July 1st Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

Note: The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $413 million in state budget cuts at today’s meeting, but several proposed cuts — including $41.1 million in state aid to counties —  were withdrawn prior to the meeting. Read MACo’s coverage here.

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its July 1, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

  • Allegany
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the County Commissioners of Allegany County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Western Maryland Works facility in LaVale.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for the following non-matching grants for the University of Maryland Medical System:
      • $3,000,000 grant to design, construct, and equip facilities to expand clinical programs of the Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer and Organ Transplant Treatment Center (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
      • $4,000,000 grant to assist in the design, construction, and equipping of Phase III of renovations, upgrades, and expansions to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year from the automatic termination of $250,000 in capital grant funds to the Board of Directors of the War Horse Community Development Corporation for Hollins Market. The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because it had delays in completing required paperwork and obtaining required signatures (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the Alvin S. Mintzes Hatzallah of Baltimore, Inc. from the automatic termination of $125,000 in capital grant funds for the Hatzallah of Baltimore.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the pandemic has halted the Grantee’s ability to secure the matching funds (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year from the automatic termination of the following capital grant funds:
      • $50,000 to the Board of Trustees of the St. Elizabeth School, Inc. for the St. Elizabeth School. The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline because it needs additional time to get the grant agreements signed; and
      • $100,000 to the Board of Directors Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation for the Epiphany House. The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline because an appraisal submitted to DGS Real Estate Office to certify its required match will not be reviewed prior to June 1, 2020 (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the Collington Square Non-Profit Corporation, Inc. from the automatic termination of $150,000 in capital grant funds for the Mattie B. Uzzle Outreach Center.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because of the COVID-19 pandemic (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Baltimore from the automatic termination of two capital grants totaling $6,350,000 in capital grant funds for the East Baltimore Biotechnology Park.  The Grantee was unable to timely complete its reconciliation of expenditures and ensure that all expenses are eligible for reimbursement in order to meet the 7-year deadline before the authorization terminated (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $143,081 grant to Key Point Health Services, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a three-bedroom house located at 3104 York Way, Baltimore.  The property will be used to provide housing for three persons in recovery from mental illness.  The contract sale price of the property is $189,900 (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $176,906 grant to Key Point Health Services, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a three-bedroom house located at 5942 Sunset Avenue. The property will be used to provide housing for three persons with mental illness. The contract sale price of the property is $235,000 (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $626,500 grant to the Community College of Baltimore County for a multiple building roof replacement project at the Catonsville campus Humanities Hall and the Essex campus Mathematics and Science Hall.  Both roofs are 25 years old (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $11,250 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for a “development” project to provide electrical and structural repairs to the band shell at Emmitsburg Community Park (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Brunswick from the automatic termination of $100,000 in capital grant funds for the Brunswick Heritage Museum.  The Grantee did not meet the 4-year deadline before the authorization terminated because it had difficulty securing the funds to certify the match (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Caroline
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to the County to complete Caroline County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan consistent, with State planning requirements (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $65,000 grant to the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Incorporated under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to provide mapping of Ellsworth Cemetery as well as conservation of grave markers.  In 1876, six African American Union Army veterans established this cemetery to provide a burial place for Westminster’s African American residents.  The cemetery was named after Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, the first Union officer to die in the Civil War (Item 16 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program, which finances rental housing that will be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.  The loan will be made to Fairview Preservation, LLC to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a seventy-five unit senior housing development located at 1100 McNamee Lane, Rising Sun.  The apartments units are a mix of one and two bedroom units (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $7,837,445 to Cecil County for the Port Deposit Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement project.  This project entails the planning, design and construction of an Enhanced Nutrient Removal upgrade to replace the existing Plant.  Work also includes construction of a new influent pump station.  This is expected to result in an 83% reduction in nitrogen and 90% reduction in phosphorous, reducing nutrient loading to the Lower Susquehanna River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to provide a $390,695.62 grant to Cecil Land Trust, Inc. from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 102-acre conservation easement in the Fair Hill Rural Legacy Area (McCleary property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and provide 5,000 linear feet of forested and vegetative stream buffers to Little Elk Creek and its tributaries. The easement will be held by the Cecil Land Trust, Inc. and the Department of Natural Resources.  Easement value: $4,707.60/acre (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Charles
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Town of Indian Head from the automatic termination of $200,000 in capital grant funds for the Indian Head Recreation Center.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the pandemic has halted the Grantee’s ability to secure the matching funds (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $110,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Harford County for a “development” project at Fallston Recreation Complex.  Specifically, these funds will be used to renovate two existing tennis courts, convert an existing basketball court into a pickleball court, and install a paved walkway to connect the court areas (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $857,000.00 grant to Harford Community College for the design portion of the Chesapeake Welcome Center project.  The entire project will eventually renovate and expand the Chesapeake Center Building to create a welcome center that will serve as a “front door” to both the College and the County.  It will include a modern performance arts center, an expanded conference space, a visitor’s center, and a food service facility.  Enrollment services, including admission, financial aid, records, registration, and testing will be incorporated into the Center.  The project will upgrade or replace systemic infrastructure, including ADA and other code deficiencies, and incorporate energy efficiency design concepts (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the automatic termination of the following grants:
      • $150,000 in capital grant funds to the County Executive and County Council of Howard County for the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.  The grant expired June 1 and the remaining funds have not been encumbered.  The grantee submitted their final contract and it is in the process of being approved.  Since the funds were not fully encumbered by June 1st the grant needed a temporary extension so that the grantee will not lose the funds
      • $125,000 in capital grant funds to the Board of Directors of the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the project has been delayed (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $200,000 to the Board of Directors of the Howard County Economic Development Center for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Gateway Innovation Center, including the installation of audiovisual equipment.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project. (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Sandy Spring Museum, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Sandy Spring Museum building and grounds.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $15,000 grant to the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Laytonsville for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Delores R. Miller Park, including landscaping.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the County Executive of Montgomery County from the automatic termination of $1,618,000 in capital grant funds for the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the Grantee’s ability to secure the matching funds (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $125,000 grant to the Board of Directors of A Wider Circle, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of A Wider Circle Community Center in Bethesda.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, Inc. from the automatic termination of $100,000 in capital grant funds for the Noyes Children’s Library Renovation.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the Grantee’s ability to secure the matching funds (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the automatic termination of two grants totaling $100,000 to the Board of Directors of Artpreneurs, Inc for the Arts on the Block Studio Expansion.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the Grantees ability to secure matching funds (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $153,888,690 ($150,174,502 loan + $3,714,188 grant) to the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) for its Sewer Basin Reconstruction Program. This project entails the repair, replacement and rehabilitation of sewers and manholes located on or near state, local and country road right-of-ways throughout both counties. The sanitary sewer basins funded under this loan are:
      • Cabin John, Little Falls, Muddy Branch, Northwest Branch, Paint Branch, Rock Creek, Seneca Creek, Sligo Creek, and Watts Branch (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the Training Source, Inc. from the automatic termination of $250,000 in capital grant funds for the Training Source, Inc. The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because a review by DGS’s Real Estate Office on an appraisal submitted to certify their required match will not be completed prior to June 1, 2020 (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the Alice Ferguson Foundation from the automatic termination of $150,000 in capital grant funds for the Potomac Watershed Study Center.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the Grantee’s ability to secure the matching funds  (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the CASA de Maryland, Inc. from the automatic termination of $100,000 in capital grant funds for the Rockville Welcome Center.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline because it had delays in completing the required paperwork and obtaining appropriate signatures (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $29,000,000 grant to the University of Maryland Medical System to assist in completing construction and equipping of a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for the following grants to Prince George’s Community College:
      • $12,282,770.00 grant for a design/construction project at Marlboro Hall. The project will renovate the existing building and construct a 137,844 sq. ft. addition to correct numerous building systems and space deficiencies in the 40 year old building and house educational and support services for various programs (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
      • $9,099,000 grant for a renovation/addition project at the Queen Anne’s Academic Center. The project will correct space and building deterioration issues by adding needed classroom, lab, office, study, tutoring, and support space dedicated to performing and communication arts.  The renovation will address major ADA issues, and those related to inadequate electrical, technology and HVAC infrastructure (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Somerset
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding from the Bay Restoration Fund for up to $23,000 to Somerset County Sanitary District, Inc. for the planning, design and construction of the Princess Anne Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade project. This will result in a 55% reduction in nitrogen, thereby reducing nutrients discharged to the Manokin River and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay. This Item is for the planning portion of the project (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $67,500 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 26.75 +/- acres (Holdings LLC property) in Somerset County. This entirely forested property is adjacent to Chesapeake Forest Lands and will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service as working forest lands to produce sustainable forest products, helping to maintain the local resource-based economy. Acquisition will also expand public recreational opportunities for hunting, simplify boundary management, and improve access to existing forest lands (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 1066.77 acres in Marion Station (Leese property at Back Shelltown and Marumsco Roads) (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Somerset County Historical Society, Inc. from the automatic termination of $100,000 in capital grant funds for the Teakle Mansion and the Sarah Martin Done House. The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the Grantee had difficulty with the certification process (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $153,888,690 ($150,174,502 loan + $3,714,188 grant) to the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) for its Sewer Basin Reconstruction Program. This project entails the repair, replacement and rehabilitation of sewers and manholes located on or near state, local and country road right-of-ways throughout both counties. The sanitary sewer basins funded under this loan are:
      • Beaverdam, Broad Creek, Lower Anacostia, Northeast Branch, Northwest Branch, Oxon Run, Paint Branch, Parkway, Piscataway, Sligo Creek, and Western Branch. (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $5,511,000 grant to the County Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to begin designing renovations and additions to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2020 budget ($11,854,000) to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 33 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Talbot
    • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $30,000 grant to Historic Easton, Incorporated under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to provide masonry repairs as well as building consulting services at Asbury M.E. Church (18 South Higgins Street, Easton).  This church, dedicated by Frederick Douglas in 1878, is the oldest African American church structure in Easton, and the second oldest in Talbot County.  It served as a high school for Black students in the 1930s and is now a community center for a historically African American enclave known as “The Hill.”  The upper-level sanctuary is still used for worship, while the lower level fellowship hall will become an education and research center for the public (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

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