City Manager's Report 17-089 | December 12, 2017
City Administration

During this holiday season, I want to wish the Haines City Community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Contact Information:
Deric C. Feacher, City Manager

Margie Wells, Senior Executive Assistant

Stephanie Snively, Marketing & Event Specialist
City Administration Holiday Hours
City Administration will be closed for the Christmas Holiday Monday 12/25 and Tuesday 12/26. Offices will re-open Wednesday 12/27. For the New Year's Holiday, offices will be closed 1/1/18 and re-open 1/2/18.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

City Manager's Report Distribution
Scheduled to Change

Beginning January 2018, the City Manager's Report will become a monthly issued publication. Look for the January edition around the 15th of the month!
City Manager Feacher Swears in New Fire and Police Chiefs

City Manager Feacher is pleased to announce the promotion of Timothy Mossgrove to the Fire Chief position at the Haines City Fire Department. The swearing in took place Tuesday, December 5th with his family, friends, fellow colleagues and City Commission attending. Congratulations Chief Mossgrove!
James R. Elensky was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Haines City Police Department in a ceremony held December 6th. City Manager Deric C. Feacher proudly administered the Oath of Office while his Police Department staff, City Commissioners, Sheriff Grady Judd, his command staff and members of the PCSO, along with fellow Chief of Police from throughout the area, looked on. Congratulations Chief Elensky!
Special Events, Athletics, Library, Recreation
Jeffery Jones
Interim Parks & Recreation Director
Glitter, Glisten & Snow
Santa and Mrs. Claus were officially delivered to Lake Eva Park Saturday December 9th while hundreds of waiting children enjoyed the festivities in great anticipation of getting to talk to them personally!

Lake Eva Park sparkled with thousands of Christmas lights and a 31 foot Christmas tree. Snow slides, local children entertainment, arts & craft vendors and food vendors made for a wonderful holiday event.
Special thanks to all the staff who worked countless hours preparing for and cleaning up during and after the event! The Parks & Recreation team continue to set the bar for great events in our City! Thank you also to our City Commissioners as well as the Fire and Police Department staff for keeping everyone safe and for the personal escort for Santa and Mrs. Claus!
See additional pictures from Glitter, Glisten and Snow below under "Haines City Public Library".
Christmas Series Movies In the Park
Join us for our Christmas series movies in the park! All movies will start at approximately 7 pm | Lake Eva Park
The Santa Clause: December 15 th  | The Polar Express: December 22 nd    (see flyer below under downloads)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Unity Day
The Haines City Northeast Revitalization Group and Haines City Parks and Recreation present the annual Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Day Parade and Unity Day Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The parade will kick off at 11:00 AM on Main Street in front of City Hall, and will continue to Cook Field. The Unity Day Festival will take place at Cook Field and will begin at the conclusion of the parade. The event will include presentations, performances, kid’s activities, and much more!
Ribs on the Ridge
Haines City's 10th annual BBQ competition sanctioned by Florida BBQ Association will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Ribs on the Ridge draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation. Professional and amateur teams compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the event. Admission is FREE.
Whether you are a backyard cook, a professional or would just like to enjoy good barbecue, Ribs on the Ridge is a can't miss event!

JUDGES: To register, go to our event page on the Florida BBQ Association website at . Registration will open up on December 6, 2017 & will close on January 6, 2018.
Open Gym Volleyball
Are you an adult? Do you like to have fun? Bring a friend and come out Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm - 8 pm to enjoy our Adult Volleyball Open Gym Night! For more information contact the Recreation Department @ 863-421-3700 (see flyer below under downloads)
Guitar Lessons
Ever wanted to learn how to play Guitar? Well now you can right here in Haines City. Classes are held Tuesdays from 3 pm - 7 pm (each lesson is one hour) for people 6 years and older. The cost for 4 weeks is $125; 6 weeks is $180 and 8 weeks is $230. For more information contact the Recreation Department @ 863-421-3700 (see flyer below under downloads) 
Haines City Public Library
In addition to the multitude of books the Haines City Public Library provides, it also offers age-specific opportunities of discovery and fun with programs like 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!

Operating Hours
Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Sunday: CLOSED

Adult Activities: Updates
Check out the Adult Library Calendar to see more of our regular Adult Activities to be part of!

NEEDLEWORK | Every Monday 10:00 AM -3:00 PM
Sewing Lessons being offered. Please bring your own equipment.
Every Thursday 10:00 AM—12:00 PM
Bring your current project, work with friends and explore new ideas in the Community Room.
Bring out your creativity while coloring. We meet weekly in the Community Room. Coloring pages & supplies are provided.
SCRABBLE CLUB | 10:00 AM—12:00 PM - Every Wednesday
Wake up your brain with a friendly game of Scrabble! We provide the supplies—you provide the fun.
Glass Castle (2017)   | 6:30 PM  |  12/19
LITERATI BOOK CLUB | Skipping Christmas
By John Grisham| 2:00 PM – 12/14
The book club meets monthly in the Librarian’s office to discuss the selected book.
Reserve your copy at the front desk today.
BUBBLES & BOUNCES STORYTIME | 10:30 AM – 12/14; 12/21; 12/28
Storytime for babies 0—2 years old. Themed books, finger plays, songs, puppet shows, toys for playtime & bubbles in the Children’s Room.
LEGO ® BRICKS CLUB | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM – 12/14; 12/28
Drop-in creative play time in the Community Room. Supplies are provided. 
MINECRAFT | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM – 12/12
Join us as we play Minecraft. We will have several computers available for play. If you have your own laptop and Minecraft account bring it and play with us in the Community Room. 
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME | 10:30 AM – 12/13; 12/20; 12/27
Themed stories, singing, puppet shows, and crafts in the Children’s Room.
SENSATIONAL SENORY HOUR | 10:30 AM | 12/05; 12/12; 12/19
STOP MOTION | 4:00 - 5:00 PM - 12/13
Kids in 3rd to 10th grades can come learn how to create stop motion animation videos.
Families with kids 12 and under play the Wii, Board Games
Disney's Despicable Me 3
3:30 PM | 12/27 - English 

Join our TAB group to help make programs for teens. For grades 6-12 in the Young Adult Room.
Coding with our Ozobots robots and learn a little coding while you have fun! Ages 13-18

Patrons will receive hot cocoa and sugar cookies. All ages welcome!!Come celebrate.
Drop in and make 2 Christmas ornaments to take home with you. Ages12 & under and their families.
Join us for a dance off in our pajamas with our Wii and XBOX. Ages12 & under and their families. Light snacks provided .

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! 

Haines City Library Participates in Glitter, Glisten and Snow
The Haines City Public Library assisted taking over 1,000 pictures of people attending Glitter, Glisten and Snow with festive backgrounds and great special effects. Staff then e-mailed their photo back to them.
Stop by the Haines city Public Library and donate an ornament to our Community Tree!
The Haines City Public Library is collecting non-perishable food for a food drive.

Please join us for our self-guided ongoing ceramics class. You choice your piece to be poured into a mold and fired, once it is finished you will get to paint it! This class is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 am - 11:30 am and is $2.00 per class + the fee of your canvas + the one time yearly $10 Parks & Recreation fee. You must be 18 years or older to join (see flyer below under downloads)

Heidi's Academy of the Performing Arts:
Oakland Neighborhood Center is the new home for Heidi’s Academy of the Performing Arts. Age eligibility is from age 3 years (potty trained) and older. There is still time to register your child into this new and exciting program. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays evening @ 6 pm at our Oakland Auditorium (see flyer below under downloads)

Oil Painting :
Do you have a passion for painting? Come join us to learn techniques in fine art traditional oils with our instructors Peggy Curry & Nicky Roberts. Classes are held Mondays from 1:00 pm - 3 pm & Wednesdays from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. It is $20 per class + the one time yearly Parks & Recreation fee. Please call 863-289-4057 for the next available class (see flyer below under downloads)

Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate with Sensi Harry Vidal. In this class he teaches positive attitudes, self-discipline, goals, and self-defense skills. Class is Mondays and Thursdays from 6 pm - 7 pm (advanced skills) and 7 pm - 8 pm (novice skills) for participants age 5 and up. For more information contact Haines City Park & Recreation at 863-421-3700 (see flyer below under downloads)

The Lake Eva Community Center's Zumba® Fitness Instructor Janet Gomez recently celebrated her 9th year of instructing this fun and calorie-burning exercise class! Congrats Janet! Make sure to come out to this fun way to stay healthy! 

Zumba® Fitness -  Zumba ® Fitness is held Thursday nights from 5 pm - 6 pm. Zumba ® takes the "work" out of 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!  (see flyer below under downloads)

  • Zumba® Toning -  Zumba® toning is held weekly Tuesdays nights from 6 pm - 7 pm. 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 weight to help you tone up those muscles (see flyer below under downloads)

Social Media
Haines City Parks and Recreation has their own Facebook page! To keep up with everything Parks and Rec, “LIKE” us at @HainesCityParksRec .

Lake Eva Event Center has a Facebook page now! “LIKE” us at @LakeEvaEventCenter!
City Clerk's Office 
Linda Bourgeois
City Clerk
Cemetery Clean-Up Notice
Please review the Public Notice about Haines City Cemeteries provided in English and in Español in the attached documents below. 
Haines City's Emerging Youth Advisory Council Holiday Food Drive
Non-perishable food items are being collected to distribute within our community. Drop off locations include City Hall, Lake Eva Community Center, Oakland Neighborhood Center and the Haines City Public Library. Please see the flyer below (under Downloads) for detailed food items as well as information to become a food recipient.
History of the Municipal Clerk
The eminent political scientist, Professor William Bennett Munro, writing in one of the first textbooks on municipal administration (1934), stated:

"No other office in municipal service has so many contracts. It serves the mayor, the city council, the city manager (when there is one), and all administrative departments without exception. All of them call upon it, almost daily, for some service or information. Its work is not spectacular, but it demands versatility, alertness, accuracy, and no end of patience. The public does not realize how many loose ends of city administration this office pulls together."

The Municipal Clerk is the oldest of public servants in local government, along with the tax collector. The profession traces back before Biblical times. For example, the modern Hebrew translation of Town Clerk is "Mazkir Ha'ir" which literally translated, means city or town "Reminder:' The early keepers of archives were often called "Remembrancers”: and before writing came into use, their memory served as the public record.

Even, when the early colonists came to America they set up forms of local government to which they had been accustomed, and the office of clerk was one of the first to be established. When the colonists first settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, they quickly appointed a person to act as recorder. That person kept all the vital records for birth, marriages and deaths for the church, as well as various other records of appointments, deeds, meetings, and the election of officers at the annual town meeting.

Over the years, Municipal Clerks have become the hub of government, the direct link between the inhabitants of their community and their government. The City Clerk is viewed as the historian or researcher of the community, for the entire recorded history of the town (city) and its people is in his or her care.
Our office is here to assist. Please contact us should you have any public record requests, cemetery inquiries, or need just information. It is my honor to serve the great city of Haines City.
Development Services
Richard Greenwood
Development Services Director
Haines City Continues To Expand, Now Over 20.5 Square Miles!

The City recently received a request for annexation for a 38 acre tract located at the northwest corner of Holly Hill Cutoff Road and FDC Grove Road, south of Lake St. Charles. If approved, the proposed annexation will allow for the eventual development of a 152 lot single-family subdivision. Park Square Homes is the applicant, with expected home prices to be between $185,000 to $240,000.  Because the property is located in the area covered by the Joint Planning Agreement between the City and Polk County, the applicant will automatically receive a Comprehensive Plan Amendment approval upon annexation, allowing for an expedited review process. The annexation request will be considered by the City Commission in December and January, with a re-zoning application to appear before the Commission in February. 
Human Resources 
Auburn Taylor
Human Resources Director
Would you like to be part of the City of Haines City Team? Apply today! 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 can be accessed on the City of Haines City's website at .
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.

Click here to view the open job listings and find out how you can be part of the City of Haines City Team!
Public Works
Addie Javed
Public Works Director
FURTHER UPDATE - Hurricane Irma Debris Pick-Up
Crowder Gulf, the contracted company, is still in the process of collecting Hurricane Irma debris from the storm. The debris management company is working diligently to collect all vegetation and construction debris. If you still have debris at your location, please contact the Public Works Department at 863-421-3777. If you are located on a private street or are living in a private community, please click on the link below and have a designee from your community complete and sign the form. Please e-mail the executed form to Jill Cline at
Unity in the Community Jobs for Life Program in Haines City
The Public Works Department participated in the Unity in the Community Jobs for Life Program in Haines City which is a program offered to young adults and high school students who want to better their job opportunities. The Public Works Department was in charge of training these individuals on the interview process and demonstrated how to complete job application. Addie Javed, Public Works Director; Adriana Trujillo, Operations Manager; Nelson Vega, GIS Technician; Richard Myers, Stormwater Lead and Debbie Mullen, Operations Manager from Republic Services participated in conducting the mock interviews to assist in the process of helping these individuals excel in the work force.
Recycling Program
In March of 2017 Haines City adopted a recycling program which allowed the Resident of the City to begin recycling. The Residents received a 65 Gallon blue recycling cart to assist them in the program. The link below is filled with information on how to recycle properly.

Many people put solid waste in their recycling cart which drives up the recycling cost. Doing this contaminates the other recyclable which will them have to be disposed of at the landfilled. Contaminated recycle loads around Florida averages around 20-30%. The Florida DEP launched a statewide “Rethink, Reset and Recycle”, campaign to educate residents on the proper ways to recycle. Please click on the link for a short video on the proper way to recycle.  http://
Stormwater-Lakes Management Program

The Public Works Department has adopted a Stormwater-Lakes Management Program to clean-up the lakes around Haines City. The pictures are of Slider, the Stormwater Mascot going around the Haines City lakes and observing what is necessary to beautify our lakes in the City.
Some upcoming events to watch out for in the City Manger’s Report are the Illicit Stormwater Discharge Training, the Lake Eva Spring Clean-up Event and our Second Annual Cardboard Boat Race. The Cardboard Boat Race will take place on May 5 th 2018. Look for a registration link in the near future for these events.
Linda Fisher
Interim Utilities Director
Trainees Obtain State Certification
                        Pablo Correa observing micro-organisms at the Haines City
              Wastewater Treatment Plant. Micro-organisms are used to treat
                    the incoming wastewater stream and is an indicator for
                                                       the WWTP's health.
Pablo Correa and Whitney Isaac both recently obtained their State C Wastewater Certifications. In order to obtain their licenses, both trainees had to pass the challenging written state exam. In addition to the exam, both team members gained valuable experience in servicing the community while fulfilling the job training requirements for licensing. Pablo was hired by the City in August of 2016 and Whitney came on board in February of 2017. Both operator trainees have completed the California State University Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants Field Study Program. This course prepared them both for the state certification. Congratulations Pablo and Whitney for your hard work, commitment, dedication and career development!!!
The Utility Maintenance Pump and Motor Technicians Ray Leonard, David Hughes and Johnathon Vice, replaced the main electrical wires going to a lift station meter due to fire damage caused by loose wires. All new wires were set, a new weather head was installed and power was reconnected to be able to keep the lift station functional.
Repair Work
An auto accident occurred at the corner of 8 th Street and Hinson Avenue on October 25, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m. The accident resulted in a fire hydrant that belongs to the City of Haines City being hit and broken off from the foot of the base. The Utility Maintenance crew responded and shut the water off and replaced the broken fire hydrant with a new one. Water was restored to the fire hydrant and water customers were not affected by this incident, but the traffic pattern was disrupted for about an hour and a half. The responding crew from Utility Maintenance included Jonathan Jackson (J.J.), Christopher Taylor, Bobby Harris, Ellis Crews and Trayvon Howard.

A big thanks to the Police and Fire Departments for helping the Utility Maintenance crew!!
Mark Your Calendar for 2018 Lunch and Learn Classes!
The Utilities Department will be hosting Lunch and Learn classes instructed by the University of Florida from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the
Haines City library the following dates:
March 27, 2018 – What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?
May 22, 2018 – Water Efficiently
August 28, 2018 – Fertilizing Appropriately
October 16, 2018 – Pollinators, Not Just the Birds and the Bees
Food and soft drinks/water will be provided!!!
  Seats are limited, register at
Any questions, please contact Ronnie Sims at (863) 421-3692
  • Lawn Watering Days and Times
  1. The District's year-round water conservation measures went into effect August 2, 2017. Lawn watering is limited to no more than twice per week.

Lawn watering days and times are as follows:

  • Even addresses may water Thursdays and/or Sundays before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Odd addresses may water Wednesdays and/or Saturdays before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Locations without a discernible address, such as right-of-ways and common areas inside a subdivision, may water Tuesdays and/or Fridays before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and any time

+For more information go to 
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
City Commission
Haines City Commission
Front row (right to left): Mayor Roy Tyler, Vice Mayor Morris West.
Back row (right to left): Commissioner Horace West, Commissioner Anne Huffman, Commissioner Don Mason.
City Commission meetings are regularly scheduled every first and third Thursday of the month at 7:00 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: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.