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Saturday, February 24, 2018

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West Easton Has Not Employed Police Chief Or Consultant

The erroneous report by Mayor DePaul, who appeared in an interview yesterday on WFMZ Channel 69 News, of a West Easton Police Chief existing in the Borough, isn’t the case. Mr. Robert Mahady, a retired PA State Trooper, was approved to be hired as a Police Consultant by the West Easton Council back in November

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Conditional Use Hearing On 176 Bed Treatment Center (VIDEO)

West Easton Council began hearing testimony for the 176 bed Residential Treatment Center at Monday night’s Council meeting. Developer Abe Atiyeh’s company, Pennsylvania Venture Capital, seeks the facility to treat patients with addictions to “substances,” using an existing building on the old Chipman Mill property. The applicant is West Easton Two LP, a business entity

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Ordinance No. 966 – Treatment Center Conditional Use

In 2013 an Ordinance was approved by that Council, which amended uses permitted within West Easton’s Light Industrial (LI) Zoning Districts. The purpose of the Ordinance was to provide adaptive reuse of structures within the LI District, to allow Assisted Living Facilities, Residential Treatment Centers, Residential DUI Centers, and multi-family apartments to provide housing for

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Mayor-Elect DePaul Submits Letter

As stated below every post I make on this site, what I write is my own opinion and may not necessarily be that of the governing body. There has always been an open invitation for any member of Council to publish their own opinion on WestEastonPA.com. Mayor-elect Dan DePaul has requested publication of a letter

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New Commercial Laundromat Is Awash With A Problem

While West Easton is happy to see new businesses take up residence in our community, it expects these businesses to operate with approvals in place and not circumvent paying their fair share for services. Deltawash Lehigh Valley, a business that does laundry for commercial businesses, such as hotels, moved to West Easton earlier this year.

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Property Tax Reform On Ballot

On the Nov. 7 general election ballot, voters will have an opportunity to vote on a property tax reform measure. Currently, the state Constitution permits local governments – counties, municipalities and school districts – to exclude up to 50 percent of the median assessed home value from a homeowner’s tax bill. However, the referendum on

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Councilman James Warns Residents Of New Phone Scam

If you’ve received a missed call from your own number recently, it’s not from your future self (as cool as that would be). The more plausible explanation is that a spammer is “spoofing” your exact digits in order to steal valuable info or even major bucks. Councilman Paul James warned residents of a new phone

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West Easton Councilman Thwarts Thief – 2 Hour Wait For PSP

Though only a few West Easton residents might feel a part-time police force isn’t necessary for the borough and promote that belief by spreading false information of borough bankruptcy and skyrocketing taxes to other residents, an example of why we need a part-time force was again made apparent last night. Councilman Paul James confronted a

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CDBG Approves Replacement Of 2nd St. Sidewalks If Money Remains

Residents along a portion of 2nd Street received hope this past Friday. A large swath of walkways damaged by stormwater along 2nd Street, between Keystone and Center, will have sidewalks replaced using any money remaining from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $125,000. Initially turned away by CDBG, as part of the 2nd Street

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West Easton To Advertise For Part-Time Police Chief

West Easton Council members in attendance at last night’s meeting voted unanimously to advertise for a part-time Chief of Police for the borough (DePaul, Dees, Lewis, James, Mammana affirming). The Chief of Police advertisement will appear in The Express-Times, as well as online. The advertisement will direct potential candidates to obtain an application from Borough

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Council Approves Forming Part-Time Police Force In 5-2 Vote

It’s been cautious baby-steps as West Easton Council investigated the formation of a part-time police force. Though only a “thought” by newly elected Council members in 2016, the idea of a part-time police force had to be vigorously investigated as an alternative to an outrageous contract cost proposed by Wilson Borough, to provide police coverage

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Do You Recognize This Vehicle?

The owner and location of this vehicle is being sought as a “vehicle of interest” in an incident involving tires being illegally dumped at the bottom of Glendon Hill Road. Truck is believed to be blue or possibly black 2003 Chevy Silverado 4×4 with chrome guard rails running along top of bed sides. If you

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2nd Street Homeowners Flood Council Meeting

West Easton homeowners living on 2nd Street and subjected to storm water problems came out in force at last night’s Council meeting. They showed up, looking to speak indirectly to someone they hoped would be attending, by addressing the Council. They were aware of Council Candidate Tricia Mezzacappa’s public comments that a problem didn’t exist on their

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Candidate Mezzacappa On 2nd St. Grant: “Maybe People Should Take Care Of Their Own Properties”

Candidate Tricia Mezzacappa has made no secret of her position regarding West Easton obtaining grants. She is against grants. Her running mate, Councilman Tom Nodoline, running for re-election this year, has so far remained quiet on the subject. At the March 13th Council Meeting, her belief, repeated for her by Council President Dan DePaul, that West Easton

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Part-Time Police Moves Forward With Approved Resolutions

Four Resolutions were approved by Council in unanimous votes that will allow West Easton begin meeting some of the requirements from State Police and Harrisburg for our own part-time Police Department. These are in no particular order of importance: Chief of Police – Description of his position as an Executive Officer under the direction of the Mayor.

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Part-Time Police For West Easton May Prevent Possible $31,375 PSP Cost

Harrisburg is discussing charging communities a fee of $25 per resident – if they rely soley on Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for protection. Gov. Tom Wolf made the proposal in his budget submission. The fee would generate about $63 million from municipalities affected, providing an additional $30.7 million to PSP for municipal coverage, for a total

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Dees Confesses Everything To The Fratellis

My political opponent may have to go back farther than 35 years to find anything useful, but I’ve helped with some sensational headline twisting on my family line – political style. Dees’ great-great grandfather tried to destroy the United States of America ! (He fought for the Confederacy.) Dees’ grandfather attacked toward U.S. soldiers in WWI ! (He was

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People Need To Remember We Are A Democracy

I don’t remember a presidential election in my lifetime that has resulted in such an open demonstration of everything our country isn’t supposed to represent. The most radical of both parties are rising up and I don’t think they represent the majority of their respective parties. Anti-Trump protesters are burning Trump in effigy. Trump supporters

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West Easton Police Department? Safety Committee Revives Possibility

Call it, “Option C.” West Easton creating our own Police Department. Option “A” was a contract with Wilson Borough. As previously reported, the full-time police contract would have been a hardship on taxpayers and untenable in a relatively short term due to the proposed increases each year. Starting price: $250,000 Option “B” was to approach and negotiate a contract with The City

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What’s Up With Police Coverage For West Easton?

It’s a question I’m often asked. It’s been a concern for Mayor Gross and all of us on Council. I read a story this morning on the Express-Times website (ET) about an “Easton-area borough” (that would be us) “considering a police shakeup” (whatever that means). As residents know, we haven’t had local police patrols since we lost

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Pokemon Go or Pokemon Stop

What has Pokémon Go succeeded in doing within 8 weeks that First Lady Michelle Obama couldn’t accomplish in 8 years? Answer: Getting kids moving. Have you noticed more people than usual staring at their phones? Are they walking around in odd places (your front yard, for example) like they’re looking for something? Well, those folks

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