Middletown Township wants to recognize people, organizations and projects who advance historic preservation in town.
Nominations for a “Middletown Historic Preservation Award” will be accepted until November 1. According to a resolution passed at the October 7 meeting, the governing body will choose the finalist.
Anyone wishing to nominate a deserving individual, organization or project should address submit a letter to Town Hall about the history of the project or structure, renovations or programs, and their contact information.
Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger said that he was impressed by the efforts taken by the renovator of an old house at 2 Red Hill Road, also known as the 1684 Rising Sun Tavern, and the intentions of the developer of 18 King's Highway, which dates back to 1820.
"It's good for the businesses in town," the mayor said at an Oct. 7 meeting of the governing body. "It certainly encourages businesses to come to Middletown for this sort of thing, I think. It helps their business to to be recognized for their work."
A Historic Preservation Commission made up of community volunteers has also been appointed, and will meet six times a year. Members are Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray (mayor's designee) Peter Van Nortwick, Linda Maresca, Elaine Hinkley, Thomas Ferrari, Gail Nelsen, and Damon Keeley. They will meet six times a year.