MIDDLETOWN – Members of the Planning Commission are looking at what needs to be done in the town.
The panel met Monday night and elected Mark Dalton as chair and Joan Roche as vice chair. Daryl Terrill, who was chair, now sits on the Town Council. Roche has been acting chair. They will take over their new roles at the May 27 meeting.
Town attorney J. David Griffin walked the new members through procedure and the importance of giving a vision to and their role in prioritizing town projects.
“You get to tell them (the town and Town Council) what needs to be done,” Griffin told them.
In reviewing a list of work items given to the panel from the town, members discussed the need to start discussions on the update of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the need to get it included on the capital improvement list for funding purposes.
Dalton suggested that there is a strong need to figure out the town’s stormwater issues.
Panel members also discussed studying the stormwater system in conjunction with sewer infiltration, which would require mapping and monitoring lines.
Griffin suggested the town begin by photographing manhole covers in nice weather and again during a storm.
In other matters: Planning Commission members recommended an ordinance defining family day homes and special regulations, such as background checks, for the businesses. There are already several homes in Middletown that offer care services, such as child care.
“They are going to do it, so regulate it,” Griffin said.
New Planning Commission member Mark Furman asked if it would help mitigate town liability, and Griffin replied it would.
Members recommended the proposed ordinance be referred to the town’s Ordinance Committee.