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!