Reading Fightin Phils baseball at FirstEnergy Stadium in Baseballtown

READING, Pa. — The Reading City Council adopted an ordinance on Monday that allocates $3 million from the city's share of the American Rescue Plan Act funds for renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Reading Fightin Phils.

The council voted in July 2021 to commit to giving $3 million to help fund the renovations, which are being required by Major League Baseball so that the ballpark meets a set of standards established for minor league stadiums.

The action taken in July, however, did not specify from where the money would come. The price tag for the upgrades is $15 million.

The city is receiving $61 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funding.

The Berks County commissioners also allocated $3 million to the same cause.

Both the city and the county also allocated $3 million to the Berks County Convention Center Authority, which operates the Santander Arena and the Santander Performing Arts Center in downtown Reading.

Other business

The council voted to ratify the COVID-19 declaration of disaster emergency executed by Mayor Eddie Moran on Jan. 3.

City officials said the declaration is similar to the one the city had in place from March 2020 until June 2021, but it does not mandate any closures or shutdowns.

The declaration basically suspends all formal requirements pertaining to the performance of public work, purchasing contracts, the purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the pandemic and the employment of temporary employees.

During its committee of the whole meeting, the council also introduced a proposed ordinance that will outline a plan of action for the Reading Parking Authority to follow during every snow event.

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