Two property owners in Havre de Grace are set to get city property tax credits for being in designated Enterprise Zones, if the city council approves legislation it introduced Monday night.

Cytek Engineered Materials, at 1300 Revolution St., and Toy Thym Properties, at 301 S. Juniata St., would get the tax credits, which council members said would help spur more jobs in the city.

Mayor Wayne Dougherty noted that the property on Juniata Street is not the old Coca-Cola plant but the garage across from it.

Also at Monday's meeting, John VanGilder, with intergovernmental relations, talked about the county's Blackboard Connect CTY program and showed a video of emergency operations officials discussing the benefits of the program, which allows the county to reach about 4,600 people in Havre de Grace.


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He said January and October had the highest call volume in the city and said that a message of about 4,600 calls takes about an hour to be delivered.

Members of the local Chamber of Commerce, Havre de Grace Main Street and the Office of Tourism encouraged residents to come out for Small Business Saturday, while Councilman Joe Smith also mentioned a program called Three for Fifty, where residents are urged to support three businesses with $50 each.

"People want a different experience than they want at a mall," Meghan Simmons, of the economic development office, said about the initiative.

DPW contract renewed

The contract of Public Works Director Larry Parks was renewed for another three years.

Councilman Randy Craig thanked him for his service.

"Your dedication is very much appreciated and I know you enjoy a great working relationship with the mayor, which is a big part of why the council supported this," Craig told Parks.

Parks told the council: "Your dedication and commitment to Havre de Grace makes it easy to serve."

He also said the city is requesting bids for a stormwater management project at Lewis Lane and Revolution Street.

Hospital plan

Planning director Neal Mills said he received the site plan last week from Upper Chesapeake Health for its new hospital, proposed near the Route 155 and I-95 interchange.

He said the next step is general public information and there would be information about the site plan as it gets reviewed by the planning commission.

Website upgrades

Finance director George DeHority said the city is moving forward with its plans to make the website more user-friendly by allowing residents to pay all their bills online and have better access to services through the website.

The city will also make greater use of social media like Twitter.

"This will be something that will increase not only the efficiency of the city government and keep your taxes down but will…be interactive with all the tweets," he said.