City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 6, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 6, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

Department of Administration:

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet this evening at 7:00 P.M.  View Agenda.
  • City Hall will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
  • At the beginning of 2017 The City of Havre de Grace installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station at David Craig Park.

  • Since being installed:
    • Average session length is 1 hour – 48 minutes
    • Positive impact to the environment: 121 kg of greenhouse-gas emissions has been avoided, which is like planting 4 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
    • Use of the charging station is cyclical, i.e. usage increases each month from June through September and declines in October.
    • Customer feedback has been great and what we had hoped for, “Went on a run via Lafayette trail today in good old Havre de Grace. Charge was great, got me about 3-4 kilowatts in 40 minutes.”

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 Leagueto highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The New Culture Center at The Opera House which opened on August 5, 2017 bringing high-quality entertainment to our area and region. #MGWMonth

 

  • #HdGProud

 

Police Department:

    • We had our November Safety Club, which was a major success. If you have a child in elementary school and live in Havre de Grace you’re welcome to come to Safety Club, which meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact any school in Havre de Grace and speak with the SRO for further information.

  • With the holidays coming up, please consider doing a residential or commercial crime prevention survey on your property. Contact Cpl Petz or PFC T. Adams at 410-939-2121 if you would like this done at no cost. These surveys will give you tips to make your home more secure and safe.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Bulk Collection- This a correction to a CTY message that was sent out on Friday November 3rd regarding bulk pick up. The CTY message stated that bulk pick up was suspended through the month of November. The Department of Public Works would like to correct that statement. Due to city hall being closed on Friday November 10th for Veteran’s Day and Friday November 24th for Thanksgiving, bulk pick up will not occur on those days. However, bulk pick up WILL take place on Friday November 17th. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and we urge our citizens to call with any questions.
  • Tydings Park Sidewalks – to ensure safety for all, a new handicap accessible sidewalk is being installed from the City Yacht Basin to the park grounds. You may have also noticed the old brick sidewalks have been replaced with stamped concrete.

  • Culvert Replacement Project  – Comer Construction  has been awarded the contract to replace the culvert at Canvasback Drive and Chapel Road.
  • Holiday Decorations – City employees are in the process of stringing thousands of lights, hanging banners and flags for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Recycling Containers – Residents who may be interested in getting the big, blue, commercial grade recycling containers from Waste Industries (WI) can make arrangements by calling WI directly at 410-457-0404.  The containers can be rented for $4.00 per month – you will be billed quarterly from WI.  There is a one time initial delivery fee of the container.  WI provides all maintenance and replacement of the container if it gets damaged through normal usage.​
  • Chapel Road Resurfacing Project – currently underway.  Work is being done by Harford County.

  • Lane Paving Project – Lodge Lane from Franklin St. to Fountain Street, and Linden Lane’s 800 block.
  • BGE Phase 2 – road paving and sidewalk construction is currently underway and may be completed within 3 weeks (weather permitting).

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.
  • A random collection of stormwater outfalls were tested this year for illicit discharge detection with none found to be out of compliance with national pollutant discharge regulations.
  • 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.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are displaying a show of color for us all!

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.
  • 167 Building Permits were applied for between July 1 and October 31, 2017, with the following breakdown –
    • New Construction  –  48  (includes Residential & Commercial)
    • Renovation / Additions  –  49  (includes Residential & Commercial, as well as Decks, Porches & Screen Rooms)
    • Other  –  70  (includes Sheds, Fences, Carports, Driveway/Curb Cuts, Construction Dumpsters, Signs, Solar Panels, U & O’s for New Businesses, Pools, Antenna Towers, Windows, Doors, Gas Fireplaces, Grading & Subdivision)

 

Department of Finance:

  • November Water/Sewer Bills were mailed on Friday, November 3, 2017 and are due November 30, 2017.
  • 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 bank’s 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:

  • Director Erika Quesenbery will be representing Havre de Grace at the quarterly meeting for Maryland Main Street, including on the planning committee Monday, November 6, and all day Tuesday, November 7. The meetings rotate between State Designated Main Street communities, with the Fall 2017 meeting being held in Thurmont.
  • The Route 40 Business Association Luncheon will be held Wednesday, November 8, at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40 in Havre de Grace.
  • The Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce will host their Prayer Breakfast this Thursday, November 9, at Silks Restaurant.
  • The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coakley’s Pub on St. John’s Street, Thursday, November 9. The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development, which signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for the American Express Small Business Saturday Promotion, November 25, will bring swag bags to merchants participating in the Downtown Merchants Association Meeting as provided at no cost by American Express.

Office of Tourism:

  • Saturday, November 11- Veteran’s Day Observances will take at Tydings Park, please join the American Legion at 11 am in recognition of our veterans.
  • Farmers Market will continue until Saturday November 18th at Hutchins Park
  • Saturday, November 18- Tickets on sale now for The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast!  This is a community gathering to support local nonprofits.  Enjoy oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, fried oysters, homemade oyster stew, MD crab soup, old bay wings, bbq ribbies, beef, turkey and country smoked ham on the pit, sauerkraut & kielbasa, beef BBQ, salads, sides, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, vegetables and dip, desserts, can beer, wine, soda and coffee.  Tickets are available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.


Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Tidewater Players are in rehearsal for Beauty & the Beast opening on November 17th!

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 30, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 30, 2017

  • The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council Meeting, located at 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD on November 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 995 which concerns itself with an incentive program for the conversion of multi-family dwellings and/or offices back to single family dwellings in designated geographic areas. A copy of proposed Ordinance 995 is available for review at City Hall and has been placed on the website at www.havredegracemd.com
  • The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council Meeting, located at 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD on November 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 994 which concerns itself with City Code Chapter 140 Property Maintenance. A copy of proposed Ordinance 994 is available for review at City Hall and has been placed on the website at www.havredegracemd.com

Police Department:

  • Officers participated in a Trunk or Treat for the Havre de Grace Housing Authority. This Trunk or Treat was open to the public and the theme was drug avoidance/awareness.

  • Tuesday is Halloween, officers will be patrolling residential areas during trick or treating, please make sure to use sidewalks and use lights to avoid falling in costumes.
  • If you would like an officer to speak with your group/club/HOA please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 to set it up!  
  • If you know where illegal drug activity is occurring in Havre de Grace please use this link to report the activity. Havre de Grace Police Drug Tip Page

Department of Public Works:

  • Construction on Canvasback Drive culvert to convene in two weeks from October 30, 2017.
  • Milling and overlay of Chapel Road to begin October 30, 2017.
  • BGE will continue to mill and overlay City Roads this week.
  • Upgrades to the Tydings Parks Phase One continues to move forward with a completion of work by the end of November.

  • DPW will begin installing Christmas lights throughout the City starting this week October 30, 2017.  
  • Chapel Road and Ohio Street intersection – right only after October 31, 2017.  

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 Finance:

  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 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:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is proud to report that the Havre de Grace Main Street program has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Community Legacy Program in support of City’s Façade Improvement Program. The grant request was written by HDGOED and now that 2018 funds have  been awarded by the State of Maryland, businesses within the Main Street District can apply for façade improvement funds with the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.
  • There will be a free presentation at the Havre de Grace Library on Saturday, November 4, from 2 to 5 p.m., entitled The Great War: A Conflict that Changed the World. Known as World War I to later generations the Great War had a tremendous impact upon world economies and this insightful program will prove quite interesting to historians of local, regional and world history.
  • HDGOED, as managers of the Havre de Grace Main Street designation with the State of Maryland will be attending the Quarterly Meeting of Maryland Main Street communities in Thurmont, MD, November 6 and 7.
  • A special presentation is being made at the Bel Air Public Library at 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., on Monday, November 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Harford County’s Medal of Honor recipient Alfred B. Hilton who lived at Gravel Hill, Havre de Grace. This is a free program that is certain to prove very interesting to Havre de Gracians.
  • Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25, and we encourage you to make plans to shop our outstanding selection of Havre de Grace shops, boutiques and restaurants. HDGOED recently received a large shipment of swag for Small Business Saturday from American Express and the only way you can get your freebies is at a participating Downtown Havre de Grace business!
  • Don’t forget the always popular (and sold out) Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce Prayer Breakfast is coming up on Thursday, November 9 at Silks Restaurant. Tickets are $20 per person and are going quickly.

Office of Tourism:

  • Happy Halloween!  We hope you have been enjoying the Havre de Grace 10 days of Halloween!
  • Havre de Grace Halloween Parade-  Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm.  The HdG Recreation Committee has been hosting the parade for over 30 years.  Meet at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Ave, dressed in costume, to register for the parade and contest.
  • Farmers Market will continue under the big white tent in Hutchins Park until the end of November.  
  • La Banque de Fleuve and Swan Harbor Farm will hold bridal open houses this Saturday, November 4.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

Horror Week:

  • Havre de Grace High School Theatre Productions presents Voices from the heart and from the souls: Letters/ Selections from “Spoon River Anthology” on Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4 at 7:30pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 23, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 23, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • Statement from Mayor William T. Martin regarding the resignation of council member Steve Gamatoria.
    At the Monday, October 16, 2017 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.  View Full Statement
  • The City of Havre de Grace would like to recognize the 2017 Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame inductees Mr. Erick Stone, Dr. Louis Silverstein, Mr. Alex Spooner, and Mrs. Mary Sampson. Members of the Havre de Grace Hall of Fame are alumni selected once a year through nomination for their distinct and honorable dedication to our city. 

    • The Department of Public Works installed a new water fountain at Concord Point.   The new water fountain is ADA compliant & features a station to fill up water bottles & two other stations for people & pets to drink from.

  • On Thursday, October 19, 2017 Mayor Martin participated in the Havre de Grace Homecoming parade and attended the game afterwards – which the Warriors won 28-21 in Overtime.

  • On Friday, October 20, 2017 Mayor Martin volunteered at the Carnival on the Chesapeake.  The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank the Independence Day Commission and their team of volunteers for putting on this successful community event.  We would also like to thank the Department of Public Works and Police Department for their services.  

  • On Sunday, October 22, 2017 Mayor Martin attended an open house for Always in Grace Assisted Living located at 806 South Union Avenue.

Department of Administration:

  • At the Monday, October 16, 2017 City Council meeting the Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation gave an update and overview of the project.

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • The Cecil-Harford Chapter of MML met and discussed the Opioid Crisis in both counties. CM Worrell serves as VP and Shyla Scott serves as the Secretary Treasurer for the Chapter. More than 50 elected officials and representatives from the surrounding counties attended the meeting.


Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update.
Crews have finished pouring concrete near the playground and will begin installing a handicap walkway connecting the park to the restrooms and The Promenade Grille.

Police Department:

  • It is Red Ribbon week where we encourage the youth to live above the influence and avoid drugs. Red Ribbon Week runs from October 23rd to -October 31st.
  • The Havre de Grace Police will be participating in a Trunk or Treat at October 28th 5-7pm at 101 Stansbury Ct, Havre de Grace.  Free and Open to All!
  • Please be extra cautious to pedestrian foot traffic while driving due to many special events and trick or treating these upcoming weeks.
  • Havre de Grace Police will be participating at Trunk or Treat event at Lorien Bulle Rock Monday, October 30th at 6:30 pm, this event open to the public!

Department of Public Works:

  • Drainage issue at crosswalk at Union Ave and Fountain Street will be addressed by State Highway within the next few weeks.
  • I.T. is working on installing fiber optic cable for internet service at WWTP and DPW yard.  
  • Tydings Park Improvements: Handicap swing reinstalled/repaired.  
  • Chapel Road/Ontario St. – New traffic pattern will go into effect this week.
  • Crack sealing will begin again – weather permitting.
  • BGE Gas Line Project – final paving and sidewalk for Phase II – beginning this week.
  • Pushing the need for residents to recycle: The Department of Public Works continues to stress the cost savings for its citizens to increase their recycling rates.  We are working to get this accomplished through community outreach.
  • Greenway Farm: Signage added, potholes filled, bridge work completed.
  • Burns Property/ Moore Homestead – split rail fence has been installed.

Lane Paving Projects – Mill and Overlay to begin this fall.

Lanes to be milled and overlayed include:

  • Lodge Lane – Franklin to Pennington (2 blocks), Giles to Commerce (1 block), and Pennington to Congress (1 block).
  • Strawberry Lane – Girard to Revolution (1 block)
  • Centennial Lane – Warren to Franklin (1 block), Congress to Bourbon (1 block)
  • Freedom Lane – Warren to Pennington (3 blocks), Revolution to Lewis (1 block)
  • Linden Lane – Legion to Juniata (1 block)

 

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.
  • Repair work on the stormwater pipe will be commencing this week on Canvasback Drive near Teal Court in Grace Harbor.  Expect traffic delays in this area during this repair
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are beginning to display a show of color for us all!  
  • City Web-site: A REPORT Button has been added to City Webpage to enable citizens to report illicit discharges into stormdrains.

 

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 Finance:

  • Please Do Not Put Cash In The City Hall Drop Box!
  • Water/Sewer Disconnections will be Tuesday October 24, 2017. 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.
  • 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.

Office of Tourism:

Havre de Grace 10 days of Halloween!

  • October 27 & 28- Havre De Grace Haunts Tours and Paranormal Research, phantom footsteps of the Lafayette tour!
  • The Lock House Museum will have treats and surprises for their younger visitors on Saturday and Sunday October 28 & 29.
  • Saturday October 28- American Legion will host a Halloween costume party from 8pm- midnight.
  • Sunday, October 29- Trick or Treating at the Downtown Businesses in Havre de Grace- look for balloons to locate participating stores
  • The Concord Point Lighthouse will host their annual Howl-o-ween Tails and Treats from 1-5 on Sunday October 29.  Fun for your pets and children.
  • The Decoy Museum will host “Carve & Candy”.  Carve or paint a pumpkin with a carver, explore the Museum while trick or treating, bob for apples, and enjoy a variety of other children’s activities.
  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House will be hosting a Horror Film Series from October 23 through October 28.  On October 28 Wind Up Toy (Alice Cooper Tribute Band) will be performing.
  • The Havre de Grace Library will host Tuesday Trivia on October 24 and Ghibli Fest Japanese Animation Studio on October 26.   Paint your Pumpkins on October 28 during the day and return in the evening for Humans vs. Zombies Nerf War…and don’t forget to Trick or Treat at your Library on October 31 during library hours.
  • The Havre de Grace Parks and Recreation committee will host their annual Halloween Parade on Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm.  Meet at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Ave. dressed in costume.
  • Trick or treating in Havre de Grace will be on Tuesday October 31 from 6-8pm.

Happy Halloween!

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast – November 18, 2017
    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.  Tickets proceeds benefit local non-profits.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 410-939-2100

 

For more details visit our website explorehavredegrace.com

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

Horror Week:

  • “Ed Wood” (film) on Monday, October 23 at 8pm
  • “Night of the Living Dead” (film) on Tuesday, October 24 at 8pm
  • “Rosemary’s Baby” (film) on Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm
  • “The Babadook” (film) on Thursday, October 26 at 8pm
  • “Nightmare on Elm Street” (film) on Friday, October 27 at 8pm
  • Wind Up Toy (Alice Cooper Tribute Band) on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm
  • “Phantom of the Paradise” (film) on Saturday, October 28 at Midnight

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 21, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 21, 2017.

Office of the Mayor:

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Mayor Martin met with the Havre de Grace Alliance to discuss new ways of promoting business and economic development.  
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Mayor Martin attended the groundbreaking ceremony of The Yard at Coakley’s Pub.

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 Mayor Martin attended:
    • The 54th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show.
    • The Havre de Grace Green Team Picnic held at Hutchins Park.
    • The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Artist Emporium located at 220 N. Washington St.  

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

 

Public Meetings:

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 The Mayor and City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m.

 

  • Friday, September 8, 2017 The Water/Sewer Commission will meet at 3:00 p.m.

 

Police Department:

  • With today being the solar eclipse, please don’t wear your eclipse viewing glasses while driving. Also, do not use your phone to take photos of the eclipse while driving.

 

  • With school starting, walkers make sure you are using crosswalks and looking both ways before crossing the street.

 

  • When we have heavy rain, please avoid areas that are prone to flooding. If you come across water that is high alert the Havre de Grace Police and turn around and use an alternative route.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Final touches at Tydings Park being completed this week for the all-access playground.

 

  • A new water fountain is being installed at Tydings Park this week.

 

  • City crews have been busy taking care of the city after Friday’s harsh rainstorm. Downed tree limbs, gravel displacement, clogged storm drains have presented a busy time for city staff.

 

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

 

 

  • 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 Finance:

  • Having trouble paying your real or personal property taxes? The City will accept monthly payments to help ease your burden. Penalties still apply to any unpaid balance after the due date.

 

  • Water and Sewer turn offs will be next week, on Tuesday 8/29/17. Please pay by Monday to avoid the $50 fee and having your water turned off.

 

  • Register for e-billing online or call Michele at (410) 939-1800 to register or with any water and sewer billing questions.

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development has partnered with Maryland Grow and Fortify to host an informational seminar at Havre de Grace City Hall Tues., Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the Craft Brewery Movement in Maryland. The seminar will present information to interested brewers and producers regarding state programs and assistance for not only breweries but distillers, with information available about opportunities for same in the City of Havre de Grace. Grow & Fortify will be sending out information on the workshop in the near future but those who are interested in the seminar and being on the attendance of only 50 persons may contact Erika Quesenbery Sturgill, Director of HDG Economic Development at erikaq@havredegracemd.com or 410-939-1800 ext. 1175.

 

  • The Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board held a unique monthly meeting Wed., August 16, by touring Thymly Products on Juniata Street, with President Trey Muller-Thym and Supply Chain Manager Vince Reynolds. Thymly Products is a bakery supply business that will be marking 50 years in business this year.

 

  • Tideway Dermatology has relocated from their South Union Avenue offices to a greatly expanded location on Revolution Street. Dr. David Jaffe specializes in medical and surgical treatment of all conditions pertaining to the skin, hair and nails, and his office has been elected by his physician peers for inclusion in Best Doctors from 2001 to 2004, 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2014. The new office is at 930 Revolution Street and opened officially Thursday, August 17, at 8 a.m.

 

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is working in cooperation with the Harford County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation Week in Harford County September 18 to 23. Havre de Grace businesses will be recognized on Tuesday, September 19, with the day capped off with the 2nd Annual Business Appreciation Happy Hour also slated, with details to follow in coming weeks.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • The 54th Annual Havre de Grace Arts Show was held at Tydings Park on Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20.  The event was a huge success and with over 100 vendors selling their art on display.
  • August 24- Thursday Night Sailboat Races
  • August 24- Thursday Night live  Re-Live the Beatles At The Cultural Center at The Opera House
  • August 26- Farmers Market
  • August 26- All-Access Playground at Tydings Park Celebration

 

Job Openings:
Police Captain-  Click here to view job description.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • I95 Business published a feature on Mayor Martin and the City of Havre de Grace titled “Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin Values Past, Eyes Future” – Read Article

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Mayor Martin attended National Night Out.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House.

  • Sunday, August 6, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a US Lighthouse Service Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony for Lighthouse Keeper John O’ Neil.

  • Mayor 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.

 

Public Meetings:  

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  View Agenda.

 

Public Works:

 

  • BGE and the City of Havre de Grace will partner to repave the streets that have been impacted by the gas line replacement project.  This project will begin the end of this month.

  • We are preparing to have the City Yacht Basin area dredged.  Dredging removes the accumulated silt which flows into the basin from upriver into our waterways.  A Request for Proposal for this work will be going out this week.

  • A reminder: Your Trash must be placed in cans for collection.  Trash cannot be set out in bags only.  The bags must be in a can for both health and safety reasons.  Recycles must be placed loosely in containers.  No plastic bags to hold your recycles.

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

Things You Can Do To Protect Maryland’s Water Quality

Citizens’ Tips for Keeping a Clean Environment

1. Report any dumping of inappropriate materials into stormwater drains (such as oil, antifreeze) to your local municipal officials.  410-939-1800

2. Use good housekeeping practices with lawn care chemicals, oil, gasoline, pet wastes, etc.

3. Help to start or participate in programs to recycle and safely dispose of used oils and household hazardous wastes and containers.

4. Tell others about pollution runoff and storm water runoff and what they can do to help.

5. Plant trees, shrubs and ground cover to protect bare soil and reduce runoff.

6. Create a “rain garden” to keep rain water in your yard to replenish plants.

7. Try composting to recycle yard wastes and reduce fertilizer use.

8. Find alternatives to the chemicals you use on your lawn.

Department of Economic Development:  

 

  • August 6 to 12 is National Farmers Market Week. Many small businesses get their start at a farmers market and those who are ready to make the transition to the next level can get help through the Small Business Administration by contacting the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.

  • The Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board is working with the Harford County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation Week September 18, with Havre de Grace business visitation on Tuesday., September 19. More details are to follow for this day of recognizing the importance of our local businesses as employers, drivers of our economy and community supporters.

  • The Route 40 Business Association is kicking off their 30th year of serving businesses in the Route 40 corridor. They will be hosting the Fore Our Kids Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 18, at Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen. Visit www.route40business.com for details.

  • Artists Emporium at 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Artists Emporium is the largest privately owned gallery in Maryland.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1911 –  Calbraith Perry “Cal” Rodgers of Havre de Grace took a 90-minute flying lesson from Orville Wright and received his pilot’s license, the 49th ever awarded.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1912 – Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein, a heavy investor in the Havre de Grace Racetrack known as “The Graw,” dropped in to check on progress. Opening day was swiftly approaching when Rothstein stopped in, scheduled for August 24, 1912.

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Friday, August 4 marked the 4th First Fridays of 2017 by having record numbers in attendance enjoying eight bands; a live performance on our “Grace Got Talent Stage” by the Havre de Grace Recreation Dancers, our new Kids Zone with Free Games, over 100 food and merchandise vendors, outdoor cafe seating, and local shops keeping their doors open late. A great time was had by all! Be sure to join us next month for another First Friday community event on September 1 to kick off our Fish, Fowl and Folk weekend!
  • August 5- Elected officials, private donors, and members of the Havre de Grace community gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera house. After a cocktail hour, the black-tie affair continued with a ribbon cutting by the Mayor  welcoming everyone to the second floor of the historic building. Technicolor Motor Home entertained the crowd followed by several speakers sharing the history of the building and thanking those who were responsible for making this dream a reality!
  • August 6-12 Grand Opening Week! Join in on the fun-filled festivities during the Grand Opening Week of the Cultural Center at the Opera House-beginning Sunday August 6th. Visit www.ohhdg.org for tickets.   Tonight is an Evening with Cab Calloway at 8 p.m., tomorrow The Monkey Man Variety Show, the children’s movie Paddington is at 11 a.m. on August 9, with Hush down performing Wednesday night at 9 p.m., EJ Zimmerman is August 10, Hot Club Baltimore on August 11 and the Sicilian Tenors August 12 with Colin Sorgi on August 13.

 

 

  • Havre de Grace Visitor’s Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers that love the City of Havre de Grace. Several openings are available. Free training is provided. If you are interested, please contact Lauri O. or Bonnie at Visitors Center 410-939-2100.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 31, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, July 31, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Friday, July 28, 2017 Mayor Martin and Director of Economic Development Erika Quesenbery congratulated Crazy Eights Hair Salon on reaching their 25th anniversary.

Police Department:

  • Tuesday, August 1st is National Night Out. Neighbors can put their porch lights on to support the police and say hi if they see us out and about.

  • We will be collecting school supplies at the police station to give to students in need. Contact PCO Mia Kilgore at 410-939-2121 for more information.  The Havre de Grace Police Department is located at 715 Pennington Ave.

  • Please lock your vehicles and bring valuables inside to make your property less desirable to thieves.

 

Department of Finance:  

  • July water/sewer bills are due today July 31, 2017

  • The City’s Independent Financial Audit begins today July 31, 2017.

 

Department of Economic Development:  

  • Hard to believe but MacGregor’s Restaurant & Deck Bar has been serving delicious food, beverages, fun and music for 30 years! A celebration of all things MacGregor’s was held Saturday, July 22, with a 1987 throwback pricing menu ALL week, drink specials, live music, giveaways, and in keeping with the name, a bagpiper! If you didn’t make it out for all the fun, festivities and food, visit soon to celebrate 30 years and counting 1987-2017 at 331 St. John Street, Havre de Grace.

 

Office of Tourism:  

  • Lachelle and Chris Scarlato hosted a dinner cruise on the New Black Eyed Susan Riverboat for the Visitor Center Volunteers on Saturday July 29. If anyone would like more information on the Black Eyed Susan, stop by the Visitor Center and ask one of our volunteers about their wonderful experience.  The Havre de Grace Visitor Center is located at 450 Pennington Ave.

  • 2,800 people attended the Havre de Grace Farmers Market during the month of July.

  • The Tourism E-Newsletter will be emailed this week. Click here to subscribe.

 

 

Department of Public Works:

  • The City’s water  distribution line on Camilla Street from Otsego Street will be re-lined and refurbished.  The Request for Proposal to hire a contractor will be going out this week.

  • The Water Plant will be undergoing upgrades.  The Request for Proposal for a contractor will be going out within the next four weeks.

  • BGE and the City of Havre de Grace will partner to repave the streets that have been impacted by the gas line replacement project.

  • A reminder to all residents to make sure your trash is placed in a can for collection.  Trash cannot be set out in bags only.  The bags must be in a can for both health and safety reasons.  Recycles must be placed loose in containers.  No plastic bags to hold your recycles.

 

Event Related Road Closures:

First Fridays – Friday August 4, 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, August 4, 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 Avenue will remain open at all times (crossing guards will be present).

·         St. John Street:  Closed from Franklin Street to Green Street.

 

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

  • Stormwater Management continues to map the stormwater infrastructure throughout the City in order to better track runoff and maintain the storm drain system. There are many projects on the horizon to improve stormwater handling.

 

Opera House Update:

 

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  • Stage lighting was installed in the Opera House over the weekend.

  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House will open Sunday, August 6, 2017.

  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House has a seating capacity of 203.

City Improvements:

  • Ten new recycling containers have been placed throughout the city.

  • Four new bicycle racks have been installed throughout the city.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 24, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, July 24, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Mayor Martin attended the Downtown Merchants Association meeting to discuss new ways to develop and promote our city.

Legislative Updates:

The City Council approved the following resolutions at the July 17, 2017 City Council Meeting.

  • A Resolution concerning Enterprise Zone (Council Member Robertson)

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE AND CITY CHARTER SECTION 34 SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT TO THE ENTERPRISE ZONE DESIGNATION WITH THE ADDITION OF FOUR PROPERTIES RESULTING IN A ONE POINT TWO (1.2) PERCENT INCREASE IN THE EXISTING ZONE, WHICH IS CURRENTLY 9,606 ACRES.  View Resolution

  • A Resolution concerning an MOU with the HDG Alliance, Inc.  (Council President Glenn)

A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, PURSUANT TO SECTION 34 OF THE CITY CHARTER AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AMENDED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE HAVRE DE GRACE ALLIANCE, INC. TO OUTLINE THE COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE HAVRE DE GRACE ALLIANCE, INC.  View Resolution

Police Department:

  • Citizens please lock your vehicles and bring your valuables inside. There has been a recent rash of vehicle break-ins.

  • The first week of safety camp has concluded. Click here to watch video highlights

  • Reminder on the extremely hot days the library is a cooling station.

  • In the summer, we see more bicycle thefts so please use a lock. Also take photos of your bike and serial number to have for your records.

Department of Public Works:

  • The Department has seen an INCREASE in Recycling by the residents of the City!  The one challenge our contractor Waste Industries is having is the cans are not clearly marked.  We urge everyone to mark your container in any one of the following ways:

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  • BGE will continue working around the City replacing the gas mains and gas services.  Expect road closures in some cases.

Division of Stormwater Management:

  • GIS-Based Mapping System – Stormwater Management continues to have the infrastructure mapped for better control and maintenance of the stormwater drainage system.  Nearly all the features have been mapped and inspected and the system simplifies the reporting/maintenance process by ensuring the features are maintained/serviced as needed within a viable schedule.

  • If anyone notices someone dumping into a storm drain please notify City Hall at 410-939-1800, ext. 1128.  Anything going into the drains except for stormwater is illicit.

  •  When periods of heavy rain occur be assured  Emergency Responders and Public Works are cognizant of flooding issues and will address resulting hazards.

Department of Planning:

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Acting Director Erika Quesenbery met with the Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association at Coakley’s Pub and heard great details on the September Pyrex Fest by JoRetro, bigger and even better than the one held in April – details will be made public soon.

  • The Havre de Grace Department of Economic Development has, once again, registered as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday, which is on November 25, 2017 this year. Information on promotional opportunities and activities as best practices from other areas across the country was shared with participating Downtown Merchants Association businesses at a recent meeting.

  • WHGM Radio Smash Hits has promoted Justin Mallow, the morning on-air personality, to operation’s management, and he presented information to the Association on the station moving into its new headquarters on Union Avenue.

  • The Department of Economic Development submitted five grant/loan assistance applications to Maryland Historic Trust for review for the facade and tenant fit out programs. More details on these programs are available at the Office of Economic Development in City Hall or by emailing Erika Quesenbery at erikaq@havredegracemd.com

  • The CAT Club (Citizens Against Trash) did an outstanding job planting the various planters in downtown Havre de Grace. They have also set up a schedule for watering and tending them as volunteers, and added small signs encouraging CAT Club membership and participation.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • Wednesday, July 26- Summer Concert Series at the Maritime Museum from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. View More Info.

  • Thursday, July 27- Kids Summer Story Time at the Maritime Museum from 10:15 a.m – 12:00 p.m.  View More Info.

  • Thursday, July 27- Thursday Night Sailboat Race starting at 6:15 p.m.  View More Info.

  • Friday, July 28- Summer Concerts in the Park at Tydings Park starting at 7:30 p.m.  View More Info.

  • Saturday, July 29- Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.  View More Info.

Little Free Libraries:

  • The City has installed it’s  7th Little Free Library at K9 Cody Dog Park located behind the Community Center at 100 Lagaret Ln. View Press Release.