ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUDGET WORK SESSIONS

The Mayor and City Council will conduct Public Budget Work Sessions in the City Council Chambers, 711 Pennington Avenue, at 6:00 p.m. on March 27, 2017 and April 10, 2017. The purpose of this session is to allow for interaction between the Council and Administration to review the proposed budget for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Touring Havre de Grace Middle School with Comptroller Franchot

March 16, 2017 Mayor Martin toured Havre de Grace Middle School with Comptroller Franchot, County Executive Barry Glassman and other government and school officials. Everyone in the room had a very positive conversation about the importance of building a new middle and high school in Havre de Grace. Mayor Martin encouraged Comptroller Franchot and everyone to continue advocating for our students and stressed the urgency of this project.


TODAY CHARTER AMENDMENT 279 AND 280 GO INTO EFFECT SUBJECTING THE SALARY OF CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO THE APPROVAL OF CITY VOTERS.

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March 8, 2017
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TODAY CHARTER AMENDMENT 279 AND 280 GO INTO EFFECT SUBJECTING THE SALARY OF CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO THE APPROVAL OF CITY VOTERS. 
Today, Charter Amendment 279 and 280 went into effect. The set of charter amendments mandate that the salary of City Elected Officials shall be subjected to the approval of city voters.  Until now, the process of setting elected officials pay was done by council vote.  Charter Amendment 279 and 280 were unanimously passed by the city council on January 17, 2017.

Charter Amendment 279 states, “ANY PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE MAYOR’S SALARY REQUIRES VOTER APPROVAL AT A REGULAR CITY ELECTION AND IS EFFECTIVE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.”

View Charter Amendment 279 states: http://ow.ly/zRZ7309J9Oc

Charter Amendment 280 states, “ANY PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE SALARY OF THE CITY COUNCIL REQUIRES VOTER APPROVAL AT A REGULAR CITY ELECTION AND IS EFFECTIVE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.”

View Charter Amendment 280: http://ow.ly/OF3k309J9Si

 
“You elect us, you pay us, therefore it is your inherent right to approve our salaries  .” said Mayor Martin.   

March 2017 Student of the Month Presentation

The City of Havre de Grace would like to congratulate Max Swart, Kira Knockett, Ethan Wilkinson, and Danny Mattei Lopez on being this month’s Students of the Month.

Havre de Grace Elementary School Max Swart

Meadowvale Elementary Kira Knockett

Havre de Grace Middle School Ethan Wilkinson

Havre de Grace High School Danny Mattei Lopez

 

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

 

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.