NOTICE TO CANDIDATES FOR CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ELECTION HELD ON MAY 2, 2017

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES FOR CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE ELECTION
HELD ON MAY 2, 2017

Qualified candidates running for Mayor and City Council can file a Notice of Candidacy with the Director of Administration, City Hall, 711 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace, Maryland from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Qualifications to run for Mayor are as follows:
1) At least 25 years of age;
2) Citizen of the United States for at least ten years preceding the election;
3) A qualified City voter at the time of filing;
4) A resident of Havre de Grace for at least two years preceding the election date.
Qualifications to run for City Council are as follows:
1) At least 25 years of age;
2) Citizen of the United States for at least ten years preceding the election;
3) A qualified City voter at the time of filling;
4) A resident of Havre de Grace for at least two years preceding the election date.

Filing Fee:
Mayor: $100.00
City Council: $50.00

 

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

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

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.

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.

PSA-Drunk-Driving

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION

 

Notice of Special City Election  –  A Special Havre de Grace City election will be held at the Havre de Grace City Council Chambers, located at 711 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace, Maryland.  A Special Election to give the registered voters of the City of Havre de Grace an opportunity to cast their ballot in favor of or opposed to the following question:

 

Question A.  The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace propose to purchase the real property known as 627 Water Street and a portion of 649 Water Street in Havre de Grace, Maryland, which is comprised of four lots along Water Street and the Susquehanna River (parcels 460, 461, 472 and 470 as shown on tax map 601).  The purchase price is One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00).  The current assessed value for the property is One Million Six Hundred Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Sixty Seven Dollars ($1,612,567.00).  A deposit of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00) was paid by the City to Harford County with the remaining One Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,100,000.00) to be paid by the City over a period of twenty (20) years with interest at 0.00% pursuant to an installment purchase agreement upon the full faith and credit and unlimited taxing powers of the City, thus, there will be twenty (20) annual payments of Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($55,000.00).  The Mayor and City Council intend to transform the property into a City waterfront park.  Do you agree to the City’s purchase of this property and approve the indebtedness on these terms?

 

YES                                                                                                NO

 

Election will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Polls will open at 7 AM

Polls will close at 8 PM

Method of Voting:  Voting shall be by written ballot to be completed by

the voter, placed by the voter in a sealed envelope, and placed in a

ballot box.  The City Board of Election Supervisors shall be the

canvassing authority for the election results.

 

Qualification of Voters – All citizens of the United States eighteen years of age or upward who have resided in the City for twenty-one days preceding the Special Election and whose names shall appear upon the list of registered voters of the City shall be entitled to vote at any election held under the provisions of the Charter.

 

Absentee Ballot applications will be available for pick-up at City Hall.   Voted ballots must be returned by 5:00 PM on election day to Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078.

The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast

 

The world is your oyster…

At the Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast November 19

 

HAVRE DE GRACE – The old adage warns never eat oysters in a month without an “R”. Welcome to November, with an “R”, and The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast, Saturday, November 19, from 4 to 9 p.m.

This new event is a community gathering of delicious food of monumental proportions all in support of local nonprofit organizations. At $50 per person the menu, provided by Atlantic Caterers, Inc., offering locally sourced sustainable seafood, is a whopper the size of the very best fish tales.

The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast, with food served from 4-8 p.m., on Sat., November 19, at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane, offers something for every piscatorial and bivalve taste. There will be: oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, fired oysters, homemade oyster stew, Maryland crab soup, Old Bay wings, BBQ ribbies, pit beef, pit turkey, country smoked ham, sauerkraut and kielbasa, beef BBQ, salad, sides, fresh fruit, assorted cheese, veggies and dips, desserts, canned beer, wine, soda and coffee – all included for only $50 per person.

Tickets are on sale now, but going fast at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace. Tickets are also available through Havre de Grace Parks and Rec Basketball, 443-307-1225; Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps 443-871-3564; Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission, 443-243-3161; and Havre de Grace High School PTSA 443-876-2371. You can purchase your tickets at the Visitor Center and direct proceeds from your ticket purchase to one of the above named nonprofit organizations.

For details or to learn more call 410-939-2100 or visit www.explorehavredegrace.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING – Resolution No 277

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
August 15, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on a draft concept plan for one of the recently annexed properties per Annexation. (Ianniello, Green, and Patrone)
The single concept plan for the annexed properties is subject to approval by City Council. A copy of the draft concept plan for the Ianniello property is available for review at City Hall.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the recent events in Orlando, Florida

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“Tonight the City of Havre de Grace mourns the loss of American lives to a senseless act of terror. We stand in solidarity with our nation, as we resolve to abolish hate, to stand firm against terror, and to embrace freedom and liberty without fear. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the recent events in Orlando, Florida.”  – Mayor William T. Martin

 

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Havre de Grace Water Plant Open For Tours

Mayor Bill Martin has directed that the Water Treatment Plant be open for public tours this Saturday 10:00 AM 2:00 PM for the purpose of educating the public on the process of making clean drinking water from the Susquehanna River, as well as answer any questions citizens may have regarding the upcoming ballot referendum, Question A.

The City will be conducting tours of the Water Treatment Plant located at 415 Saint John Street.

The tours will take place on April 30, 2016 beginning at 10:00 AM and lasting until 2:00 PM.

The City has received a number of requests from Citizens about the Water Plant, and this unique opportunity would allow the Citizens to see the water treatment process in person and ask questions concerning the physical plant and prospective improvements.

The Mayor and City Council would encourage the Public to take advantage of this rare event.

If you have any questions please call City Hall at 410-939-1800 or check the City Website at www.havredegracemd.com.

 

 

Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House

John F. Kennedy once stated; “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

In 2010, the Mayor and Council passed a Resolution to provide funds for capital improvements to the Old City Hall also known as the Opera House. Since that time more than 1.8 million dollars has been raised for that endeavor. The City along with the Opera House Foundation continues on this quest to secure funding to complete the Opera House and allow it operate as a cultural arts center not only for the citizens of Havre de Grace but also of Harford County and beyond.

The Mayor and City Council agree that to bring the Cultural Arts Center into fruition sooner than later is vital to the revitalization of our City and both economically as well as for the improvement of the quality of life for each of us. We should proactively focus our attention and interests on downtown NOW as we face the certainty of change related to our largest business – UMUCH by 2020. We must pursue the creation of anchor properties by proactively utilizing municipal properties for those anchors as opposed to waiting in hope that privately owned properties will come into our City. We must take the lead if we have a chance to retain a vibrant downtown City.

Every 6-8 month period that passes until completion of the Opera House causes our renovation costs to rise exponentially by 5 to 8%. We are proposing acquiring a loan in the amount of 2.1 million dollars to reach our goal which could be obtainable in less than 12 months. Or we can continue the path of funding that we are on and we may not realize a completed project for five or more years. Construction costs increases every year and every year that we do not complete this project causes the overall costs to complete the project to increase. The carrying costs, or interest for this loan would be $199,300 per year for fifteen years. Currently the City contributes $250,000 per year towards this endeavor and is committed to do so until completed. In addition the City solicits and has received support from the State and will continue to do so even after a loan is secured so as to repay the loan.

The completion of a public arts center on Union Avenue is compatible and complimentary with the investment Harford County and HCPL has made in our City with the new library opening in May, 2016.