Middletown talks trash and flood maps

By Pauline Liu
The Middletown Town Board tackled a cornucopia of topics, when it met last Tuesday night, including new flood maps, trash concerns, as well as whether the public should be given a chance to speak at the beginning or end of the meeting.

About 30 people were in attendance as Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis presented a 15-minute-long public hearing about the newly-updated flood maps and new flood law. 

Fairview Library receives town funding

By Pauline Liu
After weeks of waiting and a heated confrontation with Town of Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, the trustees of the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville have finally received $12,500 in funding from the town.

The money, which had been earmarked for the library in Middletown’s 2012 budget, arrived in the mail on Monday. It was at least three weeks late.

Post-flood bumps up Middletown permits

Staff report
Town of Middletown building permit activity showed a small increase from the previous year, due primarily to flood-related projects.

Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Patrick Davis presented the municipality’s Building and Zoning Department’s Annual Report to the town board at its February 14 meeting.
Mr. Davis said that the total number of building permits for the township, including the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, rose from 167 to 176 over 2010.

Middletown sets flood law hearing

By Pauline Liu
The Town of Middletown is preparing to hold a public hearing on flood law and damage prevention before the regularly scheduled monthly town board meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

Since the town participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, it is being asked to update the current flood law as well as its Flood Insurance Rate Maps to identify the areas with the greatest risk of flooding.

Step in the process

Flood buyout info is Middletown topic

By Pauline Liu
Residents and business owners whose properties were wrecked by tropical storms Irene and Lee may be able to qualify for assistance towards a buyout, an elevation or relocation through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
At the request of the Delaware County Planning Department, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller has invited about 70 hard-hit residents and business owners to an informational meeting at Middletown Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

Middletown grapples with flood relief issues

By Pauline Liu
Members of Middletown Town Board made the difficult decision last Tuesday night to not participate in a 2011 property tax break program for flood victims, because they believe the town cannot afford to.

With new Supervisor Marge Miller at the helm, it was one of the toughest issues tackled by the town board at its first meeting of the new year. 

Historical Society takes over Grange

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), established in 2005, finally has a home of its own, thanks to the generosity of the New Kingston Valley Grange (NKVG).
The Grange has donated its clubhouse and seven acres on Cemetery Road, Margaretville, to HSM which will use it for programming, special events, exhibits and office space.

NKVG Master Marian Schimmel emphasized that the Grange, which has occupied the site since 1994, is not disbanding. Its members will continue to meet at the Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian Church.

Middletown finally adopts Comp Plan

By Pauline Liu
The final Middletown Town Board meeting of the year, held at town hall last Tuesday night, was one that attendees won’t soon forget. For one thing, the marathon meeting lasted four hours, something that town officials say is unheard of.

For another, it was Town Supervisor Len Utter’s last meeting, since he’ll be retiring at the end of the year. Utter felt the lengthy session was productive, especially since the board adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan.

Len Utter reflects on 12 years as supervisor

By Pauline Liu
As the year draws to a close, Middletown will be ringing out of the final term of Town Supervisor Len Utter. After serving for six terms, totaling 12 years, he is preparing to retire on December 31. His departure marks the end of an era in Middletown leadership.

Cell phone service focus of Middletown ZBA hearing

By Pauline Liu
Visitors and residents, who’ve long complained about the lack of cell phone service in the region, may be getting some relief in the months to come.

On Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar will appear before the Middletown Zoning Board of Appeals to request a zoning variance for land that he owns off county Route 38 on the Arkville-Margaretville border. By all accounts, he appears to be taking initial steps to have a cell-phone tower installed on his property.

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