MIDDLETOWN –The township committee is seeking volunteers to help them preserve Middletown’s rich history and chart a course for a vibrant economic future. Volunteers would be appointed to one of two new advisory bodies – the historic preservation commission or the economic development committee.“It’s necessary to preserve the remnants of our storied past for future generations. It’s equally as important that we take steps to ensure future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the high quality of life we enjoy in Middletown today,” Mayor Anthony P. Fiore said.The Middletown Historic Preservation Commission is charged with fostering awareness and appreciation of the community’s history, advancing public knowledge through outreach programs and education, and encouraging the growth of heritage tourism in the township. Members also will be dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and archiving documents and artifacts that tell a tale about the founding of Middletown as one of the state’s earliest colonial settlements as well as its continuing evolution.The historic preservation commission will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee, a landmark commission member and five public members appointed by the township committee. The commission is expected to meet six times a year.The Middletown Economic Development Committee will focus on fostering new economic growth and the retention of existing businesses and industries. Members will be charged with uniting business leaders and local elected officials so that they may pool resources and ideas that benefit all residents and businesses. The committee’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a desirable business climate that promotes economic growth, job development and the expansion of the commercial tax base.The economic development committee will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee and six public members, including three from the business community. The committee is expected to meet monthly.“There’s an incredible wealth of talented residents and business leaders here in Middletown,” the mayor said. “I’m looking forward to meeting people who can donate some time to help us preserve the past and protect the future.”Residents interested in volunteering their time and experience are encouraged to submit an application on the Middletown Citizen Leadership Form. Applications should be sent to Middletown Citizen Leadership Act, c/o Township Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.Additional information is available by calling 732-615-2015. The application can be downloaded from www.middletownnj.org. Look under the “Boards and Commissions” section of the website.