April 22, 2014
In This Issue


Exempt Employee of the Month
At the April 17, 2014, City Commission Meeting, Mr. David King was honored with Exempt Employee of the Month for the month March 2014.

Mr. King is a highly dedicated and committed team member of Haines City. He has great pride for the work he does, and offers his assistance without being asked. On numerous occasions, he has assisted the City Clerk's Office with scheduling Cemetery appointments and coordinating burials while staff is out of the office, or at the immediate request of a resident. For these reasons and more, Mr. King has been awarded with Employee of the Month for the month of March.  




Non-Exempt Employee of the Month

At the April 17, 2014, City Commission Meeting, Mr. Joshua Sasnett was honored with Non-Exempt Employee of the Month for the month March 2014.


Mr. Sasnett's positive attitude and dependability has enabled him to exceed the high standards of the Haines City Leisure Services Department. He continues to show dedication and concern for his co-workers, supervisors, and the jobs that he performs.


Mr. Sasnett has been asked on numerous occasions to assist other crews and continually helps out with the training of new personnel. He displays excellent work ethics and applies himself so that he can provide the best quality work possible. Mr. Sasnett has been an asset in performing extra duties while maintaining our beautiful fields at all of the City's athletic complexes. Mr. Sasnett keeps a positive attitude regardless of what duties are assigned to him and he works well with other employees. He is a dedicated employee that produces quality work in all areas. We are very proud to have Mr. Sasnett as part of our team.



Chief's Commendation

Police Chief/Interim Fire Chief Rick Sloan congratulated Ms. Janelle Hayes at the April 17, 2014, City Commission Meeting on completing the requirements to become a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner.


The continued growth and success of the Haines City Fire and Police Departments is dependent upon members who envision the future needs of the agency and are willing to make both personal and professional sacrifices to meet these needs and to maintain the professional reputation we have earned.


Ms. Hayes' willingness to make these sacrifices to reach this goal is an example of her dedication to the Haines City Fire and Police Departments and your commitment to provide quality customer service to the citizens we serve. We commend her for a job well done. Keep up the great work!







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 19, 2014. Thank you again for your participation!


Take the Haines City Community Value Survey HERE


WOW (Watched Outstanding Work!)

The Public Works Department's Utility crew recently tapped into one of the City's main gravity sewer lines that run's along the south end of Lake Eva. The purpose of this connection was to connect a home owner that had their own septic tank to the City's main gravity sewer service. In order to get this service completed, once the connection had been made the crew had to trench and install 210 feet of 4" sewer line. Within this new service line the crew installed three (3) clean outs which is a requirement according to the specifications per the Florida Plumbing Code. The end of the new service line stops at the homeowner's property line. From there the home owner will do their part and make the connection from the last clean out to their home.


Homeowners that have their own septic tanks and supply their own service will often run into trouble if proper maintenance is not performed. The tank itself can only hold so much water. If running a washing machine you may have to wait between loads for your tank to recover as water seeps out into the drain field area. Roots from trees can clog drain field lines and they may give poor performance and leave the homeowner with a sewer back up. By pouring and flushing anything non-biodegradable down the drain such as chemicals, cigarette butts, dental floss, cotton swabs, grease and etc. can clog you septic tank and drain field system. Getting you septic tank pumped usually runs around $200-$300 but can vary.




Blood Drive

Haines City - City Hall

Thursday May 1, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM



Employee Opportunities

The City is currently recruiting for the following positions:


  • Mechanic I - Public Works Fleet Maintenance
  • Recreation Aide (PT- 20 hours) - Leisure Services
  • Customer Service Supervisor - Finance Department
  • 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 hainescity.com/employment.




Below is a look at the Oakland Neighborhood. The year of this photo is unknown. In the picture below is the old Polk County Fertilizer Plant located at the intersection of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Way and Citrus Avenue. And the background towards the end of 8th Street appears to be a beach front along Lake Boomerang. For some of us oldies it's a time to remember and a time to share.


A lot of stories could probably be shared just from this one photo. Do you have a story to tell? Or older photos? If so, please email us at citymanager@hainescity.com.





Mark Bennett Soon to be Colonel Bennett

Lieutenant Colonel Mark J. Bennett Commander 3rd Battalion,

 349th Regiment

Community development Director Richard Greenwood would like to extend a congratulations to Mark Bennett upon being selected for a promotion to Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mark is currently serving as Planning Manager for the Community Development Department and also concurrently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. We are all proud of Mark's accomplishments and more importantly, thank you Mark for your service to our Country.


Walmart Store Addition

Walmart is planning to add a 3,800 sq. ft. addition to their Haines City Store located on HWY 27. The addition is planned to be used for an attached retail Liquor use. No start date has been identified (see attached site plan)


Ridgewood Lakes Expansion

Community Development Staff recently received notice from the County about a proposed expansion to the Ridgewood Lakes Development of Regional Impact (DRI).  Ridgewood Lakes is just north of the City limits, on the east side of US 27.  Currently, is approved for 1,823 single-family residential dwelling units, of which 1,084 units have been constructed. 


Ridgewood Lakes Entrance on HWY 27

Also approved for Phase I is 65,340 square feet of commercial uses.  The applicant wishes to expand the project from 900.5 acres to 1,026.9 acres, with a corresponding increase of 260 single-family units, 405 multi-family units, plus an additional 68,000 square feet of commercial space. Haines City is planning to supply utilities to a portion of the proposed development. 





Lake Eva Tennis News 

The Lake Eva Men's tennis team has completed their spring season.  They finished with a 3-5 record, competing against teams from The City of Winter Haven, Country Club of Winter Haven, Lakeland Yacht Club, and Grasslands Country Club.  The league is sponsored by PCTA (Polk County Tennis Association) and the matches are played on Thursday nights.  When competing on the road the lighting problems can be a challenge.  The lights at Lake Eva are superior to all of the above mentioned facilities. 


The following men competed hard, and played with great sportsmanship as they represented our community proudly throughout Polk County: Leroy Parker, Octavio Romo, Larry Patterson, Gary Peck, Gary Peck II, Danny Santiago, Dan Petrescu, Chris Post, John Krawczyk, Jim Hoffman, Jerry Golem, Scott Campbell, Livingstone Greenidge, Richard Buncamper, and Dick Vincent.  Many thanks!


Summer Recreation Leaders-In-Training Program 

This program is designed for teens who want to further develop their leadership and communication skills, as well as, gain experience in planning and instructing activities for children by volunteering with the Haines City Summer Recreation program. In order to be considered for one of our L.I.T. positions, you must: be at least an incoming high school junior, be completing community service hours for school or civic group, have two letters of recommendation from school advisors or civic leaders, and must be able to work 8 weeks during the summer. L.I.T.'s receive community service hours for their volunteer assistance.


Acceptance into this program is based on an application and interview process. To be considered for an interview for the summer L.I.T. program, you must first complete the application and submit it and two letters of recommendation to the camp program coordinator at the Haines City Community Center. Applications are available at the Community Center. Deadline to submit an application is May 9, 2014. For more information, please contact Haines City Leisure Services at (863) 421-3700 or email jlatimer@hainescity.com.


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.


Aquatic Center 

The Aquatic Center is open on Saturdays and Sundays only, pending weather conditions. June 9th will be the first day the pool will be open (7) days a week. The hours of operation are 12PM - 6PM and admission is $5 per person. We also have individual and family passes to the pool available for purchase. Please see the attached flyer for details.


Looking for a fun and safe environment to host your next pool party? You can scheduled for a (2) hour time slot before and after regular operating hours. Give us a call at (863) 421-3700 for more information.


Swim Lessons 

Never learned to swim or feel uncomfortable in the water? No worries, we can help! Sign-ups for swim lessons started April 1st and will continue until full. Spaces go quickly, so make sure you come to the Lake Eva Community Center to save yourself a spot! It's very important to know how to swim when living in Florida, for yourself and your children. We will teach your children the basics on holding their breath underwater, climbing out of the pool, swimming above and below the water, and different strokes. 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! 


Maleah "MoMo" Hinkle

Run the Ridge 5K


On Saturday, April 12th, the Haines City Leisure Services Department had our first Annual Run the Ridge 5K.  We had 22 participants ranging from ages 7 to 51, who all finished the course in under an hour.  Our overall winner was Haines City's very own Matthew Cranston, who finished with a time of 21:06.  Thank you to all of our participants, and the Haines City Haines School JROTC led by Sergeant Harris for coming out to voluntee

r.  Also, a special thank you to all the volunteers who came out this weekend to help with the Iron Kids Fun Run and the Ironman 70.3 Florida.


Maleah Hinkle aka "MoMo"

Haines City would like to recognize one of our own for a great accomplishment last weekend. Maleah Hinkle competed in her first Ironman 70.3 triathlon. With the support from her family, friends and co-workers, Maleah finished the course in 8:08:08. We are extremely proud of her and extend our congratulations for a job well done.




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