Message From the City Manager
Hello Everyone. June is nearly over, but is the summer heat is just getting started. We have a large percentage of our employees who work outside on a daily basis and although I know that departments review safety tips and requirements on a regular basis, I wanted to remind everyone to stay safe and hydrated throughout the summer months. In addition, it is also hurricane season, which means we all need to review our emergency preparedness plans at work and at home. Our city employees provided exceptional service to Melbourne residents during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. As always, we will hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
The process of developing the budget for next year is ongoing. The City Manager’s Office along with finance staff and department directors have been reviewing requested budgets, equipment and capital projects throughout the month. The City Council will be holding a budget workshop on July 31 with public hearings following in September.
Finally, I hope you and your families have an enjoyable summer and will come out and celebrate Independence Day downtown with a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. Hope to see you there!
New Restaurant to Open at Crane Creek Reserve Golf Course on July 3
The City of Melbourne is happy to announce the opening of a new full-service restaurant, “Sammies On the Green,” at Crane Creek Reserve Golf Course, 475 W. New Haven Avenue (Highway 192). Sammies on the Green will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with beer and wine. Sammies on the Green will be open to the public 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., seven days a week. The anticipated opening date is July 3. The existing restaurant, Crane Creek Café will cease operations at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. For more information about Sammies on the Green, visit their Facebook page.
American Airlines Adds Daily Nonstop Service between MLB and Philadelphia (PHL)American Airlines is increasing its weekend flights to daily between Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) beginning December 19, 2019 — just in time for the busy holiday travel season. The flights, operated on a two-class CRJ-700, depart PHL at 8:20 a.m. daily, arriving in Melbourne at 10:58 a.m. Flights depart MLB at 11:35 a.m. and arrive in PHL at 2:02 p.m. Philadelphia has been a top development market for MLB Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan, A.A.E. The announcement comes just a handful of months after American Airlines added both Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA) to MLB’s schedule. To book your flights, go to AA.com.
Shannon Lewis Elected President of Florida City and County Management Association Board
Melbourne City Manager Shannon Lewis was elected to serve as president of the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) Board of Directors during the association’s annual conference last week in Orlando. FCCMA is Florida’s professional association for practicing public administrators throughout the state. The more than 600-member FCCMA is an affiliate of the International City/County Management Association. It is a member-driven, ethical, inclusive organization committed to the council-manager and commission-manager forms of government, dedicated to effective partnerships with elected officials, devoted to the advancement of excellence in professional management of local government in the state of Florida and determined to provide quality of service to its membership and the local governments it serves.
Tami Yntema Recognized for Employee Excellence
Tami Yntema was recognized with a City of Melbourne “Employee Excellence” Award in May by Battalion Chief Thomas Michaud and Deputy Fire Official Angel Conde for the assistance and training that she provided the Fire Department to implement the Smart Draw training that is now being used for Fire Department pre plans within the city. Tami simplified a process that has a lot of steps and file-management requirements by building short cuts and developing two training videos and an instructional manual on how to perform the process. In addition, four classes were held in City Hall’s computer training facility for all the Fire Department lieutenants to learn, hands-on, how the software works. Her efforts are appreciated and were instrumental in the implementation of the Mobile Eyes/Smart Draw software.
Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:
- Priscilla Carrera to Police Training Technician, Police Support Services
- David McGinnis to Utility System Service Worker I, Water Distribution
- Mark Roecker to Maintenance Foreman, Wastewater Collection
- Travis Williams to Equipment Operator II, Water Distribution
- Michael Zukowski to Equipment Operator II, Streets Management
Welcome New Employees
Standing (left to right): Gregory Tunstall, Parks Maintenance; Kurt Burrell, Streets Management; Waylon Noll, Streets Management; Braxton Ashley, Streets Management; Thomas Spencer, Cemeteries; Drew Touro, Wickham Park; Alyssa Messick, Airport Police; and Hannah Stauffer, Police Support Services. Seated (left to right): Michael Spence, Wastewater Collection; Ed Bexfield, Airport Commercial Business Center; and Tekyron Williams, Water Distribution.
- Joseph Yorkey, Police Officer, retired on May 31 after 22 years of service.
- Christopher Webre, Community Service Officer, retired on June 14 after 11 years of service.