City Manager's Report 17-080 | May 19, 2017
City Administration
City Manager Richard H. Sloan
2017 Hurricane Season Notice
June 1, 2017 kicks off the 2017 Hurricane Season. Please see the "2017 Hurricane Season Notes" document below for vital information regarding tropical systems and the approaching hurricane season. Remember: "Safety first!"

"If you fail to plan, you're planning to fail." - Attributed to Benjamin Franklin
Special Events
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor    
Memorial Day
Please save the date and join us Monday, May 29, 2017, to remember all who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom! Haines City’s Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and be held adjacent to the Military Court of Honor at Railroad Park. We look forward to having you with us for a memorable and honorable time. Please view the attached Memorial Day Ceremony flyer below!  


Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor 

British Soccer Program
Parks and Recreation will host the British Soccer Camp July 10-14, 2017. The camp is designed to improve the skills necessary to compete in the game of soccer. More importantly, the coaches will instruct within a framework of character development based on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship. Register online at

Mini Soccer - 3-5 years | 8 a.m.-9 a.m. | $85
Half Day Camp - 6-9 years | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $125
Half Day Camp - 10-14 years | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | $125

Youth Futsal
We are excited to announce the registration for the Youth Futsol 2017 Season is closed with all spots filled! We are extremely looking forward to the May 22nd - August 4th Inaugural Season of Futsal in Haines City and all of Polk County!  For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Youth Indoor Soccer 
We are excited to announce the registration for the Youth Indoor Soccer 2017 Season is closed with all spots filled! We are extremely looking forward to the May 22nd - August 4th, quickly approaching Youth Indoor Soccer Season! For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Make sure to bring your running shoes, A-game, and water! We'll meet you on the courts! 


City Clerk's Office 
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois

Ethics Training
This workshop will fulfill your annual ethics requirement! Please join us Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, please see the attached flyer below. 
The City Clerk’s office is proud and honored to recognize Vice Mayor Morris West (pictured to the right) for his completion of the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials.

The Florida League of Cities and the  John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government hosts the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). This educational program is specially designed for elected officials that are graduates of the IEMO, or those elected city officials who have completed one or more terms in office.

The primary objective of the institute is to provide elected municipal officials with an intensive academic program that will assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their elected role. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government, presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field:
  • Part II of Effective Council Techniques: Decision-Making Models and Media Relations
  • Growth Management in Florida
  • Advanced Revenue and Finances for Cities
  • Building Your City’s Team: Personnel and Labor Issues
Thank you Vice Mayor West for your service to our community!
The City Clerk’s office is proud and honored to recognize Commissioner Anne Huffman for her successful election campaign.

The total number of registered voters were 12,343. The total number of votes cast were 1,347 and three of them were invalid ballots. 

The total votes counted were 1,344 which included 700 cast by mail-in voting, 462 votes cast at precinct 407, and 182 votes cast at precinct 409. There were two provisional ballots to canvass from precinct 407.

The Canvassing Board accepted the provisional ballots increasing the count to 1,346. Voter turnout was ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­10.9%. The results are displayed below.

Thank you Commissioner Huffman for your service to our community!

Election Results:
Haines City Seat #5:                         Total:                        Percentage:

Anne Huffman                                 765                              56.84%

 Kenneth Kipp                                 581                              43.23%

Development Services
Development Services Director Richard Greenwood

Check out the next City Manager's Report for updates from the Development Services Department!
Human Resources 
Director of Human Resources Donna Parker 
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 page.

Employment Applications and copies of complete position announcements are located on the City of Haines City's website at (When completing the on-line application please save it to your computer and attach it via an e-mail to
The list below does not contain complete position announcements, and may have one or more vacancies available. To see the entire position announcements, please visit 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 everything included during the application process will be verified.


  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)

FIRE – Apply-Now

  1. Firefighter/EMT – $12.05 to $18.07 (DOQ)


  1. Building Maintenance Technician  – $13.31 to $19.96 (DOQ)
  2. Grounds Maintenance Technician – $13.31 to 19.96 (DOQ)
  3. Grounds Maintenance Worker – $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  4. Head Lifeguard  – (Seasonal) $10.00 to $15.00  (DOQ)
  5. Lifeguard -(Seasonal) $10.00 to $15.00 (DOQ)
  6. Recreation Attendant – $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  7. Recreation Attendant – (Seasonal) $10.00 to $13.28 (DOQ)

POLICE – Apply-Now

  1. Police Officer – $15.38 to $23.07 – Trainee (DOQ) $18.61 to 27.91 – Grade 3 (DOQ) Apply-Now


  1. Part-time Plant Maintenance Worker – $10.00 Hourly (DOQ)
  2. Pipeline Repair Lead – $14.64 to $21.96 (DOQ)
  3. Plant Maintenance Worker – $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  4. Utilities Director – $75,900 to $113,850 (DOQ)
  5. Wastewater Operator C – $14.64 to $21.96 (DOQ)
  6. Wastewater Superintendent  – $41,873 to $62,809 (DOQ)


Fire Department
Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon

Haines City Fire Department Assists with Brush Fires in Poinciana
Haines City Firefighters assisted multiple agencies battling a 15-acre brush fire adjacent to Poinciana Medical Center. Thankfully, the fire was contained to unoccupied areas and no structures were lost.  
Burn Ban in Effect
A countywide burn ban is still in effect for Polk until further notice. Due to the severely dry conditions, high winds, and low relative humidity, the wildfire danger is extremely high. Because of the extreme fire risk, law enforcement is responding along with the Fire Department and issuing citations as deemed necessary. A State of Emergency was declared by Governor Scott due to the fire conditions currently present. During this time, please do not start any campfires, trash fires, or other type of outside burning (with the exception of BBQ grills) and if you see a fire or smell smoke, please call 911 to report it.

Haines City Public Library

Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor 
The Library is more than just books. The opportunity for adventure can be discovered for all ages at the Library with the Needlework Group, Scrabble Club, Story Times, Teen Programs, and movies every month in English and Español.  Come find your heartbeat at the Haines City Public Library!

Lunch & Learn | Managing Yard Pests Responsibly
This educational event will be held Tuesday, May 23rd, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. located in the Community Room. Registration is required.

Legion of Geeks
The most recent, stellar event was held Tuesday, May 9th, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join the Haines City Public Library next month for a night of geeking out and comic book reading. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below).

Scrabble Club
Put on your thinking caps and pull out your dictionaries for our weekly Scrabble Club. This event is held every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and is located in the Young Adult Room.

Pigments of Your Imagination
Bring out your imagination and relieve some stress in our weekly adult coloring club! Supplies are provided. This is held every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Titanic: The Story Continues . . . | Presented by Steve Mattis
Join us for another lecture given by Steve Mattis on the R.M.S. Titanic Wednesday, May 24th, at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Refreshments will be provided from 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. This will be followed by a lecture and a Q&A portion of the event.
Every Monday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., join us here at the Haines City Public Library for our needlework group! Share ideas, laughs, and pointers with friends while you work on your projects. This fun and crafty group meets in the Young Adult Room.  
Literati Book Club | Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
The book club meets monthly in the Librarian’s office to discuss the selected book. Reserve your copy at the front desk today. The most recent meeting was Thursday, May 18th, at 2:00 p.m. Drop by the library for more information. 

Children and Young Adults
Legion of Geeks
The most recent, stellar event was held Tuesday, May 9th, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join the Haines City Public Library next month for a night of geeking out and comic book reading. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below).
Homeschool Club
This program features different activities weekly for homeschoolers grades K – 5. See our Facebook page (HCPL Homeschool Group) OR the bulletin board in the Children’s Room for more details. This program is every Monday at 1:30 p.m. and is located in the Children’s Room.
Kid’s Game Day
Tuesday, May 9th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., elementary age kids were invited to come and play Wii games, board games, and more! This fun time was hosted in the Community Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below) and join us next time! 
LEGO® Bricks Club
Thursday, May 18th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., kids of all ages were invited to come and let their imaginations soar with LEGO® Building Bricks! This program was located in the Community Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below) and join us next time!
Teen Game Night
Thursday, May 11th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., teens in the 6th-12th grade bracket were invited to come and play Xbox, Wii, and board games. Snacks were provided at this cool event. This hangout was located in the Young Adult Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below) so you don't miss the fun event next month! 
Teen Pinterest Tuesday
Tuesday, May 16th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., middle school and high school students joined us in creating a fun craft from Pinterest. This creative time was hosted in the Young Adult Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below) so you don't miss the fun event next month! 
Teen Dissection Workshop
Thursday, May 25th, at 4:00 p.m., middle and high school students are invited to join us as we host a dissection workshop. Registration is required and date is subject to change depending on the level of interest. The cost to participate is $20.00. It will be located in the Community Room.
Tween & Teen Book Club | Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Wednesday, May 31st, at 4:00 p.m., book discussion for ages 10 – 18 will happen. This will be hosted in the Young Adult Room.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Wednesday, May 31st, at 4:30 p.m., join our TAB group to help make programs for teens. Let your voice be heard. This is for students in grades 6th – 12th and will be located in the Young Adult Room.
Family Movies
All movies are shown in the community room. Refreshments are allowed, but not provided.  
  • 5/20 – Elena & the Secret of Avalor | En Espanol | 11:15 a.m.  
Library Closed
Library is closed May 27th-May 29th, in observation of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume May 30th, at 10:00 a.m.
Stay Connected With All Our Upcoming Events!
Want to know what is going on at the Haines City Public Library? Check out our  Facebook page and get the scoop. You can also see what's going on at the Library by viewing our calendar for adults and children! 


The HR Connection is an informative monthly newsletter designed to keep employees informed on hot HR topics, follow-up items, and welcoming new employees to the City of Haines City Team. Check out the  May Newsletter!


Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor 

In the coming months the Parks Department will continue several improvement projects around the city as well as begin several others.
  • Landscaping removal, renovations and improvements on U.S. Highway 27 began May 1, 2017.  
  • Oakland Cemetery South has new fencing installed and will be receiving new trash receptacles soon. Oakland Cemetery North will also be receiving new trash receptacles as well as sitting benches, granite block markers and shade structures.
  • 8 Acre Park will be receiving new benches, tables, water fountains, additional playground structures, walking path fitness/activity stations, a new playground sunshade, grass and landscape upgrades.
  • The Downtown/Railroad Park corridor will be receiving landscaping upgrades, bench and trash receptacle replacements where needed, and the addition of 3 new bench locations.
  • Lake Eva Park will be receiving new playground flooring, walking path fitness/activity stations, bench and trash receptacle replacements where needed, water fountains and landscaping upgrades.
  • Benches and trash receptacles will also be added to the Haines City Trail corridor from Grace Avenue to Lilly Avenue.
  • The Cook Field baseball diamond will be converted from a football practice field back into a usable baseball/softball diamond.
  Police Department
Deputy Police Chief James "Jim" Elensky
Congratulations to newly appointed Chief of Haines City Police Department, Gary Hester! Chief Hester joined the Haines City Police Department Team Monday, May 15th, and was appointed at the City Commission Meeting Thursday, May 18th. 

We are looking forward to how Chief Hester will lead our Haines City Police Department greatly!

Haines City Crime Update
Throughout the month of April, a total of four business burglaries were reported to the Haines City Police Department:
  • April 10, 2017, Rodriguez Fashions, located at 1100 Highway 17/92 North, Haines City, FL 33844, reported that an unknown suspect burglarized a storage shed. The burglar stole a pressure washer and lawn equipment. The total value of the stolen property is approximately $700.00. 

  • April 18, 2017, La Placita Mexico, located at 201 10th Street North, Haines City, FL 33844, reported that an unknown suspect burglarized the freezer belonging to the business. The burglar took approximately $10,000 worth of meat and seafood products.

  • April 30, 2017, the Kangaroo Express, located at 1013 East Hinson Avenue, Haines City, FL 33844, reported that an unknown suspect burglarized a room inside of the business. Subsequently, the burglar stole a purse. The purse contained a small amount of cash and credit cards.

  • April 30, 2017, the USA Coin Clean Laundry, located at 1702 East Hinson Avenue, Haines City, FL 33844, reported that an unknown suspect burglarized a room inside the laundry mat. The burglar subsequently took a weed eater and shop-vacuum.

In all four burglaries, the suspects used a crowbar and bolt cutters to make their entrance.

The Criminal Investigation Division, through further investigation, was able to locate and identify two suspects and the suspect vehicle. The two suspects were charged with four counts of burglary and grand theft.

Please report any suspicious activity or persons to the Haines City Police Department. 

Public Works
Public Works Director Addie Javed

Haines City Lake Festival and Cardboard Boat Race Challenge
This year, the Haines City Public Works Department partnered with the Lakes Education Action Drive (LE/AD) to host the City’s first ever Lakes Festival and Cardboard Boat Race Challenge, May 6, 2017, on the beautiful Lake Eva. As part of the City’s Lakes Management Initiative, the theme of this event was to promote community awareness of the importance of lakes and water resources as ecological jewels.

The intent was to bring a fun, educational opportunity to the community, with an emphasis on our youth, to help them understand how lakes and environmental resources are ecologically and economically valuable. Also, to share with them how we all play a vital role in preserving and protecting these natural assets. From keeping our City roads clean to preventing illicit discharges to not dumping trash into lakes and waterways, the community in turn, can help to beautify the lakes in and around Haines City! What an opportunity! The Lakes Festival was organized by Public Works and provided many opportunities to think about the awesome stewardship responsibilities we have for the natural beauty found in our lakes. 
Pictured above are the boating teams setting sail!

The sky was “picture perfect” for the Cardboard Boat Race Challenge! The competitors in both categories, “Pre-Built Boats” and “On-Site Built Boats”, were enthusiastic and optimistic about the challenge of navigating the Lake Eva course. The creativity of the builders in the “Pre-Built Boats” category was impressive, while the ingenuity of the builders who used cardboard and duct tape to construct their vessels in the parking lot, in only two hours, was inspiring.

The participants included local civic groups, families, corporations, and our very own Storm Water Division with their entry, “The Rotten Banana”. Sliding across the finish line as champions, our first place crew of Ed Trail and Richard Myers navigated “The Rotten Banana” to an award for “The Most Spirit!” Another entry from Public Works, “The Fat and the Furious”, piloted by Roy Tomlin and Mark Sornson, performed well in their first heat, finishing in second. A pair of volunteers from Circle B Ranch finished the race in third.

Pictured above is the Storm Water Division's "The Rotten Banana".

Team Amec posted the best times of the day winning the “On-Site Built Boats” category for Corporations/Communities! Team Chastain-Skillman finished in second while Team Hazen and Sawyer finished in third.

The “Pre-Built Boats” category for youth featured “The Rainbow Butterfly”, which finished in second to “The Bass Brothers”. “The Bass Brothers” was driven by best friends, Mason Gabbard of Winter Haven and Grant Vanderbuilt of Lakeland. The “On-Site Built Boats” category for youth was also fun to watch! From Winter Haven Troop 123, scouts Ariston Walker and Christopher Hostetler, outlasted Lakeland brothers J.T. and T.J. Weaner. All in all it was a great day coasting around on Lake Eva!

Pictured above is Team Chastain-Skillman. 

Special thanks goes to all the partners and corporate sponsors for making this event a great success! The first year event was well received by the community and organizers hope to return next year with an even bigger event!

Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor    

The Haines City Aquatics Center opened April 22nd, for the 2017 season! Admission to the Aquatics Center is $5.00 per person for anyone ages one and older. 

2017 Schedule | Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Now – June 3rd & 4th | Open weekends (Saturday & Sunday) only
June 5th – August 9th | Open daily
August 12th & 13th – October 14th & 15th | Open weekends (Saturday & Sunday) only

Pool Safety – Have a Blast & Play Safe
  • No denim shorts or pants and No shorts with buttons or zippers. Proper swim wear required.
  • No coolers or outside food or drink will be permitted. There is a concession stand on-site.
  • No diapers allowed in pools. Children that wear diapers must wear a swim diaper (i.e. Huggies Little Swimmers). Swim Diapers may be purchased for $3.00 each.
  • No flotation devices (i.e. water wings, inflatable floats and life vests, and life vests with clips or buckles). Only life vests with zippers are allowed.
Cultural Arts
Oil Painting
Have you ever had an inkling to put a brush with paint on it to create something wonderful? We want you to join us to learn techniques in fine art traditional oils and have fun with our instructors Peggy Curry and Nick Roberts. Classes are held Mondays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. It is $20.00 per class, in addition to the one time yearly Parks & Recreation fee of $10.00. Please call (863) 289-4057 for the next available class.

We welcome you to join us for our self-guided, ongoing ceramics class. First, choose your piece to be poured into a mold and fired. Then, once it is finished you will get to paint it! This class is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and is $2.00 per class, in addition to the fee of your canvas and the one time yearly Parks & Recreation fee of $10.00. You must be 18 years or older to join.

Heidi's Academy of the Performing Arts
We are happy to announce that the Oakland Neighborhood Center will be the new home for Heidi’s Academy of the Performing Arts. All children three and older are eligible. There is still time to register your child into this new and exciting program. Classes will be held Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Oakland auditorium. Check out Heidi Yancey's biography and class flyer attached below! 

Summer Camp 
Ahoy Campers! We are looking forward to diving into this summer with you at our Oakland and Lake Eva Summer Recreation Camp 2017 locations! Registration is now closed for both locations with all spots filled in! Our theme this year is Under the Sea! Both Summer Recreation Camp locations will begin adventuring Thursday, June 8, 2017!


Utilities Director Mike Stripling

7 Rivers Water Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Haines City Water Utilities Department sponsored the “7 Rivers Water Festival” which was hosted at Lake Eva Park. The festival is held annually to spread the word about how to conserve water, protect our lakes and much more! As a Gold Partner, the Water Utility Division had a booth which provided an exciting “color-on” t-shirts activity! The creative activity was enjoyed by both the children and adults alike! There were over 225 t-shirts given out at this event where families learned how to conserve the precious natural resource: WATER.

 Displayed above is the Water Utility Division's booth of fun! 
Meter Frenzy
Utility Maintenance personnel have been in a frenzy installing meters for new homes! In 2016, the Utilities Department installed a whopping 296 meters for new residences. Currently, only six months into 2017, they have installed a total of 308 meters. The Utility Maintenance crews have been up to the task of installing the meters at a timely fashion in order for the new homeowners to move in and for the home developers to move onto their next housing start. These new residents will shop in local grocery stores, visit local barber shops and beauty salons. They will take part in keeping Haines City growing!

In addition, the crews have been replacing meters that have reached the useful life or are about to exceed the battery life of the electronics. Over the last six months, the crews have replaced 84 meter dials and replaced 22 older meters. The older meters typically slow down and do not register all of the water that passes through them. This makes it difficult to reconcile the amount of water the water plant pumps out during the month with the amount of water used by residents. Appropriately changing the meters out helps ensure the accuracy of the water usage.

Let’s give a huge “Thank you!” to the employees of the Utility Maintenance Division for playing their part in helping others find their heartbeat in Haines City! 
Displayed above is the placement of a new meter set!
Displayed above is Meter Technician, Jairo Aburaad, caught in action doing his part on the Utility Maintenance Team! 
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
Welcome Aboard!
Haines City Family,
Please check out the next City Manager's Report to meet our new City Employees!
City Commission  
Mayor Roy Tyler
City Commission meetings are regularly scheduled every first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., 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, June 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.
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