HdG City Council pushes for new high school support

Among the many announcements and reports – personal and otherwise – during Monday night's Havre de Grace City Council meeting, one was part of a continuing theme: "It's Our Turn."

During reports from council members, David Glenn was again advocating for a large turnout of Havre de Grace area residents for Monday night's Harford County Board of Education meeting. The city councilman said the school board will be setting its school construction priorities during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air.

"It's our hope we will be included," Glenn said about the quest to get a new Havre de Grace High School. "I want a huge turnout. Hope to see you there because after all, It's Our Turn."

City Councilman Bill Martin added his support to the effort to get Havre de Grace area residents to attend Monday's meeting.

"I've got three kids who will be going to a new Havre de Grace High School, hopefully, in the next decade," Martin said.

In other business at Monday's city council meeting, Glenn reported that a third meeting of a committee studying Route 40 access from the city's west side had been held. Route 40 access, particularly through the Havre de Hills neighborhood to Chapel Road, has been a point of focus in recent months, especially during the summer when the west side of Lewis Lane right at Route 40 was closed for reconstruction.

Martin showed a prototype of a Havre de Grace license plate that is available. He said the city needed 25 paid requests for the Motor Vehicle Administration to recognize the city as a group that could have its own state license plate.

"Within weeks, we had 100," Martin said of the plates, which cost an additional $25 fee. "We're very proud of this."

John Correri, the veteran Havre de Grace City Councilman, noted this is the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

The visitor center is at 450 Pennington Ave. in the building that was originally the Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library that was converted into the police headquarters when the library relocated across Union Avenue. Correri mentioned Pat Donovan, Sue Denny and Bill Watson as three of the original volunteers.

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