Staff has turned in their departmental reports for the second quarter of 2019. As always, I’m amazed at how much work gets done quietly and without fanfare throughout the city.
During the Second Quarter of this year, from April to June….
Human Resources processed 17 new city employees and processed out 8 employees leaving employment with the city.
In the Division of Fire, calls for fire service were up slightly from second quarter this year (692) compared to the same time in 2018 (649). EMS runs were slightly up for the same quarter, 2,353 in 2018, compared to 2,396 this year during the same time period. Opiate overdoses continue to peak and ebb depending on the month. As the opiate crisis abates, we are starting to track more closely drug overdoses of all kinds to better understand addiction in the city.
Building Inspection processed 492 new permits with a construction value of $31,174,043, and completed 1089 inspections during the second quarter. That number included 18 new single family residences to be built.
Middletown Division of Police saw crime level out in the second quarter. Part One crimes, the most serious crimes, were reported 1,416 times year to date measured against 1,393 reported crimes through the end of June in 2018. Calls for service continue to decline from 18,482 year to date in 2018, down to 18,168 in 2019 year to date. The reduction in calls for service allows our officers to be more proactive in preventing crime and we hope the trend continues.
The Law Department reviewed 49 contracts and prepared 27 pieces of legislation for City Council’s consideration, and the Municipal Court and Prosecutors worked on 2,695 open cases including 253 felonies, 961 misdemeanors, 71 OVI (drunk driving) cases, and 1,410 traffic cases.
The Health Department year to date inspected 170 food service operations, handled 60 animal bites, completed 13 indigent cremations, issued 2,629 birth certificates and issued 1,759 death certificates.
Public Works completed repairs on 199 traffic signals, spent 400 hours working special events in the city, spent 675 hours collecting litter throughout the city, 500 hours of flower bed prep for the spring, and completed cleaning of 9,296 linear feet of sewer mains. They completed 1,209 lane miles of street sweeping, utilized 321 tons of asphalt on pothole repairs, and repaired 178 street sighs. They’ve treated 2,254 million gallons of wastewater, repaired 11 water mains, and produced 1,044 million gallons of drinking water.
Planning is working on completing Middletown’s application to be a Certified Local Government for Historical Designation. They’ve updated the City Development Code to work with Civil Penalties, worked on a Community Strategic Energy Plan, and continue the final work to complete the City’s new Master Plan. They approved new permits for Dunkin Donuts (Breiel at the old Marco’s Pizza), Waffle House (Cin-Day Rd) and Chipotle (Towne Blvd).
The introductory Chapters of the new Airport Master Plan have been reviewed and accepted by the FAA. The airport continues the process to get developable land certified under the SiteOhio program. Drafts of new Airport Minimum Standards, Policies and Procedures, and Leasing Policy are under legal review. Butler Tech is completing build out of class space at the Airport and will house students there this fall.
Phase I of the Oakland Redevelopment project is complete. Phase II will include neighborhood outreach and design of new housing and rehabilitation standards.
That’s a lot of work by a lot of dedicated people. I’m proud of my staff and the work that they accomplish every day. Have a great week!