Employee Newsletter, November 2019

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Message From the Deputy City Manager

Thank you for your hard work each and every day to serve our community. Your dedication and efforts make the City of Melbourne a great place to live for our more than 80,000 residents. I am proud to be part of this incredible team.  

Enjoy your holidays and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Jenni

New Rebate Program Aims to Encourage Composting

Two hands holding composted soil above vegetable scraps and egg shells that will become compost.

The ECO Division has launched a new program to encourage Melbourne residents to try composting. For a limited time, customers who live within the city limits of Melbourne can get up to a $50 rebate for purchasing and installing a composter that has at least a 30-gallon capacity. “Composting has many benefits for the environment,” said Jennifer Wilster, Environmental Community Outreach Manager. “Adding compost to your landscaping creates healthier soil that retains water and nutrients better and reduces the need for increased lawn irrigation and the use of fertilizers that can wash into stormdrains and pollute the Indian River Lagoon.” Composting can also help save landfill space. According to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, 20 percent or more of household waste is organic material that could be composted.

The ECO Division has also continued its two water-saving rebate programs this year. Residential water customers who reside within the city limits of Melbourne may receive one $50 rebate for installing a new 40-gallon or larger rain barrel. All City of Melbourne residential water customers who get their water bill directly from the city can receive a $50 rebate for replacing a toilet that was installed before 1994 with a new WaterSense certified high-efficiency toilet (flush rate of 1.28 gallons or less). 

All rebates will be available until budgeted rebate funds are depleted or until September 30, 2020, whichever comes first.  Rebate application packets are available by calling the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division at (321) 608-5080 or e-mailing rebates@mlbfl.org.

Dedication of Customer Service Staff Recognized

Customer service employees with Mayor Meehan after the reading of the proclamation on October 8.

During the October 8 City Council meeting, Mayor Kathy Meehan read a proclamation declaring October 7-11 to be National Customer Service Week in the City of Melbourne. National Customer Service Week is an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis. “Efficient local governments are those that display a strong commitment to customer satisfaction,” Mayor Meehan said. “Each month, the city’s Utility Billing and Collection staff answers more than 4,600 phone calls, assists 4,500 customers at the front counter, and responds to more than 400 e-mail inquiries.” The City of Melbourne is a regional water supplier providing water services to 58,000 customers in Melbourne, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, and Palm Shores. National Customer Service Week has been celebrated across the country since 1992 when President George H. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation setting aside the first week of October as National Customer Service Week.

Free Dumpsters Provided as Part of Annual Community Clean-up, Nov. 18-Dec. 17

Two dumpsters placed at Joseph N. Davis Community Center for the community cleanup 2019.

The City of Melbourne is temporarily providing dumpsters at the Joseph N. Davis Community Center that residents may use to dispose of large items, such as damaged fencing, furniture and old tires. The dumpsters were placed at the community center on November 18 and will remain there until December 17. This is part of an annual effort to prevent dumping along the side of the roadways in south Melbourne’s neighborhoods and to offer local residents a convenient way to dispose of large items that are not picked up as part of their regular waste collection service. One dumpster will be set aside exclusively for tires and the other may be used for any other large item except for yard debris. This program is for the exclusive use of City of Melbourne residential properties and residents only. Businesses and/or contractors may not use these dumpsters. Many thanks to Waste Management for providing the dumpsters free of charge and to Brevard County for waiving fees at the landfill. Because of their sponsorship of this program, the City of Melbourne is able to offer this service free of charge. For more information, please call the Code Compliance Division at (321) 608-7920.

Cliff Creek Baffle Box Approved; Construction to Begin in Early 2020

Illustration of a baffle box showing how trash and sediments are captured as stormwater flows through it. The water emerges from the pipe clean into a good environment.

On October 8, the Melbourne City Council approved construction of the largest in a series of nutrient-separating baffle boxes being installed at points throughout the city in an effort to reduce the amount of pollution going into Indian River Lagoon. Baffle boxes are underground structures made up of chambers that trap debris, trash, and other pollutants from stormwater that flows off of streets and into stormdrains after heavy rains. “Nutrient-separating” baffle boxes have an added feature that also removes nitrogen and phosphorus – the two most harmful pollutants going into the Indian River Lagoon. The new baffle box will be installed in the Cliff Creek neighborhood where it will remove pollutants from a 515-acre drainage basin roughly bounded by Stewart Road to the west, Sweetwood Drive to the north, U.S. 1 and the Indian River Lagoon to the east, and downtown Eau Gallie to the south. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020.

City Celebrates GIS Day

John Struckman gives a presentation to employees about GIS services during GIS Day, November 13.

On November 13, more than 30 employees participated GIS Day, an international celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. The City’s GIS team hosted a day-long educational event featuring interactive presentations about the applications, dashboards and data available and how the system can be used to help employees improve efficiencies and effectiveness in their departments. For example, Environmental Programs Coordinator Michelle Smith gave a presentation about how she has used the Survey 123 application to complete recycling contamination surveys and promote proper recycling. Her story generated an engaging conversation with other employees and how this application could be used to help with their projects. 

Fire Department Holds Pinning Ceremony for New Firefighters

Fire chief swears in new fire fighters during the November pinning ceremony. 

Fire Chief Chuck Bogle swore in three new firefighters during the November Pinning Ceremony. Pictured from left to right are Firefighter Cody Denney, Firefighter Cody Boccardi and Firefighter Brandon Veasey.

Promotions

Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Marianne Arbuckle to Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Water Reclamation
  • Michael Barker to Signage Services Technician III, Traffic Engineering
  • Kayla Barrett to Administrative Assistant I, Police Support Services 
  • Alison Blazewicz to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Melena Carter to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Lisa Charles to Equipment Operator I, Parks Maintenance
  • Frank Chmielewicz to Fire Lieutenant Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Rodney Coger to Equipment Operator II, Wastewater Collection
  • Jeffrey Darby to Driver/Engineer EMT-I, Fire Operations
  • Robert Dean to Airport Terminal Shift Supervisor, Terminal Building and Area 
  • Jason Geld to Driver/Engineer Medic (Solo), Fire Operations
  • James Giles to Water Production Operator C, Water Production 
  • Jevaughn Henry to Maintenance Worker II, Water Reclamation
  • Abigail Marsh to Recreation Supervisor, Wickham Park Community Center
  • Richard Miller to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Shanequa Moore-Nabors to Buyer, Procurement
  • Lily Perez to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Andrew Walker Vazquez to Police Officer, Police Operations

Welcome New Employees!

Group picture of new employees at New Employee Orientation. 

Pictured from left to right: Waylon Locklear, Jhon Miller, Patrick Milbocker, Lane Warren, KeAndre Pearson, Horace Vickers, Ben Fisher, Denise Procise, Glenn Whiteside, Bryce Poppell, Felicia Cooper, Thomas Ethier, and Stephanie Betts.

Retirements

  • Pauline Link, Recreation Leader at Lipscomb Community Center, retired on October 25 after 11 years of service.
  • Debra Sadler, Water Production Operator A, retired on November 4 after 27 years of service.

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