City Manager's Report 16-070 | December 7, 2016
Special Events - Mark Your Calendar!
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor
Movies in the Park - Season's Greetings

We are showing Christmas movies outside in Lake Eva Park again this season! Christmas Movies in the Park Sponsorship Information:  Holiday Movies in the Park - Sponsorship Levels
  1. Home Alone | Friday, December 9th | 7 PM
  2. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Friday, December 16th | 7 PM - Facebook Event Page
  3. The Polar Express | Thursday, December 22nd | 7 PM | Sponsored by Oak Ridge Funeral Care - Facebook Event Page 
Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, December 10th from 9 AM - 12 Noon. Come with the family to eat breakfast and meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. This year’s event will be held at Beef O’ Brady’s in Haines City.

For more information contact Haines City Parks & Recreation at (863) 421-3700 or visit the Facebook Event Page.

Light up the Park

Haines City Parks and Recreation light up Lake Eva Park on December 3rd with over 800,000 lights on display. Come out and see for yourself! The lights will be on nightly throughout the rest of the month. 

Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor

Youth basketball is in full swing! It is great to see these kids coming out and doing such a great job. Thank you so much to our coaches who volunteer their time to make this league possible for the youth in our community. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Jarrett Gordon Ford, Ingram Financial Group, Polar Air, Fellows Trucking, Heart of Florida Chiropractic, State Farm, Shannon Orthodontics, John Deere, Oakridge Funeral Care, Pizzano’s Pizza and Inner Wheel Club of Haines City.
Cultural Arts

We are very excited about offering some new programs to our community. Friday 12/2/16 will be our first Glass Painting class with instructor Birgit. The class will be held at the Haines City Community Center.  This is a great opportunity to create a handmade Christmas gift for friends or family. Please visit us at the Haines City Community Center 555 Ledwith Ave. to stay updated on all programming that is available to children and adults. For additional information you may call 863-421-3700.
Florida Alliance Youth Football State Championships

The 2nd Annual Florida Alliance Youth Football State Championships were held in Haines City and Davenport area during Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament was played on Cook Field, Ridge Community High School and Lewis Mathews field in Davenport.

The tournament was designed to allow the conference champions from all of Florida’s major youth conferences the opportunity to meet, compete and crown a true state champion. The ages of the participants ranged from 4 to 14. More than 60 teams participated from across the state. Teams came from Dade, Broward, Collier, Lee, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Orange, St Lucie, Brevard, Okeechobee and Polk counties.

This event saw record crowds and had a huge economic impact over 3 days. The Board of Florida Youth Alliance was extremely pleased with the number of fans that attended the games and the hospitality extended by Haines City and its citizens.

Tournament Champions:

Flag – Lakeland Storm

6U- Sabastian Sharks

7U –Lee County Hawks

8U – Miami Gardens Chief

9U –Miami Gardens Ravens

10U - Miami Gardens Chiefs

11U – Miami Gardens Ravens

12U- Ft Lauderdale Hurricanes

14U – Ft Lauderdale Hurricanes 
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor
We will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday, as well as, Monday, January 2nd for New Years. 
A Virtual Walk through McKay Gardens & Lakeside Preserve 
On Wednesday, December 7th at 1:00 PM, join interpretive guide, Steve Franklin, for an armchair version of his poetry-laced walk through the colorful gardens and surrounding preserve of this historic Lake Alfred showplace. Learn about the cultural and natural history of the area and reconnect with some of nature’s wonders found there!
Scrabble Club

Our NEW adult program beginning in December is Scrabble Club. The club will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Community Room. Scrabble games will be provided by the Haines City Public Library. Come join us and wake up your brain! 
Sensational Sensory Hour

The Haines City Public Library is adding a NEW children’s program starting in December. Tuesdays at 10:30 AM will be Sensational Sensory Hour in the Children’s Room. An interactive program for ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. It is an opportunity for children to develop and learn through the use of their senses. Drop-in and explore a variety of sensory activities that will stimulate your child’s mind. Dress for a mess! 

Family Movie Pajama Party

Family Movie Pajama Party featuring It’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie on December 21st at 4:00 PM in the Community Room. All are invited to wear your favorite pajamas & bring your blankets to enjoy the movie family style. 

Family Movie

Family Movie: The Secret Life of PETS – Saturday, December 10th at 11:15 AM in the Community Room

Película en Español: The Secret Life of PETS – Saturday, December 17th at 11:15 AM in the Community Room. 

Creative Brick Builders Club

Creative Brick Builders Club (formerly known as LEGO Club) will be on Thursdays, December 1st, 15th, & 29th.

We will also have a Creative Brick Builders DAY on Tuesday, December 27th 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM in the Community Room.

Please see the attached calendars for more information on any library event! 

Fire Department
Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon
Swearing-in and Promotional Ceremony

Haines City Fire Rescue recognized several members of the department during the November 23, 2016 ceremony. Fire Chief McCutcheon presented 3 promotions, swore in 2 Firefighters and the inspector, and recognized several crew members for their selfless actions in helping when most needed.  Firefighter Andrew Dinsmore was promoted to Engineer, Tim Mossgrove to Assistant Chief, and Stuart McCutcheon to Fire Chief. Joining the team, and being sworn in were Firefighter Mitch Harris, Inspector Michael Washington II, and Firefighter Travis Anderson. Each of these men bring experience and thorough job knowledge to their positions. We’re proud of their accomplishments and look forward to their contributions to the organization.

Concluding the awards ceremony, Fire Chief McCutcheon honored Captain Ryan Russell, Lieutenant Jacob Jimenez, Engineer Jason Bergeron, Engineer Andrew Dinsmore, and Inspector Michael Washington II for their selfless actions when most needed. Job well done!
Left to right: Captain Ryan Russell, Lieutenant Jacob Jimenez, Engineer Jason Bergeron, Engineer Andrew Dinsmore.
City Clerk's Office
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois
The Emerging Youth Advisory Council

The City of Haines City’s Emerging Youth Advisory Council has partnered with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.  The program provides toys, clothing, and other Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.  Last year the Salvation Army’s Winter Haven chapter served 1,195 children in East Polk County.

The Angel Tree has ornaments with the name and age of a child from infant to 12 years old and the toy that child would most like to receive.  The Angel Tree is in the lobby of City Hall and we appreciate your support and interest in helping the youth within our region.   

Public Works Department
Public Works Director Addie Javed
Work begins next week on an intersection improvement project at the intersection of SR 17 and SR 544/CR 544 in Haines City. Crews anticipate placing signs and erosion control devices starting next week. Below is a flier with additional information on the project.


Utilities Department
Utilities Director Michael Stripling 
The Ion Exchange Treatment Process
Water Plant #1 and #2 Construction of the Ion Exchange Treatment Process and Scada upgrades are well on their way to completion. The Ion Exchange vessels were set in place on November 21st and construction is scheduled for completion in April 2017.  The Ion Exchange Treatment Process will assist in removing organics from the raw water source which in turn will lower the disinfection byproducts in the distribution system, improving the quality of water we deliver to our customers. Haines City Utilities Department is dedicated to producing the highest quality of water for our Haines City Residents. 
City Commission  
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 at (863) 421-9921.
Next City Commission Meeting: Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7 PM.
WOW!  (Watched Outstanding Work!)
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
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