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No shows for Middletown meeting mean discussion only

MIDDLETOWN – With not enough members present to vote on anything, the town’s Planning Commission meeting Monday night was discussion only.

Planning Commission member Joan Roche began the meeting with a request.

Roche said she had to read about the reduction in the number of members sitting on the commission in the newspapers, as well as the resignation of Shayla Wharton.

At the last Middletown work session, the number of members from the Planning Commission was reduced from seven to five, leaving four voting members and the chair, who only votes to break a tie.

Planning Commission members John Copeland and Mark Dalton were not at the meeting, leaving only members Roche and Frank Meres.

Wharton tendered her resignation from the commission about a month ago, citing personal reasons, including continuing her higher education.

Roche requested that the commission members be notified before having to read it in the papers of developments that impact them.

Chairman Daryl Terrill apologized and said he would do better on getting information out more quickly to members.

The committee then moved on to hear from Michele Snyder, the town’s newly hired assistant zoning director.

Snyder is trying to clear up established zoning schedules. She said she found that the department had zoning fees set in 2008, and another set in 2011, but she said it appears the town never rescinded the first set.

Another problem is that some zoning services are incorrectly listed in wrong areas of the schedule, she said.

Commission members agreed to have Snyder continue her work, detailing changes in a bullet-pointed list that they would review at the next meeting on April 30.

Members also looked at sign designs for Dave Holliday and Dave Holliday Construction to be installed at the Village of Middletown subdivision.

Members liked the look of the signs, but at 30 square feet, the request will need to be reviewed and approved as part of the comprehensive sign program. The sign ordinance only allows for 18 square feet. The members realized a sign that small would look small on the large gateways of the subdivision.

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