THE SECOND ANNUAL GREAT HAVRE DE GRACE OYSTER FEAST RAISES OVER $5,000 FOR LOCAL NONPROFITS.

​​The City of Havre de Grace would like recognize the following nonprofits, who collectively raised $5,169.93 selling tickets to the second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

– American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47, $105.00
– Community Projects of HdG, Farmers Market, $45.00
– Community Projects of HdG, Public Art Committee, $492.77
– Gold Star Families MD Committee (Md Marine Corps League), $867.77
– Havre de Grace Arts Commission, $357.77
– HdG Colored School Foundation, $432.77
– HdG Green Team, $387.77
– HdG Independence Day Commission, $957.77
– HdG Recreation Basketball, $417.77
– HHS Sophomore Class Of 2020, $372.77
– The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, $627.77
– Winter Wonderland, $105.00

Established in 2016 by the Martin Administration as a fundraiser for local nonprofits, The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast is now held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Havre de Grace Community Center. Nonprofits this year raised $5,169.93 compared to $2,730 raised in 2016. Tickets this year cost $55 with nonprofits keeping $15 from each ticket sold. Additionally local artist Shawn Forton sold his artwork at the event and donated $250 to be divided equally among all the local groups.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 20, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 20, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

From Thursday, November 16, 2017 through Sunday, November 19, 2017 the downtown district was illuminated blue in honor of fallen Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter.

  • On Saturday, November 18, Mayor Martin attended The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

Department of Administration

  • City Hall will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday November 24 in Observance of Thanksgiving.

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.  
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a storm drain or stream.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

Police Department:

  • On Thanksgiving Eve, if you choose to go out to the bar, please do not drink and drive, take a taxi or get a designated driver. This is a major drinking night and the police will be aggressively patrolling for impaired drivers.
  • We are continuing to collect Christmas donations for families in need, please contact PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 if you would like to make a donation.
  • Thanks to everyone who made donations for Thanksgiving they were dispersed to those in need.
  • PFC Coleman and PFC Persuhn ran the Havre de Grace Elementary School Turkey Trot. Afterwards, PFC Coleman ran the Havre de Grace middle School Turkey Trot with the top HdGES Turkey Trot finishers who were invited to the middle school run.

Department of Public Works:

  • Holiday – Curbside Collection – Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) the collection moves to Friday. Friday collections then move to Saturday. No large item (bulk) collections this week.
  • See a Street Light Out? If you see a street light that needs to be repaired, you can report it directly to BGE. Please be sure to have the exact location of the fixture. To make a report online or report outages using your mobile device, visit bge.com and click “Lighting Outages” under the “Contact Us” section, or by calling 1-800-685-0123.
  • Tydings Park Handicap Ramp: The concrete work on  ​the ra​mp​ leading from the Yacht Basin up to the park will be completed this week.
  • Recycling Data: For the month of October, City residents recycled 50.18 tons of material.  This beats the month of September which was 35.47 tons.  
  • Lighting Up the Town – DPW has been busy installing Christmas lights all around the town from Otsego Street to Tydings Park and the Yacht Basin.

  • ​Fire Hydrant Flushing​ – We are in the process of flushing hydrants throughout the area. If you find your water is discolored, please run the cold water faucet for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

Stormwater management updates

Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • Repairs being made to the storm drain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  Start planning your rain garden now.  It will give you a welcome break from the colder weather and make those around you wonder what you are smiling about.

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control.  While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), many counties and towns receive a large volume of stormwater from smaller scale residential and private properties.  Actions on these smaller properties, such as the installation of rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or changing of lawn fertilization practices on an individual property, when considered in aggregate, can show significant nutrient and sediment reductions.

Every Practice Counts!

http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

Department of Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Late Notices were mailed 11/15/17.  Payments must be made by Monday 11/27/17 to avoid the $50 Turn Off Fee.  
  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be 11/28/17
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Economic Development:

  • Saturday, November 25, is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Shop small in Havre de Grace this Saturday and use #smallbizsat when posting on social media.
  • Today is National Entrepreneurs’ Day. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. Celebrate achievers on November 21, 2017.
  • The Harford County Liquor Control Board voted unanimously in support of the expansion of the liquor license held by Coakley’s Pub on St. John Street, to include the renovated space on Union Avenue known as Cornerstone. Expect announcements in the near future regarding a grand opening.
  • On Wed., December 6, at 7 p.m. the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum (100 Lafayette Street) will host the Havre de Green Team in a screening of the film Beautiful Swimmers Revisited. The film is about Maryland’s state crustacean the blue crab. Discussion will follow the free screening.

Briefly Noted Around Maryland

  • A Federal Reserve economist is predicting a boom in cyber security will continue to propel Maryland’s economy, per the Baltimore Business Journal.<
  • The Port of Baltimore handled 8.01 million tons of general cargo through the first nine months of 2017, setting a new all-time nine-month record.
  • The iconic Berger Cookie may be changing soon. Due to an Obama-era rule limited trans fats in foods, the company is experimenting with new recipes to remove trans-fats from the fudge. Charlie DeBaufre, of Berger Cookies, has declared the process “frustrating and scary.”
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the two-week firearm deer season opens November 25 and runs through December 9. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this hunting season.
  • Delivery on the Hogan administration’s Customer Service Promise, the Maryland Department of Transportation joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Transportation MVA in officially unveiling a combined service center in Bel Air. The newly combined office provides customers with access to a variety of services including: recreational hunting, fishing and crabbing licenses; vehicle and boat registration and titles; driver’s license renewals; vehicle emissions inspections; commercial fishing licenses; excise tax collections; and off-road vehicle permits. The Service Center is at 501 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office of Tourism:

  • The second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast was held on Saturday, November 18. The event was a huge success! Over $5,000 was raised by local non profits all while enjoying a delicious oyster feast! Mark your calendar‘s now for our 2018 Feast on November 17.
  • Shop Small Saturday- November 25 is Shop Small Saturday! Visit your local stores in Havre de Grace. The local businesses have decorated unique wreaths to hang on their storefronts for our merchant wreath decorating contest. Come down and see all these amazing wreaths while walking our streets lit up like a winter wonderland. What a perfect atmosphere to start your Holiday shopping….Shop Small, Shop Local!

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  •  “Art and Craft” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, November 21 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 24 & 25 at 8pm and on November 26 at 2pm

MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF CASSANDRA B.Y TOMARCHIO TO FILL THE CURRENT VACANT COUNCIL SEAT.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2017

Today, Mayor William T. Martin announced he will nominate Cassandra B.Y. Tomarchio to fill the current vacant city council seat at the Monday, November 20, 2017 regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Pending confirmation by the city council, Ms. Tomarchio will serve the remainder of this term, which ends Monday, May 21, 2018.

Cassandra Tomarchio holds a B.A in Politics from Ursinus College. Throughout her career, Ms. Tomarchio has held senior-level management positions in both the private and public sector, working within the field of communications and public policy. Currently, she serves as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Army CECOM Software Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Cassandra Tomarchio for a very long time. I believe her views, and positions are consistent with our citizens,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “I have always respected her devotion to our community, most notably her tireless efforts advocating for a new middle/high school. In addition to her community work, Cassandra possesses a high level of professionalism she has developed from her many years of experience working in senior policy positions. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the city council as we continue to make Havre de Grace a 21st century city.”

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF COUNCIL MEMBER STEVE GAMATORIA.

This evening at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Council member Steve Gamatoria announced his resignation from City Council effective immediately. For full disclosure, I have solicited Steve to accept a position in my administration as Chief of Staff. On or about Monday October 30th, 2017, Steve Gamatoria will begin his new role. As Chief of Staff for the City of Havre de Grace, Steve will have broad oversight of the day to day operations of City government and will report directly to the Mayor.

I would like to personally thank Steve for his many years of dedication to the citizens of Havre de Grace as a member of the City Council.  In his new position, Steve will continue working for our community and citizens as we mutually share the same desire for government transparency and efficiency.

In accordance with section 57 of the City Charter, in the upcoming weeks, I will submit to the City Council my nomination for their approval to fill the current vacant Council position.

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PROMOTING COMMUNITY PRIDE WITH #HDGPROUD CAMPAIGN.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2017

Today the City of Havre de Grace launched #HdGProud, a new hashtag campaign to promote community pride and civic engagement.

The City is encouraging members of the community to use the #HdGProud campaign to showcase activities and events that promote community pride. Examples include but are not limited to sharing photos with the city flag when traveling, recycling, volunteering, or helping a neighbor.

“We want to engage with our citizens. We want them to share with us why they are proud to call Havre de Grace home,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “Whether it’s winning Friday night’s game, recycling every week, or helping a neighbor shovel snow, we are proud of our citizens, and we would love for them to share their stories with us.”

City of Havre de Grace Installing New Walkways Through Tydings Park.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2017

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE INSTALLING NEW WALKWAYS THROUGH TYDINGS PARK. 

 
This week the City of Havre de Grace began replacing and upgrading the walkways through Tydings Park. 
 
The new walkways are the latest addition to the Martin Administration’s Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project, started in 2016, with the laying of new sidewalk along Commerce St, upgrades to the War Memorial, and the building of the All-Access Playground.

As part of the new upgrades, the City will also be making aesthetic enhancements to the park which include the installation of new lighting and the removal of old light post. 
 
The new walkways are expected to be completed in the upcoming weeks. Updates on the project will be made available weekly through the City’s Weekly Briefing.  

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 9, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 9, 2017

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Headlines:

  • Life At The Rock:  “William T. Martin Meet Your Mayor.” View Article
  • The Aegis: “HdG hopes four-year project will end generations of Lilly Run flooding.” View Article
  • Havre de Grace Patch: “Havre De Grace Oktoberfest Set For October 14.” View Article

Department of Administration:

  • PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OFF-SITE COUNCIL MEETING
    Per Resolution No. 2017-03, as adopted by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting for October 16, 2017, will be held at the Maritime Museum, located at 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD.  The meeting will begin that evening at 7:00 PM.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING
    The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at our off-site Council Meeting, located at 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD on October 16, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 993 which concerns itself with boat mooring and other activities in the shallow waters surrounding the City Water Plant. Click here to view proposed Ordinance 993.

Police Department:

  • The Havre de Grace Housing Authority is looking for donations of Halloween costumes new or gently used. These costumes will go to those in need if you can help please contact Shannon Ingle at 410-939-2097
  • If your community would like an officer to attend you’re HOA, club, or organization meeting to discuss anything crime or law enforcement related please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 to get that scheduled.

Department of Pub­lic Works:

  • There will be no Bulk Collection Service this Friday, October 13th.
  • Harford County has clarified that bamboo, rootballs, soil or dirt, thistle, and other noxious weeds are not Yard Waste.  These items can be disposed of with regular household trash. Please call City Hall should you have any questions.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

Reminder:  Since fall, is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets, and on your property when it rains.

  • The City is progressing with plans for stormwater management facility retrofits/improvements.  Keep watching the updates for the improvements happening throughout the City.
  • Concord Point Park Pond Retrofit and Infiltration Facilities Construction – Early 2018
  • Pedestrian Bridge Abutment Design Over Lilly Run

SPOTLIGHT:  Thank you to all those keeping the stormwater ponds, drains and pipes clear of debris and in working order!   Preventative maintenance is a key element to improving the quality of water draining to the Bay.

Department of Finance:

  • Slip Contract Renewals will be mailed in the next two weeks.  If you have unpaid slip electric fees, please pay by October 15th or your renewal contract could be delayed.
  • Register for e-Billing online or contact Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Route 40 Business Association will hold their monthly membership meeting and reception at Mount Felix Winery, 2000 Level Rd., Wed., October 11, From 5-7 p.m. For information or to register for this free networking opportunity visit www.route40business.com
  • Susquehanna Workforce Network will hold the 29th Annual Job Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Dr., Aberdeen, on Thursday, October 12. To register for the job fair visit www.swnetwork.org
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development’s next Business Finance Seminar will be at The GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, at 6 p.m., with the topic The Law & Your Business.
  • The Aberdeen Proving Ground Centennial Gala will be held at Aberdeen Corporate Park from 7 to 11 p.m., on Friday, October 20. To purchase tickets visit www.apg100.org

Office of Tourism:

  • Harford Plein Air, an outdoor painting festival, will take place throughout Harford County from October 13-15.
  • Havre de Grace Crab Feast  will be held on Friday October 13, sponsored by the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets available at the Visitor Center.
  • Havre de Haunts begins their paranormal tours in Havre de Grace.  Join them on Friday and Saturday evenings.  
  • Tuck Everlasting the musical will continue this weekend at The Cultural Center at the Opera House…get your tickets soon, some shows have already sold out!
  • Farmers Market- the market will be set up on Saint John Street this week in order to accommodate the Oktoberfest in Hutchins Park.
  • Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run will take place at the Vulcan Quarry in Havre de Grace.  Challenge yourself by running down massive declines into the earth and straight back up to the top!
  • Havre de Grace will be holding their 3rd Annual Oktoberfest in Hutchins Park from 12- 7.  Free Admission!  There will be plenty of German food, German beer, German music and dancers and a Kids Zone with crafts and games.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Darling Lili” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8pm
  • Scottfield Theatre Company presents Tuck Everlasting on Friday and Saturday, October 13 & 14 at 8pm and Sunday, October 15 at 2pm.

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest Returns October 14, 2017.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2017

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest Returns October 14, 2017

The Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today the 3rd annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12-7 p.m. at Hutchins Park

This year’s event will feature authentic German food, beer, wine, and desserts. German music will be performed by Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, and accordion player Don Bitterlich. German merchandise and craft vendors will also be set up at the event, as well as a kid zone and moon bounce.

Any vendor interested in participating in this year’s event is asked to call the Havre de Grace Visitor Center at (410) 939-2100.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profits.

Last year, approximately 3,000 people attended Havre de Grace Oktoberfest. “We look forward to this event growing each year,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and welcome new visitors to our city.”

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.     

The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank County Executive Barry Glassman, Delegate Glen Glass, Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, Council President Dave Glenn, Council Member Steve Gamatoria, Council Member Jason Robertson, Council Member Monica Worrell, Council Member Dave Martin, and all citizens who attended Saturdays Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Since taking office in 2015, the Martin administration has prioritized the conceptualization and installation of modern and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground equipment at Tydings Park. In 2016, the Tydings Park Commission created a concept plan for the project based on public testimony and survey.

Work started in early 2017, with the installation of a REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations, a custom lighthouse and climber resembling Concord Point Lighthouse, and various other pieces of equipment, all of which is in compliance with ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) playground standards.

The City secured over $200,000 in grant money from Harford County and $264,407 in funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fiscal Year 2018 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Grant.

“Addressing the needs of all children is not just a hallmark of a 21st century city, it is also emblematic of the compassionate character of our citizens,” stated Mayor William T. Martin.

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 28, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Affairs Extraordinaire by Marta located at 233 St. John St.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 The City of Havre de Grace held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the All-Access Playground at Tydings Park. We would like to thank County Executive Barry Glassman, Delegate Glen Glass, Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, Council President Dave Glenn, Council Member Steve Gamatoria, Council Member Jason Robertson, Council Member Monica Worrell, Council Member Dave Martin, and all citizens who attended the event.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 Mayor Martin gave the opening remarks at Rage Against Addiction. During his remarks, he presented David Watson with a challenge coin for his extraordinary work organizing the event.   

  • Last week, the Department of Public Works installed a new water fountain at the entrance to the All-Access Playground at Tydings Park. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant fountain has a station to fill up water bottles & two other stations for people & pets to drink from. A second water fountain of this type will be installed at Concord Point Park in the next few weeks.

Department of Finance:  

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will begin on Tuesday – Payments must be received no later than today to avoid the $50 fee.
  • Don’t Forget to register for e-billing!  Register online or call Michele at 410-939-1800
  • To find out if you qualify for homeowner tax credits, contact the state at (410-836-4800)

Department of Public Works:

  • Phase I of BGE’s gas line replacement project will be finishing up this week with road paving.  Thank you for your patience.
  • The results of the recent water quality tests ​for THM’s (Total Trihalomethanes) show 23 ​ppb ​and 43 ppb (parts per billion).  This is an excellent result​!​  Maximum allowed is 80​ ​ppb.
  • Recycling collections are increasing!   As a City, collectively we have increased our recycling by 4% when comparing July 201​6​ to July 2017.  Please keep recycling – this keeps your trash collection dumping fees down. We do not have to pay for recycling because it does not go into a landfill.
  • A huge THANK YOU to all of the residents who are putting out their trash in cans and using recycling containers.  Reminder – all trash in bags must be in a trash can with a secure lid. Bags of trash not in a can will not be collected.
  • Job well done!  DPW staff worked many hours to make sure the ADA accessible playground was ready for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, August 26th. ​

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:

  • GIS-Based Mapping System – Beehive is an invaluable program and will be utilized to locate and track stormwater devices, drains, maintenance and work orders.  This system will be crucial to our reporting parameters as required by Maryland Department of the Environment.
  • The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.
  • If anyone notices someone dumping into a stormdrain please notify City Hall at 410-939-1800, ext. 1128.  Anything going into the drains except for stormwater is illicit.  

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development would like to congratulate Backfin Blues Havre de Creole for their success during Harford County Restaurant Week August 18 to 27.
  • Maryland Historic Trust and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development notified the city of Havre de Grace’s Main Street Program of the favorable review of several Tenant Fit Out and Facade program applications. Public announcements for the awards to these individual businesses in the Havre de Grace Main Street District will be mad over the next several City Council meetings.
  • During the Monday, August 21 Havre de Grace City Council Meeting, Erika Quesenbery-Sturgill, who has been serving as Acting Director of the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development for the past year was officially sworn-in as the Director, following a unanimous vote of council approving her contract.
  • Swing by 406 St. John Street and Coakley’s Pub where work is progressing rapidly on The Yard.
  • Announcement will soon be made for a new repair business coming to the 600 block of Revolution Street, which was formerly an automobile repair garage. Work is progressing rapidly on adapting the space for the new owner.
  • You may have noticed the windows are starting to look a bit  bare at Blue Earth Leather – that’s because the windows are looking quite impressive down the road at 316 St. John Street, the former Courtyard Redux (closed last year due to a retirement). Blue Earth Leather will be joining StickDesign Embroidery Studio in the space.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • August 31- Thursday Night Sailboat Races

Fish Fowl and Folk Weekend!

  • September 1- Join us for the best First Fridays in Harford County.  Featuring over 100 vendors, 7 restaurants offering café seating, food trucks and a live band on every block!  The kids will love our brand new kids-zone including a moon bounce and games!  Havre de Grace is the perfect place to relax after a busy week.
  • September 2- Fish Fowl & Folk Festival!  Celebrate our City by the Bay and its Maritime Heritage at the Concord Point Lighthouse! Live music, food and craft vendors, beer garden, kids zone. Free admission.
  • September 3- Blessing by the Bay- The Susquehanna Ministerium of HdG is sponsoring this afternoon of praise & worship, prayer & blessings at Concord Park next to the Lighthouse.  

2pm- Boat Blessings, 5pm- Motorcycle blessings

  • September 2- Farmers Market at Hutchin Park
  • The Office of Tourism is now accepting applications from vendors interested in setting up at the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14.  If interested please contact Bonnie or Lauri at 410-939-2100.

 

Event Related Road Closures:

First Fridays – Friday September 1, 2017 Traffic and Parking restrictions will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  •      N. Washington Street:  Closed from Congress Avenue to St. John Street.
  •        Pennington Avenue:  Closed from N. Lodge Lane to St. John Street.
  •        Franklin Street:  Closed from N. Union Avenue to St. John Street.  Closed from N. Union Avenue to the parking lot of Backfin Blues.  Union will remain open at all times (crossing guards will be present).
  •         St. John Street:  Closed from Franklin Street to Green Street.

 

Fish, Fowl, and Folk Festival- Saturday September 2, 2017  Traffic and Parking restrictions will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

  • Lafayette Street: Closed from Young St. to intersection of Concord St.
  • Concord Street: Closed to Alliance St.

 

Department of Planning:
To follow up on our very well received Concept Plan guidelines and checklist and the Resident and Business Guide to the Permit Process, we are near completion on a Resident and Business Guide to the Property Maintenance Code. The Planning Department expects that this will be ready sometime in October. We hope that this will be a good resource to help everyone understand and plan for the home and business property maintenance outlined by the International Code used in Havre de Grace.