There are three things people in Havre de Grace should be paying attention to in 2014, according to City Council President Randy Craig.
"Please participate," Craig said during his scheduled comments at the end of Monday night's council meeting. "This government belongs to you. It doesn't belong to us."
The three matters Craig said Havre de Grace citizens should be paying attention to are: the proposed Harford County water and sewer authority; proposed changes to the city's zoning code; and the annexation resolution/plan that would have the city expand its boundaries to include more land in the general area of Chapel Road and Bulle Rock Parkway.
The water and sewer authority proposed for Harford County is still in its discovery phase, and Craig announced there would be a city council work session on the issue at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Havre de Grace City Hall. The notion of combining the water and/or sewer operations of the Aberdeen, Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Harford County into a single operation countywide is being championed by Harford County Executive David R. Craig, the council president's father.
According to Councilman Fred Cullum, the timeline for the zoning changes is they will reviewed by the Havre de Grace Planning Commission at its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13,. That recommendation will be sent Monday, Jan. 27, to the city council.
The most recent annexation proposal calls for Havre de Grace to annex 251 acres, despite the opposition from Charlotte Patrone, who owns a 4.21 acre parcel near the Havre de Grace/Bulle Rock water tower off of Chapel Road at Bulle Rock Parkway.