City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday April 3, 2018
- Your Havre de Grace Police Department has updated its bike registry. Please add your bicycle to it, this way if it gets lost or stolen we can better help you get it back.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhChZjPG1jg3amLnNB8E55LLsHk049j2XR8xFZVaJNaQrgNA/viewform
- Follow the Havre de Grace Police on social media for up to date information affecting Havre de Grace, follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor
- First Friday starts April 6th! Please pay attention to no parking signs to avoid getting your vehicle towed. There will be a large walking population that day so please remember to drive more cautious and be aware of your surroundings.
- If you know where any illegal drug activity is taking place around Havre de Grace please fill out the Havre de Grace Drug Tip Form https://goo.gl/SnD2v9 Together we can stop the drug trade in our community.
Department of Public Works:
- Stop by the Public Works displays on First Friday to be located near Amanda’s Florist.
- The Green Team will be building a Victory Garden on the City property located at 319 Lafayette Street. It is almost time to start building beds and planting. Thanks to a grant they have been awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust there will also be a new pollinator garden on that site.
- The stormwater pond and landscape infiltration areas will be planted this week at Concord Point Park. These improvements will help protect the River and Bay from stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries.
- The City and DNR are working on regenerative stormwater improvements in the area of the Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
- Design of the City’s stormwater management pond retrofit and habitat creation at Bradford Green is underway. Watch for these enhancements soon.
- The issuance of the City’s new MS-4 (separate storm sewer system) permit will occur this month.
- A request for engineering work will be issued next week for a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum.
- A grant request was submitted last week for the implementation of the Lilly Run Phase I, Wetland Enhancement near the current Middle School.
- 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. For more information please call Stephanie at 410-939-1800.
- Reminder: Please keep your storm drains clear of leaves, grass, trash and debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets and on your property when we have a weather event. This is important after storm events also.
- Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House is nearly complete.
- The areas between the Lighthouse and Tydings Park inclusive are undergoing numerous upgrades and refreshing such as Upgrades to the pier at the Lighthouse will be coming soon for public use
- Planking and handrails are currently being replaced on the Promenade.
- A good portion of the ground in Tydings Park is being prepared to receive hydroseed or sod.
- The ground at Tydings Park is being prepped for concrete pads to hold the grills.
- Benches within the City parks are being refurbished .
- Handrails at handicap ramp have been ordered for installation.
- The annual Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report is posted on the website . The City’s water quality reports show that the chemical compound known as Trihalomethanes is low which is good.
- Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower have been advertised for bid and the pre-bid meeting held. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4/23/18 at 2pm.
- The City has advertised for construction of 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until April 23, 2018 at 3pm.
- Construction will begin within the next couple weeks on the rehabilitation of the water main located at the 500-600 block of Camilla Street and the 900-1000 block of Otsego Street.
WATER AND SEWER SERVICE
- Congress Avenue at Adams Street – A new fire hydrant and valve have been installed.
- Water Street – Fire Hydrant and valve box have been replaced.
- A water service line will be replaced at Fountain and Stokes.
- Community Center – Tests will be conducted to verify locations of clean-outs.
- Greenway Farm – Mohegan Drive will have 4 more new water meters inspected and installed this week in preparation for new residents.
STREETS, SIDEWALKS, CURBS
- Sidewalk and curb repairs are occurring. Crews recently removed and replaced a section of curb and sidewalk on Commerce Street and Adams Street.
- Blacktop – roadways in various locations including: Bern Drive, BR Parkway, Chesapeake Drive and Commerce Street were taken care of recently.
- Once repairs are complete, crews return to back-fill areas needing attention.
- Storm drains are currently being cleared. Citizens can help by removing plastic bottles, leaves, tree debris and other items clogging storm drains in your neighborhood.
- Sweeper truck is actively removing debris from the roadways to prevent contaminants from entering the river and bay.
Department of Finance:
- Please Do Not Put Cash in the Drop Box at City Hall.
- Having trouble paying your water bill or tax bill? The City will accept monthly payments to your account to alleviate the burden of paying all at one time. Penalties will apply to any unpaid balance after the due date.
- 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
- 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.
- Unpaid Taxes as of April 2, 2018 have incurred a $80 penalty. If not paid in full by May 1, 2018, the property will be listed in the newspaper for the Tax Sale which will be held on June 18, 2018.
- Payments for any property advertised for Tax Sale after April 30, 2018, 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 14, 2018.
Department of Economic Development:
Monday, April 2
The Havre de Grace City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Havre de Grace Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace.
Tuesday, April 3
Are you looking to start your own business? Do you have some great ideas and aren’t sure how to turn those ideas into a business? Do you need money to get your business off the ground or to move it forward? Get the answers to these and other questions at the free Entrepreneurship Workshop Series, Tues., April 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Suite D, Havre de Grace. The topic for this date is Entrepreneurship Workshop: Common Business Mistakes to Avoid. The programs are led by industry subject matter experts. Please register at Eventbrite under “entrepreneurship workshop series in Harford County.”
Friday, April 6
The Harford County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation awards scholarships to remarkable young men and women graduating from Harford County high schools and adults pursuing higher education. 2018 scholarship applications are available online at www.harfordchamber.org. There is a wide range of scholarships categories for high school seniors including: arts, media and communication; business, finance and information technology; Chuck Boyle Business Scholarship; Service, Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and the William B. Seccurro Teacher Education Scholarship. There is also a scholarship available for Veterans and a general scholarship for adults seeking higher education.
Saturday, April 7
The Havre de Grace Green Team and Havre de Grace CAT Club will hold a Litter Pick Up at Todd Park & Seneca Avenue, at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 7.
The Bulle Rock Community Association will host Havre de Grace Boards, Commissions and committees with display presentations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 7 at the Bulle Rock Residence Club.
Office of Tourism:
- Friday April 6- First Friday! Join us for the best First Friday in the county. Live bands, cafe seating, extended store fronts and extended hours, food trucks, a kids zone and over 100 vendors. First Friday begins at 5:00 p.m and runs until 9:30 p.m
- Havre de Grace Museums are Open!! Concord Point Lighthouse opened on Saturday March 31, Steppingstone Farm Museum and Susquehanna Lock House will open this weekend April 7. Decoy Museum is open year round. Take time to visit our amazing museums, you’re going to love all the history our town has to offer.
- The Lock House Craft Beer and Wine Festival- April 14 from 12-5. The festival brings together some of the best Maryland breweries, wineries and distilleries in one amazing event. The event features live music, artisans and food celebrating all things Maryland. General admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the gate.
Cultural Center at the Opera House
- The Scottfield Theatre Company presents “Titanic The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7 at 8:00 p.m as well as Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.