BY BRYNA ZUMER, email@example.com
2:21 PM EST, November 20, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
Councilwoman Barbara Wagner said residents are invited to contribute to a study on the Conowingo Dam at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Havre de Grace Community Center.
Harris Stadium update
Councilman David Glenn said he hopes the Harford County Council will take a "positive" effect on the long-awaited Harris Stadium project.
"We raised over $1 million through private donations and more through selling bricks," he said. "A lot of people gave their time and effort to make this dream come true."
"These kids have waited patiently for a long time and as a community, we stepped up and we saved the taxpayers a lot of money," he said.
Councilman Bill Martin announced that Salisbury University will be coming in to make a smartphone app for the Lafayette Trail.
He said it will allow people visiting the town to walk the trail using GPS and get detailed information on historical sites through the app, which will also feature historical plaques at certain houses or buildings.
"This is a really big deal," he said, noting it should be done by the end of the year.
Martin also said he is taking his class to Regal Cinemas to see the new movie "Lincoln" and pointed out Monday was the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
Easter Egg hunt
The annual Easter Egg Hunt was also approved for March 31 at Tydings Park.
"I think we actually beat Walmart on this one, with Easter before Thanksgiving," Craig joked.
Craig also urged residents to stay involved with city government, after no one came up to make comments that night.
"I want all the citizens of Havre de Grace to know that their voice can be heard right here at every single council meeting," he said after discussing how the election was over.