Message from the Deputy City Manager
Several months ago I provided a brief summary of some of the City’s large ongoing projects. I thought I would take this opportunity to update you on the status of a few of them.
Police Headquarters Facility — A space needs and site assessment for consolidating the two existing police facilities into one new headquarters building was recently completed and presented to City Council. In order to fund this estimated $35 million project, City Council has authorized a referendum to be held during the November general election to ask voters to approve the issuance of general obligations bonds to pay for the project through a new dedicated millage rate. Project costs include design, construction, furnishings, communications equipment, consoles, and contingency. The facility is planned to accommodate the police department for at least the next 20 years. If the voters approve the general obligations bonds in November, design will begin immediately. If the bonds are not approved, we will have to bring alternative options to the City Council for discussion. Information about the project will soon be placed on the City and employee website.
City Hall Fourth Floor — The fourth floor of City Hall has been renovated to provide a flexible training space that can accommodate a group of 50 or two groups of up to 25 each, offices for information technology staff, and lease space for Senator Mayfield’s office. The project has been overseen by Engineering and is proceeding ahead of schedule. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in early August.
Hickory Street — The north end of Hickory Street is closed as the contractor is currently working on utilities and drainage between Sheridan and NASA Blvd. This section is part of the first phase of a “Complete Streets” project funded primarily through the Florida Department of Transportation. The second phase of the project will be from New Haven Ave. to Hibiscus Blvd. The Engineering Department will continue to coordinate activities and street closures with the hospital and fire department as necessary. When available, traffic advisories will be posted on the city’s dedicated Hickory Street project information webpage.
Babcock Street — Engineering and Public Works & Utilities staff originally thought the reconstruction of Babcock Street from Hibiscus Blvd. to just north of the FEC railroad tracks would have been completed by now; however, upon inspection, they found that the stormwater drainage system was in a substandard condition and would compromise the new road construction. The Agreement between the City, the Babcock CRA and Brevard County is in the final stages of being amended to reflect the need for this additional work. It is now expected that construction will begin in August and last for approximately two months.
In addition to the above, there are many other projects and activities happening throughout the city. Everyone is certainly busy, and all of your hard work and efforts to make our community a better place are certainly appreciated.
Thanks for all you do.
Parks & Recreation Raises More than $24,000 for Fireworks
This was another record-breaking year for fireworks fundraising. Parks & Recreation staff raised $24,011 in support of this year’s show, including $5,000 from its first presenting “Super Star Sponsor,” Nationwide Medical Licensing. Because of the large amount of donations we received we were able to fund a spectacular 24-minute fireworks display. Next year our fundraising goal is $25,000, which will fund an even bigger and better show for 2019!
Donating at the $1,000 level were Reiss Engineering, Melbourne Greyhound Park LLC, The B.A.C.K. Center, Waste Management, Bussen-Mayer Engineering Group, Island Root Kava Bar, Ammen Family Cremation & Funeral Care, Melbourne Regional Health System, Infrastructure Solution Services, Frog Bones, Running Zone, and Sutton Properties. Florida Power and Light, Florida Institute of Technology, Dean, Ringers, Morgan, & Lawton P.A., Gator Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, The Mansion, Town of Melbourne Beach, Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson P.A., Embraer Aircraft Holdings Inc., and Gray Robinson each gave $500. Morse Communications, CDM Smith, and Eau Gallie Ace Hardware gave $250 each, and Kathy & Dennis Meehan and Data Flow Systems each contributed $200. $100-donors were Henderson Southeast Corporation, Public Financial Management Inc., Ascension Catholic Church, Modus Operandi Inc., Glover Oil Co. Inc., Sorensen Moving & Storage, and Bolton Partners Inc. $50-donors included Joyal Construction, Pamco ENG LLC, Alice & Eric Griggs, and James Thompson.
Harbor City Masonic Lodge Sponsors Bus Stop
A bus stop will now be free of litter thanks to a partnership between the Harbor City Masonic Lodge No. 318, Space Coast Area Transit and the City of Melbourne. Members of the Lodge have agreed to sponsor and maintain a newly installed trash can at the bus stop adjacent to their building on Aurora Road in an effort to keep the area clean. Long-time resident Cindy Wickham initially alerted City of Melbourne staff about the large amount of trash being left around the stop. Planner Kelly Hyvonen contacted Space Coast Area Transit to see if a trash can could be installed at the stop. Space Coast Area Transit agreed, but said they did not have the staff to empty the can on a regular basis. Noting that the stop was right next to the Harbor City Masonic Lodge, Hyvonen reached out to lodge members through Wickham to see if they would be interested in removing the filled trash bags as a community service. Lodge members enthusiastically agreed. The can was installed on June 16 and so far has been a success. “A partnership to provide a clean bus stop next to the Lodge is great for everyone,” Hyvonen said. “We greatly appreciate the Harbor City Lodge’s willingness to provide this much-needed community service.” For more information about the Harbor City Masonic Lodge visit the organization's website.
City Asks for Public’s Help in Eliminating Snipe Sign Blight
Code Enforcement staff are asking for the public’s help in eliminating the blight of illegal snipe signs. A snipe sign is any sign like this “Junk Cars” sign that is attached to a utility pole, tree, fence post or any similar object on public or private property. Snipe signs are illegal in the City of Melbourne primarily for safety reasons. They are visually distracting — especially when they are posted on stop or other traffic signs. They are a hazard during a hurricane or strong storm, and they area also are a form of litter that blights roadways and neighborhoods. Code enforcement officials remove snipe signs whenever they see them. However, many more are usually put in their place — often as early as the next day. In order to put a stop to this illegal behavior Code officials need to know who is placing the signs so that they can contact that person and begin the compliance process. Calling the number on the signs rarely works — those answering the calls usually will not admit to placing the signs and will not give a name or business address. Whenever Code officials see someone actually posting a sign, they immediately address the person. But the city’s team of Code officials cannot be at every intersection 24 hours a day. Therefore, they are asking the public to help in the effort. If you see someone posting a sign like this one, please send a photo of the person, the person’s car and if possible the license plate to City’s Code Enforcement Division at Code.Compliance@mlbfl.org. For more information, please contact the City of Melbourne Code Enforcement Division at (321) 608- 7905.
PromotionsCongratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:
- Kasey Crowl, Senior Accounts Clerk, Utility Billing & Collection
- Dennis Curry, Maintenance Repair Worker, Facilities Maintenance
- John Labbate, Maintenance Repair Technician, Streets Management
- Michael Labbate, Equipment Operator III, Streets Management
- Joseph LaPan, Water Reclamation Superintendent, Water Reclamation
- David Phares, Water Production Superintendent, Water Production
- Rebecca Thibert, Assistant to City Manager, City Manager’s Office
Employee Excellence Award
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 ongoing basis, and for outstanding customer service. In May, Jennifer Chase (right) recognized Yolanda Dombroski (left) with an Employee Excellence Award for taking on the lead payroll position from April 18 through May 18 in the absence of the Payroll Specialist. Yolanda was responsible for the comprehensive payroll process while maintaining her normal job duties as the Accounting Specialist. Extra responsibilities included the processing of employee maintenance, payroll accruals, and leave request/timesheet verification. Yolanda processed all payroll registers, vendor payments, and bank files necessary to complete the payroll process. Additional reporting requirements for deferred compensation, retirement, and taxes were prepared in a timely manner. Yolanda provided outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers while under strict time constraints.
Applause AwardsCongratulations to recent winners of the Applause Award! The following employees were recognized for exceeding their normal job duties to provide customer service, perform a service or project, or to facilitate teamwork and/or collaboration:
Maribeth Van Zandt
Joey Thomas (second from left with Ralph Reigelsperger and Ernie Hutman) and Jack Hozdish (far right) each won one of the gift cards from the Applause Award winner drawing.
Welcome New Employees
Pictured from left to right: Lucas Ricart, Airport; Kurt Bienias, Melbourne Auditorium; Jessica Schlimme, Recreation; Steven Flowers, Code Compliance; Douglas Goins, Fire Operations; David Waltemeyer Jr., Police Operations.
- James Hansen, Airport Police Officer, retired on June 7 after 4 years of service.
- Stanley Smith, Police Officer, retired on June 30 after 29 years of service.
- Laura Pugesek, Communications Officer III, retired on July 6 after 24 years of service.