Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activities
Middletown celebrates community in the spirit and footsteps of Dr. King January 14-17 with the
following festivities in his honor:
• Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm The Middletown Lyric Theatre Presents:
The Unity Project: “All Types of People”
• Sunday 4:00 pm Ecumenical: Service 2nd Baptist Church
Speaker: Pastor Mitchell Burch of Towne Blvd. Church of God
• Monday 9:30 a.m. Unity March & Service
From the Sonny Hill Community Center to Rosa Parks Elementary
Greentree Health Science Academy (GHSA)
Great news! The long awaited GHSA project officially started site work last Monday,
01/03/2011. Dirt is being moved to make way for the GHSA building pad. There are 204 days
until substantial completion of construction of the building. Then the move into the building
and interior finishing can be completed in time for the fall 2011 quarter / school year!
You can keep track of the progress of this exciting project through the web camera at the link
Chamber Annual Meeting
Jim Wainscott will be guest speaker. Held this week- Friday, Jan. 14, 12:00 at the Senior Center.
City Building Security
We continue to work on the assessment and plan for the court and city building security. In
light of this weekend’s shootings, we a reminded of how important it is to ensure the safety of
our employees, the public and our elected officials.
A reminder that the annual City Council retreat will be on Saturday, Jan 22 from 9 – 3 at the Chamber Offices.
Economic Development Partnership with Middletown City Schools
During Business Retention visits, the retention committee representative asks employers about
their workforce development needs. Employers have commented that they would like to
receive more local applications, and that they would like a way to help make local graduates
and future graduates aware of their workforce needs. As a result of hearing these and related
comments, staff approached the Middletown City Schools (MCS) about partnering
opportunities, and was then invited to participate on the MCS curriculum committee. The
timing of this connection coincided with the current goal of the committee to grow employer
partnerships. The schools have enjoyed a long history of partnerships. They see an expanded
collaboration as away to provide employers with a stronger workforce while also promoting the
development of the students.
The partnering goal is part of the implementation plan for the “Milestones for Improving
Learning and Education (MILE)” program being implemented by the schools. The program plan
“Community-based approaches to 21st century skills are part of an aligned, comprehensive
economic and workforce development strategy that supports the entire region.”
The first step will be to better identify the skills our employers are looking for, and to define
partnership opportunities employers may be interested in. The committee has been working
on an employer survey and anticipates this being distributed in the next few weeks. The survey
will be brief; it is designed as a first step in gathering information. Employers will have the
option to respond anonymously, however, employers are invited to include contact
Depending on the results of the survey, the committee would like to implement two goals:
- host a gathering in March/April to discuss what New Age Partnerships look like; and
- host a career fair at Middletown High School in late spring.
Group WorkCamps (Community Revitalization)
The organizing committee for the Group WorkCamps project met Wednesday, January 5th at
the Middletown offices of United Way and selected the Meadowlawn and Prospect
neighborhoods for the focus of the Group Work Camps project in July 2011. With the
neighborhoods selected, City staff will be working with the various committees to identify
homeowners in need of volunteer assistance in completing housing repairs. The Group Work
Camps people and S.E.L.F. will be contacting homeowners in the area over the next few
months, identifying the houses to be repaired, drafting material lists for each project, and
performing all of the background work needed to bring all 352 volunteers to Middletown.
Middletown Division of Fire (MDF) One Stage- Three Bands- Twenty Grand……
Members of a local band which includes 2 Middletown firefighters are vying for a chance to
play for thousands at Lucas Oil Stadium (The Indianapolis Colt’s new house) and a shot at
winning a $20,000 cash prize. The competition has lured 25 bands from around the country to
compete in a battle of the bands. Bands cannot contain more than 5 members, one of which
must be an active first responder, in order to be eligible for competition. The three finalists are
to be determined via an online voting contest, while a panel of judges will decide the grand
prizewinner in Indianapolis.
City of Middletown Firefighters, David Adams (Vocals/Guitar) and Brian Fultz (Vocals/Bass) from
the band “The 3rd Alarm” recently shot a video of their song “Promise to Stay” along with band
mates Scott Wright (Vocals/Guitar) and Bob Mack (Drums).
The group entered their music video for a chance at national exposure and the $20,000 cash
prize. This is where you can help. To view the video and vote (you can vote once a day) for
“The 3rd Alarm” visit http://www.fdic.com/index/battle-of-the-bands-2010.html Voting
continues through the month of January with the big show happening March 25th.
Fultz says, “We hope the community gets behind us and sends “The 3rd Alarm” to Indy to
represent Southwest Ohio.” “It would be quite a thrill to play the stadium in front of a huge
crowd, kind of like the adrenaline rush of firefighting!” said Adams. Congrats to our firefighters
and good luck!
On a local note:
The Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has a local connection. The Spurlino Materials located at
4000 Oxford State Road, provided the 300 million pounds of concrete for this project!
Middletown Division of Police (MDP)
Last September 18th, the MDP conducted a Prescription Drug Drop-off for area residents.
Nearly 100 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in and destroyed, which highlighted the
need for a safe, clean method for our citizens to dispose of medication that is old, expired or
simply no longer needed. To meet this on-going need, we have installed a prescription drug
drop-off box in the police lobby. This provides a location for Middletown residents to rid
themselves of outdated medicine without adding to the landfill or contaminating our water
supply, as other disposal methods can do. Police personnel will remove the drugs box, weigh
them and destroy them in an environmentally safe manner. Aside from minimal equipment
costs, this program is cost neutral, yet provides a much-needed service to our community.
The Health Care Committee, in conjunction with the Health Department, is rolling out a new
web-based wellness program, “Vitality”, in our on-going effort to control the costs of health
care. City employees will have an opportunity to attend a demonstration of the new Vitality
program by attending one of the four meetings being held on January 13th and 14th. The
demonstrations will be held in the City Council Chambers on January 13th at 1:30 p.m. or 3:00
p.m. and on January 14th at 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.
Counts for Open Enrollment
The health care plan open enrollment period closed December 3 and the Personnel Division,
along with the Finance Department has been diligently working to ensure that employees have
a smooth transition as we move forward with the administration of the health care plan. The
City offered an additional plan option and as well as a Flexible Spending Account for the first
time. Below are the enrollment counts for each new plan:
39 employees signed up for the new Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
15 employees signed up for the new Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
As announced in my last weekly update, the Manchester Inn has discontinued hotel and
restaurant operations. The Thatcher estate has worked diligently this past week to contact
groups with scheduled events to ensure that refunded deposits are returned. City staff has
communicated all requests to the estate and will continue to field calls as needed.
The Finance department is finalizing the cash reports for council distribution at the next council
meeting. More details to follow.
2011 Paving Equipment Purchases
The Department of Public Works will be purchasing several new pieces of paving equipment
over the next several months as part of the 2011 budget. This equipment will allow us to
provide a more effective and efficient pavement repair program to roadways in addition to
pothole patching. The crews will also be able to repair and resurface parking lots at City
facilities and parks, and eventually some smaller roadway paving. This is one component of an
overall plan to streamline maintenance operations and focus efforts within our available
resources. Existing equipment that no longer fits within the new plan will be sold and the
funds from the sales will be used to offset costs.
Jan 12 Planning Commission City Bldg. Council Chambers(LL) at 6:30 p.m.
Jan 14 Chamber Annual Mtg. Middletown Area Senior Center 3907 Central Ave. 12p.m.
Featured Speaker: James Wainscott, Chairman of the Bd., Pres.& CEO, AK Steel, Inc.
Jan 17 City Building CLOSED in Observance of MLK Day
Jan 18 MPHA meeting City Building Council Chambers (LL) 5:30 p.m.
Jan 18 City Council meeting City Building Council Chambers (LL) 6:30 p.m.
Jan 19 Middletown Police Citizen Advisory Bd. Police Training Room 5:30 p.m.
Jan 22 11th Annual Middletown Police Explorer Benefit Dance VFW Social Center
6962 Coles Rd. House Band performing - door prizes, raffle tickets and 50/50
8pm to 1am. For tickets or other info contact CJ at the police desk 513.425.7700.
Links for additional information:
City Manager’s Weekly Update: www.cityofmiddletown.org
Middletown Community Calendar: http://www.calendarwiz.com/middletowncalendar (copy
and paste in your web browser)
Pothole Patrol: www.cityofmiddletown.org or call 727-3691 (Option 2)
Have a great week! Judy