June 9, 2014
In This Issue
Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM
Re: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Valued Merchants, Business Owners and City Residents:
As the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Season approaches us, I would like to cordially extend an invitation to all our valued merchants, business owners and City residents to attend the City of Haines City's Budget Workshop and Meeting sessions. 
Although these meetings are not open for public comment, I strongly encourage you to attend these sessions, as they are paramount to the future of Haines City. They will give you the opportunity to become thoroughly informed about our budget and current financial state of your City. 

Furthermore, you will be present as the City Commission and Staff discuss departmental budgets and explore operational efficiencies.  Based on the organizational priorities set by the City Commission, the Community, and City Staff, important budget decisions will be made.  The budget's final adoption will occur in mid-September.

I sincerely look forward to your participation as we move forward to make Haines City a great place to live, work and play. 

Budget Calendar (subject to change):
Respectfully Submitted, 

Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM
City Manager
Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM
Re: 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Preparedness 
Valued Merchants, Business Owners, City Residents, Visitors & Neighbors:

As a nation, we prepare for what is anticipated to be another active hurricane season; as a state and as a community, we all must be prepared. Hurricane preparedness is an essential function for both municipal and county government. It is incumbent upon you, the residents and business owners to also be prepared should a storm impact our region.


June 1st - November 30th marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the start of the rainy season for us here in the State of Florida. I strongly encourage you and your family to begin taking the necessary safety precautions to prepare sooner rather than later. On a micro scale, Haines City is prepared and ready to assist at a moment's notice, so much so, that on May 15, 2014, the City Commission officially adopted the 2014 Emergency/Disaster Operations Plan. This plan sets forth the framework with regards to the City's response in the event of an emergency situation. This plan describes every small nuance and intricacy of the City's internal framework in response to the needs of our community.


For more information on disaster preparedness and tips to prepare your family for a storm event, please visit our website at hainescity.com or Haines City Disaster Preparedness. The link provided has all relevant information concerning preparedness and storm mitigation. Should you have any additional questions or comments please do not hesitate to call us at (863) 421-3600. As we enjoy the summer with our friends and family let us not take for granted the importance of being prepared. The more prepared you are, the safer your family will be.


Humbly Submitted,  

Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM
City Manager
Employment Opportunities 
The City is currently recruiting for the following positions:
  • Customer Service Supervisor - Finance Department
  • Building Inspector - Community Development Department 
  • Crime Scene Investigator - Police Department 
  • Service Worker IV - Public Works Department     

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

WOW (Watched Outstanding Work!)

Lake Eva Boat Ramp Update
Lake Eva Boat Ramp

The Boat Ramp located at Lake Eva Park has been re-opened. The Public Works Department has completed the replacement concrete ramp as well as installed a new seawall to prevent undermining of the replacement ramp. 


This feat was a challenge for Ed Trail, John Brewer and their assistants Richard Myers and Duane Jahns, however, they performed a terrific job. Great job team! 










Waterwagon Event

The Public Works Department's stormwater team visited Boswell Elementary School in Auburndale, Florida on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, for their Media Day Event. 


Per the School's request, the Haines City Public Works Department participated in their event bringing along the waterwagon and Turtleman. Several presentations took place allowing all 420 children to view our stormwater model, learn about stormwater and how it can impact our Community. 


Our waterwagon mascot "Turtleman" made his appearance and completely stole the show. The students were extremely excited to see us there. We thank Mr. Bunch at Boswell Elementary for inviting us to the school.


Concrete Flume

Pictured below is the retention pond located at Lake Eva Park. During the City's last major storm event, the stormwater runoff caused a significant amount of erosion to the pond's slope. 


Members of the Stormwater crew Clyde Foster, Courtney Miller, Richard Myers and (2) work release program participants began work on forming a concrete flume that would help control the stormwater's flow of direction. Miguel Rivera and Duane Jahns assisted with the concrete pour and bricks were cemented throughout the flume to help slow the stormwater down as it makes its way to the bottom of the pond. Although the City has not experienced a significant downpour since the new flume has been installed, Staff believes this has addressed the situation. Ed Trail and John Brewer added their final touch by installing a guardrail at the top along the sidewalk's edge, ensuring the safety of our Park visitors as they walk through this area. Another job well done. 



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 wow@hainescity.com.

Police Chief / Interim Fire Chief Rick Sloan
Firearm Safety:  
  • Always keep the firearm's muzzle pointed in a safe direction. A "safe direction" means that the firearm is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it would not result in injury.                            
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot. When handling a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the firearm. Don't touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire.
  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a firearm, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to point it in a safe direction and make sure it is unloaded.
  • Be sure you know how your firearm operates: read the manual on your firearm, know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and its magazine.
  • Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, firearm vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring they are in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
  • Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms.
  • Use a firearm locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A firearm lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
  • Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms.
  • Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
  • Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety.


For additional information about Firearm Safety please visit www.projectchildsafe.org


Florida Crime Prevention 

Left to Right: Chief Rick Sloan, Angela Stewart, 
Lt. Keva Harris

Police Chief/Interim Fire Chief Rick Sloan congratulates Lieutenant Keva Harris and Supervisor Angela Stewart at the June 5, 2014, City Commission Meeting on completing the requirements to become Florida Crime Prevention Practitioners.


The continued growth and success of the Haines City Police Department 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.


Lieutenant Harris and Supervisor Stewarts' willingness to make these sacrifices to reach this goal is an example of their dedication to the Haines City Police Department and their commitment to provide quality customer service to the citizens we serve. We commend them for a job well done. Keep up the great work! 


Wendy's is Getting Ready to Start Construction

Community Development Staff recently received the site construction plans for Wendy's.  The location for the new store will be on the outparcel at the Pilot facility, at the southwest corner of the US 27 and Commerce Avenue intersection. The site comprises 1.80 acres and will consist of a 3,411 square foot building with 49 parking spaces. In keeping with recent trends for fast-food restaurants, this facility will have a two-lane "Y" style drive-thru. The request will go before the City's Technical Review Board on June 18, 2014. No construction or opening date is known at this time.


Community Development Welcomes David Jimenez

David Jimenez, Code Enforcement Officer

The Community Development Department is pleased to announce that David Jimenez has joined the Code Enforcement Division as a Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Haines City. Mr. Jimenez began work for the Division on May 5, 2014. 


Mr. Jimenez jokes that If you're wondering, yes, he is a Miami Heat fan. When he's off, he is either composing or recording music, participating at concerts, spending time with his family, playing basketball, or attending and serving in church.


Mr. Jimenez also states that he is honored to have been selected as the new Code Enforcement Official. He states, "I look forward to serving my City and I am also very grateful to be a part of the City Of Haines City Community Development team. I would like to thank everyone in this organization for welcoming me aboard and I look forward to providing this City with many years of service". 



Memorial Day Celebration

On Monday, May 26, 2014, a Memorial Day Celebration was held at Railroad Park in downtown Haines City.  This event was an opportunity to pay our respects to those who have served our country and to the brave men and women who help keep it free. Take time today to thank our military personnel for their service. Also a special thank you to SMALL WORLD TOURS who graciously provided transportation for our escorted honor ride for our Veterans.

2014 Memorial Day Ceremony, Haines City, Florida



Thunder on the Ridge  

Thunder on the Ridge, the annual July 4th celebration will be held on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Lake Eva Park.  The celebration begins at 3:00 PM with entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, food concessions, and children's activities. This year's exciting event features nationally known recording artist Michael Ray taking the stage at 7:30 PM, and wraps up with the largest fireworks display in Polk County! We are also celebrating Haines City Centennial with plenty of activities for all ages, including a Guinness World Record breaking attempt.  Don't miss the excitement!


Reserved Seating tickets are available at a cost of $12.00 per seat.  These are premier seats located directly in front of the stage.  For more information or to purchase RESERVED seats in advance, please log onto the event page at http://thunderontheridge.com/


Thank you to our Title Sponsor, Miracle Toyota and other local businesses that help to put on this great event.  To obtain more information contact the Haines City Leisure Services Department at (863) 421-3700. 


Reverse Raffle 

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Haines City Leisure Services Department hosted the 19th Annual, Reverse Raffle fundraiser.  All proceeds from this fun filled night go towards Thunder on the Ridge, featuring national recording artist, Michael Ray. 


Congratulations to Jim Forbes from Palm City who won the top cash prize of $1,000.00, which is annually sponsored by Fellows Trucking Group. Visit them at fellowstrucking.comThe theme for next year, May 16, 2015, is MOVIE MAGIC.  Make your plans now to attend.  



Mark Your Calendar 

  • Latino Festival - September 27, 2014, at Lake Eva Park
  • Run or Dye - October 11, 2014, at Lake Eva Park

Library Update

It's almost summer time! There are some exciting things happening at your local library. We are gearing up for a summer filled with lots of fun stuff for kids to do. The month of June is jam packed with story times and movie days. To see what's happening day to day, please see library's calendar below. See you soon.


Aquatic Center

June 9, 2014, marks the first day of the Aquatic Center opening seven (7) days a week and the start of session one swim lessons. The hours of operation are 12PM - 6PM and admission is $5 per person. We also have individual and family passes available for purchase. Please see the flyer below for more details.


DJ Santiago (on right) signing Letter of Intent

Lake Eva Tennis News

DJ Santiago, from Haines City High School, signed a tennis scholarship and Letter of Intent to attend Warner University in the fall. DJ is the first Junior Tennis player from Lake Eva Tennis program to earn a tennis scholarship. Congratulations DJ!


Amanda's Academy of Dance (AAD)

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Amanda Academy of Dance (AAD) held their first annual dance recital. This year's theme was "Evolution of Dance".  All of the dancers performed beautifully, and first-year owner, Amanda Ferreira, did an incredible job building this program and preparing her students for their dance debut! AAD is currently putting together a 6 week summer dance camp that will include dancing and crafts! Please visit www.amandasacademyofdance.com for updates regarding the summer camp and registration information for fall classes.


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