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.

Middletown Historical Society reviews year

Halcottsville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown held its seventh annual meeting on October 23, when it recognized several volunteers, reported on its activities over the past year, and elected an executive committee to lead it into 2012.

Middletown budget shows slight increase

Staff Report
Restoring some earlier cuts, the Middletown Town Board passed a 2012 budget last Wednesday that reflects a 1.9 percent increase in the tax levy.

Town officials reported this week that because of the omission of a bond interest expenditure from the final budget, the document will be reconsidered at a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at the town hall.

Candidates for Middletown supervisor offer variety of opinions on the election

By Jennifer Kabat
This year there will be what amounts to an historic election in the Town of Middletown, not simply because of the recent flood, but also because of a wholesale shift in town government, with both the long-serving incumbent town clerk and supervisor retiring. For the first time in years there are four candidates, and none is running with a party affiliation.

Chris Stanton challenges Middletown Highway Supervisor Biruk

By Pauline Liu
Even before the nor’easter struck the Catskills last Saturday, the subjects of snow removal and budget cuts have been heating up the Middletown highway superintendent’s race. The incumbent, John Biruk, is Democrat-Independent who will be facing off against Republican challenger Chris Stanton next Tuesday.

Candidate for Middletown Supervisor faced off in debate

By Jennifer Kabat
A hundred and twenty-five people squeezed into the Arkville Firehouse on Monday evening to listen to the four Middletown supervisor candidates debate the issues.

The place was standing room only, with people sitting on the floor and Boy Scouts lined up near the kitchen. In the audience were two mayors, a deputy mayor, town and village board members and the Town of Hardenburgh supervisor.

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