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Mayor addresses concerns over Reading Parking Authority

'There's nothing to worry about,' mayor says

READING, Pa. - After hearing rumors that the Reading Parking Authority (RPA) was going to be dissolved, about 20 RPA employees filled city council chambers on Monday.
Mayor Wally Scott assured the group that dissolution of the RPA was not on his agenda.

"There’s nothing to worry about," Scott said. "We're not going out of business. You still have your jobs."

"I can say to you that it didn't come up in any kind of discussion formally with council," said Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz.

This comes on the tail of last month's resignations of two key members of the RPA -- Felix Freytiz, parking enforcement officer, and Reimundo Encarnacion, executive director of the board.

"I quickly realized that we have both become victims of inflated egos, politically corrupt use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain," Freytiz said in his resignation letter.

Council members questioned why there have been so many personnel changes on the RPA board.

"There's nothing mischievous going on here," Scott said.

Regarding Freytiz's resignation letter, Scott said, "This came in through a back door and I don't know any part of this that I've read so far that makes any sense, and he's certainly way off on whatever he's thinking or what's taking place."

Scott said there were personnel issues that he was not able to discuss, and that he could have made "a political decision or the right decision," and he chose the right decision.

He said he didn't know why Encarnacion left.

"One of the toughest things that Rei [Encarnacion] had is that when he came in there all the papers were shredded like it was when we came into office here," Scott said. "It may have taken its toll on him."

He continued to say that if Encarnacion had come to him, he would have done everything he could to get him the support he needed. He also said there were clashes and personality conflicts within the organization.

Council also asked if the forensic audit of the RPA was compete.

Scott said the audit was not complete yet, and "that's something that everyone will have to wait to see."

Goodman-Hinnershitz said council needed to see the audit before they began planning their next budget, and she wanted to wait until the forensic audit came out before going any further with the issue.

"We just need to stick to the facts," she said.


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