Historian gives Memorial Day address

By Bill Birns, Town Historian, Town of Middletown
Honor and Memory are the reasons we gather today. We honor, today, the memory of those who have died in defense of our country, died in defense of our independence, died in defense of our liberty. It is fitting and just that we honor them.

Hog Mountain Road project out to bid; new engineering solution found

By Pauline Liu
More than eight months after Hog Mountain Road was closed due to flood damage, the Town of Middletown is preparing to begin accepting bids for its repair. Highway Superintendent John Biruk explained that a construction technique called “soil nailing” will be used to stabilize the landslide on a quarter-mile stretch of the road. He said the estimated cost of the project is between $150,000 and $200,000, which is about half the original estimate. The work can be done quickly. He expects the project can be completed in four days. Biruk made the announcement at the regularly scheduled Middletown Town Board meeting last Tuesday night..

Historical Society opens exhibit at new location

Margaretville — Middletown residents and visitors have long had a love-hate relationship with the Catskills environment: While beautiful and generous in its abundance, its stony ground, weather extremes and flood-prone waterways can be unforgiving.

In “The Great Outdoors,” an exhibit mounted by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), drudgery, damage and disappointment are banished, while the playful, joyful connection between humans and nature, then as now, is on exuberant display.

Town of Middletown website to be launched

Margaretville — The Town of Middletown’s website will go live Wednesday April 18th and can be viewed at the following address: www.middletowndelawarecountyny.org

With financial support from the O’Connor Foundation and a welcoming ‘Home’ page showcasing vintage photos courtesy of the Middletown Historical Society, the website was created by Lisa Tait of Silvertop Graphics in New Kingston.

County judge candidate started law practice in 1987

Delaware County Judge candidate Gary Rosa is an area native and graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1978.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and in 1982 earned a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1985.

Mr. Rosa worked as an associate legislative counsel for the NYS Department of State from 1985-88. He opened his private legal practice in Margaretville on a part-time basis in 1987 and expanded to full-time the following year. He has served as a justice for the Town of Middletown since 1992.

Middletown talks trash and flood maps

By Pauline Liu
The Middletown Town Board tackled a cornucopia of topics, when it met last Tuesday night, including new flood maps, trash concerns, as well as whether the public should be given a chance to speak at the beginning or end of the meeting.

About 30 people were in attendance as Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis presented a 15-minute-long public hearing about the newly-updated flood maps and new flood law. 

Fairview Library receives town funding

By Pauline Liu
After weeks of waiting and a heated confrontation with Town of Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, the trustees of the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville have finally received $12,500 in funding from the town.

The money, which had been earmarked for the library in Middletown’s 2012 budget, arrived in the mail on Monday. It was at least three weeks late.

Post-flood bumps up Middletown permits

Staff report
Town of Middletown building permit activity showed a small increase from the previous year, due primarily to flood-related projects.

Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Patrick Davis presented the municipality’s Building and Zoning Department’s Annual Report to the town board at its February 14 meeting.
Mr. Davis said that the total number of building permits for the township, including the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, rose from 167 to 176 over 2010.

Middletown sets flood law hearing

By Pauline Liu
The Town of Middletown is preparing to hold a public hearing on flood law and damage prevention before the regularly scheduled monthly town board meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at town hall.

Since the town participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, it is being asked to update the current flood law as well as its Flood Insurance Rate Maps to identify the areas with the greatest risk of flooding.

Step in the process

Flood buyout info is Middletown topic

By Pauline Liu
Residents and business owners whose properties were wrecked by tropical storms Irene and Lee may be able to qualify for assistance towards a buyout, an elevation or relocation through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
At the request of the Delaware County Planning Department, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller has invited about 70 hard-hit residents and business owners to an informational meeting at Middletown Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

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