City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 21, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 21, 2017.

Office of the Mayor:

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Mayor Martin met with the Havre de Grace Alliance to discuss new ways of promoting business and economic development.  
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Mayor Martin attended the groundbreaking ceremony of The Yard at Coakley’s Pub.

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 Mayor Martin attended:
    • The 54th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show.
    • The Havre de Grace Green Team Picnic held at Hutchins Park.
    • The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Artist Emporium located at 220 N. Washington St.  

  • Mayor Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council this Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.   

 

Public Meetings:

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 The Mayor and City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m.

 

  • Friday, September 8, 2017 The Water/Sewer Commission will meet at 3:00 p.m.

 

Police Department:

  • With today being the solar eclipse, please don’t wear your eclipse viewing glasses while driving. Also, do not use your phone to take photos of the eclipse while driving.

 

  • With school starting, walkers make sure you are using crosswalks and looking both ways before crossing the street.

 

  • When we have heavy rain, please avoid areas that are prone to flooding. If you come across water that is high alert the Havre de Grace Police and turn around and use an alternative route.

 

Department of Public Works:

  • Final touches at Tydings Park being completed this week for the all-access playground.

 

  • A new water fountain is being installed at Tydings Park this week.

 

  • City crews have been busy taking care of the city after Friday’s harsh rainstorm. Downed tree limbs, gravel displacement, clogged storm drains have presented a busy time for city staff.

 

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:

  • GIS-Based Mapping System – Beehive is an invaluable program and will be utilized to locate and track stormwater devices, drains, maintenance and work orders. This system will be crucial to our reporting parameters as required by Maryland Department of the Environment.

 

  • The Division is preparing to send in proposals for grant funding opportunities following release of the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s request for proposal postings opening the grants.

 

 

  • The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.

 

  • If anyone notices someone dumping into a stormdrain please notify City Hall at 410-939-1800, ext. 1128. Anything going into the drains except for stormwater is illicit.

Department of Finance:

  • Having trouble paying your real or personal property taxes? The City will accept monthly payments to help ease your burden. Penalties still apply to any unpaid balance after the due date.

 

  • Water and Sewer turn offs will be next week, on Tuesday 8/29/17. Please pay by Monday to avoid the $50 fee and having your water turned off.

 

  • Register for e-billing online or call Michele at (410) 939-1800 to register or with any water and sewer billing questions.

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development has partnered with Maryland Grow and Fortify to host an informational seminar at Havre de Grace City Hall Tues., Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the Craft Brewery Movement in Maryland. The seminar will present information to interested brewers and producers regarding state programs and assistance for not only breweries but distillers, with information available about opportunities for same in the City of Havre de Grace. Grow & Fortify will be sending out information on the workshop in the near future but those who are interested in the seminar and being on the attendance of only 50 persons may contact Erika Quesenbery Sturgill, Director of HDG Economic Development at erikaq@havredegracemd.com or 410-939-1800 ext. 1175.

 

  • The Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board held a unique monthly meeting Wed., August 16, by touring Thymly Products on Juniata Street, with President Trey Muller-Thym and Supply Chain Manager Vince Reynolds. Thymly Products is a bakery supply business that will be marking 50 years in business this year.

 

  • Tideway Dermatology has relocated from their South Union Avenue offices to a greatly expanded location on Revolution Street. Dr. David Jaffe specializes in medical and surgical treatment of all conditions pertaining to the skin, hair and nails, and his office has been elected by his physician peers for inclusion in Best Doctors from 2001 to 2004, 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2014. The new office is at 930 Revolution Street and opened officially Thursday, August 17, at 8 a.m.

 

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development is working in cooperation with the Harford County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation Week in Harford County September 18 to 23. Havre de Grace businesses will be recognized on Tuesday, September 19, with the day capped off with the 2nd Annual Business Appreciation Happy Hour also slated, with details to follow in coming weeks.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • The 54th Annual Havre de Grace Arts Show was held at Tydings Park on Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20.  The event was a huge success and with over 100 vendors selling their art on display.
  • August 24- Thursday Night Sailboat Races
  • August 24- Thursday Night live  Re-Live the Beatles At The Cultural Center at The Opera House
  • August 26- Farmers Market
  • August 26- All-Access Playground at Tydings Park Celebration

 

Job Openings:
Police Captain-  Click here to view job description.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • I95 Business published a feature on Mayor Martin and the City of Havre de Grace titled “Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin Values Past, Eyes Future” – Read Article

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Mayor Martin attended National Night Out.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House.

  • Sunday, August 6, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a US Lighthouse Service Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony for Lighthouse Keeper John O’ Neil.

  • Mayor Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.

 

Public Meetings:  

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  View Agenda.

 

Public Works:

 

  • BGE and the City of Havre de Grace will partner to repave the streets that have been impacted by the gas line replacement project.  This project will begin the end of this month.

  • We are preparing to have the City Yacht Basin area dredged.  Dredging removes the accumulated silt which flows into the basin from upriver into our waterways.  A Request for Proposal for this work will be going out this week.

  • A reminder: Your Trash must be placed in cans for collection.  Trash cannot be set out in bags only.  The bags must be in a can for both health and safety reasons.  Recycles must be placed loosely in containers.  No plastic bags to hold your recycles.

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

Things You Can Do To Protect Maryland’s Water Quality

Citizens’ Tips for Keeping a Clean Environment

1. Report any dumping of inappropriate materials into stormwater drains (such as oil, antifreeze) to your local municipal officials.  410-939-1800

2. Use good housekeeping practices with lawn care chemicals, oil, gasoline, pet wastes, etc.

3. Help to start or participate in programs to recycle and safely dispose of used oils and household hazardous wastes and containers.

4. Tell others about pollution runoff and storm water runoff and what they can do to help.

5. Plant trees, shrubs and ground cover to protect bare soil and reduce runoff.

6. Create a “rain garden” to keep rain water in your yard to replenish plants.

7. Try composting to recycle yard wastes and reduce fertilizer use.

8. Find alternatives to the chemicals you use on your lawn.

Department of Economic Development:  

 

  • August 6 to 12 is National Farmers Market Week. Many small businesses get their start at a farmers market and those who are ready to make the transition to the next level can get help through the Small Business Administration by contacting the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.

  • The Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board is working with the Harford County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation Week September 18, with Havre de Grace business visitation on Tuesday., September 19. More details are to follow for this day of recognizing the importance of our local businesses as employers, drivers of our economy and community supporters.

  • The Route 40 Business Association is kicking off their 30th year of serving businesses in the Route 40 corridor. They will be hosting the Fore Our Kids Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 18, at Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen. Visit www.route40business.com for details.

  • Artists Emporium at 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Artists Emporium is the largest privately owned gallery in Maryland.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1911 –  Calbraith Perry “Cal” Rodgers of Havre de Grace took a 90-minute flying lesson from Orville Wright and received his pilot’s license, the 49th ever awarded.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1912 – Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein, a heavy investor in the Havre de Grace Racetrack known as “The Graw,” dropped in to check on progress. Opening day was swiftly approaching when Rothstein stopped in, scheduled for August 24, 1912.

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Friday, August 4 marked the 4th First Fridays of 2017 by having record numbers in attendance enjoying eight bands; a live performance on our “Grace Got Talent Stage” by the Havre de Grace Recreation Dancers, our new Kids Zone with Free Games, over 100 food and merchandise vendors, outdoor cafe seating, and local shops keeping their doors open late. A great time was had by all! Be sure to join us next month for another First Friday community event on September 1 to kick off our Fish, Fowl and Folk weekend!
  • August 5- Elected officials, private donors, and members of the Havre de Grace community gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera house. After a cocktail hour, the black-tie affair continued with a ribbon cutting by the Mayor  welcoming everyone to the second floor of the historic building. Technicolor Motor Home entertained the crowd followed by several speakers sharing the history of the building and thanking those who were responsible for making this dream a reality!
  • August 6-12 Grand Opening Week! Join in on the fun-filled festivities during the Grand Opening Week of the Cultural Center at the Opera House-beginning Sunday August 6th. Visit www.ohhdg.org for tickets.   Tonight is an Evening with Cab Calloway at 8 p.m., tomorrow The Monkey Man Variety Show, the children’s movie Paddington is at 11 a.m. on August 9, with Hush down performing Wednesday night at 9 p.m., EJ Zimmerman is August 10, Hot Club Baltimore on August 11 and the Sicilian Tenors August 12 with Colin Sorgi on August 13.

 

 

  • Havre de Grace Visitor’s Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers that love the City of Havre de Grace. Several openings are available. Free training is provided. If you are interested, please contact Lauri O. or Bonnie at Visitors Center 410-939-2100.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 31, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, July 31, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Friday, July 28, 2017 Mayor Martin and Director of Economic Development Erika Quesenbery congratulated Crazy Eights Hair Salon on reaching their 25th anniversary.

Police Department:

  • Tuesday, August 1st is National Night Out. Neighbors can put their porch lights on to support the police and say hi if they see us out and about.

  • We will be collecting school supplies at the police station to give to students in need. Contact PCO Mia Kilgore at 410-939-2121 for more information.  The Havre de Grace Police Department is located at 715 Pennington Ave.

  • Please lock your vehicles and bring valuables inside to make your property less desirable to thieves.

 

Department of Finance:  

  • July water/sewer bills are due today July 31, 2017

  • The City’s Independent Financial Audit begins today July 31, 2017.

 

Department of Economic Development:  

  • Hard to believe but MacGregor’s Restaurant & Deck Bar has been serving delicious food, beverages, fun and music for 30 years! A celebration of all things MacGregor’s was held Saturday, July 22, with a 1987 throwback pricing menu ALL week, drink specials, live music, giveaways, and in keeping with the name, a bagpiper! If you didn’t make it out for all the fun, festivities and food, visit soon to celebrate 30 years and counting 1987-2017 at 331 St. John Street, Havre de Grace.

 

Office of Tourism:  

  • Lachelle and Chris Scarlato hosted a dinner cruise on the New Black Eyed Susan Riverboat for the Visitor Center Volunteers on Saturday July 29. If anyone would like more information on the Black Eyed Susan, stop by the Visitor Center and ask one of our volunteers about their wonderful experience.  The Havre de Grace Visitor Center is located at 450 Pennington Ave.

  • 2,800 people attended the Havre de Grace Farmers Market during the month of July.

  • The Tourism E-Newsletter will be emailed this week. Click here to subscribe.

 

 

Department of Public Works:

  • The City’s water  distribution line on Camilla Street from Otsego Street will be re-lined and refurbished.  The Request for Proposal to hire a contractor will be going out this week.

  • The Water Plant will be undergoing upgrades.  The Request for Proposal for a contractor will be going out within the next four weeks.

  • BGE and the City of Havre de Grace will partner to repave the streets that have been impacted by the gas line replacement project.

  • A reminder to all residents to make sure your trash is placed in a can for collection.  Trash cannot be set out in bags only.  The bags must be in a can for both health and safety reasons.  Recycles must be placed loose in containers.  No plastic bags to hold your recycles.

 

Event Related Road Closures:

First Fridays – Friday August 4, 2017 traffic and parking restrictions will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

·         N. Washington Street:  Closed from Congress Avenue to St. John Street.

·         Pennington Avenue:  Closed from N. Lodge Lane to St. John Street.

·         Franklin Street:  Closed from N. Union Avenue to St. John Street.  Closed from N. Union Avenue to the parking lot of Backfin Blues.  Union Avenue will remain open at all times (crossing guards will be present).

·         St. John Street:  Closed from Franklin Street to Green Street.

 

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

  • Stormwater Management continues to map the stormwater infrastructure throughout the City in order to better track runoff and maintain the storm drain system. There are many projects on the horizon to improve stormwater handling.

 

Opera House Update:

 

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  • Stage lighting was installed in the Opera House over the weekend.

  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House will open Sunday, August 6, 2017.

  • The Cultural Center at the Opera House has a seating capacity of 203.

City Improvements:

  • Ten new recycling containers have been placed throughout the city.

  • Four new bicycle racks have been installed throughout the city.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, July 24, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, July 24, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Mayor Martin attended the Downtown Merchants Association meeting to discuss new ways to develop and promote our city.

Legislative Updates:

The City Council approved the following resolutions at the July 17, 2017 City Council Meeting.

  • A Resolution concerning Enterprise Zone (Council Member Robertson)

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE AND CITY CHARTER SECTION 34 SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT TO THE ENTERPRISE ZONE DESIGNATION WITH THE ADDITION OF FOUR PROPERTIES RESULTING IN A ONE POINT TWO (1.2) PERCENT INCREASE IN THE EXISTING ZONE, WHICH IS CURRENTLY 9,606 ACRES.  View Resolution

  • A Resolution concerning an MOU with the HDG Alliance, Inc.  (Council President Glenn)

A RESOLUTION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, PURSUANT TO SECTION 34 OF THE CITY CHARTER AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AMENDED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE HAVRE DE GRACE ALLIANCE, INC. TO OUTLINE THE COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE HAVRE DE GRACE ALLIANCE, INC.  View Resolution

Police Department:

  • Citizens please lock your vehicles and bring your valuables inside. There has been a recent rash of vehicle break-ins.

  • The first week of safety camp has concluded. Click here to watch video highlights

  • Reminder on the extremely hot days the library is a cooling station.

  • In the summer, we see more bicycle thefts so please use a lock. Also take photos of your bike and serial number to have for your records.

Department of Public Works:

  • The Department has seen an INCREASE in Recycling by the residents of the City!  The one challenge our contractor Waste Industries is having is the cans are not clearly marked.  We urge everyone to mark your container in any one of the following ways:

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  • BGE will continue working around the City replacing the gas mains and gas services.  Expect road closures in some cases.

Division of Stormwater Management:

  • GIS-Based Mapping System – Stormwater Management continues to have the infrastructure mapped for better control and maintenance of the stormwater drainage system.  Nearly all the features have been mapped and inspected and the system simplifies the reporting/maintenance process by ensuring the features are maintained/serviced as needed within a viable schedule.

  • If anyone notices someone dumping into a storm drain please notify City Hall at 410-939-1800, ext. 1128.  Anything going into the drains except for stormwater is illicit.

  •  When periods of heavy rain occur be assured  Emergency Responders and Public Works are cognizant of flooding issues and will address resulting hazards.

Department of Planning:

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Acting Director Erika Quesenbery met with the Havre de Grace Downtown Merchants Association at Coakley’s Pub and heard great details on the September Pyrex Fest by JoRetro, bigger and even better than the one held in April – details will be made public soon.

  • The Havre de Grace Department of Economic Development has, once again, registered as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday, which is on November 25, 2017 this year. Information on promotional opportunities and activities as best practices from other areas across the country was shared with participating Downtown Merchants Association businesses at a recent meeting.

  • WHGM Radio Smash Hits has promoted Justin Mallow, the morning on-air personality, to operation’s management, and he presented information to the Association on the station moving into its new headquarters on Union Avenue.

  • The Department of Economic Development submitted five grant/loan assistance applications to Maryland Historic Trust for review for the facade and tenant fit out programs. More details on these programs are available at the Office of Economic Development in City Hall or by emailing Erika Quesenbery at erikaq@havredegracemd.com

  • The CAT Club (Citizens Against Trash) did an outstanding job planting the various planters in downtown Havre de Grace. They have also set up a schedule for watering and tending them as volunteers, and added small signs encouraging CAT Club membership and participation.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • Wednesday, July 26- Summer Concert Series at the Maritime Museum from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. View More Info.

  • Thursday, July 27- Kids Summer Story Time at the Maritime Museum from 10:15 a.m – 12:00 p.m.  View More Info.

  • Thursday, July 27- Thursday Night Sailboat Race starting at 6:15 p.m.  View More Info.

  • Friday, July 28- Summer Concerts in the Park at Tydings Park starting at 7:30 p.m.  View More Info.

  • Saturday, July 29- Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.  View More Info.

Little Free Libraries:

  • The City has installed it’s  7th Little Free Library at K9 Cody Dog Park located behind the Community Center at 100 Lagaret Ln. View Press Release.