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.
The grant already received has a requirement of matching funds, which are being sought through the CWC grant.
Funding will go toward an economic revitalization plan, and Ellsworth was optimistic about the likelihood of obtaining the grant due to $80,000 already on the table from the state as well as the fact that a comprehensive plan is in progress.
If obtained, the grant would be overseen by the MARK Group. The town board carried a resolution to apply for the grant, which carries a maximum figure of $50,000, from the CWC.
The board also discussed the resignation of Middletown Planning Board member Pete Palen, as well as the naming of alternates to the planning board.
The planning board is a seven-member board, with six seats currently filled; upon resignation of a member, the administrative committee of the town board, is charged with making recommendations to the town board to fill planning vacancies. That committee is comprised of board members Don Kearney and John Roucek, who submitted names for two alternates to the planning board as well as one name for an alternate to the zoning board of appeals.
As it currently stands, there appears to be no minimum requirement in terms of attendance at the monthly meetings of the planning board, which loses two members to trips south during the winter.
In regard to the existence of a minimum attendance requirement, Planning Board Chair John Sanford said, “It’s something we definitely need to think about.”
The upcoming appointment of alternates to the board will be the first.
Middletown residents interested in serving on the planning board should submit a letter of interest to Town Clerk Russell Schebesta.
Addressing the problem of illegal dumping at the Middletown Transfer Station, Carey Wagner, attorney for the town, will draft a local law enacting a fine for dumping without a permit, wherein the owner of the vehicle would be the person held responsible for the fine. The local law will be presented at the February meeting of the town board. In related activity, Roger Davis was appointed to be the transfer station supervisor.
In other action, the town board approved the following: an annual agreement to spend highway funds; amendments to the 2008 budget; an annual contract with Delaware County for town planning advisory services in the amount of $3,500 and a new contract for a comprehensive plan with the price tag of $1,500; an annual agreement for senior meals funding in the amount of $1,800; and acceptance of engineering and survey proposals for the Mill Brook Road FEMA project.