March 2017 Student of the Month Presentation

The City of Havre de Grace would like to congratulate Max Swart, Kira Knockett, Ethan Wilkinson, and Danny Mattei Lopez on being this month’s Students of the Month.

Havre de Grace Elementary School Max Swart

Meadowvale Elementary Kira Knockett

Havre de Grace Middle School Ethan Wilkinson

Havre de Grace High School Danny Mattei Lopez

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: TO CONSIDER THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION (“RESOLUTION”) INTRODUCED AT THE COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ON MARCH 6, 2017, BRIEFLY AND ACCURATELY DESCRIBED BELOW ALONG WITH THE APPLICABLE CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE 4-406(a) :

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Monday, May 1, 2017

7:00 PM

City Hall

711 Pennington Street

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

 

TO CONSIDER THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION (“RESOLUTION”) INTRODUCED AT THE COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ON MARCH 6, 2017, BRIEFLY AND ACCURATELY DESCRIBED BELOW ALONG WITH THE APPLICABLE CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE 4-406(a) :

ANNEXATION RESOLUTION NO. 282

(Charter Amendment — First 2017 Annexation)

 

A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE XI – E AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE SUBTITLE 3 – AMENDMENT OR REPEAL OF CHARTER AND SUBTITLE 4 ANNEXATION, WHICH AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY TO ANNEX PROPERTY, IN THIS CASE PROPERTY KNOWN AS TYDINGS PARK ISLAND, AND BY AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY; SPECIFICALLY APPENDIX A OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE CHARTER BY ADDING “SUBSECTION A.31 THE FIRST 2017 ADDITION TO THE CITY BOUNDARIES,” ALONG WITH THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ACRES OF LAND WHICH WILL ENLARGE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE BY ANNEXING THE LAND OF  TYDINGS PARK ISLAND CONSISTING OF A TOTAL OF 200 ACRES MORE OR LESS, MOSTLY WATER BOURNE, ADJOINING THE EXISTING CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE. 

BY A VOTE OF 6-0, IT WAS RESOLVED, ORDAINED, AND ENACTED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.  The Appendix to the Charter of the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland is hereby amended to add a new Subsection A.31 The First 2017 Addition to the City Boundaries to read as set forth in the legal description (“Property”) attached as Exhibit A to the Resolution.

SECTION 2.  The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland and the requisite owners of the properties hereby annexed agree that the conditions and circumstances applicable to the change in the boundaries of the City of Havre de Grace caused by this annexation and to the property within the area hereby annexed are as provided in the applicable Charter provisions, laws and ordinances of the State of Maryland and the City of Havre de Grace, except as follows:

(a)        The Property is currently not given a County zoning designation on the official zoning maps of Harford County. The zoning designation in the City that the Mayor and City Council shall assign to the Property is Residential Business RB, as defined in the Havre de Grace Zoning Ordinance.

(b)        City water and sewer service shall be provided to the Property hereby annexed at generally applicable rates and pursuant to conditions generally applicable to other City-owned properties within the corporate boundaries of the City of Havre de Grace at such time the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace approve development of the Property.  The cost to construct any facilities necessary to provide water and sewer service to the Property shall be paid according to the laws, rules, regulations and policies, specifications, standards and approvals (including state and county, if any), existing or required at the time of construction, including any applicable recoupment agreements, and in accordance with the Annexation Plan attached to the Resolution as Exhibit B.

(c)        The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland acknowledge that a legal description of the Property has been prepared by a professional engineer retained by the City.

(d)       The terms and conditions of this Resolution shall supersede the Annexation Policy of the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland established by Resolution 97-7 (“Annexation Policy”), a copy of which is attached to the Resolution as Exhibit C to the extent the Annexation Policy is inconsistent with the terms and conditions of this Resolution.

SECTION 3.  AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, promptly after the introduction and first reading of this Resolution by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland, the Director of Administration shall create a public notice, briefly and accurately describing the proposed change and the conditions and circumstances applicable.  The aforesaid notice shall be published four (4) times at not less than weekly intervals in a newspaper or newspapers of general circulation in the City of Havre de Grace and the area to be annexed, as the area to be annexed is greater than 25 acres.  The aforesaid public notice shall state a time, not less than fifteen (15) days after the fourth (4th) publication thereof, a place within the City of Havre de Grace at which a public hearing shall be held to consider public comment to consider this Resolution.  The public hearing may be continued or rescheduled in accordance with the requirements set forth in Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  Immediately upon the first publication of the specified public notice, a copy of the public notice and other relevant documents shall be provided to the Harford County Council, the Harford County Executive, the Director of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning, the Planning Commission of the City of Havre de Grace, and to any other regional or state planning agency having jurisdiction over the property, including the Executive Director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

SECTION 4.   AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that,

(a)  Upon passage of this Annexation Resolution, the Island will continue to be owned by the City and the City is authorized to continue to treat the property as a non-taxable as City-owned park property, as well as the waters surrounding the Island which waters are part of the Property being annexed and which are owned by the State of Maryland.

SECTION 5.  AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, this Annexation Resolution shall become effective forty-five (45) days after its enactment by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland, provided this Resolution is read and passed by an affirmative vote of a majority of the Council members present at a second reading of the Resolution at a regular City Council meeting after the conclusion of the public hearing and any continuation thereof as prescribed by the Local Government Article Section 4-407 of the Annotated Code of Maryland (as amended) and also provided that a proper petition for referendum calling for an election related to the annexation is not filed as permitted by law.

SECTION 6.  AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, if any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this Resolution or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining sections, subsections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, and words of this Resolution, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances then in effect, shall continue in full force and effect.

SECTION 7.  AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland, that the Director of Planning shall promptly register the original and the new corporate boundaries of the City of Havre de Grace with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Harford County and the Department of Legislative Reference for the State of Maryland when this Resolution takes effect.

 

ALL EXHIBITS ATTACHED TO THE RESOLUTION AND THE ANNEXATION PLAN RELATED THERETO ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT CITY HALL AND ON THE WEBSITE. 

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NOTICE TO CANDIDATES FOR CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ELECTION HELD ON MAY 2, 2017

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES FOR CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ELECTION
HELD ON MAY 2, 2017

Qualified candidates running for Mayor and City Council can file a Notice of Candidacy with the Director of Administration, City Hall, 711 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace, Maryland from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Qualifications to run for Mayor are as follows:
1) At least 25 years of age;
2) Citizen of the United States for at least ten years preceding the election;
3) A qualified City voter at the time of filing;
4) A resident of Havre de Grace for at least two years preceding the election date.
Qualifications to run for City Council are as follows:
1) At least 25 years of age;
2) Citizen of the United States for at least ten years preceding the election;
3) A qualified City voter at the time of filling;
4) A resident of Havre de Grace for at least two years preceding the election date.

Filing Fee:
Mayor: $100.00
City Council: $50.00

 

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

March 6, 2017 City Council Agenda


Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Monday, March 6,  2017 City Council Meeting.

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

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
March 6, 2017

Public Hearing: Ordinance 987: An Ordinance concerning Peddling License
AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND TO AMEND THE CITY CODE CHAPTER 127 TITLED “PEDDLING AND SOLICITING SECTION 127.2 LICENSES REQUIRED” PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND SECTION 5-204 AND CITY CHARTER CHAPTER C, SECTION 19.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Opening Prayer:
A. Pastor Rick Haynes; Lighthouse Mission Church

5. Approval of the Minutes:
A. Council Meeting Minutes- February 21, 2017

6. Recognitions: Presented by Mayor Martin (Student of the Month)
A. Havre de Grace Elementary School: Max Swart
B. Meadowvale Elementary: Kira Knockett
C. Havre de Grace Middle School: Ethan Wilkinson
D. Havre de Grace High School: Danny Mattei Lopez

7. Proclamations: None

8. Presentations:
A. Wage and Benefit

9. Appointments:
A. Reappointments
1. Steven Lay : Marina Commission (CM Glenn)
2. Darryl Leonetti: Marina Commission (CM Glenn)

10. Oath of Office: None

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

12. Resolutions:
A Charter Annexation Resolution concerning Tydings Park Island (CM Hitchings)
A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE XI – E AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE SUBTITLE 3 – AMENDMENT OR REPEAL OF CHARTER AND SUBTITLE 4 ANNEXATION, WHICH AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY TO ANNEX PROPERTY, IN THIS CASE PROPERTY KNOWN AS TYDINGS PARK ISLAND, AND BY AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY; SPECIFICALLY APPENDIX A OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE CHARTER BY ADDING “SUBSECTION A.31 THE FIRST 2017 ADDITION TO THE CITY BOUNDARIES,” ALONG WITH THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ACRES OF LAND WHICH WILL ENLARGE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE BY ANNEXING THE LAND OF TYDINGS PARK ISLAND CONSISTING OF A TOTAL OF 200 ACRES MORE OR LESS, MOSTLY WATER BOURNE, ADJOINING THE EXISTING CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE.

Charter Annexation Resolution concerning: 1828, 1830, and 1834 Pulaski Highway (CM Hitchings)
A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE XI – E AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE SUBTITLE 3 – AMENDMENT OR REPEAL OF CHARTER AND SUBTITLE 4 ANNEXATION, WHICH AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY TO ANNEX PROPERTY, IN THIS CASE PROPERTY CONSISTING OF THREE LOTS BY ADRESSES 1828, 1830, AND 1834 PULASKI HIGHWAY AS WELL AS A PORTION OF THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AKA AMTRAK) RIGHT-OF-WAY ADJOINING THOSE LOTS CONSISTING OF A TOTAL OF 11.1688 ACRES OF LAND MORE OR LESS, ADJOINING THE EXISTING CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE, BY AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY; SPECIFICALLY APPENDIX A OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE CHARTER BY ADDING “SUBSECTION A.32 THE SECOND 2017 ADDITION TO THE CITY BOUNDARIES,” ALONG WITH THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ACRES OF LAND WHICH WILL ENLARGE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE BY ANNEXING THE LAND OF 1828, 1830, AND 1834 PULASKI HIGHWAY AND A PORTION OF THE AMDTRAK RIGHT OF WAY ADJOINING THE EXISTING CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE.

A Resolution concerning off-site Council Meetings (CP Gamatoria)
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 34 AND 28 OF THE CITY CHARTER TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND ALLOW FOR THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OF CITY HALL FOR THREE MEETINGS IN CALENDAR YEAR 2017.

13. Ordinances: None

14. Old Business: None

15. New Business:
A. Pyrex-Fest; sponsored by the HDG Alliance; April 29th 2017; 400 Block of Franklin St. (Mrs. Scott)

B. Budget Amendments (CM Worrell)
1. Budget Amendment 2017-10; Camilla Street Water Main Replacement
2. Budget Amendment 2017-11; Warren Street Sewer Main Replacement
3. Budget Amendment 2017-12; State Highways Paving Grant, Erie and Ontario Streets
4. Budget Amendment 2017-13; Electric Vehicle Purchase
5. Budget Amendment 2017-14; Water Treatment Plant Water Usage Increase

16. Directors Report:
A. Mr. Patrick Sypolt: Director of Administration
B. Mr. Ben Martorana: Director of Planning
C. Mrs. Erika Quesenbery- Acting Director of Economic Development
D. Mr. George DeHority: Director of Finance
E. Mr. Tim Whittie: Director of Public Works
F. Teresa Walter: Chief of Police

17. Business from Mayor Martin:

18. Business from Council:
A. Council Member Glenn:
B. Council Member Hitchings:
C. Council Member D. Martin:
D. Council Member Worrell:
E. Council Member Craig:
19. Business from Council President Gamatoria:

20. Comments from Citizens

21. Adjournment

STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE REGARDING DUNLOP PROTECTIVE FOOTWEAR’S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT INTO HAVRE DE GRACE FACILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2017
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STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE REGARDING DUNLOP PROTECTIVE FOOTWEAR’S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT INTO HAVRE DE GRACE FACILITY

Dunlop Protective Footwear has announced their plan to invest millions of dollars into their Havre de Grace manufacturing facility. This expansion will enable the company to produce the only polyurethane boot made in the United States. As a result, this is expected to create 15 new jobs in our community. “The investment Dunlop has decided to make in Havre de Grace is not just an investment into their facility, it is also an investment of confidence to the future of our city,” said Mayor Martin. We are proud Dunlop chose to do business in Havre de Grace and look forward to working with them in the future.

Mayor Martin signs Charter Resolution 281 into law.

Mayor Martin signs Charter Resolution 281 into law. 

This week Mayor Martin signed into law Charter Resolution 281. Charter Resolution 281 updates the Budget process in the City Charter to incorporate the best practices learned over the last decade. Primarily it segregates the budget into 3 formal areas; personnel costs, non-personnel operating costs, and capital projects. Charter Resolution 281 also restricts Department Directors from transferring funds between these 3 key elements without City Council approval. The goal is to ensure the budget can be understood by as many citizens as possible, so they may better understand how their tax dollars are being spent. Charter Resolution 281 was unanimously passed by The City Council on February 21, 2017 and will go into effect April 12, 2017.

 

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The Passing of our friend Richard Holly

We are saddened to hear the news of the passing our friend Richard Holly. Rich was a leader in our community who made us laugh, smile and most importantly challenged us as students and citizens. For 45 years, Rich taught business at Havre de Grace High School. When Rich was not teaching he was busy participating in numerous volunteer organizations, including Community Projects of Havre de Grace, the Winter Wonderland Committee, the Citizens Against Trash Club, and volunteering to serve Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. His sacrifice to our community was selfless. We are forever grateful for the time we spent with Rich and thankful for the lessons he taught us.

We would also like to express our deepest condolences to the Holly Family.

Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project On Track for the Spring Season – Modern Playground Equipment installed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2017
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TYDINGS PARK UPGRADE AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ON TRACK FOR THE SPRING SEASON – MODERN PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT INSTALLED.

Today The City of Havre de Grace announced that the Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project has reached a new milestone with the installation of new playground equipment.

On Thursday February 23, 2017, a REV 8 Rotating Climber and interactive stations were added to the park. The modern Merry Go Round “is unlike playground equipment of the past,” explained Director of Administration Patrick Sypolt. “The speed is governed to prevent it from traveling too fast.” The interactive stations include games such as Tic-Tac-Toe and rock-paper-scissors. The REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations as well as all future playground equipment being installed in Tydings Park have been designed with a focus on safety, and are compliant with ASTM and CPSC playground safety standards.

“This is just the beginning,” said Mayor Martin “when this project is completed, we will have a safe, all-access playground for children, including those with mobility constraints.”

The Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project began as a result of the City’s 2015 Tydings Parks Commissions findings. Through public survey and testimony, the commission found the need for updates to the City’s largest park. As mentioned by Mayor Martin, additional playground equipment is scheduled to be installed by early Spring and the existing equipment will be receiving a face-lift.  The City recently completed updates to the Tydings Park War Memorial, and park entrance, which will be rededicated this spring. Additionally, last year the City expanded the sidewalk and parking along Commerce Street to improve safety and increase accessibility to the park, added new recycling containers and a Little Free Library, which was constructed by local Havre de Grace student Isabella Lugo.

For more information about the Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project, please visit havredegracemd.com/tydings-park-commission-final-report

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING Proposed Ordinance 987

The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council Chambers, 711 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD on

March 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 987 which concerns itself with the City Code “Peddling and Soliciting Section 127.2 Licenses Required” A copy of proposed Ordinance 987 is available for review at City Hall.

View Proposed Ordinance 987 

Opera House Update: Construction and Renovations are progressing as scheduled.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2017

The interior framing is 80% complete, and the duct work is 75% finished as is also the plumbing. Structural steel has been set in the existing facility. The masonry portion of the addition continues in earnest. Most of the interior fit-out color pallet has been decided, and the contractor remains optimistic for an early June completion.  Anticipated opening is spring 2017.