Friday, March 2, 2012
Patch stopped into town hall to welcome George Durgin, the new tax assessor to the job!
If you stop in at the Middletown Town Hall, be sure to welcome George Durgin, the new town tax assessor. Durgin assumed the position about a month ago, and reports that so far it is going pretty well. He said that the new property assessments should be arriving within a month via mail, so any residents with questions or who wish to file an appeal, can contact his office. Some Fun Facts about Durgin: Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 847-7300
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Patch sat down with IT Director Matthew Wainwright to learn that Middletown residents never need to leave their living rooms to visit town hall.
Matthew Wainwright, Information Technology Director for Middletown, does not consider his role as just managing bytes. Rather, he leverages technology to provide a higher level of services and communication to Middletown residents. “If you are paying taxes, I work for you,” Wainwright said. “There is nothing technical about it.” During the last snow storm, Middletown residents did not need to call the police station, seek out a website or even know about the storm, to learn about a parking ban. The notice from the police department was pushed to the Town’s Facebook feed, so it came up on the mobile phones and computers of residents who have “liked” that page to subscribe to it. “The idea is simplistic,” Wainwright said. “We are not trying…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Middletown Beach Commission met Tuesday night to take a final vote on its recommendations to be forwarded to the Town Council for a new boat ramp for Third Beach.
The Middletown Beach Commission has finalized its recommendation for a new Third Beach boat ramp—but without the state funding component that originally anchored the proposal. The advisory board met Tuesday night and unanimously approved the conceptual project points for the Town Council to consider as a replacement solution for the aging and problematic boat ramp. The most dramatic change was the recommendation that the town no longer pursue the 75-percent match grant from the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) that initially ramped up the project discussions earlier this year. “It is recommended that federal or state funds not be used for the project because it will hinder the ability of the town to set its own parking, …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Here's a quick look at holiday closures for Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.
Labor Day is a federal holiday, which means most federal, state and local government offices–with the exception of essential services—will be closed. Businesses differ, so when in doubt, call ahead. Patch's "Places" directory is one easy way to quickly look up phone numbers. Here's what's opened and closed in Middletown on Monday: Middletown Town Hall: closed, with the regular Town Council meeting typically held Monday night rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 6. Click here for this week’s complete town meeting schedule. Middletown's PAYT Trash & Recycling: The town's Pay-As-You-Throw program will run on a one-day delay this week. Middletown Senior Center: closed Middletown Public Schools: closed U.S. Post Office: no mail delivery Banks: vary, …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
As union negotiations continue with Middletown employees, how do talks fit in with the town's long-term efforts to close the gap on the town's $42 million unfunded pension and benefit liabilities?
Like many cities and towns in Rhode Island and across the country, Middletown has struggled to contain the amount owed for pensions and other retiree benefits to municipal employees. Facing a projected $42 million total unfunded liability by 2036, Middletown has employed a two-pronged approach to close that gap--the set-up of trust funds to protect retiree benefits and collective bargaining. According the latest actuarial reports from fiscal years 2009 and 2010 for pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB), Middletown maintains approximately a $68 million total liability, which is the value of benefits already owed. Of that, $36 million is pension liability and $32 million is OPEB, according to previous Middletown Finance …