Middletown Township  
   September 2019
Bill Oettinger Resigns
On August 12th, Supervisor Bill Oettinger announced his resignation from the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors. His resignation comes as he and his family moved outside the Township.

First elected in 2013, Oettinger has made a career of serving the community. He is a longtime member of the Parkland Fire Company, and he works as the Lower Southampton Township Fire Marshal. He also served on the School Board of the Neshaminy School District from 2009 to 2013. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Oettinger was known as a strong advocate for emergency services. In his parting words to the community, he thanked the staff and called for increased volunteerism in the local fire companies.

"It takes special people to step up and serve their community," said Board of Supervisors Chairperson Tom Tosti of Oettinger. "I want to thank Bill for all he has done to serve this community, and I wish him luck in all he does in the future."

Welcome Doug Downing

Middletown is pleased to welcome Doug Downing as its newest member of the Board of Supervisors. He was appointed at the September 3rd Board meeting and will serve until December 31, 2019 to fill the unexpired term of Bill Oettinger.

Downing grew up in Middletown and graduated from Conwell-Egan High School. He served 8 years in the United States Army Reserves, earning the rank of sergeant. He holds both a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in engineering management from Pennsylvania State University.

Currently working as an Electrical Project Engineer for Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Downing once actually worked for Middletown taking care of our parks as a seasonal grass cutter. Downing currently lives in Langhorne with his wife and two children.
Community News
Beer Garden Fundraiser

This fall, the Middletown Community Foundation invites you to attend their new beer garden fundraisers.

Proceeds from Middletown Community Foundation fundraisers support their programs that provide college scholarships, sponsorships for children to attend summer recreation, and many other efforts benefitting the community.

The inaugural event will take place in the Oxford Valley Mall parking lot outside J.C. Penny on Saturday, September 21st, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will have activities for all ages, including food trucks, games, and live music from local band Big Whiskey. Adults will be able to enjoy a variety of local beers and wines.

"The beer gardens are a fun, different way for us to support many important programs in the community," said MCF President Jim Merrill. "We hope to see many people at these events enjoying time with friends and neighbors throughout the fall."

The other events are as follows:
  • September 28 - Parkland Fest Community Day, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Firefighters' Park, featuring music from the Uptown String Band
  • October 19 - Oxford Valley Mall, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., details to be determined
  • December 12 - Middletown Township Municipal Center Holiday Open House, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Flu Vaccines Available

The Bucks County Department of Health is offering FREE Flu vaccinations to county residents in September. For Middletown residents, the closest location is the Department of Health Building at 7321 New Falls Road in Levittown.

For additional information on this program of Flu vaccinations in general, please visit the website of the Department of Health.

Community Shred Event

The next Shred Day event is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th, from 9 a.m. until noon. Township residents may bring up to three boxes of paper to the Oxford Valley Mall parking lot (near the Woodbourne Road entrance). This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of any paper or documents containing sensitive information.

Thank you to Inspire Federal Credit Union and the Oxford Valley Mall for partnering with the Township to offer this event.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Kopera at 215-750-3800, ext. 1167, or pkopera@middletownbucks.org .
Taxes and Finance
Budget Calendar

The schedule for development of the 2020 Budget has been announced. The budgeting process will include several public meetings and workshops where residents are encouraged to attend and share their feedback. Please see the schedule below. All times are at 7 p.m.

  • October 14th Budget Workshop
  • October 28th Budget Workshop
  • November 18th Board of Supervisors Meeting - Budget Presentation
  • December 16th Board of Supervisors Meeting
Parks & Recreation
Skate Park Construction Underway

On August 12, a crowd gathered at Middletown Community Park as the Township officially broke ground on a new 8,600 square foot skate park.

Funded by a combination of Township investment, private contributions, and a grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the new facility is designed by local firm 5th Pocket Skateparks. It replaces the once-popular skate park that was damaged years ago during a storm.

Addressing those gathered for the event, Board of Supervisors Chairperson Tom Tosti stated, "This is an important investment in the youth of this community. While many residents already enjoy our great fields and facilities, the Township is committed to expanding opportunities for those with many different interests."

The skate park is expected to open before the end of October.

Other News and Segments
From the Permit Corner

Welcome to the Permit Corner, where you can find out about all the major construction projects throughout the community.

Middletown will soon have a new Wawa after the Board of Supervisors approved the final plans at the September 3rd meeting. The new 5,000 square foot store will be constructed on Old Lincoln Highway across from the Penndel Middletown Emergency Squad. The Wawa will also install 16 fueling stations. The entrance, currently where the emergency signal is located, will be improved to include turn lanes and a traffic signal.

After receiving its approval from the Township, the developer can begin construction after it obtains permits from PennDOT. The Wawa is expected to be completed in summer 2020.
Upcoming Events

September 16  - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
September 21 - Public Safety Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oxford Valley Mall
September 21  - Middletown Community Foundation Beer Garden, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oxford Valley Mall

September 25 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

September 28 -  Shred Day Event, 9 a.m. to noon at the Oxford Valley Mall Parking Lot

September 28 -  Middletown Community Foundation Beer Garden and Parkland Community Day, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Firefighters' Park

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