IN THIS ISSUE
l Sign Rules Explained Melbourne Community
to Business Owners from the
l Meet the CAB Members City of
l City Employees Saluted Melbourne
Dramatic improvement is seen in Melbourne’s ‘ISO’ fire response rating
The City of Melbourne has been rated
among the best in the country in the suppres- Melbourne’s Fire Department
sion of structure fires, an accomplishment operates from eight stations that
that is expected to reduce overall insurance are distributed to allow quick
costs for homes and businesses in the city. responses to fire and rescue
After a detailed survey, an independent incidents anywhere in the City.
company has assigned Melbourne with an
‘ISO’ insurance rating of 2, to be effective In 2010, MFD responded to 227
on the first day of 2012. Melbourne previ- fire incidents. Property loss was
ously had a rating of 4 on a scale that goes just over $1-million.
to 10, with 1 being the best. The value of property placed in
The ISO ratings, prepared by the New jeopardy by the incidents in 2010
Jersey-based Insurance Services Office, was estimated at $154-million.
Inc., are used nationwide by insurance
companies in determining rates. They are
issued with a lengthy ‘Public Protection that have earned the 2 rating. Some 46,589 insurance rates should be substantial, although
Classification Summary Report.’ communities have a lower rating, and only more likely to be noticed by businesses.
Fire Chief Paul Forsberg said the im- 61 communities with fire departments have “Insurance rates are determined by the
provement reflects work by his department a rating of 1. various companies, taking into account fac-
as well as others with responsibilities rang- In Florida, 33 communities have a rat- tors including the ISO ratings,” Forsberg said.
ing from maintenance of fire hydrants to ing of 2, while nine have a rating of 1. An- “In our community, there may be a
enforcement of fire safety codes and the other 683 communities have a rating of 3 or substantial overall savings. For individual
dispatching of emergency vehicles. The higher, indicating a lower level of service. businesses and homeowners, whatever rate
City was last rated 12 years ago. The ISO rating for Melbourne takes reductions become available may be mod-
“We have to continue what we are doing into account factors that include the loca- est. Obviously, in the current economy, any
and make additional improvements in order tions of eight fire stations, the level of staff- savings on insurance will be welcome.”
to maintain that rating and our level of pro- ing and equipment, availability of water, Insurance Services Office, Inc., conducts
tection for the community,” Forsberg said. and the emergency notification options. surveys when it appears a community’s rating
The rating puts Melbourne in a cat- Forsberg said the way in which Mel- may have changed. Melbourne’s next rating
egory with 592 departments nationwide bourne’s readiness to suppress fires impacts survey will likely come in five years or less.
Chief Steve Mimbs is selected to continue leading the Police Department
The selection of Steve Mimbs to con- The selection came after a national direction and a calming influence.
tinue to serve as chief of police for the City awareness campaign resulted in 79 applica- “He has described his vision of decreas-
of Melbourne has been announced by City tions. The recruitment ing crime and improving customer service
Manager Jack Schluckebier. Mimbs began process included two by using diverse means of continued im-
serving as chief following the health-relat- separate sets of inter- provement for the department.”
ed departure of former chief Don Carey in views and background Chief Mimbs credited officers and em-
March 2010. checks for finalists. In ployees of his department for recent suc-
Mimbs, 50, joined the department in addition to Mimbs, fi- cesses in reducing crime. “The members
1980 and has earned promotions through nalists were Lee Spec- of the department have pulled together
the ranks to the command staff. He was tor, who retired from and have continually focused on reducing
promoted to the rank of commander in the Ft. Lauderdale police department as a crimes and improving the quality of life
2001 and began eight years of service as a captain, and Robert Boone, currently po- for our citizens,” Mimbs said. “The Mel-
deputy chief in 2004. lice chief for Rio Rancho, New Mexico. bourne Police Department is an excellent
Mimbs is a graduate of the FBI Na- The City Manager commended Mimbs law enforcement agency, and it is an honor
tional Academy and completed Florida for his leadership and stabilizing influence for me to be selected to lead an organiza-
Department of Law Enforcement senior on the department. tion with such dedicated employees.”
leadership training. He has earned several “Chief Mimbs has risen to the occasion The police department has 239 employ-
commendations as a police officer. He and aptly demonstrated his capabilities. ees, 168 of them sworn officers. The City's
holds bachelor's and master’s degrees from He took leadership of a department that police department operates on a $23.6-mil-
Barry University. was experiencing internal strife, providing lion budget.
Awareness effort is focusing on adjustments to business sign rules
When restrictions on business signs listened to business people during the pro-
were relaxed two years ago, it was recog- cess,” said Dan Porsi, the City’s Code En-
nized that getting the word out to all inter- forcement Administrator.
ested parties would take time. The process of rewriting the sign guide-
As part of that continuing effort, the lines took two years to complete. It was an
City is now distributing a condensed ver- effort required in part to ensure that the
sion of the rules. community rules focus on types, numbers,
“The new ordinance allows a lot more and locations of signs while avoiding any
flexibility, and it reflects the fact that we regulation of the actual messages that are
displayed. Court actions have emphasized
Roadside Sign Removal Is Ongoing the need for that distinction.
Most holidays and weekends bring a “The changes in the code allow for a
harvest of illegal, roadside signs that Code business to put more signs on a building, Code Compliance Inspector Terry Oliver dis-
Enforcement Administrator Dan Porsi says and also allow more ground signs for larg- cusses opportunities for sign displays with
must be removed from roadway rights-of- er properties,” Porsi said. “A business can Paul Altier, an owner of the Giftique store in
way in order to ensure safe visibility for mo- also have a mural, above and beyond the Historic Downtown Melbourne.
torists and pedestrians. The signs can also signs that are allowed.” signs to murals and flags.
end up where they block storm drains. Although restrictions included in the “Our code officers are providing the
"We usually pick up more than 100 il-
legal signs on holiday weekends," Porsi
sign rules reflect community concerns about summary information as a way of helping
said. "People who are placing these signs public safety and the aesthetics, Porsi said businesses understand the opportunities
along the roads seem to think that we are provisions also acknowledge the importance that are available.”
not working on holidays and weekends." of signs to the success of businesses. The summary sheet that explains sign,
Porsi would prefer to have those with “The City encourages businesses to use mural, and flag rules is available online at
small signs follow the rules that are spelled every advertising means available, from www.melbourneflorida.org/code.
out in Melbourne's city code. Signs are not
permitted on any public tree, pole, or post. COMMUNITY SUCCESS in developing the First
They are prohibited from all public rights- Annual Founders’ Day Fish Fry in the Eau Gallie
of-way, roadway medians, and landscaped Arts District has been saluted by the Florida Sec-
or grassed areas. retary of State’s Office. Pictured at center is Phillip
"We make every effort to let people
Wisley, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer,
know that signs cannot go alongside the
presenting an award at the annual Florida Main
roads, because that costs them money that
Street Conference. Accepting were (pictured from
they could apply elsewhere to benefit their
activity or business." Confiscated signs are left) Rick Dillen, Valerie Karas, Link Johnsten, and
held for three days before disposal. Nancy Dillen. Johnsten originated the idea of an
event reminiscent of celebrations from earlier days.
Contacting the City Council Reserve officers benefit MPD and community
l Mayor Harry Goode, 608-7220; The recent retirement of Melanie Flynn tification as a police officer with arrest powers.
email@example.com from the Melbourne Police Department was Some instead choose the option of train-
l Mike Nowlin, District 1, 254-1886; not unusual in that she was completing lengthy ing as an auxiliary officer and will have arrest
firstname.lastname@example.org service to the community. On hand to com- powers only when accompanied by a certified
l Mark LaRusso, District 2, 779-8505; mend her service were City Manager Jack officer. After the academy work is completed,
email@example.com Schluckebier and Chief Steve Mimbs. the Melbourne Police Department provides
l Vice Mayor Kathy Meehan, District 3, What was different is that Flynn’s 20 years additional training, along with equipment.
984-7588; firstname.lastname@example.org as a police officer was all volunteer service. Mercaldo noted that some reserve officers
l John Thomas, District 4, 608-7220; (Flynn is pictured as she was congratulated by are police retirees. Others use the program as
Chief Mimbs.) a way to determine if they
Lt. Pete Mercaldo ex- want to seek a law enforce-
l Molly Tasker, District 5, 259-1719;
plains that Flynn, like other ment career.
email@example.com members of the department’s “For people who have
l Greg Jones, District 6, 242-3444; reserve officer program, com- already completed the po-
firstname.lastname@example.org pleted rigorous training before lice academy, serving as
E-mail received by the City of Melbourne beginning her lengthy service. a reserve officer can be a
is considered to be public record. Reserve officers contribute at stepping stone toward full-
least 20 hours of their time each month. time police work,” he explained.
The MELBOURNE MESSENGER “The reserve officers have an opportunity At present, Melbourne’s program has nine
Published by the City of Melbourne, Florida. to experience the work of police officers and reserve officers. Mercaldo expects the number
Jack M. Schluckebier, City Manager help their community,” said Mercaldo, who to increase. “We will continue to develop the
Mike Moore, Editor (321) 608-7260 oversees the program. “They have the same program to utilize these officers in a way that
Write to City Hall at 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., responsibilities as a full-time officer.” benefits them and the community.
Melbourne, FL 32901. Reserve officers must complete police “The availability of the reserve officers
Email: email@example.com academy training at their own expense. Most definitely gives the department greater flex-
Web Site: www.melbourneflorida.org undergo extensive training that results in cer- ibility in fulfilling our mission.”
VOLUNTEER MEMBERS of the Citizens Advi-
sory Board include, pictured on the front row from
left, Eva Mills, Chairman E. Rhodie Humbert, Vice
Chairman Yvonne Minus, and Michele Trotter. Pic-
tured on the back row from left, Michael Montgom-
ery, Sallyanne Cos, Eric Ellebracht, Carol Bush,
and Dale Haynes.
The committee serves as the formal means
through which active citizen participation is provided
to aid in the planning, oversight, and evaluation of
federal- and state-funded housing and community
development programs for the benefit of low- and
moderate-income persons and neighborhoods.
Landscaping to protect the environment is encouraged
ADJUSTMENTS TO AN ONLINE MAP that
A City division that initiates educational in creating landscaping plans that include the shows locations of businesses in Melbourne
programs about water conservation and en- most appropriate trees and plants. are being completed. Business owners are
vironmental topics is assisting homeowners Also speaking at the workshops was encouraged to view the online map at www.
who would like to have their yards certified Kathy Hill, educational coordinator with St. melbourneflorida.org/news/dolphmap.htm
as ‘Florida Friendly.’ Johns River Water Management District’s and then forward any corrections via e-mail
As part of the effort, workshops were Indian River Lagoon program. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Re-
quests for changes can also be directed to
held recently to provide information on the Wilster explained that lawn maintenance 1-866-321-4044 or 1-866-578-0884.
certification process. techniques are being recommended to help
“These workshops have been a great homeowners save time, money, and labor on
way to get information out to our residents their yards. Steps can be taken that also pro- Improvement Projects
about how they can have beautiful yards, tect the water quality of the lagoon, which Projects Under Construction
using Florida-friendly plants and appropriate is degraded by pollutants carried into the q Babcock police facility air-conditioning
fertilizer and pest control methods, all while waterway with stormwater runoff. system, 701 Babcock St., $299,855.
helping to reduce stormwater runoff that can Additional information is available from q Fire Station 71 replacement, $1.25-million.
harm our beautiful Indian River Lagoon,” Wilster at 321-953-6302 and from Scalera at q Grant St. Water Reclamation Facility reuse
improvements, Phase I, $5.2-million.
said Jennifer Wilster, Melbourne’s Envi- 321-633-1702. Online information about the
q Hibiscus Blvd. / Airport Blvd. traffic signal
ronmental Community Outreach Manager. lawn certification program is available at http:// mast arm project, $236,625.
Among the speakers was Sally Scalera, fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowners/recognitions.htm. q LED lighting replacements in five park
horticulture agent and master gardener areas, the auditorium parking area, and
Additional Online Resources
coordinator for the University of Florida Babcock Street retention pond area,
Brevard County Extension Office (IFAS). http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu $98,112.
http://www.floridayards.org q Pressure sustaining valves on master
The certification program is operated by the http://www. floridaswater.com water meters serving West Melbourne,
extension office. Scalera assists homeowners $213,000.
Development Projects in the City of Melbourne q R.O. water production plant byproduct
concentrate main relocation, $1.1-million.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: n Prestige AB Ready Mix, 2585 Avocado q Sewer force main replacement in the vicin-
n Aircraft Tubular Components (ATC) building Ave., commercial facilities. ity of Stewart Road, $1.6-million.
and parking lot expansion, 3939 Dow Rd. n Pritchett’s Metal Packaging Center, 863 q Strawbridge Avenue medians, $353,113.
n Baer Air, hanger modification, office build- Washburn Rd. Under Design or Ready to Bid
ing, 160 S. Apollo Blvd. n Racetrac Petroleum, site modifications, q Babcock Street Phase 3 improvements,
n Chung’s Commercial Center, 3900 Dairy 4641 Eau Gallie Blvd. Apollo Blvd. to Alma Drive.
Rd., retail. n Ryanwood Condominiums, west side of q Babcock Street widening by FDOT, Mel-
n Crossings at Bay Meadows, Grand U.S .1, south of Post Rd. bourne Ave. to Fee Ave.
Meadows Blvd./Wickham Rd., multi-family n Salvation Army building expansion, parking q Mast arm traffic signal installation, inter-
residential. modifications, 1080 S. Hickory St. section improvements at University Blvd.
n Discover Life Church, 3550 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. n 702 Downtown, building renovation for retail and Lipscomb St.
n Dry cleaning building addition, 1900 S. space, parking lot, 702 E. New Haven Ave. q Shenandoah outfall drainage basin im-
Babcock St. n Signature Self Storage, 3137 Sarno Rd., provement, Phase 1.
n Eau Gallie Office Complex, 2010, 2020, mini-storage. q Spain outfall drainage basin improvement,
2030 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, office buildings. n Sonata at Melbourne, 3260 N. Harbor City Phase 2.
n Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc., area 2, Blvd., adult congregate living facility. q Trimble Road area water service line
aircraft manufacturing and administrative n Stack Crossings, 1505 Palm Bay Rd., retail/ installations.
sales office, 1055 General Aviation Drive. mini-storage building. q University Blvd. stormwater pipe replace-
n Florida Tech Commons, offices and class- n Turtlemound Pointe commercial subdivi- ment, at Grant St.
rooms, 3001 S. Babcock St. sion, 3897 Eau Gallie Blvd. q West Eau Gallie drainage basin project
n Flowers Food Distribution facility, 4305 Dow Rd. APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION: (Kingsmill area).
n Dr. Kumar Medical Center, 1616 S. Apollo n Aloha Melbourne Airport hangar, 2008 q S. Wickham Rd. widening by Brevard
Blvd. General Aviation Dr. County, NASA Blvd. to U.S. 192, and 30-
n Lansing Square, 2255 N. Wickham Rd., n Harbor Pines Crisis Stabilization Unit park- inch waterline relocation.
retail, mini-storage. ing addition, 880 Airport Blvd..
For more information contact Tami Gillen,
n Palmwood Subdivision Phase 2, end of For information contact the City of Melbourne
P.E., Assistant City Engineer, 953-6313.
Elena Way, 29 single-family lots. Engineering Department at 953-6361.
City employees are commended for their service to the community
Seven employees are to be honored with ing “outstanding support” to employees in selected for his current post in 2005.
the City Manager’s ‘Service is Our Business’ many divisions. A nomination notes Fallon’s His nomination cites training and
Award, an annual salute to those who make a accomplishments as manager of the City’s multiple certifications,
special effort to serve the public and improve United Way campaign. “Sue’s positive atti- explaining that “he re-
municipal operations. tude toward her job and her compassion for searches and trouble-
Each was nominated by fellow employ- people are inspiring to all who know her.” shoots problems to come
ees and then selected by City department up with the best solu-
directors. They are to receive the awards Dave Lindsay has since 1997 served in tions.”
during a ceremony in December. the Facilities Maintenance Division, with The nomination cites
City Manager Jack Schluckebier said assignments as a repair Manchester’s “willing-
the honored employees exemplify the City’s worker and painter be- ness to help out and give support at all
‘Service is Our Business’ slogan. fore promotion to Acting hours of night and even on his days off,”
“The award indicates that each of these Facilities Maintenance and explains that he is a “reason for our
individuals makes every effort to serve the Supervisor in 2010. His department’s great success.”
public and to also help their co-workers in nominations point out that
maintaining a high level of municipal service he left the supervisor’s Terry Sprinkle has in ten years with the
for Melbourne community.” post temporarily to serve City advanced from his initial assignment as
as acting superintendent responsible for all a computer technician to his current service
Richard Berry is a Code Compliance division operations. as an Application Support Analyst, develop-
Inspector who was nominated by a half- Commended for a positive attitude and ing knowledge that is credited with helping
dozen other employees who commended his a ‘can do’ approach to his work, Lindsay ensure availability of emergency services.
expertise and applauded is described as “demonstrating the City’s “He has gone above and beyond what is
his work. “His knowl- ‘Service Is Our Business’ motto toward all necessary to ensure that
edge and skills in both the of his job duties and in handling requests the critical nature of the
electrical and mechanical from citizens as well as from co-workers.” ‘24/7’ police department
trades has allowed him to Accompanying his nomination is a lengthy operations remain con-
be extremely helpful to list of commendations and a record of exten- stant and uninterrupted
our citizens and contrac- sive training that he has completed. to the citizens of Mel-
tors, saving them both bourne,” his nomination
time and money,” one nomination reports. A Lynn Maffie is described as “a perfect notes.
second nomination points to the wide variety illustration of customer service in its high- He is also saluted for his key role in
of inspections that he is asked to perform, est form” by her nomination, which goes on automating vehicle accident reports and
noting his “rare gift” in clearly explaining to explain that she may implementing computer tools used by the
safety requirements. handle 1,000 calls during police command staff. He recently received
Berry began work for the City in 2004 as a month of service in the a master’s degree in business and organiza-
a water production electrician, later joining City’s Utility Billing and tional security from Webster University, his
the Code Compliance Division. He holds Collections Division. She second advanced degree.
multiple state licenses as an inspector and started work in that divi-
plans examiner, and represents Melbourne sion, which handles pay- Cheryl Trainer joined the Melbourne
on a Central Florida professional code com- ments for utility services, Police Department in 1996, and has served
mittee. in 1996. Since then, she has been promoted as a sergeant since 2005. Award nominations
three times and now serves as a Chief Ac- provide lengthy descriptions of her accom-
Sue Fallon serves as Principal Secre- counts Clerk. plishments, especially in the development of
tary for the Financial Services Department, During her service, Maffie has been a training programs for fellow officers.
handling multiple responsibilities in an ef- leader in the implementation of changes “What the citizens of Melbourne don’t
fective way that prompted that included conversion to a new computer see is the dedication and
several co-workers to system. excellence that goes into
nominate her. “No matter what is presented new in her making our officers some
“Sue gives everything division, she has successfully tackled and of the finest in the law en-
a high level of atten- mastered it,” her nomination reports. Her forcement community,” a
tion, whatever the task,” efforts have included volunteering to assist nomination explains.
a nomination explains. during hurricanes. Sgt. Trainer’s service
“Finance relies on her as a supervisor is saluted
excellent judgment and initiative because Darrell Manchester, the City’s Lift in the nominations, as are other responsibili-
she always goes above and beyond what is Station Maintenance Supervisor, was ties including service on the stress manage-
asked of her.” nominated as a problem solver who “is very ment team and peer support group.
Fallon began City service in 2003 as a prompt and courteous to any customers with “Sgt. Trainer has shown she is willing to
clerical assistant, earning promotions that concerns or complaints.” He joined the City help her co-workers and fellow emergency
included her selection as Principal Secretary as a maintenance worker in 1990, advancing responders in the time of need by tasking
in 2007. She is commended for handling jobs through promotions to serve as an environ- herself with the additional workload,” one
outside her normal responsibilities, offer- mental compliance technician before being nomination says.