Resident criticizes Reading Redevelopment Authority

Mayor says Authority has problems

READING, Pa. - Reading resident Sheila Perez once again questioned the actions of the Reading Redevelopment Authority, this time at Monday's meeting of the city council.

According to Perez, there is an agreement between the authority and its former executive director, Adam Mukerji, who recently resigned, that states, "Adam is willing and able to undertake such services and provide the authority with the management of its day-to-day activities."

She asked why Mukerji would want to come back as a consultant if he found the environment at City Hall toxic.

Perez encouraged the citizens of Reading to request a court injunction to put a stop to the agreement. She asked for an investigation and a forensic audit of the redevelopment authority "to determine if our concerns are valid."

Mayor Wally Scott agreed that there are problems with the authority and that city council and the administration should look into whether they can dissolve the authority or bring it in-house. He said there is no one overseeing the authority, and it's something they should look at.

"You're going to hear some things in the future," Councilman Brian Twyman told Perez. "I don't think you should believe that city council is sitting idly by. We would like to have some answers, too. We're just trying to do the best we can to address it."

Other business

Council members authorized the city administration to submit an application for the Pennsylvania Community Conservation Partnerships program grant for the Baer Park and Sixth and Amity playgrounds.

Managing Director Glenn Steckman said the grant is part of a $2.5-million park upgrades project that will be completed by the end of 2019.

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