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

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

Office of the Mayor:

 

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

 

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

Police department:

 

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Planning:

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

Department of Finance:

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

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

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

 

Department of Public Works:

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

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

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


Department of Economic Development:

Susquehanna Workforce offers warehouse training course

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

HDG Colored School holding timely fundraisers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harford Community & Economic Development

offers Human Resources Essentials Program Feb. 21

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

Maryland Clean Marina Workshops slated for February

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

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

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

Navigate the HUBZone Program through SBA Webinars

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

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

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

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

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

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

            The webinars are scheduled as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Upcoming Economic Development Events:

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

Office of Tourism:

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

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

 

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

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

 

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


Office of The Mayor:

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

Police Department:

 

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


Department of Finance:

 

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


Department of Public Works:

 

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

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

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

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

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

Department of Economic Development:

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

 

Office of Tourism:

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

Cultural Center at the Opera House

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

 

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


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

 

Police Department:

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

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

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

Havre de Grace Police Department Bike Registry

 

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

 

Department of Public Works

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

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

 

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

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

 

Department of Planning:

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

 

Office of Economic Development:

Washington Street Books & Music featured in Baltimore Sun:

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

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

Manufacturing:

 

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

Small Business

 

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

Non-Profit Organizations

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

Office of Tourism:

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

Cultural Center at the Opera House

 

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

 

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


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

 

Headlines:

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

Police Department:

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

 

Department of Finance:

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

Department of Public Works:

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

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

       

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

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

Department of Planning:

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

 

Department of Economic Development:

 

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

Cultural Center at the Opera House

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

 

 

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

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

 

Office of the Mayor:

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

Job Openings:

Police Department:

 

Department of Finance:

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

Department of Public Works:

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

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

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

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

Department of Planning:

 

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

Department of Economic Development: 

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

 

Office of Tourism:  

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

Cultural Center at the Opera House

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

 

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


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

 

Office of The Mayor

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

Police Department:

 

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

 

Department of Planning:

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

 

Department of Public Works:

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

REUSE – RECYCLE – REFOCUS:

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

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

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

     

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

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

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

SPOTLIGHT: Stormwater Management – Steps you can take:

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

Office of Tourism:

 

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

 

Cultural Center at the Opera House

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

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday December 4, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday December 4, 2017

 

Headlines:

Office of the Mayor:

On Thursday November 30, 2017, Mayor Martin  

  • Filmed a video promoting the City’s holiday decorating contest.

  • Attended the retirement luncheon for PFC Dennis Rittershofer at the Havre de Grace Police Department. During the event, the mayor presented PFC Rittershofer with a proclamation and challenge coin.
  • Handed out ribbons to the winners of this year’s Business Wreath Decorating Contest.

  • Attended a Community Leadership social at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air.
  • On Friday, December 1, 2017, Mayor Martin participated in Holly Jolly First Friday .

 

Department of Administration:

Office of Marketing:

  • Post people are talking about on Social Media:  

Below is a list of the top five most talked about post from the City Havre de Grace on Facebook during November.

-Concord Point Lighthouse this evening.

-Crews are in the process of decorating the city. When completed our parks, downtown, and walkways will be illuminated for the holiday season. Lights will officially be turned on Friday, December 1, 2017 as part of the Holly Jolly First Fridays and Light Up Night celebration.

-Sunset this evening.

-Downtown looking extra beautiful this evening 🙂

-Concord Point Lighthouse is always beautiful, but we especially love it during the holiday session. This morning’s sunrise was extra joyful, with the holiday lights and decorations adding a festive spirit.

Department of Public Works:

  • A sign of growth ~ ​Between August 31 to November 30, a total of 41 water meters have been installed for new homes going in at the following sub-divisions: Greenway Farm, Bulle Rock,and Scenic Manor.  

Improving Our Utilities

  • An old water main valve will be replaced with a new one tomorrow in the 500 block of Alliance Street.
  • BGE Gas Line replacement – crews will be working in the area of Washington, Alliance and Giles Streets.
  • Canvasback Drive – the pipes for the culvert have been delivered!

Recycle this Holiday

  • Newspaper packages tied up with string – this is truly a beautiful thing! and it is recycling at its Best!
  • Christmas Trees – they are considered Yard Waste and will be collected curbside on Mondays through January.  Please make sure the tinsel has been removed.  

Avoid Sewer Back-ups in Your Home

  • Holiday Cooking – this is the season with lots of buttery dishes, gravies, fats from turkeys, etc.  Do not pour Fats, Oils or Grease into your sink drains. Prevent your drains from backing up this holiday season.  Solution: Pour the leftover fats, etc. into a can or plastic container with a lid, let it firm up (fridge or freezer will help quicken the process) and then place the container in your regular trash can.

Coming to a Street Near You!

  • The DPW Streets Crew is actively preparing to get the snow plows and blades ready for wintry weather.

    Pictured here is a sure way to avoid getting plowed in after you have already shoveled.

 

ANIMAL CONTROL – WHO TO CALL?

  • Harford County Sheriff’s Office has staff who attends to animal control issues.  Please call 410-638-3505 (The Citizen Newsletter had an incorrect number.)

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

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

 

A clogged drain will flood the surrounding area.  A clear drain accepts the heavy rains. 

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Repairs being made to the stormdrain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway.  Watch for those enhancements soon.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

 

SPOTLIGHT:  Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

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

Every Practice Counts!

CTRL CLICK Link        http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

Department of Planning:

  • Per the International Building Codes, Property Maintenance Codes, and for Emergency Services, please be sure your dwelling or business is clearly identified with proper address numbers – numbers should be a minimum 4″ tall, contrasting to their background, and visible from the street.  Rear or side entrances should also be clearly identified.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.
  • As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

Police Department:

  • Big thank you to the Hogs and Heroes Maryland Chapter 2 for their generous donation of toys to our holiday toy drive. It is much appreciated and will help those in need.
  • Christmas is fast approaching, please when doing holiday shopping do not leave the items you bought in plain view in your vehicle. Place them in your trunk or put them in an area of your vehicle where they can’t be seen. This will make your vehicle less desirable to thieves.
  • HdG officers enjoyed working the Christmas Parade. We are so lucky to serve such a great community!
  • We celebrated the retirement of Dennis Rittershofer after 37 years of service!
  • 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 Finance:

  • Last business day to pay your Real Estate Tax 2nd Half and avoid penalty is Friday, December 29, 2017.  Avoid the waiting in long lines and pay early.  Or better yet, use the convenient drop box at the front doors of City Hall or pay online by e-check or credit card.   
  • Water/Sewer bills for December will be mailed out today, 12/4/17
  • Please prepare for Winter!  Drain and shut off outside water spigots.
  • Don’t let a running toilet run up your water bill.  Visit the EPA’s website for tips on eliminating leaks in your home and ideas on how to conserve water.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 penalties.

Office of Tourism

  • Citywide House Decorating Contest-   Show us your holiday spirit, add your house to our judges list by calling the Visitor Center at 410-939-2100  Judging will take place on Friday December 14 and Saturday December 15.  Winners will be announced at the City Council Meeting on Monday December 18.  Good Luck!
  • Holly Jolly First Friday and Light Up Night was a huge success.  Thousands of visitors joined us to celebrate our First Holly Jolly First Fridays on December 1.  The event included stilt walkers, roaming carolers, fire pits, s’mores, vendors, hot chocolate bar, gingerbread house decorating, train rides and of course a parade.  The Mayor and Santa lit our Christmas tree followed by Mrs. Claus and Santa listening to all the children’s Christmas wishes in Santa Land.  If you missed this event there is still so much more happening this holiday season.
  • Concord Point Lighthouse will be hosting their annual Christmas Gift Shoppe on Saturday December 9 from 10-4 and Sunday December 10 from 12-4.  The keeper’s house will be filled with treats, crafts and holiday goodies.
  • Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum presents their 45th Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Havre de Grace this Saturday December 9 from 4-8pm.  Tickets are just $20 ($25 Day of Tour) available at the Lockhouse or the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.
  • The Susquehanna Lockhouse will also be hosting a Christmas Boutique.  Stop by for handmade holiday gifts, fresh greens, gourmet baked goods and raffles on Saturday December 9 from 9-5 and Sunday December 10 from noon to 5.
  • Catch the spirit of the holidays early as Dickens comes to life with “A Christmas Carol” as told by Ebenezer Scrooge’s sister, Fan. Join us at the Steppingstone Farm House for a Victorian Tea featuring Professional Storyteller and Historic Reenactor Alisa Dupuy. Tickets are $25, which includes your Afternoon Tea (hot tea, tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets), the Performance, a great dose of Christmas Spirit, and a donation to the museum.
  • Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa Land before they return to the North Pole.  They will be available to hear all your Christmas wishes on December 9 and December 16 from 12-2.
  • Be sure to check the Opera House website for all their holiday events this month.  Hdgoperahouse.org

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • National Players present “Alice in Wonderland” on Tuesday, December 5 at 7pm (75 minutes so the kids get to bed on time
  • Lewis Lane Players present “It’s a Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Play” on Friday, December 8 at 8pm and Saturday, December 9 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Candlelight Tour Stop- Saturday, December 9 from 4pm to 8pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 27, 2017

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 27, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor

November 20, 2017 City Council Meeting:

  • Mayor Martin swore in Casi Tomarchio to the Havre de Grace City Council.

  • Mayor Martin recognized the B Squad Warriors for their victorious season and presented each member of the team with a challenge coin.

Saturday November 25, 2017

  • Mayor Martin attended and gave remarks at the commissioning of Engine 515 at Susquehanna House Company Division 5. The new apparatus features a 1500GPM Hale QMax Pump, 1900-gallon water tank, 30 gallon integral Class A Foam Tank, 120 gallon integral Class B Foam Tank, 2000′ of 5″ LDH, 850′ of pre-connected hand lines, portable Hurst pump with cutters & spreaders, and seating for a crew of six

  • Mayor Martin participated in Shop Small Saturday.

 

Police Department:

  • On December 9th from 4 pm to 8 pm is the Havre de Grace Candle Light Tour, during this time there will be extra pedestrian traffic so please drive cautious and alert. The organizer specifically is concerned for the area Erie Street, Stokes Street, and Water Street. 
  • On giving Tuesday please don’t forget that the Havre de Grace Police Department is still accepting donations for Christmas gifts for the less fortunate. Please contact Cpl. Petz or PCO Kilgore at 410-939-2121 for more information or see the donation box in the lobby of the police station.  

Department of Public Works

  • BGE’s Phase II paving is complete.  Phase III – has begun which includes removing the old gas lines and replacing with new lines in the area  south of Revolution Street and west of Union Avenue.
  • Contract has been awarded to Gradeline Construction to pave sections of Linden Lane and Lodge Lane.  Beginning date to be determined.
  • The signs and markings indicating Right Turn Only have been installed at the intersection of Ontario Street and Ohio Street.
  • Maryland State Flags have been lowered to half staff in honor of Det. Sean Suiter of the Baltimore Police Department, who died in the line of duty on November 16, 2017.
  • RECYCLE FOCUS: When selecting Holiday wrapping paper – consider using newspaper and old maps.  The comics and advertisements are colorful and the plain newsprint can be festivel with a simple ribbon.  When the holidays are over, these wrappings can go loosely in your recycle bin.

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

       

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

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • Repairs being made to the stormdrain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  Start planning your rain garden now.  It will give you a welcome break from the colder weather and make those around you wonder why you are smiling.

https://www.bbg.org/gardening/article/make_a_lasagna_garden_in_a_raised_bed   Check out this link to start conditioning your planting bed now.

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

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

Every Practice Counts!

http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

 

Department of Finance:

 

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be Tuesday, November  28, 2017.  Payments must be made by Monday, November 27, 2017 to avoid the $50 Turn Off Fee.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017.  To avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your bank, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.
  • Yacht Basin Slip Contract Renewal payment of at least 50% is due by December 1, 2017.  The balance will be due February 1, 2018.   

Department of Planning:

  • Although this hurricane season is coming to a close, any heavy or prolonged rain can cause extensive flooding in our City. The City of Havre de Grace has had our Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revised by FEMA which became effective on April 19, 2016.  Although flood boundary lines on the map may have changed, floods can still happen outside those areas.  Property owners, buyers, sellers, real estate agents, lenders, or insurance agents may contact the Department of Planning at (410) 939-1800 ext 1123 to find out the flood zone and map information for your property, what the estimate Base Flood Elevation (BFE) may be for a property, information about historic flooding, LiMWA’s, V-zones, the floodway, and natural floodplain functions in a specific area.  Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance, which is also available for renters.  A Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) offers lower-cost protection for homes and apartments in areas of low to moderate flood risk. These are areas shown as B, C, or X, zones on a FIRM.
  • Check out our new Floodplain Management page on our City website – go to the Government heading, and the link is under Organization, just below Stormwater Management.
  • As always, please keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a stormdrain or stream.
  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.   Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.

 

Department of Economic Development:

The Law & Your Business to be presented Wednesday

The Harford County Office of Economic Development 2021-G Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, will host the Small Business Seminar: The Law and Your Business from 6 to 8 p.m. Nearly all businesses will encounter legal questions along the way. This free workshop on Wednesday, November 29, will provide answers to these questions and explore some of the fundamental legal issues facing small business owners.

For information about this and other business seminars visit www.harfordcountymd.gov register at www.harfordcountyoed.eventbrite.com

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Havre de Grace

            We hope you enjoyed Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017 in downtown Havre de Grace where the Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association busily distributed swag to merchants. In turn that swag was passed on to shoppers who experienced the unique gifting opportunities in downtown Havre de Grace.

Giving back on Giving Tuesday

            The after Thanksgiving calendar is a busy one with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and, of course, #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. The date is a powerful opportunity to engage in the causes that matter to you while creating a purpose-driven culture.

National Entrepreneurship Month

            November is National Entrepreneurship Month. If you want to make your best idea your new business visit the Small Business Administration website at www.sba.gov to use their handy guide entitled 10 Steps to Starting Your Business and join the ranks of entrepreneurs this month! What are the 10 steps you’ll be reading about? We’re glad you asked:

  1.       Conduct Market Research
  2.       Write Your Business Plan
  3.       Fund Your Business
  4.       Pick Your Business Location (We strongly recommend Havre de Grace!)
  5.       Choose a Business Structure
  6.       Choose Your Business Name
  7.       Register Your Business
  8.       Get Federal and State Tax IDs
  9.       Apply for Licenses & Permits
  10.   Open a Business Bank Account

Mix & Mingle is “Jingle Mingle” this December

            The Harford County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Jingle Mingle, rather than their monthly Mix & Mingle this December. The Jingle Mingle will be Thursday, December 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Rockfield Manor, 501 E. Churchville Rd., Bel Air. The cost is $45 for members and $60 for prospective members for the event catered by Pairings Bistro. For details or to register visit www.harfordchamber.org or call 410-838-2020.

Harford Leadership Academy taking applications

            The Harford Leadership Academy is taking applications for the 2018 class. The HLA encourages attendance of mid- to upper-level management personnel who have: the goal of providing leadership to the community; an interest in accepting new and rewarding challenges; and demonstrated leadership skills and a desire to learn more about Harford County. If you are interested in learning more about HLA visit www.harford.edu or email vcyran@harford.edu

Steppingstone Museum in HDG seeking support this season

 

            The Steppingstone Farm Museum at 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, needs a little local love. This year two structures on the property sustained major damage – the black shop and the stage. In late winter the chimney to the blacksmith shop collapsed under the weight of snow from a storm. It was at this blacksmith shop from 1892 to 1958 that Harford residents went to register and vote. Indeed, the first woman to vote in Harford County, May Bradfield in 1920, cast her ballot in the building. Since the damage to the building the shop has been closed to the public disallowing demonstration of this heritage trade.

            The concert stage also requires repairs. Built a decade ago by students from Harford Community College, in early spring the stage’s foundation was discovered to have termite damage. Since then the stage has been unavailable for concerts or private events including ever-popular weddings.

            The Steppingstone Farm Museum staff have put out a community appeal seeking monetary support for the costs to repair these structures and reopen them to the visiting public. “Help us preserve the past so that it may be enjoyed in the present and for future generations to come,” explains Lara Murphy, Executive Director. “Your tax deductible monetary gift is greatly needed and appreciated.”

            Checks may be sent, payable to the Steppingstone Farm Museum, to: Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Rd., Havre de Grace MD, 20178.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • Lights, Lights, Lights!-  The City of Havre de Grace has been adorned with thousands of lights.  Be sure to visit the main streets in town…you will feel like you are in a winter wonderland.  Don’t forget to visit the Lighthouse, Promenade and Tydings park.  Kudos to The Winter Wonderland Committee, DPW crew and Christmas Decor by L&B, Inc.   The City looks amazing and is sure to put you in a Holly Jolly Mood! 

  • Holly Jolly First Fridays and Light Up Night-  Join us for our inaugural First Friday Holiday Market on Pennington Ave & kids crafts and fun on Franklin St. The events will feature the 42nd Street Carolers, holiday stilt-walkers and Santa’s express. The tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade with Santa & Mayor Bill Martin.  Don’t forget to share your wishes with Santa at Santa land on Washington Street following the parade 
  • Wreaths- Over 75 businesses have agreed to participate in a holiday wreath decorating contest.  Walk the streets of the town to see all the uniquely decorated wreaths…the shop owners have done an amazing job.  Winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting on Friday December 1.  

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “City Lights” (Black & White Film Series) on Tuesday, November 28 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on December 1 & 2 at 8pm and on December 3 at 2pm (Final weekend)

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 20, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 20, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

From Thursday, November 16, 2017 through Sunday, November 19, 2017 the downtown district was illuminated blue in honor of fallen Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter.

  • On Saturday, November 18, Mayor Martin attended The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast.

Department of Administration

  • City Hall will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday November 24 in Observance of Thanksgiving.

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.  
  • As noted by DPW Division of Stormwater Management, keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property.   Please contact DPW if you notice anyone dumping into a storm drain or stream.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

Police Department:

  • On Thanksgiving Eve, if you choose to go out to the bar, please do not drink and drive, take a taxi or get a designated driver. This is a major drinking night and the police will be aggressively patrolling for impaired drivers.
  • We are continuing to collect Christmas donations for families in need, please contact PCO Mia Kilgore or Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 if you would like to make a donation.
  • Thanks to everyone who made donations for Thanksgiving they were dispersed to those in need.
  • PFC Coleman and PFC Persuhn ran the Havre de Grace Elementary School Turkey Trot. Afterwards, PFC Coleman ran the Havre de Grace middle School Turkey Trot with the top HdGES Turkey Trot finishers who were invited to the middle school run.

Department of Public Works:

  • Holiday – Curbside Collection – Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) the collection moves to Friday. Friday collections then move to Saturday. No large item (bulk) collections this week.
  • See a Street Light Out? If you see a street light that needs to be repaired, you can report it directly to BGE. Please be sure to have the exact location of the fixture. To make a report online or report outages using your mobile device, visit bge.com and click “Lighting Outages” under the “Contact Us” section, or by calling 1-800-685-0123.
  • Tydings Park Handicap Ramp: The concrete work on  ​the ra​mp​ leading from the Yacht Basin up to the park will be completed this week.
  • Recycling Data: For the month of October, City residents recycled 50.18 tons of material.  This beats the month of September which was 35.47 tons.  
  • Lighting Up the Town – DPW has been busy installing Christmas lights all around the town from Otsego Street to Tydings Park and the Yacht Basin.

  • ​Fire Hydrant Flushing​ – We are in the process of flushing hydrants throughout the area. If you find your water is discolored, please run the cold water faucet for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

Stormwater management updates

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.

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • Repairs being made to the storm drain pipe running under Canvasback Drive in the vicinity of Teal Ct.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.

SPOTLIGHT:  Start planning your rain garden now.  It will give you a welcome break from the colder weather and make those around you wonder what you are smiling about.

Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker (SMART)

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

Every Practice Counts!

http://extension.umd.edu/watershed/smart-tool

Department of Finance:

  • Water/Sewer Late Notices were mailed 11/15/17.  Payments must be made by Monday 11/27/17 to avoid the $50 Turn Off Fee.  
  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will be 11/28/17
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your banks bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Economic Development:

  • Saturday, November 25, is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Shop small in Havre de Grace this Saturday and use #smallbizsat when posting on social media.
  • Today is National Entrepreneurs’ Day. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. Celebrate achievers on November 21, 2017.
  • The Harford County Liquor Control Board voted unanimously in support of the expansion of the liquor license held by Coakley’s Pub on St. John Street, to include the renovated space on Union Avenue known as Cornerstone. Expect announcements in the near future regarding a grand opening.
  • On Wed., December 6, at 7 p.m. the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum (100 Lafayette Street) will host the Havre de Green Team in a screening of the film Beautiful Swimmers Revisited. The film is about Maryland’s state crustacean the blue crab. Discussion will follow the free screening.

Briefly Noted Around Maryland

  • A Federal Reserve economist is predicting a boom in cyber security will continue to propel Maryland’s economy, per the Baltimore Business Journal.<
  • The Port of Baltimore handled 8.01 million tons of general cargo through the first nine months of 2017, setting a new all-time nine-month record.
  • The iconic Berger Cookie may be changing soon. Due to an Obama-era rule limited trans fats in foods, the company is experimenting with new recipes to remove trans-fats from the fudge. Charlie DeBaufre, of Berger Cookies, has declared the process “frustrating and scary.”
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the two-week firearm deer season opens November 25 and runs through December 9. Hunters may use firearms to harvest sika and white-tailed deer during this hunting season.
  • Delivery on the Hogan administration’s Customer Service Promise, the Maryland Department of Transportation joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of Transportation MVA in officially unveiling a combined service center in Bel Air. The newly combined office provides customers with access to a variety of services including: recreational hunting, fishing and crabbing licenses; vehicle and boat registration and titles; driver’s license renewals; vehicle emissions inspections; commercial fishing licenses; excise tax collections; and off-road vehicle permits. The Service Center is at 501 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office of Tourism:

  • The second annual Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast was held on Saturday, November 18. The event was a huge success! Over $5,000 was raised by local non profits all while enjoying a delicious oyster feast! Mark your calendar‘s now for our 2018 Feast on November 17.
  • Shop Small Saturday- November 25 is Shop Small Saturday! Visit your local stores in Havre de Grace. The local businesses have decorated unique wreaths to hang on their storefronts for our merchant wreath decorating contest. Come down and see all these amazing wreaths while walking our streets lit up like a winter wonderland. What a perfect atmosphere to start your Holiday shopping….Shop Small, Shop Local!

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  •  “Art and Craft” (POV Film Series) on Tuesday, November 21 at 8pm
  • Tidewater Players present “Beauty & the Beast” on November 24 & 25 at 8pm and on November 26 at 2pm

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday November 6, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday November 6, 2017

 

Office of the Mayor:

Department of Administration:

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet this evening at 7:00 P.M.  View Agenda.
  • City Hall will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
  • At the beginning of 2017 The City of Havre de Grace installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station at David Craig Park.

  • Since being installed:
    • Average session length is 1 hour – 48 minutes
    • Positive impact to the environment: 121 kg of greenhouse-gas emissions has been avoided, which is like planting 4 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
    • Use of the charging station is cyclical, i.e. usage increases each month from June through September and declines in October.
    • Customer feedback has been great and what we had hoped for, “Went on a run via Lafayette trail today in good old Havre de Grace. Charge was great, got me about 3-4 kilowatts in 40 minutes.”

Office of Marketing:

  • Each Wednesday this November we will be participating in Municipal Government Works Wednesdays. A social media campaign created by the Maryland Municipal Leagueto highlight significant accomplishments by municipalities across Maryland.  Last week we showcased The New Culture Center at The Opera House which opened on August 5, 2017 bringing high-quality entertainment to our area and region. #MGWMonth

 

  • #HdGProud

 

Police Department:

    • We had our November Safety Club, which was a major success. If you have a child in elementary school and live in Havre de Grace you’re welcome to come to Safety Club, which meets the first Wednesday of each month. Contact any school in Havre de Grace and speak with the SRO for further information.

  • With the holidays coming up, please consider doing a residential or commercial crime prevention survey on your property. Contact Cpl Petz or PFC T. Adams at 410-939-2121 if you would like this done at no cost. These surveys will give you tips to make your home more secure and safe.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Bulk Collection- This a correction to a CTY message that was sent out on Friday November 3rd regarding bulk pick up. The CTY message stated that bulk pick up was suspended through the month of November. The Department of Public Works would like to correct that statement. Due to city hall being closed on Friday November 10th for Veteran’s Day and Friday November 24th for Thanksgiving, bulk pick up will not occur on those days. However, bulk pick up WILL take place on Friday November 17th. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and we urge our citizens to call with any questions.
  • Tydings Park Sidewalks – to ensure safety for all, a new handicap accessible sidewalk is being installed from the City Yacht Basin to the park grounds. You may have also noticed the old brick sidewalks have been replaced with stamped concrete.

  • Culvert Replacement Project  – Comer Construction  has been awarded the contract to replace the culvert at Canvasback Drive and Chapel Road.
  • Holiday Decorations – City employees are in the process of stringing thousands of lights, hanging banners and flags for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Recycling Containers – Residents who may be interested in getting the big, blue, commercial grade recycling containers from Waste Industries (WI) can make arrangements by calling WI directly at 410-457-0404.  The containers can be rented for $4.00 per month – you will be billed quarterly from WI.  There is a one time initial delivery fee of the container.  WI provides all maintenance and replacement of the container if it gets damaged through normal usage.​
  • Chapel Road Resurfacing Project – currently underway.  Work is being done by Harford County.

  • Lane Paving Project – Lodge Lane from Franklin St. to Fountain Street, and Linden Lane’s 800 block.
  • BGE Phase 2 – road paving and sidewalk construction is currently underway and may be completed within 3 weeks (weather permitting).

Office of Stormwater Management

  • Reminder:  Since fall, is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets, and on your property when it rains.
  • Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House will begin this month.  Watch for more information on this connection of the Joe K Trail loop.
  • A random collection of stormwater outfalls were tested this year for illicit discharge detection with none found to be out of compliance with national pollutant discharge regulations.
  • Please report any illicit activity on the stormdrains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
  • Stormwater pond revitalization and landscape infiltration areas work will begin at Concord Point Park after the first of the year.  These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
  • WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City.
  • Design services for the dredging of the City Yacht Basin will begin this month.  Watch for updates on this work to commence.
  • SPOTLIGHT:  It’s time to observe the beauty of the trees around us.  Take a stroll through Tydings Park, Joe K Trail, Horseshoe Bend or one of the many locations in the City where the native trees are displaying a show of color for us all!

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Seasonal reminder to business and property owners:  You are responsible for removing leaves, snow and ice from public sidewalks fronting your properties.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.
  • 167 Building Permits were applied for between July 1 and October 31, 2017, with the following breakdown –
    • New Construction  –  48  (includes Residential & Commercial)
    • Renovation / Additions  –  49  (includes Residential & Commercial, as well as Decks, Porches & Screen Rooms)
    • Other  –  70  (includes Sheds, Fences, Carports, Driveway/Curb Cuts, Construction Dumpsters, Signs, Solar Panels, U & O’s for New Businesses, Pools, Antenna Towers, Windows, Doors, Gas Fireplaces, Grading & Subdivision)

 

Department of Finance:

  • November Water/Sewer Bills were mailed on Friday, November 3, 2017 and are due November 30, 2017.
  • User Benefit Fees were due September 20, 2017. Please pay by Thursday, November 30, 2017 to avoid additional penalties.
  • 2nd Half of Real Estate Taxes are due by Friday, December 29, 2017 to avoid unnecessary penalties when paying by your bank’s bills, please schedule payments at least 10 days in advance of the due date. Post mark is not accepted, and payments must be received by the due date.
  • Register for Water/Sewer e-Billing online or call Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • Director Erika Quesenbery will be representing Havre de Grace at the quarterly meeting for Maryland Main Street, including on the planning committee Monday, November 6, and all day Tuesday, November 7. The meetings rotate between State Designated Main Street communities, with the Fall 2017 meeting being held in Thurmont.
  • The Route 40 Business Association Luncheon will be held Wednesday, November 8, at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40 in Havre de Grace.
  • The Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce will host their Prayer Breakfast this Thursday, November 9, at Silks Restaurant.
  • The Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coakley’s Pub on St. John’s Street, Thursday, November 9. The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development, which signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for the American Express Small Business Saturday Promotion, November 25, will bring swag bags to merchants participating in the Downtown Merchants Association Meeting as provided at no cost by American Express.

Office of Tourism:

  • Saturday, November 11- Veteran’s Day Observances will take at Tydings Park, please join the American Legion at 11 am in recognition of our veterans.
  • Farmers Market will continue until Saturday November 18th at Hutchins Park
  • Saturday, November 18- Tickets on sale now for The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast!  This is a community gathering to support local nonprofits.  Enjoy oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, fried oysters, homemade oyster stew, MD crab soup, old bay wings, bbq ribbies, beef, turkey and country smoked ham on the pit, sauerkraut & kielbasa, beef BBQ, salads, sides, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, vegetables and dip, desserts, can beer, wine, soda and coffee.  Tickets are available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.


Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • The Tidewater Players are in rehearsal for Beauty & the Beast opening on November 17th!