Weekly Briefing Week of Oct 17, 2022

    Weekly Briefing
    Week of October 17, 2022

    Department of Administration


    Pat Venturino was recognized at the Council Meeting on October 17 for her dedication and service to the City of Havre de Grace for acting as the unofficial photographer for the last few years since her retirement documenting events and happenings at her own expense to highlight the City.


    Robbin Scott was appointed to the Youth Commission on October 17 at the Council Meeting.

    Upcoming Public Meetings

    October 20 – Youth Commission, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Conference Room

    October 24 – Street & Traffic Safety Advisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Havre de Grace Colored School Museum, 555 Alliance Street

    October 24 – Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers

    October 24 – Independence Day Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m., HdG Police Department Conference Room

    October 25 – Arts Commission, 6:30 p.m., City Hall Conference Room

    October 26 – Marina Commission Meeting, 4:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers

    City Legislation

    The following legislation passed at the City Council Meeting on October 17:

    • Ordinance No. 1088 concerning an Agreement with the Havre de Grace Green Team for the Food Forest at Todd Park
    • Ordinance No. 1089 concerning a Tax Waiver for 1830 Pulaski Highway

    (Ordinance No. 1086-Accessory Dwelling Units and Ordinance No. 1087-Lot of Record will have their second reading at the City Council meeting on November 7.)


    At the City Council Meeting on October 17, Jackie Seneschal with the Historical Society of Harford County gave a presentation on the Harford 250 Celebration – Celebrating the Best of Harford County, which will be from March 2023-March 2024. Learn more about this yearlong celebration at www.harford250.org.

    Upcoming Events 

    October 3-28 – Double Bogey Film Shoot – various locations

    October 22 – Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 100 Block of St. John Street

    October 22-23 – 59th Annual HDG Art Show, Tydings Memorial Park and Concord Point Park

    October 30 – Howl-o-ween Tails and Treats Pet Fest, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Concord Point Park

    October 30 – Halloween Costume Contest, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Pennington Avenue between Lodge Lane and Washington Street

    October 30 – Downtown Merchant Halloween Trick or Treat, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

    October 31 – Halloween Trick or Treat, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., City-wide

    November 4 – SGT. Alfred B. Hilton Memorial Unveiling, 11:00 a.m., David Craig Park

    Police Department 

    Student Traffic Accident Reduction (STAR)

    This week, October 16-22, 2022, is National Teen Driving Safety Week.

    Most crashes result from the driver failing to give the proper time and attention to the road and what is going on.  This can be avoided, especially for teen drivers, and these crashes can be reduced.

    Here is what we need from you to keep you and other drivers safe:

    • Put your cell phone down while driving.
    • Make sure you and your passengers are buckled up the entire time the vehicle is in motion.
    • Slow down and obey the speed limit!
    • And to avoid being a victim of a crime, lock your car and take your valuables with you.

    Please help us reduce and eliminate crashes.  You need to follow these simple rules, so everyone arrives at their destination safely.

    National Drug Take-Back Day

    The National Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.  This day is also used to educate people about the potential for abuse of medications and accidental ingestion of medications and protect the environment from drugs being washed down the sink or flushed down the toilet.

    • National Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Police Department.
    • Come into the Police Department with your medications, and someone will be there to accept them.
    • NEEDLES will not be accepted.

    We Are Hiring

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement, the Havre de Grace Police Department seeks folks who want to work in our great city with amazing people, serving our wonderful community. 

    We are looking for those of you with no law enforcement experience but are willing to attend a Police Academy to become a certified police officer for the Havre de Grace Police Department.
    We also have positions available for those currently certified police officers who want to lateral over to the Havre de Grace Police Department.

    Likewise, for those who are not interested in becoming a police officer but want to help our community, we have positions available for Police Communications officers (PCO).

    Whether you want to be a police officer or a police communications officer, please get in touch with Capt. Joe Alton, at 410-939-2121 or go to the City of Havre de Grace Website for complete information.

    Department of Public Works 

    • The Bulle Rock Water Tower final safety certification is commencing. The Water Tower should be back online before the next City Council meeting.
    • There are several requests for proposals out for fire hydrant painting, leak detection correlation survey, and a new sidewalk connecting Harris Field to Warren Street.
    • DPW is working to prep the area in David Craig Park for the Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton Memorial that will unveil November 4, 2022, around 11:00 a.m.
    • Director Millisor thanks the DPW crew for the set up and tear down of the event from the City-side, to the staging of the event in conjunction with Bambi Johnson – Oktoberfest was a great success. He also thanks the Building & Maintenance Crew of John Allen, Dave McLaughlin, Ethan Krone, and Mike Shipley, and many others who stayed late to perform preventative maintenance on Concord Point Park before the Oktoberfest festivities to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.
    • This Thursday, October 20 at 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday, October 21, there will be a water shut off in the Bradford Green area for a water valve replacement. Please make necessary plans to coordinate water usage during the specified times.

    We’re Hiring

    If you are interested in being a Driver/Laborer for the City of Havre de Grace, we’re looking for talented, self-motivated, and quality candidates to join our highly successful team that help run daily City operations. For more information please visit the following link and apply https://jobs.keldair.com/havredegracemd/jobs/51116/driverlaborer-i 

    Department of Planning 

    The Department of Planning is seeking input from citizens and business owners for its 2023 Comprehensive Plan.  We ask that you please visit our Envision HdG website and look through our StoryMaps project.  Each page tells a story about the City, with the goal of inspiring readers to suggest input to guide the future of the City.  We look forward to everyone’s participation!

    Upcoming meetings:

    • The Planning Commission will meet on October 24, 2022, at 6:30pm at City Hall.  
    • The Board of Appeals will meet on November 3, 2022 at 6:30pm at City Hall.

    For 2023, the Board of Appeals is tentatively scheduled to meet on the first Thursday of every month.  The Planning Commission will meet on the second Monday of every month.  

    Meeting agendas can be found on the City website when available.