October 24, 2016
In This Issue
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor

Haines City Seeks Nominations for Veteran of the Year

This year Haines City is seeking nominations for its inaugural Veteran of the Year Award, to be presented during the annual Veterans Day celebration on November 11th.

"Every year we honor our veterans and hear dozens of stories about their sacrifice and devotion. This year, and in coming years, we want to hold a special recognition of one of those veterans and share their story with everyone," said Acting City Manager, Richard Sloan.

Currently, Haines City is accepting nominations until October 28, 2016. Those who wish to nominate a veteran should visit Haines City's website at www.hainescity.com/veteran-of-the-year/. Requirements to nominate a veteran include:
  1. An application provided on Haines City's website.
  2. A copy of discharge papers or other documentation of service.
  3. A copy of awards or commendations received.
  4. A short essay on the nominee's contribution to our country, not to exceed three pages.
Essays for nominees should explain how a nominee's service has made a significant difference in lives of others. Essays should also include a nominee's achievements and an explanation of why the individual should be considered for the Veteran of the Year Award.

The Veteran of the Year will be selected by a committee comprised of various and current servicemen and veterans. The selected nominee for the award will be presented with a plaque and brick paver, which will be placed at the Haines City Military Court of Honor, on November 11, 2016 at 9 AM, during the Haines City Veterans Day Ceremony at Railroad Park and the Military Court of Honor in Downtown Haines City.

For questions or more information, please call Parks & Recreation at (863) 421-3700.

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Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor

Teen CSI | Crime Scene Investigators at the Library


Middle School and High School students have a crime to solve! On October 25, 2016, at 4 PM, a Crime Scene Officer and Analyst from the Haines City Police Department will be here to show us what it takes to be a real CSI Officer or Analyst. You will be able to use your newfound skills to help solve the crime.
For questions or more information, please call the Library at (863) 421-3633. 

Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor

Art & Crafting Classes
Recreation is offering a new series of art & crafting classes at the Lake Eva Community Center for participants 14 & older. Supplies are provided. Prices will vary based upon the project. For more information, or to register, please call (863) 421-3700.
Silk Painting - 11/16/16 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Registration ends November 16th | $25 per class
Glass Painting - 12/02/16 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Registration ends November 30th | $20 per class
Volunteers Needed - Youth Basketball
Need community service hours for school? Or looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? Volunteer to coach youth basketball! Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. The season will last from November 2016 through January 2017. Teams will have one practice and one game each week (except holidays). For more information, visit us at the Lake Eva Community Center located at 555 Ledwith Avenue, or call us at (863) 421-3700.
Youth Basketball
The Haines City Youth Basketball League still has open registration through Friday, October 28th or until full. To register please bring ID, players' birth certificate, and proof of insurance. The cost is $40.00 per child plus a one-time yearly $10.00 Parks and Recreation fee. We accept ages 5-13 years old, the season will begin in November.
We are also looking for basketball coaches! If you, or someone you know, is  interested in coaching, please contact our athletic coordinator at (863) 421-3700.
Human Resources Director Kandace Tappen

Below is a listing of positions open to receive applications. All interested applicants are required to submit an employment application, unless otherwise instructed on the City's website position announcement, along with any appropriate documentation deemed necessary to show interest in and qualifications for the position to which they are applying. Employment Applications and copies of complete position announcements are located on the City of Haines City's website at www.hainescity.com. (When completing the on-line application please save it to your computer and attach it via an e-mail to jobs@hainescity.com.)
The list below does not contain complete position announcements, and may have one or more vacancy available. To see the entire position announcements, please visit www.hainescity.com  employment opportunities and click on the position title. Positions are considered "Open Until Filled," unless otherwise denoted. Corresponding pay grade ranges are included to represent earning potential and shall not be an assumption of potential starting wage, which will most likely be at the minimum rate of pay. If a conditional offer of employment is made, please note that everything included during the application process will be verified.

  1. Deputy City Clerk - $18.30 to $27.45 (DOQ)
  1. Building Inspector I - $17.71 to $26.57 (DOQ)
  2. Building Inspector II - $19.48 to $29.23 (DOQ)
  3. Planner - $20.13 to $30.19 (DOQ)
  4. Secretary - $12.01 to $18.15 (DOQ)
  1. Assistant Finance Director - $61,306.64 to $91,959.96 (DOQ)
  2. Utility Billing Clerk I - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Firefighter EMT- $9.95 to $14.93 (trainee); $12.05 to $18.07 (DOQ)
  2. Fire Driver Engineer - $13.25 to $19.88 (DOQ)
  1. Human Resources Director - $75,900.00 to $113,850.00 (DOQ)
  2. Part-Time HR Specialist - $8.85 to $10.00 (DOQ)
  1. Assistant Parks and Recreation Director - $61,306.64 to $91,959.96 (DOQ)
  2. Grounds Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ) - Several Positions Available
  3. Part Time - Event Center Attendant - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  4. Part Time Grounds Maintenance Worker - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  5. Recreation Supervisor - $18.30 to $27.45 (DOQ)
  6. Secretary - $12.01 to $18.15 (DOQ) 
  1. Police Officer - $15.38 to $23.07 - Trainee (DOQ) $18.61 to $27.92 - Grade 3 (DOQ)
  2. Records Clerk - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Building Maintenance Technician - $13.31 to $19.96 (DOQ)
  2. Building Maintenance Worker - $10.00 to $15.00
  3. Secretary - $12.01 to $18.15 (DOQ)
  4. Transportation Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Lead Wastewater Operator - $19.48 to $29.23 (DOQ)
  2. Wastewater Operator B - $16.10 to $24.15 Class B (DOQ) - Several Positions Available
  3. Wastewater Operator C - $14.64 to $24.96 Class C (DOQ) - Several Positions Available
  4. Wastewater Operator Trainee - $11.00 (DOQ) - Several Positions Available
  5. Wastewater Superintendent - $41,873.26 to $62,809.89 (DOQ)

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

Touch a Truck Event
The Water Utilities Department joined by other departments within the City of Haines City worked at the "Touch a Truck" event, hosted by Miracle Toyota of Haines City on September 17, 2016. All the departments brought many different types of equipment and trucks for kids and adults to experience how they are used in our daily operations. The event was a success!

The Water Utilities Department brought out five trucks with equipment to setup for the event. 
  • Two Crane Trucks: They are used daily for pulling sewer pumps out of lift stations.
  • A Track Hoe: Used for digging, trenching and other needs. 
  • A Mini Skid-Steer Tractor: Used for leveling out areas that needs excavation and for brushing dirt off streets with the broom attachment.
  • A Vactor Truck: Used daily for broken water lines and also for sewer back-ups.

A huge thanks to our Water Utilities Department employees who volunteered to work at this event: Ray Leonard, Patrick Gill, Thomas Pennington, Chris Taylor and Jonathan Vice. The  crew had a great time with all the citizens who came out with their families.  Everyone enjoyed learning about our equipment and getting to know what we do on a daily basis.

Public Works Director Addie Javed

Thanksgiving Holiday Garbage, Recycle, Yard Waste & Bulk Collection Schedule

If Your Regular Garbage Day Is: It Will Be Collected On:
Monday, November 21st   Normal Schedule  
Tuesday, November 22nd  Normal Schedule  
Wednesday, November 23rd  Normal Schedule  
Thursday, November 24th  Friday, November 25th 
Friday, November 25th  Saturday, November 26th 

For questions or more information, please call Public Works at (863) 421-3777.

WOW (Watched Outstanding Work!)
Emails of Commendation from Ms. Anne Huffman
On behalf of our Valencia Hills residents, we want to express our appreciation for the quality of work with the newly painted storm drain covers! They are pleasing to the eyes and improve the safety at their corner locations! The neighbors on Navel Circle North noticed how hard they worked and detailed attention to fixing an on-going problem. The employees showed pride as if they were making these repairs for the street they lived on. These employees should be commended for their positive attitudes as we interrupted them to go back and forth to our homes driving over the area they were repairing.

The Public Works Director, Addie Javed, met with me in July to discuss the faded storm drain locations and problematic water leak, and he assured me that the covers would be taken care of in a few month. He delivered as promised and before the time frame. Great job Mr. Javed!

In addition, I have been battling my yard and porch being flooded since I built my home in 1978. I constantly complained to City Hall and the only option they had was getting sand bags and filling them myself.  July 2016, I met with Ed Trail, Transportation Superintendent, and he looked at why I'm having these issues when it rains heavily. We agreed to take pictures at the next episode of flooding. I took a video and showed he and Addie, and Ed came up with a great idea to elevate the grass near the street and IT WORKED!!! No one from Public Works could figure out a solution, but Mr. Trail looked at the video and IMMEDIATELY followed up with me on a plan.  I am VERY happy and grateful to him for taking me seriously and treating my problem as if it were his.  I hope this letter of appreciation goes into his file and he is acknowledged as WOW-ing this 39 year resident.  Thank You Ed Trail, you are a keeper!
-Anne Huffman, Haines City Resident 

The City of Haines City would like to thank all of our excellent, dedicated employees and volunteers who help make the City a great place to work, live and play. Have you "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City lately? Let us know at wow@hainescity.com.

Acting City Manager Richard H. Sloan

Take Our Survey!
Do you or have you ever accessed our Haines City website? Please take this simple survey to help us with our redesign and development of the new website. Your input matters! We will use the information to help reconstruct our new government web page.

Please click the following link, which will direct you to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCWebSite.


City Commission meetings are regularly scheduled every first and third Thursday of the month at 7 PM, and are held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 620 E. Main Street.

Please use this link to access City Commission Agendas and Meeting Minutes, or to listen LIVE during a City Commission Meeting:  
For questions or more information, please call the City Clerk's Office at (863) 421-9921.
Next City Commission Meeting: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7 PM.