Middletown City School District kicks off new year

I’ve been a little quiet on here for a few weeks, letting all of the other press die down.  It seems to have worked.

I can’t stay away from this however.   Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. put on a clinic this morning on how to kick off the school year in the right direction.

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The first 20 minutes was on our feet cheering.   The Superintendent has a plan similar to what I tried to do when I took over at the city three years ago.  Do the right thing every day and keep moving the city, and in his case, the School District, forward a little bit each day.

I believe in his plans and I believe in his ability to move us forward.  Please rally around this Superintendent and let’s work as a community to raise our test scores and prepare our youth for living wage jobs in the 21st Century.

He has my vote of confidence and my full support.  I believe.

Primary Health Solutions Celebrates with Family Wellness Block Parties

 

Primary Health Solutions-1036 Verity Pkwy, Middletown, OH 45044 is gearing up for its annual Family Wellness Block Party in celebration of National Health Center Week 2017, taking place from August 17th.  For over 30 years, National Health Center Week has given recognition to the services and contributions made by local community health centers.

They celebrate the importance of health centers as they’ve been committed to a long, successful history of providing access to affordable, high quality, and cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved populations throughout the United States.

This year Primary Health Solutions continue partnerships with  WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program along with a variety of local community sponsors: Molina Healthcare, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Interact for Health, Paramount Advantage, Butler County United Way, Community First Solutions, Kori & Everhart Advanced Dentistry, National Retirement Consultants, Inc., Atrium Medical Center, United Healthcare, Baker Chiropractic, The Village Church, and U.S. Bank.

Come out and show your support for PHS at the Middletown location on August 17th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.!  Participate in Free Health Screenings, Education, Community Farmer’s Market, Mobile Dental and Mammography Vans Onsite, Food Demonstrations, Health and Wellness Education, Physical Fitness Activities, Face Painting, Children’s Games, Free Food, Vendors, Cincinnati Zoo on the Move and Give-A-Ways!

Primary Health Solutions is a non-profit, federally qualified, community health center with six offices serving patients from Butler and adjacent counties. Our mission is “to improve community wellness through access to quality, affordable, integrated primary healthcare.

This year’s celebration also includes an event at their Hamilton location-Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Bever Pavilion 210 South 2nd St., Hamilton, OH 45011

For more information about Primary Health Solutions, please go to their website: www.myprimaryhealthsolutions.org.

 

Housing Meetings for the Public

Good morning!   I’ve spent time updating City Council and the School Board on the problems we are having with our housing stock in the city and the impact poor quality housing is having on housing values city-wide and poverty rates.

I’ve also been out in the community making the presentation to a few other stakeholder groups in the City.

It’s time to roll it out to the public at large.  I’ll be hosting two presentations in August.  The  Middletown City School  District was very gracious in allowing us to utilize the school cafeterias at two locations to host these events.

The sole purpose of these presentations is to present to the public some of the issues facing our housing in Middletown and start to see the possible solutions available to address those problems.

The schools can probably handle around 100 people at each location easily.  If we get too overwhelmed I’ll schedule additional presentations for the public.

Please consider joining me at the following days, times and locations:

Thursday, August 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. – Rosa Parks Elementary School cafeteria

Thursday, August 10th, at 6:00 p.m. – Amanda Elementary School cafeteria

I’ll ask more questions than we get answered at these events.  Your input and questions help me to make better decisions as to how to fix some of our housing problems.

Plan to participate, but please be civil!    See you there.

2017 Second Quarter Reports

The mid year departmental reports are in.   I’ll get them posted to the city web page in the next few days.  In the mean time, it’s always interesting to see how much work gets done throughout the city.  Some of it is visible… some behind the scenes.

For the second quarter of this year, from April through June:

Human Resources welcomed 17 new employees and processed the end of employment for 12 departing employees.

The Health Department screened 84 youth for lead levels, conducted inspections on 274 food service operations, completed 65 swimming pool inspections, investigated 52 animal bites, completed 41 indigent cremations, issued 2214 birth certificates and issued 1959 death certificates.

Code enforcement year to date has completed 480 commercial inspections, resolving 174 violations; completed 614 residential inspections, resolving 852 violations; and completed 3598 nuisance inspections, resolving 2027 violations.

The Law Department for the second quarter reviewed 89 contracts and drafted 46 pieces of legislation for City Council.  The Prosecutor’s Office at the end of June had 6747 open cases including 555 felonies, 2497 misdemeanors, 215 drunk driving cases, and 3480 traffic cases outstanding.

Our social media presence continues to grow.  Through the end of June, the City Instagram account had 828 followers, the City’s Twitter account was followed by 906 people, and in June, the City’s Facebook page reached 173,616 people.

Building Inspection issued new permits for 8 single family homes and 3 commercial buildings totaling just over $3 million in construction value.

Public Works in the second quarter made repairs to 136 traffic signals, performed 1365 lane miles of street sweeping, made repairs to 53 street signs, treated 1787 million gallons of wastewater and produced 796 million gallons of potable water.

Middletown Division of Police has been very active in drug enforcement over the past quarter.  Year to date, total drug related arrests are up 28.6% over last year and felony drug arrests are up 40.6% over last year at the same time.  As the drug dealers change their tactics, so do we.    Officer initiated activity, where the officer sees something suspicious and takes action without being dispatched, is up 23.3% over last year.  Our K9 drug dogs continue to pull drugs off the street every day.

We are starting to see some leveling off of overdoses in the second quarter.  While EMS runs are continuing to climb, in the second quarter the Middletown Division of Fire ran 2542 EMS calls for service compared to 2308 for the second quarter last year.

The full reports should be online by the end of the week!

National Media Attention… still

It’s been an interesting week.  We continue to have national media outlets lurking around the city hoping to do another story about how bad opiate addiction is in Middletown.  Forget the rest of Butler and Warren County.  Forget Southwest Ohio.  Forget Ohio.  Forget that it is a national epidemic.

Somehow, they seem to want to focus on Middletown.   I’ve been ambushed by national news reporters this week at the City building and at Triple Moon when I tried to get my morning coffee.  Over the last weekend, national reporters posed as overheated runners and showed up at Fire Headquarters asking for a drink of water and then covertly started questioning the paramedics about heroin addiction.

We have so many wonderful things happening throughout the City.   Employment is high.  New construction is booming.  Income tax is on pace for record levels this year.  We have millions of dollars in capital projects underway throughout the city.

We just finished a great July 4th holiday followed by the Ohio Challenge and  Warrior Weekend to Remember this past weekend.   August 1st is National Night Out with the Middletown Division of Police.  Please plan on coming out as a community at Lefferson Park on August 1.

Opiate addiction is a serious problem throughout the United States.  While I understand the fascination by media, and we watch closely the effect of the epidemic on Middletown, let me put this into another perspective.

The national buzz started when Chief Lolli stated that if we stayed on current overdose levels, we could spend up to $100,000 on Narcan this year.   That is a big number that caught everyone’s attention.   Let’s add some context to that number.

If you go online at the City’s web page, you’ll see that the 2017 budget for the City of Middletown across all funds is $87.6 million.   IF we actually stay on pace and spend $100,000 on Narcan, that represents 0.1% of the budget for 2017.   One tenth of one percent….

We had approximately 600 overdoses in the first half of 2017.  Another big number.  Several of those overdoses were multiple runs for the same individual.  The actual number of patients seen was just under 500.   We are a city of about 50,000 people.  That means overdoses are affecting about 1% of our population.

The devastating effects of addiction are real and the people involved need help.  We have tried as a city to be proactive in that regard.   At the end of the day, however, this is a problem that affects about 1% of our population and potentially drains one tenth of one percent of our budget to save lives with Narcan.    Let’s keep the problem real, not only in terms of lives broken and lost, but also on the real actual effect opiate addiction has on the city’s residents, finances, and resources.

We’re not going bankrupt any time soon from Narcan use.

American Heart Association recognizes Middletown and Monroe Fire Departments

The American Heart Association recognized the Middletown Division of Fire and the Monroe Fire Department at Atrium Medical Center on Monday for their success in reducing heart attack deaths in the community.

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Fire Chief Paul Lolli, Captain David VonBargen, the American Heart Association rep and Atrium President Mike Uhl

The City of Middletown Division of Fire received the Mission Lifeline EMS – Silver Award.  To achieve this status, MFD achieved a 75% or higher compliance rate over the past 12 months for the percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain over 35 years of age who were transported, treated and received a pre-hospital 12 Lead electrocardiogram and for the percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact to Device in less than 90 minutes.

American Heart Association Award

While that seems fairly technical, this isn’t:   From 2008 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a 20% decrease in age-adjusted death rate from heart attacks in our area.  The outstanding care given by your EMS service saves lives.  It’s just that simple.

Our great friends in Monroe received the Mission Lifeline EMS – Bronze status for their great work in the area as well.

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Congrats to two outstanding Fire departments for their achievements and awards.  Thanks to both for saving lives in our communities every day.

Ohio Challenge and Warrior Weekend to Remember

Thanks to Selection.com and Team Fastrax for sponsoring this past weekend’s Ohio Challenge and the Warrior Weekend to Remember.   What a fantastic weekend for the city despite not one hot air balloon making it into the air due to weather.

My wife and I had the privilege of attending the Warrior Weekend to Remember dinner with the Mayor and his wife, the Police Chief and his wife, Judges Melynda and Greg Howard, and MPD sergeant Steve Ream who is also a member of the Fastrax organization.   This is my third Warrior Weekend and the personal stories and love given to our veterans are incredibly powerful every time with an amazing group of Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families who have lost a family member in combat.

Mayor Mulligan gave a Proclamation and John Hart and his brother David oversaw the festivities at the Dinner.   MPD Honor Guard presented our colors.

After dinner, the Warriors and Gold Star families were honored at the Ohio Challenge, followed by live music, a demonstration jump Team Fastrax, a Balloon Glow, a nighttime Fireworks jump by Team Fastrax and then a full fireworks show.

 

Truly a great evening with a great crowd.  A wonderful time for our hero veterans and all who attended the event.

Oh… and I totally have picked out my Halloween costume for next year.  I AM WAR MACHINE….  lol.

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