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Message From the City Manager

Tuesday night at the City Council meeting, I had the honor of recognizing two employees for their long and successful tenure with the City of Melbourne. Last month, three employees were acknowledged for their many years of service. In addition to those individuals, there are hundreds of other employees who have devoted their professional lives to serving the residents of Melbourne. When I look into the backgrounds of our long-serving employees, I see letters of thanks, certificates of achievements and a multitude of awards and accolades. The reoccurring theme through each is that of public and community service. I believe our newer employees share the same traits.

The job that each employee of this city does has a direct impact on the welfare of our citizenry and co-workers; therefore, I believe it is always important to be mindful of the manner in which we respond to the public and to our peers. Each of us serves as an ambassador of the city and our actions and interactions reflect on the city overall.

I am incredibly proud of our workforce and the care and compassion you show while performing your duties. Collectively, we need to stay focused on providing exceptional service to our community; remain creative in our problem-solving; employ high ethical standard; and to be responsive to internal and external needs.

Thank you for your professionalism and for all that you do every day.

Have a great month, Shannon

Melbourne Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Finance staff with Mayor Meehan.

The City of Melbourne has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The Certificate is GFOA’s highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City of Melbourne has received this award each time it has applied for it in the past 32 years. The GFOA also recognized Melbourne’s Financial Services Division with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement for its work in preparing the City’s comprehensive annual financial report. 

Veterans Working Group Seeks New Members

The City of Melbourne initiated the Veterans Working Group in the fall of 2014, which organized with the assistance of the City Clerk’s office an annual Veterans Day recognition breakfast and a float in the Veterans Day parade to honor city employee military veterans. Additionally, the Veterans Group was involved with representing the City in area job fairs to recruit more veterans for City positions. Now there is another opportunity for our veterans to help develop “The Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program” to build on that rich history. The program will allow Melbourne area residents to honor family members who are active service members or past military officers who have been honorably discharged or died in the line of duty by having the city display street-pole banners honoring our veterans. If you are a veteran and would be interested in representing your department in the Veterans Working Group and developing “The Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program,” please email Glenn Harmon, Glenn.Harmon@mlbfl.org, and Mona Kinsman, Mona.Kinsman@mlbfl.org.

Michelle Smith Earns Award for 3,000-Plus Tennis Balls Recycled in Program

Michelle Smith with her award.

Environmental Programs Coordinator Michelle Smith recently earned the Green Ball Award from RecycleBalls for 3,000+ tennis balls recycled to date in Melbourne. She started the program last May. She provides specialized bins for recycling tennis balls for courts at Fee Avenue and Eastern Florida State College and collects them when they’re full. One box holds 200 balls. The recycled balls are used for tennis courts, playgrounds, turf and more.

Officer Butler Named West Shore's Employee of the Year

Officer Butler

Congratulations to School Resource Officer Valarie Butler for being named West Shore Junior/Senior High School's Employee of the Year.

City Council Encourages All Residents to Participate in the 2020 Census

United States Census 2020 logo

Mayor Kathy Meehan read a proclamation during the February 9 City Council meeting recognizing April 1, 2020, as Census Day and encouraging all residents of the City of Melbourne to participate in the 2020 Census. “Every resident of our community counts and deserves to be counted,” Mayor Meehan said. “An accurate census count is vital to our community and residents’ wellbeing by helping planners determine where to locate schools, day care centers, roads, public transportation, hospitals and other facilities.” The City of Melbourne has received millions of dollars in federal and state funding for aids and grants, police and fire, economic development, housing and community development, transportation improvements, and hurricane assistance, based in part on census data. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country. Census data determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used in the redistricting of state legislatures, county boards of supervisors and city councils. Residents will begin receiving invitations to participate in the 2020 Census in mid-March. This year they will be able to complete the census online, via phone or by mail. For more information about the census, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s dedicated 2020 Census website.

Installation of the Cliff Creek Baffle Box Underway

Workers install a baffle box at Cliff Creek.

On February 19, crews began installation of the Cliff Creek Baffle Box — the largest nutrient-separating baffle box east of the Mississippi River. It is the latest in a series of baffle boxes being installed at points throughout the city in an effort to reduce the amount of pollution going into the Indian River Lagoon. Baffle boxes are underground structures made up of chambers that trap debris, trash, and other pollutants from stormwater that flows off of streets and into stormdrains after heavy rains. “Nutrient-separating” baffle boxes have an added feature that also removes nitrogen and phosphorus — the two most harmful pollutants going into the Indian River Lagoon. The new baffle box is being installed in the Cliff Creek neighborhood where it will remove pollutants from a 515-acre drainage basin roughly bounded by Stewart Road to the west, Sweetwood Drive to the north, U.S. 1 and the Indian River Lagoon to the east, and downtown Eau Gallie to the south. The Cliff Creek baffle box will remove 3,952 pounds of nitrogen and 797 pounds of phosphorus per year.

Vote MLB North America’s Most Scenic Airport Approach 

Aerial of airport approach with the words VOTE MLB 2020 most scenic airport approach at bottom and checkmark boxes next to 2017, 2018, and 2019

Help Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) be named #1 Most Scenic Airport Approach in North America for the fourth year in a row by voting for MLB at on the Private Fly website.  Voting can be done once a day, every day, until March 15. You can also help by sharing MLB’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn posts with your family and friends.

IT Creates Recycled Artwork

Red heart artwork done by IT staff using recycled materials.

The IT department has been turning old parts and wires that would otherwise have been discarded into holiday art, like these Valentine's Day hearts.

Seminar and Rebates Usher in Spring Gardening Season

Attendees listen to speaker at Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar

Co-sponsored by the City of Melbourne, the Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar that was held on Feb. 8 was very successful. We estimate 425 were in attendance. In one of the reviews, the person said they had been many times before and this was the best. Another said it was a wonderful event – “I’m new to Florida and trying to learn this unique way of gardening.” And still another said, “I love this seminar. I come every year.” Besides these comments, we received hundreds more with lots of other positive feedback and good suggestions for future topics. In addition, from the comments, it appears that people really seemed to be interested in native landscaping and how it attracts birds and other wildlife. Now is a great time of year for residents put that knowledge to work in their gardens and to get a rain barrel and/or a composter for the gardening benefits they provide. The City offers rebates for both to residents inside the city limits.

Promotions

Congratulations to the following employees on their recent promotions:

  • Kurt Burrell to Equipment Operator I, Streets Management
  • Felicia Cooper to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Lisa Cramer to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Shawn Durgin to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Christopher Hession to Police Sergeant, Police Operations
  • Jennifer Spagnoli to Assistant Public Works and Utilities Director, Public Works and Utilities Administration
  • Brian Thomas to Police Officer, Police Operations
  • Zachary Schwartz to Police Officer, Police Operations 

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:

Kevin Berg
Kacie Black
Angel Conde
Kasey Crowl
Michael Desharnais
Derek Gilbert
Justin Hargreaves
Amy Hicks
Ed Hundt
Jody Kahler
John Kieler
Shane Leech
Philip Leitz
Mark Lucas
Kevin McKeown
Thomas Michaud
Sherry Myers
Darlene Parker
Jeff Rau
Eduardo Ribeiro
Cale Rizer
Janene Romero
Juan Sabio
Robin Schaffroth
Dani Straub
John Struckman
John Vallery

Ralph Reigelsperger and Robin Schaffroth

Ralph Reigelsperger congratulates Robin Schaffroth.

Richard Andre and Mark Herold

Mark Herold congratulates Richard Andre.

Cale Rizer with his Applause Award.

Service Awards

January service awards group picture.

During the January 28 City Council Meeting, the mayor, council members and city manager congratulated and thanked employees who recently reached service milestones. Pictured from left to right are City Manager Shannon Lewis, Council Member Tim Thomas, Colleen Warren (30 years), Steven Sadoff (25 years), Robert Mattingly (35 years), Mayor Kathy Meehan, Vice Mayor Paul Alfrey, Council Member Julie Sanders, Council Member Debbie Thomas, and Council Member Yvonne Minus.

 

Ray Hembree and Keith Cunningham
Ray Hembree (left) recently celebrated 20 years with city and was congratulated by Acting City Engineer Keith Cunningham. 

Welcome New Employees!

February 14 New Employee Orientation Participants 

Pictured from left to right: Jordan Wilson, Police Operations; Thomas Berry, Melbourne Auditorium; Anthony Fannin Jr., Police Operations; Jarrett Willingham, Police Operations; Patrick Cotter, Police Operations; Lura Glave, Police Support Services;  Romell Guerrier, Joseph Davis Community Center; Caleb Dean, Police Support Services; Anthony Evans, Police Operations; Theresa Collins, Utility Billing and Collection; Marianne Kroger, Utility Billing and Collection; Donna Swinski, Utilities Operations; and Jennifer Rice, Melbourne Auditorium.

Retirement

  • Jose Bravo, Wastewater Operator C, retired on January 31 after 33 years of service.