Employee Newsletter, October 2019

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Message From the City Manager

Dear City Employees,

The City of Melbourne is launching its United Way Campaign for 2019. Employees and retirees of the City raised more than $29,000 last year, helping more local families than ever. That number makes us one of the top 30 campaigns in all of Brevard County. Outstanding! We’re not the biggest employer, but together we make a difference. I am writing to invite you to join us as we continue this tradition and hope that we can increase our participation. 

United Way of Brevard and its more than 40 partner agencies have provided a safety net of services to our community for over 60 years. United Way’s theme for this year is, “Open Doors, Change Lives” with a focus on Health, Education and, Financial Stability.  Together, we provide emergency services to people in need. We mentor, support, build-up, and serve our youth. We provide independence and care to our seniors and adults with disabilities. We open doors that change thousands of lives and yet this is only possible because thousands of donors make it so.

Every gift, no matter the amount, is appreciated and can be leveraged to generate dollars from other sources. Best of all, United Way of Brevard ensures that 92 cents of every dollar donated to the campaign goes directly to programs that provide life-saving services for Brevard citizens but we still need you. Every person we help makes our community stronger. However, many are still struggling and are on waiting lists for help. There is real need in our community, and you can make a difference. Your investment will help Melbourne and Brevard County go beyond the reality of “what is” and strive for what our community can and should be. Won’t you be a “door opener?”

The City’s planning committee, enthusiastically spearheaded by Sherry Myers, Robin Schaffroth, Kasey Crowl and Kevin Berg, have fun activities and competitions planned with some great prizes over the next few weeks. You can donate through an automatic payroll deduction or through participation in the campaign activities. Please contact Sherry Myers at 321-608-5000 if you have any questions about this year’s campaign.

I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of participating in this year’s United Way Campaign, your past support, and your service to the City of Melbourne. Let’s join forces again to open doors and change lives for those in our community who are in need. 

Thank you, Shannon

United Way Campaign Events Coming Soon

United Way: Open Doors; Change Lives
The United Way campaign runs through November 30. The campaign committee will be running “Penny Wars” between the departments from November 1 – November 30. The departments will be competing for bragging rights! Committee members will also be coordinating two bake sales during the month and are looking for volunteers to donate baked goods. More details will be coming soon via e-mail and presentations. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street Renaming Ceremony

City Council members under the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sign
A ceremony commemorating the renaming of Airport Boulevard to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was held on September 19. From left to right: Council Member Julie Sanders, Council Member Paul Alfrey, Council Member Tim Thomas, Council Member Mark LaRusso, Vice Mayor Debbie Thomas, and Council Member Yvonne Minus.

New MLB Air Traffic Control Tower Open for Operation


The new air traffic control tower (ATCT) at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is officially open for operation after the first “Cleared for Takeoff” was given at 6 a.m. on October 16 to Delta Air Lines (DL1738) by Chris Kubasik, vice chairman, president and chief operating officer at L3Harris Technologies, Inc. Just moments later, Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan, A.A.E., gave the first landing clearance to a Piper PA-28 Cherokee piloted by local Melbourne Area Pilot Association President Ray Liles.  “Today, MLB has landed a major accomplishment with the opening of our new air traffic control tower,” said Donovan. “The new facility features the industry’s most innovative technology from our partners at L3Harris and has helped further not only MLB’s commitment to safety, but airports across the globe. The airport’s new tower stands ready to provide L3Harris with a platform of further developing its technologies and achieve new breakthroughs for the aviation industry.”  The most up-to-date navigation, communication and air traffic management systems from L3Harris have been installed in the new ATCT, providing MLB’s controllers with the necessary tools to carry out their responsibilities with safety and efficiency. The new capabilities will accommodate MLB’s rapid growth on its three runways, which have experienced a 20% increase in aircraft operations year to date. The robust improvements in ATC services has positioned MLB to support future growth. 

City Recognized for Support of Affordable Housing 

Macedonia Development Corporation presentation of certificates to Council and Denise Carter
During the October 22 City Council meeting, members of the Macedonia Community Development Corporation of South Brevard presented certificates of appreciation to the Melbourne City Council and Housing and Urban Improvement Division Manager Denise Carter in recognition of the City of Melbourne's efforts in providing affordable housing to low-income families.

Employees Show Support During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

City employees wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Many employees wore pink every Friday of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to show their support of survivors and caretakers and to honor the memory of those who lost the battle with breast and other forms of cancer.

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:

Adam Smith
Angel Conde
Brad Bailey
Cheryl Trainer
Chris Rinna
Christina Brainard
Christopher Hession
Colleen Warren
Dave Lindsay
Dave Phares
Dustin Nickelson
Eric Hintze
Erik Miller
Greg Wahl
Heidi Martel
Jade Bell
JeVaughn Henry
Kalanit Oded
Kasey Crowl
Kristen Meadows
Kurt Bienias
Mike Fico
Mona Kinsman
Natasha Saunders
Nikki Gould
Pat Callahan
Sandy Dame
Steve Knapp
Tom Flamm

Deputy City Manager Jenni Lamb (far left) and Pubic Works and Utilities Director Ralph Reigelsperger (far right) recognized the following employees with a special drawing and recognition for sandbagging operations ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Pictured from left to right in between Jenni and Ralph are Dave Riley (Streets and Stormwater), Joseph Ferraro (Streets and Stormwater), David Kunreuther (Parks), and Bernie Monaghan (Parks).

Applause Award winners

Employees who received Applause Awards for sandbagging operations:

Matt Bollinger
Dennis Burke
Kurt Burrell
Matt Carter
John Childers
Luis Espada
Joseph Ferraro
Ameer Hasan
Jason Kies
Adam Klaproth
John Labbate
Mike Labbate
Stephen Mateyka
William McDonald
Don Miller
Troy A. Parsons
Troy E. Parsons
Kevin Pugh
Dave Riley
Silas Scott
Mike Zukowski
David Bossie
Taylor Brooks
Jason Bussendorf
Robert Catanzano
Lisa Charles
Ryan Clermont
Todd Cook
Shane Custer
Tim Fish
Sam Gervais
Steve Greene
Reilley Griffin
Barry Hall
Gary Hazell
Henry Jackson
David Kunreuther
Gary Langworthy
Gordon Lemon
James Lester
Jason McDaniel
Harold McGuire
Cindy Meekins
Bernie Monaghan
Joey Munson
Richard Newell
Wayne Parramore
Chris Patterson
Joey Richards
Chris Rinna
Brad Robertson
John Schomaker
Joe Sendelbach
Scott Stalknecht
Greg Tunstall
Matt Ward
Travis Aichele
Kevin Courtright
Travis Hicks
Robert Kalinowski
Jason Lax
Mike Spencer
Brandon Alderman
Gene Brutus
Tommy Flamm
Timothy Hatcher
Robin Rodgers
Tekyron Williams
Brett Schaffer
Darren Dipolito
Jevaughn Henry
Dennis Burke
Kurt Burrell
Matt Carter
John Childers
Luis Espada
Joseph Ferraro
Ameer Hasan
Jason Kies
John Labbate
Mike Labbate
Stephen Mateyka
William McDonald
Don Miller
Troy A Parsons
Troy E Parsons
Kevin Pugh
Dave Riley
Silas Scott
David Bossie
Ryan Clermont
Todd Cook
Steve Greene
Reilley Griffin
Gary Langworthy
Joey Munson
Robin Rodgers


Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Thomas Flamm to Maintenance Worker II, Water Distribution
  • Isabella Gonzalez to Water Production Operator B, Water Production


  • Hector Mendez, Airport Electrical Specialist, retired on September 30 after 21 years of service.
  • Ron Stake, Fire Lieutenant Solo Medic, retired on October 2 after 23 years of service.
  • John Rodgers, Police Officer, retired on October 4 after 24 years of service..

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