Middletown building permits dip slightly in 2013

Building activity in the Town of Middletown dipped slightly during 2013, according to the Annual Report by the town’s code enforcement officer.
Patrick Davis, who serves as code enforcement officer for Middletown and the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns, reported that 105 building permits were issued in the township last year. This number is down from 117 the previous year and 119 in 2011.
One area of increase was under the heading of new homes, with five permits issued. In the past two years, a total of three new home permits had been issued.
Other permit categories saw the following permit activity: trailers, three (unchanged); doublewides, two (up one); modular homes, zero (down two); garages/outbuildings, 10 (down nine); alterations, additions and repairs, 82 (down six); permits for commercial buildings, three (unchanged).
Of the total number of permits issued, CEO Davis indicated that six were Stop Work orders placed on projects that had been started prior to a permit being obtained.
Two floodplain development permits were issued in the Town of Middletown. One of the permits was for an addition on the back of the Maine Black Bear restaurant and the other was for a pump house for a community water supply, both in Arkville.
The total value of work being done for which permits were issued was $2,230,100 (including the town and both villages). Revenues from building permits in Middletown totaled $31,119 compared to $35,108 for the previous year. Permit fees in the Village of Margaretville were $2,235 and totaled $4,717 in the Village of Fleischmanns.
Activity in the zoning department saw applications for seven subdivisions. Four of these were approved, one was withdrawn and two are pending.
Four applications were received for variances to the Zoning Ordinance. Two of these were approved and two withdrawn.
CEO Davis’ reported also noted that 22 zoning violations were handled by his department. Eighteen of these cases were successfully closed and four remain pending. Three violations are open from 2012 and 16 violations remain open from 2011 activities.
Fourteen fire inspections were completed on new furnace and chimney installations.
There were a total of 50 fire inspections completed at local businesses and places of public assembly.