This Week’s Board of Public Works Meeting: What You Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests in the meeting held on June 3, 2020. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

During the meeting, the Board of Public Works approved a request from the Department of Health for funds to purchase 30,000 real time test kits for COVID-19 as well as a contract presented from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to hire personnel to be stationed at MTA facilities to screen entrants in order to protect from individuals with COVID-19. Following are some other approvals from the BPW meeting that concern counties:

  • All Counties (Excluding Baltimore City)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment to approve up to $15,000,000 in grant funding from the Bay Restoration Fund to upgrade Onsite Sewage Disposal (septic) Systems (OSDS) with Best Available Technology for nitrogen removal (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda), as listed below:

  • Allegany
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $60,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for a “development” project at the Holly Avenue Recreational Complex in Cumberland.  Specifically, these funds will be used to construct a new building to house a concession stand, restrooms, and a storage area (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • Baltimore City
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $685,597 to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City for LED lights for the Montebello Filtration Plant.  By replacing the existing lighting fixtures with LED lights, the proposed project seeks to reduce operating costs of the plant through lower energy utilization (Item 4 of the Secretary’s Agenda).
    • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) for approval to consent to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City’s acceptance of a price of $2,000 for the sale of a parcel at Stadium Place to Gilchrist Hospital Care, Inc.
      • The State’s operating budgets for FY 1999-2001 provided a total of $9,850,000 for the MSA to demolish Memorial Stadium and prepare the site in accordance with a plan developed by the City and approved by the Board of Public Works. While the plan ultimately provided that parcels would be sold at $5,000 per unit, at its meeting on October 2, 2002, the BPW approved a reduced price of $2,000 per unit for an assisted living project.
      • The current proposal seeks to sell a parcel at Stadium Place to Gilchrist, a not-for-profit operator of hospice facilities in Maryland, for the development of a 22-unit residential hospice facility at a price of $2,000 per unit, or $44,000. As a residential hospice facility is regulated separately from an assisted living facility under Title 19 of the Health-General Article of the Maryland Code, the MSA does not believe it has authority to extend the assisted living pricing to a hospice without approval from the Board (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda).
  • Baltimore County
    • A request to provide a $133,550.00 grant to the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Inc. from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 25.95-acre conservation easement in the Gunpowder Falls Rural Legacy Area (Brusak property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and provide 920 feet of forested stream buffers to tributaries of Little Gunpower falls. The easement will be held by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Inc. and the Department of Natural Resources. Easement value: $4,920.46/acre (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • Calvert
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Calvert County to complete its 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $347,340 from the Bay Restoration Fund to Carroll County for the County’s Stormwater Management Restoration project. This particular project, the Greens of Westminster sub-project, consists of retrofitting existing stormwater management facilities, the creation of stormwater management facilities, and stream restoration (Item 3 of the Secretary’s Agenda).
  • Dorchester
    • A request to provide a $112,659.50 grant to The Conservation Fund from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 318.58-acre conservation easement in the Nanticoke Rural Legacy Area (Eberspacher property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect this agricultural and forested land with 1,400 feet of riparian buffer on the Middletown Branch tributary to the Tansquaking River.  Preserving this land from development provides additional resiliency to the effects of climate change on the Eastern Shore.  In addition to Rural Legacy Funds, the U.S. Department of the Navy and the Chesapeake Conservancy are contributing $366,000 and $300,000 respectively toward the cost of the easement, which will be jointly held by the Department of Natural Resources and the United State of America through the Department of the Navy.  Easement value: $2,297.69/acre (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $7,800 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for the following “development” projects in Emmitsburg:
      • Community Park: $2,550 to create deeper beds with weed matting at the Community Garden and install fencing and a rain garden (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
      • Memorial Park: $5,250 to replace deteriorating wooden bleachers at field #7 with aluminum bleachers (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to complete its 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request to provide a $353,406.66 grant to the Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board (SMRCDB) from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 68.08-acre conservation easement in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area (Cornwallis Manor Farm, LLC property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands and add contiguity with existing preserved parcels.  The easement will be held by the Department of Natural Resources and SMRCDB.  Easement value: $4,810.63/acre (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • Wicomico
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $335,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 111.66 acres (Where the Grass Grows, LLC/Fisher property) in Wicomico County.  This property is located on the headwaters of Wetipquin Creek, a tributary of the Nanticoke River, and contains a mix of woodland, open agriculture land and wetlands.  Acquisition will help protect habitat for rare species in the nearby Upper Wetipquin Creek Ecologically Sensitive Area while contributing to a large block of forest identified as Potential High-Quality Forest Interior Dwelling Species bird habitat.  Acquisition will also expand hunting and other public recreational opportunities.  The property will be managed by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service as an addition to the Wildlife Management Area (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • A request to provide a $111,143.60 grant to Wicomico County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 114.37-acre conservation easement in the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area (Cherrywalk Farm, LLC property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect this waterfront farm area, with prime agricultural soils, as well as 5,000 linear feet of forested buffer along Quantico Creek. Preserving this land from development provides additional resiliency to the effects of climate change on the Eastern Shore.  In addition to Rural Legacy Funds, the U.S. Department of the Navy and the Chesapeake Conservancy are contributing $223,000 and $150,000 respectively toward the cost of the easement, which will be jointly held by the Department of Natural Resources, the Lower Shore Land Trust, and the United State of America through the Department of the Navy.  Easement value: $3,899.62/acre (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

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