Middletown Council Moves to Acquire Key Properties for Public Use and Recreation

The Middletown City Council recently passed two ordinances aimed at enhancing public recreational opportunities and preserving open space. The council members, which include Mayor Tony Perry, Deputy Mayor Rick W. Hibell, Ryan M. Clarke, Kimberly Kratz, and Kevin M Settembrino, unanimously voted to establish fair market value for a property known as the Treader property, and to initiate its acquisition.

This property, identified as block 835, part of lot 18, is located near Whipperwill Valley Road. The acquisition, proposed under ordinance 2023-3399, aims to complement an earlier purchase of part of the Treader property by the township. With this move, the township will own the entirety of the Treader property, thus preserving it as open space.

Furthermore, the council introduced another ordinance, 2023-3403, authorizing the purchase and sale agreement with the Mammoth Conservation Foundation for the acquisition of block 202, Lot 10 on Thompson Avenue for open space preservation purposes. This ordinance also passed unanimously and a public hearing is to be held on December 18th, 2023.

In addition to these property acquisitions, the council introduced an ordinance authorizing a new all-way stop at Wilson Avenue and Main Street in Port Mammoth, which includes no left turn restrictions from Wilson Avenue Northbound and Suffk Avenue, and a no right turn restriction from Main Street eastbound.

The council also approved the reappointment of the township of Middletown certified tax collector, Deborah Marchetti, with tenure. A further ordinance was passed to amend a previous one regarding the deed of dedication and Perpetual flood protection Levy easement area on various blocks and authorizing the granting of a deed of dedication on block 276, lot 77.0 to2 on portions of Township-owned property.

The meeting also saw the establishment of an America 250 committee to commemorate the nation’s 250th anniversary, with two additional seats added for the township administrator and the communications director of Middletown.

Despite these advancements, the council made time to acknowledge important dates, recognizing Small Business Saturday, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and Impaired Driving Prevention Month with individual proclamations.

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Tony Perry
City Council Officials:
Kevin M Settembrino, Kimberly Kratz, Rick W. Hibell (Deputy Mayor), Ryan M. Clarke

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