Easton City Council swore in a new member, learned parking revenue is soaring at its old city-owned garage and heard a new round of complaints about a noisy ice cream truck that one woman said is driving her crazy.
Councilman James Edinger was sworn in, replacing former councilman Michael Fleck, who resigned and moved to Allentown to expand his business, Fleck Consulting Inc.
Edinger, a Democrat, was appointed by council to fill the vacancy until January 2014, when the winner of the November election takes office. Edinger is running against Republican Kim Yedlosky.
In one of the brighter spots in the city’s finances, Glenn Steckman, the city administrator, reported that the city collected about $95,000 a day in July from daily parking fees at the city garage, compared with $64,000 for the same period last year.
The city also collected about $18,000 a week in meter parking on the street, which he said is slightly higher than what the city has projected.
The garage is scheduled to be demolished with construction slated to begin in late fall on the new structure, he said.
Steckman said the city is looking to lease a lot for three or four months next summer as a temporary replacement for the lost parking spots during the construction.
As for the ice cream trucks and the music they play, a subject council discussed three weeks ago, Lynn Fraser, of 1044 Ferry St., said the repetitive music the trucks play not only “makes me crazy” but “sends my blood pressure up.”
“The music just plays on and on,” she said. She said she can hear the noise when the truck is two blocks from her house.
“I feel like they’re torturing me,” she said. She said the city needs a stricter ordinance regulating the noise. Fraser singled out one truck, Jerry’s Ice Cream, as the biggest offender.
Steckman said he would send Jerry’s Ice Cream a letter about her complaint.
Steckman also said the city is in the process of reviewing the city’s code book, which he said contains contradictions that “we are trying to address.”