City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday July 9, 2018.

City of Havre de Grace
Weekly Briefing Week of Monday July 9, 2018.

Mayor’s Office:

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Governor Larry Hogan for coming to Havre de Grace last evening and celebrating First Fridays with us.
Governor Hogan, led by Mayor Martin through our Arts and Entertainment District, was impressed to see the greatest parts of our city, including The Culture Center at The Opera House, the American Legion, live entertainment (including Governor Hogan participating in a drum circle) and most importantly, the opportunity to meet several of our volunteers and artists who make our city thrive.

Department of Public Works:

• Thanks to a grant the Green Team has been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there is a new pollinator garden on the site of 319 Lafayette Street. The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install, which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
• Plant Smart – Use native plants in your landscape that grow here naturally and have adapted to Maryland’s climate and soil. Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Database There are many sources for finding the perfect native plant selection to enhance your landscape and help improve the drainage.
•WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
•A DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum will begin shortly.
•Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.

PARKS:

•New sod to beautify Tydings Park has been established in areas.
•Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule, and permits will be issued in July.
•Pickle Ball courts are under construction at Tydings Park.

WATER:
•The construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street is in the final stages of completion.

SEWER:
•The City is seeking funding (RAD) to replace the aging sewer line and improve service on Warren Street from Stokes Street to Union Avenue.

CURRENT RFPs:
•The following projects are currently out for bid:
Water Treatment Plant Phase II Improvements
2018 Resurfacing
Engineering Services Design Repair of Intake Pipes
Engineering Services Traffic Impact Study

Summer Student Workers joined our team this week and will be here for the next several weeks. They will be assisting with many projects within the department.

DPW Crews are currently working on the following:
– Blacktopping at: Lewis Street at Strawberry Lane, Lewis Lane Extension – 3
areas
– Concrete Work – Sidewalk pads replaced at 400 block of S. Washington Street
– Sinkhole Repair – Revolution Street at Washington Street
– Weeding – at all City Parks
– Watering the sod at Tydings Park – daily
– Fire Hydrant Replacement Project at Juniata & Bourbon Street
– Sewer Maintenance – involves flushing lines to prevent backups – all around
town.

Department of Planning:

We are officially into the 2018 hurricane season. Several communities across the state have experienced devastating floods just from our recent spring rains. Please keep storm drains clear of leaves, debris, and grass clippings. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information. FEMA’s flood insurance is available to anyone, including renters, even if you are not in a mapped flood zone. You may also call Marisa Willis or Shane Grimm, (410) 939-1800, if you have any questions on the Special Flood Hazard Areas within the City.

The most effective method of controlling mosquitoes is reducing or eliminating the containers which are the source of the problem. Draining or removal of water holding containers, even on a localized basis, will produce remarkable long-term reductions in mosquito annoyance. The list of breeding sites is extensive and includes any water holding containers, but the primary sites in residential areas include clogged rain gutters, tires, buckets, cans, bottles, boats, flower pots, bird baths, outdoor statuary, ornamental pools, plastic or canvas tarpaulins, children’s toys, rain barrels, and pet food and water dishes.

Department of Economic Development:

Signs of the season downtown
The City of Havre de Grace Independence Day celebrations brought large crowds to the City for the parade and fireworks. It also seems to have brought a number of new signs in windows – from building permits to “coming soon,” to expansions for various businesses. To keep track of all that’s going on the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development has compiled the following to look for:
• Expansion of Coakley’s Pub with the opening of The Yard at 406 St. John Street, check out the patio and new overhang
• Flawless Fotos Photography has opened at 327 St. John Street
• Nails by Nikki at 425 St. John Street is coming soon
• Did you notice the building permit in the window at 320 St. John Street – work is progressing nicely – details to follow
• It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a few minor repairs can do as evidenced on the façade of the former State Theater at 325 St. John Street
• During the Independence Day Parade the proprietors of Natural Geometry set up a tent for a sneak peek at their offers at 324 N. Union Avenue
• The sign is up for an old favorite to be new to you again in the form of George’s Famous Chicken at 109 N. Washington Street, we’re looking forward to it!
• Cornerstone Liquors at 419 N. Union Avenue opened over the Independence Day Celebration weekend to a host of new customers who reported themselves delighted with the shop
• Bring the little ones out to enjoy the new City Playroom at 102 N. Washington street, now open
• Keep your eyes on the corner of Union Avenue and Franklin Street for the new and greatly expanded offerings available through ION Massage and Moon & Sea Creations
• Get ye down to the water to marvel at the beautiful Schooner Martha White operated by Working Sail Benefit, LLC., offering private charters, full or half day excursions and more just off the shore at Concord Point Park

Manage finances for your small business
The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development is offer free advice from experts on Accounting and Bookkeeping on Wed., July 18, at 6 p.m. The program on how to manage your small business finances is one of a series. The next will be on August 22 on Small Business Taxes. The program is free but please register to lmkrysiak@harfordcountymd.gov

Upcoming Events:
Tues., July 17 – The Daily Record Path to Excellence, The Liriodendron, Bel Air, 5-7p
Wed., July 18- Havre de Grace EDAB Meeting, 4 p.m., City Hall
Wed., July 18 – Tawes Crab Feast in Crisfield 8a-4p
Wed., July 18 – Transportation management Association Meeting, 11a-12:30 p., HCOCED
Thurs., July 19 – Maryland Environmental Business Leadership Conference, 8a-4p, Annapolis
Sun., July 22 – Beginners Basket Weaving @ Steppingstone Farm Museum, HDG, 1 p.m.
Mon., July 23 – MEDA Basic Economic Development Course, Baltimore (7/23-7/26)
Mon., July 23 – Hearing by MD-DHCD and HUD on MD’s Consolidated Plan, 7p, Towson
Tues., July 24 – MEDA Summer Conference, Elkton, on breweries, 5 p.m.
Wed., July 25 – MEDA Summer Conference, Elkton, 9a-4p

Week of June 25th- Test Borings for new Rail Bridge

Public Service Announcement
June 20, 2018

 

This public service announcement is to alert residents about activity in the area of Juniata and Otsego Street and Union Ave.

A contractor will be performing geotechnical borings for the planned railroad alignment through Havre de Grace starting the week of June 25th.  This will take place largely between Juniata Street and Otsego/Union Avenue at the waterfront, but some will occur in the area of Lewis Lane.  Many of these borings will be performed at night on the high-rail itself, when train traffic is reduced. 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing, Week of May 9 ,2018

City of Havre de Grace
Weekly Briefing Week of May 9, 2018

 

Police Department:

 

  • Above the Influence is an alcohol and drug education program targeted to youth in grades 6-12. Based on the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, Harford County’s Above the Influence program is inspired by surveys from local teens, revealing details about their lives and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions.

The goal of the program is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences by learning refusal skills. Making youth aware of the influences around them better prepares them to face situations including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. Above the Influence helps teens make their own decisions based on different perspectives and the latest facts – without being told how to run their lives – to live Above the Influence.

 

Please register at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/above-the-influence–2138933…

 

  • QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

 

  • Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

This training session will be for kids in the middle school and high school.

First Session

  • May 11th the first will be for our HdG High School Students and it will run from 2:30 to 4pm please register on the below link and we can only have 30 students for this session. http://events.eventzilla.net/e/qpr-certification-2138934492

Second Sessions

May 11th the first will be for our HdG Middle Students and any other middle or high students in the area and it will run from 4:30 to 6pm please register on the below link and we can only have 30 students for this session. http://events.eventzilla.net/e/qpr-certification-2138934491

  • We are at First Friday’s! Come down and say hello! We will be selling Torch Run shirts on behalf of Special Olympics Maryland at each First Friday until we are sold out. We also have prescription drug disposal kits to give out for free. These kits render prescriptions drugs safe for disposal in your home trash.

Department of Public Works:

 

  • Blacktopping and pothole repairs are our focus this week. You will see the improvements on Kathryn Way, Heather Way, Hall Court to name a few. We will be moving onto Snowgoose Ct. and Mallard Ct. this week or next as time permits.
  • Eighty students from Havre de Grace Elementary planted 100 trees with Public Works in Todd Park on April 27, 2018 in the rain and chilly temps! Thanks to all for a job well done!  Truly super troopers enduring the elements!
  • The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street set to begin on May 18th. Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site which has been marked out and soon will be planted..  The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
  • The City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit has been issued.

WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!

  • The City will be accepting bids submitted by May 17th at 2:00 p.m. for the design/construction of a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home. A rain barrel or conservation planting is perfect for this time of year.  For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.

 

PARKS:

  • The City accepted bids on April 26th for the design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House. The project work will be awarded this week.  The City has proposed this project for consideration as a grant request.
  • Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule and permits will be issued by June.

WATER:

  • Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower will be re-advertised for bid.
  • The City has issued a notice to proceed for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street with construction beginning the end of May.
  • Construction is underway on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street with an expected completion date by the end of May.
  • A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will be posted on the website and advertised within the week.

Department Of Finance:

  • Spring is finally here!! Now is a good time to check your home for water leaks.  Small faucet drips and leaking toilets can increase your bill significantly.  Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • Tax Sale Advertising will begin May 23, 2018 in The Aegis. Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.  Last day, to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be June 18, 2018.
  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
  • When making tax or water/sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay. If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com. Click on e-Billing Registration

Department of Planning:

  • Please remember, the owner or occupant of any property is responsible for cutting grass in the City right-of-way that abuts their property (City Code, Chapter 140, Section 140-2). Do not blow cut grass into the City streets.
  • To help prevent excess flooding, please be sure storm drains are free of leaves and other debris. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information. You may also call Marisa Willis or Shane Grimm, (410) 939-1800,  if you have any questions on the Special Flood Hazard Areas within the City.
  • Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, as needed, at 6:30 pm at Havre de Grace City Hall. In addition, Board of Appeals hearings are held on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, as needed, with required public notification in local newspapers and property postings.  For meeting agendas, please go to https://havredegracemd.gov/agendas-schedules/ or you may find them posted outside the main door of Havre de Grace City Hall.
  • 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, and all the required inspections have been approved.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

On behalf of the citizens of Havre de Grace, I would like to thank each and all military spouses for their service. As part of a Great American Defense Community, we have many wonderful military families living in our city. I am proud to say I know many of them personally. I know a lot is asked from these families. Having the strongest military in the world is a testament to the fact we have strong and resilient military spouses.

I see their endless sacrifices each day knowing they experience an overwhelming degree of fear and uncertainty. While their loved ones are away protecting our freedoms, they are home maintaining a sense of order.

Faced with unimaginable challenges, they carry this burden out of love and patriotism. Their service requires great ability and talent which they perform with grace and dignity. I know this often comes with long periods of unsetting sacrifice, frequently requiring them to play various roles in the family and community which at times may be unregimented and unconventional.

Their courage is a vital part of our military’s success and makes our city a better place; for this, the City of Havre de Grace will be forever grateful.

 

-Mayor William T. Martin

 

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday April 30, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday April 30, 2018

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Saturday April 28, 2018, Mayor Martin attended the inaugural John O’ Neill Defenders of Havre de Grace Gala.  The City of Havre de Grace would like to congratulate Don Osman who was named the 2018 Havre de Grace Independence Day Grand Marshal during the event. 
  • Last week, The City of Havre de Grace began paving areas throughout the city. When completed, the paving will include the Community Center’s parking lot, the Opera House’s parking lot, Lodge Lane from Franklin Street to Fountain Street and Linden Lane from Legion Drive to Juniata Street.The mayor plans on continuing paving projects into next year’s fiscal budget, which if approved by the city council will increase the paving budget from $200,000 to $750,000.This $550,000 paving budget increase will be used aggressively to address deteriorating roads.

Department of Public Works:

  • The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street.  It is almost time to start building beds and planting. Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site.  The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install, which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
  • The City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit has been issued.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • A request for proposal for design/construction of a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum has been issued.  The documents can be found on our website under “Request for Bid.”
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home.  For more information, please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.

    PARKS:
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House is complete.  A request for proposal for construction has been advertised with bids being due by May 3rd at 2:00 p.m.  The City has proposed this project for consideration as a grant request.
  • Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule, and permits will be issued by June.
  • Grills have now been installed at Tydings Park.
  • Mulching has been completed at Bradford Green.
  • DPW staff are in the process of replacing the wooden framing around the City-owned light poles

WATER:

  • Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower will be re-advertised for bid.
  • The City has issued a notice to proceed for construction of a 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street.
  • Construction is underway on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
  • A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will be posted on the website and advertised on 5/7/18.
  • DPW has responded to 88 requests within the past week to mark the location of our underground utilities. Requests come to us via Miss Utility calls for service.
    Hydrant Flushing continues throughout the City as part of the annual spring hydrant flushing program. DPW employees are currently doing this work during the night to cause as little interruption as possible to residents and businesses.

Curbside & Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • Coming soon! – An easy access to answer questions you may have about Curbside and Hazardous Waste Disposal.  This “button” will be located on the Public Works page on the City’s website. Here you will find information specific to Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste and Bulk Collections as well as information on how/where to dispose of tires, motor oil, paint, solvents and other hazardous materials.
  • REMINDER: Harford County’s Hazardous Waste Day has now added an Shred-It truck to the event scheduled for Saturday May 5, 2018 from 8 to noon.  Need more time to gather up your old paperwork?  Shred-It will also be available Aug. 7 and Nov. 3, 2018. Location for all events: Scarboro Landfill 3135 Scarboro Rd. Street, MD 21154.  Call 410-638-3417 for more information.

Roads and Streets

  • The Sweeper Truck will be in the area of Chapel Road, St. James Terrace, Tydings Road  on Thursday. On Friday the Sweeper Truck will be in the downtown area and parks.
  • DPW crews are working on filling potholes with hot mix and paving lanes, streets and roadways.
  • DPW staff are continuing replacing decking on the Promenade and the piers.
  • All Around the Town – DPW staff have been actively replacing lights and broken globes on City-owned light poles, removing graffiti, installing Lafayette Trail medallions, as well as providing maintenance on City-owned buildings.

Department of Finance:

 

  • Spring is finally here!!  Now is a good time to check your home for water leaks.  Small faucet drips and leaking toilets can increase your bill significantly.  Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill. Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • Water/Sewer bills will be mailed on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
  • Tax Sale Advertising will begin May 23, 2018 in The Aegis.  Payments must be received before May 8th to be pulled from the advertisement.   Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.  Last day, to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be June 18, 2018.
  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
  • When making tax or water/sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay.  If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes. The payment always follows the account number!
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com.  Click on e-Billing Registration.

Department of Planning:

 

  • To help prevent excess flooding, please be sure storm drains are free of leaves and other debris.  Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information. You may also call Marisa Willis or Shane Grimm, (410) 939-1800,  if you have any questions on the Special Flood Hazard Areas within the City.
  • Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, as needed, at 6:30 pm at Havre de Grace City Hall.  In addition, Board of Appeals hearings are held on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, as needed, with required public notification in local newspapers and property postings.  For meeting agendas, please go to https://havredegracemd.gov/agendas-schedules/ or you may find them posted outside the main door of Havre de Grace City Hall.
  • 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, and all the required inspections have been approved.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Office of Tourism:

  • Thursday May 3 is National Day of Prayer.  This is a Prayer event focusing on the needs of our Country and the concerns of its people.  Meet at Havre de Grace City Hall at Noon.
  • Celebration on the Chesapeake, May 4 from 3-6pm at Hutchins Park.  Our community, Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor (CSSC), has been recognized as a Great American Defense Community!  This celebration will highlight the great things our community does in support of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) and our military.  The event includes family fun activities, music, and snacks.
  • First Friday May 4!  Enjoy a family-friendly, festive celebration on closed downtown streets.  Live bands, cafe seating with beer gardens, merchant specials, over 100 vendors, and a kids zone.  Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather with this amazing community.
  • Friday May 4-6   37th Annual Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival.  Decoy carvers and wildlife artists will be displaying and selling their work; carving competitions; retriever demonstrations; children’s activities; food & more!
  • Saturday May 5- Opening Day for Farmers Market!  9am- Noon Experience the best of Maryland’s farms at the HdG Farmers Market. Featuring a full selection of fresh picked fruit & vegetables, farm raised meats & eggs, baked breads & treats, cheese, ice cream, honey, cooking oil, artisan products, and artwork.
  • Saturday May 5- Free Comic Book Day!  Celebrate the day at Washington Street Books.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Tidewater Players present “1776 The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, May 4  & 5 at 8:00 p.m. as well as Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing. Week of Monday, April 27, 2018 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing.
Week of Monday, April 27, 2018

 

Police Department: 

  • The Police Department will be participating in the Immanuel Quickley All Star Game being held at Havre de Grace Activity Center on April 28th at 3:00 pm. Admission is 5.00 dollars with the proceeds going to HdG Parks and Rec and the HdG Boys and Girls Club.
  • The Havre de Grace Police Department will be hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Police Department 715 Pennington Avenue. Please drop your unwanted prescription drugs off at this event, keep them off the streets and out of the bay.
  • Make A Positive Difference in Your Community! Take part in SomersetServe, our annual neighborhood cleanup and beautification service project. Date: April 28, 2018 Time: 8:00am-12:00pm. Place: 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace Lunch provided. Planned Projects include: Raking, Mulching, Trimming and Planting. Painting of curbs and benches. Fence line vegetation removal. Bring These Items with You: Rakes, Shovels, Gloves, Leaf Blowers, Paint Brushes, Brooms, Dustpans, Wheelbarrows, Sunscreen and More.

Department of Public Works: 

• The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street. It is almost time to start building beds and planting. Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site. The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
• The Stormwater Pond and Landscape Infiltration is complete at the Concord Point Park. Thank you to Harford Soil Conservation District and CB Trust for partnering to make this project possible.
• The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur this month.
• WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
• A request for engineering work will be issued this week for a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
• Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
• Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home. For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.

PAVING PROJECTS:
• Paving has begun on the Community Center parking lot, the Opera House parking lot, a segment of Lodge Lane and a segment of Linden Lane.

PARKS:
• Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues. A request for proposal for construction advertised this week. The City has proposed this project for consideration as a grant request.
• The foundation has been poured for the Gold Star Memorial in Tydings Park. Park bench foundations have been poured in the parks along with the grill pads.
• Improvements to the handicapped ramp in Tydings Park will be completed by the end of this month.
• Tree work is being completed at Tydings Park.
• Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule and permits will be issued by June.

WATER:

• Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower have been advertised for bid and the pre-bid meeting held. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4/23/18 at 2pm.
• The City has advertised for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until April 23, 2018 at 3pm.
• Construction will begin within the next couple weeks on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
• A request for proposal for improvements to the Water Treatment Plant will occur within the next month.

DPW Staff is always busy with projects but this month has been particularly busy with:
Sidewalk Repairs,
Unclogging Storm Drains,
Fire Hydrant Flushing (we have over 600 hydrants city-wide),
Trimming Trees,
Filling Potholes,
Moving Water Services,
Inspecting Locations for New Water Meters Installations,
Handling 30+ Requests for Miss Utility just last week,
Handling multiple tasks associated with Saturday’s 5k Race,
Providing assistance for Earth Day clean-up; and,
Pouring the foundation for the Gold Star Memorial.
This week – A contractor is pouring the blacktop for the Opera House parking lot and ditch lines.

CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS: A reminder about Yard Waste – no plastic bags permitted. Yard Waste is collected by the City’s trash hauler – Waste Industries – on Mondays when placed in paper yard waste bags, loose in a can and bundled.

 

Department of Finance: 

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs for non-payment will be Tuesday, April 23, 2018. Please pay by Monday, April 22nd to avoid the turn off fees.
  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
  • Having trouble paying your water bill or tax bill? The City will accept monthly payments to your account to alleviate the burden of paying all at one time. Penalties will apply to any unpaid balance after the due date.
  • When making Tax or Water/Sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay. If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes. The payment always follows the account number!
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.gov. Click on e-Billing Registration.
  • Unpaid Taxes as of April 2, 2018 have incurred an $80 penalty. If not paid in full by May 1, 2018, the property will be listed in the newspaper for the Tax Sale which will be held on June 18, 2018.
  • Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale after April 30, 2018, must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.
  • Last day to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be June 14, 2018.

Department of Economic Development: 

Learn about the Havre de Grace A&E District Thursday
Learn more about the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District during a presentation from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at the Cultural Center at the Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. An A&E District since July 1, 2008, the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, a non-profit corporation, oversees the A&E District and administers and promotes A&D Programs in Havre de Grace.

Havre de Grace is one of 22 designated A&E Districts across Maryland in 15 counties. The A&E designation offers incentives to animate existing infrastructure and attract artists to invest and create unique cultural environments which house galleries, studios, art centers, events, festivals and complementary businesses – all of which impact revitalization, heighten public safety, engage communities and increase the quality of life.
Maryland legislation has provided three incentives for these districts:
• A property tax credit for renovations or new construction of A&E enterprises;
• An abatement of the Admissions and Amusement Tax for A&E enterprises; and
• An income tax subtraction for income derived from the sale of art by qualifying residing artists.
Learn more about these opportunities in Havre de Grace for artists and artists’ businesses at this informative and educational free seminar Thursday.

Chesapeake Printers Fair and Pyrex & Vintage Fest this weekend
The Chesapeake Printers Fair will be this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace at 233 St. John Street, Glyph Fine Press. Join 20 letterpress printers, bookmakers, printmakers and other creative vendors to enjoy the craft of all paper arts from letterpress, print and book arts to paper making.
Just a block away will be JoRetro’s PyrexFest & Vintage Fair: Celebrating the Love of Pyrex at 137 N. Washington Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., April 28. There will be unique Pyrex jewelry, numerous vendors and the nearby Vintage Café at 114 N. Washington Street, will even be serving some items in vintage Pyrex during the Fest! Stop in for breakfast, lunch or an old fashioned soda drink.

Hackathon part of National Small Business Week
National Small Business Week is April 29 to May 5. Join the Small Business Administration in celebration recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners from all across the 50 states and US territories. Participates in events like the Virtual Conference and Twitter chat. They will also be livestreaming the award ceremonies, including the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year. Following the conversation online with hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek.
This weekend, Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, in Washington DC will be the #SmallBusinessWeek Hackathon. SBA and Visa invite you to bring your ideas and your laptop to spend a weekend solving business challenges as part of the kickoff of the National Small Business Week 2018. A $24,000 prize pool will be awarded to the winning submissions! Topics from Building and Accessing Business Credit to Optimizing Cash Flow, Payroll and Accounting Processes to Finding Banking Solutions will be part of the challenge. To register visit www.smallbizweek.hackathon.com

On Sunday, April 29, the National Small Business Awards Ceremonies will be held and participants can watch live on the SBA’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. eastern time. Awards will be presented to SBA Resource Partners: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award; Veterans Business Outreach Excellence in Service Award; Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award; SCORE Chapter of the Year. The Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year, Small Business Investment Company of the Year and Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery will also be presented. The Phoenix Awards include for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer; Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official; and Small Business Disaster Recovery.

On Monday, April 30, on the SBA Facebook page at 12:45 p.m., the following awards will be announced: Exporter of the Year; Federal Procurement Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (Services, Research and Development and Manufacturing), and 8(a) Graduate of the Year; and Small Business persons of the Year including the National Small Business Person of the Year (one from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study updates
As part of the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is hosting a series of public meetings to provide project updates. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:
• The project’s Purpose and Need;
• Scoping activities and public comments received to date;
• Environmental review process; and
• The alternative corridor development and screening process.
The purpose of the Bay Crossing Study is to consider corridors for providing additional traffic capacity and access across the Chesapeake Bay to improve mobility, travel reliability and safety t the existing Bay Bridge, while considering financial viability and environmental responsibility.
All meeting materials will be available at www.baycrossingstudy.com prior to the meetings and for those who choose not to attend in person. The meetings closest to Havre de Grace will be held Thursday, May 10, 6-8 p.m., at Kent County Middle School, 402 E. Campus Ave., Chestertown, MD; or Wednesday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Middle River Middle School, 800 Middle River Rd., Middle River, MD.

 

Office of Tourism: 

Friday, April 27 @ The Maritime Museum. Geoff Kauffman live in concert. Geoff captures the spirit of sailing men, shedding light on their everyday concerns. The humor present in the music still resonates – Geoff will get you laughing and singing along in no time. With his full-throated choruses that are easy to learn, onlookers can’t help but join in the fun!

Saturday, April 28- Tomahawk 5K & 1 Mile Walk beginning at Tydings Park

Saturday, April 28- Pyrex Vintage Fest and Chesapeake Printers Fair. Celebrate your love of Pyrex and everything Vintage! Have fun vintage shopping with over 40+ guest vendors. A free semiannual event. The Chesapeake Printers Fair showcases the design and craft of all paper arts, from letterpress, print and book arts, papermaking too. Held simultaneously—just a block away—from the very successful JoRetro’s PyrexFest, the Printers Fair promises to have strong traffic, sharing a devoted and sophisticated demographic.

Saturday, April 28- This black-tie fundraising gala is going to be an event not to miss! Menu to include all-you-care-to-eat Maryland crab cakes, cream of crab soup, crab dip, steamed shrimp, raw oysters, scallops wrapped in bacon, beef and turkey tenderloin and much, much more. Beer and wine included. Live band – “What’s Next?” for hours of entertainment and dancing. Live auctions to include a signature, limited edition Independence Day painting by a local artist. Get your tickets today for this amazing event! Tickets available at Havre de Grace Visitors Center.

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of April 16, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of April 16, 2018  

 

Police Department:

  • Somerset Serve 2018
    by The Success Project, Inc.

    DESCRIPTION
    Come Out and Make a Difference in Your Community!
    Join with local individuals, families and organizations gathering together to meet area needs.
    Saturday, April 28, 2018
    8am to 12pm. Lunch provided.
    Beautification of Harford County’s Only Public Housing Community, Somerset Manor.
    410-939-2097

    Planned Projects include:
    Raking, Mulching, Trimming and Planting.
    Painting of curbs and benches.
    Bring These Items with You:
    Rakes, Shovels, Gloves, Leaf Blowers, Paint Brushes, Brooms, Dustpans and More.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somersetserve-2018-tickets-33371949399
  • Crack Cocaine Drug Distribution Arrest

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Cpl. Daniel Petz, Public Information Officer, (410) 939-2121

    Media Release: April 13, 2018
    Havre de Grace, MD –
    On April 5, 2018, The Havre de Grace Police Department arrested Mr. Bruce Pittman of Edgewood in the 1000 block of Pulaski Hwy for crack cocaine distribution. Investigators initially observed Mr. Pittman in the 800 block of Pulaski Hwy in Havre de Grace, where he was spotted engaging in an illegal narcotics transaction with a female subject in that area. That female subject was subsequently stopped after leaving the area in her 2008 Dodge Ram, however not before she destroyed the suspected sold cocaine she received from Mr. Pittman. The subject was however in possession of drug paraphernalia used to smoke crack cocaine and was detained.
    Simultaneously, Mr. Pittman attempted to leave the parking lot within the 800 block of Pulaski Hwy in a 2013 Ford car operated by a male subject from Aberdeen. Both the driver and Mr. Pittman were detained as a result of the drug investigation resulting in the recovery of 32 grams of suspected crack cocaine from Mr. Pittman. The driver was cited for criminal traffic charges and was released along with female subject in the Dodge Ram who is pending future criminal narcotic violations.
    At the time of this offense, Mr. Pittman was released on Parole from a 2013 criminal conviction of Heroin Distribution. Mr. Pittman had violated the provisions of his release and was wanted by authorities at the time of his arrest. He was transported to the Harford County Detention Center, where he is currently being held without bail.
    If you know where drugs are being used or sold in the City of Havre de Grace please contact us at 410-939-2121 or message us on social media.

  • It’s that time of the year where we are selling T-shirts and hats to benefit Special Olympics Maryland! If you would like to buy a shirt or a hat, they are $15.00 each. You can get them by stopping by the Havre de Grace Police Station and asking to speak to Cpl. Petz.

  • Havre de Grace Police Officers and Susquehanna Hose Company Firefighters played staff and kids from the Havre de Grace branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties in a game of basketball. We had fun and played hard.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

DIRECTOR’S OFFICE:

  • The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street. It is almost time to start building beds and planting. Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site. The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install, which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
  • The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur this month.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
  • A request for engineering work will be issued for a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home. For more information, please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.

PARKS:

  • Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule, and permits will be issued by June.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues. A request for proposal for construction advertised this week. The City has proposed this project for consideration as a grant request.

WATER:

  • Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower have been advertised for bid, and the pre-bid meeting held. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4/23/18 at 2 p.m.
  • The City has advertised for construction of a 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until April 23, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • Construction will begin within the next couple weeks on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
  • A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will occur within the next month.

STREETS:

DPW Staff have been focusing their attention on:

 

  • unclogging storm drains,
  • filling potholes on Morrison Lane and elsewhere,
  • cleaning brush at North Park Trail area,
  • removing a downed tree from backyard area of Bradford Green,
  • collecting trash and recycling from city parks and from containers along city streets, and
  • replacing light bulbs in city-owned light poles.

 

 

Spring Hydrant Flushing to Begin April 21, 2018
The Public Works Staff will begin hydrant flushing city-wide.  The purpose of flushing hydrants is to ensure proper chlorine levels  so that you receive the freshest water into your homes and businesses.  While flushing occurs, you may experience a brief drop in water pressure.  You may also see a discoloration in the water coming from your faucets. Simply run the COLD water faucet for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

 

Planning

  • According to Farmers Almanac, this Spring starts out a little cooler than normal, with April and May slightly rainier than normal.  To help prevent excess flooding, please be sure storm drains are free of leaves and other debris. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information.  You may also call Marisa Willis or Shane Grimm, (410) 939-1800, if you have any questions on the Special Flood Hazard Areas within the City.

    •  Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, as needed, at 6:30 p.m. at Havre de Grace City Hall.  In addition, Board of Appeals hearings are held on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., as needed, with required public notification in local newspapers and property postings.  For meeting agendas, please go to havredegracemd.gov/agendas-schedules/ or you may find them posted outside the main door of Havre de Grace City Hall.

    • 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, and all the required inspections have been approved.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

    •  The City of Havre de Grace was recently notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the City was awarded a Class 7 rating by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).  The City was previously recognized as a Class 8 community. The floodplain management activities implemented by our City benefits citizens by reducing flood insurance premiums. City residents now qualify for a 15 percent discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas on or after May 1, 2018.  This was made possible by the City’s Certified Floodplain Manager, Marisa Willis, who navigated the rigorous recertification process that occurs once every 5 years. Marisa’s experience as a CFM and her continuous floodplain management training and education are invaluable to the City. Citizens can contact Marisa with permitting questions related to floodplain management or the CRS rating system.

    The NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) was implemented in 1990 as a voluntary program for recognizing and encouraging community floodplain management activities exceeding the NFIP’s minimum standards. Any community that is in full compliance with the NFIP’s minimum floodplain management requirements may apply to join CRS.

    Besides the benefit of reduced insurance rates, CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, reduce human suffering, and protect the environment. Participating in the CRS provides an incentive to maintaining and improving a community’s floodplain management program over the years. Implementing some CRS activities can help projects qualify for certain other federal assistance programs.

Department of Economic Development:

Congratulations Washington Street Books!
Hearty congratulations to the Klisavage family of Washington Street Books, Music and Entertainment Museum at 131 N. Washington Street, Havre de Grace. The shop appeared this weekend in the Best of Baltimore section of The Baltimore Sun as Baltimore’s Best Comic Book Store! On Yelp the store is ranked as the #7 Best Thing To Do when Visiting Havre de Grace, as well. Be sure to stop by and check out the authentic costumes from a variety of movies and shows from Beautiful Creatures to The Hunger Games, The Last Air Bender to Baby Driver and more.

Havre de Grace Chamber marks 90 Years!
Congratulations to the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce marking their 90th Anniversary in 2018. The Mayor and City Council presented a proclamation to Executive Director Cathy Hutchins Vincenti and her Board of Directors to the Monday, May 16 Council Meeting. A special program will be offered by the Chamber in May and The Cecil Whig newspaper and other on-line publications announced the anniversary with feature articles last week.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and partner GreenPlay, LLC, will host an information session and workshop to solicit public comment and stakeholder feedback on land conservation and outdoor recreation, with residents and non-residents invited to attend. There will be four such sessions with the closest to Havre de Grace and final session, incidentally, being held at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area Auditorium, 5100 Deer Park Rd., Owings Mills, with the first sessions at 1 p.m. and a second session at 6 p.m., on Thursday, April 19. Session and survey results will be incorporated into the Maryland Land Preservation and
Recreation Plan, which is
required to receive federal funding from the National Park Service’s Land and
Water Conservation Fund. Please RSVP to adamb@greenplayll.com.

The Maryland State Arts Council will hold a Celebration
of the Arts at The Walters Art
Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Fri.,
April 20, 6 to 9:30 p.m., to celebrate 50 years of service to the arts.
There will be numerous performances, music, poetry, digital and visual art.
RSVP and reserve your FREE tickets at www.eventbrite.com to reserve your tickets.

Make sure you don’t miss APG Discovery Fest this Saturday, April 21, with a pinewood derby, 2K, 5K and 10K walk and run, STEM-based activities for kids and much more, including live music and food choices at Myers Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NEXT WEEK:
The Small Business Administration Baltimore District Office, 100 S. Charles St., Suite 1201 Baltimore, will hold HUB Zone
Contracting Program Overview
from 11 a.m. to noon, Tues., April 24.
Learn about the benefits of the program and the application process for HUBs –
Historically Under-Utilized Business Zones for government contracting. Space is
limited so signing up early is strongly encouraged at www.sba.gov/offices/district/md/baltimore. Photo ID is required to enter
building.

Are you looking to start your own
business? Do you have some great ideas and aren’t sure how to turn those ideas
into a business? Do you need money to get your business off the ground or to
move it forward? Get the answers to these and other questions at the free
Entrepreneurship Workshop Series, Tues.,
April 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Harford County Office of Community
& Economic Development, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Suite D, Havre de Grace. The
topic for this date is Entrepreneurship Workshop: Graduation Ceremony
& Entrepreneur Networking Event. The programs are led by industry subject matter experts. Please
register at event brite under “entrepreneurship workshop series in Harford
County.”

The Secret is Out in Havre de Grace!
Several Havre de Grace businesses are part of the Harford-Cecil Best Kept Secrets Tour that begins today, Thurs., April 26 and continues through May 12. To get a ticket
entitling you to a tour book, map, coupons and entries for a shopping spree and
prizes visit www.bestkeptsecretstour.com

Office of Tourism:

  • Saturday, April 14- Inaugural Lock House Craft Beer and Wine Festival-   “The Lock House Museum would like to say thanks to all of our guests, vendors, volunteers, neighbors, and the City of Havre de Grace for a wonderful 1st Annual Lock House Craft Beer and Wine Festival. It was a beautiful day, and HdG shined to a ton of out of town visitors! Thanks for helping make it a HUGE success. See you all at the Lock House.” Tyler Buck, Executive Director Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House

  • Thursday, April 19 the Thursday Night Live Series present Beginnings the Premier Tribute to Chicago.  The concert will be held at the Opera House at 8 p.m. Tickets are going fast, get yours today. http://ow.ly/hfG130jwkQH
  • Friday April 20 the Arts by the Bay Gallery will hold “Spring Therapy” show and reception.  Offering light refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Come by and meet the artists and find the unique piece of artwork for the home or as a gift!
  • Saturday, April 21 the City will host our semi-annual Citywide Yard and Sidewalk Sale.  Stop by the Visitor Center or visit ExploreHavredeGrace.com for a complete list of those participating.

  • Saturday, April 21- River Sweep 2018!  The Lower Susquehanna Greenway will be holding its annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day. The cleanup will take place in Havre de Grace, Conowingo, Perryville, Port Deposit, and Garret  Island. Contact Information brigitte@upperbaytrails.com 410-457-2482
  • For more information stop by the Visitor Center at 450 Pennington Ave, give us a call at 410-939-2100 or visit our website at ExploreHavredeGrace.com

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Young Frankenstein” on Tuesday, April 17 at 8pm
  • “Tuck Everlasting” featuring Scottfield Theatre Company’s Becky Titelman who previously directed “Tuck Everlasting The Musical” on Wednesday, April 18 at 8pm
  • “Beginnings- The Premier Tribute to Chicago” on Thursday, April 19 at 8pm
  • “Hugo” (Children’s Film Series) on Saturday, April 21 at 11am
  • “Rogue Swan” on Saturday, April 21 at 8pm

 

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday April 11, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday April 11, 2018

Police Department

 

April is distracted driving awareness month, here is some information the public needs to know:

 

  • According to NHTSA, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016.
  • In 2016, 9.2 percent of fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-related.
  • Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. According to NHTSA, young drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
  • Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the crash in 2016. This age group has the largest percentage of drivers who were distracted at the time of a fatal crash.
  • Handheld cellphone use while driving is highest among 15- to 29-year-old drivers, but female drivers are most at-risk for being involved in a fatal crash involving a distracted driver.
  • Female drivers with a cell phone have been more likely to be involved in fatal distracted-driving crashes as compared to male drivers every year since 2012.

Please consider checking this event out!

ACEs are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. These events can include physical or sexual abuse, neglect, household dysfunction or even witnessing violence. Science has shown that these types of events have a direct impact on children’s developing brains, which can have negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult, including everything from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer to opioid abuse, depression and early death. By learning more about ACEs and bringing that knowledge into our communities, we can all help invent wise actions to address childhood adversity, thereby reducing the risk for poor health and social outcomes in adulthood. In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, please join us for a double-feature presentation of the ACEs documentary films “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” and “Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story.” Each film will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion where additional resources will be offered.

 

https://www.tugg.com/events/an-adverse-childhood-experiences-aces-double-feature

Department of Finance:

 

  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
  • Having trouble paying your water bill or tax bill?  The City will accept monthly payments to your account to alleviate the burden of paying all at one time.  Penalties will apply to any unpaid balance after the due date.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • When making Tax or Water/Sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay.  If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com.  Click on e-Billing Registration.
  • Unpaid Taxes as of April 2, 2018 have incurred an $80 penalty.  If not paid in full by May 1, 2018, the property will be listed in the newspaper for the Tax Sale which will be held on June 18, 2018.
  • Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale after April 30, 2018, must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.
  • Last day to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be June 14, 2018.

 

Water/Sewer bills were mailed on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street.  It is almost time to start building beds and planting.  Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site.  The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
  • The stormwater pond and landscape infiltration areas construction are almost complete at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur this month.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • A request for engineering work will be issued next week for a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • A grant request was submitted the end of March for the implementation of the Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home.  For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.

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

 

PARKS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  A request for proposal for construction will be advertised shortly.
  • The areas between the Lighthouse and Tydings Park inclusive are undergoing numerous upgrades and refreshing such as:
  • Upgrades to the pier at the Lighthouse will be coming soon for public use.
  • Planking is currently being replaced on the Promenade refreshing the walk.
  • The wheelchair accessible ramp will be completed at Tydings Park within the next couple weeks.
  • Tydings Park  – The All Access Playground continues to be open to the public while work on the new walkway and surrounding landscape is being completed.
  • DPW has begun work on the foundation for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument located near the lighthouse at Concord Point.
  • Benches and pads for new grills are being installed at Tydings Park.

 

WATER:

  • Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower have been advertised for bid and the pre-bid meeting held. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4/23/18 at 2pm.
  • The City has advertised for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street.  Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until April 23, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • Construction will begin within the next couple weeks on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
  •  A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will occur within the next month.

 

WATER/SEWER ​DISTRIBUTION​ SERVICE

 

DPW employees are in the process of mapping the location of all fire hydrants, water mains, water valves, sewer mains, etc.  Although a time consuming task initially, the time saved when preventive maintenance and repairs are needed is worth it.

 

CURBSIDE COLLECTION SERVICE​ AND SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Yard Waste is collected every Monday – all year round.  Place in PAPER YARD BAGS or loose in a clean trash can.  (Plastic bags are not permitted as they jam the mulching machines.)  Sticks can be bundled with twine and set next to the rest of your other yard wast​e.
  • ​Recycling Question: Is plastic sheeting, bubble wrap, and styrofoam​ recyclable?  Answer: No.  These items are NOT recyclable.  Please put out with regular trash.
  • Hazardous Waste Day – Mark your calendar for ​Saturday, ​May 5th.  Event Location: Scarboro Landfill – 3135 Scarboro Road, Street, MD 21154 Ph. 410-638-3018
  • Shred​ Event​ (shredding paper documents, CD-ROMS, USB Drives, data tapes, etc)- ​Saturday, June 9​th.​​ ​​ ​9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.​​ ​ ​Look for Chesapeake Shredding trucks at ​the APGFCU (APG Credit Union) located at​  at the intersection of ​996 Beards Hill Road & Rt 22​  ​Aberdeen, MD 21001​.​

 

 

Department of Economic Development:

 

First Friday a month early proves a Smashing Success

Early Friday, April 6, things did not look good for First Friday and vendors who were booked to ring in the tradition of First Friday a month early in Havre de Grace. But by mid-afternoon the skies cleared, the sun was shining and the excitement built for the Inaugural First Friday of 2018 a month early in April. Havre de Grace Tourism’s Lauri Orziewicz and Bonnie Castillo added another section of the usual street closings and greatly expanded the food and vendor offerings in downtown Havre de Grace. Complete with live music and entertainers the event proved wildly successful.

During the festivities JoRetro opened in their new greatly expanded space at 137 N. Washington Street, as well. The store now features a massively expanded vintage clothing section and a great deal of mid-century modern furniture with a special focus on the 50s, 60s and 70s. There were hundreds of visitors to the expanded store, including Mayor Bill Martin.

Signs were also up for the new businesses that will soon be moving to fill the space vacated by JoRetro at 467 Franklin Street at the corner of Union Avenue. Moon and Sea Creations opened for their final First Friday on their 433 St. John Street location. Moon & Sea, with their expansive collection of handcrafted jewelry, will co-located with iON Massage & Spa on Franklin Street. Currently iON is in Suite E at 131 S.  Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Their new location is 467 Franklin Street.

 

This Thursday to be a busy one for Havre de Grace

A Groundbreaking for HDG Middle & High School will be held on the grounds of the current Havre de Grace Middle School on Thursday, April 12, at 1 p.m., for the new Havre de Grace Middle and High School construction project. City, County and State dignitaries are expected to be in attendance at the event.

 

 

Women in Defense Mid-Atlantic Chapter, or WID, will hold their 8th Annual Real Women, Real World, Real Work or RW3 Leadership Symposium, Thursday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Water’s Edge Event Center, 4687 Millennium Dr., Belcamp. The 2018 platform is Leveraging DoD’s STEM Vision to create a diverse, STEM talent pool of innovative and highly proficient technical leaders. There will be an informative discussion on APG workforce needs, future technological advancements, leadership and youth STEM educational programs. Registration is $65 for WIDMAC members and $75 for non-members at www.widmidatlantic.org.

 

 

The Harford Leadership Alumni Association will host the Harford Leadership Academy Class of 2018 at a social from 5 to 7 p.m., at Water’s Edge Event Center, 4687 Millennium Dr., Belcamp.

 

The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Lagom, 209 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace. The merchants will discuss upcoming events and activities in downtown Havre de Grace including the Best Kept Secrets Tour, Pyrex Fest, Lockhouse Craft Beer and Wine Festival, Decoy Festival, First Fridays and more. For additional information or to be involved on the agenda contact Stephen Formwalt at The Blue Heron Gifts on Franklin Street.

The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House Shank Lecture Series for 2018 will hold The State of Conowingo, a lively discussion covering the state of Conowingo Dam and upstream pollution. Both scientific and legal aspects will be discuss at this lecture at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, Thurs., April 12, at 7 p.m. The presentation features Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers and Staff Litigation Attorney Paul Smail. The lecture is free and open to the public at 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace.

 

Route 40 Business Association meets Wednesday

The Route 40 Business Association will hold a meet, greet and eat on Wed., April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free for this event and participants are encouraged to bring business cards for networking opportunities and a chance to win the raffle. The event will be held at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 2101 Pulaski Hwy., Edgewood.

 

Entry Level Job Fair to be held Thursday

The Susquehanna Workforce Network will hold an Entry Level Job Fair from 1 to 4 p.m., at their office, 1201 Technology Dr., Aberdeen, Room 107. The event will be held Thursday, April 12. For details call 410-272-5400.

 

Leadership Baltimore County accepting applications

Leadership Baltimore County is now accepting applications for the Class of 2019. Senior-level leaders are invited to attend an information session on April 19, to learn more about the innovative program, where a robust network of diverse and insightful leaders is being developed to serve the region. Registration is free but required at 410-583-5235 or info@leadbaltimore.org. The information session will be held at the Keswick Multi-Care Center, 700 W. 40th Street, Baltimore.

 

APG Discovery Week fast approaching

Aberdeen Proving Ground, APG, will hold APG Discovery Week April 17 to 21, at the Proving Ground. The primary activities and events billed as APG Discovery Fest, will be on Saturday, April 21, and will be held in the Myer Auditorium, Building 6000, APG North.

The inaugural APG Discovery Fest is open to the public and allows everyone to come discover what goes on at APG. Events include a 2K Walk, 5K and 10K Earth Day Runs, Discovery Passport for kids, Junior Solar Sprint competition, military displays and demonstrations, bounce houses, good and live music to include Rachel Hall, Chasing Friday and The 1974 band. For details visit Facebook and search APG Discovery Fest – Open to the Public!

 

 

Office of Tourism:

  • April 6 First Friday was a huge success!  Mother Nature was on our side and gave us perfect April weather.  We had over 80 vendors, food trucks, extended store fronts, café setting with beer gardens, live bands and a Kids Zone with games and a moon bounce donated by Chesapeake Rent All.   If you missed April, join us on May 4 for another great First Friday event.
  • The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock house will be holding their first Craft Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday April 14 from 12-5pm.  The cost is only $35 if purchased in advanced and $40 at the gate.  The admission includes a souvenir tasting cup, unlimited beer samples and samples from wineries and distilleries from around Maryland.  The event features live music, artisans and food celebrating all things Maryland.  Havre de Grace weather is forecasted to be sunny and 70 degrees…perfect for an outdoor festival.
  • Join us on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Opera House for the Shank Lecture Series 2018.   Presented by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock house, the series will feature a lively discussion covering the state of the Conowingo Dam and upstream pollution.  Both scientific and legal aspects will be discussed.
  • Thursday, April 19!  Tickets are selling fast for the next Thursday Night Live concert featuring Beginnings, the Premier Tribute to Chicago.  The concert will take place at the Opera House beginning at 8 p.m.  Buy your tickets now before they sell out!!

 

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House presents “State of the Conowingo” (part of the Shank Lecture Series) on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
  • The Scottfield Theatre Company presents “Titanic The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, April 13 & 14 at 8:00 p.m. as well as Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.