City Manager's Report 17-090 | January 12, 2018
City Administration
Happy New Year! January 1, 2018 has passed and we, as an organization, are already working to make Haines City, Florida the desired place to live, work, play and raise a family. The year 2017 brought challenges, but we were able to overcome them, obstacles we were able to maneuver around and opportunities we were able to seize. Our organization is using the new mantra HCForward as a clarion call to make an impact in the lives of our citizens and the visitors who will soon call our community home. We are focused on neighborhood revitalization, local businesses thriving, economic development flourishing and you, as a citizen, having greater access to your local government. Numerous initiatives will be implemented in 2018 from Town Hall Meetings, Coffee Talks and the City’s new Mobile City Hall coming to a community near you. As the City Manager of this great community, I promise to diligently work to remove municipal barriers for individuals wanting to do business in our City, Customer Service to be paramount and ways to get to yes and not always no.
I wish all of you the best in 2018 and I encourage you to share this monthly City Manager Report with your contacts and invite others to sign-up. Also, connect with us on our Social Media sites that are listed at the bottom of this report. 
Contact Information:
Deric C. Feacher, City Manager

Margie Wells, Senior Executive Assistant

Stephanie Snively, Communications and
Marketing Manager
Haines City Welcomes New Parks & Recreation Director Griffin
Terrell Griffin is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional (CPRP) who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from Webber International University. 

Terrell comes to Haines City from the City of Winter Haven where he oversaw a recreation facility, programming, teen advisory board, assisted in the coordination of recreation-related capital improvement projects, worked with the community Wolverine football, softball, cheerleading organization, community band program and coordinated summer camp programming. Terrell has also served as the Director of Track and Field and Intramural's at Webber International University. 

We are excited to bring Terrell to our organization who has a proven track record of engaging the community and building partnerships. Terrell is known to go above and beyond as well as understands the dynamics of local government and the Polk County Community. He brings professionalism and proven skills, along with a One City One Vision mindset and will be a welcome addition to our administrative team.
Special Events, Athletics, Library, Recreation
Terrell Griffin
Parks & Recreation Director
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 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.
The Haines City Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division is hosting a Lifeguard Certification course in March. This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants must turn 15 by the last day of the class. The Aquatic Division is also recruiting lifeguards for the 2018 season. For more information, Heidi McIntee, Aquatics Coordinator at 863-421-3715.
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)
Youth Basketball
Our Youth Basketball program is underway and what a season it has been so far! The games are competitive, the kids are improving each day and, most importantly, everyone is having fun. Games are Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at the Oakland Gymnasium and Thursday and Friday at Lake Eva. Be sure to come out and support our youth!
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

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.
PIGMENTS OF YOUR IMAGINATION (Adult Coloring)  | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Every Tuesday. 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.
Lego®Ninjago | 11:30 AM – 1/13 (English)  PELICULA EN ESPAÑOL: | 11:30 AM – 1/20  
All are welcome to attend. Movies are shown in the Community Room. Snacks & drinks are permitted, but not provided.
Todos están invitados a asistir. Las películas se muestran en la habitación de la Comunidad. Comida y bebidas están permitidos,pero no disponible.
Victoria & Abdul (2017) | 6:00pm | 1/16
The Whodunits Mystery BOOK CLUB
6:30 PM – 1/9/18
By Donna Vanlier| 2:00 PM | 1/18
The book club meets monthly in the Librarian’s office to discuss the selected book. 
BILINGUAL STORYTIME | 10:30 AM - 1/06; 1/20
BUBBLES & BOUNCES STORYTIME | 10:30 AM – 1/04; 1/11; 1/18; 1/25
Storytime for babies 0-2 years old. Themed books, finger plays, songs, puppet shows, toys for playtime & bubbles in the Children’s Room.
Terrific 2's & 3's | 10:30 AM | 1/04; 1/11; 1/18; 1/25
Storytime for 2 and 3 year old. Themed books, finger plays, songs, puppet shows and crafts.
PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME | 10:30 AM - 1/03; 1/10; 1/17; 1/24; 1/31
LEGO ® BRICKS CLUB | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM – 1/11; 1/25
Drop-in creative play time in the Community Room. Supplies are provided. 
MINECRAFT | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM – 1/09; 1/23
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 – 1/03; 1/10; 1/17; 1/24; 1/31
Themed stories, singing, puppet shows, and crafts in the Children’s Room.
SENSATIONAL SENORY HOUR | 10:30 AM - 1/16; 1/23; 1/30
STOP MOTION | 4:00 - 5:00 PM - 1/31
Kids in 3rd to 10th grades can come learn how to create stop motion animation videos.
KID'S GAME NIGHT | 4:00-5:30 PM - 1/16
Families with kids 12 and under play the Wii, Board Games
Lego® Ninjago | 11:30 AM – 01/13 (English)
Lego® Ninjago PELICULA EN ESPAÑOL | 11:30 AM - 1/20
All are welcome to attend. Movies are shown in the Community Room. Snacks & drinks are permitted, but not provided.
Todos están invitados a asistir. Las películas se muestran en la habitación de la Comunidad. Comida y bebidas están permitidos, pero no disponible.
HOMESCHOOL CLUB | 1:30 PM - Program featuring different activities weekly for homeschoolers grades K-5 in the Children’s Room. 

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
TEEN MOVIE MADNESS |2:00 PM – 5:00 PM - 1 /5 |1/12 |1/19 | 1/26 Random movies or teen friendly series playing continuously during this time.
TEEN TABLE TOP TUESDAYS | Tuesdays from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Ages 13-18 Play board games and join in on the weekly activity
TEEN COLORING - 1/09 | Sit back and relax as you color our teen friendly coloring pages, i.e. Harry Potter, Steampunk, Disney villains. Not your kids coloring pages!
TEEN BOARD GAMES - 1/16- Board Games will be available to play.
TEEN PINTEREST AND GAME NIGHT - 1/30 | Create the Pinterest craft of the month and play XBOX, Wii and board games in the Young Adult room.

Meet the Author
January 6th Author Cornelia Maultsby who wrote Far From Home will be in our lobby to greet our patrons.
Aim at Fame
On January 11 th the TBLC production team will be at the Haines City Library to create a video about how awesome HCPL truly is!
Adult Winter Reading Program
Starting on January 10 th running through March 15 th. Prizes include a Kindle or a $50.00 gift card to Cornerstone Grill.

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! 


Meet the Author of Far From Home, Cornelia Maultsby on 1/6/18 in the Haines City Library Lobby.
Asian Cooking Class
Friday, January 26, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 pm | Community Center Multi-Purpose Room 
Learn techniques and secrets to prepare restaurant style, Asian Cuisine to share with your family and friends! Chef Meik will teach you which ingredients to buy, where to buy them, and how to combine the food items to make a delicious Asian Feast! Finish the class eating a tasty four course dinner – featuring YOUR creations! All supplies provided. Ages 18+ are welcome. Includes a full four course meal: Appetizer: Pad Woon Sen - Fried Noodles with shrimp and vegetables; Salad: Larb Gai - Thai Chicken salad with lime and fresh herbs; Main Course - Panang Curry with Pineapple Fried Rice; Dessert: Coconut Crème Brulee with Mango - $32 per person (Registration open through January 22, 2018) (see flyer below under downloads).

Please join us for our self-guided ongoing ceramics class. You choose your piece to be poured into a mold and fired, once it is finished you will get to paint it! This class is held 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 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).

Silk Painting Class
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 pm | Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
Take part in a fascinating class of coloring an exclusive and natural material - similar to a coloring book! Birgit, our resident artist from Germany, will share with you her passion of silk painting. She will help you create your own unique piece of art on silk for your window or wall. No experience necessary! All material is provided - including a huge collection of patterns! For Ages: 18+. Class Fee: $25 (Registration open through January 15, 2018) (see flyer below under downloads).

T-Shirt/Fabric Painting Class
Friday, January 26, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 pm | Lake Eva Art Room 
Do you have a pair of shorts or shoes or an old shirt you love in need of a new design? Do you need a cover up for a certain stain? Let Birgit, our artist from Germany, help you enhance your fabric by adding your own twist to it - wearable art! All paint and painting supplies is provided – including a big collection of easily traceable designs and patterns!
For this class, you will need to bring a t-shirt, shorts or any fabric in need of a cover up with a beautiful design! For Ages: 14+ Class Fee: $15 (Registration open through January 24, 2018).

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

Emerging Youth Advisory Council Food Drive

The Emerging Youth Advisory Council (EYAC) members from left to right are: Abigail Albino, Nichol Butler, and Gonzalo Guiterrez. The EYAC members wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who donated food this holiday season to assist local families in need. We are proud to say that we were able to help a total of 25 families and are looking forward to a successful new year!  
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
Richard Greenwood
Development Services Director
Aldi Retail Site Expansion
Aldi Retail Site Expansion –  The Aldi store located on 35770 US 27 is expanding! City staff is currently reviewing plans for a 1,990 square foot expansion to their 16,657 square foot facility. The proposed expansion is for an increase in the amount of retail sale area within the store. Listed below are the existing and side elevations for both the existing and proposed improvements. Also included is an aerial photo showing the proposed expansion area. Best wishes to Aldi for their continued success in Haines City!  
Fire Department
Timothy Mossgrove
Fire Chief
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!
Police Department
James Elensky
Chief of Police
Shop With a Cop/Firefighter 2017
Our Shop with a Cop/Firefighter event was Saturday, December 16, 2017. We were able to take 51 children shopping at our Haines City Big Lots store, who allowed the children to come into the store before it opens to have their own private shopping experience with a $100 Big Lots gift card. Each child was assigned a Police Officer, Firefighter, or Explorer to assist them with their purchases. Big Lots also gave them an extra 10% to spend! After they shopped at Big Lots, Small World Transportation donated a bus to take them to El Zocalo for a free brunch and they had their own private Police and Fire escort. When they finished their meal, they were either transported back to the Police Department for parent pick up, or transported home by the Officers. Thank you to Big Lots, Small World Transportation, El Zocalo and everyone who helped make this event a complete success once again!
Lives Being Save with Narcan
Narcan (naloxone) is an opioid antagonist and is used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose, including respiratory depression. The Haines City Police Department received Narcan via a grant and completed officer training on December 7th. Four (4) Police Officers per shift are equipped with this life-saving drug and have saved two lives in just one week! Unlike unincorporated Polk County, municipality Police Officers may arrive at a scene involving a drug overdose before EMS. Therefore, it became evident and apparent that they needed to be equipped with this life-saving measure. We are proud of all the ways the Police Department continues to aid all of our citizens in a time of need!
Public Works
Addie Javed
Public Works Director
Republic Services Collection Schedule
During the week of January 15th, which is over the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, the garbage, yard waste and bulk pick-up schedule will NOT change. Normal collection will take place. In addition, all Hurricane Irma debris pick-up will be completed by January 31, 2018.
Linda Fisher
Interim Utilities Director
In the early morning of December 3, 2017, around 12:30 a.m., our on-call Pump and Motor Tech, Ekia Pitts, received a call from our monitoring system because we had a high wet well at Lift Station #14. Ekia Pitts needed help and called John Vice, another Pump and Motor Tech. Together they figured out both pumps had gone bad due to run times and high temperatures in the wet well. This is a well-known problem with this particular lift station, but our Pump and Motor Tech team worked together to fix the issue. All times of the day and night, we are here to get the job done!!

It is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated, especially by our Haines City customers, when we do a good job!! That’s how appreciative Jonathan Jackson was when one of our customers gave him a Christmas card, thanking him for helping her with water issues. Jonathan Jackson is the Utilities Pipeline Repair Lead and has been working for the City since 2011. At this time of year, it is a joy to pause and thank the many people that have gone the extra mile to help others!! On behalf of all the employees from the Utilities Department, we wish all our co-workers and customers a very Happy New Year!!
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

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 
Welcome Aboard!
Haines City Family, 
Please join us in welcoming our new City Employees!
Terrell Griffin
Parks & Recreation Director
Parks & Recreation
Brandi Greenfield
PT Recreation Attendant
Parks & Recreation
Woodley Pierre
Grounds Maintenance Worker
Parks & Recreation
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: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.

City Commission Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.