New assessments out in Town of Middletown

By Pauline Liu
The results of a four-year effort to reassess the value of the 4,400 parcels of property in the Town of Middletown hit the mail last week and not everyone’s happy about it.
Some people felt relief after learning that their property taxes are going to remain the same, or may even be reduced but others, who face tax hikes as the result of new assessments, have already begun meeting with town assessors in hopes of gaining some relief.

HSM hosts second genealogy luncheon

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County, will host the second in a three-part series of genealogy lunches on Saturday, April 2 at Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut St., Margaretville.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the library’s Community Room (the former garage). Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Donations to cover the cost of refreshments will be welcomed.

Senior Meals site celebrates anniversary

Margaretville — Delaware Opportunities is celebrating the 37th anniversity of the Margaretville Senior Dining Center. The celebration will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 17 at the Margaretville Methodist Church on Church Street. Corned beef and cabbage with appetizers and trimmings will be served.

The suggested donation for this meal is $5 for seniors over the age of 60 and $6 for non-seniors. Please make reservations by March 11 by calling 586-4764 or 607 746-1710.

Friends of Middletown Cemetery to meet

Margaretville — Friends of Middletown Cemeteries will hold its annual spring planning meeting on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at Fairview Public Library’s Community Room, 43 Walnut St., Margaretville.

HSM Genealogy lunch at Fairview Library

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County, will host the first in a three-part series of Genealogy Lunches on Saturday, March 5 at Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut St., Margaretville.

Middletown revaluation nearly complete

Staff report
A four-year property revaluation project in the Town of Middletown is nearing completion.

The goal of the project is to bring property assessments to full value.

New housing starts drop in Middletown

Staff Report
Building activity was down slightly in the Town of Middletown in 2010 compared to a year earlier.
Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis presented this information in his Annual Building and Zoning Report to the town board at its February meeting.

Construction in the town’s incorporated villages of Margaretville and Fleisch-manns showed slight activity increases over 2009.

Sewer Use Law outlined in Middletown report

Staff report
A report on enforcement actions related to the Town of Middletown / Village of Margaretville Sewer Use Law was presented at the town’s January meeting.

Middletown makes appointments at reorganizational meeting

Staff report
The Town of Middletown held its 2011 Reorganizational Meeting on January 4.
Supervisor Len Utter made the annual list of appointments, including official publications, depositories and various town board members were named as committee representatives.

Middletown clerk, Russell Schebesta, reaches 30-year milestone

Russell SchebestaMargaretville — Russell Schebesta reached a milestone on December 31, 2010, completing 30 years of service as Middletown Town Clerk. Russell began his employment with the town as bookkeeper and benefits administrator in January 1978. He served in this capacity for three years before becoming town clerk.

He was appointed town clerk in December 1980 and was elected to his first full term the following November. He also continued to work as bookkeeper and benefits administrator through 1989. Looking back on his service, Russell said he has observed numerous changes in town government. He noted that when he began work there was no planning board or any land use regulations; zoning and building permit requirements did not exist in Middletown. He issued the town’s first building permits in 1982, prior to the town hiring a building inspector.

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