Sunday, March 31, 2013
Other big stories include the city hall move, a Larry David sighting, and a grand jury ruling.
March was an interesting month around Easton. The city began taking steps toward moving city hall, police opened an investgation into a Facebook page devoted to the alleged sex lives of young Easton women, and we had a visit from one of the creators of a classic sitcom. Here are some of this month's big stories. Easton police are investigating "Exposing Easton Hoes," a now-defunct Facebook page claiming to chronicle the sexual exploits of young women from Easton. A small hamburger chain wants to move into Easton's Pomeroy building. Cheeburger, Cheeburger, a 1950s-themed hamburger joint, will be the refurbished downtown Easton's new tenant. A Northampton County grand jury has ruled that there's not enough evidence to file homicide charges …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Should Easton be moving its city offices to a new building?
Last week, City Council voted to look for buyers for the Alpha Building, which has been home to Easton government for the last 17 years. The plan is for the city to move its offices to the new intermodal center farther south along Third Street. We've seen a mix of opinion on this move so far. When the idea was first proposed last month, reader Adam Fairchild said the move was that of a modern, competitive city. "Cities that do not spend money on their infrastructure, beautification and modernization will be left behind," he wrote. Commenter Ronnie DelBacco called the idea of a new city hall "a monument for Sal Panto," and said the city needed to be more thrifty. "Stay put and make due with where you are," he wrote. "My guess is that …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Mayor says he's confident council will vote Wednesday to move out of Alpha Building.
Easton City Council will likely vote Wednesday night to move the city's offices out of the Alpha Building and into the new intermodal center. That's according to Mayor Sal Panto, who told the city's Historic District Commission Monday he expected council to approve the move. "Council members, at least the ones I’ve talked to, are very supportive," Panto told the commission, which gave its approval to the latest designs for the intermodal project on South Third Street. When completed the $26 million intermodal will contain LANTA offices (plus an attached bus station), the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and another commercial tenant and—the mayor hopes—the new city hall. The city will also put in a parking deck that officials say …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
City offices will have special weekend hours for residents to pay tax, utility bills.
Tuesday, February 26
Need to pay a city bill? Saturday is the day to do it. Easton City Hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon for anyone who needs to pay utility bills, property taxes, business privelege taxes, per capita taxes, and any other bills owed to the city. City employees will be on hand to help work out payment plans for anyone with delinquent accounts.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mayor Sal Panto said the city should sell the Alpha building after moving into new intermodal center. What do you think?
If Easton is going to spend money on a new building, it might as well own that building. That's Mayor Sal Panto's argument for moving the city government offices out of the Alpha building on South Third Street and into the still-to-be-built intermodal building a block or so away. Of course, this isn't a done deal. The mayor will bring his plan before city council Wednesday night. And you'll have a chance to speak up then too. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Until then, we'd like to hear what you think. Take our poll, and then use the comments section to explain why you think the city offices should/shouldn't move.