Cease and Desist order on the owner of the Newfield Street Citgo station last week, after a nearby property owner noticed large numbers of dump trucks putting dirt into a low-lying area. Bruce E. Driska, the city's Zoning & Wetlands Enforcement Officer, and Matt Dodge, the city's environmental planner, determined that the land being filled was floodplain.
Middletown's zoning code mandates that any development within a floodplain requires a Floodplain Development Permit, the cease and desist order mandates that no further work be done on the site until this is obtained. Dodge told The Eye that if the soil scientist determines that there is wetlands-type soil, Sohail would need a permit from Inland Wetlands. If he does not receive a permit, he would be required to either restore the land already filled in, or mitigate by improving wetlands elsewhere.