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The City of Easton is hosting an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the City of Easton Recycling center located at 500 Bushkill Drive, Easton PA 18042. This is an excellent time to get rid of any old computers at no charge and TV’s for a fee. Please download our FLYER for a list of all recyclable material accepted at this event and for pricing information.



The City of Easton is seeking sealed proposals for outside qualified bidder’s to purchase approx. $750,000.00 of outstanding/uncollected parking ticket debt. Specifications may be obtained at by emailing: rfpparking@easton-pa.gov. Proposals must be received at Easton City Hall located at 123 S. 3rd St. Easton Pa. 18042, Attn: “CITY ADMINISTRATOR” no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday September 30, 2016. Proposals must be sealed and clearly marked “PARKING TICKET DEBT CONTRACT”.

DOWNLOAD Request for Proposal for additional information.





Landlord Training Program Registration: October 29, 2016

The City of Easton will be hosting a Landlord Training Workshop
• Tenant Application Process
• Property Management
• Role of Police

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Place: Nurture Nature Center
518 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042

*Morning coffee and refreshments provided
**Landlord Tenant Manual provided.

Click HERE for on-line registration form to fill out and submit.




12PM - 6PM on Holmes Drive

The Greater Lehigh Valley Mobile Alliance and the City of Easton are hosting Easton's 1st Food Truck Festival this fall! Over 30 trucks from the GLVMFA along with their guests from the Central PA Food Truck Association will serve delicious, fresh, quality food! There will even be some friendly competitions amongst the two groups of trucks with 5 local celebrity judges. YOU can also be a part of the fun by casting your vote for the People's Choice Best Food Truck in several categories! Porters' Pub will be sponsoring the Beer Tent pouring all Weyerbacher beer, Tolino Vineyards will be sponsoring the Wine Tent and there will also be live music! There will be a $1 entry fee per person with donations going to the Third Street Alliance for Women & Children and Safe Harbor of Easton. Mark your calendar and create your list of the trucks you want to target that day! Choose from the following local GLVMFA trucks:

A Taste of Soul
Aioli Food Truck
Bad Bones BBQ
BlendLife
BOB BQ Sliders & Sides
Chick N Cone
Cinnamini Donuts
Full of Crepe
Grilled Cheese Cafe
Jerkies
Kendra's Buttercup Bakery
Kona Ice of Easton
Licensed 2 Grill
OMG Smoothies
Pirate Cupcake
Rollin' Dough
Smokin' Bull Shack
Splash of Flavor
Stuffed to the Grills
Sweet Lush Cupcake Camper
Taza Truck
Trixie's Treats
Uncle Paul's Stuffed Pretzels
WOW Wagon
Ziggy's Roaster

Also, welcome our friends from Central PA:
Baron von Schwein
It's All Greek to You
Mad Dash
Mad Sandwiches
Potato Coop
Scoops

Come ready to eat and drink and enjoy a fabulous day in downtown Easton!



Come join us to talk about Food Safety and have a chance to win Easton Public Market Gift Cards! Friday, September 16, 2016 from 10AM to 2PM at the Easton Public Market Demonstration Kitchen.


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.




The next 2016 Northampton County supported e-cycling event will be held in Bethlehem.

City of Bethlehem - Electronics Recycling Event
September 10, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Event is open to Bethlehem City residents plus Northampton County residents only, proof of residency required.
Like us and check back on Facebook for more details.

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Monday thru Thursday Nights from 4PM to 7PM
June 20th - August 11th, 2016

Easton Area Community Center
901 Washington Street

Come in and enjoy great family fun this summer! The Summer Nights Program is open to all Easton residents of ALL AGES! All activites, snacks and dinner are FREE for every family. Make great memories with your family by joining in on the fun fulled activities provided each week.

Click HEREto download the flyer for more information.



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


Easton’s Karl Stirner Arts Trail dedicates its newest sculpture along the trail.

22 June 2016, Easton, PA – The Friends of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail will be dedicating the newest sculpture to be added to the Karl Stiner Arts Trails on Friday, July 1st, 2016, from 4:30-7:00pm. Local Easton artist, Paul Deery created the installation on the trail over the last few months. Deery’s "Waterway," was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award from last summer’s "Possible Realities Two" exhibition in Lafayette College's Grossman Gallery.
The event is free and open to the public; the dedication ceremony will begin at 5:00pm. 3rd & Ferry Fish Market will be providing lite bites and beverages throughout the evening and music by Rian Carr and Jake Heck will round out the night. The dedication will take place at the “Waterway” sculpture, which is approximately 2/10 of a mile from the North 13th Street trail entrance.
“Possible Realities Two” was a call for environmentally focused sculpture entries during the fall of 2014. The public was invited to view and vote on the 25+ local and regional artists on display at the Grossman Gallery of the Williams Visual Arts Building at Lafayette College’s new arts campus.
“‘The Possible Realities’ exhibitions came about for two reason,” stated Jim Toia,  Chairman of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and Lafayette College's Director of the Community Based Teaching Program at the Williams Visual Arts Building. “First, we wanted to create an opportunity to give regional artists a voice and a stake in Easton’s art trail. Secondly, we wanted to give our community the opportunity to see the potential of art on the trail, especially in regard to nature-based and environmentally sensitive work.” Toia noted that he looks forward to creating this kind of opportunity again.
Paul Deery’s proposed piece received the most votes from the public and was awarded a $4,000 stipend to produce and install his work along the trail. Deery said, “This sculpture, “Waterway,” combines my skills and experience as a landscape designer and visual artist to realize a site specific installation which is to be looked at and physically experienced as one walks through it. It's purpose is to give people a sense of being like water as it flows through a channel, where space is compressed and deepened, and then releases as you emerge on the other side.”
Attendees from the surrounding neighborhoods are encouraged to walk to the evening’s event, however parking is available at the following locations: North 13th Street trail parking lot and the trail lot by 500 Bushkill Drive with access to the trail along Bushkill Drive, at the “blue bridge.” Additionally, a shuttle will be provided by Lafayette College, with stops on Lafayette College Campus at the Williams Arts Center (corners of Hamilton & High Street, Easton) and in the southwest quadrant of Centre Square. The shuttle will run continuously from 4:15-7:30pm.

More information about the Karl Stirner Arts Trail can be found at www.KarlStirnerArtsTrail.org




On Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 1 - 4 p.m., there will be an art show featuring works by Preston Hindmarch in the Easton Cemetery. Featured this year will be notables who have an association with Lafayette College. The Karl Stirner Arts Trail will participate along with the College.

Click HEREto download post card for more information on events along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.


The position of Fiscal Officer at the Easton Redevelopment Authority (RDA) includes management of all RDA expenses, revenues and agency funding accounts. Other job details are employee payroll, agency audit, record keeping, file system knowledge and organization, contractor and sub contractor invoice and payment, quarterly and annual taxes, coordination with outside agencies and city as it relates to fiscal matters, bill payment for RDA redevelopment properties, maintenance contracts for RDA subcontractors/services.

For more information and to apply for this position, click HERE




COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE MEETINGS ANNOUNCED

The City of Easton will be holding the final two Comprehensive Plan meetings on Tuesday June 7th and Tuesday June 21st. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
The purpose of the Comp Plan is to fully realize our city’s greatest potential. The City has created several subcommittees to identify goals for the next 30 years. The City Administration and City Council invites and encourages your participation in the next steps to finalize the Comprehensive Plan. The planning process is critical to our collective future success. You are encouraged to attend group round-table work sessions for several important planning topics. The dates and topics are as follows:

June 7th @ 6:00 PM at City Hall, Council Chambers
Planning Topics: Infrastructure; Planning & Zoning; and Economy

June 21st @ 6:00 PM at City Hall, Council Chambers
Planning topics: Social Services; Emergency Services; Environment; Neighborhoods & Codes
Your participation is encouraged to create a road map for our future.




Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development
Household Hazardous Waste Event
May 21 & October 8, 2016

Click Household Hazardous Waste event to download more information.



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





The City of Easton pool passes are now on sale at the Greater Valley YMCA on Lafayette Street in Easton. The season pass allows you to use both Heil Pool and Eddyside Pool.
Heil Pool is located on the 900 block of Packer Street on the South Side of Easton.
Eddyside is located at 625 North Delaware Drive.

The pools will open Memorial Day Weekend.
Click on the link for access to the application. www.greatervalleyymca.org/easton/outdoor-pools

Bring in your completed application to the YMCA to get your picture and pass! 


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.

Download flyer

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.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument 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 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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