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Easton hires 4 new police officers

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 28 2013 11:15:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 11:25:34 PM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

Four new officers were sworn in Wednesday night before Easton City Council, bringing the city’s police department to 62 officers, one shy of its full complement.

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. swore in officers Corey Lollis, Christopher Webb, David Costa and Matthew Orchulli.

Two other veteran officers were promoted, Charles Leauber to detective, and Daniel Bonham to sergeant.

Council also heard an overview of a proposed $642,000 upgrade of ramps and crosswalks primarily at Centre Square in downtown Easton. The plan also extends up Northampton Street to S. Seventh Street, over N. Third Street to Bushkill Street, and down Northampton Street to Larry Holmes Drive.

Under the plan, PennDOT would turn the streets over to the city. It is the same process Easton underwent to “turn back” Larry Holmes Drive between Northampton Street and South Third Street.

In his presentation, David Hopkins, director of public works, said the crosswalks, recessed curbs and ramps on Centre Square are deteriorating. To remedy the problem, Hopkins referred to an engineering study that estimated the cost of replacing 16 handicap-accessible ramps and 12 decorative crosswalks, as well as resurfacing the travel lanes around the circle, at $642,000.

Hopkins said the city negotiated the tentative cost of the ramp and crosswalk improvements with PennDOT under the state’s “Roadway Turnback” program.

Easton will have two years to complete the work after receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Hopkins said.