Amortization hearing, appoints on Middletown Council agenda

Good afternoon. I hope you are all staying inside somewhere today. I used to live in the Adirondacks, and this is cold even for me.

I was looking at the agenda for Middletown’s Common Council meeting tonight, and the biggest thing on it probably will be the hearing on the amortization law.

Aside from that, most of the agenda is re-organizational stuff that got put off because a storm led to the cancellation of last week’s meeting — re-appointments of various department heads, committee appointments for the aldermen, and appointing 4th Ward Alderman Jude Jean-Francois to fill the office for the rest of the year. (He was appointed after Joel Sierra resigned to become a city firefighter.) They will also be scheduling a public hearing on the proposed community development/urban renewal plan; assuming the Council schedules it (it’s a pretty routine vote), that hearing will be at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21. (The Planning Board voted to approve it already last month.) And, they’ll be voting on whether to appoint Joel Sierra as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Tom Amodio, the old chairman, recently resigned, according to an email attached to the meeting agenda on the city’s website.

The Council meets on the second floor of City Hall, at 8 p.m.

Also, I was looking at the Planning Board agenda for tomorrow night, and Sterling Acquisitions’ application to build another 309 apartments off of Uhlig Road, next to their existing and ongoing Sterling Parc development, is on there. According to the city Corporation Counsel’s office, they are seeking their final approval tomorrow. That meeting will be at 7 p.m., second floor City Hall.

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