City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday December 4, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday December 4, 2017

 

Headlines:

Office of the Mayor:

On Thursday November 30, 2017, Mayor Martin  

  • Filmed a video promoting the City’s holiday decorating contest.

  • Attended the retirement luncheon for PFC Dennis Rittershofer at the Havre de Grace Police Department. During the event, the mayor presented PFC Rittershofer with a proclamation and challenge coin.
  • Handed out ribbons to the winners of this year’s Business Wreath Decorating Contest.

  • Attended a Community Leadership social at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air.
  • On Friday, December 1, 2017, Mayor Martin participated in Holly Jolly First Friday .

 

Department of Administration:

Office of Marketing:

  • Post people are talking about on Social Media:  

Below is a list of the top five most talked about post from the City Havre de Grace on Facebook during November.

-Concord Point Lighthouse this evening.

-Crews are in the process of decorating the city. When completed our parks, downtown, and walkways will be illuminated for the holiday season. Lights will officially be turned on Friday, December 1, 2017 as part of the Holly Jolly First Fridays and Light Up Night celebration.

-Sunset this evening.

-Downtown looking extra beautiful this evening 🙂

-Concord Point Lighthouse is always beautiful, but we especially love it during the holiday session. This morning’s sunrise was extra joyful, with the holiday lights and decorations adding a festive spirit.

Department of Public Works:

  • A sign of growth ~ ​Between August 31 to November 30, a total of 41 water meters have been installed for new homes going in at the following sub-divisions: Greenway Farm, Bulle Rock,and Scenic Manor.  

Improving Our Utilities

  • An old water main valve will be replaced with a new one tomorrow in the 500 block of Alliance Street.
  • BGE Gas Line replacement – crews will be working in the area of Washington, Alliance and Giles Streets.
  • Canvasback Drive – the pipes for the culvert have been delivered!

Recycle this Holiday

  • Newspaper packages tied up with string – this is truly a beautiful thing! and it is recycling at its Best!
  • Christmas Trees – they are considered Yard Waste and will be collected curbside on Mondays through January.  Please make sure the tinsel has been removed.  

Avoid Sewer Back-ups in Your Home

  • Holiday Cooking – this is the season with lots of buttery dishes, gravies, fats from turkeys, etc.  Do not pour Fats, Oils or Grease into your sink drains. Prevent your drains from backing up this holiday season.  Solution: Pour the leftover fats, etc. into a can or plastic container with a lid, let it firm up (fridge or freezer will help quicken the process) and then place the container in your regular trash can.

Coming to a Street Near You!

  • The DPW Streets Crew is actively preparing to get the snow plows and blades ready for wintry weather.

    Pictured here is a sure way to avoid getting plowed in after you have already shoveled.

 

ANIMAL CONTROL – WHO TO CALL?

  • Harford County Sheriff’s Office has staff who attends to animal control issues.  Please call 410-638-3505 (The Citizen Newsletter had an incorrect number.)

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

* Reminder:  Please keep your stormdrains 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.

 

A clogged drain will flood the surrounding area.  A clear drain accepts the heavy rains. 

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  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 will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Repairs being made to the stormdrain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for those enhancements soon.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

 

SPOTLIGHT:  Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control.  While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), many counties and towns receive a large volume of stormwater from smaller scale residential and private properties.  Actions on these smaller properties, such as the installation of rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or changing of lawn fertilization practices on an individual property, when considered in aggregate, can show significant nutrient and sediment reductions.

Every Practice Counts!

CTRL CLICK Link        http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

Department of Planning:

  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street.  Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.
  • As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • 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.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Police Department:

  • Big thank you to the Hogs and Heroes Maryland Chapter 2 for their generous donation of toys to our holiday toy drive. It is much appreciated and will help those in need.
  • Christmas is fast approaching, please when doing holiday shopping do not leave the items you bought in plain view in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk or put them in an area of your vehicle where they can’t be seen. This will make your vehicle less desirable to thieves.
  • HdG officers enjoyed working the Christmas Parade. We are so lucky to serve such a great community!
  • We celebrated the retirement of Dennis Rittershofer after 37 years of service!
  • 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 Finance:

  • Last business day to pay your Real Estate Tax 2nd Half and avoid penalty is Friday, December 29, 2017.  Avoid the waiting in long lines and pay early.  Or better yet, use the convenient drop box at the front doors of City Hall or pay online by e-check or credit card.   
  • Water/Sewer bills for December will be mailed out today, 12/4/17
  • Please prepare for Winter!  Drain and shut off outside water spigots.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the EPA’s website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water.https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • All unpaid User Benefit Accounts are subject to a 1.5% penalty per month.
  • Make sure all payments have the correct Account Number/Account type listed on the remittance or memo area of your check.  Payments are applied to the account designated on the check.  Please verify you have the right information on your payment, whether a personal check or bank check.  
  • 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 penalties.

Office of Tourism

  • Citywide House Decorating Contest-   Show us your holiday spirit, add your house to our judges list by calling the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100  Judging will take place on Friday December 14 and Saturday December 15.  Winners will be announced at the City Council Meeting on Monday December 18.  Good Luck!
  • Holly Jolly First Friday and Light Up Night was a huge success.  Thousands of visitors joined us to celebrate our First Holly Jolly First Fridays on December 1.  The event included stilt walkers, roaming carolers, fire pits, s’mores, vendors, hot chocolate bar, gingerbread house decorating, train rides and of course a parade.  The Mayor and Santa lit our Christmas tree followed by Mrs. Claus and Santa listening to all the children’s Christmas wishes in Santa Land.  If you missed this event there is still so much more happening this holiday season.
  • Concord Point Lighthouse will be hosting their annual Christmas Gift Shoppe on Saturday December 9 from 10-4 and Sunday December 10 from 12-4.  The keeper’s house will be filled with treats, crafts and holiday goodies.
  • Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum presents their 45th Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Havre de Grace this Saturday December 9 from 4-8pm.  Tickets are just $20 ($25 Day of Tour) available at the Lockhouse or the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.
  • The Susquehanna Lockhouse will also be hosting a Christmas Boutique.  Stop by for handmade holiday gifts, fresh greens, gourmet baked goods and raffles on Saturday December 9 from 9-5 and Sunday December 10 from noon to 5.
  • Catch the spirit of the holidays early as Dickens comes to life with “A Christmas Carol” as told by Ebenezer Scrooge’s sister, Fan. Join us at the Steppingstone Farm House for a Victorian Tea featuring Professional Storyteller and Historic Reenactor Alisa Dupuy. Tickets are $25, which includes your Afternoon Tea (hot tea, tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets), the Performance, a great dose of Christmas Spirit, and a donation to the museum.
  • Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa Land before they return to the North Pole.  They will be available to hear all your Christmas wishes on December 9 and December 16 from 12-2.
  • Be sure to check the Opera House website for all their holiday events this month.  Hdgoperahouse.org

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • National Players present “Alice in Wonderland” on Tuesday, December 5 at 7pm (75 minutes so the kids get to bed on time
  • Lewis Lane Players present “It’s a Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Play” on Friday, December 8 at 8pm and Saturday, December 9 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Candlelight Tour Stop- Saturday, December 9 from 4pm to 8pm

Havre de Grace’s Finest – Officer Rittershofer

The City of Havre de Grace is the home of countless individuals that on a variety of levels serve to protect us each and every day, both at home and abroad. We refer to these individuals as ‘Home Town Heroes.’ Today, Friday, November 30, 2017- we as a City honor one of Havre de Grace’s Finest who has decided to retire after a 37 year career as a Havre de Grace Police Officer.
It is great admiration and honor that the City of Havre de Grace Salutes the career of Mr Dennis Rittershofer for his dedication and commitment to our City.

For those citizens that lived here during the mid 1980’s, we can recall the mayhem and the overnight siege of the city, and the events of Sept. 18, 1986, when Frank Edward Green, of Far Rockaway in Queens, shot and killed Officer Pyles, a Toll facilities Officer, along with the shooting of two Havre de Grace Officers and a Harford County Deputy.
Upon responding to the call Officer Rittershofer received a serious and debilitating gunshot wound to the head. After a number of surgeries and rehabilitation, Officer Rittershofer returned to the force and completed his career in the Havre de Grace Police Department’s Administrative Services Division.

Today, as is customary for its retiring Police Officers, the Havre de Grace Police Department will fly it’s  Flag with Officer Rittershofer’s name embroidered on it , signifying the end of a career in Law Enforcement as one ‘Our Finest ‘ and ‘A Job Well- Done , to one of our Home Town Heroes’!

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you from the City of Havre de Grace and its citizens who you unselfishly protected.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 27, 2017

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 27, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor

November 20, 2017 City Council Meeting:

  • Mayor Martin swore in Casi Tomarchio to the Havre de Grace City Council.

  • Mayor Martin recognized the B Squad Warriors for their victorious season and presented each member of the team with a challenge coin.

Saturday November 25, 2017

  • Mayor Martin attended and gave remarks at the commissioning of Engine 515 at Susquehanna House Company Division 5. The new apparatus features a 1500GPM Hale QMax Pump, 1900-gallon water tank, 30 gallon integral Class A Foam Tank, 120 gallon integral Class B Foam Tank, 2000′ of 5″ LDH, 850′ of pre-connected hand lines, portable Hurst pump with cutters & spreaders, and seating for a crew of six

  • Mayor Martin participated in Shop Small Saturday.

 

Police Department:

  • On December 9th from 4 pm to 8 pm is the Havre de Grace Candle Light Tour, during this time there will be extra pedestrian traffic so please drive cautious and alert. The organizer specifically is concerned for the area Erie Street, Stokes Street, and Water Street. 
  • On giving Tuesday please don’t forget that the Havre de Grace Police Department is still accepting donations for Christmas gifts for the less fortunate. Please contact Cpl. Petz or PCO Kilgore at 410-939-2121 for more information or see the donation box in the lobby of the police station.  

Department of Public Works

  • BGE’s Phase II paving is complete.  Phase III – has begun which includes removing the old gas lines and replacing with new lines in the area  south of Revolution Street and west of Union Avenue.
  • Contract has been awarded to Gradeline Construction to pave sections of Linden Lane and Lodge Lane.  Beginning date to be determined.
  • The signs and markings indicating Right Turn Only have been installed at the intersection of Ontario Street and Ohio Street.
  • Maryland State Flags have been lowered to half staff in honor of Det. Sean Suiter of the Baltimore Police Department, who died in the line of duty on November 16, 2017.
  • RECYCLE FOCUS: When selecting Holiday wrapping paper – consider using newspaper and old maps.  The comics and advertisements are colorful and the plain newsprint can be festivel with a simple ribbon.  When the holidays are over, these wrappings can go loosely in your recycle bin.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

       

* Reminder:  Please keep your stormdrains 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.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • Repairs being made to the stormdrain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  Start planning your rain garden now.  It will give you a welcome break from the colder weather and make those around you wonder why you are smiling.

https://www.bbg.org/gardening/article/make_a_lasagna_garden_in_a_raised_bed   Check out this link to start conditioning your planting bed now.

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control.  While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), many counties and towns receive a large volume of stormwater from smaller scale residential and private properties.  Actions on these smaller properties, such as the installation of rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or changing of lawn fertilization practices on an individual property, when considered in aggregate, can show significant nutrient and sediment reductions.

Every Practice Counts!

http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

 

Department of Finance:

 

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be Tuesday, November  28, 2017.  Payments must be made by Monday, November 27, 2017 to avoid the $50 Turn Off Fee.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017.  To avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your bank, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.
  • Yacht Basin Slip Contract Renewal payment of at least 50% is due by December 1, 2017.  The balance will be due February 1, 2018.   

Department of Planning:

  • Although this hurricane season is coming to a close, any heavy or prolonged rain can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  Property owners, buyers, sellers, real estate agents, lenders, or insurance agents may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property, what the estimate Base Flood Elevation (BFE) may be for a property, information about historic flooding, LiMWA’s, V-zones, the floodway, and natural floodplain functions in a specific area.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.
  • As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • 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.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

 

Department of Economic Development:

The Law & Your Business to be presented Wednesday

The Harford County Office of Economic Development 2021-G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, will host the Small Business Seminar: The Law and Your Business from 6 to 8 p.m. Nearly all businesses will encounter legal questions along the way. This free workshop on Wednesday, November 29, will provide answers to these questions and explore some of the fundamental legal issues facing small business owners.

For information about this and other business seminars visit www.harfordcountymd.gov register at www.harfordcountyoed.eventbrite.com

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Havre de Grace

            We hope you enjoyed Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017 in downtown Havre de Grace where the Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association busily distributed swag to merchants. In turn that swag was passed on to shoppers who experienced the unique gifting opportunities in downtown Havre de Grace.

Giving back on Giving Tuesday

            The after Thanksgiving calendar is a busy one with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and, of course, #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. The date is a powerful opportunity to engage in the causes that matter to you while creating a purpose-driven culture.

National Entrepreneurship Month

            November is National Entrepreneurship Month. If you want to make your best idea your new business visit the Small Business Administration website at www.sba.gov to use their handy guide entitled 10 Steps to Starting Your Business and join the ranks of entrepreneurs this month! What are the 10 steps you’ll be reading about? We’re glad you asked:

  1.       Conduct Market Research
  2.       Write Your Business Plan
  3.       Fund Your Business
  4.       Pick Your Business Location (We strongly recommend Havre de Grace!)
  5.       Choose a Business Structure
  6.       Choose Your Business Name
  7.       Register Your Business
  8.       Get Federal and State Tax IDs
  9.       Apply for Licenses & Permits
  10.   Open a Business Bank Account

Mix & Mingle is “Jingle Mingle” this December

            The Harford County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Jingle Mingle, rather than their monthly Mix & Mingle this December. The Jingle Mingle will be Thursday, December 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Rockfield Manor, 501 E. Churchville Rd., Bel Air. The cost is $45 for members and $60 for prospective members for the event catered by Pairings Bistro. For details or to register visit www.harfordchamber.org or call 410-838-2020.

Harford Leadership Academy taking applications

            The Harford Leadership Academy is taking applications for the 2018 class. The HLA encourages attendance of mid- to upper-level management personnel who have: the goal of providing leadership to the community; an interest in accepting new and rewarding challenges; and demonstrated leadership skills and a desire to learn more about Harford County. If you are interested in learning more about HLA visit www.harford.edu or email vcyran@harford.edu

Steppingstone Museum in HDG seeking support this season

 

            The Steppingstone Farm Museum at 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, needs a little local love. This year two structures on the property sustained major damage – the black shop and the stage. In late winter the chimney to the blacksmith shop collapsed under the weight of snow from a storm. It was at this blacksmith shop from 1892 to 1958 that Harford residents went to register and vote. Indeed, the first woman to vote in Harford County, May Bradfield in 1920, cast her ballot in the building. Since the damage to the building the shop has been closed to the public disallowing demonstration of this heritage trade.

            The concert stage also requires repairs. Built a decade ago by students from Harford Community College, in early spring the stage’s foundation was discovered to have termite damage. Since then the stage has been unavailable for concerts or private events including ever-popular weddings.

            The Steppingstone Farm Museum staff have put out a community appeal seeking monetary support for the costs to repair these structures and reopen them to the visiting public. “Help us preserve the past so that it may be enjoyed in the present and for future generations to come,” explains Lara Murphy, Executive Director. “Your tax deductible monetary gift is greatly needed and appreciated.”

            Checks may be sent, payable to the Steppingstone Farm Museum, to: Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Rd., Havre de Grace MD, 20178.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • Lights, Lights, Lights!-  The City of Havre de Grace has been adorned with thousands of lights.  Be sure to visit the main streets in town…you will feel like you are in a winter wonderland.  Don’t forget to visit the Lighthouse, Promenade and Tydings park.  Kudos to The Winter Wonderland Committee, DPW crew and Christmas Decor by L&B, Inc.   The City looks amazing and is sure to put you in a Holly Jolly Mood! 

  • Holly Jolly First Fridays and Light Up Night-  Join us for our inaugural First Friday Holiday Market on Pennington Ave & kids crafts and fun on Franklin St. The events will feature the 42nd Street Carolers, holiday stilt-walkers and Santa’s express. The tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade with Santa & Mayor Bill Martin.  Don’t forget to share your wishes with Santa at Santa land on Washington Street following the parade 
  • Wreaths- Over 75 businesses have agreed to participate in a holiday wreath decorating contest.  Walk the streets of the town to see all the uniquely decorated wreaths…the shop owners have done an amazing job.  Winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting on Friday December 1.  

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “City Lights” (Black & White Film Series) on Tuesday, November 28 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on December 1 & 2 at 8pm and on December 3 at 2pm (Final weekend)

 

THE SECOND ANNUAL GREAT HAVRE DE GRACE OYSTER FEAST RAISES OVER $5,000 FOR LOCAL NONPROFITS.

​​The City of Havre de Grace would like recognize the following nonprofits, who collectively raised $5,169.93 selling tickets to the second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

– American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47, $105.00
– Community Projects of HdG, Farmers Market, $45.00
– Community Projects of HdG, Public Art Committee, $492.77
– Gold Star Families MD Committee (Md Marine Corps League), $867.77
– Havre de Grace Arts Commission, $357.77
– HdG Colored School Foundation, $432.77
– HdG Green Team, $387.77
– HdG Independence Day Commission, $957.77
– HdG Recreation Basketball, $417.77
– HHS Sophomore Class Of 2020, $372.77
– The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, $627.77
– Winter Wonderland, $105.00

Established in 2016 by the Martin Administration as a fundraiser for local nonprofits, The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast is now held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Havre de Grace Community Center. Nonprofits this year raised $5,169.93 compared to $2,730 raised in 2016. Tickets this year cost $55 with nonprofits keeping $15 from each ticket sold. Additionally local artist Shawn Forton sold his artwork at the event and donated $250 to be divided equally among all the local groups.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 20, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 20, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

From Thursday, November 16, 2017 through Sunday, November 19, 2017 the downtown district was illuminated blue in honor of fallen Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter.

  • On Saturday, November 18, Mayor Martin attended The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

Department of Administration

  • City Hall will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday November 24 in Observance of Thanksgiving.

Department of Planning:

  • 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.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.  
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a storm drain or stream.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

Police Department:

  • On Thanksgiving Eve, if you choose to go out to the bar, please do not drink and drive, take a taxi or get a designated driver. This is a major drinking night and the police will be aggressively patrolling for impaired drivers.
  • We are continuing to collect Christmas donations for families in need, please contact PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 if you would like to make a donation.
  • Thanks to everyone who made donations for Thanksgiving they were dispersed to those in need.
  • PFC Coleman and PFC Persuhn ran the Havre de Grace Elementary School Turkey Trot. Afterwards, PFC Coleman ran the Havre de Grace middle School Turkey Trot with the top HdGES Turkey Trot finishers who were invited to the middle school run.

Department of Public Works:

  • Holiday – Curbside Collection – Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) the collection moves to Friday. Friday collections then move to Saturday. No large item (bulk) collections this week.
  • See a Street Light Out? If you see a street light that needs to be repaired, you can report it directly to BGE. Please be sure to have the exact location of the fixture. To make a report online or report outages using your mobile device, visit bge.com and click “Lighting Outages” under the “Contact Us” section, or by calling 1-800-685-0123.
  • Tydings Park Handicap Ramp: The concrete work on  ​the ra​mp​ leading from the Yacht Basin up to the park will be completed this week.
  • Recycling Data: For the month of October, City residents recycled 50.18 tons of material.  This beats the month of September which was 35.47 tons.  
  • Lighting Up the Town – DPW has been busy installing Christmas lights all around the town from Otsego Street to Tydings Park and the Yacht Basin.

  • ​Fire Hydrant Flushing​ – We are in the process of flushing hydrants throughout the area. If you find your water is discolored, please run the cold water faucet for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

Stormwater management updates

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.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • 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.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • Repairs being made to the storm drain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  Start planning your rain garden now.  It will give you a welcome break from the colder weather and make those around you wonder what you are smiling about.

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control.  While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), many counties and towns receive a large volume of stormwater from smaller scale residential and private properties.  Actions on these smaller properties, such as the installation of rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or changing of lawn fertilization practices on an individual property, when considered in aggregate, can show significant nutrient and sediment reductions.

Every Practice Counts!

http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

Department of Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Late Notices were mailed 11/15/17.  Payments must be made by Monday 11/27/17 to avoid the $50 Turn Off Fee.  
  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be 11/28/17
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Economic Development:

  • Saturday, November 25, is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Shop small in Havre de Grace this Saturday and use #smallbizsat when posting on social media.
  • Today is National Entrepreneurs’ Day. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. Celebrate achievers on November 21, 2017.
  • The Harford County Liquor Control Board voted unanimously in support of the expansion of the liquor license held by Coakley’s Pub on St. John Street, to include the renovated space on Union Avenue known as Cornerstone. Expect announcements in the near future regarding a grand opening.
  • On Wed., December 6, at 7 p.m. the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum (100 Lafayette Street) will host the Havre de Green Team in a screening of the film Beautiful Swimmers Revisited. The film is about Maryland’s state crustacean the blue crab. Discussion will follow the free screening.

Briefly Noted Around Maryland

  • A Federal Reserve economist is predicting a boom in cyber security will continue to propel Maryland’s economy, per the Baltimore Business Journal.<
  • The Port of Baltimore handled 8.01 million tons of general cargo through the first nine months of 2017, setting a new all-time nine-month record.
  • The iconic Berger Cookie may be changing soon. Due to an Obama-era rule limited trans fats in foods, the company is experimenting with new recipes to remove trans-fats from the fudge. Charlie DeBaufre, of Berger Cookies, has declared the process “frustrating and scary.”
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the two-week firearm deer season opens November 25 and runs through December 9. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this hunting season.
  • Delivery on the Hogan administration’s Customer Service Promise, the Maryland Department of Transportation joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Transportation MVA in officially unveiling a combined service center in Bel Air. The newly combined office provides customers with access to a variety of services including: recreational hunting, fishing and crabbing licenses; vehicle and boat registration and titles; driver’s license renewals; vehicle emissions inspections; commercial fishing licenses; excise tax collections; and off-road vehicle permits. The Service Center is at 501 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office of Tourism:

  • The second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast was held on Saturday, November 18. The event was a huge success! Over $5,000 was raised by local non profits all while enjoying a delicious oyster feast! Mark your calendar‘s now for our 2018 Feast on November 17.
  • Shop Small Saturday- November 25 is Shop Small Saturday! Visit your local stores in Havre de Grace. The local businesses have decorated unique wreaths to hang on their storefronts for our merchant wreath decorating contest. Come down and see all these amazing wreaths while walking our streets lit up like a winter wonderland. What a perfect atmosphere to start your Holiday shopping….Shop Small, Shop Local!

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  •  “Art and Craft” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, November 21 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 24 & 25 at 8pm and on November 26 at 2pm

MAYOR WILLIAM T. MARTIN ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF CASSANDRA B.Y TOMARCHIO TO FILL THE CURRENT VACANT COUNCIL SEAT.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2017

Today, Mayor William T. Martin announced he will nominate Cassandra B.Y. Tomarchio to fill the current vacant city council seat at the Monday, November 20, 2017 regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Pending confirmation by the city council, Ms. Tomarchio will serve the remainder of this term, which ends Monday, May 21, 2018.

Cassandra Tomarchio holds a B.A in Politics from Ursinus College. Throughout her career, Ms. Tomarchio has held senior-level management positions in both the private and public sector, working within the field of communications and public policy. Currently, she serves as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Army CECOM Software Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Cassandra Tomarchio for a very long time. I believe her views, and positions are consistent with our citizens,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “I have always respected her devotion to our community, most notably her tireless efforts advocating for a new middle/high school. In addition to her community work, Cassandra possesses a high level of professionalism she has developed from her many years of experience working in senior policy positions. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the city council as we continue to make Havre de Grace a 21st century city.”

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 13, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 13, 2017

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Mayor Martin  delivered remarks at the Veterans Day Service held at Tydings Park. “It is our patriotic responsibility as Americans to conduct our lives in the presence of our veterans, in a way and manner that would leave them with no doubt, that their service and sacrifice were well worth every moment.” stated Mayor William T. Martin during the ceremony.  We would like to thank the American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47 for organizing this event and our guest speaker, Major General Randy S. Taylor.  Most importantly, we would like to thank all of our nation’s veterans.
  • Student Of The Month:  We would like to congratulate the following students for being selected Student of The Month for November – Dawson Burnett-Paul, Jeremiah Pettigen, Maria Gullo, Jenna Zavoyna.

Department of Administration:

Office of Marketing:

    • Each Wednesday this November we will be participating in Municipal Government Works Wednesdays. A social media campaign created by the Maryland Municipal League to highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The All-Access Playground at Tydings Park.

Police Department:

  • Through the month of November we are spotlighting distracted driving on social media, posting weekly facts about distracted driving. Please don’t drive distracted you could end up getting a citation or even worse hurting yourself or others in an accident.
  • November 15, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Harford County Night of Conversation, please speak with your kids about drugs and alcohol. This conversation can help your kids make the right choice when faced with drugs or alcohol. Learn more at:  http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1999/Night-of-Conversation (This will be November 15th)
  • Donations needed! We are gathering non-perishable foods, toys, and gift cards for families in need, for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. If you can help there is a donation box at the Havre de Grace Police Station or call 410-939-2121 and ask for PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Dan Petz.
  • The holidays are fast approaching, please when doing holiday shopping do not leave the items you bought in plain view in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk or put them in an area of your vehicle where they can’t be seen. This will make your vehicle less desirable to thieves.

  • The Havre de Grace Police will be doing increased foot patrols in commercial areas for the holiday season, please say hi if you see the officers walking downtown!

Department of Planning:

  • Per Weather.com, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues to climb the ranks of the all-time most active seasons on record, thanks to a frenetic stretch of long-lived, destructive hurricanes from mid-August through early October.  The hurricane season does not end until November 30th.  Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • 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.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Department of Public Works:

  • First Phase of stamped concrete walkway around War memorial and from the War memorial to the playground has been completed.  Contractor is in the process of constructing a handicap path from City Yacht Basin up to Tydings Park.
  • Bulk Trash Collection: The City will monitor the snow forecasts to determine when to cancel a collection as crews will be busy with snow removal.  Stay tuned.
  • Construction of culvert at  Canvasback Drive and Teal Court will begin in about two weeks.
  • Traffic concepts will analyze Right-in and Right-out entrances and by-pass lane requirement.
  • Ontario Street eastbound at the intersection of Ohio Street will be made “Right Out Only” this week.
  • New fountain installed at Concord Point Park.  We used brick pavers to extend the existing pad.
  • DPW Crews are actively working to install the Christmas lights.
  • BGE is moving ahead with Phase II.  BGE is scheduled to complete paving of the roads by the end of this week, weather permitting.
  • Chapel Road – Contractor began the mill and overlay of the roadbed on October 30, 2017.  
  • The Notice to Proceed for resurfacing the Lanes:  Lodge Lane from Fountain St. to Franklin St. was issued 11/9/2017.
  • Coca~Cola’s Keep America Beautiful grant program  – The Green Team has applied for a grant which provides Recycling Containers for public spaces.
  • Water Street Property – The Director is reviewing the Phase II Environmental Assessment Report.
  • Notice to Proceed was issued for the Camilla Street Water Line Rehab on 11/9/2017.
  • The Department of Public Works is currently performing backflow prevention inspections for the month of November.

Office of Stormwater Management

Reminder:  Since fall is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when it rains.

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  •  Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  The Notice to Proceed on this project was issued 11/8/2017.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  why we put dog poop in little plastic baggies:

  • Our neighbors like us to.
  • It makes our dogs feel important.
  • It keeps the poop from being washed into the storm drains.
  • Select them all, and its “two paws up” for you!

Truth is, most of us pick up after our dogs as a courtesy to uur neighbors. Plus it makes that backyard barbecue all the more enjoyable.  But there’s another important reason to pick up after your pet:  water.

When pet waste is left behind, it washes into storm drains and ditches. From there, it heads straight to your local river.  Help protect water quality. 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development worked with the Havre de Grace Arts Collective to gather and collate data for the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District Annual Report for 2017.
  • The hearing for The Cornerstone, part of Coakley’s Pub, will be held by the Harford County Liquor Board at 16 N. Main Street, Bel Air, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. This hearing was postponed from the September 27, 2017 hearing of the Liquor Control Board.
  • HDGOED, as a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association Awards Committee, is completing a nomination for the MEDA Project of the Year Award for a local business prior to the December 8, 2017 deadline. If you are interested in working with HDGOED in nominating a project, person or program please contact us at erikaq@havredegracemd.com
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development at 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, (near Bateman’s) possesses an organizational Costar membership, which is a searchable database for available commercial, industrial, retail, office and manufacturing properties. Those looking for a general overview of properties available within Havre de Grace 21078 can avail themselves of this service and the professional services of a local Commercial Real Estate agent or broker. Those seeking specific property data or with specific needs for properties are encouraged to contact the HDGOED and Erika Quesenbery at erikaq@havredegracemd.com to work together and find locations that meet project parameters.
  • Please do not forget that Small Business Saturday is November 25 through Havre de Grace with enhanced hours, special offers, new merchandise, swag giveaways and more. Why Shop Local? There are 28.8 million small businesses in the country and small businesses account for 99.7% of all businesses in the United States, and account for 64% of the new jobs created in the USA between 1993 and 2011.
  • Did you know our local small businesses in Havre de Grace donated 250% MORE than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes! If you spent $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your LOCAL Havre de Grace economy and if you spend that same amount at a big box store or large business only $43 stays in the local economy. Spend $100 online – $0 stays in your local economy.

Office of Tourism:

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast November 18- Join us for our second annual community gathering to support local non-profits. Catered by Atlantic Caterers featuring steamed oysters, fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, homemade oyster stew and Maryland Crab Soup, as well as traditional foods on the pit.  Ticket proceeds benefit local non-profits.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 410-939-2100
  • We are still accepting applications!  Join us on December 1 as a merchandise vendor or parade entry during our Holly Jolly First Friday and Light Up Night featuring our Christmas parade and tree lighting by the Mayor and Santa.   For more information please call the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Paths of Glory” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, November 13 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 17 & 18 at 8pm and on November 19 at 2pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 6, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 6, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

Department of Administration:

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet this evening at 7:00 P.M.  View Agenda.
  • City Hall will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
  • At the beginning of 2017 The City of Havre de Grace installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station at David Craig Park.

  • Since being installed:
    • Average session length is 1 hour – 48 minutes
    • Positive impact to the environment: 121 kg of greenhouse-gas emissions has been avoided, which is like planting 4 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
    • Use of the charging station is cyclical, i.e. usage increases each month from June through September and declines in October.
    • Customer feedback has been great and what we had hoped for, “Went on a run via Lafayette trail today in good old Havre de Grace. Charge was great, got me about 3-4 kilowatts in 40 minutes.”

Office of Marketing:

  • Each Wednesday this November we will be participating in Municipal Government Works Wednesdays. A social media campaign created by the Maryland Municipal Leagueto highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The New Culture Center at The Opera House which opened on August 5, 2017 bringing high-quality entertainment to our area and region. #MGWMonth

 

  • #HdGProud

 

Police Department:

    • We had our November Safety Club, which was a major success. If you have a child in elementary school and live in Havre de Grace you’re welcome to come to Safety Club, which meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact any school in Havre de Grace and speak with the SRO for further information.

  • With the holidays coming up, please consider doing a residential or commercial crime prevention survey on your property. Contact Cpl Petz or PFC T. Adams at 410-939-2121 if you would like this done at no cost. These surveys will give you tips to make your home more secure and safe.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Bulk Collection- This a correction to a CTY message that was sent out on Friday November 3rd regarding bulk pick up. The CTY message stated that bulk pick up was suspended through the month of November. The Department of Public Works would like to correct that statement. Due to city hall being closed on Friday November 10th for Veteran’s Day and Friday November 24th for Thanksgiving, bulk pick up will not occur on those days. However, bulk pick up WILL take place on Friday November 17th. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and we urge our citizens to call with any questions.
  • Tydings Park Sidewalks – to ensure safety for all, a new handicap accessible sidewalk is being installed from the City Yacht Basin to the park grounds. You may have also noticed the old brick sidewalks have been replaced with stamped concrete.

  • Culvert Replacement Project  – Comer Construction  has been awarded the contract to replace the culvert at Canvasback Drive and Chapel Road.
  • Holiday Decorations – City employees are in the process of stringing thousands of lights, hanging banners and flags for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Recycling Containers – Residents who may be interested in getting the big, blue, commercial grade recycling containers from Waste Industries (WI) can make arrangements by calling WI directly at 410-457-0404.  The containers can be rented for $4.00 per month – you will be billed quarterly from WI.  There is a one time initial delivery fee of the container.  WI provides all maintenance and replacement of the container if it gets damaged through normal usage.​
  • Chapel Road Resurfacing Project – currently underway.  Work is being done by Harford County.

  • Lane Paving Project – Lodge Lane from Franklin St. to Fountain Street, and Linden Lane’s 800 block.
  • BGE Phase 2 – road paving and sidewalk construction is currently underway and may be completed within 3 weeks (weather permitting).

Office of Stormwater Management

  • Reminder:  Since fall, is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets, and on your property when it rains.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • A random collection of stormwater outfalls were tested this year for illicit discharge detection with none found to be out of compliance with national pollutant discharge regulations.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are displaying a show of color for us all!

Department of Planning:

  • 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.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.
  • 167 Building Permits were applied for between July 1 and October 31, 2017, with the following breakdown –
    • New Construction  –  48  (includes Residential & Commercial)
    • Renovation / Additions  –  49  (includes Residential & Commercial, as well as Decks, Porches & Screen Rooms)
    • Other  –  70  (includes Sheds, Fences, Carports, Driveway/Curb Cuts, Construction Dumpsters, Signs, Solar Panels, U & O’s for New Businesses, Pools, Antenna Towers, Windows, Doors, Gas Fireplaces, Grading & Subdivision)

 

Department of Finance:

  • November Water/Sewer Bills were mailed on Friday, November 3, 2017 and are due November 30, 2017.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your bank’s bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • Director Erika Quesenbery will be representing Havre de Grace at the quarterly meeting for Maryland Main Street, including on the planning committee Monday, November 6, and all day Tuesday, November 7. The meetings rotate between State Designated Main Street communities, with the Fall 2017 meeting being held in Thurmont.
  • The Route 40 Business Association Luncheon will be held Wednesday, November 8, at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40 in Havre de Grace.
  • The Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce will host their Prayer Breakfast this Thursday, November 9, at Silks Restaurant.
  • The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coakley’s Pub on St. John’s Street, Thursday, November 9. The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development, which signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for the American Express Small Business Saturday Promotion, November 25, will bring swag bags to merchants participating in the Downtown Merchants Association Meeting as provided at no cost by American Express.

Office of Tourism:

  • Saturday, November 11- Veteran’s Day Observances will take at Tydings Park, please join the American Legion at 11 am in recognition of our veterans.
  • Farmers Market will continue until Saturday November 18th at Hutchins Park
  • Saturday, November 18- Tickets on sale now for The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast!  This is a community gathering to support local nonprofits.  Enjoy oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, fried oysters, homemade oyster stew, MD crab soup, old bay wings, bbq ribbies, beef, turkey and country smoked ham on the pit, sauerkraut & kielbasa, beef BBQ, salads, sides, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, vegetables and dip, desserts, can beer, wine, soda and coffee.  Tickets are available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.


Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Tidewater Players are in rehearsal for Beauty & the Beast opening on November 17th!

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 30, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 30, 2017

  • The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council Meeting, located at 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD on November 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 995 which concerns itself with an incentive program for the conversion of multi-family dwellings and/or offices back to single family dwellings in designated geographic areas. A copy of proposed Ordinance 995 is available for review at City Hall and has been placed on the website at www.havredegracemd.com
  • The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council Meeting, located at 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace, MD on November 6, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 994 which concerns itself with City Code Chapter 140 Property Maintenance. A copy of proposed Ordinance 994 is available for review at City Hall and has been placed on the website at www.havredegracemd.com

Police Department:

  • Officers participated in a Trunk or Treat for the Havre de Grace Housing Authority. This Trunk or Treat was open to the public and the theme was drug avoidance/awareness.

  • Tuesday is Halloween, officers will be patrolling residential areas during trick or treating, please make sure to use sidewalks and use lights to avoid falling in costumes.
  • If you would like an officer to speak with your group/club/HOA please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 to set it up!  
  • If you know where illegal drug activity is occurring in Havre de Grace please use this link to report the activity. Havre de Grace Police Drug Tip Page

Department of Public Works:

  • Construction on Canvasback Drive culvert to convene in two weeks from October 30, 2017.
  • Milling and overlay of Chapel Road to begin October 30, 2017.
  • BGE will continue to mill and overlay City Roads this week.
  • Upgrades to the Tydings Parks Phase One continues to move forward with a completion of work by the end of November.

  • DPW will begin installing Christmas lights throughout the City starting this week October 30, 2017.  
  • Chapel Road and Ohio Street intersection – right only after October 31, 2017.  

Department of Planning:

  • Per Weather.com, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues to climb the ranks of the all-time most active seasons on record, thanks to a frenetic stretch of long-lived, destructive hurricanes from mid-August through early October.  The hurricane season does not end until November 30th.  Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, heavy rains can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  You may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • 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.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Department of Finance:

  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is proud to report that the Havre de Grace Main Street program has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Community Legacy Program in support of City’s Façade Improvement Program. The grant request was written by HDGOED and now that 2018 funds have  been awarded by the State of Maryland, businesses within the Main Street District can apply for façade improvement funds with the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.
  • There will be a free presentation at the Havre de Grace Library on Saturday, November 4, from 2 to 5 p.m., entitled The Great War: A Conflict that Changed the World. Known as World War I to later generations the Great War had a tremendous impact upon world economies and this insightful program will prove quite interesting to historians of local, regional and world history.
  • HDGOED, as managers of the Havre de Grace Main Street designation with the State of Maryland will be attending the Quarterly Meeting of Maryland Main Street communities in Thurmont, MD, November 6 and 7.
  • A special presentation is being made at the Bel Air Public Library at 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., on Monday, November 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Harford County’s Medal of Honor recipient Alfred B. Hilton who lived at Gravel Hill, Havre de Grace. This is a free program that is certain to prove very interesting to Havre de Gracians.
  • Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25, and we encourage you to make plans to shop our outstanding selection of Havre de Grace shops, boutiques and restaurants. HDGOED recently received a large shipment of swag for Small Business Saturday from American Express and the only way you can get your freebies is at a participating Downtown Havre de Grace business!
  • Don’t forget the always popular (and sold out) Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce Prayer Breakfast is coming up on Thursday, November 9 at Silks Restaurant. Tickets are $20 per person and are going quickly.

Office of Tourism:

  • Happy Halloween!  We hope you have been enjoying the Havre de Grace 10 days of Halloween!
  • Havre de Grace Halloween Parade-  Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm.  The HdG Recreation Committee has been hosting the parade for over 30 years.  Meet at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Ave, dressed in costume, to register for the parade and contest.
  • Farmers Market will continue under the big white tent in Hutchins Park until the end of November.  
  • La Banque de Fleuve and Swan Harbor Farm will hold bridal open houses this Saturday, November 4.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

Horror Week:

  • Havre de Grace High School Theatre Productions presents Voices from the heart and from the souls: Letters/ Selections from “Spoon River Anthology” on Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4 at 7:30pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 23, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 23, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • Statement from Mayor William T. Martin regarding the resignation of council member Steve Gamatoria.
    At the Monday, October 16, 2017 regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Council member Steve Gamatoria announced his resignation from City Council effective immediately. For full disclosure, I have solicited Steve to accept a position in my administration as Chief of Staff. On or about Monday October 30th, 2017, Steve Gamatoria will begin his new role. As Chief of Staff for the City of Havre de Grace, Steve will have broad oversight of the day to day operations of City government and will report directly to the Mayor.  View Full Statement
  • The City of Havre de Grace would like to recognize the 2017 Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame inductees Mr. Erick Stone, Dr. Louis Silverstein, Mr. Alex Spooner, and Mrs. Mary Sampson. Members of the Havre de Grace Hall of Fame are alumni selected once a year through nomination for their distinct and honorable dedication to our city. 

    • The Department of Public Works installed a new water fountain at Concord Point.   The new water fountain is ADA compliant & features a station to fill up water bottles & two other stations for people & pets to drink from.

  • On Thursday, October 19, 2017 Mayor Martin participated in the Havre de Grace Homecoming parade and attended the game afterwards – which the Warriors won 28-21 in Overtime.

  • On Friday, October 20, 2017 Mayor Martin volunteered at the Carnival on the Chesapeake.  The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank the Independence Day Commission and their team of volunteers for putting on this successful community event.  We would also like to thank the Department of Public Works and Police Department for their services.  

  • On Sunday, October 22, 2017 Mayor Martin attended an open house for Always in Grace Assisted Living located at 806 South Union Avenue.

Department of Administration:

  • At the Monday, October 16, 2017 City Council meeting the Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation gave an update and overview of the project.

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • The Cecil-Harford Chapter of MML met and discussed the Opioid Crisis in both counties. CM Worrell serves as VP and Shyla Scott serves as the Secretary Treasurer for the Chapter. More than 50 elected officials and representatives from the surrounding counties attended the meeting.


Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update.
Crews have finished pouring concrete near the playground and will begin installing a handicap walkway connecting the park to the restrooms and The Promenade Grille.

Police Department:

  • It is Red Ribbon week where we encourage the youth to live above the influence and avoid drugs. Red Ribbon Week runs from October 23rd to -October 31st.
  • The Havre de Grace Police will be participating in a Trunk or Treat at October 28th 5-7pm at 101 Stansbury Ct, Havre de Grace.  Free and Open to All!
  • Please be extra cautious to pedestrian foot traffic while driving due to many special events and trick or treating these upcoming weeks.
  • Havre de Grace Police will be participating at Trunk or Treat event at Lorien Bulle Rock Monday, October 30th at 6:30 pm, this event open to the public!

Department of Public Works:

  • Drainage issue at crosswalk at Union Ave and Fountain Street will be addressed by State Highway within the next few weeks.
  • I.T. is working on installing fiber optic cable for internet service at WWTP and DPW yard.  
  • Tydings Park Improvements: Handicap swing reinstalled/repaired.  
  • Chapel Road/Ontario St. – New traffic pattern will go into effect this week.
  • Crack sealing will begin again – weather permitting.
  • BGE Gas Line Project – final paving and sidewalk for Phase II – beginning this week.
  • Pushing the need for residents to recycle: The Department of Public Works continues to stress the cost savings for its citizens to increase their recycling rates.  We are working to get this accomplished through community outreach.
  • Greenway Farm: Signage added, potholes filled, bridge work completed.
  • Burns Property/ Moore Homestead – split rail fence has been installed.

Lane Paving Projects – Mill and Overlay to begin this fall.

Lanes to be milled and overlayed include:

  • Lodge Lane – Franklin to Pennington (2 blocks), Giles to Commerce (1 block), and Pennington to Congress (1 block).
  • Strawberry Lane – Girard to Revolution (1 block)
  • Centennial Lane – Warren to Franklin (1 block), Congress to Bourbon (1 block)
  • Freedom Lane – Warren to Pennington (3 blocks), Revolution to Lewis (1 block)
  • Linden Lane – Legion to Juniata (1 block)

 

Stormwater Management Updates

  • Reminder:  Since fall is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when it rains.
  • Repair work on the stormwater pipe will be commencing this week on Canvasback Drive near Teal Court in Grace Harbor.  Expect traffic delays in this area during this repair
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are beginning to display a show of color for us all!  
  • City Web-site: A REPORT Button has been added to City Webpage to enable citizens to report illicit discharges into stormdrains.

 

Department of Planning:

  • 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.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

 

Department of Finance:

  • Please Do Not Put Cash In The City Hall Drop Box!
  • Water/Sewer Disconnections will be Tuesday October 24, 2017. To avoid Turn Off fees and disconnection, please pay by Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Office of Tourism:

Havre de Grace 10 days of Halloween!

  • October 27 & 28- Havre De Grace Haunts Tours and Paranormal Research, phantom footsteps of the Lafayette tour!
  • The Lock House Museum will have treats and surprises for their younger visitors on Saturday and Sunday October 28 & 29.
  • Saturday October 28- American Legion will host a Halloween costume party from 8pm- midnight.
  • Sunday, October 29- Trick or Treating at the Downtown Businesses in Havre de Grace- look for balloons to locate participating stores
  • The Concord Point Lighthouse will host their annual Howl-o-ween Tails and Treats from 1-5 on Sunday October 29.  Fun for your pets and children.
  • The Decoy Museum will host “Carve & Candy”.  Carve or paint a pumpkin with a carver, explore the Museum while trick or treating, bob for apples, and enjoy a variety of other children’s activities.
  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House will be hosting a Horror Film Series from October 23 through October 28.  On October 28 Wind Up Toy (Alice Cooper Tribute Band) will be performing.
  • The Havre de Grace Library will host Tuesday Trivia on October 24 and Ghibli Fest Japanese Animation Studio on October 26.   Paint your Pumpkins on October 28 during the day and return in the evening for Humans vs. Zombies Nerf War…and don’t forget to Trick or Treat at your Library on October 31 during library hours.
  • The Havre de Grace Parks and Recreation committee will host their annual Halloween Parade on Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm.  Meet at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Ave. dressed in costume.
  • Trick or treating in Havre de Grace will be on Tuesday October 31 from 6-8pm.

Happy Halloween!

  • The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast – November 18, 2017
    Join us for our second annual community gathering to support local non-profits.  Catered by Atlantic Caterers featuring steamed oysters, fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, homemade oyster stew and Maryland Crab Soup, as well as traditional foods on the pit.  Tickets proceeds benefit local non-profits.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 410-939-2100

 

For more details visit our website explorehavredegrace.com

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

Horror Week:

  • “Ed Wood” (film) on Monday, October 23 at 8pm
  • “Night of the Living Dead” (film) on Tuesday, October 24 at 8pm
  • “Rosemary’s Baby” (film) on Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm
  • “The Babadook” (film) on Thursday, October 26 at 8pm
  • “Nightmare on Elm Street” (film) on Friday, October 27 at 8pm
  • Wind Up Toy (Alice Cooper Tribute Band) on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm
  • “Phantom of the Paradise” (film) on Saturday, October 28 at Midnight