City Manager's Report
Dear Citizens and Businesses:
The jlear 1995 has blown right on by.
Yes, 1995 has blown right on by, literally. The year 1995 saw one of the most significant events in the 36-year history of the City of West Melbourne occur with the arrival of Hurricane Erin on August 1, 1995. Erin brought with her high winds and torrential down poursthat resulted in more than 14 inches of rainfall in 24 hours. This hurricane affected many homes and businesses with flood waters and related problems.
In the four months since Hurricane Erin, various agencies in the County have met to critique this storm event in an effortto correct the deficiencies many of the cities en- countered during this emergency. The City is urging Brevard County to pursue the completion of this final analysis of this storm event and to work diligently to ensure that changes are implementedprior to the 1996 storm season.
Since Hurricane Erin, the cities here in Brevard County have had a first hand experience in working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its state counterpart in respondingto the needs of their respective communities. The men and women of these agencies performed in a very professional manner under some very difficult circumstances.The inspection teams continueto work with the City to perform damage survey reports and to obtain funding to solve many of the problemswhich resulted from this storm event.
The City of West Melbourne and all of our neighboring cities owe a debt of gratitude to the BrevardCounty Legislative Delegation for stepping in and pursuing a state match to the federal disaster funding for this hurricane.
The year 1995 saw a change in the leadership on the West Melbourne City Council with the retirement of Helen Ludwig. Ms. Ludwig left the community in Juneto move to Jacksonvilleto be with her family. Ms. Ludwig's hard work and dedication to the City and the Space Coast League of Cities will be missed. The City Council ap- pointedMr. Bill Lutovsky, a former City Council Member and longtime board and committee member, to fill the remaining portion of Ms. Ludwig's term.
This year, the City continued to pursue the search for excellence in local government by obtaining the Certifi- cate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)for the ninth consecutiveyear. Additionally, the City receivedthe Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the GFOA for the sixth consecutiveyear.
Also, 1995was the year that the City purchasedten acres of vacant land on the west side of Minton Road across from the West Melbourne City Hall for the purpose of constructing a new law enforcement facility and a future move by the Public Works Depariment. The acquisition of this land fulfilled a long standingcommitment to acquire land for a new police station. The design of this new facility should begin in the spring of 1996, with construction hopefully to begin in 1997.
In 1995, the City completed the construction of a connec- tor roadway between Ellis Road and Industrial Street to help alleviate the prohlem of traffic attempting to exit north bound onto Wickham Road from Industrial Street. This project was funded by Brevard County Transportation Impact Fees.
This calendar year saw the construction commence on the new Central JuniorHigh School adjoiningthe recently constructed Meadowlane Elementary School on Minton Road in West Melbourne. The construction of these schools by the School Board has helped solve some long standing facility problems in the school system. These schools have also been the impetus for new residential development. In 1995, the City reviewed and approved two new single-family subdivisionsconsistingof a total of 780 homes.
To comply with the ever changing rules and regulations concerningthe operation of a wastewater treatment facility, the City implemented the design of various improvements at the Ray Bullard Water Reclamation Facility. In addition10 meetingthese new regulations, these improvements will provide the City with increased capacity at the facility for future growth in the community.
The City continued to work with the City of Melbourne and Brevard County toward the widening of Dairy Road from U.S. 192 south to Palm Bay Road. The County is in the right-of-wayacquisition phase of this project, and there are approximately thirty remainingparcelsof right- of-way or easements remainingto be acquired for this project. We are in the Court ordered mediation phase in this acquisition process, and we are hopeful that all the right-of-waywill be acquired by the end of July1996.
As we at the City of West Melbourne look forward to the challenges of 1996, we would like to extend to all of you a wish for a happy and safe holiday season!
Happy New Year!
Mark K. Ryan City Manager