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On an evening when the Havre de Grace City Council approved two amendments to the current budget which approve spending more money, Mayor Wayne Dougherty also released his preliminary annual budget for fiscal year 2011.

The requested total expenses — operating and capital — for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, 2010, is $12.9 million, which is about $1.3 million less than what is budgeted for the current fiscal year.

So far, in fiscal year 2010, the city has spent $7.4 million in operating expenses and is expected to spend $11.1 million by the end of the fiscal year. The requested amount for fiscal year 2011 operating expenses is nearly $11.5 million, while the capital budget would be $1.4 million.

Beginning next Wednesday, March 24, the council will host public work sessions on the new budget. The other sessions are March 31 and April 8. All start at 6 p.m. inside city hall.

During Monday’s meeting, the council unanimously approved two budget amendment requests for fiscal year 2010.

Budget amendment 2010-09 includes four federal and state grants the city applied for and received.

The Havre de Grace Police Department was awarded a $65,000 homeland security grant to construct a perimeter fence around the rear parking area of the police station.

The department was also awarded a $35,700 fiscal year 2009 Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for the purchase of a mobile crime scene processing vehicle by the Department of Justice. The vehicle has been ordered and is expected to be delivered by June 30.

The city was awarded a $30,000 State Highway Administration grant in partnership with the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway to erect an elevated walkway on the North Park trail.

Because of project requirements, the walkway was only recently completed. The request includes the grant and the city cash match, totaling $39,300 as the city in-kind service match would be included as normal operations in the existing budget.

The Department of Natural Resources awarded the city a grant in reimbursement for upgrades and repairs to the vessel pump-out facility at a cost of $11,500.

Budget amendment 2010-10 includes the mandatory increase in contributions to the Susquehanna Hose Company and the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps.

The billing for fiscal year 2010 real property taxes appears to be about $910,000 more than expected by the original budget.

By resolution, $0.02 per $100 of assessable base is to be allotted to the Susquehanna Hose Company and $0.006 per $100 to the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps. The budget amendment increases the contribution to these organizations totaling $29,800 and $9,000 respectively.

The budget amendment also includes $25,000 to establish a capital project for necessary repairs to the Opera House. Any additional funds would be used as the city’s share for future grant applications.

The project will likely take several years to complete and will be incorporated into future budgets as needed.

Charlie Packard Jr., of the Susquehanna Hose Company, said the company is “tremendously grateful” for the support, but has not received the full amount of money submitted in its supplemental budget request.

Packard said he is a “little disturbed” by the council’s action to support the Opera House, rather than fully fund the hose company and ambulance corps.

“Our fire department and emergency volunteers are at the very top as far as success rate and time of response,” former councilwoman Betty Coakley said. “They shouldn’t have to come with hat in hand begging.”

Coakley recently filed to run for city council in this year’s election. (Please see related story, Page 2.)

Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst agreed.

“We’re coming to you for this money because of the way the city is building,” Hurst said.

Budget amendment 2010-11 also includes the remainder of the refund to the water and sewer fund for the connection fees waived last year as part of the Habitat for Humanity “blitz build” program the city participated in during fiscal year 2008.

The total waived water and sewer connection fees under the program was $54,000, $18,000 of which is already funded in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

The funding will not be used to increase any authorized water and sewer fund spending. The amount of water and sewer fund balance that will be required to fund the current year budget will be reduced by $36,000 as the use of the additional funds.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the council unanimously approved a charter resolution altering the qualifications of city voters to make the city charter consistent with state law regarding registration of voters.

State law requires the residency requirement be lowered from 30 days to 21 days in advance of the election day.

An update on city grant dollars managed through economic development. So far, $239,100 has been drawn down from the state’s community legacy funding and $129,100 will be passed through to Havre de Grace Main Street, Inc.

In other news from Monday’s Havre de Grace City Council meeting:

o Dougherty presented a proclamation to the Havre de Grace Boys & Girls Club recognizing March 21-27 as National Boys & Girls Club Week.

o It was announced that Gov. Martin O’Mallley has appointed Kevin Racine to the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

o Marisa Willis, of the city’s planning department, received the “Did You Know...?” employee recognition award.

o The 4th annual Women’s 5K by the Bay will be held Sunday, April 25, in Havre de Grace.

“The Women’s 5K by the Bay is the second largest women’s race in Maryland,” Sue Jacobs, race director, said. “It is our hope to encourage women to run and/or walk, regardless of their age or level of ability. This year we anticipate over 500 runners.”

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