HISTORICAL RESTORATION COMMISSION
Established by ordinance in 1969, the Historical Restoration Commission is the historic preservation arm of the Borough. The seven-member board, whose members are appointed by Borough Council, is charged with the following responsibilities:
The Commission shall seek out and maintain a written catalogue file of all property of historical or antiquarian interest within the Borough of Middletown.
• The Commission shall encourage private property owners who own property of an historical or antiquarian value to maintain, restore and repair this property.
• The Historical Restoration Commission is directed and authorized to maintain public ancient landmarks and other public property of historical or antiquarian interest located in the Borough of Middletown and to seek the technical assistance that may be provided by the Pennsylvania State Historical Commission. It shall adopt rules and regulations controlling the maintenance, restoration, repair, operation and supervision of ancient public landmarks and other property of historical or antiquarian interest.
• The Commission shall have the power to promote the preservation of historic sites, landmarks and other property of an historical or antiquarian nature associated with the history of the Borough of Middletown and also to promote educational interest in all such historical matters.
• The Commission shall have the power to recommend to the Borough Council that certain historical or ancient sites and landmarks be acquired by the Borough, either by gift or purchase.
• The Commission shall have the power to designate historical and antiquarian sites and landmarks and to administer and control such sites and landmarks as may be acquired by the Borough of Middletown. It shall also have the power to transfer, with the approval of the Borough Council, any object of historical or antiquarian value or significance which the Commission may decide it does not desire to use or display to the proper state agency or other historical society or association which may use it for such purpose or purposes as may be needed.
• The Commission shall have the power to accept on behalf of the Borough of Middletown, with the approval of the Borough Council, all gifts, consisting of documents, paintings and other objects of historical or antiquarian value, as well as money for the uses and purposes as set out in this chapter or any amendment hereto.
• The Commission shall have the power to administer the operation of any museum or museums that may be established by said Commission after first receiving approval for its or their establishment from the Borough Council.
• The Historical Restoration Commission shall have the right, subject to the approval of the present property owner and to Council consent, to certify various structures or sites of historical, artistic, architectural or antiquarian value and worthy of preservation. The Borough will finance all costs pertaining to certification and recording fees.
• Buildings or sites thus certified shall be marked with appropriate plaques or markers. The Borough will finance the cost of the plaques or markers from Borough funds or from donations from service clubs or private interests.
Buildings or sites thus certified may not be destroyed or externally denatured without consent of the Borough Council, acting upon the advice of the Historical Restoration Commission.
• The Commission shall have exclusive custody and control of all ancient public landmarks and other property of historical or antiquarian interest committed to it by the Borough Council or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under any statute or ordinance placing the same under the supervision and under the control of the Pennsylvania State Historical Commission.