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.

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.

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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