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A brand new City Hall and Library opened in December 2012. Be sure to check out this beautiful new facility located at 620 East Main Street, Haines City.
Contact the City for more information at 863-421-3600.
Sneaker Drive: Haines City Parks & Recreation teamed up with the Florida Recreation & Park Association (FRPA) for the 2016 annual conference service project to collect more than 555 pairs of sneakers before August 24, 2016 for those in need. “We need the help of the community to rally together to help those in need,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Auburn Taylor. “Right now everyone is buying news shoes for the upcoming school year and it’s a great opportunity to donate those old pairs of shoes that are too small or going unused.” The recipient organizations benefiting from the service project include GotSneakers and Soles4Souls. These organizations 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. According to GotSneakers, approximately 200 million pairs of sneakers that are reusable, particularly in developing areas of the world, end up in American landfills each year. There are a total of five locations in Haines City. Drop off locations and addresses include: Haines 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. For more information about the shoe collection service project contact the Haines City Parks and Recreations Department at (863) 421-3700. Click HERE for the flyer.
City Commission meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. (dates & times subject to change) in the Commission Chambers of City Hall.
The City of Haines City has a council-manager type of government. Five commission members are elected by the citizens to serve four-year terms. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are elected annually by the Commissioners. The City Commission is responsible for creating policy and passing ordinances. These policies are implemented by the City’s daily operations which is overseen by the City Manager.
Commissioner/Vice-Mayor - Don Mason Seat No. 1
Commissioner/Mayor - Horace West Seat No. 2
Commissioner- Morris West Seat No. 3
Commissioner- H. L. “Roy” Tyler Seat No. 4
Commissioner - Ken Kipp Seat No. 5
The City and its various departments can be reached at 620 East Main Street, Haines City, FL 33844 or by calling (863) 421-3600.
Haines City participates in a cooperative library program with Polk County, greatly enhancing the resources available at the local branch. The library, located at 620 E Main Street, Haines City, offers over 156,415 books, DVD’s, CD's, videos, audio books and periodicals. Through Polk County’s cooperative online catalog, patrons can access material at any of the other 13 county libraries.
The library is open over 6 days per week, every day except Sunday. Adult & Children’s programs, offered several times a week, cover a variety of informative topics. Library patrons can access the internet free of charge during regular library hours and WIFI is also available. Call (863)421-3633 or visit http://www.hainescity.com/library for more information.
Haines City operates a full-time, paid Fire & Rescue Department out of its main station in downtown Haines City. The 32 employees protect and serve an area of 18.83 square miles. Staff responded to over 2,100 calls in 2010 of which 80% were emergency medical calls.
The three platoons rotate 24-hour shifts (24 hours on - 48 hours off duty, averaging 56 hours per week). All employees (with the exception of the fire inspector and the Chief’s secretary) are state certified firefighters and licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
The department’s Fire Prevention Bureau performs annual fire safety inspections for all occupancies within the City limits (one and two family residential units excluded) and reviews plans for all new construction and developments.
The Haines City Fire & Rescue Department’s short-range plans include a new north end fire station, a new fire engine pumper, a vehicle location system, vehicle video systems, and vehicle computers. Long range plans include a new central fire station, a new quint (ladder/pumper vehicle), six additional firefighters and three additional fire lieutenants.
Parks & Recreation
The newly renovated Lake Eva Park better serves the ever growing population of Haines City. The park now features a waterfront event center/ banquet hall, a band shell for concerts, two new playgrounds, bicycle/walking trail, tennis courts, basketball courts and much more. There is also a new aquatic center featuring a competition pool, kids activity area and a splash pad.
Many of the Parks & Recreation buildings can be reserved for weddings, reunions and other special events. In addition, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department organizes several annual festivals and events. For more information on events, click on our Community Calendar on the home page of our website or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 863-421-3700 for program details.
Check out the videos below of the children in Haines City’s Summer Camp when they visited the Haines City Fire Department. Haines City's Summer Camp is a safe and affordable camp program, offered for 8 weeks over the summer, Monday-Friday. To find out more about this amazing program call the Parks & Recreation Department at 863-422-3751.
In 1992, the Haines City Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in Polk County and the 10th Judicial Circuit to be granted national accreditation by the Commission of Law Enforcement Agency. The department also earned an accreditation from the Commission on Florida Accreditation in 1998. Accreditation acknowledges a high degree of efficiency and dedication to public protection, a hallmark of the local department.
Fifty-five of the 79 employees are officers (53 sworn, 2 part-time sworn, 23 non-sworn, 1 part-time non-sworn), blanketing the City with patrol cars, state-of-the-art investigative equipment, crime reduction unit, crime prevention program and school resource officers.
The department operates 24-hours per day out of their new facility at 35400 Highway 27. Their state-of-the-art equipment, a crime reduction unit, a crime prevention program, school resource officers and enhanced 9-1-1 Emergency System keep the department informed and connected to city and county emergency response units.
The City provides water and wastewater services to its residents and several thousand more within the City’s service area. City residents are provided refuse pick-up and recycling along with their City water service. Outside the City limits, Polk County provides refuse pick up and recycling to county residents within the City’s service area. Call (863)421-3600 for City utility information.
In addition to its responsibility of maintaining safe drinking water and treating our community’s wastewater, the City’s public works department follows an aggressive sidewalk replacement and street repair program. The department’s new street sweeping machine will keep the streets litter-free and lessen the amount of debris carried with storm water runoff into our streams and lakes.