City of Havre de Grace
Weekly Briefing Week of May 9, 2018
- Above the Influence is an alcohol and drug education program targeted to youth in grades 6-12. Based on the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, Harford County’s Above the Influence program is inspired by surveys from local teens, revealing details about their lives and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions.
The goal of the program is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences by learning refusal skills. Making youth aware of the influences around them better prepares them to face situations including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. Above the Influence helps teens make their own decisions based on different perspectives and the latest facts – without being told how to run their lives – to live Above the Influence.
Please register at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/above-the-influence–2138933…
- QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
- Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
This training session will be for kids in the middle school and high school.
- May 11th the first will be for our HdG High School Students and it will run from 2:30 to 4pm please register on the below link and we can only have 30 students for this session. http://events.eventzilla.net/e/qpr-certification-2138934492
May 11th the first will be for our HdG Middle Students and any other middle or high students in the area and it will run from 4:30 to 6pm please register on the below link and we can only have 30 students for this session. http://events.eventzilla.net/e/qpr-certification-2138934491
- We are at First Friday’s! Come down and say hello! We will be selling Torch Run shirts on behalf of Special Olympics Maryland at each First Friday until we are sold out. We also have prescription drug disposal kits to give out for free. These kits render prescriptions drugs safe for disposal in your home trash.
Department of Public Works:
- Blacktopping and pothole repairs are our focus this week. You will see the improvements on Kathryn Way, Heather Way, Hall Court to name a few. We will be moving onto Snowgoose Ct. and Mallard Ct. this week or next as time permits.
- Eighty students from Havre de Grace Elementary planted 100 trees with Public Works in Todd Park on April 27, 2018 in the rain and chilly temps! Thanks to all for a job well done! Truly super troopers enduring the elements!
- The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street set to begin on May 18th. 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.
- The City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit has been issued.
WATCH for other stormwater pollution removal projects happening in the City. The smallest effort counts!!
- The City will be accepting bids submitted by May 17th at 2:00 p.m. for the design/construction of a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
- 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 year. For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.
- The City accepted bids on April 26th for the design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House. The project work will be awarded this week. The City has proposed this project for consideration as a grant request.
- Dredging of the channel at Tydings Marina is on schedule and permits will be issued by June.
- 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 the end of May.
- Construction is underway on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street with an expected completion date by the end of May.
- A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will be posted on the website and advertised within the week.
Department Of Finance:
- Spring is finally here!! 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: https://www.epa.gov/watersense
- Tax Sale Advertising will begin May 23, 2018 in The Aegis. 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. Last day, to make any payments at City Hall on advertised properties for Tax Sale will be 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.com. Click on e-Billing Registration
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 the City streets.
- To help prevent excess flooding, please be sure storm drains are free of leaves and other debris. Check out the Floodplain Management page on the City website for helpful information. 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.
- Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, as needed, at 6:30 pm at Havre de Grace City Hall. In addition, Board of Appeals hearings are held on Thursdays at 7:00 pm, as needed, with required public notification in local newspapers and property postings. For meeting agendas, please go to https://havredegracemd.gov/agendas-schedules/ or you may find them posted outside the main door of Havre de Grace City Hall.
- 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.