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A Newsletter for City of Melbourne Employees, January 2019

Melbourne Fire Department Performs Elevated Rescue

Melbourne Fire Department performing an elevated rescue
On January 8, the Melbourne Fire Department came to the aid of an injured roofer using a technique called “elevated rescue,” which involves removing a patient from a roof using a ladder truck. In this situation it was much safer and faster to get the injured roofer to safety via elevated rescue than to pick him up, place him through a window and then carry him down the interior staircase of the building. Elevated rescue is not something our fire fighters are called to do often. However, more than 80 out of 129 of our first responders have the required training in rope operations that is necessary to safely conduct an elevated rescue so that they are ready to respond whenever it is required.


Airport’s Runway Projects Featured in International Industry Publication 

Photo of Airport Improvement Magazine opened to article about Orlando-Melbourne International AirportOrlando Melbourne International Airport’s ambitious capital improvements program is being touted throughout the aviation industry. Airport Improvement Magazine asked Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan, A.A.E., Director of Capital Improvements David Perley, A.I.C., and Director of Operations and Maintenance Cliff Graham, C.M., what it takes to rehabilitate all airport runways in just a year. They collectively explained the teamwork necessary to get the job[s] done. All projects received strong support from the Melbourne Airport Authority, Federal Aviation Administration and Florida Department of Transportation. Read the full article in Airport Improvement Magazine.  


New Roundtrip Nonstop Flights to Reagan National Airport from MLB

Photo of U.S. Capitol building
Momentum in Melbourne continues as American Airlines announced that it will begin nonstop flights from Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) to Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C. The twice weekly flights begin May 4, 2019 and will continue through at least Labor Day, as the airport makes significant strides to provide nonstop, competitively-priced flights to serve its growing business traveler and tourism sectors. This announcement comes just weeks after American announced nonstop flights to Philadelphia (PHL) which begin February 16, 2019. Learn more about the new flights or book now at AA.com.  


Free Financial Education Workshop Jan. 24

Finance graphic showing a desk with a computer on it
Employees are welcome to attend a free financial education workshop that the City is offering through Community Housing Initiatives, a housing nonprofit organization. The workshop will cover key topics essential to improving financial wellness, including managing finances (spending and saving habits), understanding credit cards and prepaid credit cards, establishing a budget, understanding the importance of credit, guidelines on credit repair, and the ABC’s of home buying. The workshop is free, and a free dinner will be provided to all attendees. Gifts and gift cards will also be raffled off during the program. The workshop will be held on January 24, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., at the South Brevard Sharing Center, 17 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. To reserve your spot, call 321-727-8581.


2019 Mayors' Fitness Challenge Kick-Off Party and 3K Walk Feb. 2

Health First 2019 Mayors' Fitness Challenge
The City of Melbourne is hosting one of the four community walks hosted by local mayors to kick off the 2019 Health First Mayors’ Fitness Challenge. Join Mayor Meehan and other City of Melbourne team members for a free, fun and casual 3K walk around Riverview Park! All ages are welcome. The eight-week Health First Mayors’ Fitness Challenge begins on February 2 and runs through March 30. The winning team will be determined by the total number of minutes exercised by the members of each team. The municipality with the most points will win the challenger trophy, “Most Fit City 2019.” The challenge also includes a “Great Weight-Off” component. The individual top weight loser (calculated by percentage of weight lost) during the eight weeks 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 21 and February 1. You may also weigh in a one of the kickoff locations on February 2.


City Council to Hold Special Meeting on January 24 to Discuss Fluoride

The Melbourne City Council will hold a special meeting on January 24 at 6 p.m. to receive information and public input on the addition of fluoride to the city’s drinking water. The City of Melbourne has been adding fluoride to its drinking water since the mid-1960s. The City Council will be hearing presentations both for and against fluoridation of drinking water and will listen to public comments on the issue. All Melbourne water customers who are interested in this issue are encouraged to attend. Any decision made by the Melbourne City Council regarding the addition of fluoride to the drinking water supply would affect all consumers of the city’s water system. The City of Melbourne provides drinking water to portions of unincorporated Brevard County south of the Pineda Causeway and the following cities and towns:  Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Palm Shores, Melbourne Village, and West Melbourne.


Second Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest Winners

For the second year in a row, Finance Department staff coordinated a holiday door decorating contest in City Hall. Plans next year are to expand the contest city-wide. For more information, please contact Hannah Bult, Hannah.Bult@mlbfl.org

The winners of the 2018 Holiday Door Decorating Contest were:

First Place: Yari Santiago and the Human Resources Department. 

Photos of first-place winning entry in Holiday Door Decorating Contest.


Second Place: Carolyn Brennan and the Revenue Division.

Photos of second-place winning entry in Holiday Door Decorating Contest. 


Third Place: Linda Drake and the Finance Department.

Photos of third-place winning entry in Holiday Door Decorating Contest. 


VIP/Honorable Mention: Finance Director Jeff Towne. 

 Photo of VIP/Honorable Mention entry in Holiday Door Decorating Contest.


Applause Awards

Congratulations 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:

Richard Andre
Christina Brainard
Cathy Butler
Jennifer Chase
Michael DeMartino
Rory Dittmer
Joseph Dustin
John Grohman
Carol Hale
Ray Hembree
Marla Keehn 
Earl Leaster
Dorrie Leeper
Cheryl Mall
Kevin McKeown
Joey Munson
Robert Ober
David Phares
Ellyssa Quave
Janene Romero
Eric Sack
Karen Shelley
Michelle Smith
Rebecca Thibert
Bob Zions



Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Kenneth Boyll to Wastewater Operator C, Water Reclamation 
  • Hannah Bult to Accountant, Financial Services
  • Kyle Buchanan to Water Reclamation Operations Supervisor, Water Reclamation
  • Nacey Clark to Senior Buyer, Purchasing
  • Dorina Leeper to Executive Assistant, City Manager’s Office 
  • David Ross to Community Service Supervisor, Police Support Services
  • Richard Sadulski to Airport Police Sergeant, Airport Police
  • Jediah White to Water Production Operator C, Water Production


Service Awards

January 8 Service Awards presentation group picture.

During the January 8 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 Shannon Lewis, Council Member Mark LaRusso, Council Member Tim Thomas, Shane Robbins (20 years), Michael Tymann (20 years), Cindy Dittmer (25 years), Mayor Kathy Meehan, Vice Mayor Debbie Thomas, Council Member Julie Sanders, Council Member Paul Alfrey, and Council Member Yvonne Minus.


Welcome New Employees

January 2019 new employee orientation group picture
Pictured from left to right: Jessica Sims, Code Compliance; Ashley Murphy, Police Support Services; Michael Grout, Procurement; Ryan Clermont, Parks Maintenance; Peter Dolci, Police Operations; Kevin Costello, Police Operations; Amanda Eversz, Eau Gallie Civic Center.



  • William Williams, Police Officer, retired on December 20 after 28 years of service.
  • Dorinda Campbell, School Crossing Guard, retired on December 31 after 14 years of service.
  • Gary Nelson, Equipment Operator I/Streets, retired on January 2 after 7 years of service.
  • Vaughn Curry, Electronics Technician retired on January 4 after 23 years of service.