City Manager's Report 18-093 | April 16, 2018
C ity Administration
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Contact Information:
Deric C. Feacher
City Manager

Stephanie Snively
Communications and
Marketing Manager

Margie Wells
Senior Executive Assistant
Flyer RE: Chat with the City Manager, May 22nd, 6-7:30 p.m. @ Haines City Public Library Community Room
City Clerk's Office  
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Linda Bourgeois
City Clerk
Election Results
We want to thank everyone who voted in this past municipal election and congratulate the incumbent Horace West for his successful re-election.

The results were as follows:
The total number of registered voters were 12,665. The total number of ballots counted were 1,448 which included 923 cast by mail-in voting, 390 votes cast at precinct 407 and 135 votes cast at precinct 409. There was 1 provisional ballot rejected by the canvass board. Voter turnout was 11.43%.
Haines City Seat #2
Total                           Percentage
YuFonda Kinsler                                244                             17.35%
Cameia Manning                               392                             27.88%
Horace West                                      770                            54.77%

Charter Amendment 1          
Section 4.02 of the City Charter
All Members of the City Commission to remain residents of Haines City during his/her term
YES                                                 1,345                           94.99%
NO                                                       71                          5.01%
Charter Amendment 2
Section 4.07 of the City Charter
Allowing for electronic mail (email) delivery of public notices to elected officials
YES                                                 1,011                          71.70%
NO                                                      399                           28.30%
Charter Amendment 3
Section 4.09 of the City Charter
Allowing the use of “Yes” and “No” on ballot title questions instead of “For” or “Against”
YES                                                  1,180                          83.81%
NO                                                      228                          16.19%
Relay for Life
The City Clerk’s Office is happy to announce the Haines City/Davenport Relay for Life Team has raised over $2,300 for the American Cancer Society. Our fundraising efforts included; the sale of food items, monies from coffee donations, Cancer Awareness memorabilia, and raffle ticket sales. Special thanks to: Director Terrell Griffin for the purchase, donation, and the long hours for preparation of 100’s of hamburgers and hot dogs (we sold out!); Captain Harris for securing $150 in gift cards for the team’s raffle; Rebecca Meltzer for the purchase and donation of Cancer Awareness memorabilia (we sold out!); City Manager’s office for “cash in hand” from a “Cup of Joe” donations; Linda Bourgeois and The City of Davenport for the purchase and donation of food and supplies; Haines City Police Department officers and escorts ; Precious Smith, Lindsaia Johansmeyers and Tom Mallernee for their countless hours of help and support; Commissioner Anne Huffman (Our Teams’ Survivor), Mayor H.L. Roy Tyler and Commissioner Horace West for their participation. 

Thank you to all Haines City Residents, Employees, Friends and Family for your support in the purchase of raffle tickets. And….Congratulations to Andrea Pratt , Patricia Smith and Margie Wells for winning the raffle aprizes! This is how Haines City moves Forward, by giving back! 
Picture of Relay for Life survivors walking around with a Survivors - Celebrating Life banner.
Cemetery Clean-Up Notice
Please review the Public Notice about Haines City Cemeteries provided in English and in Español in the attached documents below. 
Community Events Information

Unity in the Community Job Readiness Program 2.0
Looking for a new direction in life? Trying to get a better job and don't know where to start? Join the Job Readiness Program and develop skills and character that will lead to success in finding and keeping a job. Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 19, 2018. Please see the attached brochure (below under downloads) for detailed information.
Earth Day 2018 Festival
The Lamb of God Lutheran Church is celebrating earth day Saturday April 21, 2018 from 11:00AM until 3:00PM, There will be bounce houses, games, art and crafts , music , face painting, plant seeds, free raffles and prizes for everyone.
This event is FREE to anyone interested in joining in the fun-filled afternoon . Please come and join the Public Works Team with their mascot Slider the Turtle Ranger and their Water Wagon at the Earth Day Festival. (See the attached information in English and En Español under Downloads).
901 Scenic Hwy, Haines City, FL 33844 
Haines City Community-Wide Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 3, 2018 (National Day of Prayer)
Lake Eva Event Center
7:30-9:30 AM

Guest Speakers:
Sheriff Grady Judd and
City Manager Deric C. Feacher

Sponsored by Heart of Florida Coalition of Christian Churches and the City of Haines City.

Tickets are $10 and available through local congregations. For additional information, please contact Pastor Jay Brigham (863) 224-4309 or via e-mail See the attached flyer (below under downloads)
Stay Informed On What's Going on in Haines City
The Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce is an excellent way to promote your business and showcase your services. Click on the link below to keep up-to-date on all the wonderful things your Chamber is doing to promote businesses in and around Haines City and contact them to become a member!
Attention Business Owners and Developers - Become a Part of Haines City!
The Haines City Economic Development Council is here to assist you with any of your business and development needs. Contact Cyndi Jantamaso, Director, to set-up an appointment to review any of your upcoming projects or business transactions/acquisitions. Click on the link below for additional information.
Special Events, Athletics, Library, Recreation, Parks
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Terrell Griffin
Parks & Recreation Director
Haines City Aquatics Center Information
The Haines City Aquatics Center will open its gates for the year Saturday, April 14th!
(see flyer below under downloads)

Open Swim
The facility will be open Saturdays and Sundays ONLY through May 20th. Starting May 25th, the Aquatics Center will be open DAILY (including Memorial Day).
Hours of Operation: 12:00-6:00 PM
Single Admission: $5.00 per person, Ages 1 and older.
Season Passes are available for individuals and families:
Family Pass Eligibility: Parents or legal guardian and children under the age of 18. Must provide parent’s ID & child’s birth certificate.

Lap Swim
Monday – Thursday: 6:00-7:00 PM  |  $1.00 per person

Aqua Zumba
Mondays and Fridays: 6:15 – 7:00 PM  |  $7.00 per person
 (see flyer below under downloads)
Private Parties at the Haines City Aquatics Center
Private parties are available at the Haines City Aquatics Center Saturdays and Sundays from May – October. Reservations are available from 9:30-11:30 AM or from 6:30-8:30 PM. Contact the Community Center for more information (863) 421-3700.
Open Gym Volleyball
Are you an adult? Do you like to have fun? Bring a friend and come out Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:00 PM to enjoy our Adult Volleyball Open Gym Night! For more information contact the Recreation Department @ 863-421-3700 (see flyer below under downloads).

Haines City Showdown: 3-ON-3
When: May 12 th, 9:00 AM
Where: Lake Eva Park Outdoor Basketball Courts
Who: Middle School age, High School age, and Adults 18+
Cost: Middle school and High School tournament is FREE. Adults 18+ | $30 per team (adult tournament is 6 team min)
The City of Haines City Parks & Recreation Department will be holding a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament May 12 th . We will have a tournament for Middle and High school students (winners receive trophies) plus an adult 18+ bracket (winners receive trophies and a cash prize of $150). There will also be a 3-Point contest and free throw contest. Contact the Recreation department for more information 863-421-3700 (see flyer below under downloads).

Indoor Soccer
When: May 21 – August 10
Where: Lake Eva Gymnasium
Who: Ages 4 – 10, as of May 21, 2018
Cost: $30 per child, plus the one time, yearly $10 parks and Rec fee
It is time to register for the 2018 Indoor Soccer League. If you or your child is between the ages of 4 to 10, come on down to the Community Center today to sign up! Contact the Recreation Department at 863-421-3700 for more information (see flyer below under downloads).

Futsal League
When: May 21 – August 10
Where: Oakland Gymnasium
Who: Ages 11 – 16, as of May 21, 2018
Cost: $30 per child, plus the one time, yearly $10 parks and Rec fee
It is time to register for the 2018 Futsal League. If you or your child is between the ages of 11 to 16, come on down to the Community Center today to sign up! Contact the Recreation Department at 863-421-3700 for more information (see flyer below under downloads).

Girls Basketball Camp
When: June 4 – 8 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Oakland Gymnasium
Who: Girls currently in grades 5 – 9
Cost: Early registration: $40 per child | Late registration: $50.00 per child | Sibling discount: ½ off second child
The Recreation Department will be hosting a Girls Basketball camp this summer at the Oakland gymnasium. This camp will be designed to teach the necessary fundamentals and team skills needed for your athlete to perform at her best. Ridge Community High School Head Coach, Nikki King, will provide instruction. For more information, or to sign up, contact the Recreation department today! 863-421-3700.

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 PM | Tuesday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM | Wednesday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM | Thursday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM | Saturday: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM | Sunday: CLOSED

Adult Activities
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-12:00 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.

LITERATI BOOK CLUB | The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton | 2:00 PM | 04/19
The book clubs meet monthly in the Librarian’s office to discuss the selected book. Reserve your copy at the front desk today. 

The Whodunits Mystery BOOK CLUB | Sacrilege by S.J. Parris | 6:30 PM – 04/10

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Every Thursday  8:00-10:00 AM in the Library Community Room

Master Gardener Classes
04/18 | Natural Products for Pest Control
04/25 | Butterfly Gardening with Betty Harrison
Bubbles & Bounces Storytime | 10:30 AM | 04/12 | 04/19 | 04/26
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 | 4/12 | 4/19 | 4/26
Storytime for 2 and 3years old. Themed books, finger plays, songs, puppet shows, and crafts.
LEGO ® Bricks Club | 4:00-5:30 PM | 4/19
Drop-in creative play time in the Community Room. Supplies are provided. 
Bilingual Storytime | 10:30 AM | 04/21 | 04/28
Storytime with stories, finger plays, singing, & puppets while introducing some Spanish words followed by a craft in the Children’s Room.
Preschool Storytime | 10:30 AM | 04/11 | 04/18 | 04/25
Themed stories, singing, puppet shows, and crafts in the Children’s Room.
Sensational Sensory Hour | 10:30 AM | 04/10 | 04/17 | 04/24
An interactive program for ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. Drop-in and explore a variety of sensory activities that will stimulate your child’s mind.
Minecraft ® | 4:00-5:30 PM | 04/17
Join us as we play Minecraft. We will have several computers available for use. If you have your own laptop and Minecraft account bring it and play with us in the Community Room. 
Storytime with Ms. Megan | 4:30-5:30 PM | 04/17
Ms. Megan dresses in character and reads to children 12 and under. Books can be selected by attendees.
Kid's Games and Stop Motion | 4:00-5:00 PM | 04/12
Play board games as a family or come learn how to create stop motion animation videos. Kids in 2nd-6th grades.
Homeschool Club | 1:30 PM - Program featuring different activities weekly for homeschoolers grades K-5 in the Children’s Room. 

Teens & Tweens
Teen Advisory Board | 04/25- 4:30 PM
Join our TAB group to help make programs for teens. For grades 6-12 in the Young Adult Room.
Teen Movie Madness | 2:00-5:00 PM | 04/13 | 04/20 | 04/27
Random movies or teen friendly series playing continuously during this time.
Teen Pizza Party Tuesday* | 4:30-7:00 PM | 04/10
Ages 13-18 play board games (*Attendees must participate in activities in order to get pizza)
Teen Game Night | 4:30-7:30 PM | 04/10 | 04/17
Play X-Box, Wii and board games in the Young Adult Room
Teen Pinterest | 4:30-7:00 PM | 04/24
Create the Pinterest craft of the month.

 Family Movie
Coco ® | 11:30 AM – 04/21 (English)
All are welcome to attend. Snacks & drinks are permitted, but not provided.
Pelicula En Español | 11:30 AM 4/28                                                                          
Todos están invitados a asistir. Comida y bebidas están permitidos, pero no disponible. 

Adults Movie
Tomb Raider (PG 2018) | 6:30 PM - 4/17
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! 

Cultural Arts/Community Outreach
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. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays evening @ 6:00 PM at our Oakland Auditorium (see flyer below under downloads).

Oil Painting
When: Mondays from 1:00–3:00 PM; Wednesdays from 5:30–7:30 PM
Where: Lake Eva Art Room
Who: Ages 18+
Cost: $20.00 per class + once a year $10 Parks and Recreation Fee

Join this Oil Painting Class to have fun while learning techniques in fine art, traditional oils! This ongoing class gives participants the opportunity to complete beautiful and unique paintings! All skill levels welcome! (See flyer below under downloads).

When: Tuesdays and Fridays: 8:30–11:30 AM
Where: Lake Eva Art Room
Who: 18+
Cost: $2.00 per class or $16.00 per month + Fee of your canvas (art piece) + once a year $10 Parks and Recreation Fee.

In Ceramics, participants can choose their own piece of artwork to paint and fire in the kiln! With the variety of pieces to choose from, the finished artworks make great gifts for yourself and others! For ages 18+. All skills levels are welcome! (See flyer below under downloads).

Diamond in the Rough
Diamond in the Rough is a non-profit women’s empowerment organization that holds sessions and workshops on life skills, parenting, and time management. The founder and facilitator of this program is Tawanta Stanley.  Diamond in the Rough provides overall encouragement and fellowship for women from various backgrounds. The next session will be held April 28th, 2018 in the Oakland Neighborhood Center. The program will be held at 11:00 AM and is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. (See flyer below under downloads).

Summer Camp
We are excited to present Haines City’s Summer Camp Program for 2018: CROWNS & CASTLES! We anticipate a summer of laughter, friendship, education, and FUN! Summer Camp is for children currently in grades 1-5! Summer Camp has two camp sites: the Community Center Multi-Purpose Room and Oakland Auditorium! Haines City residents begin registering February 22, 2018. The public can begin registering March 22, 2018. Applications can be picked up at the Haines City Community Center, Oakland Neighborhood Center, City Hall, Public Library, and at 
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Summer Leaders In Training
Summer Recreation 2018 will be filled with so much fun! If you or someone you know are interested in gaining volunteer hours and gaining beneficial leadership experience, apply to be a Leader-In-Training for the summer (must at least be going into 10 th grade in the 2018-2019 school year)!
Past Events
Easter Egg Hunt
The recently held Easter Egg hunt was a tremendous success. Thank you to all our citizens for coming out and enjoying the events.

Here are just a few of the "Happy Hunters"
Table Tennis
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Lake Eva Community Center
Who: Age 50+
Cost: Resident: $1.00 | Non-Resident: $2.00

Calling ALL Tables Tennis enthusiasts! Haines City Recreation department is now offering a place where you can enjoy the great sport of Table Tennis. Whether you want to have fun or you are looking to fine tune your table tennis skills. There is room for you! Contact the Haines City Recreation Department at 863-421-3700 for more information (see flyer below under downloads).

Special Events
Steve Mattis and the Titanic Experience
April 10th @ 6:30 PM - Haines City Library Community Room
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 9:00–10:00 AM
Where: Lake Eva Gymnasium
Who: All skill levels welcome!
Cost: $5 per class + once a year $10 Parks and Recreation Fee

This LOW-IMPACT Aerobics Class consists of stretching and toning while moving to fun music! It is designed for beginners and intermediates who want a gentle workout that is not hard on the body with simple routines to follow. *Bring a yoga mat to the class!

Karate for Success
Karate for Success
When: Mondays and Thursdays; 6:00–7:00 PM (Advanced level); 7:00–8:00 PM (Novice level)
Where: Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
Who: Ages 5+
Cost: $50 registration fee/uniform fee + Once a year $10 Parks and Recreation Fee plus
  • $50/month per student
  • Sibling Monthly Rates: $50 for first child in family; $30 for first sibling; $20 for second sibling; $50 for third sibling; $30 for fourth sibling; $20 for fifth sibling.
In Karate for Success, students will learn the ABC’s of Self Defense, but more importantly, the ABC’s of Life: Attitude, Behavior, and Character. This unique program will help protect students by teaching: The 911 System, Stranger Danger, Gang Avoidance, and Self Defense with the right attitude! Ages 5+ welcome! Sibling ratings available! Mondays and Thursdays; 6 – 7 p.m. (Advanced level); 7 – 8 p.m. (Novice level)
(See flyer below under downloads).

Zumba® Fitness
When: Thursdays from 5:00–6:00 PM
Where: Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
Who: Ages 16+
Cost: $7 per class; $25.00 per month + once a year $10 Parks & Recreation Fee

Zumba Fitness is a fun, energetic way to tone and sculpt the body, relieve stress, and burn calories! Zumba fuses musical rhythms and Latin infused moves to create a dynamic workout experience! For ages 16+! All skill levels welcome! *Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water! (S ee flyer below under downloads)

Zumba® Toning
When: Tuesdays from 6:00–7:00 PM
Where: Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
Who: Ages 16+
Cost: $7 per class; $25.00 per month + once a year $10 Parks & Recreation Fee

Zumba Toning combines targeted, body sculpting exercises and high energy cardio work with Latin infused moves to create a calorie torching, strength training, and dance fitness experience! For ages 16+! All skill levels welcome! *Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water! (See flyer below under downloads)

Aqua Zumba®
When: Mondays and Fridays; 6:15PM-7:00PM
Where: Haines City Aquatics Center
Who: 16+
Cost: $7 per class + once a year $10 Parks and Recreation Fee
This class is located at the Haines City Aquatic Center, near Lake Eva Park, Monday and Friday nights from 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (No class Memorial Day 5/28). This program is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding 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! Join the party! (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!
Past Events
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
On Friday, March 1st, the Haines City Public Library celebrated Dr.Suess’ Birthday. Patrons had snacks, crafts and a wonderful time!
Development Services
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Richard Greenwood
Development Services Director
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On Wednesday, March 21, The Technical Review Board (comprised of City staff from the Development Services, Public Works, Utilities, Fire, Police and Parks & Recreation Departments) reviewed plans for an expansion of the Crown Linen Facility. According to their website . “Crown Linen has been the leading commercial laundry serving the hospitality industry in Central and South Florida, and are a full-service linen laundry partner for some of the most upscale and demanding hotels, resorts, and spas in the state”. Currently, they operate from a 66,588 square foot building on 12.08 acres, located on the east side of Dyson Road.  They are proposing to expand their existing facility by an additional 11,800 square feet. The expansion also includes two new loading docks. With the expansion, they expect to add another 50 employees by this time next year and then add another 30 or so in 2019, giving them a total of around 200 employees. Another great business doing well and expanding in Haines City!
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Finance Department
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Florida is the 3rd largest state in the nation with 67 counties. Its economy can be ranked among some of the largest in the world. Polk County is the 9 th largest county in the State of Florida, yet ranked in the bottom half for per capita income. Haines City is the 3 rd largest City in Polk County and the fastest growing, yet also ranked in the bottom half for average household income. Haines City’s average household income also ranks well below the US national average. On the bright side, a common cure for this is growth. Moreover, with growth comes growing pains. As we currently stretch through our growing pains, we’d like to share some important facts with you!
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1.      In Haines City, 80% of taxpayers pay more for their cell phone bill than they do in property taxes.
2.      50% of Haines City’s expenditures are spent on personnel costs like salaries, insurance, and pension costs.
3.      The cost of one police officer is $100,000 including car, uniform and other equipment.
4.      The cost of one firefighter is $80,000 including uniform and equipment.
5.      National average of police officers serving populations of more than 25,000 is 16.8 police officers per 10,000 residents. Haines City exceeds this number with 22.2 officers for every 10,000 residents.  
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6. The cost to pave 1 mile of roadway is 1 million dollars; for example paving 12 th Street starting at Lily Bridge up to Highway 17-92 cost.
7. Out of a $52 Million budget, only $7.5 Million is property tax revenue.
8. The cost to pipe 1 mile of water main is $500,000.
9. Just to keep the lights and a/c on for the City is $3,800 per day.
10. 60% of Haines City taxpayers pay less than $500 a year in property taxes. Monies collected from property tax revenues are not enough to sustain even our police and fire departments. 
The City of Haines City staff works daily to keep the cost of doing business low.
Fire Department
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Timothy Mossgrove
Fire Chief
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Dry Conditions Prompt Heighten Wildfire Awareness

Be prepared, it is the time of year when areas of our state, and our community, experience dry weather conditions. These conditions set the stage for a long and active brush fire season. This year is no different. In fact, it has been predicted we will have a more active wildfire season than last year according to the Florida Forest Service. It is never too late to take action in your community to help minimize the risks of a brush fire. Wildfire risk are rated according to a Fire Danger Index (FDI) Report ranging from 1 (low) to 5 (Extreme). Currently in our area, the risk of wildfires are moderate. The Haines City Fire Department stands ready and prepared to respond to a wildfire when they occur in our community.

The U.S. Forest Service advocates protecting homes throughout the U.S. through their Firewise program, designed for homeowners to have the knowledge to prepare their homes and surrounding property in the event a wildfire should occur in their neighborhood. 

Please check out Firewise Communities on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services web site to learn more about what you can do to take steps to prepare. 
Human Resources 
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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!
Information Technology Department
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The Information Technology Department (ITD) in cooperation with all City Departments is pleased to announce the arrival of the brand new Haines City web site March 29, 2018. This two year project brings a new professional look along with quick and easy access to information online. The new web site was built from the ground up with our customers in mind. The new site automatically resizes to fit the device, so pages are readable whether you are the small screen of a cell phone or using a large desktop computer monitor.
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The most prominent feature of the web site is the search bar on the home page. This features lets you quickly enter in keywords to search the City’s web site for information. This saves time by not having to manually look through cascading menus to find the page with the desired information.
At the top of the home page is the alert and user experience bar. In emergency situations, such as road closures, the City may display a warning with a red background on the top of the home page. If no warnings exist, the top bar will be the user experience bar. From here, you can create an account and login to the City’s web site. Creating an account lets you customize your experience and subscribe to specific departments for the latest updates. For example, if you wish to receive text or e-mail notifications for recreation programs, you can subscribe to the recreation news. If you want to know about the latest happenings in the library, you can subscribe to that page as well.
Below the user experience bar on the home page is the new main menu for the web site. On larger screens, when you hover over a menu item, a large menu with subcategories appears to make it easy to access pages with information. On smaller screens, you can press the menu button to bring up a cascading menu to access the same information. The Government link provides access to general information about the City. The Departments menu provides access to each department’s part of the web site and the information they have available online. The Living and Visiting menu provides quick access for the most common requested information by residents and visitors. The Doing Business menu provides quick access to online services and information for those wishing to do business with or within the City of Haines City. Finally, the How do I menu provides links to online services and finding other important information.
Below the man menu is the social media bar. From here you can quickly access the City’s social media feeds. Currently the City has official accounts with Facebook and Twitter. Official social media content for specific departments is available from a separate link on the department’s respective home page.
The next improvement to the web site is the quick access buttons below the search bar. These buttons provide quick access to the most widely used online services offered by the City. From here you can pay your utility bill, review job listings and apply online, report an issue such as potholes or street lights not working, access agendas and minutes for public meetings, and review a growing number of public records available online. 
The next section on the home page is the Latest News. Here you will see a short summary of the latest events happening with Haines City. If you are interested in a news item, you can click on it to get more information. You can also click on the View All News Stories button to access all the latest news from Haines City. 
Below the Latest news in the City Calendar section. Here you will find a tabbed calendar with all the latest upcoming events. The Main calendar includes all City events except for those from the Haines City Library. The Meetings calendar shows the latest public meetings. The Library calendar shows all the events happening in association with the Haines City Library.
The next section is the Spotlight . This section highlights special events happening in the City. Like news items, this section provides a brief summary of three exciting upcoming events. If you are interested in a specific item, simply click on it to learn more information.
At the bottom of the home page is general information about the City. Here you can find our contact information, some helpful links, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and various information about the web site.
Within the web site, each department has its own homepage. On this page you will find links to department information and services, general information about the department, and contact information. The left side menu contains links to all the information and services the department has available online. The right side of the department home page has the picture and contact information for the department director along with the contact information and directions for the department’s main office. The main part of the department home page contains introductory information about the department and its function within the City. At the bottom of the department home page, you will find the list of FAQs for this specific department. This list includes the most frequently asked questions and the associated answers as maintained by each department. Click on the FAQ header to see all the FAQs published by the department.
Police Department
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James Elensky
Chief of Police
On 3/17/17, the Haines City Police Department responded to a residence to investigate a shooting that had occurred. The investigation revealed that a female victim and a male suspect had become involved in an argument. The argument escalated to the point the male suspect produced a firearm and shot the female victim in her left arm. The bullet traveled through her arm into her chest and lungs. The female was transported to the Osceola Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

The suspect and victim had been in a long term relationship, have three children together but did not reside together. The children were home at the time of the incident, heard the argument, and found their mother with her injuries laying in the front yard. The children had called 911 as the suspect fled the area.

The Criminal Investigations Division consisting of Sgt. Shawn Nobre, Det. Bryan Donovan, Det. Joe Sorrentino, Det. Tom Grant, Det. Katie Prue, and Det. Carson Bridges along with Crime Scene Analyst Rebecca Meltzer investigated the case that resulted in obtaining an arrest warrant for the suspect. The CID worked diligently around the clock to obtain numerous investigative leads that resulted in tracking the suspect to a city in Texas. Texas authorities were able to provide assistance in locating the suspect and placing him under arrest there. Detective Grant and Donovan traveled to Texas to recover the suspects’ vehicle and other evidence that was recovered there.

We are proud of the work that was completed in successfully clearing this case by our Detective Division!!  
Public Works
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Addie Javed
Public Works Director
7 Rivers Water Festival
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Lake Eva Park; 301 Ledwith Ave, Haines City

Polk County covers 7 river basins, which means a large impact on the water quality across the state of Florida. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018 will be the 5th annual 7 Rivers Water Festival. Our target is to reach 2,000 people each year in a coordinated, county-wide effort. The purpose of the event is to allow participants to find their comfort zone for promoting environmental protection and conservation; and help each individual to create a piece of the overall positive change. We bring together public and private organizations, volunteers, landscaping professionals and recreational retailers all tied to water quality and quantity in and around Polk County.

Issues such as human impact on wildlife habitat and water quality are highlighted; encouraging personal responsibility and public involvement; and public utility service and supply issues. Understanding that seemingly diverse water issues are actually inter-related is an essential message. As a result, people can find a sense of personal pride in our beautiful region and a reason to bring even more positive change. 

The Festival presents current water issues facing Polk County, and assists with understanding of future changes in a fun, informative atmosphere.

Building partnerships to encourage water conservation
and protect the waters
in Polk County and Central Florida.
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Haines City
Cardboard Boat Challenge
May 5, 2018
Lake Eva Boat Ramp

Haines City Public Works Department in partnership with LE/AD (Lakes Education/Action Drive) is holding a community event like no other! Families, corporate groups, Boy & Girl Scout Troops and many others can join together to take on the Cardboard Boat challenge! This event helps raise awareness about Haines City lakes and important water resources and how we all must play a role in protecting them.  People can reduce their impact on the environment through the lifestyle choices they make every day.  Celebrate our lakes and join the fun!
To build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape, and then put 2 people inside to race around a course, be the first to make it across the finish line without sinking.

Haines City Cardboard Boat Challenge
·      On-Site Built Registration 8 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
·      Cardboard Boat Building On-site 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
·      Pre-Built Registration 9:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.
·      Race Starts at 10:00 am

For more information contact:
·      Lakes Education Action Drive (863) 221-5323
·      Haines City Public Works (863) 421-3777

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Public Works Education Center
Proper Ways To Fertilize
Improper fertilizing can run off lawns and into local water bodies, harming water quality and threatening plants and animals. These plants and animals depend on clean water to survive.
Fertilizing Tips:
  • Fertilize only if needed and only when grass is actively growing
  • Don’t fertilize before a heavy rain.
  • Use slow releases fertilizer, which provide fertilization for 60 days or longer
  • Always follow package directions to avoid over-fertilizing.
 Please click on the link for more fertilizing tips:
Citrus Avenue’s Waterway
It is important not to blow grass clipping into the road when cutting your lawns. The clipping go from the flow lines into our storm drains. This eventually makes the grass clippings end up in our waterways. Fertilizers and other lawn enhancing chemicals feed unwanted vegetation. This vegetation becomes over populated when the grass clippings are washed in to our waterways.  After several months of treatment Citrus Avenue’s Waterway is now free and clear of unwanted vegetation. 

Please see pictures below for the before treatment and after treatment effects
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Right-of-Way Permits and Road Closures Permits
Right-of Way Permits
The application can be found on the Haines City’s Website. Once the application is completed, the approval is required to be obtained through the Public Works Department. 

Road Closures Permits
Effective now, Road Closures Permits will need to be obtained through the Public Works Department. Once the application is completed, approval will be received from the Public Works Department.
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Linda Fisher
Interim Utilities Director
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Water Conservation Program
The Utilities Department held a meeting at Oakland Auditorium on March 14, 2018 to inform the community of the different types of water conservation programs available through the City, which are the following: Toilet Vouchers, Toilet Rebates, Free Wireless Rain Sensors, Smart Irrigation Controllers, Free Water Conservation Kits and different types of Landscaping and Irrigation Programs. If interested, please contact the Utilities Department. The City has signed up numerous citizens to participate in these programs.  
Mark Your Calendar for 2018 Lunch and Learn Classes!
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The Utilities Department will host Lunch and Learn classes instructed by the University of Florida from 12:00-1:00 PM at the Haines City Library the following dates:
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
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Recently Held Lunch and Learn Class
Haines City held its “Florida Friendly Landscaping” Lunch and Learn class March 27, 2018. The Utilities Department would like to thank our speaker Julie Schelb with the IFAS Extension Program and all of those who attended. Along with the City Staff from the Library and the Utilities Department that made it all possible. We hope you will join us for our future Lunch and Learn classes (listed above).
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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 AM or after 4:00 PM
  • Odd addresses may water Wednesdays and/or Saturdays before 10:00 AM or after 4:00 PM
  • 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 AM or after 4:00 PM
  • 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
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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.
Mark Your Calendars for the following City Commission Meetings
(held in the City Hall Commission Chambers - 620 E. Main Street):
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 3, 2017 - 7:00 PM