City Manager's Report 17-082 | June 20, 2017
City Administration
City Manager Richard H. Sloan
It's Lightning Safety Week!
Please see the document below highlighting the important factors of lightning safety when working outdoors. 

2017 Hurricane Season Notice
June 1, 2017 kicked 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    
Thunder On The Ridge
Haines City’s annual 4th of July Celebration, Thunder on the Ridge, presented by Miracle Toyota and Murphy Family Insurance, is the prime spot for entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, food concessions and children’s activities!

A tradition since the 1990’s, Thunder on the Ridge continues to offer our community one of the largest one-day family friendly events in Polk County. Over 30,000 people come from Polk County and beyond to participate in the fun festivities, flavorful food, groovy, live music, engaging games, and unique shopping opportunities at craft and community booths.

This exciting event features various artists singing several genres of music. Artists will take the stage beginning at 3:00 p.m. and continue until the dazzling fireworks begin! The evening will wrap up in a flashing manner with the largest fireworks display in Polk County! Be sure to click here to stay in the loop with our Facebook Event Page! 

Below is the afternoon entertainment schedule:

3:15 – 4:15      Soulful Music Entertainment
4:30 – 5:45      Blackbird Anthem
6:00 – 7:15      BURN Band
7:30 – 9:00      LUVU

Cornhole Tournament at Thunder on the Ridge
At Thunder on the Ridge, we will also host our annual double elimination Corn Hole Tournament! Thank you to Surface Prep Supply for sponsoring this year's tournament!

The entry fee is $20.00 per team and is due at time of registration. The registration packet can be found at Completed packets can be dropped off to the Lake Eva Park Community Center or mailed to: Haines City Parks and Recreation, 555 Ledwith Ave., Haines City, FL 33844.

The tournament will be located at the beautiful Lake Eva Park Tennis Courts. The Check-In time for teams is 4:00 p.m. and the anticipated tournament will begin at 5:00 p.m. The Grand Champion will receive a whopping $200.00 cash prize!                   

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
Summer Basketball Camp
Parks and Recreation is excited to host a Summer Basketball Camp for children ages 6-14 during the week of July 10th – July 14th at the Oakland Gymnasium! The camp will be in good hands as Haines City High School’s Head Basketball Coach Gregory Pritchett will be leading the instruction! Registration is open now until June 30th and is only $50.00 for the whole week! Sign up now to reserve your child’s spot!

Youth Indoor Soccer
We are excited for another great season of Youth Indoor Soccer!  Uniforms have been passed out and team and athlete pictures have been taken! The Pre-Season practices are completed... so let the regular season begin! Check out a few action shots of our Youth Indoor Soccer athletes below!
City Clerk's Office 
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois
Cemetery Clean-Up Notice
Please review the Public Notice about Haines City Cemeteries provided in English and in Español in the attached documents below. 
Development Services
Development Services Director Richard Greenwood
 ALDI Announces It Is Creating 100 New Jobs in Haines City!
Through the effort of the City, the Haines City Economic Development Council, and its CEO, Cindy Jantomaso, ALDI Inc. filed plans with the City of Haines City for a 201,227 sq. ft. warehouse expansion. This will be the first of two major expansions planned for ALDI’s Regional Distribution Center in Haines City.

Pictured above is the entrance to ALDI's Regional Distribution Center in opportunity-filled Haines City!
According to Brian McGee, National Warehouse Coordinator, ALDI Inc. Saxonburg Division, “We [ALDI Inc.] will create 100 new jobs over three years after the remodel is complete. Of those, 30 will meet the county guidelines for full-time over the 115% county average. The rest will average 35 hours a week, some will be over the average, some below based on requested time off, etc. and will pay an average of $32,000 a year with full benefits available; Medical, Dental and Vision, along with a 401k that has up to a 5% match. Our target completion date is December 1st, 2018.” 
Fire Department
Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon
County-Wide Burn Ban Lifted, Burn Permits Still Required in Haines City
Last Friday, Polk County lifted the county-wide burn ban that was in effect for the past several weeks. Although the county-wide ban was lifted, please remember that Haines City residents must obtain a burn permit from the Haines City Fire Department prior to igniting any outside fires. This does not apply to indoor fire places, barbecue grills, or other contained cooking fires. There is no charge for the City burn permit. If your burn pile is in excess of 8 feet in diameter, you must also obtain a burn permit from the Florida Department of Forestry prior to requesting the City burn permit. The Florida Department of Forestry contact number is: (863) 940-6701.

Alert Polk
“A category four hurricane is threatening the Florida peninsula.” “A tornado is headed for Mulberry.” “A lift station leak is spreading raw sewage onto South Florida Avenue.” “Armed criminals are loose in a Winter Haven neighborhood that includes an elementary school.”

Before, people were solely reliant on learning about emergencies like these through the media. Today, you can get immediate notifications on your smartphone, tablet, home phone, email, text message, and social media thanks to a new system that Polk County officials are now using: Alert Polk. Alert Polk will be part of Alert Florida, the State of Florida’s critical communications system shared with most public safety operations across the state. During situations that may affect the health, safety and welfare of Polk County residents, designated officials will send out messages to telephone numbers and email addresses within the affected geographic area.

Emergency, and/or public safety notifications include: 
  • Tornadoes/severe weather 
  • Mandatory evacuations 
  • Boil water orders 
  • Gas leaks 
  • Sexual predator relocation notices 
  • Critical law enforcement notices 
  • Hurricanes and hurricane recovery information 

Time-critical notifications will be sent directly to your home phone, cell phone, or email address. When you register to receive notifications, please be aware that phone carrier charges may apply for all alert messages and data. You will only receive alerts that affect the address(es) you register. You do not have to live in Polk County to register. You may register additional locations such as where you work, your child’s school, your vacation/winter home or any location in Polk County.

February 1, 2017, Polk County discontinued using Code Red as their notification vendor. If you are still registered with Code Red, you will need to re-register for Alert Polk at  or through the county’s website at . Click on the Alert Polk button in the top right corner of the county’s website’s home page to go to the Polk Alert registration page. 

Alert Polk is a free service. Polk County government will never sell or provide your information to a third party. Information collected will only be used for the Alert Polk system. For more information, go to or call the Emergency Management Division at (863) 298-7000.
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 Hourly (DOQ)
  2. Building Inspector II – $19.48 to $29.23 Hourly (DOQ)
  3. Planner – $20.13 to $30.19 Hourly (DOQ)


  1. Building Maintenance Technician  – $13.31 to $19.96 Hourly (DOQ)
  2. Grounds Maintenance Technician – $13.31 to 19.96 Hourly (DOQ)
  3. Grounds Maintenance Worker – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)
  4. Part-Time Library Assistant – $10.00 Hourly (DOQ)
  5. Recreation Attendant – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)
  6. Recreation Attendant – (Seasonal) $10.00 to $13.28 Hourly (DOQ)

POLICE – Apply-Now

  1. Police Officer– Trainee $15.38 to $23.07 Hourly (DOQ) | Grade 3 $18.61 to 27.91 Hourly (DOQ)
  2. Records Clerk – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)


  1. Deputy Utilities Director – $61,306 to $76,633 Annually (DOQ)
  2. Part-time Plant Maintenance Worker   – $10.00 Hourly (DOQ)
  3. Pipeline Repair Lead – $14.64 to $21.96 Hourly (DOQ)
  4. Plant Maintenance Worker – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)
  5. Wastewater Operator C – $14.64 to $21.96 Hourly (DOQ)
  6. Wastewater Operator Trainee – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)
  7. Wastewater Superintendent   – $41,873 to $62,809 Annually (DOQ)
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  June 2017 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. Check out some of the projects below:

  • Landscaping removal, renovations and improvements on U.S. Highway 27 began May 1, 2017.  
  • Oakland Cemetery South has new fencing and new trash receptacles installed. 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 has been converted from a football practice field back into a usable baseball/softball diamond.
  Police Department
Police Chief Gary Hester

Haines City Community Clean-Up

Members of the Police Department, in partnership with the Utilities and Public Works Departments, initiated a community clean-up effort to remove trash and debris throughout our City. The Community Oriented Policing Unit utilized the Sheriff’s Office’s “weekday inmates” to clean public right-of-ways, lots, and streets during the week of June 12th. The five day long team effort resulted in the removal of approximately 20,000 pounds of trash and 35 tires from our community. This effort to beatify our community will continue over the next several weeks!

The Haines City Police Department hopes this initiative will encourage the community members to join in the effort of stewarding the City’s public spaces well. Let us all take pride in helping to keep our City clean!  

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!

Adults Activities Update
June 13th, Adult Activities for June 2017 included a special after-hours showing of La La Land. Check out the Library Calendar to see more of our regular Adult Activities which continue throughout the summer.

Family Movie
The Library showed Beauty & The Beast in English, Saturday, June 10th. The film was also shown in Spanish, Saturday, June 17th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Make sure to stay up to date with the Library Calendar located below to join us for the Family Movie Event!

Legion of Geeks
This stellar event is held the second Tuesday of every month. The most recent Legion of Geeks was Tuesday, June 13th. Join the Haines City Public Library next time for a night of geeking out and comic book reading. Stay updated by downloading your own Library Calendars (attached below).

Literati Book Club | The Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
The Literati 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, June 15th. You don't want to miss the next meeting! Drop by the library for more information!

Join us every Monday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 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.   

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.

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.

Children and Young Adults
Children’s Movies
The Library will show children’s movies Monday afternoons, at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The movies for June are the following:  June 12th - Sing, June 19th - Moana, and June 26th - Trolls. 

Family Movie
The Library showed Beauty & The Beast in English, Saturday, June 10th. The film was also shown in Spanish, Saturday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Make sure to stay up to date with the Library Calendar to join us next month for the Family Movie Event!

Kids Game Night
The next Kids Game Night is June 22nd! Families with kids ages 12 and under can play the Wii, different board games, and much more in the Community Room! Join us from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for a fun time!

Legion of Geeks
This stellar event is held the second Tuesday of every month. The most recent Legion of Geeks was Tuesday, June 13th, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join the Haines City Public Library next time for a night of geeking out and comic book reading. Stay updated by downloading your own Library Calendars (attached below).

LEGO® Bricks Club 
June 29th, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to come and let their imaginations soar with LEGO® Building Bricks! This program is located in the Community Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below)!
The Children’s Department will be incredibly busy with fun this summer! Minecraft is at the Library in the Community Room Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., beginning June 7th - August 2nd. Bring your own laptop or use one of our computers to play!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Join our TAB group Monday, June 26th, at 4:30 p.m., to help make programs for teens better and better. Your voice is important! This is for students in grades 6th – 12th and is located in the Young Adult Room.  

Teen Games
Tuesday, June 6th, from 3:30 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 are provided at this cool event! This hangout is located in the Young Adult Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below) so you don't miss all the fun this month! 
Teen Movies
The teen movies are held Friday afternoons in the Community Room. The movies for June are: June 16th - Monster Trucks; June 23rd - Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life; June 30th - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Bring some friends with you and come enjoy some sweet films! 

Teen Summer Crafts
Attention Middle School and High School students! Join us Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. to make some awesome crafts! Teen Summer Crafts will be held June 20th and June 27th. This creative time is hosted in the Young Adult Room. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below) so you don't miss all the fun this month!
Tween & Teen Book Club | Summer Reading Challenge
Monday, June 26th, join a cool book discussion for ages 10 – 18. This will be hosted in the Young Adult Room.
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! 


Public Works
Public Works Director Addie Javed
Recycling Statistics!

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection reports Florida’s 2015 overall recycling rate was approximately 42% (Polk County – 22%; Osceola County – 19%; Orange County - 52%).

Fun Facts:

  • Enough plastic is produced in the United States each year to shrink wrap Texas!
  • Enough plastic bottles are thrown away in the United States each year to circle the Earth four times!
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet!
  • Americans throw out enough iron and steel to continuously supply all the auto makers in the entire nation!
  • Recycling one ton of paper would …
    • Save enough energy to power the average American home for 6 months
    • Save 7,000 gallons of water
    • Save 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE)
    • Save 17 mature trees
    • Save 2 barrels of oil
    • Save 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor
*NEW HOURS!* The Haines City Aquatics Center is now open seven days a week from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission into the Aquatics Center is $5.00 per person for ages one and older. 

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
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 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. Check out the Ceramics flyer below!

Heidi's Academy of the Performing Arts
The Oakland Neighborhood Center is the new home for Heidi's Academy of the Performing Arts! Age eligibility is from three years and older. There is still time to register your child for this new and exciting program! Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Oakland Auditorium! Check out the attached flyer and Instructor Heidi's  biography below!
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. Check to see the Oil Painting flyer below!  
Head Start Program
The Haines City Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Head Start end of the year program June 2, 2017. The children in the program participated in singing, dancing, and reciting character rules they learned throughout the school year. Best of luck to those graduates moving to Kindergarten next school year! Displayed below is a photo of the special event! 
Summer Camp
Haines City Summer Recreation Camp attended a public event at the Lake Eva Community Center this week. Special Guest Speaker, John Storms, introduced our campers to a few of his reptile friends! These friends included snakes, turtles, a bearded dragon, an alligator and more! Special thanks to the Haines City Library for hosting this community event. For more information about public events like this one, check out the event calendar located at .
Join Sensi Harry Vidal for Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate! In this epic class, he teaches children positive attitudes, self-discipline, goals, and self-defense skills! The class is held at the Lake Eva Community Center Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for children ages 5-16. 

Our Zumba® Fitness Instructor Janet Gomez just celebrated her 9th year of instructing this fun and calorie-burning exercise class! Congrats Janet! Her classes recently came together and held one big celebration at the Lake Eva Community Center. Make sure to come out this amazingly fun way to stay healthy! 
  • Zumba® Fitness - Zumba® Fitness is held Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Zumba® takes the "work" out of the workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to have fun! Check out the Zumba® Fitness flyer below!

  • Zumba® Toning - Zumba® toning is held weekly Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. If you love Zumba® and are ready to challenge yourself more, then this class is for you! This class takes the moves that you already learned from Zumba® Fitness and mixes in light, handheld weights to help you tone up those muscles!

  • Aqua Zumba® - Aqua Zumba®This class is held at the Haines City Aquatic Center, located at Lake Eva Park, Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This program is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class, so you can let loose in a fun, joint-friendly way. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles! Check out the Aqua Zumba® flyer below!

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

Way to Go Utilities Team!
The Haines City Utilities Department completed the installation of an 8” Water Main running from Water Treatment Plant #2 to the back of the Haines Ridge Subdivision, which was Phase Two of the project. The hard-working Utilities crew laid 300’ of 8” pipe. A wet tap was also performed so the water system would not be disturbed. Chlorine was then added to the water to disinfect the water line. The water lines were flushed for two consecutive days and the water was tested for bacterial samples. Clearance has been obtained and the new water line has been put into service. Way to go Utilities Team! Check out pictures of the project below!

Problem Solving!

After troubleshooting, Utilities staff were able to find why issues were occurring with certain equipment at the Control Center of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Utilities crew worked to repair and clean the dis-functioning equipment. The Utilities Department takes great initiative to steward all City equipment well! Displayed below is Utilities Pump and Motor Tech Jonathon Vice, who, with the help of Utilities Pump and Motor Tech Lee Strickland (not pictured), put back together the parts of equipment. Go Team Go!

Water Restrictions Update!
Please review the attached document below to find out how the Haines City community can comply with Southwest Florida Water Management District in making the most out of the water usage in our area. These new restrictions were put into action Monday, June 5th. 

Also, click here for more information from the Southwest Florida Water Management District website!
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. We would not be able to serve our community well without the dedicated, excellent employees and volunteers! Have you "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City lately? Let us know at
Welcome Aboard!
Haines City Family,
Please join us in welcoming our new City Employees!
Adam Doyle
Adam is a new Grounds Maintenance Worker in the Parks and Recreation Department! Adam has previous work experience in a variety of specialties! He enjoys flying and listening to rock music! Welcome aboard, Adam! 

Billy Wilson 

Billy is a new Stormwater Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department. Billy transferred from the Parks and Recreation Department May 22, 2017. He is a native of Haines City. Billy graduated from Haines City High School in 2012 and is currently attending Ridge Vo-Tech. He worked for Haines City Citrus Growers for two years and was hired with the City three years ago. The Public Works Department would like to welcome Billy aboard. The City of Haines City is excited to congratulate Billy for his continuing service to the City of Haines City.  

Bria Smith

Bria is a new Grounds Maintenance Worker in the Parks and Recreation Department! Bria has carried over work experience from Legoland where she worked as a Ride Attendant! Welcome to the Haines City Team, Bria!

Cammie Bell
Cammie is the new Human Resources Secretary! She brings with her great Customer Service experience to the table: previously working for Publix Facilities Contact Center, Sykes, and Ross Stores. The City of Haines City is thrilled to have a stellar employee like Cammie serving on the Haines City Team!
Carlos Tavarez
Carlos is a new Grounds Maintenance Worker in the Parks and Recreation Department! He has previously worked in customer service and as a postal worker! Welcome to the Haines City Team, Carlos! 

Gabar Alexis

Gabar is a new Stormwater Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department and is extremely enthusiastic to be part of the Haines City Team. Though originally from Bartow, Gabar currently resides in Winter Haven. He is excited to bring his motivated attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn into his new City role. Gabar desires to be an asset to the Haines City Team and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the City! Welcome aboard, Gabar!

Dalton Torres
Dalton is a new Plant Maintenance Worker in the Utilities Department! Dalton has experience in being an assistant, machine operator, and a cook. Dalton is looking forward to using his qualities of valuing teamwork and working well alone! So glad to have Dalton on the Haines City Team!
Mark Varney
Mark Varney is a new Stromwater Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department. Mark has lived in Haines City since he was eleven years old.  He graduated from Haines City High School and attended Ridge Vo-Tech where he earned a certificate in Meat Cutting. He worked in this occupation for 20 years in Haines City and then decided to try something new and went into the construction industry. Mark enjoys learning new skills and is always up for a challenge. He is married to his loving wife of 21 years and has five children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, serving God, camping, fishing, and taking trips to the beach and mountains. The Public Works Department is thrilled to have Mark on the team!
Precious Smith
Precious is the new Receptionist for the Haines City Police Department. She has valuable experience in cashiering, supervising, educating, and managing! Along with those qualities, Precious has a positive attitude, is a fast learner, and is intentional and enjoys learning new things! She is looking forward to putting these service skills into action with the HCPD! Welcome to the Haines City Team, Precious!

Welcome Our Aquatic Center 2017 Summer Lifeguards!

Top row from left to right:

Joseph Medina, Valentina Laverde, Danny Arteaga, Damaris Gonzalez, Quintin Branch (Head Guard), Crystal Landon, Ryan Dick, Sommer Baker, Maggie McIntee, and Matthew Cranston.


Bottom row from left to right:

Heidi McIntee (Aquatics Coordinator), Kathy Lopez, Joselyn Gero-Frias, Mariah Morales, and Madison Mastro.


Not pictured:

Cristian Soto (Head Guard).

Welcome Our 2017 Summer Camp Staff!
Our 2017 Oakland Auditorium Summer Camp Location Staff
Pictured above from left to right:  Theresa Ann Cruz (Bus Driver/ Counselor), Aikel Coffie (Counselor), Monica Austell-Jaimes (Leader-In-Training), Ivanelys Abreu (Leader-In-Training), Savannah Patterson (Counselor), Marcos Ventura (Head Counselor), and Adaja Autmon (Counselor).

Our 2017 Lake Eva Summer Camp Location Staff

Pictured above from left to right: Julissa Martinez (Leader-In-Training), Ja'Daisha Hampton (Counselor), Diamon Brundidge (Counselor), Sean Sibley (Counselor), Jenny Sanchez (Bus Driver/Counselor), and Markila Eliossaint (Head Counselor).

Two Locations - One Camp! Lots of fun!

With great gratitude, we welcome each of these new employees to the City of Haines City Team! 
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, July 6, 2017, at 7 p.m.