June 30, 2009 ( With this resolution City Council is authorizing the City of Allentown to submit
its Action Plan for the use of federal CDBG, HOME and ESQ dollars... Allows for the application of grant
funds so the City can receive and expend $5,368,721 ... As stated above funding sources are Federal
CDBG, HOME, and ESG dollars, rollover funds and anticipated program income.... These funds
according to advocates bring additional dollars into the city to further housing and community
development goals/activities , allegedly placing no undue burden on City taxpayers.)

Resolution 16 --- Introduced by the Administration.  This resolution addresses a Sewage Facilities Plan
for the Central Park Development that the Department of Environmental Resources requires to allow
the Development to connect with the city system ( Section 5 of the Act of January 24, 1966, P.L. 1535,
No. 537 ( Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act" as amended, and the Rules and Regulations of the PA
Department of Environmental Protection Department ( ( Chapter 71 of Title 25 of the Pa code)) require
the municipality to adopt an Official Sewage Facilities plan providing for sewage services adequate to
prevent contamination of waters of the Commonwealth and/or environmental health hazards from
sewage wastes, and to revise and plan whenever necessary to determine whether a proposed method
of sewage for a new land development conforms to a comprehensive program of pollution control and
water quality management. In this case Connolly & Colasuonmo has proposed the development of a
parcel of land identified as Central Park - Phase 6 that conforms to applicable sewage related zoning
and other sewage related municipal ordinances and plans, and to a comprehensive program of
pollution control and water quality management,. By this Ordinance the City Council of Allentown
adopts and submits to the Department of Environmental Protection for its approval as a revision to the
Official Sewage Facilities Plan of the municipality the Sewage Facilities Planning Module related to this
project.)
Ordinances and Resolutions for future consideration

Bill No. 24-2008
---- An Ordinance Introduced by the Administration amending the 2008 General Fund
Budget to provide for a supplemental appropriation of Fifty Thousand ($50,000) Dollars in Elm Street
funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the
implementation of the Elm Street Program in Old Allentown.

Bill No. 25-2008 --- An Ordinance introduced by the Administration amending the 2008 General Fund
Budget to provide Thirty-Six Thousand ($36,000) Dollars for a supplemental appropriation of
reimbursed revenue to be received from fuel purchased by Lehigh County for it fleet fuel usage from
the City of Allentown, Public Works Department.

Bill No. 26 - 2008 --- An Ordinance introduced by the Administration amending the 2008 Sewer Fund
budget to provide for a supplemental appropriation of Five Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-Four
Dollars and Fifty-two cents ( $5,324.52) to reflect contributions from the Borough of Catasauqua, City
of Bethlehem, and City of Easton, toward the City of Allentown's cost in the development of letters
and technical comments to the  Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) proposed rule-making to
establish certain criteria for water quality for the Delaware River Basin.

Bill No. 27 - 2008 --- An Ordinance introduced by the Administration amending the 2008 General Fund
Budget to provide for a supplemental appropriation of Twenty Five Thousand Five Hundred Eighteen
($25,518) Dollars from Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of immunizations to the Health
Bureau's Immunization Program budget. Thirty Thousand Five Hundred ($30,500) Dollars from the
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to the Health Bureau's Nutrition & Physical
Activity Program budget, and Fourteen Thousand ($14,000) Dollars from the Philadelphia Affiliate of
Susan G, Komen for the Cure to the Health's Bureau's Cancer Prevention Program. The total
supplemental appropriation for these three programs would be ($70,018) Dollars.

Bill No. 28 - 2008 ---- An Ordinance introduced by the Administration amending the 2008 Capital Fund
Budget to provide for a supplemental appropriation of Five Hundred Seventeen Thousand Forty-Five
($517,045) Dollars reflecting receipt of a grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority
to install a solar photovoltaic power plant, The Bureau of Engineering is supervising and monitoring
the grant.

Bill No. 29 - 2008 ----  An Ordinance introduced by the Administration amending the 2008 General
Fund Budget to provide for a supplemental appropriation of Five Hundred and Fourteen Thousand
Twenty-Six  ($514,026)  Dollars from Parks and Recreation, Capital Fund, to various accounts in
Parks and Recreation to complete the Cedar Parkway Improvements, renovations and feasibility
studies.

Resolution 16 --- Introduced by the Administration.  This resolution addresses a Sewage Facilities
Plan for the Central Park Development that the Department of Environmental Resources requires to
allow the Development to connect with the city system ( Section 5 of the Act of January 24, 1966, P.L.
1535, No. 537 ( Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act" as amended, and the Rules and Regulations of
the PA Department of Environmental Protection Department ( ( Chapter 71 of Title 25 of the Pa code))
require the municipality to adopt an Official Sewage Facilities plan providing for sewage services
adequate to prevent contamination of waters of the Commonwealth and/or environmental health
hazards from sewage wastes, and to revise and plan whenever necessary to determine whether a
proposed method of sewage for a new land development conforms to a comprehensive program of
pollution control and water quality management. In this case Connolly & Colasuonmo has proposed
the development of a parcel of land identified as Central Park - Phase 6 that conforms to applicable
sewage related zoning and other sewage related municipal ordinances and plans, and to a
comprehensive program of pollution control and water quality management,. By this Ordinance the
City Council of Allentown adopts and submits to the Department of Environmental Protection for its
approval as a revision to the Official Sewage Facilities Plan of the municipality the Sewage Facilities
Planning Module related to this project.)

Resolution 19 --- Encroachment for a Fence at 963-969 East Union Street ... ( Administration denied
encroachment because it encroached more than one third (1/3) into the right of way but Council finds
that the proposed encroachment will not substantially affect the publics' right of way.

Resolution 20 --- Encroachment for a Mailbox at 795 Benner Road -- ( Administration denied
encroachment because it encroached more than one third (1/3) into the right of way but Council finds
that the proposed encroachment will not substantially affect the publics' right of way.

Resolution 21 ----Grant application to PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for
Cedar Creek Parkway Trail connection Project - $200,000 .... Project involves following Master Plan
for Cedar Creek Parkway recommendations to create safe and accessible trail connections from
Trexler Park, Muhlenburg College, Cedar Creek College, J. Birney Krum Stadium and Union terrace
Paek to the Cedar Creek Parkway.

Resolution 22 --- Grant application to PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  for
Keck Park Development - $400,000 ... The Keck Park Renovation Project combines two important
components which will greatly enhance use of the park for both sporting events and summer
recreation. The first component will include field renovations, relocating an existing baseball
backstop and infield area, leveling the new field with new soil, installing a new sod field, adding
benches, bleachers, protective fencing, watering and lighting system.  The second component will
include the construction of a new spray park and improvements to the existing playground. The
spray park will offer an exciting and cost-effective water playground and will offer children the
opportunity to play without requiring full time staff and costly maintenance expenditures.

Resolution 23 ---  Grant application to PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  for
PPL Parking Lot Park Project at 9th and Turner --- $100,000 ...The PPL Parking Lot Park Project
involves converting a former PPL parking lot, located at 9th and Turner Streets, into an urban park
site. Following recommendations from the 2006 Master Plan for Parks and Recreation, the City of
Allentown would like to develop more park land in the densely populated neighborhoods that are
deficient in reasonably accessible park and recreation resources.

Resolution 24 ---- Environmental Advisory Board Appointments

Resolution 25 ---- Authorizes submission of DCED Grant to rehab 202 North 10th Street --- Authorizes
the accepptance of a 2007 New Communities ----  Elm Street Grant ----  $150,000
City of Allentown
Commissioners Meeting - Wednesday - March 25, 2008 - 7:30 P.M
Appointments

County Commissioner District 3

David Jones ----- (Browning, Eckhard, Daugherty, Roman, Hamm) 5 votes
Kevin Easterling ---- (Linier, McCarthy) 2 votes
Freddie Lutz --- (Raber) 1 vote

Bills Passed on Second Reading Discussion

Bill 2008 - 12 --- Approving a Professional Services Agreement with Sacred
Heart Hospital and Visiting Nurses and Hospice --- Scope of Service --- The
Provider shall provide the following services ; Hospice Care -
Interdisciplinary care and treatment of terminally ill patients. These Services
and the requirements for their provisions are set forth more fully in an
appendix.

Bill 2008 - 13 --- Approving a Professional Services Agreement with S. Harris  
  & Co. --- Scope of Services --- The Provider shall provide the following
services: To perform a historic resource stabilization, preservation and
strategic project analysis and recommendations report for the Lock Ridge
Furnace. These services and the requirements for their provisions are st
forth more fully in an Appendix.

Background ---
1) The Lock Ridge Furnace Museum is 59.5 acres in size and is located on
Franklin Street, within the Borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County, PA.
2) The Main furnace structure is a Large L shaped stone building . Each
wing measures approximately 130 ft. and is approximately 50 ft. wide. Total
building footprint is 11,500 sq/ ft.
3) The request includes the partial structures attached to the main furnace
building, but does not include the other fully-attached partial structures that
are in the vicinity of the main furnace building
4) The study will provide the crucial first step in the continued pursuit of
preserving the Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, a valuable cultural resource,
ultimately restoring the historic beauty and enhancing the success of this
heritage attraction.
5) The Lock Ridge Furnace Museum's structures are slowly crumbling due
to unwanted moisture in the structures, forcing the potential unavailability of
tours through the main historic structure on this site, one (1) of the only (2)
remaining anthracite iron industry furnaces in Central and Eastern
Pennsylvania. The County of Lehigh is committed to saving this treasure by
seeking a study from a qualified firm to assess the site's level of
deterioration and devise a plan for stabilization, remediation and long-term
stewardship, the first goal of this revitalization project.

Bill 2008 - 14 --- Amending the 2008-2012 Lehigh County Capital Plan to
Improve a Section of the Delaware and Lehigh Trail along abandoned
railroad tracks between Slatington and Carbon County.

Bill 2008 - 15 --- Approving an Amendment to extend Lease for District Court
Office 31-1-02 (Liberty Park Shopping Center) until after Courthouse
renovations are completed.

Bill 2008 - 16 --- Approving a Professional Services agreement with Joanne
S. Hull, Esquire --- Scope of Services -- A) The Provider shall provide the
following services: To provide appropriate legal representation in all
required IV-D cases B) These services and requirements for their provision
are set forth more fully in an Appendix.

Background --- The purpose of this agreement is to maintain and improve
the effectiveness of the child support enforcement program by providing the
required assistance of the provider to ensure that the functions set forth in
Paragraph w.2K and 3.13 of the Title IV-D Cooperative Agreement between
the DPW, the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County and the County
Commissioners of Lehigh County, as required by Federal regulations (Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-87, Title 45 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (45CFR) % 303.20 (f) and 45 CFR, Part 74), are properly,
efficiently and effectively carried out.

Bill 2008 - 17 --- Approving a Donation of Two Microfilm Cameras to the
Lehigh County Historical Society --- two Canon CF100 microfilm Camaras
with workstations now held as surplus equipment by the Clerk of Judicial
Records as a result of a vendor contract.

Resolution 2008 - No. 5 ---- The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners
urge the Lehigh Federal delegation to initiate efforts to reinstate the State
Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) and to expand the program to
reimburse local facilities 100 percent of the costs of incarcerating illegal
aliens , and to also include reimbursement for the cost of prosecution by
local governments.

This resolution is in accords with the County Commissioners Association of
Pennsylvania position on Jail and Prison reform. This position can be seen
in the following link:

County Commissioner Association of PA
ALLENTOWN CITY COUNCIL
RULE I - MEETINGS OF COUNCIL
A. Regular Meetings: Regular meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month
at 7:30 P.M. in Council Chambers or at other such locations as agreed by Council. Council may, by   
resolution,  cancel a meeting in the advent it is deemed not necessary due to lack of business. (25892
3/21/90 Art. II, §212; 13910-Charter Referendum)

B. Organizational Meeting: On the first Monday of January in every year following a regular
municipal election and on the date of the first regular meeting in all other years, the Members of
Council will  assemble and organize and elect a President and vice-president of Council from among
its members. If the first Monday of January in a year following a municipal election is a legal holiday,
the meeting will be held on  the first day following. All newly elected members will take the oath of
office at the organizational meeting.
(27728 12/5/01)
C. Special Meetings: The President of Council may and upon receiving a written request from a
majority of Council Members, call a special meeting of the Council. (Art. II, §212) The call will specify if
the
special meeting be for general or special business. If called for special business, no other business
will be
considered. Each member will have at least 24 hours' notice of special meetings or may waive the
same.
D. Citizens' Right to Be Heard: The Council must provide reasonable opportunity for interested
citizens and taxpayers to address the Council on matters of general or special concern. Citizens' right
to be
heard will be the first order of business at all public meetings and before a vote on any Council
business. The
public will be granted the opportunity to comment at Council meetings without time limitations, except
when the
Council President, imposes a reasonable time limitation deemed necessary. Council members, by a
vote of a
majority plus one (1), may override the Council President's time limitation. (Art. II, §213)
RULE II - CALL TO ORDER
A. Call: The presiding officer will call the meetings to order.
B. Quorum: A Quorum of Council will consist of a majority plus one of qualified Council members. If
there is no quorum, the members present may adjourn. (Art. II, §214)
RULE III
ORDER OF BUSINESS
The order of business will be as follows:
Invocation
Pledge to the Flag
Roll Call
Courtesy of the Floor
Minutes of Previous Meeting
Old Business
Communications
Reports
Ordinances for Final Passage
New Ordinances
Consent Agenda
−2−
Resolutions on Second Reading
New Resolutions
New Business
Good and Welfare
Adjournment
(24831 2/18/81; 25050 7/7/82; 26940 9/21/94; Art. II, §213)
RULE IV - AGENDA
A. Submitting Agenda Items: Any Resolution, Ordinance, or other agenda items, upon introduction
and signature of two (2) Members of Council or after consideration by Committee, will be considered
by
Council, if it is submitted in written form to the City Clerk's Office no later than 4:00 P.M., eight days,
preceding
the day of the Council meeting, except in the case of special meetings.
B. Repetitive Legislation: Signatures of three members of Council will be required when the
proposed legislative agenda item is substantially the same as an item which has been acted on within
a twoyear
time period. The President of Council will make the determination as to whether the legislation is
substantially the same before the item is placed on Council's agenda. Four (4) members of Council
may
overrule the President's determination at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting.
C. Preparation of Agenda: Under the direction of the President, the City Clerk will prepare and make
available to the Mayor, all Members of Council, and any interested person, no later than the day
preceding the
Council meeting, an agenda which includes copies of all Resolutions and Ordinances submitted in
accordance
with Section A and B of this Rule. (26941 9/21/94)
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A. General: All legislation of Council will be by Resolution or Ordinance. Every Ordinance passed by
Council will be signed by the President of Council and attested to by the City Clerk.
B. Numbered: All proposed Ordinances and Resolutions presented to Council will be written or
typewritten and numbered serially for the calendar year.
C. Introduction: A Resolution or Ordinance will be discussed by Council only after it is signed by a
mover and seconder. Every Resolution, unless it appears on the Consent Agenda, will be read at
length when
introduced and on Final Passage. Only the title of every Bill and Resolution on the Consent Agenda
will be
read when introduced and on Final Passage. A majority vote of Council can, however, direct a Bill or
Resolution to be read at length. A complete copy of every Bill or Resolution introduced will be
available for
public inspection at the City Clerk's Office during regular office hours. (26383 2/20/91; Article II, §217)
D. Form of an Ordinance: Every ordinance will have a title clearly expressing its subject and every
ordinance will contain only one subject. (Art. II, §216).
E. Amendments: Ordinances will not be altered or amended on their passage so as to change their
original purpose.
F. Final Passage of Ordinances: A minimum of fourteen (14) days must intervene between
introduction and passage of an ordinance unless Council finds and declares a public emergency
posing a
sudden, clear and present danger to life or property. However, Council may, by the affirmative vote of
six (6) of
its seven (7) members, reduce or eliminate the fourteen (14) day period between introduction and
passage of
any ordinance. (Art. II, §218)
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G. Effective Date of Legislation: Subject to the provisions of Section 221, Submission to Mayor and
Veto Power, every adopted ordinance, except emergency legislation, will become effective at the
expiration of
thirty (30) days after passage by Council and approval by the Mayor, or repassage by Council over the
Mayor's
veto, or at a date specified therein, but not less than ten (10) days after adoption. (Art. II, §219)
H. Emergency Ordinance: An emergency ordinance may be adopted to meet a public emergency
posing a sudden, clear and present danger to life or property. An emergency ordinance will be
introduced in
the form and manner prescribed for an ordinance generally, except that it will be plainly designated as
an
emergency ordinance and will describe in clear and specific terms the nature of the
emergency. Every emergency ordinance will automatically stand repealed as of the ninety-first (s) day
following
the date on which it was adopted, but this will not prevent reenactment of the ordinance if the
emergency still
exists. (Art. II, §220)
I. Submission to Mayor and Veto Power:
1. Before any ordinance takes effect, it must first be submitted, to the Mayor, for approval. The Mayor
will sign the ordinance within ten (10) days if approved (except in the case of budget or levy
ordinances which
shall be five days), but if not, will return it to Council stating objections in a written message. Council
may, at its
next meeting, reconsider the ordinance and may pass it over the Mayor's veto by the affirmative vote
of five (5)
members of City Council. (Art. II, §221)
2. If the Mayor fails, within ten (10) days after any ordinance is submitted to him, to sign the ordinance
and/or return it to Council, such ordinances will be considered adopted at the expiration of the ten (10)
day
period. (Art. II, §221)
3. The veto power of the Mayor will not apply to ordinances adopted by initiative or referendum. (Art. II,
§221)
RULE VI
ELECTION AND REMOVAL OF
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
A. Election: Council will elect a President and Vice-President at its organizational meeting. The
President (or Acting President) will be first take nominations from other Council members for the
nomination of
President. Each Council member can offer only one nomination at a time when recognized by the
Council
President. After nominations have been made by Council members, the President may offer a
nomination.
The potential candidates will be voted on in the order they were nominated. The first candidate to
receive a
majority vote will become the President. The procedures will be the same for the election of the Vice
President.
(26643 10/21/92)
B. Removal: The Council may call for a vote to remove a President or Vice-President and elect a new
President or Vice-President by a Resolution passed at a regular Council meeting, declaring that such
a removal
and election will be voted upon at the next regular Council meeting and if passed by the affirmative
vote of five
(5) members of Council. The Resolution will take effect immediately. (25576 12/18/85)
RULE VII - PRESIDING OFFICER
A. President: The Presiding Officer will be the President. The Vice-President will be the Presiding
Officer in the absence of the President.
B. Questions of Procedure: The Presiding Officer will have general supervision of the meeting and
decide all questions of procedure, subject to appeal by any two (2) Members. If such an appeal is
made, a vote
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is required and the President's decision may be overruled by a majority vote of the Councilpersons
present.
C. Privilege of the Floor: Members and others given the privilege of the floor will address the
Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer will extend the courtesy to the Councilperson(s) responsible
for
introducing legislation the opportunity to speak first. Each member will have the right to speak twice
on any
subject. No Member will be allowed to speak more than twice on any subject without permission of the
Presiding Officer. No Member will speak more than three (3) times on the question without the
unanimous
consent of all the Members present. (26980 12/21/94)
Privilege of the Floor will not be extended for personal insults or personal attacks on any individual,
name calling or other behavior that is inconsistent with the purpose and intent of conducting official
business.
(27472 2/17/99)
D. Referral to Committee: At the meeting in which any Ordinance first appears upon the agenda,
after discussion as set forth heretofore, the Presiding Officer will commit said Ordinance to the
appropriate
committee. At the meeting in which any Resolution or other matter first appears upon the agenda it will
be
acted upon by Council at that meeting unless the Presiding Officer or the Council by a majority vote
commits
such matters to the appropriate committee.
E. Debate: The Presiding Officer may participate in debate without leaving his chair.
F. Candidate Participation: Persons running for office in a primary or general election will not be
allowed to speak to "new issues" under Good and Welfare or Courtesy of the Floor. This prohibition
will apply
as soon as the candidate's nominating petition is filed and until after the General Election in that same
year
(unless a candidate is unsuccessful in the primary). The Presiding Officer will enforce this rule.
1. Good and Welfare prohibition applies to members of City Council seeking election.
2. Courtesy of the Floor prohibition applies to those, not on Council, seeking election. (26179
12/6/89)
G. The Presiding Officer will not extend Courtesy of the Floor or Good and Welfare for personal
insults or personal attacks on any individual, name calling or other behavior that is inconsistent with
the purpose
and intent of Courtesy of the Floor and Good and Welfare. (27472 2/17/99)
RULE VIII - VOTING
The vote upon any motion, Resolution or Ordinance will be taken by roll call. The City Clerk will clarify
by reading aloud the content of the parliamentary motion, amendment, ordinance or resolution before
the roll
call is taken. The yeas and nays of each Councilperson will be entered on the minutes. On the call of
yeas and
nays, no member shall be excused from voting as such, unless by the consent of the Council, or if a
bonafide
conflict of interest exists as defined in the City=s Ethics Ordinance, or other provisions of general law.
Unless a
member of Council is so excused or prevented from voting, the failure to vote shall be recorded as an
affirmative vote. The City Clerk will rotate the order in which the roll is called after every vote with the
exception
of amendments to the main question. (26643 10/23/92; 26668 1/20/93; 27682 6/20/01)
RULE IX - CONSENT AGENDA
A. Consent Agenda will consist solely of Resolutions. In accordance with Rule III, the City Clerk will be
first read all the titles of Resolutions on the Consent Agenda. Any Council Member may, with the
concurrence
of two (2) other Council Members, effect the removal of a Resolution from the Consent Agenda after it
has been
read by the City Clerk. Any resolution removed from the Consent Agenda in this manner must be
reintroduced
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pursuant to Rule IV, Agenda and Rule V, Legislation. (26383 2/20/91)
B. Consistent with the provisions Voting, a vote upon the Consent Agenda will be construed as a vote
upon each Resolution on the Consent Agenda, said vote being taken by roll call with the yeas and
nays being
entered on the minutes.
RULE X - TRANSMITTAL TO MAYOR
A. All Ordinances adopted by the Council will be submitted by the City Clerk to the Mayor within
fortyeight
(48) hours after Final Passage for his action.
B. All Resolutions adopted by City Council will be forwarded as a courtesy to the Mayor by the City
Clerk.
RULE XI - COMMITTEES
A. Standing Committees: The following will be the standing committees of City Council:
Administration: All matters relating to or falling under the jurisdiction of the Department of
Administration and Finance.
Public Safety: All matters pertaining to or falling under the jurisdiction of the Departments of Police
and Fire.
Public Works: All matters pertaining to or falling under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public
Works. (25310 3/7/84)
Community Development: All matters pertaining to or falling under the jurisdiction of the Department
of Community and Economic Development.
Legal and Legislative: Legal matters affecting City, annual review of Ordinances, recommendations
on matters placed before the State Legislature which are of interest to the City of Allentown.
Rules and Chambers: All matters pertaining to the conduct and procedure of the Council of the City
of Allentown including the Chambers, office, staff, etc.
Appointments: All matters relating to appointments submitted by the Mayor to Council, those
appointments not being for positions within the Departments of Administration, Community
Development, Fire, Police or Public Works.
B. Special Committees: Special committees may be created from time to time by the president or by
Resolution. The duration of a special committee will be no more than six (6) months unless
reestablished by
Council or the President.
C. Members: Members of the various committees will be appointed by the President of Council.
D. The Chairperson: The Members of each committee will elect their Chairperson. Members of
Council will inform the committee chairperson in writing of any questions, complaints or other matters
brought to
their attention by members of the public which pertain to or fall under the jurisdiction of that
committee.
E. Recall: Any matter referred to committee may be sent to the Council for action by the affirmative
vote of a majority of the appropriate committee or at anytime by the affirmative vote of any four (4)
Members of
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the Council.
RULE XII - RECONSIDERATION
A. Reconsideration: A motion to reconsider an Ordinance will be entertained only at the next regular
meeting following the one at which a vote was taken on that Ordinance. A Resolution may be
reconsidered at
the same meeting at which a vote was taken on that Resolution. No second motion to reconsider the
motion
will be entertained. An Ordinance or Resolution may be reconsidered only once and only at the time
stated
above.
A motion to reconsider may be made by a member who voted on the prevailing side of the matter to be
reconsidered, or by a member who has notified the President of City Council of their intention to be
absent and
was not present when such a vote was taken. (27391 2/4/98)
B. Veto: Following a veto of an Ordinance by the Mayor, Council may reconsider the Ordinance on or
after the third day following its return by the Mayor. Council may override the Mayor's veto by passing
a
Resolution. Said Resolution will require two-thirds votes of Council Members.
RULE XIII – PROCEDURE
When a question is under consideration, no motion will be entertained except for the following
motions:
To adjourn
The previous question
To lay on the table
To postpone definitely
To postpone indefinitely
To commit
To amend
These questions have preference in the order given. The first three (3) must be decided without
debate. A motion to adjourn is always in order except when the main question has been ordered put,
when a
member has the floor, or during a call for the yeas and nays.
Motions for the previous question, to postpone definitely or commit, will preclude amendment or
debate
upon the original subject. Motion to postpone will preclude commitment. A motion to postpone
indefinitely is
debatable and can go fully into the merits of the main question (27039 5/3/95)
RULE XIV - RECEIVING REPORTS
The Presiding Officer at a meeting of Council will direct that a report or communication be received and
that this action be noted on the minutes by the Clerk. By direction of the President or vote of Council,
a report
or communication may be referred to committee or other appropriate body.
RULE XV - ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER
Robert's Rules of Order will govern the proceedings of the Council on matters not specifically
provided
for herein.
RULE XVI - SUSPENSION OF RULES
These Rules may be suspended by a majority of the Members of Council present. The suspension of
rules will not extend beyond adjournment. No Rule of Council which is also the subject of legislative
enactment
will be suspended.
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RULE XVII - AMENDMENTS
A proposed amendment to these Rules may be presented in writing at a regular meeting of Council
held at least two weeks prior to the date when the same is to be fully considered. It will be adopted
only by the
affirmative vote of four (4) Members of Council.
RULE XVIII - ATTENDANCE OF WITNESSES AND PRODUCTION OF
BOOKS BEFORE COUNCIL OR COMMITTEE
Council may compel the attendance of witnesses, and the production of books, papers, and other
evidence, at any meeting of the body or any committee thereof. For that purpose, upon affirmative
vote of a
majority of Council, subpoenas may be issued, signed by the President of Council, in any pending
case of
inquiry or investigation. The subpoenas may be served and executed in any part of this
Commonwealth. Any
Member of Council or the City Clerk will have the power to administer oaths to such witnesses. No
person
outside of such City, subpoenaed as aforesaid, will be required to respond to the same until he has
been
furnished with mileage to and from said City at the mileage reimbursement rate currently in effect for
City
employees.

RULE XX - FILLING OF VACANCIES - COUNCIL, CONTROLLER AND MAYOR
In filling a vacancy, the President (or Acting President) will be first take nominations from other Council
members. Each Council member can offer only one nomination at a time when recognized by the
Council President. After nominations have been made by Council members, the President may offer a
nomination. The potential candidates will be voted on in the order they were nominated. The first
candidate to receive a majority vote will fill the vacancy. The Mayor may cast a deciding vote only in
the case of a tie. (26631

10/7/92; 25142 2/2/83; 26631 10/7/92)

RULE XXI - ETHICS
The actions of all Council Members will be guided by the provisions of the Pennsylvania Ethics Act,
the Ethics Ordinance of the City of Allentown and the provisions on ethics in the Charter.
No Council Member will use the services of City personnel during regular working hours or utilize, at
any time, City equipment or supplies in their election or campaign efforts. (5/5/93 26739)

RULE XXII TRAVELING AND EXPENSES
Any Councilperson wishing to travel at the City’s expense to a seminar or conference, shall request
such an expenditure from City funds, by sending a request to the President of City Council. The
request should provide a detailed explanation of the purpose of the trip, location, costs, and benefit to
the City. All travel is  contingent upon sufficient funds being available for such expense.

An expense report must be filed within five (5) working days upon return. (27868 9/3/2004)

Codified on January 15, 2008 and certified as a true and correct copy by the City Clerk.
_____________________________________________
Michael P. Hanlon, City Clerk
Ordinances and Resolutions passed April 2, 2008 by City Council

Appointment of Robert Scheirer as Fire Chief

Bill No. 13 ---An Administration bill that Amends the 2008 General Fund Budget to provide for a
supplemental appropriation of $10,000 to provide for the receipt of a grant from the Pennsylvania
Community Revitalization Assistance Program from Senator's Browne's Office. The grant is for the
support of the renovation of Cedar Creek Parkway to make the renovations handicap accessible.

Bill No. 17 --- An Administration bill that Amends the 2008 General Fund Budget to provide for a Police
Department to provide for public education for our 911 program ......The training will be offered to
schools and other interested organizations. It utilizes a "Red Fox" character outfit much like McGruff
the crime dog. The grant will pay for the outfit and materials to educate children and adults in the
proper use of the 911 Emergency number.
Bill No. 18 ---An Administration bill that Amends the 2008 General Fund Budget to provide for a
supplemental appropriation of $22,000 as a result of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of
Community & Ecconomic Development (PA DCED), Community Revitalization Assistance Program to
the Fire Department, for thermal imagers ...

Resolution 14 --- Indroduced by Administration ... Approves the sale of City Property, South of  the
intersection of South Albert Street  and East Johnson Street in the City of Allentown ... (South Side) .
Property acquired in 1938 as part of a large subdivision plan.. Its intended use was for the extension of
South Albert Street but such use is no longer required,,, R & S Hoffman builders expressed an interest
in acquiring the residual property . The Mayor by this ordinance may convey this property to the
interested party for not less then $5,000.

Bill No. 20 - Introduced by the administration: Amending the 2008 Capital Budget to provide for a
supplemental appropriation of  $500,000 to provide for a grant from Harry C. Trexler Trust to the City of
Allentown for the Old Allentown Homeowners initiative Program. ...The proposed Old Allentown Home
ownership Development Initiative involves the acquisition of existing, multi-unit residential properties
within the historic Old Allentown neighborhood. These properties will be deconverted and
rehabilitated and re-sold into single family dwellings. In addition, a blighted parking deck will be
demolished and new housing will be created. ... $250,000 already received ... $250,000 expected to be
received later this year. The entire project will create approximately 40 high-quality home ownership
units,,, Will help stabilize and invigorate Old Allentown ... The total proposed cost of the project is $12.3
million with a total of $750,000 coming from the Trexler Trust. The difference will be made from other
funding sources.

Bill No.  21 - Introduced by Administration: An ordinance amending the Consolidated Plan One year
Action for the twenty sixth, twenty ninth, thirtieth, thirty-first and thirty second years of the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) which reprograms Four Hundred Seventeen Thousand Three
Hundred Twenty six( $417,326) Dollars of unexpended funds ( This legislation is required to close
unspent CDBG accounts and "roll the funds" over to be used for the upcoming program year (July 1,
program/activity is complete and costs were not as great as originally anticipated. At times, agencies
decide to refuse their allocation if they have difficulty raising the additional funds necessary to run
program/activity.

Bill No. 22 - Introduced by Administration: An Ordinance providing for the expenditure of certain
monies received by the City of Allentown under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development
Act of 1974, as amended: Subtitle B of Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of
1987, as amended; and Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended; for the
purpose of undertaking programs of housing and community development within the City. ( This
legislation requires the City to establish expenditure accounts for City Budgeting purposes, in addition
to listing all the activities/programs which will be funded for the 2008-2009 Consolidated Grants
Program year. It provides the basis for the creation of the Action plan which is submitted to HUD as the
application for CBDG, HOME, and ESG program funds which the City receives every year.  This
ordinance provides the City with the ability  to expend $5,368,721 in federal funds to complete a variety
of activities including Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation (CDBG) ---$2,046,168; Public Services
(CDBG) --- $405,950; Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG) --- $510,000 ; Administration, Planning and
Economic Development (CDBG) --- $880,380; Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) ---
$1,363,775; Emergency Shelter Grants Program (ESG) --- $121,670)

Bill No. 23 --- Introduced by the Administration: An Ordinance providing for the expenditure of certain
monies by the City of Allentown from the repayment of loans made through the Rental Rehabilitation
Program . (This ordinance allows the budgeting of payments received from the Rental Rehabilitation
Program ( ( a HUD program no longer in existence)). The funds are budgets each year to be used for
other rental rehabilitation activities which comply with HOME program regulations . This legislation
according to the legislative template will allow the City to expend $60,489 in funds on the rehabilitation
of rental units in the city but the legislation itself only specifically budgets $49,711 as  Rental
Rehabilitation Program Income. )

Resolution 15 -- Introduced by the Administration. The Ordinance approves of the submission to the
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development  Action Plan for the period July 1, 2008
to June 30, 2009 ( With this resolution City Council is authorizing the City of Allentown to submit its
Action Plan for the use of federal CDBG, HOME and ESQ dollars... Allows for the application of grant
funds so the City can receive and expend $5,368,721 ... As stated above funding sources are Federal
CDBG, HOME, and ESG dollars, rollover funds and anticipated program income.... These funds
according to advocates bring additional dollars into the city to further housing and community
development goals/activities , allegedly placing no undue burden on City taxpayers.)

Resolution 17 --- Introduced by Administration ... A Resolution granting an Encroachment for a
wooden ramp for a ice cream window sales establishment  owned by Maurice Ash at 646 North 8th
Street. (The administration had denied the encroachment originally as it encroached more than one
third (1/3) into the right of way; but Council found the proposed encroachment would not substantially
affect the publics' use of the said right of way.

Consent Agenda ---

HARB approvals exterior alterations: 229 North 8th Street, 240 North 9th Street, 435 North 8th Street.
815 Gordon Street , 817 Gordon Street, 1538 Chew Street, North 9th Street, 2002 North 10th Street