West Eas­ton re­ceives $20,000 for new po­lice sta­tion com­ing this fall

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Christina Tatu

“We want to be a good neigh­bor.”

A pro­posed West Eas­ton po­lice sta­tion got a boost from Northamp­ton County this week with a $20,000 grant that will be used to buy equip­ment.

The sta­tion is sched­uled to open this fall. The bor­ough does not have its own force now, with state po­lice sup­ply­ing cov­er­age.

Bor­ough Mayor Dan DePaul said the money will be used for uni­forms and badges and for re­pairs to an SUV that came from the Palmer Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment.

The grant is from the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment and is for a com­mu­nity project in a low-to-mod­er­ate in­come area, said Northamp­ton County Ex­ec­u­tive La­mont McClure.

“We want to be a good neigh­bor,” McClure said, adding that the county has a work-re­lease fa­cil­ity in the bor­ough for in­mates from county jail.

In Fe­bru­ary, bor­ough of­fi­cials an­nounced plans for the po­lice sta­tion in the for­mer bor­ough hall at 301 Sixth St.

— Northamp­ton County Ex­ec­u­tive La­mont McClure

The depart­ment’s pro­posed chief, Robert Ma­hady, needs to be sworn in by a Northamp­ton County judge and his ap­point­ment ap­proved by the West Eas­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil, DePaul said.

In ad­di­tion to the chief, bor­ough of­fi­cials want to hire at least four part-time of­fi­cers to pa­trol the bor­ough of roughly 1,360 peo­ple and have re­ceived mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions, DePaul said.

West Eas­ton has $300,000 bud­geted for the depart­ment — $150,000 set aside last year and an­other $150,000 this year, ac­cord­ing to DePaul.

The bor­ough also re­ceived $10,000 from the Northamp­ton County Drug For­fei­ture Fund.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Christina Tatu can be reached at 610-820-6583 or [email protected]

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