Building activity dips slightly in Middletown

Staff Report
Building activity in the Town of Middletown showed a slight decline in 2012, according to Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis.

The CEO presented a report from the Building and Zoning Department to the town board at its February meeting.
The total number of building permits for the township, outside the villages of Margaretville and
Fleischmanns, totaled 117, down two from the previous year.

A breakdown shows the following types of permits issued: new homes, one; trailers, three; doublewides, one; modular homes, two; garages/outbuildings, 19; alterations/additions/repairs, 88; and commercial, two.

Mr. Davis indicated in his report that 11 permits were created by Stop Work orders placed because work was started prior to a building permit being obtained.
In activity throughout the township, including the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, there were 170 building permits issued, down from 176 the prior year.

Four floodplain development permits were issued in the town, along with one in Margaretville and two in Fleischmanns. Mr. Davis indicated that two of the floodplain development permits were to replace trailers, one was to build a new pump house for the Arkville Water District and one for the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville.

Small subdivisions
Zoning Department work included review of four subdivisions, with three approved and one pending. The four subdivisions will create a total of eight lots. In addition, property owners applied for five boundary line adjustments, that included a total of eight lots that were put back together.

The code enforcement officer was involved in 28 cases last year involving zoning violations. Of this total, he reported that 21 cases have been successfully closed and seven are still pending. Mr. Davis said there are 21 open violations remaining from 2010 and three violations unresolved from 2010.
The building and zoning department received and approved 11 applications for demolition permits.

The CEO performed 19 fire inspections on new furnace or chimney installations, including new woodstoves. Mr. Davis indicated that no structure fires were reported to his department last year.