Tuesday, September 09, 2014
West Easton Not Only One-Horse Town in Northampton County
He was rejected in favor of another guy who was not there.
Mezzacappa, who is currently hiding her car from the Sheriff, walked down to call Kelly Gross a felon and then left. Some people attending their first ever meeting reportedly walked out, too.
This was my kind of meeting.
Fortunately, Express Times editor Jim Deegan and West Easton blogger Matt Dees attended, and will have factually accurate accounts.
Let me tell you about another tiny borough at the other end of the County.
North Catasauqua is smack dab along the Lehigh River, right above Northampton. Developer Joe Keglovits has been president of a five-person borough council as long as I can remember, though nobody's really sure whether he lives really there or in Northampton. His son John Keglovits and son-in-law Matthew Barber are members of Council, too, giving this family effective control.
Here's an interesting story I heard on Sunday. I got this this from one person, so I can't claim it's accurate, but here goes. About two years ago, when a vacancy opened up in the borough for a PT secretary, the position initially went to Barbara Barber. She's Joe Keglovits' daughter and is married to Council member Matt Barber. Questions of nepotism arose, but the answer was that she was the only person who applied.
Until someone discovered the job vacancy had been advertised in The Brodheadsville Gazette.
I think it's pretty apparent that the problem is not West Easton. It's all small boroughs. Pennsylvania has the second highest number of local governments in the nation, including 958 boroughs. Their residents pay higher taxes than townships, and for less services. It is not the people in the government, but the government itself that needs to change. It is simply too fragmented.