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Public meeting notice for COMPREHENSIVE REVISION TO ZONING ORDINANCE

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Happy Holidays from the City of Easton. Free metered parking on Black Friday and every Saturday and Sunday between November 26th and December 25th.

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The giving season starts in Easton. Available for purchase at the Easton Main Street Office, Sigal Museum and online at www.shopdowntowneaston.com



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Step inside and see what Easton has to offer. Behind every door in Downtown Easton is another treasure waiting to be discovered. The perfect gift for everyone on your list!

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On October 28th, 2016 City of Easton Ordinance 5566, the Fire Safety Inspection program, went into effect. The purpose for this article is intended to serve the City of Easton in protecting and promoting the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to ensure that owners, managers and occupants share responsibilities to comply with codes and to provide for a system of inspections and for issuance of certificate of compliance and to establish penalties for violations.

The owner or operator of all commercial, educational and institutional units operating within the City of Easton shall register such use on a form provided by the Code Enforcement Department by December 1, 2016 and by December 1st of each subsequent year.

Fire Safety Inspection Ordinance 5566



If you are thinking about installing a swimming pool or hot tub, please check out these guidelines to make sure you are in compliance with all applicable codes and requirement.

Residential Swimming Poll Guidelines




How small businesses and the arts are big business in Easton

Just last month, a visionary man in our city of Easton passed away and it was about the same time I was asked to write this article. Without a doubt the person who exemplified small business, especially in the arts, was artist Karl Stirner.

After he moved here in 1983, Stirner became a beacon for attracting artists to our city. He purchased and restored a furniture warehouse on Ferry Street, and it serves as an incubator for small creative businesses. Today more than a dozen small companies are in this building employing many residents. Today the arts are no longer small business; they are big business. Everyone knows that small businesses are the lifeblood of America and create more jobs than the large corporations. For small cities like Easton, they are the nucleus of the transformation taking place in urban cores all across America.

For Easton, these downtown and neighborhood small businesses create jobs and expand the tax base. Business tax revenue is up more than 25 percent. The growth of our business community allowed us to maintain real estate taxes level for our residents for the last eight years.

Today Easton's downtown boasts more than 60 retail shops and more than 30 restaurants, with more opening in the future. The growth of small businesses in our neighborhoods and the expansion of the work-at-home cottage industry also has created additional jobs. We are seen as a model for small city development.

Easton doesn't have the luxury of large vacant land that is available for development in our surrounding communities. Our economy is based solely on the attraction of small businesses, and for Easton, it is our big business. We also don't have incentive programs of a Neighborhood Improvement Zone or City Revitalization and Improvement Zone like our sister cities of Allentown and Bethlehem; we do it the old-fashioned way — hard work. How did this wonderful renaissance based on small businesses happen? It started with the arts, and most notably the State Theatre, a beautiful "plaster palace" that was spared destruction during the urban renewal era. Its restoration and programming of fine live entertainment started a renaissance that has taken place, although slowly, over the last three decades. People from the region started coming to downtown Easton again — and at night! That renaissance began with a few restaurants and has grown to an almost unrealistic period of growth in the last five to six years. That increase is due in large part to people who enjoy being where there are other people. It is also due to the millennial generation and empty-nesters who are finding their way to the urban core to visit and live in our new apartments.

Ironically, it is in also related to the Internet shopping phenomenon. Internet shopping is hurting the big box stores more as customers who shop at a big box store or a mall are more apt to also shop online. Individuals who enjoy the face-to-face shopping experience that allows for quality goods with service is more inclined to shop in the locally owned specialty shops and stores. Shopping in locally owned stores keeps the money in the local economy where it continues to grow the economy, rather than the money leaving the area and helping the economy of the corporate office city. Millennials think about these things when deciding where to shop. Many small businesses also respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates because small businesses are customer-oriented. Many local customers will remain loyal to their favorite small businesses in an economic crisis. This loyalty means that small businesses are often able to stay afloat during tough times, which further strengthens local economies. Even during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, Easton saw growth in our business community.

As a small business owner for more than 28 years, I can assure you that no matter how small your business may be, the challenges can be overwhelming for some who may not have the fortitude for the long hours and high risk. But if you do and have the desire, Easton is a great place to start and grow your business. In Easton, every small business is our big business.

Copyright © 2016, The Morning Call



Easton Main Street Initiative’s (EMSI) volunteer-driven Design Committee is pleased to announce the three poems and poets chosen for their newest artistic beautification efforts in Downtown Easton. EMSI’s series of back door art installations will bring short, original poems to the City’s core. After a call to poets in early September, over 150 poems were submitted in a wide range of styles and on many subjects.

Project committee members agreed to award these three entries places on the selected doors:

"The Beautiful" by Lee Upton

"Falling Stars" by Taylor Garrison

"Easton" by Liuba M. Yarmie

Authors of the three chosen poems will each receive an honorarium of $100. EMSI volunteers will be installing the poems through the fall.

About the poets:

Lee Upton - Lee Upton’s most recent books are Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center; The Tao of Humiliation: Stories, winner of the BOA Short Fiction Award, finalist for The Paterson Prize, and named one of the “best books of 2014” by Kirkus Reviews; and the novella The Guide to the Flying Island. Another collection of her short stories, Visitations, is forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of a collection of essays, Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity, and Secrecy; and four books of literary criticism. Her poetry has appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and in three volumes of Best American Poetry.

Taylor Garrison - My name is Taylor Garrison. I am currently a freshman at Muhlenberg College. I was born and raised in Easton. I graduated from Wilson Area High School in 2016. While at Wilson, I was editor-in-chief of the school paper, “The Echo” and a member of the debate team. I spent two summers volunteering at Easton Hospital, and this past summer, I worked at the Crayola Experience. I have always loved poetry, but I did not start writing until my sophomore year of high school. I am very excited to share my poetry with the community.

Liuba M. Yarmie - Liuba M Yarmie has been writing poetry since she was a teenager growing up in Phillipsburg, NJ. Her poetry reflects her experiences with the people she has met throughout her life. Her writing has been influenced by her mother, Luba P. Yarmie, as well as her daughter, Liuba Seaboyer. She currently resides in Williams Township, PA.




Easton Public Works is preparing for the upcoming 2016 leaf season and would like to make our program as effective and efficient as possible. We ask that you consider using each of the options listed below to help better accommodate your removal needs. Information can also be obtained from our website www.easton-pa.gov/pwtrashpickup.html or by calling our Department directly at (610) 250-6680.

1. Leaves may be dropped off at our 500 Bushkill Drive Recycling Center. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

2. The City will provide leaf pick-up at your home by appointment provided that they are collected in any clear plastic bags. Residents may call 610-250-6680 or email publicworks@easton-pa.gov and leave an address for pickup within our goal of 72 hours. The City will also give out clear plastic leaf bags free of charge while supplies last. A limit of 5 bags/week per property may be picked up at our Recycling Center or City Hall, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Bags will be available after October 1st.

3. Leaves may be placed curbside for pickup with our crews and machines according to the Tentative Schedule that is posted below. Please note that this schedule may be altered for unforeseen circumstances including equipment malfunction, inclement weather, etc. We will continue to collect leaves as far into the season as possible until our trucks must be changed over and prepared for snow fighting.

*Important Note: The City’s machinery will be damaged by sticks, branches, grass clippings, and stones. Therefore, the Highway Bureau will not pick up any piles containing these materials.

SCHEDULE BEGINNING October 31, 2016: This schedule is tentative and city crews may work in multiple wards on any given day based upon need.

Please click HERE for the new season leaf collection schedule.

MobileNOW is an app that lets you use your cell phone to pay for parking. It's convenient, it's easy and it is quick! Mobile Now can be used to park in Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem and Reading. You can park and pay by mobile phone whenever you see the MobileNOW! signs in a parking area or on parking meters. After you’ve parked your car, follow the instructions on the parking meter or nearby sign. Using MobileNOW! is much quicker if you register your details before you park for the first time. Once you’ve done this, we’ll store everything in your own secure account which means you can park and pay in seconds!

You can register HERE.

When you first signs up for the account, you will receive a pop up notifying you of the $20 wallet top up.
However, there is no actual financial transaction until you complete the first parking session as at that point, the system recognizes that the account is low and requires topping up. It notifies you that this is about to occur before proceeding.
When those funds are exhausted, the account needs to be topped up (funded) again in order to use the system. Minimal top up amount is $20 but you can select more if you prefer.
By default, the system has an "auto top up" feature that will load the wallet when the account is low so that if you attempt a session, funds are available.
Now, if you would prefer to opt out of the "auto top up" feature, simply log in to your account from a computer and disable that feature on your payment source. Then, you will have to manually top up your account when it is low before being able to start a parking session.

There is a .25 cent per transaction fee that goes to MobileNOW! Only the per hour rate goes to the city.




Easton Main Street Initiative takes home top award.

HARRISBURG, PA- Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) has named its best performing Main Street Programs of 2015. This award recognizes those programs that have demonstrated an “across the board” capacity to generate new jobs, new businesses, public and private investment and volunteer hours. The top performing Main Street Programs across the Commonwealth for 2015 are: . 1st - Easton Main Street Initiative, 2nd - Greensburg Community Development Corp., 3rd - Latrobe Community Revitalization Initiative, 4th - Ardmore Initiative, and 5th - Ebensburg Borough.

The determining criteria measures program activity as reported annually by local Main Street Managers. Community revitalization organizations are then ranked from top to bottom, with the top performing program in each of the sixteen evaluated categories receiving a score of 1. This year there were forty-nine community organizations eligible to be evaluated. The rankings across all of the categories are then tabulated and the organization with the lowest total number is the top performing program.

PDC, the coordinating program to the National Main Street Center for Main Street programs in Pennsylvania, is honored to see these downtowns acknowledged for the goals they have set, accomplished and in many cases, exceeded. Each community has also met the ten performance standards established by National Main Street Center to be a nationally accredited Main Street Program. These standards include topics such as training requirements, planning methods, and community involvement.

Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s communities. For more information about the accredited communities or the Main Street program, contact Maria Wherley at (717) 233-4675 ext. 116 or email her at mariawherley@padowntown.org



Starting on May 18, 2016, the City of Easton will offer on line bill payments for Utility Bills, Real Estate Bills as well as Parking Tickets. No online account is necessary, all you need is your Account Number for Utility Bills, your property ID for Real Estate and your ticket number and plate number for Parking Tickets.
Your account number can be found on your Utility Bill.
Your Property ID can be found on your Real Estate Tax Bill.
Your Ticket Number is on your Parking Ticket.
Your license plate number is on the back of your car.

On Line Payments are posted by the on line date the payment is made.

To access the on line site, go to www.easton-pa.gov and select "PAYMENT CENTER".

Download our Express Pay brochure for more information on the Payment Center, the City Hall payment Kiosk and our Auto Pay options.



The Easton Police Department in conjunction with the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development and the Northampton County Chiefs of Police Association is pleased to announce that we have placed a Med Return Drug Collection Unit in the lobby of the police station, located at 25 S. Third Street. The Med Return box is intended to provide a secure location for residents to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The drop-box is anonymous; no questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel. The drop box is available during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Accepted medications are:
• Prescription and over-the-counter medications
• Tablets and capsules
• Liquid medications in their original containers (i.e. cough syrups, cold medicines)
• Prescription patches
• Medical creams/ointments
• Vitamins
• Nasal sprays
• Pet medicines

The items below should be taken to a health care professional’s office or to a hospital for proper disposal.
• Intravenous solutions
• Syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)
• Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)
• Iodine-containing medications
• Thermometers
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Any infectious waste




Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development and Lehigh Valley Habitat for Humanity will sponspor several collection events throughout Northampton County in 2016. If you have latex paint that you want to recycle, please download the flyer for additional information.

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Click for the DCED Facebook page with more information on these events.

Easton City Hall is now open at our new location 123 South Third Street, Easton, PA 18042. The entrance is at the middle of the building, enter into the lobby to access the elevators or stairs at the rear of the lobby. On the second floor you will find the Finance Department and the Code Department. The Finance Department, where you can pay your City Utility bills, real estate tax or parking tickets, is to your left when you exit the elevators. The Code Enforcement Department is on your right as you exit the elevators on the second floor. You can apply for a building permit, have your plans reviewed or discuss City Code Violations with a Code Enforcement Officer. EME Credit Union is also located on the second floor. The Health Bureau is also located on the second floor.

The third floor is comprised of the Mayor's Office, City Administrator, City Council Chambers and Human Resources to the left from the elevators. City Council Chambers is at the North end of the building and is accessable from the third floor lobby.

Planning and Economic Development are located to the right off of the third floor lobby.

Parking is available in the parking deck located directly behind City Hall.








Click below to download a copy of the City Budget for 2016.

2016 City Budget





Welcome to the City of Easton, Pennsylvania web site. Whether you are a resident or a visitor I trust that you will find this information to be useful and informative. For residents we hope that you will find the information needed to attend meetings, get involved in a committee, pay a bill or download a form or information on any of our many municipal services. For visitors, we thank you for coming to our page and invite you to visit our city rich in colonial history with a bright and colorful future. I encourage both residents and visitors to check back often as this web site will change and we will add information almost daily.

Easton is a full service city that constantly strives to provide the most effective and efficient municipal services to our residents and visitors. From a full-service professional fire department to a fully accredited police department we work hard to offer our residents and visitors a "Clean and Safe" environment.

Peace Candle in Center Square

In addition to our historic downtown district we are equally proud of our diverse and architecturally rich neighborhoods. Enjoy a walking tour of our historic sites, leisure horse-drawn carriage ride through our historic district or a pleasant mule-drawn canal boat ride along Hugh Moore Historic Park. For real excitement take your children to the Crayola® Factory and our National Canal Museum. Easton is home to Lafayette College, one of the finest institutions of higher learning in America. And yes, we are the home of Larry Holmes, who held the Heavyweight Boxing Title for more than seven and a half years. He owns and operates Ringside Restaurant in the downtown.

The County Seat for Northampton County, Easton is uniquely located within an hour of New York City, Philadelphia and the Pocono Mountains. Come and enjoy our sites, our attractions and most of all our residents.

Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr.

Please click HERE to view the Mayor's 2017 Budget Address.
Please click HERE to view the Mayor's Proposed 2017 Budget
Please click HEREto view Mayor Panto's 2016 Inaugural Address.
Please click HERE to view Mayor Panto's 2016 Budget Address.
Please click HERE to view Mayor Panto's State of the City Address for 2016.

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