June 10, 2015
In This Issue
Mayor Kenneth Kipp

Mayor Kenneth Kipp
The City of Haines City would like to take this opportunity to welcome, and introduce the Mayor of the City of Haines City, Mr. Kenneth Kipp, a humble servant of and for the people of Haines City, who is very proud to call Haines City his home.


Mayor Kipp is a military brat raised by his mom and father, a career US Army Sergeant.  Mayor Kipp has lived all over the world.  He was born in Oakland, CA. and graduated from high school in Springdale, AR.  Mayor Kipp went to about 12 schools during those years.  In 1977, he received his BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas.  In 1987, he received a MA in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Mayor Kipp jokes that all this shows is that in the past he went to school way too much - now he goes to school every day - since 2003 Mayor Kipp has been the Dean of Discipline at Haines City High School.


Mayor Kipp and his wife have two daughters and three grandsons.  They moved to Haines City the same month as Hurricane Andrew moved into Florida, August 1992. They moved as he had been called as the Minister of Education at First Baptist Church, Haines City.  Later he went to work for Polk County Schools.


In 2013, Mayor Kipp was elected as a Haines City Commissioner.  In 2015, his peers elected him Mayor of Haines City.  To both groups he owes a huge thank you.  He also owes a promise that he will perform his duties and obligations to the best of his ability.


There are two things you can count on from Mayor Kipp... 

He states, "First, I make all my decisions based on principle.  Those principles were taught to me years ago and come from the Bible.  I hold that book close to my heart, important and dear, and I want to give thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for saving me and blessing me so richly.


From the Bible I have learned to order my life in the following way:


            First in my life is God.

            Next in my life is my family.

            Third in my life is work and church.

            Last in my life is everything else.


In recognizing those principles and the value I place on the priorities in my life, you usually can anticipate how I will think, react, and vote.


The second thing you can count on from me is common sense.  I believe that healthy doses of common sense from the leaders of any organization can solve most any problem.  I agree with what George Washington said to the citizens of Baltimore in 1789, 'It appears to me that little more than common sense and common honesty in the transactions of the community at large would be necessary to make us a great and a happy nation.'  Or in the case of Haines City, a great and happy city.  A city whose name I hope will always be synonymous with pride and integrity."


Leisure Services Director Auburn Taylor

Thunder on the Ridge

Thunder on the Ridge, Haines City's annual 4th of July Celebration, will be the prime spot for entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, a beer garden, food concessions and children's activities. This exciting event features various artists singing several genres of music.  The evening will wrap up with the largest fireworks display in Polk County!  A tradition since the 1990's, Thunder on the Ridge continues to offer our community one of the largest one-day family friendly event in Polk County. Over 20,000 people come from Polk County and beyond to participate in the festivities, food, live music, games and shopping at craft and community booths.


General Admission is free, reserved seating tickets are available for a cost.  These are premier seats located in front of the stage. For more information, please log on to www.thunderontheridge.com.



Thunder on the Ridge Flyer



Director Kandace Tappen

Welcoming our New Team Member

Jacquelyne "Jackie" Small, 
Assistant Director for Human Resources

The Human Resources Department is excited to announce that its newest team member, Jacquelyn Small, began her employment with the City of Haines City on June 1, 2015, as the new Assistant Director for Human Resources. Ms. Small joins us with a diverse career in human resources to include Director of Career Services with a local university, Human Resources Manager with a Fortune 50 organization, and supporting individuals with disabilities in their employment process with a local not-for profit.  


Education has also been an important part of Ms. Small's career. She earned the distinct honors of holding a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (Nova Southeastern University), a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management (Warner University).


Again, we are extremely excited to have Ms. Small on board. If you have an opportunity, please stop by and welcome her to our City family.  


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. Have you "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City lately? Let us know at wow@hainescity.com.


Director Richard Greenwood 

Citizen's Advisory Task Force Recommends CDBG for Sewer Replacement 
Shown above: Fred Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises, City Clerk Linda Bourgeois, and CATF members Chair Louie McLean, Board Member Wrenita Brendidge,
and Board Member Georgia Thomas

Fred Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises, Inc. provided an overview of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. He stated the maximum grant amount the City could potentially receive would be $750,000.00 and the categorical areas for consideration were housing and rehabilitation, commercial revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, or economic development.


Utility Services Director Mike Stripling presented on the potential to resubmit the CDBG application for a sewer project which had been identified as priority project. He went on to say the plans have been engineered and the project is shovel ready.


After considering all of the options, it was agreed by the task force members that the CDBG sewer replacement project (from Hinson to Johnson Avenue) was a critical priority of the City and needed a funding mechanism.

Director Auburn Taylor 

The Haines City Leisure Services 2015 "Summer Rec Camp" has a few remaining slots left for children who are currently enrolled in 1st - 6th grade. Children will enjoy field trips, games, crafts, swimming and more! Camp dates are June 15th - August 7th, 2015. For more information please contact the Haines City Leisure Services at (863) 421-3700 or jlatimer@hainescity.com.

Aquatic Center
The Aquatic Center is now open (7) days a week. The hours of operation are 12 PM - 6 PM and admission is $5 per person. We also have individual and family passes to the pool available for purchase. Season passes can be purchased at the Community Center.

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

Aqua Fish Swim Lessons at the Haines City Aquatic Center: Lessons are for children ages 2 and up. Swim lessons are weekday mornings starting at 9 AM and pre-registration is required. For more information please contact  Leisure Services at (863) 421-3700.

Haines City Library  
The Haines City Public Library will be having a SUPER summer!

Special Programs will be held at the Lake Eva Community Center (555 Ledwith Avenue) at 10:30 AM on June 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 14th, & August 4th. These events are FREE and open to the public.

The Summer Reading Program will be held on Wednesdays June 17th -August 5th at 10:30 AM in the Library Community Room. There will be Superhero stories, games and crafts for ages 5 and anyone entering 6th grade. Registration begins May 26th! 

Read 600 minutes over the summer! That's 15 minutes a day!!! Register to receive a book log and a time log. Keep track of the books you read and the time you spend reading. When you reach 600 minutes turn in your completed logs for a prize and an entry for the grand prize that will be awarded at our final celebration at the end of the summer! Get ready to READ! Reading starts June 8th and the completed logs need to be returned by August 14th.

Baby Bubbles & Bounces Story time will continue to be on Thursdays at 10:30 AM in the story time area (open to infants-2 years of age).

Super Kids Story time will be on Thursdays at 11:30 AM in the story time area (open to 2-5 years of age).

Lake Eva Tennis News

Haines City Tennis Pro Jeff McCardle, received a USPTA equipment grant of 2 junior nets and several dozen low compression youth tennis balls. Also, on Thursday, May 28th in Naples, Jeff will be recognized as the 2014 USPTA District 5 (Central Florida) Pro of the Year. Congratulations Jeff, that is a great honor and we are so happy to have you as part of our team!

Haines City Tennis Pro Jeff McCardle