City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday July 9, 2018.

City of Havre de Grace
Weekly Briefing Week of Monday July 9, 2018.

Mayor’s Office:

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Governor Larry Hogan for coming to Havre de Grace last evening and celebrating First Fridays with us.
Governor Hogan, led by Mayor Martin through our Arts and Entertainment District, was impressed to see the greatest parts of our city, including The Culture Center at The Opera House, the American Legion, live entertainment (including Governor Hogan participating in a drum circle) and most importantly, the opportunity to meet several of our volunteers and artists who make our city thrive.

Department of Public Works:

• Thanks to a grant the Green Team has been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there is a new pollinator garden on the site of 319 Lafayette Street. The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install, which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
• Plant Smart – Use native plants in your landscape that grow here naturally and have adapted to Maryland’s climate and soil. Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Database There are many sources for finding the perfect native plant selection to enhance your landscape and help improve the drainage.
•WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
•A DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum will begin shortly.
•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.

PARKS:

•New sod to beautify Tydings Park has been established in areas.
•Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule, and permits will be issued in July.
•Pickle Ball courts are under construction at Tydings Park.

WATER:
•The construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street is in the final stages of completion.

SEWER:
•The City is seeking funding (RAD) to replace the aging sewer line and improve service on Warren Street from Stokes Street to Union Avenue.

CURRENT RFPs:
•The following projects are currently out for bid:
Water Treatment Plant Phase II Improvements
2018 Resurfacing
Engineering Services Design Repair of Intake Pipes
Engineering Services Traffic Impact Study

Summer Student Workers joined our team this week and will be here for the next several weeks. They will be assisting with many projects within the department.

DPW Crews are currently working on the following:
– Blacktopping at: Lewis Street at Strawberry Lane, Lewis Lane Extension – 3
areas
– Concrete Work – Sidewalk pads replaced at 400 block of S. Washington Street
– Sinkhole Repair – Revolution Street at Washington Street
– Weeding – at all City Parks
– Watering the sod at Tydings Park – daily
– Fire Hydrant Replacement Project at Juniata & Bourbon Street
– Sewer Maintenance – involves flushing lines to prevent backups – all around
town.

Department of Planning:

We are officially into the 2018 hurricane season. Several communities across the state have experienced devastating floods just from our recent spring rains. Please keep storm drains clear of leaves, debris, and grass clippings. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information. FEMA’s flood insurance is available to anyone, including renters, even if you are not in a mapped flood zone. 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.

The most effective method of controlling mosquitoes is reducing or eliminating the containers which are the source of the problem. Draining or removal of water holding containers, even on a localized basis, will produce remarkable long-term reductions in mosquito annoyance. The list of breeding sites is extensive and includes any water holding containers, but the primary sites in residential areas include clogged rain gutters, tires, buckets, cans, bottles, boats, flower pots, bird baths, outdoor statuary, ornamental pools, plastic or canvas tarpaulins, children’s toys, rain barrels, and pet food and water dishes.

Department of Economic Development:

Signs of the season downtown
The City of Havre de Grace Independence Day celebrations brought large crowds to the City for the parade and fireworks. It also seems to have brought a number of new signs in windows – from building permits to “coming soon,” to expansions for various businesses. To keep track of all that’s going on the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development has compiled the following to look for:
• Expansion of Coakley’s Pub with the opening of The Yard at 406 St. John Street, check out the patio and new overhang
• Flawless Fotos Photography has opened at 327 St. John Street
• Nails by Nikki at 425 St. John Street is coming soon
• Did you notice the building permit in the window at 320 St. John Street – work is progressing nicely – details to follow
• It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a few minor repairs can do as evidenced on the façade of the former State Theater at 325 St. John Street
• During the Independence Day Parade the proprietors of Natural Geometry set up a tent for a sneak peek at their offers at 324 N. Union Avenue
• The sign is up for an old favorite to be new to you again in the form of George’s Famous Chicken at 109 N. Washington Street, we’re looking forward to it!
• Cornerstone Liquors at 419 N. Union Avenue opened over the Independence Day Celebration weekend to a host of new customers who reported themselves delighted with the shop
• Bring the little ones out to enjoy the new City Playroom at 102 N. Washington street, now open
• Keep your eyes on the corner of Union Avenue and Franklin Street for the new and greatly expanded offerings available through ION Massage and Moon & Sea Creations
• Get ye down to the water to marvel at the beautiful Schooner Martha White operated by Working Sail Benefit, LLC., offering private charters, full or half day excursions and more just off the shore at Concord Point Park

Manage finances for your small business
The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development is offer free advice from experts on Accounting and Bookkeeping on Wed., July 18, at 6 p.m. The program on how to manage your small business finances is one of a series. The next will be on August 22 on Small Business Taxes. The program is free but please register to lmkrysiak@harfordcountymd.gov

Upcoming Events:
Tues., July 17 – The Daily Record Path to Excellence, The Liriodendron, Bel Air, 5-7p
Wed., July 18- Havre de Grace EDAB Meeting, 4 p.m., City Hall
Wed., July 18 – Tawes Crab Feast in Crisfield 8a-4p
Wed., July 18 – Transportation management Association Meeting, 11a-12:30 p., HCOCED
Thurs., July 19 – Maryland Environmental Business Leadership Conference, 8a-4p, Annapolis
Sun., July 22 – Beginners Basket Weaving @ Steppingstone Farm Museum, HDG, 1 p.m.
Mon., July 23 – MEDA Basic Economic Development Course, Baltimore (7/23-7/26)
Mon., July 23 – Hearing by MD-DHCD and HUD on MD’s Consolidated Plan, 7p, Towson
Tues., July 24 – MEDA Summer Conference, Elkton, on breweries, 5 p.m.
Wed., July 25 – MEDA Summer Conference, Elkton, 9a-4p

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday April 11, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday April 11, 2018

Police Department

 

April is distracted driving awareness month, here is some information the public needs to know:

 

  • According to NHTSA, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016.
  • In 2016, 9.2 percent of fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-related.
  • Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. According to NHTSA, young drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
  • Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the crash in 2016. This age group has the largest percentage of drivers who were distracted at the time of a fatal crash.
  • Handheld cellphone use while driving is highest among 15- to 29-year-old drivers, but female drivers are most at-risk for being involved in a fatal crash involving a distracted driver.
  • Female drivers with a cell phone have been more likely to be involved in fatal distracted-driving crashes as compared to male drivers every year since 2012.

Please consider checking this event out!

ACEs are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. These events can include physical or sexual abuse, neglect, household dysfunction or even witnessing violence. Science has shown that these types of events have a direct impact on children’s developing brains, which can have negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult, including everything from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer to opioid abuse, depression and early death. By learning more about ACEs and bringing that knowledge into our communities, we can all help invent wise actions to address childhood adversity, thereby reducing the risk for poor health and social outcomes in adulthood. In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, please join us for a double-feature presentation of the ACEs documentary films “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” and “Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story.” Each film will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion where additional resources will be offered.

 

https://www.tugg.com/events/an-adverse-childhood-experiences-aces-double-feature

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.
  • 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.
  • Unpaid Taxes as of April 2, 2018 have incurred an $80 penalty.  If not paid in full by May 1, 2018, the property will be listed in the newspaper for the Tax Sale which will be held on June 18, 2018.
  • Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale after April 30, 2018, must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.
  • Last day to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be June 14, 2018.

 

Water/Sewer bills were mailed on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • 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.  The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
  • The stormwater pond and landscape infiltration areas construction are almost complete at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur this month.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.  The smallest effort counts!!
  • A request for engineering work will be issued next week for a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • A grant request was submitted the end of March for the implementation of the Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.
  • 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.

 

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 the walk.
  • The wheelchair accessible ramp will be completed at Tydings Park within the next couple weeks.
  • Tydings Park  – The All Access Playground continues to be open to the public while work on the new walkway and surrounding landscape is being completed.
  • DPW has begun work on the foundation for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument located near the lighthouse at Concord Point.
  • Benches and pads for new grills are being installed at Tydings Park.

 

WATER:

  • Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower have been advertised for bid and the pre-bid meeting held. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4/23/18 at 2pm.
  • The City has advertised for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street.  Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until April 23, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • Construction will begin within the next couple weeks on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
  •  A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will occur within the next month.

 

WATER/SEWER ​DISTRIBUTION​ SERVICE

 

DPW employees are in the process of mapping the location of all fire hydrants, water mains, water valves, sewer mains, etc.  Although a time consuming task initially, the time saved when preventive maintenance and repairs are needed is worth it.

 

CURBSIDE COLLECTION SERVICE​ AND SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Yard Waste is collected every Monday – all year round.  Place in PAPER YARD BAGS or loose in a clean trash can.  (Plastic bags are not permitted as they jam the mulching machines.)  Sticks can be bundled with twine and set next to the rest of your other yard wast​e.
  • ​Recycling Question: Is plastic sheeting, bubble wrap, and styrofoam​ recyclable?  Answer: No.  These items are NOT recyclable.  Please put out with regular trash.
  • Hazardous Waste Day – Mark your calendar for ​Saturday, ​May 5th.  Event Location: Scarboro Landfill – 3135 Scarboro Road, Street, MD 21154 Ph. 410-638-3018
  • Shred​ Event​ (shredding paper documents, CD-ROMS, USB Drives, data tapes, etc)- ​Saturday, June 9​th.​​ ​​ ​9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.​​ ​ ​Look for Chesapeake Shredding trucks at ​the APGFCU (APG Credit Union) located at​  at the intersection of ​996 Beards Hill Road & Rt 22​  ​Aberdeen, MD 21001​.​

 

 

Department of Economic Development:

 

First Friday a month early proves a Smashing Success

Early Friday, April 6, things did not look good for First Friday and vendors who were booked to ring in the tradition of First Friday a month early in Havre de Grace. But by mid-afternoon the skies cleared, the sun was shining and the excitement built for the Inaugural First Friday of 2018 a month early in April. Havre de Grace Tourism’s Lauri Orziewicz and Bonnie Castillo added another section of the usual street closings and greatly expanded the food and vendor offerings in downtown Havre de Grace. Complete with live music and entertainers the event proved wildly successful.

During the festivities JoRetro opened in their new greatly expanded space at 137 N. Washington Street, as well. The store now features a massively expanded vintage clothing section and a great deal of mid-century modern furniture with a special focus on the 50s, 60s and 70s. There were hundreds of visitors to the expanded store, including Mayor Bill Martin.

Signs were also up for the new businesses that will soon be moving to fill the space vacated by JoRetro at 467 Franklin Street at the corner of Union Avenue. Moon and Sea Creations opened for their final First Friday on their 433 St. John Street location. Moon & Sea, with their expansive collection of handcrafted jewelry, will co-located with iON Massage & Spa on Franklin Street. Currently iON is in Suite E at 131 S.  Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Their new location is 467 Franklin Street.

 

This Thursday to be a busy one for Havre de Grace

A Groundbreaking for HDG Middle & High School will be held on the grounds of the current Havre de Grace Middle School on Thursday, April 12, at 1 p.m., for the new Havre de Grace Middle and High School construction project. City, County and State dignitaries are expected to be in attendance at the event.

 

 

Women in Defense Mid-Atlantic Chapter, or WID, will hold their 8th Annual Real Women, Real World, Real Work or RW3 Leadership Symposium, Thursday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Water’s Edge Event Center, 4687 Millennium Dr., Belcamp. The 2018 platform is Leveraging DoD’s STEM Vision to create a diverse, STEM talent pool of innovative and highly proficient technical leaders. There will be an informative discussion on APG workforce needs, future technological advancements, leadership and youth STEM educational programs. Registration is $65 for WIDMAC members and $75 for non-members at www.widmidatlantic.org.

 

 

The Harford Leadership Alumni Association will host the Harford Leadership Academy Class of 2018 at a social from 5 to 7 p.m., at Water’s Edge Event Center, 4687 Millennium Dr., Belcamp.

 

The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Lagom, 209 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace. The merchants will discuss upcoming events and activities in downtown Havre de Grace including the Best Kept Secrets Tour, Pyrex Fest, Lockhouse Craft Beer and Wine Festival, Decoy Festival, First Fridays and more. For additional information or to be involved on the agenda contact Stephen Formwalt at The Blue Heron Gifts on Franklin Street.

The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House Shank Lecture Series for 2018 will hold The State of Conowingo, a lively discussion covering the state of Conowingo Dam and upstream pollution. Both scientific and legal aspects will be discuss at this lecture at the Cultural Center at the Havre de Grace Opera House, Thurs., April 12, at 7 p.m. The presentation features Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Maryland Senior Scientist Doug Myers and Staff Litigation Attorney Paul Smail. The lecture is free and open to the public at 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace.

 

Route 40 Business Association meets Wednesday

The Route 40 Business Association will hold a meet, greet and eat on Wed., April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free for this event and participants are encouraged to bring business cards for networking opportunities and a chance to win the raffle. The event will be held at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 2101 Pulaski Hwy., Edgewood.

 

Entry Level Job Fair to be held Thursday

The Susquehanna Workforce Network will hold an Entry Level Job Fair from 1 to 4 p.m., at their office, 1201 Technology Dr., Aberdeen, Room 107. The event will be held Thursday, April 12. For details call 410-272-5400.

 

Leadership Baltimore County accepting applications

Leadership Baltimore County is now accepting applications for the Class of 2019. Senior-level leaders are invited to attend an information session on April 19, to learn more about the innovative program, where a robust network of diverse and insightful leaders is being developed to serve the region. Registration is free but required at 410-583-5235 or info@leadbaltimore.org. The information session will be held at the Keswick Multi-Care Center, 700 W. 40th Street, Baltimore.

 

APG Discovery Week fast approaching

Aberdeen Proving Ground, APG, will hold APG Discovery Week April 17 to 21, at the Proving Ground. The primary activities and events billed as APG Discovery Fest, will be on Saturday, April 21, and will be held in the Myer Auditorium, Building 6000, APG North.

The inaugural APG Discovery Fest is open to the public and allows everyone to come discover what goes on at APG. Events include a 2K Walk, 5K and 10K Earth Day Runs, Discovery Passport for kids, Junior Solar Sprint competition, military displays and demonstrations, bounce houses, good and live music to include Rachel Hall, Chasing Friday and The 1974 band. For details visit Facebook and search APG Discovery Fest – Open to the Public!

 

 

Office of Tourism:

  • April 6 First Friday was a huge success!  Mother Nature was on our side and gave us perfect April weather.  We had over 80 vendors, food trucks, extended store fronts, café setting with beer gardens, live bands and a Kids Zone with games and a moon bounce donated by Chesapeake Rent All.   If you missed April, join us on May 4 for another great First Friday event.
  • The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock house will be holding their first Craft Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday April 14 from 12-5pm.  The cost is only $35 if purchased in advanced and $40 at the gate.  The admission includes a souvenir tasting cup, unlimited beer samples and samples from wineries and distilleries from around Maryland.  The event features live music, artisans and food celebrating all things Maryland.  Havre de Grace weather is forecasted to be sunny and 70 degrees…perfect for an outdoor festival.
  • Join us on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Opera House for the Shank Lecture Series 2018.   Presented by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock house, the series will feature a lively discussion covering the state of the Conowingo Dam and upstream pollution.  Both scientific and legal aspects will be discussed.
  • Thursday, April 19!  Tickets are selling fast for the next Thursday Night Live concert featuring Beginnings, the Premier Tribute to Chicago.  The concert will take place at the Opera House beginning at 8 p.m.  Buy your tickets now before they sell out!!

 

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House presents “State of the Conowingo” (part of the Shank Lecture Series) on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
  • The Scottfield Theatre Company presents “Titanic The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, April 13 & 14 at 8:00 p.m. as well as Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday April 3, 2018

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday April 3, 2018

 

Police Department:

 

  • 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.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhChZjPG1jg3amLnNB8E55LLsHk049j2XR8xFZVaJNaQrgNA/viewform
  • Follow the Havre de Grace Police on social media for up to date information affecting Havre de Grace, follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor
  • First Friday starts April 6th! Please pay attention to no parking signs to avoid getting your vehicle towed. There will be a large walking population that day so please remember to drive more cautious and be aware of your surroundings.
  • 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:

  • Stop by the Public Works displays on First Friday to be located near Amanda’s Florist.
  • 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.
  • The stormwater pond and landscape infiltration areas will be planted this week at Concord Point Park.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • The City and DNR are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in the area of the Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
  • 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 this month.
  • A request for engineering work will be issued next week for a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
  • A grant request was submitted last week for the implementation of the Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.
  • 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.

CITY PARKS

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House is nearly complete.
  • 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 and handrails are currently being replaced on the Promenade.
  • ​A good portion of the ground in Tydings Park is being prepared to receive ​hydroseed or sod.
  • The ground at Tydings Park is being prepped for concrete pads to hold the grills.
  • Benches within the City parks are being refurbished .
  • Handrails at handicap ramp have been ordered for installation.

WATER

  • The annual Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report is posted on the website .  The City’s water quality reports show that the chemical compound known as Trihalomethanes is low which is good.
  • Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower have been advertised for bid and the pre-bid meeting held. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4/23/18 at 2pm.
  • The City has advertised for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street.  Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until April 23, 2018 at 3pm.
  • Construction will begin within the next couple weeks on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.

WATER AND SEWER SERVICE

 

  • Congress ​Avenue at Adams Street – A new ​fire hydrant and valve have been installed.
  • Water Street – Fire Hydrant and valve box have been replaced.
  • A water service line will be replaced at Fountain and Stokes.
  • ​Community Center – Tests will be conducted to verify locations of clean-outs.​
  • ​Greenway Farm – Mohegan Drive will have 4 more new water meters inspected and installed this week in preparation for new residents.​

​STREETS, SIDEWALKS, CURBS​

 

  • ​​Sidewalk and curb repairs are occurring. Crews recently removed and replaced a section of curb and sidewalk on Commerce Street and Adams Street.
  • Blacktop – roadways in various locations including: Bern Drive, BR Parkway, Chesapeake Drive and Commerce Street were taken care of recently.
  • Once repairs are complete, crews return to back-fill areas needing attention.
  • Storm drains are currently being cleared.  Citizens can help by removing plastic bottles, leaves, tree debris and other items clogging storm drains in your neighborhood.
  • Sweeper truck is actively removing debris from the roadways to prevent contaminants from entering the river and bay.  

 

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.
  • 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.
  • Unpaid Taxes as of April 2, 2018 have incurred a $80 penalty.  If not paid in full by May 1, 2018, the property will be listed in the newspaper for the Tax Sale which will be held on June 18, 2018.
  • Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale after April 30, 2018, must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.
  • Last day to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be June 14, 2018.

 

Department of Economic Development:

 

Monday, April 2

 

       The Havre de Grace City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Havre de Grace Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace.

 

Tuesday, April 3

 

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., April 3, 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: Common Business Mistakes to Avoid. The programs are led by industry subject matter experts. Please register at Eventbrite under “entrepreneurship workshop series in Harford County.”

 

Friday, April 6

 

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation awards scholarships to remarkable young men and women graduating from Harford County high schools and adults pursuing higher education. 2018 scholarship applications are available online at www.harfordchamber.org. There is a wide range of scholarships categories for high school seniors including: arts, media and communication; business, finance and information technology; Chuck Boyle Business Scholarship; Service, Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and the William B. Seccurro Teacher Education Scholarship. There is also a scholarship available for Veterans and a general scholarship for adults seeking higher education.


Saturday, April 7

 

The Havre de Grace Green Team and Havre de Grace CAT Club will hold a Litter Pick Up at Todd Park & Seneca Avenue, at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 7.

 

The Bulle Rock Community Association will host Havre de Grace Boards, Commissions and committees with display presentations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 7 at the Bulle Rock Residence Club.

 

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Friday April 6- First Friday!  Join us for the best First Friday in the county.  Live bands, cafe seating, extended store fronts and extended hours, food trucks, a kids zone and over 100 vendors.  First Friday begins at 5:00 p.m and runs until 9:30 p.m
  • Havre de Grace Museums are Open!!  Concord Point Lighthouse opened on Saturday March 31, Steppingstone Farm Museum and Susquehanna Lock House will open this weekend April 7.  Decoy Museum is open year round. Take time to visit our amazing museums, you’re going to love all the history our town has to offer.
  • The Lock House Craft Beer and Wine Festival-  April 14 from 12-5.  The festival brings together some of the best Maryland breweries, wineries and distilleries in one amazing event. The event features live music, artisans and food celebrating all things Maryland.  General admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the gate.

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Scottfield Theatre Company presents “Titanic The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7 at 8:00 p.m as well as Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.

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 12, 2018

 

 


City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday March 12, 2018

 

Mayor’s Office:

  • Mayor Martin and the City of Havre de Grace would like to recognize and congratulate the students of the months for the month of March.  Camie Nguyen (Meadowvale Elementary), Sarah Parsley (Havre de Grace Middle School), Jasai Stansbury (Havre de Grace High School).
  • On Friday, March 9, 2018, Mayor Martin spoke at the R. Madison Mitchell Endowment Dinner. During his remarks, he presented the organization with a proclamation recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the R. Madison Mitchell Endowment Trust.  

Public Meetings:

 

Police Department:

Havre de Grace Police Department names new captains.

(Pictured left to right: Chief Walter, Capt. Alton, Capt. Krass, Mayor Martin)

Havre de Grace Police welcomed two new Captains to the department. The new Captains come to the department due to retirements of the former Captains. The new Patrol Captain is Jon Krass who served for twenty-eight (28) years with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and retired in February 2018 as the Commander for the Police Services Bureau, Special Operations Division. During his tenure with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Krass served as the Police Services Bureau, Southern Precinct Commander. As precinct commander, Capt. Krass supervised approximately 80 law enforcement and civilian personnel. His duties and responsibilities included identifying crime trends and then employing the proper crime-fighting strategies to address the problems. Capt. Krass oversaw both overtime and operations budgets for the Southern Precinct. Capt. Krass also conducted administrative reviews of various incidents such as the use of force, pursuits, citizens’ complaints, and community concerns.

The new Administrative Captain is Joe Alton who served with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department for twenty-six years (26) and retired in February 2018 as the Operations Commander of the Logistics Division. This position incorporates the management of several support units to include the Information Technology for Law Enforcement Unit, Fleet Services, Property/Evidence Unit, Quartermaster, Electronic Enforcement Unit, the management and oversight of the agency-wide Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management Systems. Prior to his assignment with the Logistics Division, Capt. Alton served as the Operations Commander of the Special Operations Division. His duties included tactical incident management of the MdTAPD Special Response Team (SRT), Criminal Investigation Unit, Marine Unit, Collision Reconstruction Unit, K9 and Criminal Interdiction. Capt. Alton was also the Detachment Commander of both the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore Detachment. In both of these positions Capt. Alton had direct oversight and management of a specified police detachment and the personnel assigned to those stations. Associated responsibilities included the preparation and management of multi-million dollar budgets, equipment allocation and procurement, crime data management, and appropriate resource distribution.

Both Captains come to Havre de Grace with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Both Captains live with their families in the Havre de Grace/Aberdeen area. The Havre de Grace Police Department would like to welcome both Captains to Havre de Grace and wish them the best of luck in their new positions!

 

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2012-2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m March 18), 269 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes. In 2016, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable. Do your part this St. Patrick’s Day: Arrange for a sober driver to ensure you get home safely.

 

 

Department of Public Works:

 

  • THANK YOU AND HAPPY TRAILS TO BILL REEDER! – The department extends its sincere appreciation to Bill Reeder, Deputy Director of Construction and Program Management for his 44 years of faithful service to the City of Havre de Grace.  Bill will retire at the end of March. Those interested in sending cards to Bill may do so to: City Hall, 711 Pennington Avenue, Attn: Laurie Dawson

 

  • CONGRATULATIONS – The department would like to congratulate Jeff Keithley on his recent promotion to Chief of Construction and Project Management. Jeff comes to this position with a wealth of knowledge from his former leadership duties with Stormwater Management, Code Enforcement, Inspections and other Public Works and Planning Department responsibilities.  

 

  • The Havre de Grace Green Team’s Danielle Wolfe has stepped up to help the City by gathering the plastic bags and wrapping collected at City Hall and depositing them at our partner location: Weis Markets.  Thank you Danielle!

 

Stormwater Management Updates

    • 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 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 of Havre de Grace and the Department of Natural Resources are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in the area of Concord Point Lighthouse and the Maritime Museum.
    • The city completed its  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 is 100% completed.  . 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 Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Late Notices will go out this week.  Turn Offs for non payment will be Tuesday, March 27.  Please make arrangements or pay no later than Monday, March 26th to avoid the additional turn off fees and termination of service.
  • 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 Thursday, May 31 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!
  • Click here to sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing.

 

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 additional state requirements to comply with. 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.

Office of Tourism:

  • Celebrate your St. Paddy’s Day in Havre de Grace!  Many of our restaurants are offering special Irish meals and festive entertainment, so put on your green and join us for some good old Irish fun!
  • Thursday, March 15 the Concord Point Lighthouse will be holding their annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the Vandiver Inn. This cocktail party with small plates, raffles, music and door prizes is always a lot of fun.  Tickets are going fast and usually sell out. Stop by the HdG Visitor Center to purchase your tickets today!
  • Saturday, March 17 Joe Kochenderfer will be hosting a walk along the North Park Trail.  Start your St. Paddy’s Day day off with this 1.5 mile guided nature/history walk along the scenic Susquehanna River.  Meet at the Lock House at 10 a.m.
  • American Legion Post 47 will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 3 – 7 p.m.  Get your IRISH on! Join the Legion for cabbage, potatoes, ham or corned beef along with cornbread.  Enjoy specialty drinks and a great time. The Werks band will perform in the lounge from 7-11 p.m.
  • We are currently accepting vendor applications for First Friday 2018.  April applications are due no later than March 27. Please contact our office if you are interested.  410-939-2100

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Tourism Office!

Cultural Center at the Opera House:

  • “Sergeant York” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, March 12 at 8 p.m
  • “Spellbound” (B&W Film Series) on Tuesday, March 13 at 8 p.m
  • Dinner and a Movie featuring “City Lights” on Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m
  • “Moana” (Children’s Film Series) on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Co-sponsored by the HdG
    Elementary School PTA. Fun activities start at 10 a.m. Free for children 12 and under.
  • “Iona” (Celtic) on Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m

Department of Economic Development

Havre de Grace Historic Tax Credit Workshop is next week

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development and Historic Preservation Commission are welcoming the Maryland Historic Trust to Havre de Grace on Tues., March 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Trust will hold a free workshop on the Maryland Historic Tax Credits program available for both homeowners and commercial property owners in historic districts, including the Havre de Grace Historic District. The free workshop will be held in the city council chambers at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace.

HDGOED Director named Historian of WID-Mid-Atlantic

  • Erika Quesenbery Sturgill, Director of Economic Development for the City of Havre de Grace, was recently named Historian for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Women in Defense at their meeting on Thursday, March 8, at the GroundFloor in Havre de Grace.

Entrepreneurship Workshop set for Tuesday, March 13

  • 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 13, 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: Idea to Inception. The programs are led by industry subject matter experts. Please register at Eventbrite under “entrepreneurship workshop series in Harford County.”

Harford County EDAB meets Wednesday with HLA

  • The Harford Leadership Academy class of 2018 will participate in learning more about Economic Development locally this Wednesday, March 14. The class will be held in Edgewood Hall at Harford Community College in Bel Air, during the Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board Meeting, which starts at 8 a.m.

March 29 is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day:

4 Ways Mom & Pop Business Can Outshine Bigger Competitors

            March 29 is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day – a day to celebrate the value that family-owned small businesses bring to their communities. These days mom and pop businesses face many challenges as they compete against larger retailers and service providers with expansive budgets. But mom and pop have some strengths bigger companies don’t. By leveraging them they cannot only compete successfully but excel.

            Tip #1 – Be on a First Name Basis

            Sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name. Unlike many large corporations many mom and pop businesses have opportunities to really get to know their customers – and vice versa. It’s not just business it becomes personal as small business owners and their employees develop friendships with the people within their communities. Customers that know and like the people running a business will naturally be more inclined to visit again and again.

            Tip #2 – Be Nimble and Flexible

            Large corporations often have a lot of red tape and tiers of buy-in to get through before launching new products or services and making improvements in answer to customer feedback. In contrast with their simple management structure that allows for fast approval, mom and pop businesses can respond to market demand and customer needs more quickly. Nurture customer loyalty daily.

            Tip #3 – Be Part of the Community

            Mom and pop business owners have opportunities to demonstrate their sense of social responsibility in supporting causes within their communities. With 55% of consumers willing to pay more for products from socially responsible companies giving back can have a direct result on the small business bottom line.

            Tip #4 – Be Small, Be Local – Proudly

            Shop Small and Shop Local have become prominent mantras across the United States, raising awareness of small businesses’ contributions to their local communities. Mom and pop businesses often provide unique artisanal products and offer one-of-a-kind experiences that draw visitors from other locations. Also, family owned businesses account for 64% of the US gross domestic product and 78% of new jobs created each year. Cognizant of small businesses’ impact on the local economy people have renewed interest in doing their part to keep their dollars in the local community.

            Visit the American Express Small Business Saturday website for tips and tools to promote your local business year round.

Small Business Administration’s Twitter Chat

  • The US Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) will host a Twitter chat, Business Success Her Way in honor of Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 22, at 3 p.m. Join industry experts as tips and resources are shared to help women entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed in business. Follow along with the hashtag #SBAchat.

SCORE Live Webinar: Three Ways to Boost Your Bottom Line

  • Do you ever feel like you’re overwhelmed and scared to take a serious look at the numbers side of your business? In this free webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the US Small  Business Administration you’ll learn:
  •         The relationship between prosperity thinking and poverty thinking
  •         The difference between profits and cash
  •         How the timing of inflows and outflows of money affects your business
  •         How to have your business money serve your personal life

            To participate in the Live Webinar Thursday, March 15, at 1 p.m. register at:

https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#/?meeting=73spqh8h2eca&campaign=938vbflbec42

Department of Homeland Security Webinar this Thursday

  • Learn about law enforcement’s role in cybersecurity and incident response as well as best practices and free resources available to the public and private sector with a free webinar at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 15. To register in advance visit:

https://share.dhs.gov/c3vprc3slttgcc?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Learn about Pricing

  • Learn about pricing and the impact that it has on the success of your business. From determining your price to implementing your pricing strategy, this course will give you the resources to sound pricing strategies. The course takes about 30 minutes of your time and a series of worksheets for download are also available at:

https://www.sba.gov/course/introduction-pricing/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#course

NCSA CyberSecure Your Business Webinar

  • Registration is required for a free webinar by NCSA and partners to learn how to recover from a cyber incident or attack. Resources are available for business owners to help improve cybersecurity. The webinar will be Tues., March 13 at 2 p.m., and is one hour in duration. Visit www.staysafeonline.org for more information on registration link.  

Land More Referrals Webinar

Are you stuck in the “old way” of getting customer referrals one by one? Break from this predictable and inconsistent method of securing your most valuable source of leads. In this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration, the Founder of the Unstoppable CEO, Steve Gordon, will provide a new way to get referrals – by leveraging content. You could gain 10 to 50 times more referrals by applying his blueprint. You will learn:

  • Why almost everything you’ve been taught about prospecting is a lie
  • How to “home grow” clients at will, for attracting, growing and converting new clients
  • The secret to getting out of the “feast of famine” cycle of a full client docket today, but none tomorrow
  • The #1 most common phrase nearly everyone says to their clients that is a mistake
  • When it’s the perfect time to ask for a referral, how you should ask and what you should say

            The webinar will be Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m. and registration is free at:

https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#/?meeting=jomlk4chafz&campaign=8l4pdf8m26l

 

Best Friends in Harford County, Inc.

  • Best Friends in Harford County is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that works to stabilize community cat populations in the county through a nationally recognized and highly effective Trap-Neuter-Return process.
  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture Spay-Neuter Grant we were awarded in July 2017 has helped us to spay/neuter and vaccinate nearly 130 cats in Havre de Grace thus far. Our goal is to trap and fix at least 400 cats before the grant period ends in 2018. We encourage concerned cat lovers to contact us for help.
  • Stray Streets TNR, our partner rescue in Havre de Grace, has worked tirelessly for several years to help the city’s community cats and the people who feed and care for them. We are proud to help out!
  • SSTNR and BFHC Adoption Programs have placed more than 100 cats and kittens into wonderful homes during the past 12 months.
  • A New Project – We often help arrange low-cost spay/neuter for family pets for those with limited funds. The best medical care we can give to our pets is spayed or neuter before full maturity. Such surgery prevents not only unwanted litters but also some diseases, including several types of cancer and internal, sometimes fatal infections. Neutering also stops undesirable behavior such as fighting and spraying by males. BFHC is seeking grants to enable us to continue and even increase this service throughout the county.

 

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