Our 101st year and a new century of service has begun. Welcome to Neil Gallagher our 1st president of the 2nd century. Janet reported on the Easton Opioid Awareness Task Force video presentation last week. Upcoming plans for a teachers in-service in November. Barb reported we broke records with the Rose Sale: 207 dozen so right now there are 3 doz. available. Put Oct. 25th on your calendar as we will need help boxing all 207 dozen that morning. Walt reports the K-Kids and Builders Club meetings are beginning today. Janet reported on the “Short Stacks For A Tall Cause” pancake breakfast at Applebees on Nov. 10 with the K-Kids helping us serve at the restaurant on Rt. 248. Ken reported that the Foundation members voted unanimously in favor of providing the final payment for EliMiNaTe of $3920 for the Club from Foundation funds rather than utilize Club Service Funds. The check will be presented at the October 24th installation and dinner meeting, 6:15PM at the Pomfret Club. Have you made your reservations yet? $20/person. Skip brought the Honorable Salvatore Panto, Mayor of the City of Easton, as our speaker today. Sal is no stranger to Easton Kiwanis having been our keynote speaker for both our 95th & 100th Celebration dinners. Skip referred to Mayor Sal as the”Forever Mayor” but Sal later corrected us: possibly only 1 more term coming. Skip was Sal’s first police chief appointment in his first term as mayor. Sal gave us some updates on not only the latest budget he has presented to City Council, but some insights into the issues Easton, and other cities have. One is the new Federal EPA Clean Water Regulation. If you are looking for some reading material About it, click here. But the City has to cut way back on sedimentary discharges into our 3 rivers and it will be expensive. They have to find a way to eliminate some 30 tons of “stuff” that gets into the water. The City has some 133 discharge points leading into the 3 rivers. The City replants about 200 trees each year. They are even going to help provide information on rain collection barrels for homeowners. The City has a very stable financial rating from S & P and a AAA+ bond rating. Now that does not mean they have lots of cash but that they manage the cash well. Their is a goal to repave/repair each and every street in the next 15 years. Its not possible to tax a city out of debt especially when 45% of Easton is non-taxable properties. But good management works. Easton has become a tourist city and parking is an issue at the height of the summer season. But there are plans afoot to hopefully build 2 new parking decks, whit one being replaced and one brand new. Over 425, 000 people each year come to Crayola alone and just wait until the plans are revealed for the DaVinci project.
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