City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing -Week of June 27, 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 27 – Street & Traffic Safety Advisory Board, 6:00 p.m., Police Department Conference Room. 
    • June 28 – Arts Commission, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
    • June 30 – Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
    • July 5 – Public Hearing on Ordinance  No. 1079 concerning Repealing Chapter 25, Article XIII Employee Benefits and Compensation Commission, 7:00 p.m., City Hall
    • July 5 – City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m., City Hall

    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)

    Upcoming City Legislation:

    Public Hearing:

    The following public hearing will be heard Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the City Council Meeting: 

    • Ordinance  No. 1079 concerning Repealing Chapter 25, Article XIII Employee Benefits and Compensation Commission


    The following resolutions will be heard Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the City Council Meeting: 

    • Calendar Resolution concerning a License Agreement for a Porch at 562 Girard Street
    • Calendar Resolution concerning a License Agreement for a Porch at 569 Lewis Street


    The following ordinance will be heard Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the City Council Meeting:

    • Ordinance concerning a Public Works Agreement for 100 Resonance Way: First Reading

    Upcoming Appointments:

    Police Department:

    Officer Sterling Jones

    Officer Nathan Klein

    Water & Sewer Commission:

    Johnny Boker

    Upcoming Events:

    • First Friday, July 1 – Downtown Havre de Grace
    • Concerts in the Park, July 1 – Tydings Park
    • Farmers Market, July 2 – 100 Block of St. John Street
    • Spirit of America, July 2 – Downtown Havre de Grace
    • Independence Day Parade, July 3 – Union Avenue
    • Independence Day Concert, July 3 – Hutchins Memorial Park
    • Independence Day Concert & Fireworks, July 3 – Concord Point Park (rain date for fireworks – July 4)

    Department of Public Works

    • Living Shoreline Project
    • Water Street Boat Ramp RFP 
    • NWF Grants

    Police Department

    Independence Celebrations Safety

    Throughout the weekend, the City of Havre de Grace has grand Independence Celebrations starting with First Fridays and ending with a beautiful fireworks display. 

    We will also see an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  So please pay attention during the many special events to road closures, parking restrictions, and traffic direction by police officers.  Please keep your speed down, do not drive distracted.  Do not move barricades or sign notifications during the events.  You will receive a citation and might have your vehicle towed if caught.  Police officers giving you traffic directions can move the traffic quickly if drivers are patient and courteous to other drivers and follow the officers’ orders. 

    Please keep these fireworks safety tips in mind throughout the weekend:


    • Use only legal fireworks.
    • Only use fireworks in approved areas.
    • Fireworks are prohibited in Baltimore City, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Harford, Howard Counties, and in 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 @  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 are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes.  The payment always follows the account number!


    • Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at  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, 2022. For Those properties qualified by the State, Semi-Annual payments are due by September 30 and December 30, 2022.
    • Properties with outstanding balances for 21/22 or older may have been sold in the County’s Tax Sale. Check with City Hall (410) 939-1800 before attempting to pay your 21/22 or older real property taxes. 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.
    • Call Tara Leever at City Hall, (410) 939-1800, ext. 1110 and make arrangements to pay your Water/Sewer account if you are unable to pay your outstanding bill 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 Economic Development & Tourism: 

    • The Havre de Grace Business Beat Quarterly Newsletter will be released on Friday, July 3, 2022.  To be added to the newsletter distribution list please email Bridgette Johnson at or call City Hall at 410-939-1800 ext 1175.
    • The Havre de Grace Main Street Program and Main Street Coordinator position will reside under the city government starting on July 1, 2022, and will focus on the following projects:
    • Submission of Community Development and Services Grant Application to the Department of Housing and Community Development FY2023 to fund the MS Coordinator position salary and overhead expenses (rent, printing, professional support)
    • Submit a formal request to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to expand the MS District.
    • The Promotion Committee: assist with promoting local events and working with merchants in coordinating sales for customers and window displays.
    • The Design Committee: assist with the design of new banners and signs in the downtown business district.
    • The Economic Vitality Committee: assist with the marketing and management of the Facade/Tenant Fit-Out Program. Partner with the Chamber of Commerce/Alliance to identify gaps in services and products as part of the business attraction and business retention approach.
    • The Organization Committee – act as a liaison between the many local organizations for efficiency in communication and coordinating activities.
    • The Clean/Green/Safe Committee – track the activities of Citizens Against Trash (CAT) and the Green Team.  Promote the (CAT) Team and assist with writing for small grants.
    • The Tourism Office is preparing for a busy Independence Day Weekend full of activities starting with First Fridays on July 3rd.  For additional information please visit