After having heard neighbor complaints about a massage therapy business on Ridge Road earlier in the meeting, the Commissioners allowed the owner/operator of the business to present her case. The Commissioners unanimously expressed their support for the massage therapy business, and denied the appeal which sought to revoke her residential unit business permit.
The Commissioners heard from Jacqueline Williams representing JDS Holdings, which
hopes to acquire and rehabilitate a tiny lot at 82 N. Main (the lot is 0.05 acres, about 300 square feet). Jon DeSena, president of JDS Holdings, has a successful track record of rehabilitating abandoned and decrepit properties, having previously done so on Newfield Street and on Washington Street. His request was granted.
Algonquin requested permission for the construction of a pipeline within River Road, to bring Natural Gas to the Kleen Energy Site. Algonquin presented a detailed map (right) to the commissioners. The construction and granting of easements was approved unanimously.
Commissioner Catherine Johnson suggested a fresh approach to the Plan of Conservation and Development. She offered to chair a steering committee which would write the final draft of the document. She said that she would invite anybody in the city to join her on this steering committee. Her only requirement is that people should "like to put in their 2 cents," and be willing to come to 4 meetings. Commissioner Ron Borrelli suggested that the steering committee be balanced, and that invitations be extended not only to conservation-minded
folks but also to people who are part of the Chamber of Commerce. Although the other Commissioners were unwilling to commit to the extra meetings involved in the steering committee, Johnson's proposal was approved without dissent. Johnson said that an invitation to "Fellow Middletown Residents" would be forthcoming in The Middletown Eye.