Weekly Briefing: Week of January 2, 2023

    The City would like to congratulate Officer Theresa Adams, who recently retired from the Havre de Grace Police Department.

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    The City would like to welcome Richard Wehner to the Board of Appeals.

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    Police Department:

    Preparations Tips for Winter Storms and Driving

    It is more than likely that we will experience icing, snow, and a wintry mix of weather conditions throughout the winter.   When those weather conditions occur, the City of Havre de Grace Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) deploy crews to perform an anti-icing operation in preparation for whatever storm is projected.

    While the crews work to apply the salt brine, which prevents precipitation from initially bonding to the pavement or snow plow, motorists are encouraged to remain home and off the roads so crews can effectively and efficiently treat the streets. 

    For those who must travel, we offer a few guidelines:

    • Please be patient with the working crews trying to clear pathways for drivers.
    • Please know what roads in the City of Havre de Grace are state roads (Rt. 155, Superior Street, Ohio Street, Otsego Street, Union Avenue, Revolution Street (Old Post Road, Rt. 7).  If a snow emergency plan is in effect, vehicles must be removed from that state road.  If your vehicle is not moved, it might be towed or plowed in the spot where it is parked.
    • Slow down.  The posted speed limits are ideal weather conditions.  The inclement weather may require you to drive slower than the posted speed limit.
    • Please leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the DPW or MDOT SHA equipment.  While following the equipment can be an excellent place, don’t crowd the plows.  Distance is essential in case of sudden slowdowns or stops.
    • Clear snow from the entire vehicle as remaining snow on hoods and roofs can become ice and dislodge during highway travel and pose a hazard to other motorists.

    These are a few guidelines to follow if you are driving during inclement winter weather.  However, the best suggestion is to stay home, allow the crews enough time to treat or clear the roadway, or don’t drive unless you absolutely find it necessary.

    Department of Economic Development and Tourism:

    • Per our grant from the Economic Development Agency EDA), the City has begun the procurement process for the construction of a public pier off Green Street and the purchase of a 100% electric shuttle. Chosen contractors/vendors should be announced in January.
    • The December edition of the quarterly Havre de Grace Business Beat was released on December 29 – it’s easy to subscribe, as well as read past editions, here: https://www.subscribepage.com/hdgbusinessbeat
    • We will soon be hiring a Main Street Manager & Tourism Coordinator. Details to follow soon on the City website.
    • The City of Havre de Grace was recently featured in “Stays and Getaways” Blog.
    • Read “Things to do in Havre de Grace/2023/Havre de Grace Tourism Blog on FB- explorehavredegrace.
    • Please visit and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/explorehavredegrace and www.explorehavredegrace.com to stay up-to-date on events and festivities happening in the city.

    Department of Planning: 

    • January is the last month for helping the City form its future vision as part of the 2023 Comprehensive Plan.  Please go to Envision HdG to provide input on the future of the City:  https://havredegracemd.gov/envision-hdg/
    • The Planning Commission will meet on January 9, 2023, at 6:30 pm at City Hall.  Immediately following the hearing, the Planning Commission will hold a workshop to discuss the Comprehensive Plan.  The public is invited to participate.