Middletown

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.


Middletown renews agreement to fund ambulance

The Town of Middletown has renewed its agreement to provide nearly $70,000 annually to assist with operational costs for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad.

The board approved a resolution supporting this five-year agreement at its December meeting. This is the second time that the Middletown Board has agreed to a five-year obligation to supplement the ambulance squad’s budget.


Greene ski areas blast Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two private sector ski areas in the region are once again leveling charges of unfair ticket promotions against state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain, both located in Greene County, and who vie for the same skiers that Belleayre does, researched Belleayre’s records and discovered that for the past two ski seasons Belleayre has given away about 10 percent of its lift tickets for free.
Out of 169,000 skiers last season 16,000 were given free tickets. The season prior 16,700 got free tickets.


Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction a hit as Christmas Project fund-raiser

By Jill Ribich
A festive crowd of nearly 70 hearty souls braved the cold and wind Sunday evening to attend the annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction and Dinner Dance at the La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.  
Proceeds from the auction benefit the Community Christmas Project, a grass-roots organization that provides food, clothing and holiday cheer to those in need throughout the Town of Middletown.Jennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiJennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiFor many years the Community Christmas Project has brought comfort and cheer to families and senior citizens in Middletown.  It is their goal that not one child in the area goes without warm mittens, brightly wrapped toys and a complete turkey dinner at Christmas.  Volunteers work year-round to raise money, purchase gifts and food, wrap and deliver the items, and seek out the people to whom these items will be distributed.


Support welcome for Christmas Project

Margaretville — The Community Christmas Project, which serves families and individuals in the Margaretville area, is again asking for support in helping your friends and neighbors this holiday season. The project, founded by area women nearly 50 years ago, served 142 families last year (252 adults and 217 children).


Middletown budget has 2.6% tax hike

The Town of Middletown has adopted a 2011 budget that reflects a 2.6 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The Tentative Budget included a tax increase of 8.4 percent, but the board made several large cuts that reduced that total by nearly six percent.


Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction benefits Christmas Project

Fleischmanns — Plans are underway to make this year’s Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction to benefit the Community Christmas Project a fun evening for everyone. The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 5 p.m. and includes both live and silent auctions and dinner and dancing at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.


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