Employee Newsletter, May 2019

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Man Thanks Fire Station 73 Crew for Saving His Life

Mr. Wendland with the Fire Station 73 crew

Earlier this month Ted Wendland visited Fire Station 73 to thank and recognize the emergency responders who saved his life two months ago. On March 12, he went to the walk-in clinic on Gateway Drive believing he had the flu. However, he collapsed soon after arriving at the clinic. Clinic staff started CPR and called for help. Within minutes the crew from Fire Station 73 (located off NASA Boulevard at the airport) arrived and began treatment. He was then transported to the hospital by Brevard County Fire Rescue where he made a full recovery. Grateful to all who helped him, Mr. Wendland and his family are visiting and thanking the emergency crews and clinic staff to show their appreciation. He is pictured here with the Fire Station 73 crew: Driver Engineer Deyon James (left), Lt. Steve Roberts (right of Mr. Wendland) and Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Ryan Gordon (right).

Pools Opened May 25; Pool Party Days are Back!

Sherwood Pool and Slide

The city's three pools (Fee Avenue, Lipscomb and Sherwood) opened on May 25 for the summer swimming season. Each pool will also again this summer be hosting themed "Pool Party Days." Visit the Play Melbourne website for additional information on pool parties, rentals and swim lessons.

Summer Fertilizer Ban Begins June 1

View of Indian River Lagoon

The summer rainy season ban on fertilizer use in the City of Melbourne goes into effect June 1. The ban lasts until September 30. This regulation was enacted in order to keep harmful nutrients found in fertilizer from washing off lawns into storm drains and ultimately into the Indian River Lagoon during the rainy summer months. In the summer months, heavy rains wash off any fertilizer applied to lawns and gardens before it can be absorbed by plants and grass. Instead of benefitting the plants, it ends up washing off lawns and ultimately into the Indian River Lagoon where it can fuel algae blooms and kill fish. Homeowners are reminded that it is also illegal to blow grass clippings into streets or stormwater drains in the City of Melbourne at any time of the year. Instead, clippings should be blown back into yards or composted. Penalties include a fine of $200 for violating either of these ordinances. For more information, call the Stormwater Hotline: (321) 608-7341.

Howard Cheatham Recognized for Employee Excellence 

Glenn Harmon and Howard Cheatham

Howard Cheatham (right) was recently recognized with an “Employee Excellence” Award by Glenn Harmon (left). Howard served as the city’s Local Agency Security Officer (LASO) and ensured all related IT infrastructure, support, vendor agreements, and updated statuses of the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) 219-page questionnaire were complete. He interviewed many people and validated logs and associated procedures. Howard helped ensure the network diagrams were accurate and that they depicted all the connections to CJIS and non-CJIS systems that impact protecting CJIS information. He worked to update support agreements by getting them signed, and he ensured vendors completed CJIS training and passed the certification exam. He coordinated with several vendors to document product certifications and vendor support personnel certifications with Morse Communications, Athena Networks, Finder and Replay systems. During the audit, he responded quickly to correct identified deficiencies. Many of these tasks were accomplished outside of normal working hours. The result of all this effort was the finalized CJIS assessment for the Melbourne Police Department, which has been determined compliant in all areas by the Crime Justice Information Technology Auditor. Howard’s normal responsibilities are as a PC Technician, but he voluntarily took on extra responsibilities as the LASO that go above and beyond his normal duties. Because of his efforts, the Melbourne Police Department was the first agency in Florida to pass the new CJIS requirements when every other inspected agency failed.

Promotions

Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Brandon Alderman to Maintenance Worker II, Water Distribution
  • Phillip Cote to Maintenance Worker II, Water Distribution
  • Joseph Ferraro to Equipment Operator I, Streets Management
  • Carol Hale to Senior Accounts Clerk, Utility Billing and Collection
  • Bryan Ingram to Maintenance Repair Technician, Water Distribution
  • Petra Maldaner to Water Production Operator B, Water Production
  • Matthew Simon to Wastewater Collection Supervisor, Wastewater Collection 

Welcome New Employees

Group picture of new employees at May orientation
Seated (left to right): Robert Kalinowski, Wastewater Collection; Curry Duffy, Joe Davis Community Center; Lily Perez, Police Operations; Andrew Vazquez, Police Operations; Richard Miller, Police Operations; Melena Carter, Police Operations; and Eric Crawford, Financial Services. Standing (left to right): William Robertson, Parks Maintenance; Adam Smith, Facilities Maintenance; Joseph Gomez, Airfield and Hangar Area; David Faulx, Fire Operations; Jason Adams, Fire Operations; Bryson Messenger, Fire Operations; Courtney Duff, Water Reclamation; Darlene Parker, Police Support Services; Jean-Robert Silfort, Airport Police; and Lisa Charles, Parks Maintenance.

Family News

Robin Schaffroth's daughter Brooke
Utilities Administrative Specialist Robin Schaffroth's daughter Brooke graduated with honors with her A.S. degree in Crime Scene Technology and has also received certification as a Crime Scene Technician from Eastern Florida State College. She will be continuing her studies at Eastern Florida.

Retirements

  • Mary Burns, Administrative Assistant III/Police, retired on April 30 after 34 years of service.
  • Anthony Guerriero, Meter Technician/Customer Service, retired on May 3 after 15 years of service. 
  • Thomas Royer, Firefighter EMT-1, retired on May 9 after 32 years of service.   

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