Staff has turned in their departmental reports for the fourth quarter. As always, I’m amazed at how much work gets done quietly and without fanfare throughout the city.
During the Fourth Quarter of this year, October through December….
Human Resources processed 7 new city employees and processed out 13 employees leaving employment with the city.
In the Division of Fire, calls for fire service were down significantly from fourth quarter this year (657) compared to the same time in 2017 (800). EMS runs were slightly down for the same quarter, 2,393 in 2017, compared to 2,300 this year during the same time period. Heroin overdoses were down 49% in 2018 from the peak in 2017. I hope that we’ve turned the corner on the worst of this epidemic.
Building Inspection processed 452 new permits with a construction value of $20,202,224, and completed 968 inspections during the fourth quarter.
Middletown Division of Police continues to see drops in crime. Part One crimes, the most serious crimes, have dropped from 3,217 crimes during 2017 down to 2,650 Part One crimes this year. Calls for service have shown a similar decline from 40,602 in 2017, down to 22,869 in 2018. The reduction in calls for service allows our officers to be more proactive in preventing crime and we hope the trend continues. It also improves our response times. Response to Priority One calls for service was at 6.1 minutes last year. With the reduction in call volume, MPD has dropped that response time to 2.6 minutes in 2018.
The Law Department reviewed 256 contracts in 2018, prepared 131 pieces of legislation for City Council’s consideration, and the Municipal Court and Prosecutor’s are working on 12,916 open cases including 986 felonies, 3,994 misdemeanors, 317 OVI (drunk driving) cases, and 7,619 traffic cases.
The Health Department year to date inspected 526 food service operations, handled 110 animal bites, completed 48 indigent cremations, issued 4,732 birth certificates and issued 3,817 death certificates.
Public Works completed repairs on 786 traffic signals in 2018, spent 2,441 hours working special events in the city, completed cleaning of 16,655 linear feet of sewer mains, completed 1,929 lane miles of street sweeping, and made repairs to 367 street signs. They’ve treated ,911 million gallons of wastewater, repaired 75 water mains, and produced 3,782 million gallons of drinking water.
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!