PRESENTATION OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND/UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH VISION 2020 PRESENTATION

PRESENTATION OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND/UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH VISION 2020 PRESENTATION

 

BENEDICT F. MARTORANA, P.E., P.P.  –  DIRECTOR OF PLANNING – CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE

JULY 20, 2017 – HAVRE DE GRACE PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:

 

Relating to the proposed new facility:

Over the past year I’ve talked with as many medical professionals as possible about a free standing Emergency Room based medical facility, especially with regard to the trade offs inherent in this type of operation.  Many have expressed a concern that an ER without the on site-back up of a fully staffed hospital, with access to operating rooms and surgical staff, could have serious concerns when  finding themselves treating conditions outside of the scope of the ER team’s regimen.  This would seem to necessitate either the transportation of such patients to the nearest full service medical facility, and/or the reliance on the First Response team to make a critical judgment in real time regarding which facility to initially choose for transport.  How do you reconcile these concerns when concluding that the proposal is one best suited for Havre de Grace?

Relating to the disposition of Harford of Harford Memorial Hospital

The City of Havre de Grace, as you would expect of any community, has understandable long term concerns with the loss of a full service hospital within our community.  The City has worked closely with UM UCH in addressing the best overall long term mitigation choices, with the understanding that UM UCH has both an opportunity to address these concerns as well as an obligation, as a public-private partnership,  to make a priority of the needs of the community which is most impacted by this decision.   We have sought the exploration of certain Land Use opportunities, especially with the participation of the University of Maryland, which could help advance the vibrancy and community spirit of Havre de Grace, continuing to build upon the growth we have seen over the last two years. Certainly an educational component, with perhaps a satellite campus for Marine Studies, Environmental Science, Visual and Performing Arts, etc.,  is an exciting option. With space for dormitories, this could bring a youthful population with energy and vitality.  It could perhaps also provide an inviting opportunity for faculty homes with a unique Chesapeake Bay view. That could attract some of the best and brightest in the field to become active participants in the Havre de Grace community, especially with regards to our growing dedication to the Arts & Sciences.  We can only say that we have been waiting anxiously to hear a commitment to this approach, and we look forward to learning your thoughts tonight about helping make these proposals a reality.

 

Relating to the overall concept of limiting the HDG location to a free  standing ER and ancillary health care facilities

 

When you look at the I-95 corridor, major regional hospital facilities are located in Baltimore and Christiana, along with Philadelphia which may serve an overlapping market.  In view of the limited areas for expansion available at the Upper Chesapeake Health campus in Bel Air, in terms of the best long range regional plan,  wouldn’t it make sense to focus on the Havre de Grace location as the best fit for a full service hospital and health care facility, with more than ample room for future needs,  a history of comprehensive health care delivery,  ease of access, and a substantially direct connection to I-95 ?  Bel Air might then be a best fit for the specialty behavioral health pavilion and other more compact services as the larger, space dependent regional facilities, including a full service regional Hospital and ER,  are consolidated in Havre de Grace

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 17, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:

Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 17, 2017.

 

Department of Administration:

  • July 17:  City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. View Agenda

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • Just an FYI – Recycles and Trash are collected same day – but not same time. One truck will come by for trash only, then another truck will come by for the recycles. Collections happen throughout the day. PLEASE make sure your recycle can is CLEARLY MARKED.
  • Curbside Bulk Collection Day has moved to FRIDAYS.To schedule: call Wednesdays between 8-5 or Thursdays 8 to noon. Please call 410-939-1800 x2100 or 410-939-2006 to schedule a collection.
  • BGE will continue to replace old gas lines with new throughout the City.  There will be brief disruptions in traffic. Please watch for signage.  Call Mr. Tristan Matthews of BGE at 410-598-2119 should you have any questions.
  • Last week DPW responded to and fixed a large water main break on Pulaski Highway. Our crew was on-site by 6:00 am.  During the process they found a total of 3 breaks.  All work was completed by 8:30 pm.

Also from Public Works’ Storm Water Management Team:

  • ​Stormwater Management Division partnered with Harford Streams on their Summer Adventure program by participating in last Saturday’s Poker Run.  There are two summer adventure locations in Havre de Grace, a popular spot for this activity, Maritime Museum and Lock House.  The Rockfield Park in Bel Air was a great spot Saturday and the Poker Run was a huge success. View more info.

 

Police Department:

  • Free Home and/or Business Security Survey available by calling the Police Department at (410) 939-2121 to make an appointment.
  • Discard unwanted, expired, unused prescription or over the counter medications in the Drug Deposit Box which is located outside front entrance to the Police Department.
  • The Havre de Grace Summer Safety Camps will be held on July 17th-20th, July 24th-27th, and July 31st-August 3, 2017 for elementary and middle school children.
  • National Night out will be held August 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

View More Info.

Department of Economic Development:

Moon & Sea Creations new boutique at 433 St. John Street, Havre de Grace, next door to Color Images Salon, weekends this summer “when our sandwich board sign is on the sidewalk we’re open!” moonandseacreations@comcast.net or 443-903-1896

 

Chris Barber Shop, 101 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, moved and expanded from their location on Congress Avenue. They held a Grand Opening on Fri., July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m., and have a hair stylist, makeup artist and travel agent.

Get Fit Sports Performance & Boot Camp is opening a second location, tentatively set for August 2017, in Havre de Grace. They are already successfully operating in Forest Hill. Visit their website at www.getfitharford.com to learn more. The Havre de Grace location in the former Save-A-Lot Store at 200 Congress Avenue, Havre de Grace (at the intersection of Market Street) is currently undergoing renovations. For membership information call 410-399-9600 or contact Get Fit through their website.

Artists’ Emporium, an eclectic gallery at 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, caters to all works of art including performing arts, dance, music and, of course, fine art. The Artists’ Emporium will host a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Saturday, August 5, at 4 p.m. Other upcoming events for Artists’ Emporium leading up to the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting include:

  • Thursday, July 20 Third Thursday with Duke Thompson at 7 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Thursday, July 28 Rogue Swan at 7 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Friday, July 29 Art Opening of “Whimsy” at 5 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Friday, August 4 Havre de Grace First Friday starting at 5 p.m.

Stickdesign Embroidery & Garment Printing Studio, a long familiar business on Union Avenue, has moved to their new location at 316 St. John Street, Havre de Grace. The proprietor Gaby Frank is setting up her equipment currently and will soon resume regular hours. The shop’s Facebook page is active for messaging and to post details regarding hours, etc.

Harford County Office of Economic Development has announced a Startup Breakfast for Wed., July 26, from 8 to 9 a.m. at The GroundFloor, 2021-G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace. The Startup Breakfast is a place to meet other entrepreneurs, makers, innovators and inventors from around the county. Mingle with investors, lenders and mentors, enjoy a demo or explore a topic – it’s different each time. The breakfast is free but please register at www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-breakfast-tickets-35736306245

Office of Tourism:  

  • A new television advertising campaign is now airing on cable television promoting local attractions and business.   
  • July 19: Summer Concert Series at The Maritime Museum from 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 20: Kid’s Summer Story Time at The Maritime Museum from 10: 15 a.m – 12:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 20: Thursday Night Sailboat Races starting at 6:15 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 21: Summer Concerts in the Park- Mambo Combo beginning at 7:30 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 22: Havre de Grace Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. View More Info.

 

Opera House Update:

  • Theater seating and carpeting are being installed this week.

  • The Cultural Center At The Opera House will open August 6, 2017. View more info.

 

Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project Update:

  • Bollards have been installed at the entrance to The Tydings Park War Memorial.

Little Free Libraries

  • To date over 2,500 books have been taken from an Havre de Grace Little Free library.
  • 150 Books were added over the weekend.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 10, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, July 10, 2017.

 

Department of Administration:

  • July 17:  City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. This will not be an off-site Council Meeting as referenced in Resolution 2017-03.

Department of Public Works:  

  • BGE will continue to replace old gas lines with new throughout the City.  There will be brief disruptions in traffic. Please watch for signage.  Call Mr. Tristan Matthews of BGE at 410-598-2119 should you have any questions.
  • The new trash/recycle collection schedule has gotten off to a great start! Need more information?  View schedule. or call City Hall at 410-939-1800 – we’re happy to help!
  • July 15: Harford Healthy Streams – Summer Adventure Poker Run. View More Info.
  • A new public service video featuring HdG Middle School students and Mayor Martin was released last week illustrating the negative effects Fats, Oils, Grease and the so called “Flushable” products have on city pipes. View Video.

Police Department:

  • Free Home and/or Business Security Survey available by calling the Police Department at (410) 939-2121 to make an appointment.
  • Discard unwanted, expired, unused prescription or over the counter medications in the Drug Deposit Box which is located outside front entrance to the Police Department.
  • The Havre de Grace Summer Safety Camps will be held on July 17th-20th, July 24th-27th, and July 31st-August 3, 2017 for elementary and middle school children.
  • National Night out will be held August 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. View More Info.

Finance Department  

  • Tax bills were mailed 7/1/17. If you have not received your bill, please contact Resa Laird @ 410-939-1800 X 1110 or @ resal@havredegracemd.com.
  • Tax payments are due

– 1st semi-annual payment or Annual – September 30,2017

 – 2nd semi-annual payment – December 31, 2017

  • Questions or payments on any City bill can be directed to Donna Waller @ 410-939-1800 x 1113 or by email at donnaw@havredegracemd.com
  • Register for Water/Sewer E-billing – Click Here.
  • Taxes and Water/Sewer payments can be made online, by mail, or at City Hall. Also, for your convenience after hours, payments can be dropped in the secure payment box next to the front doors at City Hall.
  • Water/Sewer Late notices were mailed on Friday 7/7/17. Having trouble paying your bill by the notice date, please contact Donna @ 410-939-1800 x 1113 to work a payment arrangement.
  • Water Turn Off for non-payment will be on Tuesday 7/18/17.

Economic Development:

  • Chris Barber Shop has relocated to 101 North Washington Street. A grand opening was held Friday, July 7, 2017.

Office of Tourism:  

  • July 11: Healthy People/Healthy Parks from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m at Veterans Park. View More Info.
  • July 12: Summer Concert Series at The Maritime Museum from 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 13: Kid’s Summer Story Time at The Maritime Museum from 10: 15 a.m – 12:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 13: Thursday Night Sailboat Races starting at 6:15 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 14: Summer Concerts in the Park- Mambo Combo beginning at 7:30 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 15: Havre de Grace Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. View More Info.
  • July 15: Christmas in July at the American Legion from 9:00 am – 3:00 p.m.  View More Info.

Non-City Government Community Meetings:  

  • July 20: UM Upper Chesapeake Health – Vision 2020 Community Meeting. 6-7:30 pm at the Havre de Grace Library, 120 N. Union Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD 21078  a casual information session with Lyle Sheldon and other members of the UM UCH leadership team to answer your questions on their plans to transform health care in northeastern Maryland.  View More Info.

Fats, oils, grease and “flushable” wipes are wreaking havoc on city pipes

 

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 coach Laurie Starkey to help with getting the word out.
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. It was explained that if there is a significant overflow of raw sewage, the City must pay a fine to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

This video serves to help get the message out to all residents and businesses to help prevent this costly problem.

City of Havre de Grace to proclaim week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in Havre de Grace.

City of Havre de Grace to proclaim week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in Havre de Grace.  

 

At the June 19, 2017 City Council meeting, Mayor Martin and the Havre de Grace City Council will present a proclamation to the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47, the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126, and The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission proclaiming the week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in the City of Havre de Grace.

At the beginning of this year, The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced Hometown heroes as the theme for the upcoming Independence Day Parade and appointed hometown hero Nobel Mentzer to the position of parade Grand Marshal.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the theme the Independence Day Commission chose for this year’s parade,” stated Mayor William T Martin. “We would like to use this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all of local active duty, reserve, and retired veterans and proclaim July 1 through July 8 Hometown heroes Week in honor of their service and courageous acts of valor.”

The Havre de Grace Hometown heroes Independence Day Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m with the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126 Hometown Heroes Breakfast held at the Havre de Grace Community Center at 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $8.00 and are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. The following day, Sunday July 2nd, the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m., followed by the downtown block party at 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., The Amish Outlaws will perform a free, ticketed live concert under the tent at Hutchins Park (tickets will be available on a first-come first-serve basis beginning Friday, June 23, 2017. Tickets can be picked up at The Havre de Grace Visitor Center or Joseph’s Department Store, or you may download them using the link from havredegracejuly4.org). Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47. The Independence Day Celebration will conclude with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.; fireworks will be launched for the first time this year from a barge located off of Concord Point and will be visible throughout the City.

The Havre de Grace City up lights will be lit red, white, and blue during Havre de Grace Hometown heroes Week.

 

Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission calling on all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve in Havre de Grace’s 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2017

The 2017 Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission is asking for all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve in this year’s Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade to be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Earlier this year, the commission announced the upcoming Independence Day parade will be dedicated to local hometown heroes. During the announcement, the commission appointed hometown hero Noble Mentzer to the position of parade Grand Marshal.

“Mr. Noble Mentzer is the epitome of everything our community, and our Independence Day parade represents,” said parade chairperson Taryn Martin. “We would also like to invite all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve with Mr. Mentzer by leading the parade on our hometown hero float.”

Any and all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans interested in serving in this year’s Hometown Hero Parade are asked to call the Havre de Grace Visitor Center at 410-939-2100.

The Havre de Grace Hometown Heroes Independence Day Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m with the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126 Hometown Heroes Breakfast held at the Havre de Grace Community Center at 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $8.00 and are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. The following day, Sunday July 2nd, the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m, followed by the downtown block party at 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., The Amish Outlaws will perform a free live concert under the tent at Hutchins Park. Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47. The Independence Day Celebration will conclude with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.; fireworks will be launched for the first time this year from a barge located off of Concord Point and will be visible throughout the City.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence celebration, please visit havredegracejuly4.org/application.

June 5, 2017 City Council Agenda


Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Monday, June 5,  2017 City Council Meeting.

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

 

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
June 5, 2017
7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Opening Prayer: Reverend James Snodgrass

5. Approval of the Minutes:
A. Council Meeting Minutes- May 15, 2017

6. Recognitions: (Student of the Month)
A. Havre de Grace Elementary: Hailey Kirtscher
B. Meadowvale Elementary: Ellen Benner
C. Havre de Grace Middle School: Ryan Fabriziani

7. Proclamations:
A. Washington Street Book Store- Celebrating 25 years

8. Presentations: None

9. Appointments:
A. Mr. Suchit Patel: Tourism Advisory Board (CM Martin)
B. Mrs. Judith Dominick: Arts Commission (CM Worrell)

10. Oath of Office: (Administered by Mayor Martin)
A. Mr. Suchit Patel
B. Mrs. Judith Dominick

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

12. Resolutions: None

13. Ordinances:
An Ordinance concerning the FY 2017-18 Budget (CM Worrell)
AN ORDINANCE BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND AND SECTION 37 OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE CITY CHARTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING THE CITY BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, BY DESIGNATING THE ANNUAL PROJECTION OF ANTICIPATED REVENUES AND PROPOSED AUTHORIZED EXPENSES FOR THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018

An Ordinance concerning firearms in the waterfowl hunting area (CM Gamatoria)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND AND CITY CHARTER SECTION 34 AMENDING THE CITY CODE CHAPTER 73: FIREARMS

An Ordinance concerning the Wage and Benefit Commission (CM Gamatoria)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE CONTAINING AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CODE CHAPTER 25 BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS, ARTICLE XIII EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION COMMISSION SECTIONS 25-78; 25-79; and 25-82.
14. Old Business: None

15. New Business: None

16. Directors Report:
A. Mr. Patrick Sypolt: Director of Administration
B. Mr. Ben Martorana : Director of Planning
C. Mrs. Erika Quesenbery Sturgill: 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 Gamatoria:
B. Council Member Hitchings:
C. Council Member Worrell:
D. Council Member Robertson:
E. Council Member D. Martin :

19. Business from Council President Glenn:

20. Comments from Citizens

21. Adjournment

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE CONTINUING ITS COMMITMENT TO CREATE AN ALL-ACCESS PLAYGROUND AT TYDINGS PARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2017

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE CONTINUING ITS COMMITMENT TO CREATE AN ALL-ACCESS PLAYGROUND AT TYDINGS PARK

The City of Havre de Grace announced today its continuing its commitment to create an all-access playground at Tydings Park with the installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground equipment.

The new equipment includes a custom lighthouse and climber resembling Concord Point Lighthouse, a balcony deck, transfer station, a seven station play factory, inter-deck step, a sliding pole, and arch logs. All-new playground equipment is in compliances with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) playground safety standards.

In 2015 through the collection of public survey and testimony, the Tydings Park Commission found the need to create an all-access playground at Tydings Park.

“Addressing the needs of all children is not just a hallmark of a 21st century city, it is also emblematic of the compassionate character of our citizens,” stated Mayor William T. Martin. “The all-access playground we are creating at Tydings Park will give every child in our community the accessibility they need to enjoy the park, including those with disabilities.”

Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Financial Results

 

INTER – CITY MEMORANDUM

To: Havre de Grace City Council and Citizens
From: Mayor William T. Martin
Date: April 17, 2017
RE: Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Financial Results

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I am, once again, pleased to present the financial performance of our City for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. As we move into spring, I will be focusing my efforts on making Havre de Grace a premier tourist destination. I also plan to continue stimulating residential and commercial growth. As we complete this fiscal year, I will be stressing targeted, meaningful investment in our City infrastructure, especially in our parks and playgrounds. With the planned completion of the Opera House renovation, the resumption of First Fridays, and the continued beautification of our City parks, I intend build on our past success for the past 2 years and once again make Havre de Grace a destination of choice in Maryland.

General Fund


The General Fund increased in value by $1.09 million through March. The budget anticipated that the fund would increase by $1.30 million, which is $210,000 more than the actual increase. As a comparison, the fund increased $1.39 million over the same period last year.


Overall, revenues collected were $120,000 more than anticipated in the budget and $480,000 more than the amount collected over the same period for last year.
• The City collected $130,000 less property and income taxes than anticipated by the budget, but $340,000 more than the amount collected last year.

• The City received substantial private contributions and debt proceeds for the Opera House construction, which resulted in miscellaneous revenues being $270,000 more than budgeted and $450,000 more than those reported for the same period last year.

• In Fiscal 2016, the City performed extensive rehabilitation on the Promenade and the Police purchased a vehicle using proceeds from their reserve funds. As a result, fund transfers decreased $260,000 in the current fiscal year but were in-line with budget expectations.


As noted in my previous quarterly report, the City has received most of its general fund revenues. Consequently, expenditures should exceed revenues for the remainder of the year and the Fund Balance will steadily decline. This is customary and anticipated and I expect the remainder of the year to progress as planned.

The City spent $330,000 more than expected and $790,000 more than it spent last year for the same period.
• Personnel costs were $90,000 under budget expectations but $640,000 more than spent last year for the same period. The increase can be attributed to the quarterly performance bonus awarded during the budget process and to increased contributions to the Sworn Officer Pension Fund.

• Operational spending was $190,000 more than budget expectations and $80,000 more than that spent in the prior year. The primary cause of the increase over both the budget and prior year was the decision by myself and Council to help the Susquehanna Hose Company recoup an additional $100,000 spending for the new fire boat. The Susquehanna Hose Company is a vital resource to our citizens and we are very fortunate to have the best volunteer fire company in the State located here in Havre de Grace.

• Capital spending was $230,000 over budget expectations but $70,000 less than spending through the same quarter of last year. The decline in spending from last year can be attributed to the Opera House renovations and the rehabilitation of the Promenade occurring last year, and reduced paving. The excess over budget can be attributed primarily to the City identifying additional State Highway Administration funds that we were granted permission to use on paving. You may recall that, due to funding limitations, the City had to defer several paving projects. The unexpected funding allowed the City to proceed with much needed repairs to Ontario and Erie streets.

General Fund spending continues to be consistent month to month, with fluctuations being attributed to the timing of payroll, capital project spending and debt service payments.

Water and Sewer Fund


To date, the Water & Sewer Fund earned a profit of $660,000 for the year. The fund was expected to earn an estimated profit of $920,000 in the budget and a $160,000 loss was earned by the fund last year.


Revenues were $160,000 less than anticipated by the budget but $1.06 million more than those earned for the same period last year.
• Metered revenues were $20,000 above expected levels and $540,000 more than the same period for last year. Overall demand for Water & Sewer services increased 13.5% compared to last year. Increased metered revenues over last year can be attributed to this increase in demand.
• Grant and debt revenues were $20,000 more than anticipated by the budget and $260,000 more than what was received last year for the same period. Progress on the rehabilitation of the Water Treatment Plant accounts for both increases.
• New development has resulted in connection fees being $190,000 below budget expectations but $280,000 more than the same period for last year. The City increased its expected development fees this quarter to help fund much needed repairs to our distribution system. Based on the activity volumes, I expect to reach the revised connection fees by year end.
Water revenues continue to increase. These increases have been sustained for over 6 months and I believe them to be the direct result of my revitalization efforts.


Water & Sewer Fund spending was $100,000 above budgeted levels, and $240,000 above the spending for the same period of last year.
• Personnel costs are $60,000 below budget and $100,000 below those incurred last year. We continue to operate with fewer personnel than last year which is generating these savings.
• Operating costs were $180,000 above budget and $50,000 above the same period for last year. The increase in costs appear to be due to increase in usage by our residents.
• Capital spending is below budget expectations by $280,000, but is $90,000 more than spending over the same period last year. The City adjusted the budget this past quarter to add very important maintenance to our water distribution and waste water collection systems. These new projects should be completed by year-end.

Water & Sewer Fund spending is impacted by the same factors as those affecting spending in the General Fund. There are no individually significant spending plans and the Wastewater Treatment Plant debt obligations have been met for this year.

Marina Fund


The Marina Fund incurred a $100,000 operating profit through the end of the quarter. The profit was projected to be $80,000 by the budget and the Marina had a $160,000 operating profit last year for the same period.


Revenues were $25,000 below budget expectations through the end of the quarter and $15,000 lower than last year.
• Slip contract renewals were $15,000 below budget expectations and $10,000 behind last year’s sales. Indications are that slips are being rented for smaller vessels this year. I expect this shortfall to be corrected through increased transient rentals and we are expecting a vibrant boating season.


Marina revenues decline over the winter months due to decreased boating activity. Revenues should return to “In Season” levels by June.


Marina spending was $45,000 less than budget expectations, but $45,000 more than for the same period last year.
• Personnel costs were essentially at the same levels as anticipated by the budget and those incurred for the prior year.
• Operating costs were $40,000 below budget expectations and $5,000 lower than those incurred last year. Operating expenses have declined in virtually all areas.
• Fuel purchases were $20,000 below budget expectations and $15,000 more than last year. Fuel is purchased in bulk and the fluctuations are expected to correct themselves over the course of the year.
• Capital spending was $20,000 more than budget expectations through the end of the quarter and $25,000 above levels achieved last year. The Marina extended its re-decking program to pier 4 which caused the overage.
Marina spending declines through the 2nd and 3rd quarters as boating activity is negligible during the winter months. As with revenues, the Marina will be moving to “In Season” activity levels.

Other Funds
The City Emergency Reserve fund is at its $1.38 million legislative target with no activity since the 1st quarter.
The RAD loan program earned $7,000 in interest and collected $33,200 in loan payments through the end of the period. As a result it has $430,000 available for additional lending.
The Promenade Fund has $26,500 available to maintain the Promenade. Permit fees generated $5,000 year to date.
Critical Area Tax receipts were $41,300 through the end of the quarter and almost $260,000 is available for future qualified Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.
Slip User Fees were $53,800 for the year and $175,000 was transferred in accordance with the budget. As a result, $54,600 is available for waterfront improvement projects.
The Community Center Fund earned $25,000 through the end of the quarter, and a balance of $66,000 is available for operations and future repairs.
The Abandoned Property Restricted Fund had $700 in forfeitures for the period and $69,300 is available for Police special projects.
The Forest Conservation Fund has had no activity during the quarter and $700 resides in the Fund for “green” projects.

City Council Agenda: Monday, April 15, 2017


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COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
May 15, 2017
7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Opening Prayer: Pastor Cordell Hunter

5. Approval of the Minutes:
A. Council Meeting Minutes- May 1, 2017

6. Recognitions: None

7. Proclamations: (Presented by Mayor Martin)
A. EMS Week; May 21-27 2017

8. Presentations:
A. Official Election Results: Election Board Chair, Mr. George Diebel

9. Appointments:
A. Tyler Buck: Tourism Advisory Board (CM Martin)

10. Oath of Office: (Administered by Mayor Martin)
A. Tyler Buck: Tourism Advisory Board

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

12. Resolutions:
Annexation Resolution: 282; Tydings Island. Second Reading and Adoption (CP Gamatoria)
A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE XI – E AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE SUBTITLE 3 – AMENDMENT OR REPEAL OF CHARTER AND SUBTITLE 4 ANNEXATION, WHICH AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY TO ANNEX PROPERTY, IN THIS CASE PROPERTY KNOWN AS TYDINGS PARK ISLAND, AND BY AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY; SPECIFICALLY APPENDIX A OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE CHARTER BY ADDING “SUBSECTION A.31 THE FIRST 2017 ADDITION TO THE CITY BOUNDARIES,” ALONG WITH THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ACRES OF LAND WHICH WILL ENLARGE THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE BY ANNEXING THE LAND OF TYDINGS PARK ISLAND CONSISTING OF A TOTAL OF 200 ACRES MORE OR LESS, MOSTLY WATER BOURNE, ADJOINING THE EXISTING CORPORATE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE.

13. Ordinances:
Ordinance 988; Second Reading and Adoption: An ordinance concerning the tax rate (CP Gamatoria)
AN ORDINANCE BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND TAX-PROPERTY ARTICLE TITLE 6, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AND CHARTER SECTION 37A, FIXING THE TAX RATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018 ON EACH ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) OF ASSESSABLE REAL PROPERTY, PERSONAL PROPERTY; AND PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL SPECIAL TAX LEVIED WITHIN THE CRITICAL AREA SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT AND SETTING THE SERVICE CHARGE FOR THE SEMI-ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT OPTION.

Ordinance 989; Second Reading and Adoption: An Ordinance concerning the Water and Sewer Rate (CP Gamatoria)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AND THE CITY CHARTER SECTIONS 33 AND 34 AND CITY CODE CHAPTER 196 AND EXHIBIT A THERETO, ESTABLISHING THE CITY WATER AND SEWER RATES AND SERVICE PARTICIPATION FEES FOR THE USERS OF THE CITY WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM.

14. Old Business: None

15. New Business:
A. Youth and Family Run; Mt. Zion Baptist Church: June 24, 2017 (Mrs. Scott)
B. Fence in City right of way- 400 Webb Lane (CM Hitchings)

16. Motion to Adjourn Sine Die

17. Oath of Office (Administered by The Honorable Paul Ishak)
A. William T. Martin
B. Monica A. Worrell
C. Jason G. Robertson
D. David A. Martin

18. Call to Order

19. Roll Call

20. Motion to move into Closed Session- Selection of Council President

21. Reconvene

22. Roll Call

23. Motion for election of Council President

24. New Business:
A. Appointment:
1. Stephen Gamatoria Jr.: Independence Day Commission (CM Worrell)
2. Oath of Office administered by Mayor Martin

B. Budget Amendment 2017-05 ( Traffic Enforcement and Safety Equipment)

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

26. Business from Mayor Martin

27. Business from Council:
A. Council Member Gamatoria:
B. Council Member Hitchings:
C. Council Member Glenn:
D. Council Member Worrell:
E. Council Member Robertson:
F. Council Member D. Martin:

28. Business from Council President Elect:

29. Comments from Citizens

30. Adjournment