Staff has turned in their departmental reports for the first quarter of 2019. As always, I’m amazed at how much work gets done quietly and without fanfare throughout the city.
During the First Quarter of this year, January through March….
Human Resources processed 20 new city employees and processed out 11 employees leaving employment with the city.
In the Division of Fire, calls for fire service were down significantly from first quarter this year (624) compared to the same time in 2018 (809). EMS runs were slightly up for the same quarter, 2,356 in 2018, compared to 2,417 this year during the same time period. Opiate overdoses continue to drop, with 92 reported during the first quarter this year, compared to 130 for the same period in 2018. 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 331 new permits with a construction value of $5,526,396, and completed 982 inspections during the first quarter. That number included 13 new single family residences to be built.
Middletown Division of Police continues to see drops in most crime. Part One crimes, the most serious crimes, were reported 682 times during the first quarter measured against 677 reported crimes for the first quarter of 2018. Theft related crime continues to drop and the first quarter showed an unusual spike in assaults (55 now vs. 18 last year 1st quarter). Calls for service continue to decline from 8,892 in 2018, down to 8,207 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 57 contracts and prepared 34 pieces of legislation for City Council’s consideration, and the Municipal Court and Prosecutors worked on 2,675 open cases including 248 felonies, 820 misdemeanors, 83 OVI (drunk driving) cases, and 1,524 traffic cases.
The Health Department year to date inspected 96 food service operations, handled 25 animal bites, completed 6 indigent cremations, issued 1,338 birth certificates and issued 954 death certificates.
Public Works completed repairs on 149 traffic signals, spent 316 hours working special events in the city, and completed cleaning of 350 linear feet of sewer mains. They’ve treated 2,303 million gallons of wastewater, repaired 15 water mains, and produced 831 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!