City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday April 30, 2018
Office of the Mayor:
- On Saturday April 28, 2018, Mayor Martin attended the inaugural John O’ Neill Defenders of Havre de Grace Gala. The City of Havre de Grace would like to congratulate Don Osman who was named the 2018 Havre de Grace Independence Day Grand Marshal during the event.
- Last week, The City of Havre de Grace began paving areas throughout the city. When completed, the paving will include the Community Center’s parking lot, the Opera House’s parking lot, Lodge Lane from Franklin Street to Fountain Street and Linden Lane from Legion Drive to Juniata Street.The mayor plans on continuing paving projects into next year’s fiscal budget, which if approved by the city council will increase the paving budget from $200,000 to $750,000.This $550,000 paving budget increase will be used aggressively to address deteriorating roads.
Department of Public Works:
- 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 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!!
- A request for proposal for design/construction of a DNR/City regenerative stormwater improvement project at the Concord cove near the Maritime Museum has been issued. The documents can be found on our website under “Request for Bid.”
- 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.
- Design of pedestrian bridge abutments over Lilly Run near the Lock House is complete. A request for proposal for construction has been advertised with bids being due by May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. 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.
- Grills have now been installed at Tydings Park.
- Mulching has been completed at Bradford Green.
- DPW staff are in the process of replacing the wooden framing around the City-owned light poles
- Repairs to the Lapidum Water Tower will be re-advertised for bid.
- The City has issued a notice to proceed for construction of a 8 inch water line on a segment of Alliance Street and a segment of Lafayette Street.
- 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.
- A request for proposal for upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant will be posted on the website and advertised on 5/7/18.
- DPW has responded to 88 requests within the past week to mark the location of our underground utilities. Requests come to us via Miss Utility calls for service.
Hydrant Flushing continues throughout the City as part of the annual spring hydrant flushing program. DPW employees are currently doing this work during the night to cause as little interruption as possible to residents and businesses.
Curbside & Hazardous Waste Disposal
- Coming soon! – An easy access to answer questions you may have about Curbside and Hazardous Waste Disposal. This “button” will be located on the Public Works page on the City’s website. Here you will find information specific to Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste and Bulk Collections as well as information on how/where to dispose of tires, motor oil, paint, solvents and other hazardous materials.
- REMINDER: Harford County’s Hazardous Waste Day has now added an Shred-It truck to the event scheduled for Saturday May 5, 2018 from 8 to noon. Need more time to gather up your old paperwork? Shred-It will also be available Aug. 7 and Nov. 3, 2018. Location for all events: Scarboro Landfill 3135 Scarboro Rd. Street, MD 21154. Call 410-638-3417 for more information.
Roads and Streets
- The Sweeper Truck will be in the area of Chapel Road, St. James Terrace, Tydings Road on Thursday. On Friday the Sweeper Truck will be in the downtown area and parks.
- DPW crews are working on filling potholes with hot mix and paving lanes, streets and roadways.
- DPW staff are continuing replacing decking on the Promenade and the piers.
- All Around the Town – DPW staff have been actively replacing lights and broken globes on City-owned light poles, removing graffiti, installing Lafayette Trail medallions, as well as providing maintenance on City-owned buildings.
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
- Water/Sewer bills will be mailed on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
- Tax Sale Advertising will begin May 23, 2018 in The Aegis. Payments must be received before May 8th to be pulled from the advertisement. 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:
- 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.
Office of Tourism:
- Thursday May 3 is National Day of Prayer. This is a Prayer event focusing on the needs of our Country and the concerns of its people. Meet at Havre de Grace City Hall at Noon.
- Celebration on the Chesapeake, May 4 from 3-6pm at Hutchins Park. Our community, Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor (CSSC), has been recognized as a Great American Defense Community! This celebration will highlight the great things our community does in support of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) and our military. The event includes family fun activities, music, and snacks.
- First Friday May 4! Enjoy a family-friendly, festive celebration on closed downtown streets. Live bands, cafe seating with beer gardens, merchant specials, over 100 vendors, and a kids zone. Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather with this amazing community.
- Friday May 4-6 37th Annual Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival. Decoy carvers and wildlife artists will be displaying and selling their work; carving competitions; retriever demonstrations; children’s activities; food & more!
- Saturday May 5- Opening Day for Farmers Market! 9am- Noon Experience the best of Maryland’s farms at the HdG Farmers Market. Featuring a full selection of fresh picked fruit & vegetables, farm raised meats & eggs, baked breads & treats, cheese, ice cream, honey, cooking oil, artisan products, and artwork.
- Saturday May 5- Free Comic Book Day! Celebrate the day at Washington Street Books.
Cultural Center at the Opera House
- Tidewater Players present “1776 The Musical” on Friday and Saturday, May 4 & 5 at 8:00 p.m. as well as Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m.