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

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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


Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Monday, May 15,  2017 City Council Meeting.

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

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

Comments Harford County Housing and Community Development FY 2018-2020 Consolidated Plan

  • The City’s current Community Development Block Grant balance is $192,310.00 (FY2015-$63,522.00; FY2016-$65,166.00; FY2017- $63,622.00).  I am currently working directly with Stephanie Noye from the City with plans to leverage this entire amount of CDBG funds for a water main project at Camilla & Otsego Street.

 

  • The City’s last use of CDBG funds was October of 2014 in which CDBG was utilized for a paving project on Juniata Street.  The total CDBG allocation breakdown was FY2012-$44,290.00, FY2013-$59,080.00, and FY2014-$60,970.00 totaling $164,340.00 for that project.

 

  • If we receive flat funding from The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development for the FY2018/FFY2017 CDBG the City will receive another $63,622.00.  Each fiscal year allocation has a three year life span from date of issue which is July 1of the specific fiscal year.   We are hopeful that HUD will announce funding within the next several months and we will notify the City once we have any information regarding the funding.

 

If you would please be so kind as to ask if anyone has a comment regarding our consolidated plan to please submit them via email to commdev@harfordcountymd.gov or in writing to:

Harford County Housing and Community Development

15 South Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

 

You can also pass on my contact information if anyone has any specific questions regarding the plan.

 

The Public Comment period does end on May 15th, 2017.

In Honor of the life of Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard of the Delaware State Police, the city up lights will be lit blue April 27, 2017.

 

IN HONOR OF THE LIFE OF CPL. STEPHEN J. BALLARD OF THE DELAWARE STATE POLICE, THE CITY UP LIGHTS WILL BE LIT BLUE APRIL 27, 2017.

 

This evening April 27, 2017 the City of Havre de Grace will light the up lights blue to honor the life of Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard of the Delaware State Police. Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard shall be remembered as a hero who gave his life protecting his fellow citizens.

April 26, 2017 Opera House Update

Work continues, in earnest, on the Havre de Grace Opera House, a community cultural arts center. During the next few weeks, construction crews will complete steel erection, framing, electrical and plumbing rough-in on the addition as well as the roof will be constructed, concrete floors will be poured, and the elevator will begin to be installed.

On the original building, the insulation, tin ceiling drywall and insulation will be completed as well as the installation of the pipe grids over the main stage and black box theater.

Theater seating, lighting, tile floor coverings and painting will be installed in the existing building during the last of May. The elevator and floor and wall finishes will be completed in the atrium also during that time period.
The grand opening being planned by the Havre de Grace Arts Collective is scheduled for June 24th.

For City residents requesting a curbside Bulk Item collection – a few reminders:

For City of Havre de Grace residents requesting a curbside Bulk Item collection – a few reminders: 
1. This weekly curbside Bulk Collection is in place of the fall and spring clean-up events.
2. Call City Hall to schedule your items for a Wednesday pick-up. Call: Mondays 8-5 or Tuesdays 8-2.
3. Items scheduled for collection are to be placed curbside AFTER 6pm Tuesday evening for Wednesday collection. This is City Code.
4. Bulk collections are for the “occassional” need for a large item to be removed. Understand that it is not intended for evictions, total home clean-out, renovations or a moving service.
5. Apartments, condominiums, businesses – please contact your private trash collection service or a private hauling service.
NOTE: Scarboro Landfill will accept items from individual residents of Harford County. The fee is minimal – under $10. a car load or pick-up truck load. Call 410-638-3018 for details

City of Havre de Grace Releases 2017 First Fridays Schedule.

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April 21, 2017
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​​City of Havre de Grace Releases 2017 First Fridays Schedule.

Beginning on May 5, 2017, First Fridays will kick off in Havre de Grace. The outdoor event features a
community atmosphere with over 40 vendors, sidewalk sales, outside cafe seating, live music and
entertainment, a family-friendly zone, and for the first time, the “Grace Got Talent” Stage.

“We want First Fridays to include local community entertainment,” stated Tourism Manager Lauri
Orzewicz. “That’s why this year we are adding the Grace Got Talent Stage.” The new stage and
performance area will be located at the end of Pennington Avenue near St. John Street and will feature
community talent. Entertainers interested in performing on The Grace Got Talent Stage should contact the
Havre de Grace Office of Tourism at 1-800-851-7756.

The City of Havre de Grace has been strategically marketing First Fridays over the last few months
featuring the event on billboards around Harford County and other advertising campaigns. “First Fridays
has been a huge success.” Stated Mayor William T. Martin. “People travel from all this region to attend First
Fridays because they know they can safely walk our streets. They know we host the best events, and they
know we have the best businesses and restaurants in the region.”

First Fridays in Havre de Grace takes place on the first Friday of each month May through October from 5
p.m until 9:30 p.m.

Friday May 5, 2017
Friday June 2, 2017
Friday July 7, 2017
Friday August 4, 2017
Friday September 1, 2017
Friday October 6, 2017

 

HAVRE DE GRACE WATER PLANT TO HOLD OPEN TOURS SATURDAY, APRIL 22 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017.

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April 4, 2017
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HAVRE DE GRACE WATER PLANT TO HOLD OPEN TOURS SATURDAY, APRIL 22 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017.

The Mayor would like to invite all citizens to tour the Havre de Grace Water Plant located at 415 St. John Street. The facility will be open for public tours Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m until 2 p.m.

The public will have the opportunity to see first-hand the process of making clean drinking water from the Susquehanna River.

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA April 3, 2017


Below you will find an interactive version of the agenda the City Council will use at the Monday, April 3,  2017 City Council Meeting.

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

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
April 3, 2017

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Opening Prayer:
A. Pastor Audrey Price of Webster United Congregational Church

5. Approval of the Minutes:
A. Council Meeting Minutes- March 20, 2017

6. Recognitions:
A. Student of the Month ( Presented by Mayor Martin)
1. Havre de Grace Elementary: Allen Nutter
2. Meadowvale Elementary: Khalil Charlton
3. Havre de Grace Middle School: Yamna Essakhi
4. Havre de Grace High School: Kenneth Sumpter

7. Proclamations: None

8. Presentations: None

9. Appointments:
A. Kirk Smith: Tree Commission (CM Hitchings)

10. Oath of Office: (Administered by Mayor Martin)
A. Kirk Smith

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

12. Resolutions:
A Resolution concerning a Public Works Agreement (CP Gamatoria)
A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND AND SECTION 34 OF THE HAVRE DE GRACE CITY CHARTER AND CHAPTERS 134, 155, AND 196 OF THE CITY CODE AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO ENTER INTO A PUBLIC WORKS AGREEMENT FOR ONSITE PUBLIC WATER AND SEWER FOR BULLE ROCK AS TO PARCEL Y ONLY
13. Ordinances:

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- 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