Mayor William T. Martin Announces the Appointment of Carolyn Zinner to Havre de Grace City Council.

Today, Mayor William T. Martin announced he will nominate Carolyn Zinner to fill the current vacant city council seat at the Monday, November 5, 2018 city council meeting.
Pending city council confirmation, Mrs. Zinner will serve the remainder of Monica Worrell’s term, which ends Monday, May 20, 2019.

Since graduating with a B. S. degree in Health Care Administration from Widner University, Mrs. Zinner has led a successful career both as a small-business owner and a leader in health care management. Most recently, Mrs. Zinner worked as a project manager at Christiana Care Health System in their information services department, retiring in June 2018. Currently, Mrs. Zinner is a member and supporter of several nonprofit organizations and is serving on the Independence Day Commission and Wage and Benefits Commission for the City of Havre de Grace.

“Carolyn Zinner is an individual who will roll her sleeves up and work hard to be prepared for the issues that face the City. More importantly she is a fair and well-informed individual who will represent the citizens of Havre de Grace with respect and dignity,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “If confirmed, I have no doubt she will be a key asset to the City Council and the citizens she serves.”

STATEMENT BY MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF COUNCIL MEMBER MONICA WORRELL.

This evening at the city council meeting, Council Member Monica Worrell announced her resignation from the City Council effective immediately.

Since her first day on council, she has been a leader, an amalgam of conviction and civic mindedness.  During her tenure, she has always spoken and stood up for what she believes in.

She played an intricate role in helping Havre de Grace achieve its Sustainable Maryland certification and passionately championed legislation that improved public safety, the environment, and economic development.

Our community is forever grateful for her service. Monica’s wisdom and compassion will be greatly missed. Moving forward, I am confident she will use her council experience to continue to make a powerful impact. I would like to thank Monica personally not only for her commitment but also for her friendship. I wish her all the best as she begins a new chapter.

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

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/

 

Statement From Mayor William T. Martin Regarding The Appointment of Teresa Gardner.

This evening I had the opportunity to swear in Teresa Gardner as the city’s next Director of Public Works.

Teresa Gardner is one of the most qualified professionals in her field, with experience managing large public works operations and infrastructure projects, doing so most recently as the Director of Public Works for the City of Salisbury, Md.

As Director of Public Works, Mrs. Gardner will craft the city’s short and long-term strategic infrastructure plan, as she oversees the department’s six divisions.

I look forward to working with Mrs. Gardner. As we continue to make Havre de Grace a 21st century city, it is important we have highly skilled and educated leaders like her to help guide our city into the future.

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