March 6, 2017 City Council Agenda


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

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

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
March 6, 2017

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

1. Call to Order

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

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

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

7. Proclamations: None

8. Presentations:
A. Wage and Benefit

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

10. Oath of Office: None

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

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

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

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

13. Ordinances: None

14. Old Business: None

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

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

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

17. Business from Mayor Martin:

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

20. Comments from Citizens

21. Adjournment

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

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

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

Mayor Martin signs Charter Resolution 281 into law.

Mayor Martin signs Charter Resolution 281 into law. 

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

 

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The Passing of our friend Richard Holly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING Proposed Ordinance 987

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

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

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

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February 21, 2017

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

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

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February 21, 2017

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

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

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

City Council Agenda February 21, 2017


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

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

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
February 21, 2017

1. Call to Order

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

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

6. Recognitions: None

7. Proclamations: None

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

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

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

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

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

RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION ARTICLE XI-E AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, SECTION 4-415 WHICH REQUIRES THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY SEEKING TO ANNEX PROPERTY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2006 TO ADOPT AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND THAT THE ANNEXATION PLAN NOT BE PART OF THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION.

B. An Annexation Resolution Plan concerning land along Pulaski Highway (CP Gamatoria)
AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR 11.1688 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, ALONG PULASKI HIGHWAY ALSO BEING KNOWN AS THREE LOTS BY ADDRESSES 1828, 1830, AND 1834 PULASKI HIGHWAY AS WELL AS A PORTION OF THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AKA AMTRAK) RIGHT-OF-WAY ADJOINING THOSE LOTS

A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION ARTICLE XI-E AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, SECTION 4-415 WHICH REQUIRES THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY SEEKING TO ANNEX PROPERTY AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2006 TO ADOPT AN ANNEXATION PLAN FOR THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, AND THAT THE ANNEXATION PLAN NOT BE PART OF THE ANNEXATION RESOLUTION.

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

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

14. Old Business: None

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

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

17. Business from Mayor Martin:

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

20. Comments from Citizens

21. Adjournment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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