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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Parade Participants will include the following:

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

 

MAYOR ORDERS UP LIGHTS BLUE TO HONOR FALLEN SHERIFF DEPUTIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

MAYOR ORDERS UP LIGHTS BLUE TO HONOR FALLEN SHERIFF DEPUTIES  

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

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

February 2017 Student of the Month Presentation

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

Havre de Grace Elementary School: Kayleigh Bolen

 

Meadowvale Elementary School: Ashley Kovacsics

Havre de Grace Middle School: Patricia “Riley” Grochowski

Havre de Grace High School: Gracie Diveley

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum Celebrates thirty years.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


City Council Agenda February 6, 2017


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

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

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
February 6, 2017

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

5. Approval of the Minutes:
A. Council Meeting Minutes- January 17, 2017

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

7. Proclamations: None

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

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

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

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

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items:

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

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

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

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

13. Ordinances: None

14. Old Business: None

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

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

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

17. Business from Mayor Martin:
A. Second Quarter Report

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

19. Business from Council President Gamatoria:

20. Comments from Citizens

21. Adjournment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BGE Installing New Gas Lines

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

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

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City of Havre de Grace announces Havre de Grace Restaurant Week 2017.

Havre de Grace, MD, February 2, 2017 – Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today Havre de Grace Restaurant Week will be returning this year February 20 through 26. 
 
Mayor Martin stated in a recent video promoting Restaurant Week “It’s a great way to come together with family and friends to try new dishes and try new places.”  Participating restaurants will be featuring  $10, $20 and $30 specials.  Restaurant Week is organized by the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism, Havre de Grace Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and Havre de Grace Alliance.
 
Following Restaurant Week celebrate Fat Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m during our annual Mardi Gras Parade. Havre de Grace embraces the French culture with a festive parade starting along our very own Bourbon Street and ending at the American Legion. 
 
For more information, please visit explorehavredegrace.com   
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YARD WASTE WILL NO LONGER BE COLLECTED IF PLACED IN PLASTIC BAGS.

Representatives from Scarborough Landfill’s contractor – Maryland Environmental Services have informed us that YARD WASTE WILL NO LONGER BE COLLECTED IF PLACED IN PLASTIC BAGS.

The reasons: plastic is not bio-degradable; therefore, will not break down, and the plastic bags are jamming up the sifting equipment which has resulted in costly repairs and time.

WHAT TO DO: Use your trash cans, recycle cans and/or bio-degradable PAPER bags for your yard waste. Branches and sticks – still bundle with twine.

GET IN THE HABIT NOW as Sept. 1st is when this goes into effect. With Spring garden prep just around the corner, this is a great time to start.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC WORK SESSION

The Mayor and City Council will conduct a public Work Session in the City Council Chambers, 711 Pennington Avenue, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this session is to allow for interaction between the Council, Administration and the Independence Day Commission concerning the approved Independence Day Festivities for 2017.