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A Newsletter for City of Melbourne Employees, December 2017

Message From the Deputy City Manager

A little over a year ago, the Service is Our Business Award program was changed based upon the input of more than 300 employees who completed a survey, as well as the efforts and research of the employee recognition committee, which was made up of individuals from each department. The goal of the program was to make it easier for all employees of the organization to be recognized, regardless of their position.

Since its inception, 209 employees have received Applause Awards recognizing their outstanding efforts in exceeding normal job requirements in order to provide customer service, perform a service or project, or to facilitate teamwork and/or collaboration. Once a quarter, each individual receiving the Applause Award has a chance to win one of four $100 gift certificates. Additionally, another 16 employees were recognized with Employee Excellence Awards for successfully demonstrating extra responsibilities or special projects that went above and beyond their normal duties; for demonstrating exceptional performance on an on-going basis; or for providing outstanding customer service, either internally or externally. These employees each received a $100 gift certificate.

We will be reconvening the employee recognition committee soon to assess the program and solicit feedback from employees. We want to be sure the program is working as intended and to consider any ideas to make it better. Please take the time to provide input when asked. If you have any questions about how the program works, please see your department director or employee recognition committee member.

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by. Thank you for all you have done individually and together to serve our community this year. Thank you for supporting each other. I wish each of you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.

Best Regards,


City Receives Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation event group photo, December 7, 2017.
On December 7, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation held a special event to recognize the central Florida agencies that received equipment grants this year and thank them for participating in the program. Sam Byrd, Training Chief, Melbourne Fire Department (back row, fourth from left); Dan Lynch, Commander, Melbourne Police Department (back row, far left); and Nicole Patterson, Assistant to the City Manager, attended the event along with representatives from the foundation and other local agencies. The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is "to impact the life‐saving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities." In total the foundation gave 11 Orlando-area agencies $226,000 in equipment. The Melbourne Fire Department received 270 particulate filtering firefighting hoods (grant award value: $22,937), and the Melbourne Police Department received 16 Automated External Defibrillators (grant award value of $17,997).

Disaster Debris Collection Completed

Aerial view of large pile of vegetation debris from Hurricane Irma.
In late November the City of Melbourne completed collection of all disaster debris left by Hurricane Irma. A total of 108,334 cubic yards of debris was collected by the City's debris management contractor — almost double the amount of debris collected after Hurricane Matthew (56,417 cubic yards). This photo shows an aerial view of vegetation collected at the Melbourne debris management site.

Finance Department Holds Holiday Decorating Contest

Winners of the Finance door decorating contest. 

The Financial Services Department hosted its first annual Winter/Holiday Door/Cubicle Decorating Contest this month. Judging took place on December 15. The winters are (pictured left to right): Hannah Bult, first place; Tammy Rodriguez, second place; and Carolyn Brennan, third place.

Street Sweeping Removes More Than 1.3 million pounds of Debris in FY17

Melbourne, FL, street sweeper.
Street sweeping is one of the important tools to keep pollution from entering the Indian River Lagoon. In the past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017) street-sweeping efforts removed a total of 1,385,000 pounds of debris from City of Melbourne roadways that otherwise would have been washed into the lagoon. The City of Melbourne runs a street sweeper Monday through Friday to collect debris from known heavy-debris areas in Melbourne. This debris mostly comes from mature trees that regularly drop leaves. A city contractor sweeps an additional 300 curb miles of streets each month. Street sweeping helps to keep nitrogen and phosphorus out of the Indian River Lagoon. Last year, street sweeping removed 780 pounds of total nitrogen and 500 pounds of total phosphorus.


Employee Excellence Award Presented to Rebecca Thibert

Shannon Lewis, Rebecca Thibert and Mike McNees 

Employee Excellence Awards recognize employees for taking on extra responsibilities or special projects that go above and beyond their normal duties, for exceptional performance on an on-going basis, and for outstanding customer service, either internal or external. In December, Deputy City Manager Shannon Lewis and City Manager Mike McNees recognized Executive Assistant Rebecca Thibert with an Employee Excellence Award for her efforts in planning and implementing an automated agenda system. Rebecca oversaw the project from start to finish and was instrumental in assembling a work group, generating the needs assessment, preparing for the procurement process, working with the vendor to set up the system, and training employees. The successful implementation of this project would not have happened without Rebecca’s personal commitment to the project and follow through. The automated agenda system will streamline our existing manual process and enhance the procurement process.



Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Robert Coger to Maintenance Repair Technician, Water Distribution   
  • Timothy Hatcher to Maintenance Worker II, Water Distribution   
  • Robert Mattingly to Fleet Technician III, Fleet Management   
  • Amanda Moyer to AP Ground Services Manager, Airport Ground Handling   


Service Awards

November 28 City Council Meeting Employee Service Awards Presentation.

During the November 28 City Council Meeting, the mayor, council members and city manager congratulated and thanked employees who recently reached service milestones. Pictured from left to right City Manager Mike McNees, Council Member Tim Thomas, Shaniese Alexander (20 years), Jennifer Chase (20 years), Cary Sargent (25 years), Mayor Kathy Meehan, Council Member Teresa Lopez, Council Member Paul Alfrey, Council Member Debbie Thomas, Vice Mayor Yvonne Minus, Council Member Betty Moore.


Welcome New Employees

December 2017 New Employee Orientation Group Photo

Pictured left to right: Christopher Patterson, Parks Maintenance; Timothy Keen, Airport Police; Tonya Carey, Airport Administration; Graig Tarantino, Police Operations; Robert Messersmith, Information Technology; Paul Guidone, Police Operations; Jediah White, Water Production



  • Donna Zions, Airport Maintenance Supply Specialist, retired on December 1 after seven years of service.
  • Nehru “Nate” Powell, Senior Signage Services Technician, retired on December 15 after 21 years of service.

News to Share?

Please contact Cheryl Mall, PIO: Cheryl.Mall@mlbfl.org or (321) 608-7265.