Middletown hears plans for trooper's memorial

By Julia Green
The Middletown Town Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Middletown Town Hall. Board members and members of the public addressed a number of topics, including:
A request was made by the Middletown highway superintendent to purchase a new truck from a state bid contract. Following a discussion regarding the warranty specifications of the purchase, the motion was carried to approve the purchase. Also reviewed was the annual agreement to spend highway funds.
Heather Gockel was in attendance to present a proposal for the planned memorial to New York State Trooper David Brinkerhoff, who was killed in Margaretville last April. The committee behind the memorial planning has purchased a jet-black granite stone from India, which is already being cut. The market price of the stone, which stands five feet tall and stretches two-and-a-half feet wide, is estimated to be between $12,000 and $15,000. The memorial itself will be an octagonal shape with each section spanning 10 feet and although the site has not been finalized, it is proposed to be constructed on the grounds of the town hall building. The board gave the approval for the committee to continue with its planning and will meet with them to decide on a site for the memorial. The dedication of the memorial is tentatively scheduled for April 25.
Also discussed were insurance bids for the town insurance policy, water district matters brought forward by water superintendent Terry Johnson, and 2007 budget amendments. Additionally, the board entered into an annual contract with Delaware County for planning advisory services and reviewed the code of ethics, investment policy and procurement policy.
The next town board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall.