July 22nd Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its July 22, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

  • Allegany
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $209,504 to the Allegany County Commissioners Department of Planning and Growth for the Upper Georges Creek Watershed Stream Sealing Design project.  This action is for the design of stream sealing in several sections of Georges Creek.  Historically, this watershed has been heavily mined for bituminous coal, and the normal stream hydrology of Georges Creek has been altered by subsidence from deep mining, allowing water to infiltrate into the deep mine and in some areas losing the entire stream flow.  Acid mine drainage from the stream water infiltrating abandoned deep mine coal seams can result in discharges that have the potential for low pH and high metals (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $2,934,000 grant to Allegany College of Maryland for a renovation project at the Technologies Building.  This is the second phase of the project, which will create modern classroom and lab spaces.  Renovations will address the lack of natural light in classrooms, as well as inadequate and old rooms, small student congregation areas, outdated equipment, and poor building systems.  In addition, academic departments will merge small programs into more comprehensive degrees, unite faculty, and provide more functional office spaces.  Technology programs such as Cyber Security find the current 1970s era building inadequate and unsuited for growth (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the following as part of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ 21st Century Building Initiative:
      • Calverton Elementary/Middle School Replacement Project (1100 Whitmore Avenue): Guaranteed Minimum Price #3 package (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • Robert W. Coleman Renovation Project (2400 Windsor Avenue): Guaranteed Minimum Price #2 package (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $4,000,000 to the Governing Board of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Baltimore Museum of Art facility.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the Guaranteed Minimum Price #1 package for the Northwood Elementary School (5201 Loch Raven Boulevard) Replacement Project, as part of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ 21st Century Building Initiative (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Limited for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Maryland State LGBT Center.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Directors of MCB Northwood, LC. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and site improvement of various capital infrastructure improvements associated with the Northwood Commons Project.  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 enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of New Creation Christian Church, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the New Creation Christian Church Hoop House.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,900,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Helping Up Mission for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a Women and Children Support Service Building.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request to encumber funds for a $230,000 grant to the Community College of Baltimore County – Essex Campus for the design portion of a renovation project at the Wellness and Athletic Center.  The project entails the construction of an 8,500 sf addition for the new Fitness Center, as well as renovations to approximately 11,500 sf on the existing mezzanine level to create two dance studios, a restroom, and two faculty offices.  Renovation of 7,000 sf on the main level will reorganize the Athletics Program Support Spaces, corridors, and lobbies for integration with the new Fitness Center (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request to encumber funds for a $3,334,000 grant to Frederick Community College for a renovation and construction project at Linganore Hall. The project includes renovation of the Hall and construction of a 9,000 square foot addition.  Renovations include improvements to the Allied Health and Nursing labs, Testing and Data Centers, and building systems, while construction will address the lack of available space for instruction, informal learning, and meetings (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to provide a $686,555.86 grant to Frederick County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 128.86-acre conservation easement (Matovick Farm, LLC property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands, as well as 2,470 linear feet of forested stream buffers along the Monocacy, a Maryland-designated Scenic River, and unnamed tributaries.  The easement will be held by Frederick County.  Easement value: $5,249.08/acre (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $45,750 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for a “development” project at Emmitsburg Community Park.  Specifically, funding will used to pave two gravel parking lots and a connecting roadway to allow for greater accessibility (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $112,500 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 17.75 acres (W.L. Waters, Inc. property) in Frederick County.  This entirely forested property is adjacent to South Mountain State Park and will be managed by the Maryland Park Service.  Acquisition will provide a buffer for the Appalachian Trail, support a contiguous block of Forest Interior Dwelling Species habitat, and expand public recreational opportunities (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request to encumber funds for a $5,051,000 grant to Cecil Community College for a design/construction/equipment project to improve the roadways as well as build a new Facilities Management building.  The project entails the construction of a second multi-lane entrance to the campus and roadways within the campus to connect the campus core, opening the northern acres of the campus for vehicular and emergency services access while accommodating campus development.  The existing 1982 facilities building is outdated, undersized, in poor condition, and will be demolished following construction of the new building.  It will provide space for the maintenance, grounds, custodial, fleet services, mail and receiving, duplication, and capital projects divisions (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Charles
    • A request to encumber funds for a $14,048,000 grant to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) for a construction project to build a Health Sciences Center at the Hughesville Campus.  This will be the second building on the Hughesville Campus, which is centrally located to the three counties serviced by CSM.  CSM anticipates that the new building will allow for higher enrollments in nursing, a key job growth area (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request to provide a $233,485.20 grant to Harford County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 43.25-acre conservation easement in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area (Dougherty property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and provide 1,500 linear feet of vegetative stream buffers to tributaries to Deer Creek, a Maryland-designated Scenic River.  The easement will be held by the County, which is also paying administrative, incidentals, and compliance costs.  Easement value: $6,499.70/acre (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A request to encumber funds for a $4,235,000 grant to Howard Community College for a construction project at the Mathematics and Athletics Center.  The project entails the demolition of the existing Athletic and Fitness Center and construction two new buildings totaling 122,104 sf which will house the Mathematics and Athletics departments (Item 16 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 $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Nonprofit Village Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a facility to house nonprofit organizations; and
      • Consider a waiver to exclude the property owner as a beneficiary to the grant.  The identified improvements are cubicle-style panels that will not be physically attached to the building and the tenant will maintain ownership if it vacates the property.
      • The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $98,572 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Prince George’s County for a “development” project at Buddy Attick Park.  Specifically, these funds will be used to redesign the parking lot, curb and gutter, and add park signage, landscaping and bioretention areas.  Emphasis will be placed on minimizing environmental impacts by using innovative materials such as rain gardens and native plantings (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $350,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative facility.  Additionally, a request to consider a waiver to exclude the property owner as a beneficiary to the grant.  The identified improvements are solar panels that will not be physically attached to the building and the tenant will maintain ownership if it vacates the property.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Camp Springs Elks Lodge No. 2332, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Camp Springs Elks Lodge No. 2332.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Mayor and Town Council of North Brentwood for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Windom Road Stormwater Remediation Project.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Queen Anne’s
    • A request to encumber funds for an $833,000 grant to Chesapeake College for a construction project to upgrade and install new fiber network connections, network access switches, wireless network, and security cameras at the College’s Wye Mills and Cambridge campuses.  Fourteen buildings will receive upgrades, as well as some exterior enhancements (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda.
  • Washington
    • Two requests to provide the following grants to Washington County from Rural Legacy Funds in the Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area.  Acquisition of these easements, both of which lie in areas that were heavily trafficked during the Civil War, will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and be held by the County Commissioners of Washington County.
      • A $190,882.09 grant for the acquisition of a 61.31-acre conservation easement (Antietam Farms, LLC property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect 845 linear feet of forested stream buffers on Antietam Creek.  Easement value: $3,142.47/acre (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
      • A $126,850.45 grant for the acquisition of a 40.99-acre conservation easement (Velisek property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect 1,100 linear feet of forested stream buffers along Little Tonoloway Creek, a tributary to Antietam Creek.  Easement value: $2,944.87/acre (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • Wicomico
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Wicomico County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan consistent with State planning requirements (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $1,522,000 grant to Wor-Wic Community College for a construction project to build a new 22,721 sf Applied Technology building, and associated road and parking lot improves at the College The single-lane entrance road will be widened and extended around this new building.  The parking lot adjacent to Brunkhorst Hall and the entrance road will be expanded, the North-South campus drive will be replaced by a fire lane-pedestrian way, and the exit road between Brunkhorst Hall and Maner Technology Center will be eliminated.  The new building will house Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Transportation, Industrial Technology (HVAC, welding, electrical, plumbing, construction), Alternative Energy programs and the College’s Information technology department (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Worcester
    • A request to provide the following grants to Worcester County from Rural Legacy Funds:
      • $845,925.38 for the acquisition of a 978.29-acre conservation easement in the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Area (E.S. Adkins II property) Acquisition of this easement will ensure that this acreage is not fragmented, remains woodlands, and protects wildlife habitat and water quality in the Dividing Creek and Pocomoke River watershed. Easement value: $775.00/acre (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
      • $210,276.25 for the acquisition of an 88.42-acre conservation easement in the Coastal Bays Rural Legacy Area (Stevens et al property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect farmland and woodlands adjacent to State-owned Chesapeake Forest Lands. Easement value: $2,154,276.25/acre (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
      • Both easements will be held by the County Commissioners of Worcester County.

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