City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 13, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 13, 2017

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Mayor Martin  delivered remarks at the Veterans Day Service held at Tydings Park. “It is our patriotic responsibility as Americans to conduct our lives in the presence of our veterans, in a way and manner that would leave them with no doubt, that their service and sacrifice were well worth every moment.” stated Mayor William T. Martin during the ceremony.  We would like to thank the American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47 for organizing this event and our guest speaker, Major General Randy S. Taylor.  Most importantly, we would like to thank all of our nation’s veterans.
  • Student Of The Month:  We would like to congratulate the following students for being selected Student of The Month for November – Dawson Burnett-Paul, Jeremiah Pettigen, Maria Gullo, Jenna Zavoyna.

Department of Administration:

Office of Marketing:

    • Each Wednesday this November we will be participating in Municipal Government Works Wednesdays. A social media campaign created by the Maryland Municipal League to highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The All-Access Playground at Tydings Park.

Police Department:

  • Through the month of November we are spotlighting distracted driving on social media, posting weekly facts about distracted driving. Please don’t drive distracted you could end up getting a citation or even worse hurting yourself or others in an accident.
  • November 15, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Harford County Night of Conversation, please speak with your kids about drugs and alcohol. This conversation can help your kids make the right choice when faced with drugs or alcohol. Learn more at:  http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1999/Night-of-Conversation (This will be November 15th)
  • Donations needed! We are gathering non-perishable foods, toys, and gift cards for families in need, for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. If you can help there is a donation box at the Havre de Grace Police Station or call 410-939-2121 and ask for PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Dan Petz.
  • The holidays are fast approaching, please when doing holiday shopping do not leave the items you bought in plain view in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk or put them in an area of your vehicle where they can’t be seen. This will make your vehicle less desirable to thieves.

  • The Havre de Grace Police will be doing increased foot patrols in commercial areas for the holiday season, please say hi if you see the officers walking downtown!

Department of Planning:

  • Per Weather.com, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues to climb the ranks of the all-time most active seasons on record, thanks to a frenetic stretch of long-lived, destructive hurricanes from mid-August through early October.  The hurricane season does not end until November 30th.  Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your stormdrains 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 stormdrain or stream.
  • 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.

Department of Public Works:

  • First Phase of stamped concrete walkway around War memorial and from the War memorial to the playground has been completed.  Contractor is in the process of constructing a handicap path from City Yacht Basin up to Tydings Park.
  • Bulk Trash Collection: The City will monitor the snow forecasts to determine when to cancel a collection as crews will be busy with snow removal.  Stay tuned.
  • Construction of culvert at  Canvasback Drive and Teal Court will begin in about two weeks.
  • Traffic concepts will analyze Right-in and Right-out entrances and by-pass lane requirement.
  • Ontario Street eastbound at the intersection of Ohio Street will be made “Right Out Only” this week.
  • New fountain installed at Concord Point Park.  We used brick pavers to extend the existing pad.
  • DPW Crews are actively working to install the Christmas lights.
  • BGE is moving ahead with Phase II.  BGE is scheduled to complete paving of the roads by the end of this week, weather permitting.
  • Chapel Road – Contractor began the mill and overlay of the roadbed on October 30, 2017.  
  • The Notice to Proceed for resurfacing the Lanes:  Lodge Lane from Fountain St. to Franklin St. was issued 11/9/2017.
  • Coca~Cola’s Keep America Beautiful grant program  – The Green Team has applied for a grant which provides Recycling Containers for public spaces.
  • Water Street Property – The Director is reviewing the Phase II Environmental Assessment Report.
  • Notice to Proceed was issued for the Camilla Street Water Line Rehab on 11/9/2017.
  • The Department of Public Works is currently performing backflow prevention inspections for the month of November.

Office of Stormwater Management

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.

  • 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 stormdrains 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.  The Notice to Proceed on this project was issued 11/8/2017.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  why we put dog poop in little plastic baggies:

  • Our neighbors like us to.
  • It makes our dogs feel important.
  • It keeps the poop from being washed into the storm drains.
  • Select them all, and its “two paws up” for you!

Truth is, most of us pick up after our dogs as a courtesy to uur neighbors. Plus it makes that backyard barbecue all the more enjoyable.  But there’s another important reason to pick up after your pet:  water.

When pet waste is left behind, it washes into storm drains and ditches. From there, it heads straight to your local river.  Help protect water quality. 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development worked with the Havre de Grace Arts Collective to gather and collate data for the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District Annual Report for 2017.
  • The hearing for The Cornerstone, part of Coakley’s Pub, will be held by the Harford County Liquor Board at 16 N. Main Street, Bel Air, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. This hearing was postponed from the September 27, 2017 hearing of the Liquor Control Board.
  • HDGOED, as a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association Awards Committee, is completing a nomination for the MEDA Project of the Year Award for a local business prior to the December 8, 2017 deadline. If you are interested in working with HDGOED in nominating a project, person or program please contact us at erikaq@havredegracemd.com
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development at 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, (near Bateman’s) possesses an organizational Costar membership, which is a searchable database for available commercial, industrial, retail, office and manufacturing properties. Those looking for a general overview of properties available within Havre de Grace 21078 can avail themselves of this service and the professional services of a local Commercial Real Estate agent or broker. Those seeking specific property data or with specific needs for properties are encouraged to contact the HDGOED and Erika Quesenbery at erikaq@havredegracemd.com to work together and find locations that meet project parameters.
  • Please do not forget that Small Business Saturday is November 25 through Havre de Grace with enhanced hours, special offers, new merchandise, swag giveaways and more. Why Shop Local? There are 28.8 million small businesses in the country and small businesses account for 99.7% of all businesses in the United States, and account for 64% of the new jobs created in the USA between 1993 and 2011.
  • Did you know our local small businesses in Havre de Grace donated 250% MORE than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes! If you spent $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your LOCAL Havre de Grace economy and if you spend that same amount at a big box store or large business only $43 stays in the local economy. Spend $100 online – $0 stays in your local economy.

Office of Tourism:

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast November 18- Join us for our second annual community gathering to support local non-profits. Catered by Atlantic Caterers featuring steamed oysters, fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, homemade oyster stew and Maryland Crab Soup, as well as traditional foods on the pit.  Ticket proceeds benefit local non-profits.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 410-939-2100
  • We are still accepting applications!  Join us on December 1 as a merchandise vendor or parade entry during our Holly Jolly First Friday and Light Up Night featuring our Christmas parade and tree lighting by the Mayor and Santa.   For more information please call the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Paths of Glory” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, November 13 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 17 & 18 at 8pm and on November 19 at 2pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 16, 2017


City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 16, 2017

 

Headlines:

The Aegis:  “Havre de Grace installing new walkways at Tydings Park.” View Article

Office of the Mayor:

  •         On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Mayor Martin attended the 3rd Annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest.
  •         On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Mayor Martin attended a service at First Christian Church of Havre de Grace celebrating their 70th year.

Department of Administration:


Office of Marketing:

  •         The City of Havre de Grace has launched #HdGProud, a new hashtag campaign to promote community pride and civic engagement.  View Statement

Police Department:

  •         This Week will be busy with the homecoming parade, game, and carnival so please be mindful of pedestrian traffic while driving.
  •         Arrive early as parking will be at a premium with the events happening on Thursday through Sunday.
  •         Reminder to follow all posted rules within the carnival

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the best nights of the year for kids.  By paying attention to a few safety tips will help to keep your little “monster” safe while trick-or-treating.

  • Plan a route of travel for trick-or-treating that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.
  • Trick-or-treat with a group, if possible.
  • Wear well-fitting masks to avoid blocked vision, and costumes that are short to avoid tripping or falling.  Be sure your child is wearing a flame resistant costume.
  • Stay well lit by holding a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.  Make sure you walk and not run from house to house.
  • Only walk on sidewalks.  If not possible, then walk along the far edge of the road and face traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks, if available.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.  Don’t stop at house that do not have lights on.
  • Parents check all candy before your child eats any.  Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.  Throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or if it looks as though it has been opened.

 

Department of Finance:

 

  •         Water/Sewer Delinquent Notices have been mailed. To avoid Turn Off fees and disconnection, please pay by Monday, October 23, 2017.
  •         User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  •         It’s Time To Prep your property for winter to prevent frozen pipes, water damage and wasted water!
  •         Add Dye Testing of Toilets to your regular Maintenance Checklist. Leaking toilets is one of the leading causes of not only wasted water loss, but increased Water/Sewer bills. Also, because the leaking toilet water goes into the sewage system and must be treated, there are no remedies for adjustment to the increased fees on your bill. Testing is simple and doesn’t have to cost you any money. Of course, you can go to your local hardware store and buy a kit but all you really need to do is apply a non caustic liquid such as food coloring or even leftover coffee to the back tank of each of your toilets before going to bed. Do not flush!!! When you wake in the morning check each toilet for any color in the bowl. If the water is not crystal clear than your toilet is leaking, and you should replace the inside workings of your tank. This test can be run as often as you like but should be done at least every six months.
  •         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.

 

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.
  • 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 Public Works:

  • Chapel Road will be resurfaced by Harford County starting October 23, 2017.
  • BGE will begin repairing sidewalks and repaving street the Week of October 23rd.
  • The culvert at the intersection of Chapel Road and Canvasback Drive is scheduled to be repaired within the next 30 days.
  • The split rail fence will be installed this week at the Burns Property.
  • 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.
  • Pet owners, take heed…When you clean up after your pet, do you dump the waste in the street or storm sewer? Do you leave it to decay on the sidewalk or the grass near the street? If so, you may be causing pollution or health problems.

Flush it down the toilet . . Put it in the trash.

When pet waste is washed into lakes or streams the waste decays, using up oxygen and sometimes releasing ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia combined with warm temperatures can kill fish also causing other issues detrimental to the River and Bay.

  • Thank you to all who help keep the City looking great by cleaning up after your pets!
  • 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.   


Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update:

  • Crews will continue pouring concrete this week, expanding and improving the walkways though Tydings Park.

Office of Tourism:

  • Carnival on the Chesapeake: Independence Day Fundraiser- October 19 – October 22
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tea at the Steppingstone Farm Museum- October 21  
  • Delighting of the Palm Trees Party-October 21

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Johnsmith (Folk Guitarist) on Monday, October 16 at 8pm
  • “Cameraperson” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, October 17 at 8pm
  • Jonathan Carney, Concertmaster for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, on Thursday, October 19 at 8pm
  • Fostina Dixon and Winds of Change/Hollowell Peteraf Project (Double-Billed Concert & CD Release Party) on Friday, October 20 at 8pm
  • “Frankenweenie” (Children’s Film Series) on Saturday, October 21 at 11am.  Come in your Halloween costume and get a bag filled with “treats”.
  • Deep Vision Dance Company on Sunday, October 22 at 3pm

 

Department of Economic Development:

  •         The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is pleased to welcome and announce Toronjil Boutique at 101 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, has expanded their new boutique space doubling their space and offering an expanded line of women’s fashion clothing and shoes. The shop offers the season’s latest trends in downtown Havre de Grace and a full makeup studio experience. Toronjil is a small family owned cosmetic company in the Delaware/Maryland area that has been in business since 2014 and provides products and services to customers globally. They provide scientifically advanced formulas, textures and trendsetting shades that are suitable for all skin types. Currently, Toronjil is celebrating National Spa Week for Every Body & Mind October 19-24, 2017. Stop by the store or visit them at www.toronjilllc.com or on Facebook for their extended hours or call 443-502-5886.
  •         Stop by and visit Found Vintage, Co., offering “curated finds, handmade items and a DIY Studio,” at 141 N. Washington Street. Check out their Facebook page @foundvintageco and welcome the owner and creative heart and mind behind the finds Sommer Delp.
  •         The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is anxiously awaiting the Small Business Saturday promotion kit from American Express. Once again, this year HDGOED signed on as a “Neighborhood Champion,” to secure canvas shopping bags, promotional materials, banners and other items to help promote the concept of shopping locally owned businesses on Saturday, November 25. These materials will in turn be distributed to the volunteer Havre de Grace Downtown Merchant Association.
  •         The Aberdeen Library, 21 Franklin St., will host Four Gentlemen of the Greenspring Valley: Emerson, Plank, Ripken and Vanderbilt, from 2-3 p.m., Sun., October 22. This lecture presentation features information on Dr. Isaac Emerson, who invented Bromo Seltzer, the Vanderbilt family and their millions from railroads, the Ironman Cal Ripken, and how football led Kevin Plank to found Under Armour. These four have a curious connection to a few square miles in Baltimore County, and this program by Zippy Larson will trace their lives and fortunes from the 1800s to the present day. The program is free.
  •         October 22 through 28, 2017 is Maryland Economic Development Week organized by the Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA, to emphasize to the general public the importance of economic development in the State of Maryland. The week is designed to increase understanding of economic development’s contribution to the State’s business climate, job retention and growth, the tax base and overall quality of life in Maryland.
  •         The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development will participate in the Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA, 2017 Fall Conference at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, MD, Monday, October 23. The conference will focus on Maryland’s Unique Economic & Innovative Driver and demystify the process of doing business with the military. Maryland’s 12 military installations throughout the state help to strategically position our private sector industries for increased growth and profit margins. While many innovations and advancements take place “on base” in areas outside of our local jurisdictions, every community can identify opportunities to acquire these advancements and turn them into commercial applications for our companies. The 2017 MEDA Fall Conference is designed to address the many ways economic developers can position the companies in their region to take full advantage of these economic drivers and the variety of network opportunities available to all businesses throughout the State of Maryland.
  •         Tuesday, October 24, the Small Business Administration, SBA, will host a Facebook Live Marketing with Video session “Creating a Big Impact for Small Business,” from 6 to 8 p.m. In celebration of Women’s Small Business Month, SBA is partnering with Animoto, Facebook and YouTube for a night of video marketing education offering actionable strategies for creating, optimizing and publishing video marketing content that will provide immediate benefits to your business. Details and sign-up information are available at www.sba.gov or at www.animoto.com/sba-live-event
  •         SCORE will hold a live webinar on The Changing Roles of Virtual Assistants at 1 p.m. on Tues., October 24. Today virtual professionals do much more than simple administrative tasks from online business management to graphic design and more. Visit www.score.org to learn more or to find a business mentor visit www.score.org/find-mentor searching by keyword, industry, location or expertise. SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors with some 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters nationwide. Founded in 1964, they have helped more than 10 million current and aspiring entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and education services. Since 2016 alone, SCORE helped create 54,072 new businesses and add 78,691 new, non-owner jobs to the American economy!
  •         The Havre de Grace Library, 120 N. Union Ave., will host a Jewelry by Design program for adults, Wed., October 25, from 6-7:30 p.m. This free program will let you try your hand at handmade jewelry with a basic jewelry making lesion to make a pair of gold earrings and a pair of silver earrings with materials provided. This is an opportunity to try your hand and a hot trend that is leading to successful small business and pop-up start-ups.
  •         Maryland TEDCO (Technology Economic Development Corporation) will host the 7th Annual Entrepreneur Expo bringing together all of Maryland’s entrepreneurial resources from across the state into one place, at one time. There will be 700+ of the region’s top entrepreneurs, small and large business executives, angel and venture capital investors, federal and state economic development officials, university leaders and legislators in attendance at the event billed as TEDCO’s Entrepreneur Expo & Stem Cell Symposium 2017 at the Baltimore Hilton, Wed., Oct. 25 from 8a.m. to 7 p.m.
  •         The Elkton Alliance, Inc., a Maryland Main Street Community, and the Cecil County Office of Economic Development will host Barbara Wold presenting How Small Retailers can Survive in an Amazon World, Thursday, October 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The free presentation will be held at the Elkton Town Hall (2nd floor) 100 Railroad Ave., Elkton. Register at Eventbrite or call 410-398-5076 or email info@elktonalliance.org.
  •         Harford Community College is holding Harford Fest 2017 on Saturday, October 28, starting at 9:30 a.m. Events include the Heather L. Hurd 5K Spooktacular (www.harford.edu/heather); an Open House Showcase, oral history presentation, live music, food trucks, and family activities. The Open House showcase in the APFGCU Arena will be of particular interest to business owners with interactive displays and demonstrations and an opportunity to connect with educators and instructors in various career path programs at HCC.
  •         In honor of Women’s Small Business Month industry experts will host a Twitter chat on business tips for women entrepreneurs hosted by the US Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) with tips and resources to help women start, grow and succeed in business. Follow along with the hashtag #SBAchat.
  • Registration is now open for the Small Business Success Virtual Conference, November 9, from noon to 5 p.m. This is a free online conference to help you test your new business ideas, listen to practiced advice on current business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The half-day event includes 10 educational webinars, business advance from mentors, freebies from sponsor booths and networking chat rooms for current and aspiring business owners. The virtual conference is presented by SCORE and Verisign. To register visit www.score.org and enter search for “Small Biz Success Virtual Conference.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 2, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 2, 2017  

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
  • Havre de Grace School Resource Officers will be hosting a monthly safety club, with the first meeting on October 4th at 6 pm at the police department. This club is open to all Havre de Grace residents with children in elementary school.
  • If your community would like an officer to attend your 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 Planning:

  • Five hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic during August and September, but hurricane season is far from over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016. Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas. You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone for your property. Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters. A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your stormdrains 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 stormdrain or stream.
  • 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.

Department of Finance:

 

  • October Water Bills will be mailed this week
  • Register for e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800
  • User Benefit Bills were due 9/30/17


Department of Public Works:

  • Yard Waste – Just a reminder when raking up the fall leaves: These will be collected if placed loosely in trash cans -or- placed in paper yard bags. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. Why? – the plastic bags jam up the mulching machines.
  • Cross Connection Backflow Prevention – inspections happening this week.
  • Burns Property – fencing to be installed within the next few weeks.
  • Holiday Decorating – DPW staff will begin decorating all around town within the next few weeks.
  • Tydings Park – sidewalks will be replaced. Construction to begin next week.

 

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 – Coming Soon
  • Pedestrian Bridge Abutment Design Over Lilly Run

 

DPW will be installing fencing surrounding the perimeter of the Burns Property of which 319 Lafayette St. will be the site of the Green Team’s Victory Garden.

SPOTLIGHT: Lilly Run

Improvements to Lilly Run were the subject of an Aegis article on Friday, September 29, 2017 featuring our DPW Director, Tim Whittie. Refer to the article for some interesting reading.

Office of Tourism:

 

  • On Tuesday, October 3 the Maritime Museum in partnership with the HdG Green Team, will host Seed The Untold Story, as part of the monthly environmental film series
  • Maritime Museum will hold a fall evening migratory bird walk along the promenade at 5:30 on October 4
  • First Fridays- Come celebrate fall at First Fridays on October 6. Over 100 vendors, 7 bands, outdoor cafe seating, a kids zone and bargains galore in our stores.

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Scottfield Theatre Company presents Tuck Everlasting on Friday and Saturday, October 6 & 7 at 8pm and Sunday, October 8 at 2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Havre de Grace Host First Bark For Life Event in Harford County at K-9 Cody Dog Park.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2017

​​Havre de Grace Hosts First Bark For Life Event in Harford County at K-9 Cody Dog Park. 

On September 23, 2017, The City of Havre de Grace and the American Cancer Society celebrated the first Bark For Life event in Harford County at k-9 Cody Dog Park in Havre de Grace, Md.

Bark For Life is an American Cancer Society fundraising event that honors the lifelong contributions of our canine caregivers.

The event featured opening remarks, a demonstration by Havre de Grace Police Department with neighboring agencies, and a celebration of both human and canine caregivers.

The City of Havre de Grace has been a long supporter of hosting American Cancer Society events in Havre de Grace, including the successful Relay For Life event held at Concord Point Park.

The Martin Administration opened k-9 Cody Dog Park in September, 2016, located at 100 Laraget Lane. The park features a half-acre fenced area which includes sections for large and small dogs.

“We take our citizens seriously; we take our veterans seriously, and we take our four-legged friends seriously,” said Mayor William T. Martin, while speaking during the event. “They are our companions and our loved ones, as well as family members.”

 

 

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, September 25, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:

Week of Monday, September 25, 2017

 

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Office of The Mayor:

  • On September 23, 2017 Mayor Martin attended and gave the opening remarks at Bark For Life.

Department of Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be on Tuesday 9/26/17.  To avoid the turn off fee of $50 please pay by Monday 9/25/17.
  • Register for e-billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.
  • Property Taxes are due September 30, 2017.  Pay online, at City Hall or place your payment in the drop box at the front doors of City Hall after hours.

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.  

  • Stormwater Management personnel are working with some students to stencil some our stormdrains reminding folks that anything entering our stormdrain system flows to the Chesapeake Bay.
  • 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.  
  • The City is progressing with plans for stormwater management facility retrofits/improvements.  Keep watching the updates for the improvements happening throughout the City.
    Current requests for proposals:
    Concord Point Park Pond Retrofit and Infiltration Facilities Construction
    Pedestrian Bridge Abutment Design Over Lilly Run
  • DPW will be installing fencing surrounding the perimeter of the Burns Property of which 319 Lafayette St. will be the site of the Green Team’s Victory Garden.

    SPOTLIGHT:  VETERAN’S PARK
    Located behind Citizen’s Care facility along Girard Street, this park is “healthy” in many respects.  The bioretention adjacent to Citizen’s Care parking lot serves to slow the rain on its way to the River while native plantings use and filter the rain.  The beautiful park setting is well planned to provide ample seating for respite and relaxation, as well as, modern outdoor exercise equipment for all to use as you amble along the pathways. 

Department of Public Works:

  • There is a 12” sewer main being repaired at the 600 block of Commerce Street.
  • The Camilla Street Water Main Rehabilitation project is being re-bid due to low turnout.  Watch for the updated advertising of the Request for Proposal.
  • Public Works encourages citizens to recycle as much as possible.  Remember all bagged garbage (food and animal waste) must be in a container per City Code.
  • BGE continues to work on replacing gas main along Revolution Street.  The City will be coordinating with BGE shortly to begin paving and sidewalk repairs.

Department of Economic Development:

 

  •    Joretro at 467 Franklin St., Havre de Grace, will host Pyrex & Vintage Fest, Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Celebrate your love of Pyrex and all things Vintage with guest vendors on Franklin Street, giveaways and Pyrex themed refreshments!

 

  •  The Route 40 Business Association is coming to Havre de Grace for their October Meet, Greet  Eat event at Mount Felix Winery, 2000 Level Rd., Havre de Grace. Admission is free but registration is required at www.route40business.com Register then bring your business cards to network with other professionals and have a chance for a giveaway. 
  • Have you been to Washington Street Books & Music lately? Stop by at 131 N. Washington Street, and say hello to the Klisavage family who are celebrating 25 years in business in Havre de Grace. As part of a quarter century celebration they have opened an Entertainment Museum in their shop complete with costumes fresh from the set of the super-hot movie Baby Driver (even one worn by Kevin Spacey, which is super difficult to come by!) Find original costumes from The Hunger Games to Last Samurai. 
  • Special thanks to Mayor Bill Martin and Council President David Glenn for attending the 2nd Annual Havre de Grace Business Appreciation Happy Hour at MacGregor’s Restaurant on Tuesday, September 19. And a hearty congratulations to the businesses recognized earlier that day: Washington Street Books & Music, Thymly Products, Inc., Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center, Amanda’s Florist, Joseph’s Department Store and MacGregor’s Restaurant.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • Bark for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, was held on Saturday, September 23.  This is the first time the event was held in Harford County.  The event was well attended by both canines and their handlers. If you missed it this year be sure to attend next year for a fun event raising money for a worthy cause.  
  • September 27- Blue Crab Dissection Lab at The Maritime Museum
  • September 30- Farmers Market
  • September 30- Pyrex & Vintage Fest
  • October 1- Downton Abbey Garden Party at The Steppingstone Farm Museum
  • Tickets for our 2nd Annual Oyster Feast are now available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.  The is a community event to support local non-profits.  Tickets are only $55 for an all you can eat menu of amazing Chesapeake Bay fare.

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

  • The Big Sleep (Black & White on Tuesday Night Film Series) on Tuesday, September 26 at 8pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, September 18, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, September 18, 2017

 

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Headlines:

  • The Aegis:  “Homebuilding up in Havre de Grace, steady elsewhere in Harford.” View Article
  • The Aegis:  “Ground broken for Gold Star Families Monument in Havre de Grace.” View Article
  • Municipal Maryland Magazine: “Havre de Grace Installs 7th Little Free Library.” View Article

Office of the Mayor:

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 Mayor Martin attended and spoke at the Gold Star Families Monument groundbreaking.

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  •  Saturday, September 16, 2017 Mayor Martin along with Council President Glenn had the distinct honor of attending the American Flag Retirement Ceremony, organized by the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47.

Department of Administration:

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.  View Agenda
  • Hurricane season is currently underway.  Please sign up for our storm alert CTY to receive important notifications from the city.

Department of Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Delinquent Notices were mailed 9/15/17.  To avoid Turn Off Fees and disconnection, please pay your bill by Monday, September 25.
  • User Benefit Fees are due by September 29, 2017.
  • Register for e-Billing online or call Michele at 410-939-1800
  • Water/Sewer and Taxes can be paid online at haverdegracemd.com.  PIN’s are located on your bill and can also be changed online by request.

Department of Planning:

·         Five hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic during August and September, but hurricane season is far from over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone for your property.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X zones on a FIRM.

·         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.

·         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.

Department of Public Works:

 A busy time with Requests for Proposals for the following projects:

  • Camilla Street water line

  • City Yacht Basin dredging

  • Bridge Abutment Design for Joe K Trail

  • Concord Point Pond Restoration

  • Planning for a Traffic Study to examine intersection and by-pass lane entering Scenic Manor.
  • Drinking Water Quarterly Testing: The 4th quarter testing revealed excellent results.

Passing level is at 80 parts per billion.  Our results showed: 23.8ppb at the lowest and 43.3ppb at the highest.

·         BGE Gas Line Replacement Project – Phase 3 will begin this week.  Once the gas lines have been replaced, the sidewalks and roadbeds will be repaved.

·         Water Street – MDE approved engineers to perform soil borings.  Work to begin this week.

·         Curbside Collections – Making very positive strides with residents using trash cans with secure lids. The vast majority of residents are now following the City’s Code. For folks finding they may need more trash cans – Now is an excellent time to purchase Recycle Containers instead as the more you recycle, the less trash you will have.

·         Water & Sewer Connections- Year to date, there are 108 new connections.

·         Girl Scout Gold Project – A local Girl Scout will be working with DPW to create a video to demonstrate to our community how easy it is to recycle and how everyone benefits.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

  • Reminder:  Since fall is almost here 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 when it rains.

  • Stormwater Management personnel are working with some students to stencil some our storm drains reminding folks that anything entering our storm drain system flows to the Chesapeake Bay.

  • 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.

  • The City is progressing with plans for stormwater management facility retrofits/improvements.  Keep watching the updates for the improvements happening throughout the City.

Current requests for proposals:

  • Concord Point Park Pond Retrofit and Infiltration Facilities Construction
  • Pedestrian Bridge Abutment Design Over Lilly Run
  • DPW will be installing fencing surrounding the perimeter of the Burns Property of which 319 Lafayette St. will be the site of the Green Team’s Victory Garden.

SPOTLIGHT:  VETERAN’S PARK

            Located behind Citizen’s Care facility along Girard Street, this park is “healthy” in many respects.  The bioretention adjacent to Citizen’s Care parking lot serves to slow the rain on its way to the River while native plantings use and filter the rain.  The beautiful park setting is well planned to provide ample seating for respite and relaxation, as well as, modern outdoor exercise equipment for all to use as you amble along the pathways.

 

Office of Tourism:

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Presenting Princess Shaw” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 8pm

  • Tidewater Players present “The Marvelous Wonderettes” on September 22,23 & 24

Department of Economic Development 

  • Matrix America has been making extensive renovations and improvements to 613 Revolution Street and will soon be opening. The company has a niche business of repairing the specialty saws utilized in cutting concrete.
  • Harford County Business Appreciation Week, with Havre de Grace’s day Tuesday, September 19, brought recognition to Thymly Products, Inc., Washington Street Books and Music, Citizens Care and MacGregor’s Restaurant with a Business Appreciation Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. at MacGregor’s Restaurant for their 30th anniversary year.
  • The Brewery, Winery and Distillery Start-Up Seminar with Maryland Grow & Fortify will be at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Avenue, next week Tuesday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please register online in advance at www.growandfortify.com.

Havre de Grace Project Committee for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Breaks Ground at Concord Point in Havre de Grace, Md.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2017

 
September 11, 2017 the Havre de Grace Project Committee for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument held a ground-breaking ceremony at Concord Point Park.

The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will honor Gold Star Families, preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. The monument will be located at Concord Point near the lighthouse entrance to the promenade. When completed it will be the first of its kind in Harford County.

The City of Havre de Grace has committed $10,000 towards the completion of the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument.

“There is pain and sadness that never goes away for family members who lose a love one that is serving in the line of duty, whether it is a mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, husband or wife, this pain is forever,” said Mayor Martin, while speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony. “In Havre de Grace we take our patriotism and our respect for those who serve very seriously.”

Donations toward the monument can be made by cash or check, payable to MCL- Maryland Marines/GoldStar and mailed to 102 Tidewater Drive, Havre De Grace, MD 21078 or by credit card online at hwwmohf.org/havre-de-grace-md.html.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, September 11, 2017

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:

Week of Monday, September 11, 2017

 

Police Department:  

  • Avoid parking in posted no parking zones and yellow curbs or face being ticketed.  
  • When going to events at Harris Stadium, please use the parking lots at Havre de Grace High School located on Juniata St and Bourbon St, Congress Ave and Adams Street, or any available street parking.
  • The Havre de Grace Police will be proudly participating in a Trunk or Treat event at Somerset Manor October 28, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.! If you know of any other community groups who would like to participate, please have them contact Shannon Scott from the HdGHA at 410-939-2097 to reserve a spot.  
  • With it being hurricane season, please review https://www.ready.gov to prepare yourself for a disaster.  

 

Department of Finance:

  • Annual or 1st Half – Real Estate Taxes are Due September 30, 2017
  • Mayor, and Council passed a $1,000 personal property tax credit to all businesses starting July 1, 2017. Credit is applied automatically to bill.
  • Register for e-billing of Water/Sewer bills online or call Michele at 410-939-1800.
  • No Water and it’s after hours at City Hall? – Call the Water Treatment Plant at 410-939-1070 for assistance.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Camilla Street – Request for Bid has been reposted. The project consists of re-lining a 6″ water line pipe.
  • BGE Gaslines – The gasline replacement project is currently in Phase 2, with Phase 3 beginning next week. As roads and sidewalks are being disturbed to do the work, the end result will be well worth the inconvenience.
  • Curbside Collection Service – As the severe weather season is upon us, we give a round of applause to all residents who are using trash cans with secure lids for their weekly collections. The amount of trash being blown about or bags ripped open from animals will quickly subside with the “cans-only” practice. Just a reminder to all and for those new to the neighborhoods: All trash and trash bags must be in cans with tight-fitting lids to be collected.  

 

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

  • Reminder: Keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.
  • 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.
  • The City is progressing with plans for a couple stormwater management facility retrofits/improvements. Keep watching the updates for the improvements happening throughout the City.
  • 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:

  • After a summer break the Harford County Economic Advisory Board resumes their monthly meetings this Wednesday (September 13) at the University Center in Aberdeen. Havre de Grace Economic Development is represented on this board by Director Erika Quesenbery Sturgill. The presentation this month will be by Robin Luxon, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, for University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health.
  • Thursday, September 14 the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council, or NMTC, will hold Wine on the Water at La Banque de Fleuve on St. John Street in Havre de Grace.
  • Director Erika Quesenbery met with and welcomed two technology and defense businesses to Havre de Grace CAS-Tek, LLC, and StemRad Radiation Protection last Friday, September 8.
  • HDGOED will be in attendance for a new-product launch for the popular I-95 Business Magazine on Friday, September 15 in the afternoon.

 

  • HDGOED will hold a Business Appreciation Happy Hour at MacGregor’s Restaurant on Tuesday, September 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development will also host at Havre de Grace City Hall a Brewery, Winery & Distillery Startup Seminar on Tuesday, September 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Representatives from Maryland’s Grow and Fortify and the Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Wineries Association and the Maryland Distillers Guild will be on hand to present on numerous topics. Visit www.growandfortify.com to learn more and to register for this seminar that is open to the first 50 registrants.

Office of Tourism:

  • Havre de Grace Visitor Center is 15 years old! Visit us at 450 Pennington Ave. to learn more about all of the exciting adventures that await you in Havre de Grace. Our friendly staff of volunteers are full of information and can’t wait to share their stories with you.

 

  • September 14- Thursday Night Sailboat Races
  • September 16- Farmers Market at Hutchins Park
  • September 16- City-Wide Yard Sale
  • September 16 & 17- 11th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge   

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, September 4 , 2017.

  • City Hall will be closed September 4, 2017

 

Public Meetings:

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • The Water/Sewer Commission will meet Friday, September 8, 2017

 

Police Department: 

  • Do not drink and drive on this long holiday weekend. Officers will be aggressively looking for impaired driver.
  • School starts on Tuesday, please make sure you are looking for pedestrians in the cross walks.
  • With fall sports beginning, please follow parking rules at Harris Stadium and do not park on yellow curbs. You will be ticketed.

 

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:

  • Reminder: Keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.

 

  • 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.

Office of Tourism:

  • September 7- Thursday Night Sailboat Races
  • September 9- Farmers Market at Hutchins Park
  • September 9- 29th Annual Children’s Arts & Crafts Festival at Tydings Park. A fun filled day featuring entertainment for children under 12, hands-on crafts, scarecrow making and children’s art tent. Free admission
  • September 10- 7th Annual Blessing of the Animals & Pets Expo @ Tydings Park. Blessing of your pet, free gift with blessings. Pet-oriented vendors, face painting, children’s craft, Police K-9 demonstration, a fun-filled time with your pets!

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 14, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 14, 2017.

 

Office of The Mayor:

  • On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Mayor Martin received Christophe Buzzacaro a representative from the city of Le Havre, France and presented him a tour of our city. View Statement.

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  • Mayor William T. Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.

Police Department:


  • We are still accepting school supply donations until the beginning of the school year for the supply drive. Contact Cpl. Petz or PCO Kilgore at 410-939-2121 for further information.

  • Havre de Grace is a pedestrian friendly city! Look for pedestrians everywhere when driving. With the start of school approaching fast, stay focused and slow down where children may be present, like school zones and neighborhoods.


Department of Public Works:


  • The Camilla Street Water Main Rehabilitation RFP was advertised last Friday, 8/11.  There will be a pre bid meeting held 8/24/17 at 2:00 ​ pm in City Hall.  The bid opening will be 8/31/17.

  • Paving – BGE will be partnering with City of Havre de Grace to pave the roadways disturbed by the Gas Line Replacement Project.

  • Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades – old equipment has been removed.

  • K-9 Cody Park – a Little Free Library has been installed.

  • ​BULK collections – a suggestion to reducing the amount of items going to the landfill – consider contacting Purple Heart, take to Goodwill, donate to Habitat’s ReStore.


DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:


  • GIS-Based Mapping System – IT has loaded infrastructure into Beehive for better control and maintenance of the stormwater drainage system.  This system will be crucial to our reporting parameters as required by Maryland Department of the Environment.

 

  • The Division is preparing to send in proposals for a couple grant funding opportunities  for stormwater management following release of the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s request for proposal postings opening the grants.

 

  • The Green Team is looking into grant funding to install a Victory Garden on City property downtown along with an heirloom grape arbor restoration.  The Community Gardens help the City with stormwater management as rain barrels will be involved along with the right soil and vegetation for runoff handling.

 

  • 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.


Office of Tourism:

  • Grand opening week at the Cultural Center at the Opera House was a huge success!  Nearly every show was performed in front of a sold out audience.  Check out the show schedule for upcoming events and to purchase tickets.   hdgoperahouse.org

  • Tourism attended the Bel Air BBQ Bash promoting upcoming events in Havre de Grace.

  • We had 606 visitors to our Farmers Market on Saturday, August 12.