City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of June 21, 2022

    City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
    Week of June 21, 2022

    Independence Day Weekend: Schedule of Events.  

    • Friday, July 1:
        • 5:00 P.M. – First Fridays
    • Saturday, July 2:
        • 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. -The Spirit of America Festival
    • Sunday, July 3:
        • 2:00 P.M. – Independence Day Parade 
        • 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Havre de Grace Independence Day Concert – “Love Seed Mama Jump”
        • Sunset – Fireworks 
    • Monday, July 4:
      • City Hall will be closed in observance of Independence Day.  
    • Tuesday, July 5: 
      • 7:00 P.M. Mayor and City Council

    Department of Administration: 

    Upcoming Public Meetings:

    June 21 – City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers

    June 21 – Cultural Exchange Commission, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Conference Room

    June 23 – Youth Commission, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Conference Room and Virtually

    Job Openings: 

    Apply/View More Information. 

    • Marine Maintenance Worker
    • Police Communication Officer
    • Director of Public Works
    • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
    • Summer Marina Attendant
    • City Ambassador and Trolley Driver
    • Driver/Laborer I
    • Recruit Police Officer $10,000 Recruitment and Retention Bonus (Paid over 5 Years)
    • Lateral Police Officer $10,000 Recruitment and Retention Bonus (Paid over 5 Years)

     City Legislation:


    The following resolutions were heard  at the June 21, 2022, City Council Meeting: 

    • Calendar Resolution concerning a License Agreement for a Porch, Stairs, and Planter Box at 117 S. Adams Street
    • Calendar Resolution concerning a License Agreement for a Landing and Stairs at 720 Erie Street


    The following ordinances were heard at the June 21, 2022, City Council Meeting:  

    • Ordinance No. 1078 concerning the FY 2023 Budget (2nd Reading/Adoption) 
    • Ordinance concerning Repealing Chapter 25, Article XIII Employee Benefits and Compensation Commission (1st Reading)

    (Proposed Resolutions and Ordinances can be found at:


    Arts Commission

    Dena Cardwell

    Pat Fair

    Carolyn Foley

    Wynona Hilton-Stanley

    Wendi Hurst

    Christy Silverstein

    Amy Steelman

    Historic Preservation Commission

    Kevin Purcell

    Upcoming Events:

    • Concerts in the Park Friday, June 24 – Tydings Park
    • Farmers Market, June 25 – 100 Block of St. John Street
    • Ernest Burke Birthday Funday, June 25 – Tydings Park
    • Summer Jam, June 25 – Somerset Manor
    • Relay for Life, June 25 – Concord Point Park

    STAR Centre:

      • Ticket sales have gone live for EAGLEMANIA. They can be purchased on Eventbrite by searching “Eaglemania Havre de Grace” or by using the STAR Centre’s Facebook page link. The concert will be held on July 9, 2022. 
      • Local Artist Jimmy Burril recently completed the final mural for the theater lobby, “Phantom of the Opera.”

    Police Department: 

    Fireworks Safety

    It is getting to be that time of the year when we all gather to enjoy family and friends with cookouts, games, special events, and especially fireworks during Independence Celebrations.

    We don’t want to see anyone become a backyard tragedy due to fireworks.  So for those who are going to be handling legal fireworks this July 4th  season, there are a few tips we want you to be aware of for your safety:

    BE AWARE: 

    • Use only legal fireworks.
    • Only use fireworks in approved areas.
    • Fireworks are prohibited in Baltimore City, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Harford, Howard Counties, and Ocean City.

    BE SAFE: 

    • Only adults should handle fireworks and should supervise all fireworks activities.  
    • Keep ignition sources away from children.  
    • Try not to set off anything near buildings or dry areas, to avoid setting fire to a home, car, or wooded area.
    • Use fireworks only outdoors.  
    • Light only one firework at a time and move quickly away from the firework.
    • Keep children and pets away from fireworks at all times
    • Never light fireworks in your hand.
    • Never throw fireworks. 
    • A bucket of water or a hose should be nearby when using fireworks, in case of a fire.
    • Used fireworks should be doused with a significant amount of water.
    • Do not throw fireworks in the air.
    • Children should never pick up fireworks.

    We hope everyone has a safe, fun Independence Celebration.

    Department of Finance:

    • Pay Online – Water/Sewer, Property Taxes, and Municipal Invoices at  Click on the Payment Center Tab.  Register as a user, and you can save, store and schedule payments. Or make a one-time payment using your account number and pin.  Pins are located on your invoice and can be changed by request only.
    • When making tax or water/sewer payments online, please be sure to use the account number for the type of bill for which you are trying to pay.  If you enter your tax id when you want to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!
    • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at  Click on eBilling Registration tab located at the top of the home page.
    • Property Tax Bills for 22/23 will be mailed by July 1, 2022.  Annual payments are due by September 30, 2022Semi-Annual payments are due by September 30 and December 30, 2022.
    • The Tax Sale proceedings will begin on June 21 at 10:00 am. Payments for any property in Tax Sale must be paid by cash, money order, or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted.
    • Water/Sewer Disconnect for Non Payment is scheduled for June 22, 2022. Avoid unnecessary service interruptions and fees; call Tara Leever at City Hall, (410) 939-1800, ext. 1110 and make arrangements to pay your account if you are unable to pay in full. 
    •  Now is a good time to check your home for water leaks.  Small faucet drips and leaking toilets can increase your bill significantly.  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:
    • Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.

    Department of Planning: 

    • Starting July 5th, the Permit Window will be opening an hour later from 9 A.M.- 5 P.M.
    • The City is beginning its Comprehensive Plan update, and information will be online soon for citizens to provide the City input.  Stay tuned as we roll out those pages and start thinking about the city’s future growth.

    Department of Economic Development and Tourism: 

    • The Department of Economic Development & Tourism represented the City of Havre de Grace at the annual Maryland Municipal League Conference Exhibit Hall, June 13 -15. We received good comments pertaining to our living shoreline project, the new trolley system, and the opening of the STAR Centre. 
    • The Office of Tourism and the volunteers are prepping for a busy Independence Day weekend.
    • Completed the Sustainable Maryland Renewal Application and will submit it to the state no later than June 30th. 
    • The department is working on the third edition of the quarterly Business Beat, which will be published next week. 
    • The Havre de Grace Main Street Program and Main Street Coordinator position will reside under the city government starting on July 1, 2022.  
      • The Main Street Coordinator position is funded by a grant through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

    Department of Public Works:

    • Fourth of July – Prepping
    • Working on water leak on Revolution St. 
    • Graw Alley – Plans review
    • Giles/Stokes Sewer Line Replacement – Survey being conducted on June 21.