Middletown

VanBenschoten appointed to Middletown Planning Board

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board appointed Margaretville resident Kate VanBenschoten last Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the town’s planning board.
The vacancy was initially created when longtime planning board member and New Kingston resident Pete Palen submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 13 of this year. The opening was temporarily filled when the town board appointed Kathleen McCarthy to the post on March 10; however, she tendered her resignation on May 11 after serving for only two months. In her resignation, McCarthy said that, “due to unforeseen personal circumstances, [her] availability and ability to serve on the planning board [would] be affected.”


Middletown weighing local law to crack down on illegal dumping

By Julia Green
There will be a public hearing held by the Middletown Town Board on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall to address a proposed local law that would regulate the use of the town transfer station.
The Town of Middletown Transfer Station and Recycling Center Law was proposed by the Town Board in response to recent and ongoing abuses of dumping privileges at the transfer station. Last spring, the town received a bill from the county for $8,000, thanks to the illegal dumping of 42 tons of construction and demolition materials at the transfer station.


Middletown comprehensive plan is meeting topic Thursday

The Town of Middletown will hold a planning workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the Margaretville Firehall to discuss the town’s Comprehensive Plan and to seek feedback from those in attendance.


Middletown fills planning and ZBA posts

By Matthew J. Perry
Four candidates were accepted last month by the Middletown Town Board to fill a full-time position and two alternates on the planning board, and one alternate to the zoning board of appeals.
Catherine McCarthy will fill a seat vacated by Pete Palen at the beginning of the year. Kate VanBenschoten and Paula de Simone were chosen as alternates, while that position on ZBA is now filled by Carolyn Konheim. All were approved by the board by a vote of four to one.


Fire department history exhibit at hall

Margaretville – A new exhibit in the history display case at the Middletown Town Hall spotlights the history of the town’s fire departments.
Town Historian Shirley Davis assembled the display with assistance and memorabilia from George Hendricks. Len and Betty Utter and Kyle Holden also supplied materials for the exhibit, which will run through May and can be seen from 9 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


Missing Middletown tax revenue found in county treasurer's office

By Matthew J. Perry
Close to $1 million in taxes due on six parcels of land, all owned by New York City, were discovered this month to have been deposited with the Delaware County treasurer’s office, solving a mystery caused by an unannounced change in the city’s payment procedures earlier this year.


Middletown has bumper crop of planning board applicants

By Matthew J. Perry
The Middletown Town Board is reviewing an unusually large number of applicants who will be considered for four positions: one regular member of the planning board, two alternates, and one alternate to the zoning board of appeals.


Middletown building report reflects economic slowdown

By Julia Green
The Building and Zoning Department of the Town of Middletown recently published its annual report, which stated that there were fewer building permits issued in nearly all categories. A total of 146 building permits were issued in the Town of Middletown in 2008, a noticeable decrease from the 164 issued in 2007.


Glen George and Heather Gockel county's first father-daughter judges

By Brian Sweeney
When Heather Gockel took her position as Roxbury Town Justice on January 1, she and her father, Middletown Town Justice Glen George, became the first daughter-father judge team in Delaware County history.


Middletown seeks more planning funds to assist with town's development outline

By Julia Green
Peg Ellsworth, executive director of the MARK Group, was on hand at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Town Board to discuss an application for a comprehensive plan grant that is being sought through the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) as a supplement to a grant obtained by Margaretville resident Carolyn Konheim.


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