August 16, 2016
In This Issue
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor

Haines City Parks & Recreation and Miracle Toyota are partnering for the ultimate vehicle extravaganza on Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Explore all types of vehicles including police cars, emergency vehicles, semi-trucks, race cars, farm equipment and much more! Free admission, food, bounce house and train rides! This event will be held at Miracle Toyota located at 37048 Hwy 27, Haines City 33844. For more information, please contact Haines City Parks & Recreation at (863) 421-3700.
Latino Fest is back! Hosted by Haines City Public Library, Latino Fest will have music, food, vendors, live entertainment, etc. You won't want to miss! It will be held in Downtown Haines City on Sunday, September 18th from 2 PM to 7 PM.

Human Resources Director Kandace Tappen

Below is a listing of positions open to receive applications. All interested applicants are required to submit an employment application, unless otherwise instructed on the City's website position announcement, along with any appropriate documentation deemed necessary to show interest in and qualifications for the position to which they are applying. Employment Applications and copies of complete position announcements are located on the City of Haines City's website at (When completing the on-line application please save it to your computer and attach it via an e-mail to
The list below does not contain complete position announcements, and may have one or more vacancy available. To see the entire position announcements, please visit employment opportunities and click on the position title. 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 that everything included during the application process will be verified.

  1. City Manager - Negotiable (DOQ)
  1. Building Inspector I - $17.71 to $26.57 (DOQ)
  2. Sr. Planner - $50,666.64 to $75,999.97 (DOQ)
  1. Utility Billing Clerk I - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Assistant Human Resources Director - $61,306.64 to $67,437.00 (DOQ)
  2. Human Resources Specialist- $14.64 to $21.96 (DOQ)
  3. Part-Time Human Resources Specialist - TO BE ANNOUNCED

  1. Assistant Parks and Recreation Director - $61,306.64 to $91,959.96 (DOQ)
  2. Executive Assistant - $16.01 to $24.15 (DOQ)
  3. Lifeguard - Seasonal - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  4. Part-Time Event Center Attendant - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  5. Part-Time Grounds Maintenance Worker - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  6. Seasonal Recreation Attendant - $8.85 to $13.28 (DOQ)
  7. Secretary - $12.01 to $18.15 (DOQ)
  1. Police Officer - $15.38 to $23.07 - Trainee (DOQ)
  2. Police Officer - $18.61 to $27.92 - Grade 3 (DOQ)
  1. Building Maintenance Lead - $16.10 to $24.15 (DOQ)
  2. Stormwater Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  3. Transportation Maintenance Worker - $11.00 to $16.50 (DOQ)
  1. Lead Wastewater Operator - $19.48 to $29.23 (DOQ)
  2. Wastewater Operator B - $16.10 to $24.15 Class B (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  3. Wastewater Operator C -$14.64 to $24.96 Class C (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  4. Wastewater Operator Trainee - $11.00 (DOQ) - Several Positions Available!
  5. Wastewater Superintendent - $41,873.26 to $62,809.89 (DOQ)
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois 

Commissioner Morris West
The City Clerk's Office is proud and honored to recognize Commissioner Morris West for his completion of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials.

The Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government hosts the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). This educational program is specially designed for newly elected officials and those with less than one term in office.

The primary objective of the institute is to provide elected municipal officials with an intensive academic program that will assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their elected role. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government, presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field.

Thank you Commissioner West for your service to our community. 

Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor

Library Card Design Contest
Haines City Public Library is looking to design new library cards and wants YOUR help! Get your pencils and markers out, your computer graphic brain to work and create some new and fun library cards for the library.

You have the opportunity to have your design on one of our new library cards. The final entry date for our Library Card Contest is August 31st. The theme for the Library Card Contest is "Library: Destination Imagination". Tell us all the wonderful places and things you can discover at the library. The places the library can take you. It could be places that are real or even places beyond all that you know.

There will be four designs chosen; one for each of our four categories. You may submit more than one category. The categories are Youth/Child, Teen, Adult, and Multi-generational. Download the application below. For more information, please call the Haines City Public Library at (863) 421-3633. 

Sneaker Drive
We want your shoes!!! Haines City Parks & Recreation has teamed up with the Florida Recreation and Park Association, Soles4Souls, Inc. and GotSneakers. Our goal is to collect 555 sneakers by August 24th.

Organizations like Soles4Souls, Inc. and GotSneakers work together to collect sneakers and distribute them to people in need of shoes to go on with their daily lives. This reuse also reduces the amount of shoes that end up in landfills. About 200 million pairs of sneakers end up in our landfills each year!

Five City facilities have been designated as drop off locations:
  • Haines City City Hall: 620 E. Main Street
  • Haines City Public Library: 111 N. 6th Street
  • Oakland Neighborhood Center: 915 Ave. E
  • Lake Eva Community Center: 555 Ledwith Ave
  • Haines City Aquatics Center: 321 S. 6th Street

Please visit any of these locations to pick up donation bags. Donations will be collected until Wednesday, August 24th. For more information, please contact the Haines City Parks and Recreation Department at (863) 421-3700, or visit partner websites at and


Development Services Director Richard Greenwood

Complete Streets
With the recovery well under way from the recent recession, Haines City has been applying the "Complete Street" design standards to our new residential communities. Adopted in 2012, the City worked with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization and the other local municipalities to create attractive and sustainable neighborhoods.
This standard allows for the future development of public and private streets within the City to be safer and more walkable. It also establishes a healthy interchange between vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians along with connectivity of the existing roads and pathways. The diagram below gives an example of what Haines City is aiming for. For more information, please call Development Services at (863) 419-3230.

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

NuTerra Compost Facility
After a year-long construction project, the long awaited startup of the NuTerra Compost facility occurred on August 15th. Once the first material has cured in October, a ribbon cutting will follow. 

This material is comprised of the bio-solids created at the Haines City Wastewater Treatment Plant, treated by the BCR Neutralizer process and composted with green waste (yard waste) collected by the City of Haines City contractor, Republic Services. This facility is a regional residuals management facility that can be utilized by other municipalities and contractors for disposal of bio-solids and green waste. This creates a sustainable process that will not only make Haines City a leader in the process of bio-solids treatment, but also provide an environmental friendly method of disposing of bio-solids. 

Another benefit brought by NuTerra to Haines City is that the end product "compost" will be available for public use and will be made available during events such as our Spring and Fall Cleanups.  

Lastly, Haines City will benefit from this process by reducing transportation cost for the current bio-solids disposal and receive an annual revenue stream from the compost product estimated between $40,000 and $120,000, based on the tons of compost produced per year.  For more information, please call Utilities Services at (863) 421-3690.

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

Lunch and Learn Workshop - Vegetable Gardening

Join us on Thursday, August 30th from Noon to 1 PM, for a free lunchtime workshop at the Haines City Public Library, located at 111 N 6th Street, Haines City, FL 33844

In this workshop, Master Gardener Dave Goking will discuss starting and maintaining a vegetable garden, when to plant for best production, and answer your gardening questions. The lunch and workshop is free, but registration is required. Visit to register.

Should you have further questions or need additional information, please call Haines City Utilities at (863) 421-3696.


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