Cook presides over first Easton Town Council meeting

Mayor Robert Willey, right, administers the oath of office to Megan Cook before she assumes her new role as president of the Easton Town Council on Monday, June 15.

EASTON — Easton Mayor Robert Willey administered the oath of office to Megan Cook as she assumed her new role as town council president on Monday, June 15, during the council meeting.

Following opening remarks and the Pledge of Allegiance, the mayor presented agenda items to the council. Willey said the town office has begun getting calls from residents interested in filling the seat for the Fourth Ward that was vacated following Cook’s election to president.

The council members conferred about the requirements for filling the vacancy — the candidate must be a resident and registered voter in the town of Easton, live in the Fourth Ward, be 21 years of age and fill out the ethics disclosure form.

“What’s nice about this is that it’s for 10 months,” Cook said. “It gives them a chance to see what the responsibilities are and what meetings are like if they want to run again next year for a full term.”

Following the discussion, Willey said the town officials will gather the names before the next meeting, which will be in three weeks. He then presented information about the meeting held on Tuesday, June 9, at Temple B’nai Israel.

“The meeting was an update to a series of meetings held a few years ago about issues we’re having in Easton,” Willey said.

Affordable housing was addressed at the meeting, including information about how the board is set up and the grants that are available. Finding quality jobs and bringing them to Easton was also a topic of discussion. Another topic of discussion at the June 9 meeting was the availability of recreational activities.

“The bulk of the meeting concerned the police department and how they were set up to handle disciplinary cases and various procedures,” Willey said. “Chief Spencer (of the Easton Police Department) is having a write-up done of those procedures, and we’ll get that published in the paper as soon as it’s available.”

Town Manager Don Richardson presented bids from five companies for the annual mill and overlay project. The town engineer’s office recommended awarding the contract to the low bid from Allan Myers Incorporated, whose bid for the project was $295,724.

“This is within our budgeted dollars for this fiscal year,” Richardson said. “We’ve carried this money forward due to the COVID-19 state of emergency into the next fiscal year, and we plan to do this paving in August — complete by August 15.”

The council unanimously accepted the proposed bid.

Spencer presented information about an approved permit request from Building African American Minds, Inc. (BAAM) for a walk on June 19.

“We don’t anticipate any issues or problems with that,” Spencer said. “I’ve already signed the permit, I just wanted to make the council aware of it.”

Spencer also presented information about the planned fireworks display for July 4, scheduled to begin around 9 p.m.

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