August, 2013

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[ Town Manager's Report ]
August, 2013

August 20, 2013

1. Intergovernmental Activity:
a. 2nd and Palm avenues: Council approved installing a sewer force main along portions of 2nd and Palm avenues in June, 2000, with work commencing by RKT, in October, 2001. Failures occurred along the pipe’s route. The County sued RKT’s bonding company and won in court. RKT’s insurer appealed the decision. (01/18/11) Court set 7/7/11 as the date to receive the initial brief. (06/21/11) The County Attorney’s Office has noted that the case is still with the Fifth District Court of Appeals awaiting reply briefs from RKT and the Surety with oral arguments expected before the end of the year. A final decision is expected by the end of March, 2012. (10/18/11) The County and RKT insurer have resolved the matter and will develop a plan with the Town to address the deficiencies. (06/19/12) The County expects improvements to be scheduled after January, 2013. (10/16/12) County/Town meeting is being scheduled for December. (11/20/12) County forces will start re-compacting the pipe under the 400 and 300 blocks of Second Avenue in late January or early February and continue south on Palm Avenue. The disturbed area will be repaved and eventually the street will be re-surfaced. (12/18/12) County forces are repacking the force main and working on S. Palm Avenue. Contractors have milled and resurfaced Second and N. Palm avenues. (04/16/13) Contractors have milled and resurfaced S. Palm Avenue to Ormond Drive. (05/21/13) Work has been completed. (7/16/13)
b. PSFE Requirements: Staff will meet with other municipalities to assess changes needed to the Interlocal Agreement with the County and School District to allow municipalities to comply with State law enabling municipalities to lessen Comprehensive Plan requirements as they relate to the Public School Facilities Element (PSFE), Capital Improvement Element (CIE), and Intergovernmental Cooperation Element (ICE). (02/21/12) Planners to meet and assess benefits to down-sizing. (08/20/13)
c. NPDES: The permit application for the upcoming five-year period has been submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (07/17/12) Approval for the period 01/01/13 to 12/31/17 was issued. (11/20/12)
d. Ernest Kouwen-Hoven Bridge: FDOT plans in FY-14 to perform work on the bridge near the water line. No work is planned for the driving surface. (08/21/12)
e. US-192/Riverside Drive: FDOT has indicated a willingness to re-examine traffic movement at the intersection toward possibly restricting N. Riverside Drive motorists from turning west onto US-192 while S. Riverside Drive motorists have a green light to turn west onto US-192. (03/19/13)
f. Beach Renourishment: Federal monies are expected to re-nourish the South Reach section of the beach sometime between November, 2013 and May, 2014. Five hundred and eighty-five cubic yards of sand will be added to the beach. Staging areas are to be determined at a later date. (04/16/13)
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g. SR-A1A Resurfacing: FDOT plans in FY-16 to resurface SR-A1A from US-192/SR-500 to south of the Pineda Causeway. (08/21/12) FDOT has agreed to also resurface those portions of the SR-A1A right-of-way that taper into the side streets. The finished product will consist of a 10 ½’ inside travel lane on SR-A1A, an 11’ outside lane, and a 4’ bicycle lane. (02/19/13)
h. Pedestrian Crossing Signs: FDOT prefers using the notification to motorists that they must yield to pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk thereby providing consistency. They note having used other types of signs in the past with limited success at best. FDOT is considering a corridor-based sign approach to lessen any confusion for motorists. (03/19/13)
i. Air Show: Melbourne is considering sponsoring an air show at Paradise Beach (Futch) Park with the plane demonstrations over the ocean. Staff is working to ensure that should the City decide to move forward with this event on November 2 and 3, 2013, that additional police personnel will be provided to address traffic concerns at the Town’s two major intersections. (06/25/13)
2. Fiscal Activity:
a. FEMA Firefighter Assistance Grant: The fire chief submitted an application for $45,838 Federal monies with a $2,412 local match for the following: $25,250 for 10 sets of bunker gear; $15,000 for Firefighting training for volunteers; and $8,000 for the cascade fill station to meet NFPA standards, which was not funded. (06/15/11) The application was revised to include air packs. (10/18/11) The grant application was denied. (02/21/12) A new grant application for bunker gear, training, and air bottle support has been submitted. (07/17/12) The training portion of the grant application has been approved (06/25/13)
b. Orlando Park: State is considering the FY-12 Orlando Park improvement FRDAP grant was submitted for consideration. The project consists of adding play items and providing improved pedestrian access at the northeast and southeast corners of the park. (08/21/12) The project has been ranked #5 in the Small Projects category. (02/19/13) The grant application has been approved. (06/25/13) Council to consider the Agreement with FDEP. (07/16/13) FDEP authorization to proceed has been received. (08/20/13)
c. Orlando Park: Staff is preparing a grant application for the FY-15 cycle for FRDAP monies to replace the picnic shelter (approximately 24’ x 36’) and to resurface the basketball courts in Orlando Park. (08/20/13)
3. Organizational Activity:
a. Storm drainpipe failure: Under Eighth Avenue east of S. Ramona Avenue costing $23,208.70 (01/17/12)
b. Storm drainpipe failure: Under Orlando Boulevard east of S. Riverside Drive costing $6,256. (06/19/12)

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c. Storm drainpipe failure: Under Third Avenue east of N. Ramona Avenue costing $15,427.50. (09/18/12)
d. Storm drainpipe failure: Under N. Shannon Avenue north of Third Avenue costing $15,758. (10/16/12)
e. Street Lights: Concerns have arisen and are being researched with regard to streetlights. Power arrives in some cases to the light pole from behind residences without an easement for the line. Concern arises when there is the desire to have the vegetation under the lines trimmed. Prescriptive easements may be obtainable—but at a cost. Some lights are not at intersections. This will probably be presented to Council at a future meeting. (10/18/11) FPL has been requested to remove the light at 138 Ormond Drive. (12/20/11) Service to the light at the northeast corner of Cocoa and S. Ramona avenues is being re-directed through the S. Ramona Avenue right-of-way. (01/17/12) The streetlight at 138 Ormond Drive has been removed. (03/20/12) FPL is taking an inventory of streetlights within the Town. (05/09/12) FPL has completed the streetlight inventory and a small adjustment has been noted. (04/16/13)
f. Orlando Park: Public Works personnel have removed the see saw and last remaining spring toy as both items have deteriorated and were unsafe. The lower portion of the tot swing legs were replaced and the steering wheel apparatus for the fire truck has been replaced. (02/19/13) The hand-holds for the climbing wall have been replaced. (03/19/13) The tube slide along the east side of the bungalow is damaged and has been removed. (04/16/13) The large pavilion (21’ x 21’) has been deemed unsafe and Council is being requested to allow for it to be removed. (06/25/13) The larger pavilion has been removed. (07/16/13)
g. Sunrise Park (i.e. Watson Drive): To provide a shower using potable water will cost $3,500 and for just a foot wash the cost is $3,200. The cost using the existing well for a shower or foot wash is $1,278. Annual costs are not factored into these numbers. (7/17/12) Providing a foot wash and drinking fountain will cost $5,251,which was approved by Council. (06/25/13) Brevard County has approved the modification to the park site plan by the addition of a drinking fountain and foot wash. A field permit from FDEP has been requested. (07/16/13) The FDEP field permit has been issued. (08/20/13)
h. Sea Park (aka Tampa Avenue Park): To provide a shower and/or foot wash using potable water (or by installing a well) would cost approximately $4,500. (07/17/12)

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i. Employee Survey: Survey results of employees who were provided a survey instrument: 19.5% believe that favoritism exists; 19.5% believe that employees are not valued; 12.2% express concern about Council politics; 12.2% believe that the organization supports “business as usual”; 9.8% reflect low morale; 9.8% note that additional money is needed for training. Issues of focus need to be improved communication, avoiding favoritism (or the appearance), and an indication of appreciation/recognition of employee value. A committee is being established of employee representatives to meet on a regular basis with the Town Manager to improve communications and lessen any false impressions that might exist. This two-way communication mechanism will better determine the extent of concern expressed through the survey and work toward making improvements. Manager training is being explored. (12/18/12) The Two-Way Communications Committee met and reviewed areas to improve communications with employees and address some concerns previously identified by some employees. (02/19/13) The committee has indicated support for an Employee Recognition Award program that is being offered in April and May on a trial basis providing $30 in gift certificates to the Premiere Oaks 10 Theaters to one employee per month. (03/19/13) Employee suggestion box has been located in the Town Hall conference room with notice to employees sent March 21st. (04/16/13) May 2013 survey results reflect that 7% of the workforce are somewhat or very dissatisfied with their job, 2% of the workforce believes that compensation to be lower than for comparable Florida municipalities, 10% of the workforce experiences some level of stress in working for the Town, 10% of the workforce is considering looking for work elsewhere, and 7% of the workforce expressed that they are less satisfied than they were 6 months ago. (05/21/13) The Employee Recognition Award (including $30 in gift certificates to the Oaks Theatre) was presented to Cpl. Scott Holstine for his initiative in securing a donation to the Town to cover costs associated with providing graphics for the new police vehicle. (06/25/13) The Employee Recognition Award (including $30 in gift certificates to the Oaks Theatre) was presented to Fire Captain Dennis Greehy for his efforts working on machinery thereby saving the Town money. (08/20/13)
j. Dune Crossover Expansion/Renovation: FDEP field permits have been secured for the widening of the dune crossovers at Watson Drive, Crossover #10 and Crossover #11. The widening effort will involve adding a seating area measuring 4’x8’ along the south side of each crossover and rehabilitating the existing structures. There will be no additional penetration of the dune. Work cannot commence until after November 1, 2013. (06/25/13) Council will consider a request to widen Crossover #12 rather than Crossover #11. (08/20/13)