City Manager's Report

Jonathan E. Evans, MPA


Chief Sloan presents the City Commission with the Haines City Police Department's Certificate of Accreditation from "The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc."


Chief Sloan reports "This is the culmination of a three year process and lot of hard work and dedication by all the members of the Haines City Police Department. He also thanked  the City Manager and the City Commission for joining the Police Department Members in this important endeavor, because without their support this could not have happened."


Left to Right: Commissioner Horace West, Vice Mayor Ronnie Cotton,

Mayor Don Mason, Police Chief / Interim Fire Chief Rick Sloan,

Commissioner Kenneth Kipp, Commissioner Roy Tyler


City Manager Jonathan E. Evans

Credentialed by International Local Government Management Organization


Jonathan E. Evans, City Manager of the City of Haines City, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Evans is one of over 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.


ICMA's mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization's nearly 9,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.


To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.


Mayor of Haines City, Don Mason quotes: "We always knew that his capabilities exceeded the majority of the City Manager's out there. This just confirms that we selected the right person for the job, and we are proud that he has received this designation."


Mr. Evans is qualified by over (8) years of professional local government executive experience. Prior to his appointment in 2013 as City Manager of the City of Haines City, he served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Haines City, Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Largo, and Recreation Manager for the Town of Celebration.


Mr. Evans has also made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including: Recently appointed to the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) as an At-Large Director to assume office in May, member of the Conference Planning Committee (FCCMA), Emerging Professional Council (FCCMA), National Forum for Black Public Administrators, International City and County Management Association and Government Finance Officers of America.


For more information regarding the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program, contact Jenese Jackson at ICMA, 777 North Capitol Street, N.E., #500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201;; 202-962-3556.


About ICMA

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization's mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people's lives. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of people in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.

2014 Community Value Survey


City Manager Jonathan Evans reports that Haines City desires your input. 


The City of Haines City has created an online survey intended to engage our residents, business owners and visitors about what they think about City services and what they value in Haines City.  The survey is merely a tool for City Administration and the City Commission to hear your opinion on City Services.


This is not a scientific survey, but an opinion survey. Your participation is critical to helping us move Haines City forward.  The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


All surveys must be submitted no later than 5 PM, on May 15, 2014. Thank you again for your participation.   


Take the Haines City Community Value Survey Here

WOW! (Watched Outstanding Work)

Way to go Leslie!


Library Aide Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith, Library Aide, routinely rises above and beyond for customer service assisting our patrons with their many and varied requests, no matter how simple or involved they may be. She always does this with unwavering professionalism, courtesy and competence. 


Her most notable achievement is her handling of the teen book club. She was given this task rather abruptly and has done nothing but excel at it. The young people have responded to her enthusiasm and zeal by showing up in ever increasing numbers.


Although I am not her Team Leader, I would like to recognize Leslie for a continuous job well done. For these reasons and many others the Haines City Public Library is lucky to have her, but I personally consider myself lucky to work with her.  


John Shaw, Librarian I

Kudos in the Public Works Department!


Last week while a utility company was performing a bore they accidently hit one of the City's Water Main's that runs across the Banquet Hall's parking lot. The force of the water was so great it created a large bubble on top of the asphalt. While the Utility Division made the necessary repairs to the water main other crew's had to wait for the rains that we had last week to subside before the portion of the damaged asphalt could be removed and replaced. Team member's from the Storm and Street's crew along with work release inmates went to work on the morning of Monday, March 31, 2014. The damaged asphalt was removed and workers began preparing the area for asphalt. Good Job Guys! Clyde Foster, Courtney Miller, Miguel Rivera and Bill Ortagus.



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. If you have "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City, please let us know at


Employment Opportunities 


The City is currently recruiting for the following positions:


  • Mechanic I - Public Works Fleet Maintenance
  • Recreation Aide (PT- 20 hours) - Leisure Services
  • Recreation Supervisor -  Seasonal position Leisure Services
  • Recreation Leader I - Seasonal position Leisure Services
  • Recreation Leader I - Temporary Summer position Leisure Services
  • Bus Driver/Rec. Leader I - Temporary Summer position Leisure Services 
  • Recreation Leader III - Temporary Summer position Leisure Services
  • Lifeguard - Temporary Summer position Leisure Services
  • Recreation Leader III/Lifeguard - Temporary Summer position Leisure Services


For more information about these positions and application instructions, please visit the employment opportunities section of the City's website at


Comprehensive Financial Reports (CAFR)


The Finance Department produces the City's Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR), also known as an annual audit.


State law requires that all local governments publish each fiscal year a complete set of financial statements presented in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and audited in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America by a firm of licensed certified public accountants.



Year Ended September 30, 2013 


2014 Municipal Elections


The City Clerk's Office is happy to announce the conclusion of the 2014 Municipal Elections. The 2014 Regular Election was held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and the Official Results are as follows:





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LaRon Rodriquez Adams



Julio "Ricky" Morales



Horace West







The proposed amendment would allow the City Commission to appoint an eligible person to fill a vacancy until the next scheduled election at which time that seat will be elected to fill the unexpired term. In the event that the City Commission does not elect an eligible person to fill the vacancy, the vacancy shall be filled by special election. Shall the above described amendment be adopted?



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The proposed amendment would require no less than three (3) days notice to all members of the City Commission and the public, before a Special City Commission meeting is held.



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The proposed amendment would require guidelines for expenditures, other than the compensation of persons employed by the City, to be established by Ordinance.



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Please visit the Election Information Center for the full results report, candidate information, sample ballot, election records and the election schedule. 





There are a variety of telephone scams occurring.  They are all basically the same, but here are a couple of examples of common scams.


The Utility Company Scam 

The victims are contacted by a caller who states that they work at a utility company and are collecting money that is past due. The caller informs the victim that they can avoid having their utility service disconnected if they immediately pay the past due amount using a Green Dot MoneyPak card that can be purchased at a local store. The caller instructs the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in a specified amount and provides the victim with a phone number to be called back when the MoneyPak has been obtained. The victim purchases a Green Dot card at a local store and proceeds to call back the number they were given. The victim is instructed to scratch off and read the MoneyPak card serial number to the perpetrator. Once the scammer has the Green Dot MoneyPak serial number they are able to transfer funds onto a prepaid debit card. The victim has now lost their money.


The IRS Scam 

The victims receive a call and are told that they owe back taxes, fees or fines to the IRS, and that if they do not make an immediate payment using a Green Dot Moneypak card they will be arrested or deported. This scam is perpetrated in the same manner as the utility scam. The results are also the same, the victim's money is stolen.


Tips to Remember

  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
  • Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak.


Dealing with your Child, Preventing a Runaway Incident 

  • Get involved with your child and spend time with them
  • Ask your child about their day, their concerns, and their plans for the future
  • Get to know your child's friends, who they hang out with, where they like to hang out
  • Get to know the friends parents. Gather their contact phone numbers and provide your contact information as well
  • Know what social media sites your kids frequent and know how to access them
  • Get to know your child's teachers and speak with them regularly
  • Keep a written log of these contacts
  • Pay attention to your child and listen to what they have to say

Saturday, April 26, 2014


StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national partners for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for citizens to dispose of unwanted/unused prescription drugs.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Previous prescription medication collectionsheld in Polk County have resulted in nearly 5,500 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticalssafely disposed of via incineration.


Our community's Spring Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off will include 7 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear plastic bag.


Drop-off locations on April 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM are: 

Auburndale Police Department - 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Bartow Police Department - 450 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL
Haines City Police Department - 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department - 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Wales Police Department - 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department - 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL  
Winter Haven Police Department - 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL


Medications may also be taken to the county's permanent drop sites:

Auburndale Police Dept. (2 Bobby Green Plaza, weekdays 8 AM - 5 PM)

Haines City Police Dept. (35400 Hwy 27, weekdays 8 AM - 5 PM)

Lake Alfred Police Dept. (190 N. Seminole Avenue, 24hrs/7days)

Lakeland Police Dept. (219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, 24hrs/7days)

Winter Haven Police Dept. (125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, weekdays 8 AM - 5 PM).


To avoid harming lakes and ground water, please do not dispose of medication in the toilet.  


For more information on the local Pill Drop event or locations, please contact StandUP Polk Coordinator, Juli Davis, at (863) 802-0777.

Permit Activity

Community Development Director, Richard Greenwood is happy to report that 18 new single family homes were permitted in the month of March. With these new home starts, residential development is tracking consistently with the number of permits issues in 2013. 


Additional Bus Shelters to be Discussed

On March 27th, Community Development Staff attended the Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting in Bartow.  During this meeting, there was significant discussion regarding transit service through the County.  With the recent addition of Routes 416 and 427 into Haines City from Lake County and Poinciana via the Orlando-area Lynx system, combined with existing Route 15 from Winter Haven  Area Transit (WHAT) serving the City and the establishment of a transfer station at Hinson Plaza, Haines City now has a functional bus system.


Hinson Plaza Bus stop and Shelter in Haines City

This has resulted in an increase in ridership in our community.  Based on the discussions at the TAC meeting, City staff will meet with representatives of Polk Transit next week to discuss the feasibility of constructing more bus shelters in Haines City.  Bus shelters are important to provide protection for our citizens, especially during the inclement weather. 


Intersection Improvements Planned- Bates Road and US 17/92

Haines City Planning Staff participated in a meeting on March 25, 2014, at Polk County Transit, in which the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) was discussed.  Polk County Transit is advertising two new programs, the MyRide campaign and the MyRoads campaign to generate money for transit and road improvements.  The Polk County Transportation Director, Jay Jarvis gave a presentation on the CIP, which outlined the need for funds for new road projects.  The only part of the presentation that applied to Haines City was the intersection of Bates Road and U.S. 17/92.  

Intersection of Bates Road and HWY 17/92 in Haines City


The following is direct information from Jay about the future of that intersection:  "The County has evaluated this intersection and based on our analysis and discussions with the FDOT; we have added a project to our Unfunded CIP to add a right turn lane at this intersection on Bates Road. The addition of the right turn lane will require the acquisition of additional ROW at this intersection, design, permitting and construction of the right turn lane. Our estimated budget for this project is $225,000. As we go through our CIP Budget preparation, if monies are available for any of the Unfunded CIP projects, we will ask the Board to select the projects to be fundedI am not aware of any other proposed projects in the Haines City area. There may be some "maintenance"/re-occurring program work in the area that we have done or may being scheduled to be done in the future; such as resurfacing, sidewalks, etc." 


Book Donated "Home Construction Secret Revealed

The Building Division has received a donation of several copies of "Home Construction Secrets Revealed, by John Fabing.


John has recently passed but had over 40 years of experience in construction and related industries and operated a successful general contractor construction company for many years. John's widow now lives in the Haines City area and donated these books the Building Division. If you would like a free copy, while they last, just stop by our next "Ask the Inspector" event at Lowes, on April 7, 2014, between 9AM and 12PM. Also feel free to come by City Hall and ask for Doug, Paul or Bill in permitting. 


Lake Eva Tennis News 

Coach Paula McCardle

Recently Haines City tennis professional Jeff McCardle visited the Sony Open in Miami. He spent time answering questions at the Prince tent. The Lake Eva tennis shop, located behind the Community Center, carries the full line of Prince rackets, strings, shoes, and balls. The cold, windy, and wet winter is over and it's time to hit the courts!


The Haines City Lady Hornets finished their regular season with an impressive 10-4 record!  Coach Paula McCardle leads them into district competition at George Jenkins High School. Congratulations Coach McCardle. 


Summer Recreation

We are currently accepting registrations for the 2014 Summer Recreation program!  The registration fee is $575 for Haines City residents (must bring 2 proofs of your address within the City limits in addition to the information below) and $700 for non-resident. Registration includes daily indoor & outdoor activities, regular visits to the Aquatic Center, weekly field trips, a t-shirt, and breakfast and lunch.  Parents/Guardians must complete a registration form and provide an official picture ID, the child's report card, and proof of insurance (or an additional $5 for coverage).  An initial payment of $200 for each participant must be made at the time of registration to hold the space and the full balance must be paid by May 9, 2014. Plans are coming together and this is shaping up to be an exciting summer. For more information, please contact Haines City Leisure Services at (863) 421-3700 or



Summer Recreation Flyer 


Run the Ridge 5K, Family Fitness Weekend

It's almost here! The Haines City Leisure Services Department is very excited to present the1st Annual Run the Ridge 5K. This event is open to the entire family. Run the Ridge 5K will also take place the same weekend as the IRONKIDS Central Florida Fun Run and the IRONMAN 70.3 Florida. For more information please see the attached flyer, and we hope you will join us April 12-13th for a Family Fitness Weekend.



Run the Ridge 5K Flyer


Impact Notices

Impact notices for Run the Ridge 5K and Ironman 70.3 run will go out on April 4thto residents who will be impacted by either Saturday and Sunday events. We would like to thank all the departments for their help in the planning stages of these events.



Run the Ridge 5K Impact Notice

(Spanish) Run the Ridge 5K Impact Notice

Ironman 70.3 Impact Notice

(Spanish) Ironman 70.3 Impact Notice


Swim Lessons

Never learned to swim or feel uncomfortable in the water? No worries, we can help! Registration for swim lessons started on April 1st. Spaces will go quickly, so make sure you come to the Haines City Community Center to secure a spot! It's very important to know how to swim when living in Florida, for yourself and your children. We will teach children the basics of holding their breath underwater, climbing out of the pool, swimming above and below the water, and different strokes that will help make swimming enjoyable. Adults usually have a fear of going underwater. We will help you to trust yourself in the water, learn to hold your breath and float as well as teaching you to swim on your own! It is a huge accomplishment and relief when you learn! For more information see the attached flyer, or call the Community Center at (863) 421-3700!



Aqua Fish Swim Lessons Flyer


Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center will weekends only in late April, weather permitting. The hours of operation are 12PM-6PM and admission is $5 per person. Looking for a fun and safe environment to host your next pool party. Your Pool Party can be scheduled for a 2 hour time slot before and after regular operating hours. Give us a call at (863) 421-3700.



Lake Eva Aquatic Center Flyer


Indoor Soccer

Indoor Soccer is structured to provide every child the opportunity to participate in the world's most popular sport. This is a fast paced sport that emphasizes learning and having FUN! Young soccer enthusiast will experience soccer in a safe and non-competitive environment. Registration begins April 1st and will end on May 9th. Please see attached flyer for more information.



Youth Soccer Flyer


Line Dancing

Line Dancing Update. The Line Dancing Instructor will be taking some time off. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in signing up for Beginner's Line Dancing or Line Dancing, please contact the Community Center with your name, phone number, and/or email address and we will contact you when classes resume.



Line Dancing Flyer


Drop-in Volleyball

Located at the Haines City Community Center on Friday evenings now to May 23rd, teens and adults are welcome to drop in for an evening of volleyball. (See attached flyer for times).



Drop-in Volleyball Flyer


Food Truck Wars

At the recent Food Truck Wars event held in Lake Eva Park, Haines City's own Police and Leisure Services Departments faced off in the Battle of the Belly's pie eating competition. Thank you to our participants from the Haines City Police Department, Officer Chad Smith, Officer Kedrick Frazier, Detective Chris Colon, and Detective Joe Sorrentino who came in first place, for the Police Department. The participants from the Leisure Services Department were Eric Artherhults, David Torres, Josh Sasnett and the overall winner of the competition, William Bojo. Through their efforts, $400.00 was donated to the Shop With A Cop and Fire Fighter program that benefits kids during the holidays.


Easter Egg Hunt

The Haines City Leisure Services Department invites you to join us on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 10 AM for our 30th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt, for children 2-10 will be held at the Larry Parrish Baseball Complex on East Johnson Avenue. Children will be divided into age groups and will be collecting over 12,000 eggs. Golden eggs will be mixed into each age level that can be turned in for toys. Be sure to bring your camera to get a picture with the Easter Bunny!


This free event is made possible through our generous sponsors: Railroad Park Pediatrics, Teresa Connell-State Farm Insurance, Sons of the American Legion Squadron #34, Delane's Truck Brokerage, Inc., Cody's Auto Parts, Heart of Florida RMC Auxiliary, and Polar Air.


For more information, please call the Haines City Leisure Services Department at (863) 421-3700.



Easter Egg Hunt Flyer


Reverse Raffle

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Haines City Leisure Services Department will host the 19th Annual Reverse Raffle. This fundraiser will be held in the Banquet Hall at Lake Eva Park in Haines City. All proceeds go toward our July 4th event, Thunder on the Ridge.


The theme for this year's Reverse Raffle is "Sport Your Team". Cash prizes will be awarded to the best dressed and best theme decorated table. The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by a catered dinner. Ticket prices are $30.00 per person which entitles the ticket holder to dinner and an opportunity to win cash and other fantastic door prizes through-out the evening. Tables may be reserved for eight or more. Tickets for this fun -filled evening are limited to the first 300, so get yours today by calling (863) 421-3700.


Adult Game Day 

The Haines City Library is offering a Game Day for adults and seniors who are wishing to spend time socializing, playing bingo, dominoes, cards, and board games. If you would like to bring you own game, that's ok. A variety of board games will be provided by the Library. Game Day is typically every other Wednesday at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM with an added date this month.



Game Day Flyer 

April 2014 Adult Library Calendar

April 2014 Children's Library Calendar


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