City of Havre de Grace installs Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2017

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE INSTALLS ELE CTRIC VEHICLE (E V) CHARGING STATION.

The City of Havre de Grace has installed a level two CT 4000 ChargePoint Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at David Craig Park. The dual powered station is capable of simultaneously charging two cars, costing green motorist $2.00 per hour.

The new charging station is part of a larger marketing strategy to promote tourism and environmentally friendly travel. The station includes a prominent LCD screen capable of displaying 60-second video and other marketing material. Located within walking distance of downtown, the station on average takes two hours to charge a battery operated vehicle. “It’s a win-win for the city,” said Mayor Martin “we are increasing tourism while at the same time encouraging green travel.” The EV charging station is the latest action taken by the city to expand its environmental initiative program launched last year. Other undertakings include new recycling containers, LED lights, municipal electric cars, and most significantly, all city buildings switching over to solar power, including the charging station.

City Council Agenda February 21, 2017


Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Tuesday, January 21,  2017 City Council Meeting.

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

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
February 21, 2017

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Opening Prayer:
A. Pastor Norman Obenshain- HDG United Methodist Church

5. Approval of the Minutes:
A. Council Meeting Minutes- February 6, 2017

6. Recognitions: None

7. Proclamations: None

8. Presentations:
A. Second Quarter Report: Mayor Martin

9. Appointments:
1. Warren Hartenstine: EDAB (CM Worrell)

10. Oath of Office: (Administered by Mayor Martin)
1. Warren Hartenstine

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

12. Resolutions:
A. An Annexation Resolution Plan concerning Tydings Park Island (CP Gamatoria)
AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR TYDINGS PARK ISLAND AND WATERS SURROUNDING IT CONSISTING OF APPROXIMATELY 200 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING THE VAST AREA THAT IS MOSTLY WATER BOURNE AND ADJACENT TO TYDINGS PARK IN THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE

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 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, SECTION 4-415 WHICH REQUIRES THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY SEEKING TO ANNEX PROPERTY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2006 TO ADOPT AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND THAT THE ANNEXATION PLAN NOT BE PART OF THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION.

B. An Annexation Resolution Plan concerning land along Pulaski Highway (CP Gamatoria)
AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR 11.1688 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, ALONG PULASKI HIGHWAY ALSO BEING KNOWN AS THREE LOTS BY ADDRESSES 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

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 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, SECTION 4-415 WHICH REQUIRES THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY SEEKING TO ANNEX PROPERTY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2006 TO ADOPT AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND THAT THE ANNEXATION PLAN NOT BE PART OF THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION.

C. A Charter Resolution regarding the budget process (CM Worrell)
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND TO AMEND THE CITY CHARTER “SECTION 37 BUDGET ORDINANCE, HOW MADE”, AT SUBPARAGRAPHS B AND F, PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND SECTION 4-304 AND ARTICLE XI-E OF THE MAYRLAND CONSTITUTION.

13. Ordinances:
An Ordinance concerning Peddling License (CM Martin)
A. 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.

14. Old Business: None

15. New Business:
A. Special Events- Presented by Mrs. Scott
1. HDG Arts Commission Children’s Arts Festival: Sept 9, 2017
2. First Fridays: May- October 2017
3. Out of the Darkness 5K Walk- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Sept 30, 2017

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

HdG Middle School Students Helping to Solve a City-Wide Problem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2017
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HdG Middle School Students Helping to Solve a City-Wide Problem

Repeated calls for clogged sinks, toilets backing up, sewer lines clogged…  What is going on?  Fats, oils, grease and “flushable” wipes are wreaking havoc on city pipes.  Rarely does a week go by at the City of Havre de Grace Public Works office without a call from residents asking for help with a sewer-related problem.  This costly problem is so easily preventable…it just takes a little education.  With that in mind, Public Works employee Laurie Dawson reached out to Havre de Grace Middle School science teacher and drama club advisor Laurie Starkey to help with getting the word out.

Mrs. Starkey immediately embraced the idea of having students develop a YouTube video to showcase the problem and the solution.  She put the idea out there to her students and they quickly stepped up and said they wanted to help.

The first step was to begin to learn about this city-wide problem.  Students did their homework by doing on-line research of problems caused by fats, oils, grease and wipes in the pipes.   This was followed by a Field Trip to the City of Havre de Grace Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Students explored the plant operations and saw first-hand evidence of the problems created when items like those mentioned above are put into household drains and toilets.  WWTP Assistant Superintendent Mick Zellman lead the discussion and tour where students were able to see all types of material caught in fine screens.

Following the tour, these middle school students began to define key points to include in their video and discussed ways to keep the viewers engaged.  In the words of one student, “Our video needs to include scenes around our town because we are proud of our City and we want to help keep the Bay clean.”

Next steps for Mrs. Starkey’s students include preparing the script and video production schedule.  City Hall will hold a premier showing at an upcoming Council meeting.  Stay tuned for the debut targeted for April.

City of Havre de Grace Announces 10th Annual Mardi Gras Parade.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2017
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CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ANNOUNCES 10th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS PARADE.

The Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today the Historic Preservation Commission will be holding its 10th Annual Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Parade on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The parade route begins along Bourbon Street and ends at the American Legion. Along the route, spectators will receive beads and other throws in true Mardi Gras style. “There will be more than 7,000 throws including over 5,000 authentic Mardi Gras beads,” stated tourism manager Lauri Orzewicz.

The Mardi Gras Parade is inspired by Havre de Grace’s tradition of French influence. “The City of Havre de Grace has long embraced French heritage and culture,” Mayor William T. Martin explained in a recent promotional video.

The rain date is March 3, 2017. Parking along St. John Street, Washington Street, and parts of Bourbon Street will be prohibited after 3 :00 p.m. the day of the event. Those streets will also be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event.

Parade Participants will include the following:

· HHS Jazz Band
· The Hogs and Heroes Foundation Chapter MD 2
· Volkswagen 197 5
· HdG Drama Guild
· Vintage Cafe
· Backfin Blues Creole De Graw
· La Cle Dor Guesthouse/ Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission
· Society ofltalian-American Businessmen
· Havre de Grace Rec Cheerleading
· Visitor’s Center
· Mayor & City Council
· Mitch Mitchell & the Lantern Queen
· CAT Club
· Kona Ice
· Tidewater Grille, Inc
· HdG Rec Basketball
· Harford County Democratic Central Committee
· Opera House Foundation
· MacGregor’s Restaurant & Catering
· Silks Restaurant
· Advanced Eye Care
· Smash Hits

 

MAYOR ORDERS UP LIGHTS BLUE TO HONOR FALLEN SHERIFF DEPUTIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

MAYOR ORDERS UP LIGHTS BLUE TO HONOR FALLEN SHERIFF DEPUTIES  

By order of Mayor William T. Martin, the City up lights will be lit blue Friday, February 10, 2017 to honor the life’s and distinguished careers of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

February 10, 2017 marks the one-year date of the fatal shooting of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon while in the line of duty.

February 2017 Student of the Month Presentation

The City of Havre de Grace would like to congratulate Kayleigh Bolen, Ashley Kovacsics, Patricia “Riley” Grochowski, and Gracie Diveley on being this month’s Students of the Month.

Havre de Grace Elementary School: Kayleigh Bolen

 

Meadowvale Elementary School: Ashley Kovacsics

Havre de Grace Middle School: Patricia “Riley” Grochowski

Havre de Grace High School: Gracie Diveley

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Celebrates thirty years.

Monday, February 6, 2017 the Mayor presented the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum with a proclamation recognizing their thirtieth anniversary.

 

WHEREAS, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is celebrating their thirtieth anniversary; and

WHEREAS, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses one of the finest collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys ever assembled; and

WHEREAS, through tours, lectures, demonstrations and special events the Decoy Museum strives to communicate the heritage of Upper Bay decoy making to a national audience; and

WHEREAS, with displays of 1,200 decoys and decorative carvings, the Decoy Museum provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate this unique American folk art form in a stunning setting; and

NOW THEREFORE, I, William T. Martin, Mayor of the City of Havre de Grace along with the City Council Members do hereby recognize and congratulate the Decoy Museum for thirty years of preserving the cultural legacy of waterfowling and decoy-making on the Chesapeake Bay.


City Council Agenda February 6, 2017


Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Tuesday , January 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
February 6, 2017

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- January 17, 2017

6. Recognitions: (Presented by Mayor Martin)
A. Student of the Month
1. Havre de Grace Elementary School: Kayleigh Bolen
2. Meadowvale Elementary School: Ashley Kovacsics
3. Havre de Grace Middle School: Patricia “Riley” Grochowski
4. Havre de Grace High School: Gracie Diveley

7. Proclamations: None

8. Presentations:
A. Havre de Grace Decoy Museum: Presented by Mayor Martin
B. Water and Sewer Annual Report: Presented by Mr. Mike Ferry
C. Special Presentation

9. Appointments:
A. Re-appointments:
1. Sheryl Coleman; Street and Traffic Safety (CM Glenn)
2. Mary Boehly; Street and Traffic Safety (CM Glenn)
3. Philip Powell; Board of Appeals (CP Gamatoria)
4. Darlene Perry; Historic Preservation Commission (CM Worrell)
5. Norman Obenshain; Ethics Commission (CM Martin)

B. New Appointments:
1. William Watson: Ethics Commission (CM Martin)

10. Oath of Office: (Administered by Mayor Martin)
1. William Watson

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

12. Resolutions:
A. An Annexation Resolution concerning Tydings Park Island (CP Gamatoria)
AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR TYDINGS PARK ISLAND AND WATERS SURROUNDING IT CONSISTING OF APPROXIMATELY 200 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING THE VAST AREA THAT IS MOSTLY WATER BOURNE AND ADJACENT TO TYDINGS PARK IN THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE

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 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, SECTION 4-415 WHICH REQUIRES THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY SEEKING TO ANNEX PROPERTY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2006 TO ADOPT AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND THAT THE ANNEXATION PLAN NOT BE PART OF THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION.

B. An Annexation Resolution concerning land along Pulaski Highway (CP Gamatoria)
AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR 11.1688 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, ALONG PULASKI HIGHWAY ALSO BEING KNOWN AS THREE LOTS BY ADDRESSES 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

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 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, SECTION 4-415 WHICH REQUIRES THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY SEEKING TO ANNEX PROPERTY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2006 TO ADOPT AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND THAT THE ANNEXATION PLAN NOT BE PART OF THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION.

13. Ordinances: None

14. Old Business: None

15. New Business:
A. Special Events: Presented by Mrs. Scott
1. Mardi Gras @ Creole de Graw: 2/28/17
2. River Sweep: April 22, 2017
3. Decoy Festival and Wildlife: May 5,6, 7 2017
4. Hospice Regatta: June 3, 2017
5. Concerts in the Park: Friday evenings in June and July 2017
6. HDG Art Show: August 19, 20
7. HDG Farmers Market: Every Saturday May 6- November 18, 2017
8. Women’s 5K By the Bay: May 6, 2017
9. HHS Music Booster 5K: May 13, 2017

B. Budget Transfer 2017-09: Funding for playground equipment for Tydings Park (CM Worrell)

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:
A. Second Quarter Report

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

Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver Before the Big Game Begins

Havre de Grace, MD – Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event, Super Bowl LI, on Sunday, February 5. For many, the celebration will include drinking alcohol.

That’s why highway safety and law enforcement officials are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by passing the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

Drunk driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. According to NHTSA, in 2015 10,265 people—29 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States that year—were killed in crashes that involved an impaired driver.

“Super Bowl Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. If you want to be the MVP of Super Bowl LI, volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said Chief Walter. “Drunk driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, remember to pass the keys to the sober driver before kickoff.”

Chief Walter said fans that have been drinking can secure a safe ride home by designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or calling a taxi or rideshare program.

In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on the app store, is another resource to help football fans who have been drinking find a sober ride home–by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

Designated sober drivers for Super Bowl weekend should refrain from drinking alcohol and enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks instead. They can tweet @NHTSAgov during Super Bowl LI to be featured on NHTSA’s national Wall of Fame.

This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl.

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BGE Installing New Gas Lines

BGE has started an extensive gas line replacement project in the City. It will be in three phases: phase one will last up to 9 months, the next two phases will last a couple of years. They are up grading the Low-Pressure Gas Lines with High Pressure Lines. Work will be scheduled Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm, no weekends. No Parking Signs posted by BGE should indicate that the restricted parking is only for Mondays-Fridays, 7am to 5pm. Expect delays. Flaggers will be on the job site. Please use caution in the work area.

Phase I will impact Market Street (from Alliance to Congress), Fountain Street (from Union to Market) amd S. Washington (from Alliance to Fountain) and Girard Street (from Lodge to S. Washington.) This project will impact about 100 customers. BGE is replacing the 70 year old gas line with a new one.

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