City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday March 26, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday March 26, 2018

Office of the Mayor:

 

 

Department of Administration:

  • Election season is upon us with a total of 7 council candidates. The City Election will be held May 8, 2018.
  • The next Council meeting will be held on April 2, 2018. View Information regarding the public hearings by visiting our website www.havredegracemd.gov
  • The Public Budget Work Sessions will be held, April 10th and April 23rd in the Council Chambers. Starting at 6pm. A draft copy of the budget can also be found by visiting our website www.havredegracemd.gov

Police Department: 

    • Recently, Mayor Martin asked Chief Walter and Corporal Petz to join him in a conversation about school safety. Please watch and share with your neighbors.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • A request for proposal has been issued for the Lapidum water tank repairs.
  • A request for engineering work will be issued next week for a DNR/City
    regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord Street cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • Severe storms are no match for the DPW team.  Crews worked around the clock to clear snow emergency routes, then main roadways followed by the lesser used streets. From salting the roadbeds to pushing the snow, the team made this difficult, time-consuming task look easy.  Well done!
  • Public Works is gearing up for the busy spring and summer season.  This includes filling potholes, blacktopping roadbeds, repairing curbs and sidewalks, pruning trees and installing picnic tables and grills at the City parks; renovating the Promenade and adding fiber mulch to the playgrounds. This time of year also sees many requests for assistance from volunteer groups and organizations such as providing and delivering wood chips for the Community Garden walkways and smoothing out the gravel driveway to the Lock House Museum.
  • From January 1 to the third week of  March, Public Works has responded to over 500 calls for service.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street.  It is almost time to start building beds and planting. Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction will be completed within the next couple weeks at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean.
  • The City and DNR are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in the area of the Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps. Construction will begin this year.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur in April this year.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home.  For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.
  • Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.  This is important after storm events also.


PARKS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  A request for proposal for construction will be advertised shortly. 
  • The areas between the Lighthouse and Tydings Park inclusive are undergoing numerous upgrades and refreshing such as:  
  • Upgrades to the pier at the Lighthouse will be coming soon for public use. 
  • Planking is currently being replaced on the Promenade refreshing your walk. 
  • The handicapped accessible ramp will be completed at Tydings Park within the next couple weeks.

WATER: Update

  • The annual Consumer Confidence Report of Water Quality is posted on the City’s website for viewing. Please watch the mail for your copy of this report. 
  • The relining of the water main on Camilla Street will begin in April. 
  • The request for proposal has been issued for constructing upgraded water lines on segments of Alliance and Lafayette Streets.

Department of Planning:

  • Tuesday, March 20th, was the first day of Spring (even though it was snowing)!  According to Farmers Almanac, this Spring starts out a little cooler than normal, with April and May slightly rainier than normal.  To help prevent excess flooding, please be sure storm drains are free of leaves and other debris. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information.  You may also call Marisa Willis or Shane Grimm, (410) 939-1800,  if you have any questions on the Special Flood Hazard Areas within the City. 
  • Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, as needed, at 6:30 pm at Havre de Grace City Hall.  In addition, Board of Appeals hearings are held on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, as needed, with required public notification in local newspapers and property postings.  For meeting agendas, please go to
    https://havredegracemd.gov/agendas-schedules/ or you may find them posted outside the main door of Havre de Grace City Hall. 
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also. When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland and all the required inspections have been approved.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

 

Department of Economic Development:

Tuesday, March 27

The Harford County YEA! (Youth Entrepreneurs Academy) Investor Panel Presentations will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., at The GroundFloor, 2021-G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, with doors open at 5 p.m., a meet and greet and welcome remarks at 5:30 p.m. Students will take the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students range from grade six through 12 and have five minutes to pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community during this “Shark Tank” style event. The investors will then determine the amount of funds to allocate to deserving business or social movements presented. One business will advance to the YEA Sanders Scholars Competition to compete with students across the United States for college scholarships.

Learn more about the 8a Business Development Program at the Small Business Administration sponsored free program in the SBA Baltimore District office, 100 S. Charles St., Suite 1201, Baltimore, from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a monthly program that discourses the benefits and application process of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Program. Space is limited and interested participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.sba.gov/offices/district/md/baltimore. Photo ID is required to enter the building.

You can get the inside track on HUB Zone Contracting at the Small Business Administration District Office, 100 S. Charles St., Suite 1201, Baltimore, Tues., March 27, from 11 a.m. to noon. This free program will review benefits of and the application process for the SBA’s HUB (Historically Under-Utilized Business) Zone Government Contracting Program. Space is limited so sign-up early at www.sba.gov/offices/district.md.baltimore. Photo ID is required for building entry.

Are you looking to start your own business? Do you have some great ideas and aren’t sure how to turn those ideas into a business? Do you need money to get your business off the ground or to move it forward? Get the answers to these and other questions at the free Entrepreneurship Workshop Series, Tues., March 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Suite D, Havre de Grace. The topic for this date is Entrepreneurship Workshop: Financing Your Business. The programs are led by industry subject matter experts. Please register at Eventbrite under “entrepreneurship workshop series in Harford County.”

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and partner GreenPlay, LLC, will host an information session and workshop to solicit public comment and stakeholder feedback on Land Conservation and Outdoor Recreation with residents and non-residents invited to attend. There will be four such sessions, the second at Talbot Community Center, 100128 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD, Tues., March 27, with the first session at 1 p.m. and a second at 6 p.m. Session and survey results will be incorporated into the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which is required to receive Federal funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Please RSVP to adamb@greenplayll.com

 

Wednesday, March 28

Register now for the National #SmallBusinessWeek Virtual Conference, May 1 to 3, 2018, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., each day. The US Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host this free 3-day virtual conference during National Small Business Week. The conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference but without the hassle and expense of the travel. Watch 12 educational webinars, get free business advice from mentors, pick up free information and resources from sponsors and network with fellow business owners. Visit bit.ly/NSBW-2018-VC for more.

Turbo Start  Your Grants Program with a free webinar 2 to 2:30 p.m. through GrantStation. This free program helps you establish a comprehensive, structured grants program to fund the work of your nonprofit organization. Visit www.grantstation.com to learn more.

The Havre de Grace Alliance Wedding Group will meet 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wed., March 28, by invitation at an RSVP required event, at Vandiver Inn, 301 S. Union Ave., Havre de Grace.

 

Thursday, March 29

It is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day and you are encouraged to support your local businesses today of all days, March 29. Learn how to leverage the advantages that small businesses have over giant ones to help you compete in your marketplace by visiting www.sba.gov.

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce will hold the Harford County Economic Forecast Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Thurs., March 29, at the Maryland Golf & Country Club, 1335 E. MacPhail Rd., Bel Air. Register at www.harfordchamber.org with tickets $30 for members and $40 for prospective members. The presentation will include insights from: Dr. Daraius Irani, Len Parrish, Bruce England, and Larry Muzzelo. Registration closes Fri., March 23.

Learn about resources for Maryland companies and a new opportunity to start or expand exports at the Export to China Symposium, 4 to 7 p.m., Thurs., March 29. The symposium is $30 per person and will be held at the first floor conference room in the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis. Contact sos.intl@maryland.gov for questions or visit export-to-china.eventbrite.com for tickets.

 

Friday, March 30

The Million Women Mentors Symposium will be Fri., March 30, at Cecil College, 1 Seahawk Dr., North East, from 9 a.m. to noon. THis is the first annual MWM-Maryland Region 2 (Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil Counties) gathering to encourage companies, schools and other interested parties to discuss STEM mentorship opportunities in our area. It will also encourage brainstorming to improve and do more to encourage women into the STEM-related workforce.

 Join Harford County’s 15th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All attendees will receive a free native tree and light refreshments. Civic organizations, school groups, Scouts and individuals are all welcome to participate. Please bring a hammer, shovel and work gloves if you have them. For information contact Jennifer Wilson at 410-638-3103 ext. 1365.

The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development will host an Organizational Economic Development meeting with municipal economic development offices at HCOCED, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., March 30.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Scottfield Theatre Company is in rehearsal for “Titanic The Musical” all week.

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday March 6, 2018

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday March 6, 2018

 

Police Department:

 

  • If you missed the public discussion on school safety here it is. We have also put a video of the Chief’s response to what Havre de Grace is doing in regards to school safety.
  • We always welcome comments, suggestions, and questions so let us know if you have any!

https://hcn.viebit.com/player.php?hash=Jmda23OpViSi

  • Officer Adam, PFC Adams, Cpl. Petz taught Civilian Response to an Active Shooting Event to the Havre de Grace Boys and Girls Club. If you would like this training please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 or danielp@havredegracemd.com
  • Follow the Havre de Grace Police on social media for up to date information affecting Havre de Grace, follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor especially important during extreme weather incidents. 
  • Make A Positive Difference in Your Community! Take part in SomersetServe, our annual neighborhood cleanup, and beautification service project.

Date: April 28, 2018

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm.

Place: 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace


Lunch provided.

Planned Projects include:

Raking, Mulching, Trimming and Planting. Painting of curbs and benches. Fence line vegetation removal.

 

Bring These Items with You:

Rakes, Shovels, Gloves, Leaf Blowers, Paint Brushes, Brooms, Dustpans, Wheelbarrows, Sunscreen, and More.

 

REGISTER YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION USING THE EVENTBRITE LINK. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somersetserve-2018-tickets-33371949399

 

Public Works:

 

  • The City’s website www.havredegracemd.com now has designated pages specific to Public Works. The pages, designed for residents to access information quickly, will be ready to go within the next two weeks.  

Storm Updates:

  • Many trees and tree limbs were down.  We are still in the process of removing those which are City-owned. 
  • HOA’s will need to make arrangements for neighborhood trees. 
  • Minor damage to the Community Center. Repairs scheduled.

Stormwater Management:

  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction has begun at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries. 
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean. 
  • The City and DNR are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in an area between the Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. 
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps. Construction will begin this year.  
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop. 
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
    The enhancements planned for Lilly Run and Bradford Green will be set up to serve as educational opportunities for local students. 
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements. 
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!  
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website. 
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home.  For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800. 
  • Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.  This is important after storm events also.


Department of Planning:

  • The Department of Planning would like to welcome Shane Grimm as Deputy Director.  Shane replaces Donald “Jay” Bautz who retired after almost 26 years of service to the Planning Department.  We wish Jay the best in his retirement and many thanks for his years of dedicated service. We welcome Shane to Havre de Grace in this important role for the coordination for development review within the Planning Department and as primary interface with Planning Commission and Board of Appeals.  He will also have a major hand in long-range planning with the myriad of planning-related issues facing the City. 
  • Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) held their Harford County “Listening Session Event” on Wednesday, February 28 in Bel Air at the Harford County Government office building.  Information from these community outreach sessions will be used to gain insight from around the State in developing their state development plan, A Better Maryland. If you missed the session but would like to provide feedback to MDP, please go to http://abetter.maryland.gov/a-better-maryland/survey/ to take a short survey. 
  • Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month as needed at 6:30 pm at Havre de Grace City Hall.  In addition, Board of Appeals hearings are held at 7:00 pm as needed with required public notification in local newspapers and property postings.  For meeting agendas, please go to https://havredegracemd.gov/agendas-schedules/ or you may find them posted outside the main door of Havre de Grace City Hall. 

Office of Economic Development:

 

  • The Defense Technology Commercialization Center, or DefTech Center, opened at 2015 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, February 26, a collaboration between APG, Harford and Cecil Counties and the Maryland Department of Commerce. (Photo Courtesy APG News) 
  • Congratulations to Arts by the Bay Gallery, Steppingstone Farm Museum, Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Swan Harbor Farm, Bulle Rock, Maryland Conservatory of Music, Bahoukas Antique Mall, Edel’s Bridal Boutique, Lagom, Mount Felix Vineyard & Winery, Amanda’s Flowers, MyEyeDr., Susquehanna OB/GYN Nurse Midwifery, Mayor Bill Martin and Billee Smith Designs for being recognized in Harford Magazine as among the Best in Harford. 
  • HDGOED participated in the first annual Harford County Public Library Women’s Summit on Tuesday, March 6, at the Abingdon Branch with the keynote presenter being Debbie Phelps, noted speaker and author, and the mother of gold medal Olympian Michael Phelps. 
  • Harford Community College’s 60th Anniversary Gala Illuminate will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the college. 
  • On Thursday, Director Quesenbery will be at the GroundFloor for the Women in Defense member reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and was recently selected historian for Mid-Atlantic Women in Defense. 
  • Next Tuesday, March 13, Maryland Main Street Quarterly meeting will be held in Taneytown with Havre de Grace participating; and that evening HDGOED will be represented at the Harford County Library Gala Committee theme reveal event at One-Eleven Main in Bel Air. 
  • Work is progressing at 137 N. Washington Street on renovating a new and much larger location for JoRetro who will be moving to the space from their spot on Franklin Street and Union Avenue. Bella’s Tea Room opened on St. John Street on February 25 to appreciative diners and crowds. The old wall was removed at Coakley’s Pub with grading being done for the new Yard at Coakley’s which will debut this summer.
  • 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 there will be a Highway User Revenue hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. House Bill 807 to restore municipal highway user revenues was passed unanimously in the House Transportation Subcommittee on March 1 and then moved to the full environment and transportation committee for a full vote.

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Tom Myers in “Make America Innate Again” (Comedy Show/CD Recording) on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00pm 
  • “Cartoons That Swing” on Friday, March 9 at 8pm 
  • “Vivaldi Project” on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday February 27, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday February 27, 2018

 

Department of Administration:

  • We would like to congratulate Mayor William T. Martin on being named Harford County’s Best Elected Official for 2017 by Harford Magazine.  View Article.

 

Police Department:

  • With the warm weather starting to show up please review these tips to be a safer driver and walker on the roads.

Driver and Walker Safety Tips

 

  • If you know where any illegal drug activity is taking place around Havre de Grace please fill out the Havre de Grace Drug Tip Form https://goo.gl/SnD2v9 Together we can stop the drug trade in our community.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean.
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps.  Construction will begin this year.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction has begun at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • The enhancements planned for Lilly Run and Bradford Green will be set up to serve as educational opportunities for local students.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home.  For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.
  • Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

 

Rain Cycle Coloring Page

Department of Finance:

 

  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
  • Having trouble paying your water bill or tax bill?  The City will accept monthly payments to your account to alleviate the burden of paying all at one time.  Penalties will apply to any unpaid balance after the due date and tax bills must be paid by May 31st to avoid tax sale.

  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • When making Tax or Water/Sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay.  If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com.  Click on e-Billing Registration.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • The recent Mardi Gras Parade was a success.  Over 3,100 people were in attendance with 250 people participating in the parade.  More than 8,000 beads where thrown during the event.

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

  • “The Triplets of Belleville” (B&W Film Series) on Tuesday, February 27 at 8pm
  • Havre de Grace Arts Collective and Smash Hits WHGM present “Business After Hours” networking event on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
  • Tidewater presents “Without A Clue” on Friday and Saturday, March 2 & 3 at 8:00pm as well as Sunday, March 4 at 2:00pm.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, February 19, 2018

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvements to the shoreline many of which will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean. 
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps.  Construction will begin this year. 
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction has begun at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries. 
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop. 
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon. 
  • The enhancements planned for Lilly Run and Bradford Green will be set up to serve as educational opportunities for local students. 
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements. 
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!! 
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website. 
  • Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home. 
  • Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

SPOTLIGHT:  NEW… POP UP RAIN BARREL – stores easily over winter

Department of Finance:

 

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs Tuesday, February 20, 2018. 
  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall. 
  • Having trouble paying your water bill or tax bill?  The City will accept monthly payments to your account to alleviate the burden of paying all at one time.  Penalties will apply to any unpaid balance after the due date and tax bills must be paid by May 31st to avoid tax sale. 
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense

 

  • When making Tax or Water/Sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay.  If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!

 

  • All “bill pay”  bank checks are sent through the regular mail and are receipted the day of delivery.  Make sure you allow enough time for the bank to print and mail the check to avoid penalty.  Water/Sewer turn offs for non payment will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.  To avoid the turn off fees please pay by Monday, January 22nd. 
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com.  Click on e-Billing Registration.

 

Police Department:

  • Bike club has started at HdGES, at the first meeting we went over bike maintenance and safety. Good job Officer Adam, OFC Coleman, and Mr. Dennison!
     

    NARCAN SAVES LIVES

  • Narcan® Pharmacy Project
    • Between February 14, 2018 and July 1, 2018 or while supplies last, Klein’s ShopRite Pharmacies (ShopRite) of Maryland will be offering Narcan® at “no cost”.
    • Participating ShopRite Pharmacy Locations: Aberdeen, Bel Air (Festival and Main) and Forest Hill
    • ShopRite’s pharmacy staff will assist individuals to identify if Narcan® is covered fully or partially by their insurance.
    • At any time, the individual may request to receive the Narcan® at “no cost”.
    • Training by MDH’s Online Narcan® Training @ www.getnaloxonenow.org or by a licensed or certified individual or organization is encouraged.

    Havre de Grace Police has specially trained officers who teach Civil Response to an Active Shooter Events if you would like your company, organization, church, or club trained on this please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 ordanielp@havredegracemd.com and he will schedule this training for you.

 

 

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Havre de Grace Restaurant week February 19- 25, visit Explorehavredegrace.com for a list of all the great specials!   
  • Opening week of “Without a Clue” by Tidewater Players is this weekend, why not enjoy a great dinner before the show. 
  • Planning for First Friday 2018 has begun, if you would like to be a vendor please contact the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100.  First Friday will run from April through October. 
  • The Wedding Place Havre de Grace.  Like the new wedding Facebook page… Havre de Grace Wedding.  Also the new wedding website has launched but is still under construction at hdgwedding.com 
  • For more information visit us at 450 Pennington Ave or give us a call 410-939-2100

 

Department of Economic Development:

Learn about HDG A&E District this Friday, Feb. 23

The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is holding a program to provide details about the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District or A&E District. Artists, cultural and arts organizations, property owners and developers are strongly encouraged to attend this free event on Friday, February 23, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Refreshments will be served.

There will be presentations on:

  • What is an A&E District
  • Benefits of being in an A&E District
  • What does the future hold

Special guest Steven Skerritt-Davis, Program Director for A&E District for the Maryland State Arts Council will be on hand as well, as MSAC celebrates their 50th year of service to the arts.

To register call 443-502-2005 or email info@HdgArtsCollective.org by February 21.

 

MD Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop on March 20

The Maryland Historical Trust will hold a Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop on Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m., at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., in Council Chambers. This program is free and open to the public.

If you own a certified historic property in Maryland you may have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Whether you are planning to rehabilitate your primary or secondary residence or a commercial property, there are state incentives that may help. Join in this free workshop to learn more about the Maryland Rehabilitation Tax Credit program and opportunities that may be available to you.

Rehabilitation projects include but are not limited to: painting, systems upgrades, roof replacement, window and door repair, floor refinishing….

For more information visit https://mht.maryland.gov/taxCredits.shtml or for information specific to tax credits contact Elizabeth Totten 410-697-9551 or Megan Klem 410-697-9560.

 

Hearings on Crucial Highway User Revenue this week

The municipal priority to fully restore Highway User Revenue (HUR) funding by FY2021 will receive a hearing in both the House and Senate. HB807 is sponsored by Delegates Pam Beidle and Carl Anderton and is scheduled for a hearing this Thurs., February 22, at 1 p.m. in the House Environment and Transportation Committee. The Maryland Municipal League is calling for a strong turnout of municipal officials to attend the hearing to demonstrate MML’s strong commitment to have the HUR restoration bills pass this year.

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) priority Senate Bill, sponsored by Budget and Taxation Committee Vice Chair Senator Rich Madaleno and Senator George Edwards is SB516. That hearing is set for Wed., March 7, with hearings starting at 1 p.m. in the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee.

 

A Night of History at HDG Middle this Friday

Havre de Grace Middle School, 401 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace will host A Night of History: A Tribute to African-American History, Culture and Heritage. The tribute is being presented by 8th Grade students at HDG Middle. This evening of celebration and education will be this Friday, February 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to the HDG Colored School Foundation to help them purchase the HDG Colored School property by February 26. There will be a silent auction, concessions, and t-shirts. Donations are greatly encouraged and appreciated.

 

Small Business Administration livestreaming Wednesday

Are you ready to create a seamless online shopping experience to grow your business? Join the Small Business Administration, SBA, on Wednesday, February 21, from 12:30 to 2p.m. (EST) for a free livestream workshop, “Open for Business.” The SBA Technology and Innovation Partners (TIPS) program in partnership with Facebook, Google, Constant Contact, and Square is brining expert advice to help businesses put their best foot forward online this year. Questions will also be taken live from the comments section.

Register at https://sbaopenforbusiness.splashthat.com or you can join online via the SBA Facebooks page.

 

HDG Chamber of Commerce seeks scholarship support

Each year the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, through generous donations from the community, raises money to give a scholarship to a Havre de Grace High School senior. As in past years chamber members are asked to donate $25 or an amount you deem appropriate as a gesture of support. Please make checks payable to the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce. You may also call the Chamber office at 410-939-3303 to donate using Visa/Mastercard.

 

MD Department of Planning holding listening sessions

The Maryland Department of Planning is debuting a new state development plan called A Better Maryland. The listening sessions will provide an opportunity to seek input from local governments, state agencies, Maryland residents and others with the goal of having A Better Maryland serve as a valuable resource for years to come. Of particular interest to municipalities is that the Department is seeking specific input on identifying local priorities that should be included in A Better Maryland.

Each county will host a listening session with a session scheduled for Harford County on Wednesday, February 28. There will be three specific sessions at the Harford County Administration Offices, first floor conference room, 220 S. Main Street as follows:

3 p.m.                   Local Planning and Other Staff

4 p.m.                   Elected and Appointed Officials

6:30 p.m.             Public session with the community

 

McTier named President of Baltimore Chapter of AABE

The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development congratulates Ronni McTier who was named the new President of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, AABE. She worked with the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland on the Energy Edge Program serving the BGE service area. A kick-off meeting will be held by the AABE this Thursday, February 22, for 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the BGE Office, 110 W. Fayette St., 1st Floor, Baltimore.

Municipal Charter Amendment Legislation out of sub-committee

Legislation introduced by Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti was heard last week in the House Environment and Transportation Committee and has been passed by the subcommittee. The Maryland Municipal League, MML, originally opposed HB-615 which would have required public notification and a public hearing prior to any charter change. The bill was objectionable in that it stipulated that if a municipality changed its “form of government” the proposed charter change would automatically be brought to referendum at the “next municipal election.” It was noted that municipalities do not stipulate a “form of government” in their charters and the requirement that a proposed charter change be voted on at the next municipal election could mean delays of between two and four years. MML worked with Lisanti to submit an amendment at the hearing to eliminate the “form of government” and automatic referendum language from the bill, leaving only a public notification and a public hearing provision when a charter change is proposed. In discussing the proposed legislation with the Committee and various members of the League, it was noted that the majority of Maryland municipalities already utilize the practice, so the legislation if enacted as amended, would not impose any new mandate on most municipal governments.

MML testifies against A&A Tax reduction in Municipalities

HB-549 would exempt from the admissions and amusement (A&A) tax golf entertainment, drive-in movie theaters, skating rinks and agri-tourism sites that are located in municipalities. Stemming from an issue in Cecil County this bill would have a significant negative impact on municipal revenue. Golf entertainment alone accounts for almost $900,000 in revenue which would be lost if this bill passes. As municipal tax authority is already limited, MML strongly opposes this bill.

 

Langston Hughes Oratorical Contest set for Sat., Feb. 24

The 2018 Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest will be Sat., Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Helping Hands Ministries, 3237 Level Rd., Churchville. The event is sponsored by Dr. Roosevelt Barfield and students in grades six-12 will perform original works inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem Dreams. Langston was a frequent visitor to the Colored School. The event celebrates students’ achievements and raises awareness of the Havre de Grace Colored High School Foundation’s efforts to purchase the building and preserve the legacy of the students, faculty and community leaders who endeavored to obtain a quality education for African-American children in Harford County. This event is free to the public.

Startup Breakfast slated for Wed., February 28

The GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, will welcome Venture Access, Inc., with a Startup Breakfast on Wed., Feb. 28, from 8 to 9 a.m. (Access your tickets at www.impactflow.com) Startup Breakfast is the place to meet other Entrepreneurs, makers, innovators and inventors from around Harford County. Mingle with investors, lenders and mentors or enjoy a demo or explore a topic – it’s different each time. Current Venture Access members will receive free admission.

Supporting HB-855 on Small Business

The House Health and Government Operations Committee heard from the Maryland Retailers Association and others supporting HB-855 Tuesday, February 20, at 1 p.m. The bill would require the Office of Legislative Audits to conduct a performance audit of certain units of State Government every three years; establish an electronic registry and post on the registry a proposed legislation that has a significant small business impact; require certain units to create compliance guides to assist small businesses in complying with regulations, etc.

Seeking Small Business Relief Tax Credit

SB-134 authorizes a tax credit against the State income tax for certain small businesses that provide certain employer benefits to qualified employees. It also requires the Department of Commerce to issue a tax credit certificate under certain circumstances. This bill will be heard in the Senate Budget and Tax Committee Wed., February 21, at 1 p.m. It is supported by the Maryland Retailers Association as the Small Business Relief Tax Credit SB134. As HB-99 this will be before the House Ways & Means Committee at the same time and on the same day.

Polystyrene Hearing set for Wednesday

HB-538 prohibiting a person from selling in the State of Maryland certain expanded polystyrene food service products on or after January 1, 2019, will be heard in the House Environment and Transportation Committee Wed., Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. Opposed the Maryland Retailers Association, the bill would prevent food service businesses and certain schools from selling or providing food in expanded polystyrene food service containers. The county health department would impose penalties for violations of the Act and would require the county health department to notify the Department of the Environment of violations.

Supporting Back-to-School Tax-Free shopping extension

The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development and Maryland Retailers Association is in support of HB-671 which is being heard in the House Ways and Means Committee Wed., February 21, at 1 p.m. Known as the Sales & Use Tax: Tax-Free Period for Back-to-School Shopping and School Supplies bill, HB-671 expands the tax-free period for back-to-school shopping to include certain school supplies. Supplies, in this instance, is defined as: pens, pencils, crayons, binders, folders, notebooks and loose-leaf paper, etc.

Save the Date for MD Smart Growth Workshop

The National Center for Smart Growth and Education at the University of Maryland College Park is hosting an afternoon workshop on Wednesday, April 18, to reflect on 20-years of smart growth in Maryland and explore new ideas for moving forward. This is a great opportunity for municipal planners to engage and swap ideas. The workshop will be at the Lowe House Office Building from noon to 6 p.m. Contact Nick Finio at nfinio@gmail.com if you would like more details as they become available.

Additional Upcoming Economic Development Events:

  • Feb. 19 – Sun., Feb. 25 – Havre de Grace Restaurant Week
  • Jack Gerbes Lecture at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House at 7:30 p.m. at part of the Shank Lecture Series; Maryland Department of Commerce Film and Digital Images
  • WHGM Smash Hits FM will hold a Business after Hours: An Evening of Networking at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, on Thurs., March 1. RSVP by February 27 to executivedirector@hdgartscollective.org

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Iris” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00pm
  • “Learn More About the Havre de Grace Arts & Entertainment District” on Friday, February 23 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
  • Tidewater presents “Without A Clue” on Friday and Saturday, February 23 & 24 at 8:00pm as well as Sunday, February 25 at 2:00pm.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday February 5, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday February 5, 2018

Office of the Mayor:

 

  •  On Thursday, February 1, 2018 Mayor Martin spoke at the 43rd Maryland Preservation Awards ceremony held in Annapolis and received The Havre de Grace Cultural Center at the Opera Houses Maryland Preservation Award for Project Excellence: Community Impact on behalf of the citizens of Havre de Grace.  View Press Releasehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=S_xnKOBxveY

 

  • On Saturday, February 3, 2018  Mayor Martin attended the MasquerAid Ball.

Police department:

 

  •         NHTSA’s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up.

o   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide

o   https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8

  • The Havre de Grace Police Department has a prescription take back box located in front of our station. Please place your unwanted or expired prescription medications in this box. They will be properly destroyed keeping our streets safe and our bay clean! The box is open 24/7 for your convenience!
  • Your Havre de Grace Police Department has updated its bike registry. Please add your bicycle to it, this way if it gets lost or stolen we can better help you get it back.  Havre de Grace Police Department Bike Registry.

  • Havre de Grace Police has many Crime Prevention Specialists. We can do residential and commercial surveys to help keep you safe! Contact PFC Adams at teresaa@havredegracemd.com, Cpl. Petz atdanielp@havredegracemd.com, or by phone at(410)939-2121 to schedule a free survey!

Department of Planning:

  • Please remember, property owners or their lessees are responsible for removing snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting their properties within 24 hours of any weather event resulting in snow and/or ice.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland and all the required inspections have been approved.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street.  Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.

Department of Finance:

  • February water/sewer bills were mailed on Friday, February 2nd.
  • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • When making Tax or Water/Sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay.  If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!

  • All “bill pay”  bank checks are sent through the regular mail and are receipted the day of delivery.  Make sure you allow enough time for the bank to print and mail the check to avoid penalty.  Water/Sewer turn offs for non payment will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.  To avoid the turn off fees please pay by Monday, January 22nd.

  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.com.  Click on e-Billing Registration.  

 

Department of Public Works:

  • We are currently preparing a Request for Proposal for the seasonal grass cutting and grounds maintenance of City-owned properties. Please check the City’s website under Government,  Request for Bid.
  • The City is working in partnership with the Harford County Office of Recycling, Maryland Environmental Services to help residents dispose of various types of plastic bags. Are you wondering what to do with those plastic grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, sandwich baggies, the plastic bags that hold loaves of bread or fruit, and the plastic wrappers around bulk products like toilet paper or paper towels?  All of these can be returned to WEIS Markets and to City Hall where we have a special bin in the lobby. In addition, City Hall has a bucket to collect household batteries.
  • Fire Hydrants – If you see someone tapping into a fire hydrant, other than City or Fire Service personnel,  please call City Hall at 410-939-1800 with the location.  After hours and on weekends, please call the Police non-emergency number: 410-939-2121.
  • Winter Weather is still upon us – prevent your pipes from freezing by having one faucet run at a slow drip when the temperatures go below freezing.  The cost is minimal compared to the cost of dealing with broken pipes.
  • DPW Staff are ready for snow and ice.  Please keep in mind that the plowing of streets is done by priority order as follows: Snow Emergency Routes, Primary Roadways (example: Juniata St., Washington St., Canvasback Dr., Tidewater Dr.) then Secondary Roadways, ending with courts, lanes and parking lots. You can help by parking in your driveways if available. When shoveling your driveways and sidewalks, do not put the snow into the street.  This is a safety hazard and is against City Code.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Maritime Museum for their grant award to restore the shoreline riparian buffer.  Watch for more improvement projects that are in the works affecting the shoreline.  Many projects will include informational signage to enlighten visitors on purpose and partnerships involved with shoreline and runoff improvements as we strive to keep our waterways clean.
  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.  Watch for next steps and work to commence.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction will begin at Concord Point Park next week.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!  Landowners in the City can help  protect the river and bay from pollutants carried by stormwater in many ways.  Contact DPW, Stormwater at 410-939-1800 for ideas.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.
  • SPOTLIGHT:  NEW… POP UP RAIN BARREL – stores easily over winter


Department of Economic Development:

Susquehanna Workforce offers warehouse training course

The Susquehanna Workforce Network is offering a Warehouse Technician Training Course beginning Monday, February 12, 2018. For details contact Clara  Henry at 410-272-5400.

HDG Colored School holding timely fundraisers

            The Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation has reached an agreement with the owners of the former school building to donate the structure with the stipulation that the foundation payoff the existing mortgage of $153,000. Since the original asking price was $800,000 this is an outstanding opportunity to preserve the building and its vibrant history. The challenge is the closing date is February 26, 2018.

            Harford County will be donated $50,000 to help meet the challenge but additional donations are needed to reach the goal and several fundraising events are being held to meet that end.

            Fri., Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the foundation will conduct phone banking at the Susquehanna Hose Company Fire House, 911 Revolution St., Havre de Grace.

            On Sat., Feb. 10, from 8 to 10 p.m., the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, will host Phenomenal Woman featuring Ami Brabson, an actress who has had roles on Homicide and Law & Order. Ami captivates her audiences as she weaves stories into songs – inspired by Ruby Dee, Phoebe Snow and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. A portion of the proceeds will go toward saving the Havre de Grace Colored High School. Tickets are $23 each.

            Sun., Feb., 12, at 3 p.m. the Colored School Foundation will participate in National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Heart Bomb 2018: Spread the Love for Historic Places campaign at the school, 555 Alliance Street. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, supporters are asked to bring hearts, homemade or purchased, for a group photo to show you love for preserving this precious piece of African-American history.

            The 2018 Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest will be Sat., Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Helping Hands Ministries, 3237 Level Rd., Churchville. The event is sponsored by Dr. Roosevelt Barfield and students in grades six-12 will perform original works inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem Dreams. Langston was a frequent visitor to the Colored School. The event celebrates students’ achievements and raises awareness of the Havre de Grace Colored High School Foundation’s efforts to purchase the building and preserve the legacy of the students, faculty and community leaders who endeavored to obtain a quality education for African-American children in Harford County. This event is free to the public.

Harford Community & Economic Development

offers Human Resources Essentials Program Feb. 21

            The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development will offer a Human Resources Essentials program at the GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Suite D, Havre de Grace, Wed., February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Since people are the foundation of a good business you are invited to attend this free seminar to learn how to attract and attain the best workforce.

Maryland Clean Marina Workshops slated for February

            The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will conduct a series of workshops in Anne Arundel, Dorchester and Harford Counties to provide information for marine facilities interested in learning about the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative.

            Harford County is the first to host on Wed., February 7 at the Bush River Yacht Club, 4001 E. Baker Ave., Abingdon, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

            The workshop provide valuable information to anyone interested in Clean Marina certification. All marine facility managers are encouraged to attend – even those already certified. The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes boatyards, marinas and yacht clubs of any size that voluntarily adopt and implement pollution prevention practices. The department has certified nearly 25% of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners.

Navigate the HUBZone Program through SBA Webinars

            The Small Business Administration, SBA, is hosting a six-part webinar series to help small businesses navigate the HUBZone program. The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business or HUB Zone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to government contracting opportunities. If your business is located in an area where business development and growth has been fairly limited you may qualify.

            A large swath of Havre de Grace is included on the SBA HUBZone map, which can be accessed www.sba.gov. Go to the website and go to Government Contracting and the HUBZone section, put in your business address in as Havre de Grace and the map will indicate if that property is within the designated zone.

            To learn more about the HUBZone program check out SBA’s free six-part webinar series for information on:

  •         How to obtain and maintain the HUBZone certification
  •         How HUBZone areas are designated
  •         How to fill HUBZone appeals and protest
  •         The regulatory requirements for joint ventures
  •         How affiliated businesses are evaluated; and
  •         The various HUBZone contracting requirements

            The webinars are designed to help small businesses get and maintain their HUBZone certification, survive HUBZone status protests to contracts, maintain good record-keeping to ensure compliance in the program, locate HUBZones and compete for HUBZone contracts.

            To get the most of the webinars review the HUBZone website and the frequently asked questions. All webinars will also be archived on SBA’s YouTube channel.

            The webinars are scheduled as follows:

Wed., Feb. 7, 2-3 p.m. – HUBZone Contracting: Making the Federal Government your Customer

Wed., Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m. – HUBZone Joint Ventures: How to partner with other companies for HUBZone Contracts

Wed., Feb. 21, 2-3 p.m. – Continued HUBZone Compliance: How to maintain your Certification

Wed., Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m. – Consider Employees and Affiliation

Wed., Mar. 7, 2-3 p.m. – Understanding how HUBZones are designated

Wed., Mar. 14, 2-3 p.m. – HUBZone Protests and Appeals

Additional Upcoming Economic Development Events:

  •         Mon., Feb. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. – District 34 Night in Annapolis hosted by Sen. Robert Cassilly, Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, Del. Glen Glass and Del. Susan McComas, Miller Senate Office Building, First Floor, President’s Conference Center West 1 & 2 including Tour of the State House at 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., House or Senate Session (Photo ID required)
  •         Tues., Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Community Development Network Day in Annapolis, Lowe Office Building, Rooms 170 and 180
  •         Thurs., Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m.– Route 40 Business Association Meet & Greet, Island Spice, Edgewood
  •         Mon., Feb. 19 – Sun., Feb. 25 – Havre de Grace Restaurant Week
  •         Thurs., Feb. 22, 6-9:30 p.m. – Harford Leadership Academy, Kick Off session
  •         Fri., Feb. 23 – 8:30a-3:30p – Harford Leadership Academy
  •         Fri., Feb. 23 – 11:30a-12:30p – Harford County Office of Economic Development Municipal Meeting, Ground Floor, Havre de Grace

Office of Tourism:

  • Artists’ Emporium will be hosting the largest exhibition of sculpture in the State of MD.  They are open Friday through Monday throughout the month of February for guests to see the pieces on view.
  • Bass Class 2018 with “Tackle Box” Tim Sherman will be held at the Maritime Museum on Saturday February 10…a full day of seminars to help improve you bass fishing.
  • Fat Tuesday, February 13- Annual Mardi Gras Parade beginning on Bourbon Street, continuing onto Washington Street and ending at the American Legion on St. John Street.  Join us for this family friendly parade beginning at 6:30pm.  Crews will throw thousands of beads to crowds.
  •   Prior to the parade stop in to the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church for their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner from 5-7 pm.

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

 

  •         7th Black Gospel Music Experience (in partnership with the Harford County Public Library) on Tuesday, February 6 at 7pm
  •         Washington National Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on Friday, February 9 at 8pm
  •         Phenomenal Woman (One Woman Cabaret) on Saturday, February 10 at 8pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday January 22, 2018

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday January 22, 2018


Office of The Mayor:

  • On Thursday, January 18, 2018 Mayor Martin attended Harford Night in Annapolis.
  • On Saturday, January 20, 2018 Mayor Martin attended the Re-Grand Opening of LAGOM
  • On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Mayor Martin met with Webelos 2 Den from Pack 965 and gave them a tour of City Hall.

Police Department:

 

  • Havre de Grace Police have a community poll being conducted at nextdoor.com HdG Police Poll please give us feedback on what you would like us to focus on!
  • Havre de Grace Police has specially trained officers who teach Civil Response to an Active Shooter Events if you would like your company, organization, church, or club trained on this please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 or danielp@havredegracemd.com and he will schedule this training for you.
  • If you know where any illegal drug activity is taking place around Havre de Grace please fill out the Havre de Grace Drug Tip Form https://goo.gl/SnD2v9 Together we can stop the drug trade in our community.
  • Follow the Havre de Grace Police on social media for up to date information affecting Havre de Grace, follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor


Department of Finance:

 

  • Water Turn Offs will be Tuesday, January 23rd. To avoid turn off fees please pay no later than today, Monday, January 22nd.
  • Coming Soon Resident Self-Service – resident self-service portal is a web portal that allows residents to make requests or file complaints from the web. The resident has the ability to attach documentation or pictures and designate his or her contact preference, either by email or phone. At any point, the resident can go to the portal to check on the status of the case. The resident will automatically get notification along with any other applicable parties. The resident self-service portal smoothly integrates with the my town app allowing each resident the ability to stay on top of all town events and notifications.
  • Coming Soon Permitting self-service – permitting self-service portal allows contractors and homeowners access to a web portal that integrates directly into the city’s system. It allows homeowners and contractors to review permit statuses and inspections.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill. Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • All unpaid User Benefit Accounts are subject to a 1.5% penalty per month.
  • Make sure all payments have the correct account number/account type listed on the remittance or memo area of your check. Payments are applied to the account designated on the check. Please verify you have the right information on your payment, whether a personal check or bank check.
  • All “bill pay” bank checks are sent through the regular mail and are receipted the day of delivery. Make sure you allow enough time for the bank to print and mail the check to avoid penalty. Water/Sewer turn offs for non payment will be on Tuesday, January 23rd. To avoid the turn off fees please pay by Monday, January 22nd.
  • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing @ www.havredegracemd.com. Click on e-Billing Registration.


Department of Public Works:

 

  • All City Buildings – A contract has been awarded to DWK Plumbing for the testing of Backflow Preventers located in all City buildings.
  • Water Plant – Permits will be approved in February for ongoing improvements at the City of Havre de Grace Water Plant.
  • Dredging Project is moving forward.
  • Promenade Re-decking Project – bids will be open Wednesday, January 24th at 2pm.
  • Camilla Street Project– relining the 6 inch water main will be starting soon, weather permitting.
  • 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Days scheduled 8am-noon on Feb. 6, May 5, Aug. 7, and Nov. 3. Event Location: 3135 Scarboro Road, Street, MD 21154.
  • Recycling Reminder: Please do not “bag” your recyclables for collection. When the hauler sees bags, he leaves it for the trash truck to collect. All your effort is wasted.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School. Watch for next steps.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas construction will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year. These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House continues. Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway. Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.

* Reminder: Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

SPOTLIGHT: NEW… POP UP RAIN BARREL – stores easily over winter

Department of Economic Development:

  • Kerry Hall, Chairman of the Havre De Grace Economic Development Advisory Board prepared and presented information at the Havre de Grace Public Workshop before the Mayor and City Council regarding the activities and priorities of EDAB, and accomplishment and activities of the board in 2017, on Monday, January 22.
  • The Havre de Grace Office Economic Development staff are continuing to update Main Street program skillsets through a multi-week training program on Main Street Leadership, offered as a cost-free webinar courtesy of grant funding obtained.
  • The Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA, is hosting the MEDA Economic Development Day in Annapolis at the Miller Senate office Wed., January 24, which, HDGOED will attend. HDGOED also attended the Maryland Retailers Association reception in Annapolis last week.
  • Wed., January 24, the Harford County Office of Economic Development will host a free seminar, Banking on your Business, at the GrondFloor, 2021G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, from 6 to 7 p.m. The seminar is free of charge and especially helpful for small business owners.
  • HDGOED is represented by Director Erika Quesenbery on the Harford Grants Board and will be part of the judging panel Thurs., January 25, at the Bel Air Library.
  • HDGOED will meet with Harford County Office of Economic Development on Friday, January 26, and other municipal economic development representatives from Bel Air and Aberdeen, for the kick-off 2018 Municipal Economic Development meeting.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • Tourism represented the City of Havre de Grace at Harford Night in Annapolis on Thursday, January 18
  • Museum directors along with HdG Tourism, HdG Chamber and Harford County Tourism met on January 19 to welcome our new Museum directors. Welcome Jessica LaPota to the Concord Point Lighthouse and Mary Leavens to the Maritime Museum We would also like to welcome Gary Foster as president of the Maritime Museum
  • Lagom (formerly Laurrapin) held a grand reopening party to announce their name change on Saturday, January 20. Congratulations!
  • January 25- Thursday Night Live returns at the Opera House! Join us at 8 pm featuring The New Romance (The Ultimate 80’s Tribute Band).
  • Harford County Restaurant Week runs from January 19- January 28. Participating Havre de Grace Restaurants include Creole de Graw, Lagom, MacGregor’s, Silks, and Tidewater Grille.
  • Mardi Gras parade is quickly approaching on February 13! Visit ExploreHavredeGrace.com to fill out an application to be part of the festivities.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Roman Holiday” (Black & White on Tuesday Nights Film Series) on Tuesday, January 23 at 8pm
  • Thursday Night Live presents “The New Romance” (the ultimate 80’s tribute band) on Thursday, January 25 at 8pm
  • “Cashore Marionettes” on Saturday, January 27 at 2pm & 8pm

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday January 15, 2018


City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday January 15, 2018

 

Police Department:

  • Retired Havre de Grace Police Corporal William “Bill” Dill passed away and the Havre de Grace Police Department mourned his loss. Here is a photo of the Honor Guard paying their respect the day he was laid to rest.

  • Thank you Greater Grace Church of the Chesapeake for inviting us to a service to celebrate National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We are so proud of all the support we receive from the Havre de Grace community!

  • Your Havre de Grace Police Department has updated its bike registry. Please add your bicycle to it, this way if it gets lost or stolen we can better help you get it back.

Havre de Grace Police Department Bike Registry

 

  • Havre de Grace Police has many Crime Prevention Specialists. We can do residential and commercial surveys to help keep you safe! Contact PFC Adams at teresaa@havredegracemd.com, Cpl. Petz at danielp@havredegracemd.com, or by phone at (410)939-2121 to schedule a free survey!

 

Department of Public Works

  • The Promenade Project is moving forward! Bids are being accepted for the Promenade re-decking project until 2pm, January 24th. A pre-bid conference will be held Wednesday, January 17th at 2pm.
  • The Community Center has had new exterior doors installed. All are ADA Accessible and have a secure seal that helps with energy efficiency.
  • Thank you for Recycling! Here’s two reminders to help you have a successful collection: 1. The following items are NOT recyclable: Pizza Boxes, Styrofoam, Plastic Bags. If you place them in your recycle bin, sadly the entire bin will be collected as trash. 2. Do not “bag” your recycling for collection. Using plastic bags to hold your recycling causes it to be collected as trash. Those pesky plastic bags defeat the whole recycling process.
  • The City has again partnered with Maryland Environmental Services’ Office of Recycling to offer our citizens another way to dispose of plastic bags and plastic wrap (for example: those bags you find to hold a loaf of bread, bags used to hold a newspaper, and dry cleaning bags.) A bin has been placed at City Hall in the lobby for easy drop-off.
  • Mattresses for Bulk Collection Service – Beginning Friday, February 16th, a mattress collected from your home will need to be wrapped in plastic and taped closed. This practice is for the health and safety of City staff providing this service. Mattress bags and tape will be available for purchase ($7.50 our cost) here at City Hall. You may use your own plastic wrap and tape if you prefer.
  • A round of applause to DPW staff who have been working around the clock responding to calls for help with frozen and broken water pipes. You can prevent your pipes from freezing by running your water faucet at a small trickle. The cost of using this water is minimal compared to replacing pipes that have burst and the damage it causes to your home.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

 

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement. Watch for next steps.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year. These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month. Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway. Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • Stormwater outfall inspections have been completed for 96 of the outfall pipes and surrounding structures related to stormwater conveyance throughout the City. Maintenance of those requiring repairs or upkeep have been performed or are being scheduled.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
  • Reminder: Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event. Also keep inlets free from trash and debris as it all drains to the Bay.

 

Department of Planning:

  • During 2017, the Department of Planning issued 119 new house permits! Since 2010, we have averaged 58 dwellings per year. Welcome to all of our new neighbors!
  • Please remember, property owners or their lessees are responsible for removing snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting their properties within 24 hours of any weather event resulting in snow and/or ice.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property. If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also. When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland and all the required inspections have been approved. Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street. Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management. Contact Marisa Willis if you have any questions or suggestions on the content of the Floodplain Management page (410) 939-1800 ext 1123. As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.

 

Office of Economic Development:

Washington Street Books & Music featured in Baltimore Sun:

  • Congratulations to John and Kathy Klisavage, and their family, for being featured recently by the Baltimore Sun for their Entertainment Museum on Washington Street in Havre de Grace. The article features wonderful pictures of the many offerings at the store along with some of the 350 authentic movie costumes he has acquired and displays. If you didn’t catch it check it out here at:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bs-fe-washington-street-hollywood-costumes-20171214-story.html

Manufacturing:

 

  • The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) on the Future Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution of Maryland Manufacturing is Wed., January 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. A special announcement is expected from Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, or DLLR, Secretary Kelly Schulz at the start of the program. One of the speaker presenters for this program is Mary Steinebrunner, General Manager of Dunlop Protective Footwear, USA, in material science, from Havre de Grace.
  • The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, MDMEP, has announced the registered apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, DLLR, for the first competency-based machinist and industrial maintenance programs in Maryland. DLLR and MEP are working hard to distinguish Maryland as an industry leader in apprenticeship for the manufacturing industry. In today’s world many employers struggle with recruiting and retaining qualified workers, apprenticeship is an innovative approach to help businesses expand their talent pipeline and address the needs of both the employer and employees. These work-learn models, including industry-led and business-supported apprenticeships, are a proven tool to connect learning directly to work and to help employers recruit, train and advance well-qualified employees. MD MEP is the only MEP Center in the country and the first organization in Maryland to offer competency-based programs for machinist and maintenance. As the official sponsoring organizations, the MD MEP is committed to making these programs available, affordable and effective for small and mid-sized manufacturers. To learn more about the MD MEP apprenticeship program contact KerryWells at kwells@mdmep.org or visit the website at www.mdmep.org
  • MD MEP will host Cheers to Gears at Harbor Designs & Manufacturing, 1100 Wicomico St., Suite 600, Baltimore, on January 25, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This is a free program, reservations required at www.mdmep.org) and part of a series from the MD MEP Make It in Maryland program, exclusive to Maryland manufacturers. The goal is simple – connect Maryland manufacturers and grow manufacturing. Cheers to Gears provides an informal setting for companies to network, make B2B connections and learn from local counterparts.

Small Business

 

  • The US Small Business Administration has launched a new blog on how to fund your business startup with five fast and popular options. The article covers everything from business cards to microloans, crowdfunding to vendor credit and personal business loans. Read the blog to learn more about funding for business, as well as the steps to take to start your new business in the New Year at the SBA website at www.sba.gov/business-guide

Non-Profit Organizations

  • The Maryland Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Maryland Nonprofit Development Center, is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations seeking short-term operational support. The Nonprofit, Interest-Free, Micro Bridge Loan Account (NIMBL) is an interest free, micro bridge loan fund that provides funding up to $25,000 to qualifying nonprofits between the award date of a government grant or contract and the actual receipt of those funds.
  • The nonprofit arts sector alone in Maryland has a more than $1 billion impact on the state’s economy. According to the Office of the Attorney General, Maryland is home to more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations employing nearly 263,000 workers and 11% of the workforce. If you are interested in applying or learning more about NIMBL visit www.commerce.maryalnd.gov/nimbl
  • The 2018 Maryland Preservation Awards will be awarded to 10 outstanding people and projects for extraordinary efforts to preserve and enhance historic places. Presented annually by the Maryland Historic Trust Board of Trustees, the Maryland Preservation Awards are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in the state. A presentation ceremony will be held February 1, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis.

Office of Tourism:

  • Harford County Restaurant Week runs from January 19- 28. Several Havre de Grace restaurant are participating. Enjoy dinner in Havre de Grace followed by a show or movie at the Opera House.
  • Masquer Aid Ball- February 3 at the Havre de Grace Community Center. The Ball benefits the Havre de Grace Arts Collective “Bringing the Arts to Harford County & Havre de Grace.
  • Mardi Gras Parade- Bourbon Street comes alive for Mardi Gras again this year! Join in the family friendly festivities on February 13. To enter a group or float fill out an application available at the Visitor Center 450 Pennington Ave. or online at ExploreHavredeGrace.com

Cultural Center at the Opera House

 

  • “Ai WeiWei: The Fake Case” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, January 16 at 7pm
  • Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House presents the Shank Lecture Series 2018- “The Mason- Dixon Line: Stories Behind a Geographic Boundary” on Wednesday, January 17 at 7pm. Free
  • “Wonder Woman” (Pop Up Film Series) on Friday, January 19 at 8pm
  • “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (Children’s Film Series) on Saturday, January 20 at 11am
  • “Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band” (Jazz) on Saturday, January 20 at 8pm

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday January 8, 2018


City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday January 8, 2018

 

Headlines:

  • The Aegis:  “Havre de Grace mayor looks forward to 2018 .” View

Police Department:

  • On behalf of Havre de Grace Public Safety (Susquehanna Hose Company, Havre De Grace Ambulance Corps, Havre de Grace Police Department)
  • It may look frozen and safe to walk on but looks can be deceiving. Never walk on the ice, even to rescue a pet or another person. Call 911 immediately for help. We don’t want anyone to get hurt or die from playing around on the river, so please don’t do it
  • With temperatures in the arctic conditions please keep an eye on your neighbors who are elderly.
  • Havre de Grace Officers Brett Kowalewski and Phil Paciocco are participating in the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Maryland Special Olympics if you would like to make a donation please go to this link Brett and Phil take the plunge
  • We mourn the death of retired Detective/Corporal Will “Bill” Dill, the city flies the flag at half-staff to honor him.

 

Department of Finance:

  • January Water/Sewer bills were mailed on Thursday, January 4th.
  • Coming Soon Resident Self-Service – resident self-service portal is a web portal that allows residents to make requests or file complaints from the web.  The resident has the ability to attach documentation or pictures and designate his or her contact preference, either by email or phone. At any point, the resident can go to the portal to check on the status of the case. The resident will automatically get notification along with any other applicable parties. The resident self-service portal smoothly integrates with the my town app allowing each resident the ability to stay on top of all town events and notifications.  
  • Coming Soon Permitting self-service – permitting self-service portal allows contractors and homeowners access to a web portal that integrates directly into the city’s system. It allows homeowners and contractors to review permit statuses and inspections.
  • Contractors can apply for a permit, request an inspection, and pay any associated fees all from within the portal.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • All unpaid User Benefit Accounts are subject to a 1.5% penalty per month.
  • Make sure all payments have the correct account number/account type listed on the remittance or memo area of your check.  Payments are applied to the account designated on the check.  Please verify you have the right information on your payment, whether a personal check or bank check. 
  • All “bill pay”  bank checks are sent through the regular mail and are receipted the day of delivery.  Make sure you allow enough time for the bank to print and mail the check to avoid penalty.  Water/Sewer turn offs for non payment will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.  To avoid the turn off fees please pay by Monday, January 22nd.

Department of Public Works:

  • Tis the Season of frozen pipes!  Last week and throughout the weekend into this morning, City crews have been repairing broken pipes due to the extreme cold temperatures.  We cannot stress enough the importance of letting your cold water faucet trickle to avoid pipes freezing.  The cost to run your water at a trickle is minimal compared to the costs of replacing broken pipes and the damage it causes.
  • A reminder during this wintry season that businesses and residences are responsible for shoveling snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of and the sides of their location.
  • Promenade Decking Project  – the City is currently open to receiving bids from contractors up to January 24th at 2pm.
  • Christmas Trees are considered Yard Waste and will be collected curbside on Mondays through January.  No paper bag required for Christmas Trees.  🙂
  • Harford County Office of Recycling announces Hazardous Waste Collection Days for 2018.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

       

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement.  Watch for next steps.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • Stormwater outfall inspections have been completed for 96 of the outfall pipes and surrounding structures related to stormwater conveyance throughout the City.  Maintenance of those requiring repairs or upkeep have been performed or are being scheduled.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • Reminder:  Please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.  Also keep inlets free from trash and debris as it all drains to the Bay.

Department of Planning:

  • Please remember, property owners or their lessees are responsible for removing snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting their properties within 24 hours of any weather event resulting in snow and/or ice.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland and all the required inspections have been approved.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street.  Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.
                
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.  Contact Marisa Willis if you have any questions or suggestions on the content of the Floodplain Management page (410) 939-1800 ext 1123.  As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.

 

Department of Economic Development:

 

  • On the morning of Wed., January 10, HDGOED will attend Harford County Economic Developments’ meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Board at the Harford Transit Center in Abingdon. HDGOED will be part of the presentation at this event and in the afternoon attend the Route 40 Business Association first luncheon of 2018 at Richlin Catering & Event Center in Edgewood.
  • The Maryland Economic Development Association Winter Conference will be held at the Governor Calvert House this Thursday, January 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the HDGOED attending this informative event on Legislation impacting businesses throughout the state. The office will also attend the reception following that evening for several Department Secretaries and Legislators from 5 to 9 p.m., again the Calvert House.
  • Comptroller Peter Franchot will returned to Havre de Grace on Fri., January 12, at The Residences at Bulle Rock from 6 to 8 p.m., for a wine tasting event serving as informational function for Brewery on Tap on brewery legislation in Maryland. Tickets are $50 for this event.
  • The Harford County Public Library will hold their first Women’s Summit Tuesday, March 6, featuring speaker Deborah Phelps at Abingdon Library, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets for the summit are $45 each and go on sale at www.HCPLonline.org Monday, January 15.
  • The Regional Manufacturing Institute will hold the Women in Manufacturing Conference at Star Academy in Timonium with Mary Steinebrunner, General Manager of Dunlop Protective Footwear USA, of Havre de Grace, on the leadership panel as a presenter. The conference is Wednesday, January 17.
  • There have been some changes to businesses in Havre de Grace recently with Harbor of Grace Recovery Center opening another facility at 323 S. Union Ave., as well as their facilities at 319 S. Union Avenue, and 433 and 437 Girard Street, which will be connected utilizing a covered corridor. In addition, Instant History Tattoo & Art has moved from 119 N. Washington Street to 214 N. Washington Street.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Lewis Lane Players present “The Odd Couple” on Friday, January 12 at 8pm and Saturday, January 13 at 3pm & 8pm
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” (Film) on Sunday, January 14 at 2pm

 

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday January 1, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday January 1, 2018

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • On January 1, 2018 Mayor Martin attended the Havre de Grace Duck Drop to celebrate the New Year.

Job Openings:

Police Department:

 

Department of Finance:

  • January Water/Sewer bills will be mailed this week.
  • Coming Soon Resident Self-Service – resident self-service portal is a web portal that allows residents to make requests or file complaints from the web.  The resident has the ability to attach documentation or pictures and designate his or her contact preference, either by email or phone. At any point, the resident can go to the portal to check on the status of the case. The resident will automatically get notification along with any other applicable parties. The resident self-service portal smoothly integrates with the my town app allowing each resident the ability to stay on top of all town events and notifications.  
  • Coming Soon Permitting self-service – permitting self-service portal allows contractors and homeowners access to a web portal that integrates directly into the city’s system. It allows homeowners and contractors to review permit statuses and inspections. Contractors can apply for a permit, request an inspection, and pay any associated fees all from within the portal.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
  • All unpaid User Benefit Accounts are subject to a 1.5% penalty per month.
  • Make sure all payments have the correct account number/account type listed on the remittance or memo area of your check.  Payments are applied to the account designated on the check.  Please verify you have the right information on your payment, whether a personal check or bank check.
  • All “bill pay”  bank checks are sent through the regular mail and are receipted the day of delivery.  Make sure you allow enough time for the bank to print and mail the check to avoid penalty.

Department of Public Works:

  • The City of Havre de Grace is pleased to announce it is partnering with Harford County Office of Recycling to collect used or leftover Christmas Cards. This clever idea, spearheaded by Harford County’s Recycling Specialist Wendy Doring, offers a new life to Christmas Cards that may have just ended up in the trash or recycling bin. Ms. Doring shares, “The Office of Recycling is planning a Christmas in July event that will have children making wooden ornaments decorated with used Christmas cards. We need as many as we can get!”   Please bring your used or leftover Christmas Cards to either location for drop off:  
  1. City Hall located at 711 Pennington Avenue and/or
  2. Activity Center located at 351 Lewis Lane. (next door to Havre de Grace Middle School)
  • Promenade to be re-decked!  Plans are underway to replace the decking at the Promenade.  A Request for Bids will be announced in the newspaper Friday, January 5th and Wednesday, January 10th.
  • Tis’ the season of Frozen Pipes – Public Works staff is busy responding to calls from residents about frozen pipes.  To prevent your pipes from freezing, Please run the cold water faucet at a moderate drip.  The cost is minimal compared to the costs associated with replacing broken pipes and the damage this can cause to your home.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement.  Watch for next steps.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for these enhancements soon.
  • Stormwater outfall inspections have been completed for 96 of the outfall pipes and surrounding structures related to stormwater conveyance throughout the City.  Maintenance of those requiring repairs or upkeep have been performed or are being scheduled.
  • Inspections for illicit discharges have been completed for the year with none testing positive for harmful elements.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

* Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

Department of Planning:

 

  • Please remember, property owners or their lessees are responsible for removing snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting their properties within 24 hours of any weather event resulting in snow and/or ice.
  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street.  Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.  Contact Marisa Willis if you have any questions or suggestions on the content of the Floodplain Management page (410) 939-1800 ext 1123.  As always, please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Department of Economic Development: 

  • Did you know that an average of 362 weddings are held EACH YEAR! One of the popular venues for weddings is the Vandiver Inn at 301 S. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. On Sunday, January 7 a selection of vendors will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. for those planning nuptials to meet and jump start wedding planning. Take a tour of the venue and talk directly to vendors. RSVP is required for this free event at chasi_vandiver@comcast.net.  Learn more by visiting www.vandiverinn.com or email vandiverinn@comcast.net.
  • The Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network will hold their monthly luncheon at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood on Tues., January 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are available at www.cpwnet.org.
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development will take the January meeting of their Economic Development Advisory Board on the road Wed., Jan. 10, at 8 a.m. Attendees will meet at Harford Transit, 1311 Abingdon Rd., for this month’s meeting and presentations.
  • The Route 40 Business Association meets Wed., Jan. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their monthly luncheon at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. Tickets are $25 per person and available at www.route40business.com.
  • Maryland Recovery and Havre de Grace’s Ashley Addiction Treatment will host Understanding Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing Tues., Jan. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, 500 Upper Chesapeake Dr., Bel Air. Dr. Greg Hobelmann will present. RSVP to Marc Butler at mbutler@asheytreatment.org
  • The Maryland Economic Development Association or MEDA Winter Conference will be held Thurs., Jan. 11, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Annapolis at the Governor Calvert House. The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development will be in attendance for the conference.
  • The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchant’s Association meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Coakley’s Pub on St. John’s Street for a tour of the Cornerstone and Yard from 6 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the regular monthly meeting at Coakley’s at 6:30 p.m.
  • January 12, 2018- Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot will be at The Residence Club at Bulle Rock with a wine tasting reception for Reform on Tap regarding Maryland’s brewery legislation. The event is at 6 p.m. and tickets are $50 per person. Details are available on Facebook.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the opening of Get Fit Gym at the foot on Congress Street alongside Hutchins Park in the coming weeks!

 

Office of Tourism:  

  • Hot Off The Presses!  The 2018 Destination Guide is in, stop by the Havre de Grace Visitor Center for your copy.
  • Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year from the Tourism Office.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Lewis Lane Players are in rehearsal for the opening of “The Odd Couple” on January 12 & 13.  

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday December 11, 2017


City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday December 11, 2017

 

Office of The Mayor

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Mayor Martin and the City of Havre de Grace hosted a Holiday Volunteer Reception.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 Mayor Martin met with the Boys and Girls Club of Harford County and presented them with a check for $15,000.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 Mayor Martin attended the 45th Candlelight Tour of Historic Havre de Grace.

Police Department:

 

  • Officers and Staff attended the Havre de Grace Housing Authority Holiday Breakfast where they helped served breakfast to residents and guest. 
  • Havre de Grace Officers attended the first annual Shop with a Cop Harford Event, at the event officers paired with children in need and helped them choose presents and winter clothing.
  • Havre de Grace Police are working with Havre de Grace DPW to remedy the traffic concerns in the area of Ohio Street and Ontario Street. Please drive cautious in this area and follow the traffic patterns. Officers will be enforcing traffic law in this area
  • If you know where any illegal drug activity is taking place around Havre de Grace please fill out the Havre de Grace Drug Tip Form https://goo.gl/SnD2v9 Together we can stop the drug trade in our community.
  • Follow the Havre de Grace Police on social media for up to date information affecting Havre de Grace, follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor

 

Department of Planning:

  • Please remember, property owners or their lessees are responsible for removing snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting their properties within 24 hours of any weather event resulting in snow and/or ice.  
  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street.  Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.  Contact Marisa Willis if you have any questions or suggestions on the content of the Floodplain Management page (410) 939-1800 ext 1123.  As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Crews were ready for this weekend’s snowstorm.  Blades on the snowplows were sharpened end of last week to make quick work of the accumulated snow.
  • We are actively monitoring the traffic flow on Ohio Street at Ontario Street/Chapel Road along with Maryland State Highway and Havre de Grace Police.
  • The Community Center on Lagaret Lane has received much needed upgrades with all new exterior doors and a newer oven.

REUSE – RECYCLE – REFOCUS:

  • Last week, a total of 56 bulk items went into the landfill from the City ‘s Bulk Collection Curbside Service.  
  • From January 11 to December 8, 2017, a total of 1860 items were collected and dumped into the landfill. Many of these items could have been given to someone in need. Rather than calling the City for items to go to the landfill, please call:

GreenDrop at 1-888-944-DROP to schedule a home pickup. One of their friendly drivers will arrive at your home at the designated time, load up their truck with the items you left out for them, and leave a tax receipt for you to use on your next tax form. The only work you need to do is gather up the items you want to donate and leave them out for GreenDrop.  For a complete list of items they will take, visit: www.gogreendrop.com

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

     

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • The City has 100% design for Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement.  Watch for next steps.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for those enhancements soon.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

Reminder:  Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event.

SPOTLIGHT: Stormwater Management – Steps you can take:

  • Install rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or change lawn fertilization practices on individual properties.  Now is the perfect time to begin planning.
  • Stormwater remains one of the most difficult and expensive sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution to control.  While a great deal of attention and resources have been committed to wide scale adoption of Best Management Practices (BMPs), many counties and towns receive a large volume of stormwater from smaller scale residential and private properties.  Actions on these smaller properties, such as the installation of rain barrels, rain gardens, green roofs, or changing of lawn fertilization practices on an individual property, when considered in aggregate, can show significant nutrient and sediment reductions.

Office of Tourism:

 

  • The City of Havre de Grace will be hosting a city-wide house decorating contest.  Register your home today by calling 410-939-2100.  Your address will be added to the judge’s list.  Judging will take place on December 14 & 15, winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on December 18th.
  • Shop til ya Drop!  December 15-17 stores are offering extended holiday hours, refreshments, holiday giveaways and door prizes.
  • Santa Land will be open on December 16 from 12- 2pm.  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus to share all your Christmas wishes before they return to the North Pole.  

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “A Swingin’ Christmas with Elio Scaccio” on Tuesday, December 12 at 8pm
  • The Havre de Grace Arts Commission presents “A Holly Jolly Christmas with Duke
    Thompson & Friends” on Thursday, December 14 at 8pm
  • “Polar Express” (Children’s Film Series) on Saturday, December 16 at 11am. Free
    admission for all children under the age of 13 when accompanied by an adult.) Come at 10am for cocoa & muffins from the PTA, ‘Photo Op’ with a special Santa and Polar Express Conductors will board you! After the movie, head over to the HdG Library for sweet treats, scavenger hunt and crafts.
  • Old Fashioned Holiday on Union Avenue featuring a Magical Movie and Merry Music at the “Union Avenue Inn” on Saturday, December 16. Bring back the nostalgia of the holidays on the corner of Union and Pennington Avenues in historic Havre de Grace. Ride down memory lane with the movie White Christmas followed by a visit to the “Union Avenue Inn” across the street at the Havre de Grace Library. And best of all-Snow! (movie ticket holders only)
  • “Melting Pot Big Band” on Sunday, December 17 at 3pm.