Information Regarding Ordinance 1012

View Ordinance #1012 

Ordinance #1012 “Small Wireless Facility and Support Structure” was introduced at the Havre de Grace City Council meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019. This is a very time sensitive piece of legislation, whereby the Mayor and City and City Council will have to take measures outside of the normal parameters and timetable of conducting City business from the dais.

 

While these measures meet the legal requirements set forth in the City Charter, the Mayor and City Council will entertain comments from citizens this Thursday, January 10th at 6pm in the Havre de Grace Council Chambers. Following the Public Hearing, the Mayor and City Council will conduct a Special Council Meeting to entertain those comments, and then move for a Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 1012, which will be implemented upon adoption.

 

Over the past year, the Administration with guidance from the City Attorney and Director of Planning, have analyzed the best method in which the City can handle requests for placement of small cell facilities on City Rights of Way. The City prepared draft legislation several months ago, but withheld its introduction waiting for the conclusion of the citizen comment process for impending regulations at the State and Federal levels.

 

The Maryland Municipal League (MML), has been working on behalf of municipalities to oppose any State regulations that would usurp the right of local communities to determine their own standards. Unfortunately, the State agency recently issued an order making the regulations effective January 14, 2019, with certain mandated requirements effective as of that date, and providing that aesthetic standards be adopted by April 15, 2019.

 

What does this mean for the City of Havre de Grace?

Without local legislation passed prior to January 14, 2019, the City will be unable to regulate any small cell facilities on an ad hoc basis. Going forward, the State and Federal regulations will limit municipal action and review regarding deployment and installation of small cell facilities. The general effect of the State order is to prevent local governments (counties and municipalities) from taking actions through local legislation or approval processes that “materially limits or inhibits the ability of any competitor or potential competitor to compete in a fair and balanced legal and regulatory environment.”

 

First Step:

On January 14th the “shot clock” and “fee restrictions” standards take effect. Therefore the City will adjust the fee schedule in the City Code in order to be able to collect fees for small cell facility applications within the standards permitted under the State regulations.

Prior to April 15th the City must adopt “aesthetic standards” under the current  State agency order. These aesthetic standards will include what the ““Small Wireless Facilities and Supports Structures” will look like, which is especially important throughout our historic city.

Without this legislation, the City will not have any input as to where these “Small Wireless Facilities and Supports Structures” can be located within a City ROW or the aesthetics within the area.

January 10, 2019 City Council meeting Agenda

 

Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Thursday, January 10, 2019  City Council Meeting.

Draft items and items that have received prior council action can be viewed through this interactive agenda.

 

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Ordinance #1012 “Small Wireless Facility and Support Structure” was introduced at the Havre de Grace City Council meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019. This is a very time sensitive piece of legislation, whereby the Mayor and City and City Council will have to take measures outside of the normal parameters and timetable of conducting City business from the dais.

 

While these measures meet the legal requirements set forth in the City Charter, the Mayor and City Council will entertain comments from citizens this Thursday, January 10th at 6pm in the Havre de Grace Council Chambers. Following the Public Hearing, the Mayor and City Council will conduct a Special Council Meeting to entertain those comments, and then move for a Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 1012, which will be implemented upon adoption.

 

Over the past year, the Administration with guidance from the City Attorney and Director of Planning, have analyzed the best method in which the City can handle requests for placement of small cell facilities on City Rights of Way. The City prepared draft legislation several months ago, but withheld its introduction waiting for the conclusion of the citizen comment process for impending regulations at the State and Federal levels.

 

The Maryland Municipal League (MML), has been working on behalf of municipalities to oppose any State regulations that would usurp the right of local communities to determine their own standards. Unfortunately, the State agency recently issued an order making the regulations effective January 14, 2019, with certain mandated requirements effective as of that date, and providing that aesthetic standards be adopted by April 15, 2019.

 

What does this mean for the City of Havre de Grace?

Without local legislation passed prior to January 14, 2019, the City will be unable to regulate any small cell facilities on an ad hoc basis. Going forward, the State and Federal regulations will limit municipal action and review regarding deployment and installation of small cell facilities. The general effect of the State order is to prevent local governments (counties and municipalities) from taking actions through local legislation or approval processes that “materially limits or inhibits the ability of any competitor or potential competitor to compete in a fair and balanced legal and regulatory environment.”

 

First Step:

On January 14th the “shot clock” and “fee restrictions” standards take effect. Therefore the City will adjust the fee schedule in the City Code in order to be able to collect fees for small cell facility applications within the standards permitted under the State regulations.

Prior to April 15th the City must adopt “aesthetic standards” under the current  State agency order. These aesthetic standards will include what the ““Small Wireless Facilities and Supports Structures” will look like, which is especially important throughout our historic city.

Without this legislation, the City will not have any input as to where these “Small Wireless Facilities and Supports Structures” can be located within a City ROW or the aesthetics within the area.

                      Public Hearing and Special Council Meeting                      

               January 10, 2019

             6:00 p.m.

 

Ordinance 1012; An Ordinance Concerning Small Cell Facilities

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE MARYLAND ANNOTATED CODE SECTION 5-202 AND CITY CHARTER SECTIONS 33 AND 34 AMENDING THE CITY CODE BY CREATING A NEW CHAPTER 145 REGULATING THE USE OF THE CITY’S RIGHTS OF WAY AND PUBLIC WAYS, INSTALLATION OF FACILITIES, AND DEFINING “SMALL WIRELESS FACILITY” AND “SUPPORT STRUCTURE”

 

 

 

  1. Call to Order

 

  1. Roll Call

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

 

  1. Comments from Citizens on agenda item

 

  1. Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 1012:  (Council President Glenn)                     

AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE MARYLAND ANNOTATED CODE SECTION 5-202 AND CITY CHARTER SECTIONS 33 AND 34 AMENDING THE CITY CODE BY CREATING A NEW CHAPTER 145 REGULATING THE USE OF THE CITY’S RIGHTS OF WAY AND PUBLIC WAYS, INSTALLATION OF FACILITIES, AND DEFINING “SMALL WIRELESS FACILITY” AND “SUPPORT STRUCTURE”

 

 

September 15, 2018 Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

Attention this is an important message from the City of Havre de Grace. Due to several  large events taking place in our city this weekend, we are anticipating a higher than normal amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic participating in the Running Festival and the Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 15th.

 

The City will be hosting The Susquehanna River Running Festival Half Marathon and 5K Race which will start at Tydings Park at 8AM  

 

  • Cars are not allowed to be parked between 5 A.M and noon on the streets with no parking signs

  • Closed streets will last through the duration of the race which is expected to clear by noon

 

 

Prior to the beginning of the race at 6 a.m. you can expect the following road closures.

 

  • Union Avenue from Commerce St to Otsego St

 

  • MD-155 East Bound will be reduced to one lane as you enter Havre de Grace.
  • Superior St will be closed between Ohio St and Juniata St. All traffic must use Ohio St to US-40 / Otsego St.
  • Juniata St will be closed between Superior St and Otsego St
  • Commerce St will be closed between S Stokes St and Market St
  • US-40 East Bound will be reduced to one lane from Lewis Lane to  MD-222 (Perryville Rd/Aiken Ave), including the Hatem Bridge
  • US-40 East Bound will be shifted into the US-40 West Bound lanes from Otsego St to MD-222 (Perryville Rd/Aiken Ave)
  • St John St will be closed.
  • Market St will be closed between St. John St and Commerce St
  • Girard St will be closed between Market St and Concord St
  • Concord St will be closed between Girard St and Lewis Ln
  • Lewis Lane will be closed between Concord St and Market St

The race is expected to finish at 12 p.m.

On Sunday, September 16 The International Havre de Grace Food Truck Festival start at 12 p.m at Hutchins Park.  

You can expect a large amount of traffic in this area during this event.   

 

 

  • Please monitor Havre de Grace Police Social Media for updates on the day of race.
  • For questions, please call the HDG Police Department at 410-939-2121

 

 

September 12, 2018 Update Regarding Hurricane Florence:

September 12, 2018 Update Regarding Hurricane Florence:

The latest weather reports indicate Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall later this week along the U.S. Southeast Coast. As the storm moves closer, the City will closely monitor, prepare and coordinate, with local and county emergency services as necessary.  We are anticipating higher-than normal waters along the waterfront and low-lying areas over the course of the next several days.

 

As of right now: 

  • Conowingo Dam: 13 gates open; Expectation is that an additional 4 may be opened within the next 8 hours.
  • Dock Street Dam(Harrisburg, Pa):  Appears to be peaking this morning; and Marietta Dam this evening.
  • Winds are slight (7 mph) and from the North West (which will help)
  • Based on the current path of the storm, we are expecting a minimum impact.

 

Weekend Events:

  • Carnival on The Chesapeake: Ride operator decided to withdraw on Tuesday, September 11, 2018- a rain date will be announced.
  • Susquehanna River Running Festival: Promoters and Harford County EOC will continue to hold daily briefings to evaluate conditions and make a determination as to the race itself.
  • Farmers MarketYard Sale and the International Food Truck Festival will occur as scheduled.

Important Phone Numbers/links:

  • Police (Emergency):911
  • Police (Non-Emergency): 410-939-2121
  • Conowingo Dam Spill Hotline: 877-457-2525
  • Sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City of Havre de Grace: https://harfordcounty.bbcportal.com/

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday March 26, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday March 26, 2018

Office of the Mayor:

 

 

Department of Administration:

  • Election season is upon us with a total of 7 council candidates. The City Election will be held May 8, 2018.
  • The next Council meeting will be held on April 2, 2018. View Information regarding the public hearings by visiting our website www.havredegracemd.gov
  • The Public Budget Work Sessions will be held, April 10th and April 23rd in the Council Chambers. Starting at 6pm. A draft copy of the budget can also be found by visiting our website www.havredegracemd.gov

Police Department: 

    • Recently, Mayor Martin asked Chief Walter and Corporal Petz to join him in a conversation about school safety. Please watch and share with your neighbors.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • A request for proposal has been issued for the Lapidum water tank repairs.
  • A request for engineering work will be issued next week for a DNR/City
    regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord Street cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • Severe storms are no match for the DPW team.  Crews worked around the clock to clear snow emergency routes, then main roadways followed by the lesser used streets. From salting the roadbeds to pushing the snow, the team made this difficult, time-consuming task look easy.  Well done!
  • Public Works is gearing up for the busy spring and summer season.  This includes filling potholes, blacktopping roadbeds, repairing curbs and sidewalks, pruning trees and installing picnic tables and grills at the City parks; renovating the Promenade and adding fiber mulch to the playgrounds. This time of year also sees many requests for assistance from volunteer groups and organizations such as providing and delivering wood chips for the Community Garden walkways and smoothing out the gravel driveway to the Lock House Museum.
  • From January 1 to the third week of  March, Public Works has responded to over 500 calls for service.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • 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.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction will be completed within the next couple weeks at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean.
  • The City and DNR are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in the area of the Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps. Construction will begin this year.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur in April this year.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • 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.  This is important after storm events also.


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 your walk. 
  • The handicapped accessible ramp will be completed at Tydings Park within the next couple weeks.

WATER: Update

  • The annual Consumer Confidence Report of Water Quality is posted on the City’s website for viewing. Please watch the mail for your copy of this report. 
  • The relining of the water main on Camilla Street will begin in April. 
  • The request for proposal has been issued for constructing upgraded water lines on segments of Alliance and Lafayette Streets.

Department of Planning:

  • Tuesday, March 20th, was the first day of Spring (even though it was snowing)!  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 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.

 

Department of Economic Development:

Tuesday, March 27

The Harford County YEA! (Youth Entrepreneurs Academy) Investor Panel Presentations will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., at The GroundFloor, 2021-G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, with doors open at 5 p.m., a meet and greet and welcome remarks at 5:30 p.m. Students will take the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students range from grade six through 12 and have five minutes to pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community during this “Shark Tank” style event. The investors will then determine the amount of funds to allocate to deserving business or social movements presented. One business will advance to the YEA Sanders Scholars Competition to compete with students across the United States for college scholarships.

Learn more about the 8a Business Development Program at the Small Business Administration sponsored free program in the SBA Baltimore District office, 100 S. Charles St., Suite 1201, Baltimore, from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a monthly program that discourses the benefits and application process of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Program. Space is limited and interested participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.sba.gov/offices/district/md/baltimore. Photo ID is required to enter the building.

You can get the inside track on HUB Zone Contracting at the Small Business Administration District Office, 100 S. Charles St., Suite 1201, Baltimore, Tues., March 27, from 11 a.m. to noon. This free program will review benefits of and the application process for the SBA’s HUB (Historically Under-Utilized Business) Zone Government Contracting Program. Space is limited so sign-up early at www.sba.gov/offices/district.md.baltimore. Photo ID is required for building entry.

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., March 27, 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: Financing Your Business. The programs are led by industry subject matter experts. Please register at Eventbrite under “entrepreneurship workshop series in Harford County.”

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, the second at Talbot Community Center, 100128 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD, Tues., March 27, with the first session at 1 p.m. and a second at 6 p.m. 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

 

Wednesday, March 28

Register now for the National #SmallBusinessWeek Virtual Conference, May 1 to 3, 2018, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., each day. The US Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host this free 3-day virtual conference during National Small Business Week. The conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference but without the hassle and expense of the travel. Watch 12 educational webinars, get free business advice from mentors, pick up free information and resources from sponsors and network with fellow business owners. Visit bit.ly/NSBW-2018-VC for more.

Turbo Start  Your Grants Program with a free webinar 2 to 2:30 p.m. through GrantStation. This free program helps you establish a comprehensive, structured grants program to fund the work of your nonprofit organization. Visit www.grantstation.com to learn more.

The Havre de Grace Alliance Wedding Group will meet 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wed., March 28, by invitation at an RSVP required event, at Vandiver Inn, 301 S. Union Ave., Havre de Grace.

 

Thursday, March 29

It is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day and you are encouraged to support your local businesses today of all days, March 29. Learn how to leverage the advantages that small businesses have over giant ones to help you compete in your marketplace by visiting www.sba.gov.

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce will hold the Harford County Economic Forecast Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Thurs., March 29, at the Maryland Golf & Country Club, 1335 E. MacPhail Rd., Bel Air. Register at www.harfordchamber.org with tickets $30 for members and $40 for prospective members. The presentation will include insights from: Dr. Daraius Irani, Len Parrish, Bruce England, and Larry Muzzelo. Registration closes Fri., March 23.

Learn about resources for Maryland companies and a new opportunity to start or expand exports at the Export to China Symposium, 4 to 7 p.m., Thurs., March 29. The symposium is $30 per person and will be held at the first floor conference room in the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis. Contact sos.intl@maryland.gov for questions or visit export-to-china.eventbrite.com for tickets.

 

Friday, March 30

The Million Women Mentors Symposium will be Fri., March 30, at Cecil College, 1 Seahawk Dr., North East, from 9 a.m. to noon. THis is the first annual MWM-Maryland Region 2 (Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil Counties) gathering to encourage companies, schools and other interested parties to discuss STEM mentorship opportunities in our area. It will also encourage brainstorming to improve and do more to encourage women into the STEM-related workforce.

 Join Harford County’s 15th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All attendees will receive a free native tree and light refreshments. Civic organizations, school groups, Scouts and individuals are all welcome to participate. Please bring a hammer, shovel and work gloves if you have them. For information contact Jennifer Wilson at 410-638-3103 ext. 1365.

The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development will host an Organizational Economic Development meeting with municipal economic development offices at HCOCED, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., March 30.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Scottfield Theatre Company is in rehearsal for “Titanic The Musical” all week.

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday March 6, 2018

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday March 6, 2018

 

Police Department:

 

  • If you missed the public discussion on school safety here it is. We have also put a video of the Chief’s response to what Havre de Grace is doing in regards to school safety.
  • We always welcome comments, suggestions, and questions so let us know if you have any!

https://hcn.viebit.com/player.php?hash=Jmda23OpViSi

  • Officer Adam, PFC Adams, Cpl. Petz taught Civilian Response to an Active Shooting Event to the Havre de Grace Boys and Girls Club. If you would like this training please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 or danielp@havredegracemd.com
  • Follow the Havre de Grace Police on social media for up to date information affecting Havre de Grace, follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor especially important during extreme weather incidents. 
  • 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.

 

REGISTER YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION USING THE EVENTBRITE LINK. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somersetserve-2018-tickets-33371949399

 

Public Works:

 

  • The City’s website www.havredegracemd.com now has designated pages specific to Public Works. The pages, designed for residents to access information quickly, will be ready to go within the next two weeks.  

Storm Updates:

  • Many trees and tree limbs were down.  We are still in the process of removing those which are City-owned. 
  • HOA’s will need to make arrangements for neighborhood trees. 
  • Minor damage to the Community Center. Repairs scheduled.

Stormwater Management:

  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction has begun at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries. 
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean. 
  • The City and DNR are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in an area between the Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. 
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps. Construction will begin this year.  
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop. 
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
    The enhancements planned for Lilly Run and Bradford Green will be set up to serve as educational opportunities for local students. 
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements. 
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!  
  • 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.  This is important after storm events also.


Department of Planning:

  • The Department of Planning would like to welcome Shane Grimm as Deputy Director.  Shane replaces Donald “Jay” Bautz who retired after almost 26 years of service to the Planning Department.  We wish Jay the best in his retirement and many thanks for his years of dedicated service. We welcome Shane to Havre de Grace in this important role for the coordination for development review within the Planning Department and as primary interface with Planning Commission and Board of Appeals.  He will also have a major hand in long-range planning with the myriad of planning-related issues facing the City. 
  • Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) held their Harford County “Listening Session Event” on Wednesday, February 28 in Bel Air at the Harford County Government office building.  Information from these community outreach sessions will be used to gain insight from around the State in developing their state development plan, A Better Maryland. If you missed the session but would like to provide feedback to MDP, please go to http://abetter.maryland.gov/a-better-maryland/survey/ to take a short survey. 
  • 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 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. 

Office of Economic Development:

 

  • The Defense Technology Commercialization Center, or DefTech Center, opened at 2015 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, February 26, a collaboration between APG, Harford and Cecil Counties and the Maryland Department of Commerce. (Photo Courtesy APG News) 
  • Congratulations to Arts by the Bay Gallery, Steppingstone Farm Museum, Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Swan Harbor Farm, Bulle Rock, Maryland Conservatory of Music, Bahoukas Antique Mall, Edel’s Bridal Boutique, Lagom, Mount Felix Vineyard & Winery, Amanda’s Flowers, MyEyeDr., Susquehanna OB/GYN Nurse Midwifery, Mayor Bill Martin and Billee Smith Designs for being recognized in Harford Magazine as among the Best in Harford. 
  • HDGOED participated in the first annual Harford County Public Library Women’s Summit on Tuesday, March 6, at the Abingdon Branch with the keynote presenter being Debbie Phelps, noted speaker and author, and the mother of gold medal Olympian Michael Phelps. 
  • Harford Community College’s 60th Anniversary Gala Illuminate will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the college. 
  • On Thursday, Director Quesenbery will be at the GroundFloor for the Women in Defense member reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and was recently selected historian for Mid-Atlantic Women in Defense. 
  • Next Tuesday, March 13, Maryland Main Street Quarterly meeting will be held in Taneytown with Havre de Grace participating; and that evening HDGOED will be represented at the Harford County Library Gala Committee theme reveal event at One-Eleven Main in Bel Air. 
  • Work is progressing at 137 N. Washington Street on renovating a new and much larger location for JoRetro who will be moving to the space from their spot on Franklin Street and Union Avenue. Bella’s Tea Room opened on St. John Street on February 25 to appreciative diners and crowds. The old wall was removed at Coakley’s Pub with grading being done for the new Yard at Coakley’s which will debut this summer.
  • 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 there will be a Highway User Revenue hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. House Bill 807 to restore municipal highway user revenues was passed unanimously in the House Transportation Subcommittee on March 1 and then moved to the full environment and transportation committee for a full vote.

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Tom Myers in “Make America Innate Again” (Comedy Show/CD Recording) on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00pm 
  • “Cartoons That Swing” on Friday, March 9 at 8pm 
  • “Vivaldi Project” on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm

 

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

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

 

Department of Administration:

  • We would like to congratulate Mayor William T. Martin on being named Harford County’s Best Elected Official for 2017 by Harford Magazine.  View Article.

 

Police Department:

  • With the warm weather starting to show up please review these tips to be a safer driver and walker on the roads.

Driver and Walker Safety Tips

 

  • If you know where any illegal drug activity is taking place around Havre de Grace please fill out the Havre de Grace Drug Tip Form https://goo.gl/SnD2v9 Together we can stop the drug trade in our community.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean.
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps.  Construction will begin this year.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction has begun at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • The enhancements planned for Lilly Run and Bradford Green will be set up to serve as educational opportunities for local students.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • 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.

 

Rain Cycle Coloring Page

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 and tax bills must be paid by May 31st to avoid tax sale.

  • 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.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • The recent Mardi Gras Parade was a success.  Over 3,100 people were in attendance with 250 people participating in the parade.  More than 8,000 beads where thrown during the event.

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

  • “The Triplets of Belleville” (B&W Film Series) on Tuesday, February 27 at 8pm
  • Havre de Grace Arts Collective and Smash Hits WHGM present “Business After Hours” networking event on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
  • Tidewater presents “Without A Clue” on Friday and Saturday, March 2 & 3 at 8:00pm as well as Sunday, March 4 at 2:00pm.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, February 19, 2018

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean. 
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps.  Construction will begin this year. 
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction has begun at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries. 
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop. 
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon. 
  • The enhancements planned for Lilly Run and Bradford Green will be set up to serve as educational opportunities for local students. 
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements. 
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!! 
  • 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. 
  • 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.

SPOTLIGHT:  NEW… POP UP RAIN BARREL – stores easily over winter

Department of Finance:

 

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs Tuesday, February 20, 2018. 
  • 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 and tax bills must be paid by May 31st to avoid tax sale. 
  • 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!

 

  • All “bill pay”  bank checks are sent through the regular mail and are receipted the day of delivery.  Make sure you allow enough time for the bank to print and mail the check to avoid penalty.  Water/Sewer turn offs for non payment will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.  To avoid the turn off fees please pay by Monday, January 22nd. 
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com.  Click on e-Billing Registration.

 

Police Department:

  • Bike club has started at HdGES, at the first meeting we went over bike maintenance and safety. Good job Officer Adam, OFC Coleman, and Mr. Dennison!
     

    NARCAN SAVES LIVES

  • Narcan® Pharmacy Project
    • Between February 14, 2018 and July 1, 2018 or while supplies last, Klein’s ShopRite Pharmacies (ShopRite) of Maryland will be offering Narcan® at “no cost”.
    • Participating ShopRite Pharmacy Locations: Aberdeen, Bel Air (Festival and Main) and Forest Hill
    • ShopRite’s pharmacy staff will assist individuals to identify if Narcan® is covered fully or partially by their insurance.
    • At any time, the individual may request to receive the Narcan® at “no cost”.
    • Training by MDH’s Online Narcan® Training @ www.getnaloxonenow.org or by a licensed or certified individual or organization is encouraged.

    Havre de Grace Police has specially trained officers who teach Civil Response to an Active Shooter Events if you would like your company, organization, church, or club trained on this please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 ordanielp@havredegracemd.com and he will schedule this training for you.

 

 

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Havre de Grace Restaurant week February 19- 25, visit Explorehavredegrace.com for a list of all the great specials!   
  • Opening week of “Without a Clue” by Tidewater Players is this weekend, why not enjoy a great dinner before the show. 
  • Planning for First Friday 2018 has begun, if you would like to be a vendor please contact the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100.  First Friday will run from April through October. 
  • The Wedding Place Havre de Grace.  Like the new wedding Facebook page… Havre de Grace Wedding.  Also the new wedding website has launched but is still under construction at hdgwedding.com 
  • For more information visit us at 450 Pennington Ave or give us a call 410-939-2100

 

Department of Economic Development:

Learn about HDG A&E District this Friday, Feb. 23

The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is holding a program to provide details about the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District or A&E District. Artists, cultural and arts organizations, property owners and developers are strongly encouraged to attend this free event on Friday, February 23, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Refreshments will be served.

There will be presentations on:

  • What is an A&E District
  • Benefits of being in an A&E District
  • What does the future hold

Special guest Steven Skerritt-Davis, Program Director for A&E District for the Maryland State Arts Council will be on hand as well, as MSAC celebrates their 50th year of service to the arts.

To register call 443-502-2005 or email info@HdgArtsCollective.org by February 21.

 

MD Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop on March 20

The Maryland Historical Trust will hold a Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop on Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m., at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., in Council Chambers. This program is free and open to the public.

If you own a certified historic property in Maryland you may have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Whether you are planning to rehabilitate your primary or secondary residence or a commercial property, there are state incentives that may help. Join in this free workshop to learn more about the Maryland Rehabilitation Tax Credit program and opportunities that may be available to you.

Rehabilitation projects include but are not limited to: painting, systems upgrades, roof replacement, window and door repair, floor refinishing….

For more information visit https://mht.maryland.gov/taxCredits.shtml or for information specific to tax credits contact Elizabeth Totten 410-697-9551 or Megan Klem 410-697-9560.

 

Hearings on Crucial Highway User Revenue this week

The municipal priority to fully restore Highway User Revenue (HUR) funding by FY2021 will receive a hearing in both the House and Senate. HB807 is sponsored by Delegates Pam Beidle and Carl Anderton and is scheduled for a hearing this Thurs., February 22, at 1 p.m. in the House Environment and Transportation Committee. The Maryland Municipal League is calling for a strong turnout of municipal officials to attend the hearing to demonstrate MML’s strong commitment to have the HUR restoration bills pass this year.

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) priority Senate Bill, sponsored by Budget and Taxation Committee Vice Chair Senator Rich Madaleno and Senator George Edwards is SB516. That hearing is set for Wed., March 7, with hearings starting at 1 p.m. in the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee.

 

A Night of History at HDG Middle this Friday

Havre de Grace Middle School, 401 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace will host A Night of History: A Tribute to African-American History, Culture and Heritage. The tribute is being presented by 8th Grade students at HDG Middle. This evening of celebration and education will be this Friday, February 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to the HDG Colored School Foundation to help them purchase the HDG Colored School property by February 26. There will be a silent auction, concessions, and t-shirts. Donations are greatly encouraged and appreciated.

 

Small Business Administration livestreaming Wednesday

Are you ready to create a seamless online shopping experience to grow your business? Join the Small Business Administration, SBA, on Wednesday, February 21, from 12:30 to 2p.m. (EST) for a free livestream workshop, “Open for Business.” The SBA Technology and Innovation Partners (TIPS) program in partnership with Facebook, Google, Constant Contact, and Square is brining expert advice to help businesses put their best foot forward online this year. Questions will also be taken live from the comments section.

Register at https://sbaopenforbusiness.splashthat.com or you can join online via the SBA Facebooks page.

 

HDG Chamber of Commerce seeks scholarship support

Each year the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, through generous donations from the community, raises money to give a scholarship to a Havre de Grace High School senior. As in past years chamber members are asked to donate $25 or an amount you deem appropriate as a gesture of support. Please make checks payable to the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce. You may also call the Chamber office at 410-939-3303 to donate using Visa/Mastercard.

 

MD Department of Planning holding listening sessions

The Maryland Department of Planning is debuting a new state development plan called A Better Maryland. The listening sessions will provide an opportunity to seek input from local governments, state agencies, Maryland residents and others with the goal of having A Better Maryland serve as a valuable resource for years to come. Of particular interest to municipalities is that the Department is seeking specific input on identifying local priorities that should be included in A Better Maryland.

Each county will host a listening session with a session scheduled for Harford County on Wednesday, February 28. There will be three specific sessions at the Harford County Administration Offices, first floor conference room, 220 S. Main Street as follows:

3 p.m.                   Local Planning and Other Staff

4 p.m.                   Elected and Appointed Officials

6:30 p.m.             Public session with the community

 

McTier named President of Baltimore Chapter of AABE

The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development congratulates Ronni McTier who was named the new President of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, AABE. She worked with the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland on the Energy Edge Program serving the BGE service area. A kick-off meeting will be held by the AABE this Thursday, February 22, for 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the BGE Office, 110 W. Fayette St., 1st Floor, Baltimore.

Municipal Charter Amendment Legislation out of sub-committee

Legislation introduced by Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti was heard last week in the House Environment and Transportation Committee and has been passed by the subcommittee. The Maryland Municipal League, MML, originally opposed HB-615 which would have required public notification and a public hearing prior to any charter change. The bill was objectionable in that it stipulated that if a municipality changed its “form of government” the proposed charter change would automatically be brought to referendum at the “next municipal election.” It was noted that municipalities do not stipulate a “form of government” in their charters and the requirement that a proposed charter change be voted on at the next municipal election could mean delays of between two and four years. MML worked with Lisanti to submit an amendment at the hearing to eliminate the “form of government” and automatic referendum language from the bill, leaving only a public notification and a public hearing provision when a charter change is proposed. In discussing the proposed legislation with the Committee and various members of the League, it was noted that the majority of Maryland municipalities already utilize the practice, so the legislation if enacted as amended, would not impose any new mandate on most municipal governments.

MML testifies against A&A Tax reduction in Municipalities

HB-549 would exempt from the admissions and amusement (A&A) tax golf entertainment, drive-in movie theaters, skating rinks and agri-tourism sites that are located in municipalities. Stemming from an issue in Cecil County this bill would have a significant negative impact on municipal revenue. Golf entertainment alone accounts for almost $900,000 in revenue which would be lost if this bill passes. As municipal tax authority is already limited, MML strongly opposes this bill.

 

Langston Hughes Oratorical Contest set for Sat., Feb. 24

The 2018 Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest will be Sat., Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Helping Hands Ministries, 3237 Level Rd., Churchville. The event is sponsored by Dr. Roosevelt Barfield and students in grades six-12 will perform original works inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem Dreams. Langston was a frequent visitor to the Colored School. The event celebrates students’ achievements and raises awareness of the Havre de Grace Colored High School Foundation’s efforts to purchase the building and preserve the legacy of the students, faculty and community leaders who endeavored to obtain a quality education for African-American children in Harford County. This event is free to the public.

Startup Breakfast slated for Wed., February 28

The GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, will welcome Venture Access, Inc., with a Startup Breakfast on Wed., Feb. 28, from 8 to 9 a.m. (Access your tickets at www.impactflow.com) Startup Breakfast is the place to meet other Entrepreneurs, makers, innovators and inventors from around Harford County. Mingle with investors, lenders and mentors or enjoy a demo or explore a topic – it’s different each time. Current Venture Access members will receive free admission.

Supporting HB-855 on Small Business

The House Health and Government Operations Committee heard from the Maryland Retailers Association and others supporting HB-855 Tuesday, February 20, at 1 p.m. The bill would require the Office of Legislative Audits to conduct a performance audit of certain units of State Government every three years; establish an electronic registry and post on the registry a proposed legislation that has a significant small business impact; require certain units to create compliance guides to assist small businesses in complying with regulations, etc.

Seeking Small Business Relief Tax Credit

SB-134 authorizes a tax credit against the State income tax for certain small businesses that provide certain employer benefits to qualified employees. It also requires the Department of Commerce to issue a tax credit certificate under certain circumstances. This bill will be heard in the Senate Budget and Tax Committee Wed., February 21, at 1 p.m. It is supported by the Maryland Retailers Association as the Small Business Relief Tax Credit SB134. As HB-99 this will be before the House Ways & Means Committee at the same time and on the same day.

Polystyrene Hearing set for Wednesday

HB-538 prohibiting a person from selling in the State of Maryland certain expanded polystyrene food service products on or after January 1, 2019, will be heard in the House Environment and Transportation Committee Wed., Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. Opposed the Maryland Retailers Association, the bill would prevent food service businesses and certain schools from selling or providing food in expanded polystyrene food service containers. The county health department would impose penalties for violations of the Act and would require the county health department to notify the Department of the Environment of violations.

Supporting Back-to-School Tax-Free shopping extension

The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development and Maryland Retailers Association is in support of HB-671 which is being heard in the House Ways and Means Committee Wed., February 21, at 1 p.m. Known as the Sales & Use Tax: Tax-Free Period for Back-to-School Shopping and School Supplies bill, HB-671 expands the tax-free period for back-to-school shopping to include certain school supplies. Supplies, in this instance, is defined as: pens, pencils, crayons, binders, folders, notebooks and loose-leaf paper, etc.

Save the Date for MD Smart Growth Workshop

The National Center for Smart Growth and Education at the University of Maryland College Park is hosting an afternoon workshop on Wednesday, April 18, to reflect on 20-years of smart growth in Maryland and explore new ideas for moving forward. This is a great opportunity for municipal planners to engage and swap ideas. The workshop will be at the Lowe House Office Building from noon to 6 p.m. Contact Nick Finio at nfinio@gmail.com if you would like more details as they become available.

Additional Upcoming Economic Development Events:

  • Feb. 19 – Sun., Feb. 25 – Havre de Grace Restaurant Week
  • Jack Gerbes Lecture at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House at 7:30 p.m. at part of the Shank Lecture Series; Maryland Department of Commerce Film and Digital Images
  • WHGM Smash Hits FM will hold a Business after Hours: An Evening of Networking at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, on Thurs., March 1. RSVP by February 27 to executivedirector@hdgartscollective.org

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Iris” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00pm
  • “Learn More About the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District” on Friday, February 23 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
  • Tidewater presents “Without A Clue” on Friday and Saturday, February 23 & 24 at 8:00pm as well as Sunday, February 25 at 2:00pm.