Thursday, May 16, 2013
The public works employees allegedly used the county's gas pumps to fuel their personal vehicles more than 40 times.
Two Port Deposit residents employed by Harford County were charged with theft and scheming after they were suspected of repeatedly stealing gas from Scarboro Landfill, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday. Government officials reported to the sheriff's office that Tracy L. Sexton, 43, and James E. Doran, 46, were using the county fuel pumps at the landfill to gas up their personal vehicles, police said. Both individuals worked for the Harford County Department of Public Works; Doran was employed at the waste disposal center in Street and Sexton with the division of highways, according to Robert Thomas, Harford County Government spokesman. Doran had been a county employee since February 1995 and Sexton, since …
Starting June 1, builders with approved construction plans must upload documents online.
Harford County construction permits are going digital. The county announced this week that its department of inspections, licenses and permits are migrating from paper to digital storage. Currently, the department disposes of submitted paperwork 180 days after a certificate of occupancy has been issued. Electronic storage will eliminate paperwork disposal and the need for hard copies and allow inspectors to access those documents anywhere, according to a county release. The department will require electronic copies of building permit documents—once a building's plans have been approved—starting June 1. Required materials can be uploaded on the county's website.
The upcoming bridge work is part of a $48 million preservation project.
State transportation officials are warning of noise and congestion around the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge this weekend due to concrete pouring. The work this weekend, which officials said in a release is "necessary to secure the structural integrity of the bridge piers," is scheduled from 6 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday. If weather or other factors delay the work, some construction may be done next Wednesday, May 22, through Thursday, May 23, according to the release. The release also advises area residents of construction-related traffic on westbound US Route 40, Otsego Street and Water Street in Havre de Grace. The $48 million project to preserve the bridge's underwater foundation is expected to be complete by fall 2014. Keep tabs …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The office off US Route 40 is a space for idea, workspace sharing.
A new shared tech space opened in Swan Creek Village Center on May 15.
Connections and partnerships were top of mind for those at The GroundFloor ribbon-cutting in Havre de Grace Wednesday morning. The new tech incubator in Swan Creek Village Center "is going to represent the first co-working space" in Harford County, said County Executive David Craig during the 11 a.m. grand opening event. See photos of The GroundFloor. According to Craig, the office will facilitate collaboration among people on and off post at Aberdeen Proving Ground, among others. "A lot of technology that gets created on Aberdeen Proving Ground ultimately gets changed into something citizens use, and a lot of that is going to be done here," Craig said. In fact, he noted that the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor—a consortium of 50 …
The New England College poll previewing the 2016 Presidential primary shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead.
Gov. Martin O'Malley finished last among a field of 2016 Democratic Presidential hopefuls, according to a poll released by New England College. The poll released Tuesday by the New Hampshire-based college found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the field with 65 percent of those surveyed saying they would vote for her in 2016. O'Malley finished last among the field of six with zero percent saying they would vote for the two-term Democratic Maryland governor. Rounding out the field is Vice President Joseph Biden with 10 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 5 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick with 3 percent. The college surveyed 314 New Hampshire Democratic …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Harford County Executive has a tour of events scheduled from June 3 to June 4.
David Craig is planning to tour key spots in Maryland early in June and it all begins from his front yard in Havre de Grace. Craig, considered a potential Republican candidate for governor in 2014, recently scheduled a series of events from June 3 to 4, beginning on the front lawn of his Congress Avenue home in Havre de Grace. Craig's campaign spokesman Josh Wolf declined to comment specifically on the events, but did confirm Craig would be embarking on a three-day series of events, kicking off in Havre de Grace. As for the "important announcement" planned for the tour, Wolf said: "Everyone is going to have to wait and join us on June 3 in Havre de Grace." The events are posted on Craig's Facebook page as well as on EvenBrite.com. The …
Governor Martin O'Malley touted job creation, tax credits related to film industry.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) was on the set of House of Cards in Joppa Tuesday publicizing the benefits of a recently passed film tax credit, the results of which included job creation. House of Cards, the political thriller that was the first series produced by Netflix, filmed its opening season in Harford County last year. It provided 2,200 jobs for Marylanders and brought in more than $140 million for the state, O'Malley said in a prepared statement. Recent legislation provided a key role in the return of the series to Harford County in 2013, O'Malley said. "The passage of legislation to enhance and extend the Film Production Activity Tax Credit in the recently completed session of the General Assembly secured the second season of House …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Exelon Power is negotiating a new license that would last for 46 years, and state officials say the time is now to resolve the sediment buildup.
Sunday, May 12
By Jessical Wilde, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE A 14-mile reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam stops 2 million pounds of sediment every year from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. But another one million pounds get through, burying underwater grasses that support sea life and adding to the bay’s myriad pollution problems. The reservoir that stores the sediment, essentially dirt and other material carried by the water, is expected to reach capacity within 20 years, after which all of the sediment will get through the dam, putting the bay’s health further at risk. Exelon Power, which owns the Conowingo Dam, is negotiating a new license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that would last for 46 years. State officials and others say the time is…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The votes, including absentee ballots, were finalized Thursday.
With the absentee ballots tallied, the Harford County Board of Elections released the official vote counts Thursday from the May 7 municipal election in Havre de Grace. According to the data, 1,624 citizens in Havre de Grace, or 18.89 percent of registered voters, participated in the city's municipal election. During the presidential election in November, 79.07 percent of registered voters countywide cast their ballots, the Harford County Board of Elections reported. Why do you think people choose not to vote in the citywide election? Tell us in the comments! See Related: Want more Havre de Grace news? Get the Havre de Grace Patch daily newsletter! Also, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.