The fourth quarter 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 fourth quarter of 2017, from October through December:
Human Resources processed 80 employee evaluations, welcomed 12 new employees, processed the departure of 15 employees, and posted 4 job announcements.
The Health Department conducted inspections on 162 food service operations, investigated 35 animal bites, completed 12 indigent cremations, inspected 6 tattoo establishments, issued 850 birth certificates and issued 779 death certificates.
Code enforcement for 2017 completed 974 commercial inspections, resolving 386 violations; completed 1200 residential inspections, resolving 1,848 violations; and completed 6,417 nuisance inspections, resolving 4,334 violations.
The Law Department for the fourth quarter reviewed 71 contracts and drafted 49 pieces of legislation for City Council. The Prosecutor’s Office at the end of 2017 had 12,970 open cases including 1,099 felonies, 4,851 misdemeanors, 388 drunk driving cases, and 6,6,32 traffic cases outstanding.
Middletown Division of Police has been very active in drug enforcement over the past quarter. Part one crimes (the most serious crimes), dropped from 3,573 in 2016 to 3,217 in 2017. We had 162 less domestic violence incidents in 2017 than the previous year. Felony drug arrest went from 396 in 2016 to 609 in 2017. Our K-9’s continue to pull drugs off the streets every day. We continued to see leveling off of overdoses as 2017 came to a close.
In the fourth quarter, the Middletown Division of Fire ran 2,393 EMS calls for service compared to 2,342 for the fourth quarter last year. We saw an uptick in calls for fire response, with 800 calls for service this year vs. 557 calls for service in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Our social media presence continues to grow. Through the end of December, the City Instagram account had 965 followers, the City’s Twitter account was followed by 1,153 people, and for the fourth quarter, the City’s Facebook page was accessed 766,170 times.
Building Inspection for the 4th quarter issued permits for 7 new single family homes valued at $1.96 million and 4 new commercial buildings totaling $4.66 million in construction value.
Public Works in the third quarter made repairs to 152 traffic signals, performed 722 lane miles of street sweeping, made repairs to 115 street signs, treated 1,394 million gallons of wastewater and produced 764 million gallons of potable water (Water Treatment Plant). December had 6 snow events requiring 571 overtime hours for snow plowing of streets.
I am proud of all our City employees that are working hard to move this community forward. We are making progress, and that will only continue in 2018.
The full reports should be online by the end of the week!