Government Detail

Summary

Name Level Type/Class Home Rule?
Reading, City of municipality or lower City (Class: 3) yes

Detail

Census Creation Date Created Boundary Alteration Count Dissolved
1847 Mar 26, 1847 12

Map

Related

Name Relationship Status
Berks, County of Parent current

Identifier

Detail Type Source Identifier Relationship Web Link
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 01 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 02 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 03 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 04 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 05 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 06 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 07 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 08 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 09 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 10 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 11 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 12 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 13 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 14 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 15 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 16 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 17 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 18 Lead
View cadastral Berks County, Pennsylvania 19 Lead
View census US Census Bureau FIPS: County Subdivision 4201163624
View census US Census Bureau FIPS: Place 4263624
View geologic USGS GNIS: Civil 1214924 Lead View
View geologic USGS GNIS: Populated Place 1184733 Lead View
View other Wikidata Q237896 Lead View
View state Pennsylvania DCED: Municipality 061442 Lead

Affected Government

Detail How Affected Adverse Government How Adverse Affected Date
View New Name Reading, Borough of (defunct) Old Name Mar 26, 1847
View Expansion Alsace, Township of Reduction 1858
View Expansion Alsace, Township of Reduction Apr 15, 1867
View Expansion Cumru, Township of Reduction Apr 15, 1867
View Expansion Muhlenberg, Township of Reduction Apr 15, 1867
View Expansion Muhlenberg, Township of Reduction May 13, 1869
View Expansion Muhlenberg, Township of Reduction 1910–1911
View Expansion Muhlenberg, Township of Reduction Dec 9, 1912
View Expansion Cumru, Township of Reduction Dec 28, 1914
View Expansion Bern, Township of (Berks) Reduction Jan 4, 1916
View Expansion Lower Alsace, Township of Reduction Sep 23, 1917
View Expansion Cumru, Township of Reduction Dec 24, 1934
View Expansion Cumru, Township of Reduction Feb 2, 1936
View Expansion Cumru, Township of Reduction 1967
View Expansion Lower Alsace, Township of Reduction 1967
View Expansion Muhlenberg, Township of Reduction 1967
View Expansion Cumru, Township of Reduction Nov 5, 1968

Affected Government Form

Detail Government Form Date
View City (Special Charter) Mar 26, 1847
View City, 3rd Class (Special Charter) May 23, 1874
View City, 3rd Class (Title 11) Jul 8, 1874
View City, 3rd Class (Home Rule Charter) Jan 1, 1996

Other Successful Event Links

Detail Type Description Successful? Date
View New Township Cumru Township 1737 Creation yes+ 1737
View New Township Alsace Township 1745 Creation yes+ 1745
View New County Berks County 1752 Creation yes Mar 11, 1752
View New Township Reading Township 1761 Creation yes* 1761
View New Borough Reading Borough 1783 Creation yes Sep 12, 1783
View Charter Amendment Reading Borough 1813 Charter Amendment yes May 3, 1813
View Annexation Alsace Township-Cumru Township 1850 Annexation yes Apr 11, 1850
View New Township Muhlenberg Township 1850 Creation yes* Nov 4, 1850
View New Township Lower Alsace Township 1888 Creation yes* Nov 12, 1888
View County Classification Pennsylvania 1919 County Classification yes Jul 10, 1919
View County Classification Berks County 4th to 3rd yes Jan 1, 1952

Government Action

Detail Action Date Approved Effective Location
View Ordinance Jun 29, 1874 Jul 1, 1874
View Resolution Sep 12, 1910 Sep 13, 1910
View Ordinance Nov 1911
View Common Journal, 1912-1913 Apr 8, 1912 p. 83–84
View Select Journal, 1912-1913 Apr 8, 1912 p. 43
View Common Journal, 1912-1913 Apr 29, 1912 p. 160
View Rejected Select Resolution: [Annexation of land of David B. Hoffer in Muhlenberg Township, adjoining the northern city line, containing 40 acres, approved by joint resolution of Councils] Apr 29, 1912 Vetoed
View Select Journal, 1912-1913 May 13, 1912 p. 166–167
View Select Journal, 1912-1913 May 13, 1912 p. 162–163
View Appendix Journal, 1912-1913: [Resolution passed by Select Council April 8, 1912, concurred in by Common Council April 29, 1912, and vetoed May 13, 1912] May 13, 1912 p. 991
View Appendix Journal 44, 1912-1913: Communication from the Mayor, vetoing resolution in reference to the annexation of land of D. B. Hoffer, in Muhlenberg Township May 13, 1912 p. 248–249
View Appendix Journal 55, 1912-1913: Petition of David B. Hoffer, for the annexation of premises in Muhlenberg Township May 13, 1912 p. 258–261
View Common Journal, 1912-1913 May 27, 1912 p. 261
View Select Journal, 1912-1913 May 27, 1912 p. 235–236
View Common Journal, 1912-1913 Jun 10, 1912 p. 315–316
View Select Journal, 1912-1913 Jun 10, 1912 p. 288
View Appendix Journal, 1912-1913: [Resolution of June 20, 1912] Jun 20, 1912 p. 1017
View Select Resolution: [Annexation of land of D. B. Hoffer in Muhlenberg Township, adjoining the northern city line, approved by joint resolution of Councils] Jun 10, 1912 Jun 20, 1912
View Common Journal, 1912-1913 Feb 10, 1913 p. 800
View Select Journal, 1912-1913 Feb 10, 1913 p. 769
View Appendix Journal 276, 1912-1913: Communication from the Mayor, relative to securing and placing on record accurate lines of the course of the Schuylkill River within the city limits Feb 10, 1913 p. 795
View Resolution May 14, 1913
View Appendix Journal 49, 1914: Petition for the annexation of a portion of the Township of Cumru, in the County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, to the City of Reading, in the said County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania Jun 2, 1914 p. 68–79
View Journal, 1914 Jun 3, 1914 p. 106
View Journal, 1914 Jul 8, 1914 p. 159
View Journal, 1914 Sep 16, 1914 p. 233
View Appendix Journal, 1914: [Ordinance No. 45] Sep 16, 1914 p. 360–363
View Ordinance 45, 1914: Providing for the annexation to the City of Reading of a portion of Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, adjoining said city on the south and southwest, beginning at a point on the west side of the Schuylkill River, containing 1,114.5 acres, more or less Sep 16, 1914
View Appendix Journal 145, 1914: Communication from the City Engineer, submitting plans relative to the horizontal survey of the Schuylkill River within city limits Dec 28, 1914 p. 257
View Journal, 1914 Dec 29, 1914 p. 319–320
View Appendix Journal 63, 1915: Communication from committee in 18th Ward, relative to annexation. 1915 p. 86–87
View Journal, 1915 May 3, 1915 p. 96
View Appendix Journal 73, 1915: Petition of taxpayers, for the annexation of a portion of the Township of Bern in the County of Berks and State of Pennsylvania, to the City of Reading, in the said County of Berks, and State of Pennsylvania May 24, 1915 p. 104–110
View Journal, 1915 May 26, 1915 p. 119
View Journal, 1915 Dec 24, 1915 p. 282–283
View Appendix Journal, 1915: [Ordinance No. 31] Dec 24, 1915 p. 776–777
View Ordinance 31, 1915: Providing for the annexation to the City of Reading of a portion of the Township of Bern, in the County of Berks, and State of Pennsylvania, adjoining said city on the west and northwest, beginning at a point where the west bank of the Schuylkill River projected joins the line running through the middle of the Tulpehocken Creek, containing four hundred and fifty-four (454) acres, and one hundred and twenty (120) perches, more or less, including seven and one-half (7 1/2) acres being the estimated area of half the width of Tulpehocken Creek Dec 24, 1915
View Ordinance 50, 1917: Providing for the annexation to the City of Reading of a portion of Lower Alsace Township, in the County of Berks, and State of Pennsylvania, adjoining said city on the east, beginning at a point, a marble stone, in the southern building line of Oley Street and the present city line Sep 12, 1917
View Appendix Journal 116, 1934: [Communication from Property Owners, Cumru Township, Berks County. Requesting that the City of Reading Annex a Certain Part of Cumru Township to the City by Legislation.] Nov 20, 1934 p. 145–153
View Journal, 1934 Nov 21, 1934 p. 351
View Journal, 1934 Nov 24, 1934 p. 358–359
View Appendix Journal, 1934: [Bill No. 83] Nov 24, 1934 p. 398–399
View Ordinance 83, 1934: Annexing to the City of Reading a part of Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the said City and herein described Nov 24, 1934
View Appendix Journal 139, 1935: [PETITION Requesting the annexation to the City of Reading of a part of Cumru Township] 1935 p. 125–127
View Journal, 1935 Dec 26, 1935 p. 228
View Journal, 1935 Dec 31, 1935 p. 236–237
View Appendix Journal, 1935: [Bill No. 74] Dec 31, 1935 p. 240–241
View Ordinance 74, 1935: Annexing to the City of Reading a part of Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the said city and herein described Dec 31, 1935
View Resolution 45, 1961 1961
View Ordinance 9, 1961 May 24, 1961
View Charter Commission Final Report: [Recommending the adoption of an optional plan for the City of Reading] Jul 17, 1962 Vetoed
View Ordinance 18, 1962 Sep 3, 1962
View Ordinance 47, 1966 Sep 21, 1966
View Ordinance 30, 1967: Providing for the annexation of property owned by the City of Reading on January 1, 1963 and contiguous to the boundaries thereof, parcels of which lie within the Townships of Cumru, Muhlenberg and Lower Alsace, in accordance with the provisions of the Act of May 27, 1957, P.L. 210, § 1, as amended by the Act of September 23, 1959, P.L. 940, § 1, and the Act of August 6, 1963, P.L. 511, No. 268, § 1; directing the Clerk of the City of Reading to certify a copy thereof to the Department of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and providing for the filing of a plan of the territory annexed on behalf of the City Council by the City Clerk in the Office of the County Commissioners of Berks County and with the Clerk of Quarter Sessions of Berks County Oct 18, 1967
View Charter Commission Final Report: [Recommending the adoption of a home rule charter for the City of Reading] Jun 30, 1993 Jan 1, 1996

National Archives

Detail Source Set Government File Unit From To
View 1940-1950 Cns. Minor Civ. Div. Corr. Reading City 17500449 305 313
View Cns. Mp. 1940 Reading 5836860 1 1
View Cns. Mp. 1950 Reading 34427652 1 1

Other Event Links

Detail Type Description Successful? Date
View Boundary Realignment Reading City Proposed 1861 Boundary Realignment unknown 1861
View Annexation Muhlenberg Township-Reading City Proposed 1912 Annexation no 1912
View Boundary Realignment Reading City Proposed 1913 Boundary Ascertainment unknown 1913
View Council-Manager Form Reading City Proposed 1961 Optional Charter no 1961–1962
View Annexation Reading City Ordinance 9-1961 no* 1961–1963
View Annexation Reading City Ordinance 18-1962 no* 1962–1964
View Mayor-Council Form Reading City Proposed 1971 Optional Charter no 1971
View Home Rule (County) Berks County Proposed 1991 Home Rule no 1991–1993