Employee Newsletter, January 2020

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Message From the Deputy City Manager


Join Team Melbourne for the 2020 Health First Mayors' Fitness Challenge

Health First 2020 Mayors' Fitness Challenge logo

The annual Mayors’ Fitness Challenge begins February 1 and ends on March 27. During this time, the City of Melbourne will be hosting weekly group walks and other fitness activities. See the City’s website calendar for all upcoming events. To join Team Melbourne, visit the Mayors' Fitness Challenge registration page and select “Melbourne” in the drop-down list.

The challenge also includes a “Great Weight-Off” component. The individual top weight loser (calculated by percentage of weight lost) during the eight weeks of the challenge will win a $500 cash prize. There will be a top female winner and a top male winner. All participants of the "Great Weight-Off" must be weighed in at a Health First facility between January 20 and January 31. Final weigh-ins will be held March 16 - March 27. For locations, see the Mayors Fitness Challenge Flyer.

Winter Guide to Parks and Recreation Events Now Available

Foot golf players pictured behind the text "See our new Winter Activity Guide"

The Play Melbourne Winter Activity Guide is now available. Check out the great classes, leagues, and special events available this year! 

Jim Harton Named Fire Inspector of the Year

Space Coast Fire Chiefs Association representative presents Jim Harton with a certificate Fire Inspector of the Year.

Jim Harton (pictured above on the right) was named the 2019 Fire Inspector of the Year by the Space Coast Fire Chiefs Association.

Downtown Melbourne Public Valet Parking Service to Begin January 17 

Map showing locations of public parking lots and garages and public valet stand in Downtown Melbourne. 

The City of Melbourne will begin offering a public valet service in Downtown Melbourne beginning January 17. Valet service will be available Friday and Saturday evenings starting around 5 p.m. The valet stand will be located at the southeast corner of Waverly Place and New Haven Avenue. Rates will be $10; however, downtown businesses may choose to participate in a validation program. A new Downtown Melbourne Public Parking webpage has been set up with information about parking downtown and the new valet service.

Daily Flights to Philly from MLB Begin on American Airlines 

Community leaders prepare to cut the ribbon celebrating the Melbourne-Philadelphia direct flights. 

Travelers can now fly nonstop between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) every day on American Airlines. The new daily nonstop service called for a “Philly-style” celebration on Thursday, December 19 as airport officials gathered with passengers and community partners to enjoy a 2-foot-long Philly Cheesesteak, ribbon-cutting and traditional water arches over the arriving aircraft. Weekly nonstop service on Saturdays began in February, and the proven demand has demonstrated the need for the new daily service. These flights help fill the void of a longtime needed connection to Philadelphia, which is MLB’s fourth largest market. “This new daily nonstop service is a huge accomplishment for our airport,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., executive director at MLB. Each day, American Airlines now departs PHL at 9:17 a.m., arriving in Florida at 11:54 a.m., and then departs MLB at 12:24 p.m., arriving back in Philadelphia at 2:48 p.m. American Airlines’ new daily flights can be booked at AA.com.

Free Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar Set for February 8 at Eau Gallie High School

 Audience listening to speaker in Eau Gallie High School auditorium.

This year’s annual free Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar will be held at the Eau Gallie High School Auditorium, located at 1400 Commodore Boulevard, on February 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with check-in starting at 8:15 a.m. Besides numerous vendors there will be four engaging speakers. The prior year’s completed surveys helped the planning committee determine topics of interest. After the speakers conclude, door prizes will be given out to winning ticket holders. All participants who complete surveys will receive goodie bags that include hose nozzles, gardening gloves and native plant seeds. Registration is not mandatory but is encouraged. Register online at EventBrite or call 321-633-1702, ext. 52315. This free seminar also includes muffins and donuts from Love Bugs Bakery, coffee and other goodies. Attendees should bring their own reusable water bottles. To fill them, water in large jugs will be provided. The event is planned and organized by the City of Melbourne, City of Palm Bay, City of Satellite Beach, Brevard County Natural Resources Management, Brevard County Utilities Service, the University of Florida/IFAS Brevard Extension and the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program/Indian River Lagoon Council. Waste Management is providing financial support to help fund the purchase of the breakfast items.    


Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Travis Aichele to Maintenance Worker II, Wastewater Collection
  • Andrea Decaro to Water Production Operations Supervisor, Water Production
  • Benjamin Delaney to Police Sergeant, Police Operations
  • Curry Duffy to Administrative Assistant I, Wickham Park
  • Austin Fisher to Driver/Engineer Medic  (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Robert Glavish to Fleet Technician II, Fleet Management
  • Michael Grove to Fire Lieutenant Medic  (Solo), Fire Operations
  • Jevaughn Henry to Wastewater Operator Trainee, Water Reclamation
  • Amy Hicks to Community Service Superviso, Police Support Services
  • Dennis Higgins to Airport Police Officer, Airport Police
  • Payton Jones to Fire Division Chief, Fire Operations
  • Robert Kalinowski to Maintenance Worker II, Wastewater Collection
  • Jhon Miller to Water Production Operator B, Water Production
  • Amanda Neal to Communications Officer II, Police Support Services
  • Russell Pace to Water Production Operator B, Water Production
  • Ingrid Rivera to Procurement Technician, Procurement
  • Jonathan Williams to Water Reclamation Operations Supervisor, Water Reclamation

Welcome New Employees!

 New employees group picture at January orientation.

Pictured from left to right: Alexander Sudman, Police Operations; Evan Shaner, Water Reclamation; Erwin Sanchez, Water Distribution; Colton Williams, Police Support Services; Curry Duffy, Wickham Community Center; Anastasia Rule, Police Support Services; Harley Cicirelli-Barzola, Police Support Services.


  • Cyril Hopping, Police Sergeant, retired on December 20 after 30 years of service.
  • Joanne Minchak, Administrative Assistant I, Utilities Operations, retired on December 27 after 28 years of service.
  • Mike Succio, Wastewater Operator C, Water Reclamation, retired on December 27 after 32 years of service.
  • Mike Schneider, Police Officer, retired on December 31 after 30 years of service.
  • Charlie Charles, Water Production Operator C, retired on January 3 after 16 years of service.
  • Harold Nantz, Assistant Public Works/Utilities Director, retired on January 3 after 26 years of service.
  • Scott Lindsley, Police Sergeant, retired on January 9 after 30 years of service.