James Barry, also of Monarchos Drive, said he does not really believe the residents gained further ground on some of their concerns during a recent meeting with city officials.
"We've been asked to take on faith and trust that the process will lead us through," Barry said, explaining he does not believe anyone is trying to mislead, but there is nothing preventing the project's phases from moving forward in a different order, and building the hospital in the phase four area.
"I guess what we're concerned about is things can change," he said.
"I was hoping to get a little more definition and a little more strength in the ordinance," he said. "I think we failed to achieve some of that during the discussion that we had."
Dean Kaster, Upper Chesapeake's senior vice president for corporate strategy and business development, thanked all parties involved at the council meeting.
"We're very pleased with all the progress that has been made and we're looking forward to getting additional feedback from the community," Kaster said. "A project like this obviously has a long future in front of it and there is going to be a lot of opportunity for dialogue with neighbors and various parts of the city organization."
"We're very hopeful and very excited," he said of the new hospital, which will be built to replace the existing Harford Memorial Hospital in the city's downtown.
Fence update, other business
Other actions during Monday's Havre de Grace City Council meeting:
• Smith encouraged residents to call the planning department if they have any questions about the licensing or permitting process.
"There's been a lot of confusion and a lot of stress and a lot of anger around permit and license issues," he said, referring to the recent controversy over Joe Fiocchi's fence in the city right-of-way on Commerce Street. "I hope now that the infamous fence has been taken down that we're moving past that and on to more productive business."
Fiocchi removed last week the section of the fence that was the focal point of the controversy. A gate that remained has since been taken down as well.
• Planning and zoning director Neal Mills said the final total of building permits for the fiscal year is 87, compared to 65 for fiscal year 2011 and 169 for fiscal year 2010.
"It's a small sample that we're drawing from, but it looks like we went through a valley in 2011 and we're starting to make the climb back," Mills said.
• Public works director Larry Parks said work has begun on the Lewis Lane construction between Route 40 and the CSX tracks. Work is also continuing on Route 155 and the end of Bayview Drive will be changed to one-way only, Parks said.
• Herbert Truslow, of Bloomsbury Avenue, said another water main broke on his street Sunday.
"When it was called in, why wasn't anyone notified?" he said, making a reference to the major water main break in downtown Baltimore last week that flooded and buckled the street and will take three weeks to repair.
"Is the same thing going to happen like in Baltimore?" Truslow asked. "Bloomsbury has been getting water main breaks since I moved there. It's getting ridiculous."
Mayor Wayne Dougherty replied the main will be replaced and the problem has been identified. "Yesterday was an extreme emergency and there was a burst," he said.
• Dougherty read an e-mail circulated by Councilman David Glenn that he called "extremely important," a reflection on those serving in the armed forces that compares a soldier's experience with that of an average city.
• Smith said a recent editorial in The Record incorrectly referred to a proposed economic development position as a tourism position.
• Martin and Barbara Wagner congratulated those who helped organize last weekend's Pirate Fest and encampment at the Lock House Museum.
• George Wagner, of North Union Avenue, who is Councilwoman Barbara Wagner's husband, wondered about the study done two years ago about the parking problem downtown.
He read a petition suggesting revising the parking rules on the 400 block of Franklin Street specifically, saying residents and business owners lack parking spaces.
• Police Capt. Wayne Young said Aug. 7 will be National Night Out.
• The city council later went into closed session Monday to discuss property acquisition.