City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of June 4, 2018
Department of Administration:
- The Mayor and City Council will conduct a public hearing in the City Council Chambers, 711 Pennington Avenue, at 6 p.m. on June 14, 2018. The purpose of this session is to allow public comment on Ordinance 1006 which concerns the budget for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
- A big thank you to everyone who came out and made the Harford County Law Enforcement Torch Run such a success! The runners did over 19 miles when it was all said and done!
Department of Planning:
- Please remember, the owner or occupant of any property is responsible for cutting grass in the City right of way that abuts their property (City Code, Chapter 140, Section 140-2). Do not blow cut grass into City streets.
- We are now officially into the 2018 hurricane season. Several communities across the state have experienced devastating floods just from our recent spring rains. Please keep storm drains clear of leaves, debris, and grass clippings. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information. FEMA’s flood insurance is available to anyone, including renters, even if you are not in a mapped flood zone. You may also call Marisa Willis or Shane Grimm, (410) 939-1800, if you have any questions on the Special Flood Hazard Areas within the City.
- The most effective method of controlling mosquitoes is reducing or eliminating the containers which are the source of the problem. Draining or removal of water holding containers, even on a localized basis, will produce remarkable long-term reductions in mosquito annoyance. The list of breeding sites is extensive and includes any water holding containers, but the primary sites in residential areas include clogged rain gutters, tires, buckets, cans, bottles, boats, flower pots, bird baths, outdoor statuary, ornamental pools, plastic or canvas tarpaulins, children’s toys, rain barrels, and pet food and water dishes.
Department of Public Works:
- The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street set to begin soon. The heirloom grape arbor will also be rehabilitated.
- Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site which has been marked out and soon will be planted. The pollinator garden will treat the water quality as will the rain barrels we will install which will allow for the reuse of the rain runoff from the building for watering the plants.
- Plant Smart — Use native plants in your landscape that grow here naturally and have adapted to Maryland’s climate and soil. Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Database There are many sources for finding the perfect native plant selection to enhance your landscape and help improve the drainage.
- WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!
- A DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum will begin this summer.
- Please report any illicit activity on the storm drains by calling City Hall at 410-939-1800 or by using the “REPORT” button on our website.
- Be thinking of and planning small measures you can take on your own property to mitigate stormwater runoff around your home. A rain barrel or conservation planting is perfect for this time of the year. For more information, please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.
- New sod to beautify Tydings Park is being established in areas. These areas will be opened to the public next Monday, June 11th.
- Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule, and permits will be issued in June.
- Construction is complete on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
- The City is currently advertising for bids on Phase II of the Water Treatment Plant Improvements. The bid documents and advertisement can be viewed on our website under “RFP.”
- Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower will be re-advertised for bid.
- The City has issued a notice to proceed for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street with construction beginning June 11th.
- The City is seeking funding (RAD) to replace the aging sewer line and improve service on Warren Street from Stokes Street to Union Avenue.
- The finger piers board replacement project at the City Yacht Basin has been completed
Crews has been working on the following:
- Miss Utility Requests — 61 locations marked in May.
- Fire Hydrant repairs — Touch of Gold Drive and on RT. 155 at Lapidum Road. If you see anyone not in a City vehicle using a fire hydrant, please report this immediately to City Hall at 410-939-1800 or the Police Department at 410-939-2121.
- We continue to respond to sewer back-ups resulting from Grease and Wipes. Please remember that these types of waste need to be put into the trash can, not in your sinks, toilets or any drains.
- Fire Hydrant Flushing is now completed. Crews checked all 570+ hydrants throughout the City to ensure they are working properly. Hydrants are checked twice a year and as needed.
Department of Finance:
- Water/Sewer bills will be mailed on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
- Tax Sale Advertising began May 23, 2018 in The Aegis. Payments must have been received before June 5 to be pulled from the 3rd advertisement on June 6th. Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale must be paid by cash, money order or certified bank check and no online payments will be accepted. The last day to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be Friday, June 15, 2018. The Tax Sale will begin at 10 a.m., Monday June 18, 2018.
- Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
- When making tax or water/sewer payments online, please be sure to use the correct account number for the correct bill for which you are trying to pay. If you enter your tax id when you are wanting to pay your water bill, the payment will be posted to your taxes. The payment always follows the account number!
- Sign up for Water/Sewer e-Billing at www.havredegracemd.gov. Click on e-Billing Registration
Department of Economic Development:
- Thursday, June 14 from 11 to noon, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy representatives will be at Havre de Grace City Hall and touring various sits in Havre de Grace as inspections relevant to grants written for new projects in the City. This program is being coordinated by the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.
- The Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network, CPWN, will hold their June luncheon Tuesday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Vandiver Inn, 301 S. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. The speaker will be Steve Rouse of Rouseland Farms. The sponsor for this luncheon is Melissa Harbold of Merill Lynch. To register or for further details visit www.cpwnet.org.
- The Maryland Historical Trust is hosting public meetings to solicit feedback about goals and recommended actions for the Statewide Preservation Plan – a five-year guidance document for government agencies, nonprofit advocates and others involved in historic preservation, archaeology and cultural heritage. You can also share your feedback at any time via a short online survey. Bring ideas, questions and concerns about the future of historic preservation, archaeology and cultural heritage to any of the meetings which include a short presentation about the planning process and information about historic and cultural sites and activities in the region. There will also be a facilitated discussion. On Wednesday, June 13 the MHT Statewide Preservation Plan meeting will be 4 to 6 p.m., at the Havre de Grace Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace.
- Neighborhood Business Works (NBW) is a Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Program with a $50 million a year finance opportunity that can be used to support Maryland’s small businesses. A Neighborhood Business Works Workshop will be held at Union Collective, which was financed with NBW, at 1700 W. 41st St., Baltimore, from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 for Maryland Economic Development Association members and $50 for nonmembers. To register visit www.medamd.com
- The Economic Development Awards Luncheon for the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce will be Thursday, June 14, starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are $20 per person for this the last networking luncheon of the summer. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce at 450 Pennington Ave., to reserve your seat.
Office of Tourism:
- First Fridays was another huge success on June 1. The event now features over 120 vendors, cafe seating, food trucks, live bands, extended store fronts and a large FREE Kids Zone. The Kids Zone is manned by a nonprofit group and features games donated by John Breeden, and a moon bounce donated by Chesapeake Rent All.
- Summer Concerts in the Park where to begin on June 1 but had to be canceled due to rain. They will continue every Friday and Saturday in June and July featuring Kaydence Celtic-folk music on June 8. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for a free concert on the waterfront at 7:30 p.m. in Tydings Park.
- Havre de Grace Farmer’s Market is in full swing for the season. The Market runs from 9 a.m.- noon every Saturday through mid November. Experience the best of Maryland’s farms featuring a full selection of fresh picked fruit & vegetables, farm raised meats & eggs, baked bread & treats, cheese, ice cream, honey, cooking oil, artisan products, and artwork.
- Havre de Grace High School Alumni Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Havre de Grace Opera House on Sunday, June 10. The event features HHS alumni performing a variety of big band standards from Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra to more modern charts by Earth Wind and Fire and Trombone Shorty. All proceeds will benefit the Brian Anthony Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund.