August 12th 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 August 12, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

  • Allegany
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Frostburg, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Coal Miner Memorial Statue.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $507,243 to the Town of Westernport to design and construct a 6” waterline and all necessary appurtenances so that water service can be extended to the Town of Luke.  The two municipalities have signed a water purchase agreement for Luke to purchase water from Westernport to provide the residents of Luke with safe and adequate drinking water, including fire protection.  The Luke Paper Mill, which currently provides Luke with water, has closed and will cease to provide the Town with water in the near future. This approval may include reimbursement of previously incurred costs (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $35,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for a “development” project to convert the second floor of Chresaptown Recreation Complex’s Weber field concessions building into a community meeting room.  The project also includes upgrade plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and insulation to allow for year round use (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Anne Arundel
    • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval of a Right of Way agreement between Homes for Downtown Annapolis Limited Partnership and Baltimore Gas and Electric (“BGE”).  The agreement will enable the installation of additional exterior lighting at a BGE facility adjacent to Timothy House and Gardens, an 81-unit affordable housing project in Annapolis that secures HOME and MEEHA loans provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.  Although the installation of the lighting is primarily for the benefit of BGE, it will also improve the safety and security of Timothy House and Gardens. All costs of the installation, maintenance and operation of the lighting will be the responsibility of BGE (Item 5 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for the following grants to the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Inc. (No match is required):
      • $100,000 grant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the YWCA Domestic Violence Safe House Shelter (Item 18 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
      • $300,000 grant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the YWCA Education and Wellness Center (Item 19 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,245,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County for a “development” project at Beverly Triton Nature Park.  The project includes realigning a 90-degree county road turn to enhance safety and the addition of  a parking lot, park road and beach trail with ADA parking and drop-off and unloading zones, a fishing pier, children’s play space, bathroom/office structure and maintenance shed, lighting and utilities, beach access crossing matting, and trail improvements (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $750,000 to the Board of Directors of The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Cyber Center of Innovation and Education.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $302,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 1.57 acres (Wahoo, LLC property).  This entirely forested property is adjacent and will improve access to the interior Severn Run Natural Environment Area, providing a possible entrance/exit point for any future trail development, while protecting the water quality of the Najoles Stream and the Severn Run Watershed.  Acquisition will also provide a critical access point in an area where the Department is working in partnership with the County on a large scale, long-term stream restoration project.  The property will be managed by the Maryland Park Service (Item 15A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $26,928,392 grant to Anne Arundel Community College to construct the new Health Sciences and Biology Building, which will double the amount of assignable square footage for these two programs.  About a quarter of the new building will be used for administrative purposes, while the rest of the building is for lab and classroom space (Item 23 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Baltimore Public Markets Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Hollins Market and Pennsylvania Avenue Market.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $48,560 grant to Community Investment Project, Inc. to assist with the renovation of a house located at 5107 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore City that will increase the residential treatment capacity for individuals with substance use disorders (Item 20 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from Morgan State University to approve a Development Agreement with MCB Northwood, LLC to construct the Morgan State University Public Safety Building at the Northwood Shopping Center for an expenditure of $15,000,000.  This project is being funded by the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Loan Program (HBCU CAP FIN) (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the construction manager initially just covering preconstruction services for the Montebello Elementary/Middle School project located at 2040 East 32nd Street, Baltimore, MD  21218.  This project is a part of the Baltimore City Public School’s 21st Century Building Initiative (Item 20 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $100,000 to the Board of Directors of the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction. and capital equipping of the Epiphany House, including repairs to the building’s roof.  The Grantee is using the value of the property to meet the matching fund requirement for this project.   the Department of General Services, Real Estate Office has reviewed the appraisal for 5606 to 5620 York Road and approved a value ($1,550,000) sufficient to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 4 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 $150,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Mercy High School, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an athletics complex at Mercy High School, including the installation of artificial turf fields located in Baltimore City.   The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 11 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 Board of Trustees of Associated Catholic Charities, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Cherry Hill Town Center.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for the following grants to the County Executive and County Council of Baltimore County (with no matching requirements):
      • $15,000 grant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair,  renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping, including safety and security equipment, of Northwest Regional Park in Owings Mills (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
      • $25,000 grant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping, including new audio and visual equipment, of Randallstown Community Center (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
      • $25,000 grant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital, including safety and security equipment, of the Reisterstown Regional Park (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
      • $30,000 grant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping, including new security system equipment, of the Reisterstown Sportsplex (Item 17 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 $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Idlewylde Community Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction. and capital equipping of Idlewylde Hall, including repairs to the building’s roof.  The Department of General Services, Real Estate Office has reviewed the appraisal for the property, at 6301 Sherwood Road, Baltimore, and approved a value ($287,000) sufficient to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 8 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 County Executive and County Council of Baltimore County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Radebaugh Park in Towson.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $75,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for a “development” project at the Tahoma Road Boulder Park in Westminster.  Specifically, these funds will be used to install a new climbing structure constructed with engineered wood fiber and install educational/interpretive signage at this unique play area nestled among the remnants of a historic lime kiln and quarry site (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $2,280,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 242.36 acres (Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity property) in Cecil County.  This request includes acquisition of the property from the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, acting on behalf of DNR, and conveyance of the property to DNR.  Due diligence costs expended by The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy will be reimbursed by DNR.  This mostly forested property is adjacent to Grove Farm Wildlife Management Area and will be managed by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. In addition to Forest Interior Dwelling Species habitat, the property includes 5,250 linear feet of stream corridor along an unnamed tributary to the Elk River and 1,250 linear feet of waterfront along the Elk River, which supports many recreationally and commercially important fish species.  Acquisition will protect a unique freshwater wetland, improve water quality in the Lower Elk River Watershed, and expand public recreational opportunities for hunting, hiking, and wildlife observation (Item 14A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $337,652 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to develop the new 214-acre Othello Regional Park in the Brunswick/Rosemont area.  This project includes new lighting, roads, parking lots, paved hiking trails, baseball and multipurpose fields, a playground, picnic shelters, restroom and maintenance facilities, site amenities, landscaping, and associated utilities.  Development of this park addresses the need for active recreational facilities in the Brunswick/Rosemont area of the County (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $675,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition of a 455.08-acre conservation easement (Mar-Lu-Ridge property) in Frederick County.  This forested property is located on a Catoctin Mountain ridge that is an important route for migratory birds. The diverse tree canopy provides optimal nesting habitat for many species of Forest Interior Dwelling Species.  Pine Rock, an extensive line of rock outcrops on the property, provides habitat for the state endangered Allegheny woodrat, timber rattlesnakes and other significant species of flora and fauna.  The property is partially located in the Catoctin Mountain South Ecologically Significant Area and provides buffers along unnamed tributaries to Tuscarora Creek.  Acquisition of this conservation easement, which will be co-held by Frederick County, will provide long-term water quality protection in the Potomac River watershed (Item 13A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $18,750 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for a “development” project to repair, resurface, and reline the existing basketball court, which includes installing new hoops, at Woodsboro Regional Park (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Garrett
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $445,047 to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County for the Keysers Ridge Water System Water Storage Tank project. This project entails the engineering and construction of a 245,000 gallon storage tank to provide adequate water storage and pressure.  The new 245,000 gallon storage tank will provide safe and reliable drinking water for residents as well as adequate fire protection (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,006  in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for a “development” project at Friendsville Community Park.  Specifically, these funds will be used to purchase and install new playground equipment and picnic tables (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,500,000 grant to the Garrett County Board of Education for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of two turf fields and related athletic facilities infrastructure improvements at Garrett County Public High School.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6  of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $5,500,000 in Program Open Space funding ($3,600,000 POS Local Share Harford County and $1,900,000 POS State Share) to acquire 356.43 acres on the Oakington Peninsula in Havre de Grace for future development as a county park.  This property is located between Swan Harbor Farms and Eleanor and Millard Tydings Parks in Harford County and has been a priority of Harford County for many years.  Belle Vue Farms lies between Gashey Creek to the west and the Chesapeake Bay to the east.  Adding this property to the existing County parks on the Oakington Peninsula will protect over 1,200 acres of environmentally sensitive lands that include over two miles of frontage on the Chesapeake Bay.  This acquisition will be a partnership among the United States Army, Maryland DNR and Harford County, with the Army contributing $770,000 toward the purchase of the property, through the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program.  In exchange for $1,900,000 in POS State Share funding, POS Stateside will hold a perpetual conservation easement on the Property (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $36,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County for a “development” project to create a passive park in the Town of Barnesville.  Phase 1 improvements include installing   a seating area with stone seat walls, permanent table seating, a boulder feature, split rail fencing, electrical service, and landscaping (Item 7A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,125,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County for a “development” project to renovate the Caroline Freedman Urban Park.  This project includes a new playground, enhanced community open space, new accessible pathways and improved pedestrian connections, site lighting, seating and general site furnishings, streetscape improvements, shade tree plantings, and stormwater management facilities (Item 7A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $1,500,000 grant to Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. to renovate the organization’s former headquarters located at 6040 Southport Drive, Rockville, MD 20814.  The renovation includes creating additional treatment space for individuals suffering from mental health disorders to increase the number of people served in a safe and secure environment (Item 22 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $3,718,502 grant to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to construct a three-story, 37,682 gross square foot, 64-bed Treatment Center facility to replace the outdated 60-bed modular structure the County had been using. The new Avery Road Treatment Center (ARTC) will provide substance use detoxification (24 beds) and intermediate care (40 beds) services for low-income County residents and other State residents with substance use disorders designated as a priority population (Item 21 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $43,727 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County for a “development” project at Clum-Kennedy Garden Park in Kensington.  There will be new gardens, an ADA-compliant pathway and a new pergola with built-in benches (Item 7A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $669,617 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Prince George’s County for a “development” project to provide additional funds to construct the new Hollywood Gateway Park that will provide a public open space for the community and improved gateway onto Route 1 (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of College Park for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new College Park City Hall.  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 Maryland National Park and Planning Commission for the acquisition of property owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority located on Baltimore Avenue in the City of College Park. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Queen Anne’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $157,983 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for a “development” project to purchase and install three ADA accessible picnic shelters with electric, grills, and trashcans at Wharf Park in Centreville (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of office and meeting space for the Innovative Center for Autonomous Systems.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 25 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Somerset
    • 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 Princess Anne Owner LP to assist in the substantial rehabilitation of 120 townhome units at 30475 Pine Knoll Drive, Princess Anne.  The project will offer a mix of affordable two, three, and four bedroom units (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to approve its acceptance of a permanent forest conservation easement that will provide long-term protection of 1.48 acres of forest area located on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore property.  UMES is donating the easement in accordance with the Forest Conservation Plan that has been prepared in connection with a construction project on its property (Item 17A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to approve its acceptance of a permanent forest conservation easement that will provide long-term protection of 1.98 acres of forest area.  The Maryland Military Department is donating the easement in accordance with the Forest Conservation Plan that has been prepared in connection to a construction project on its property (Item 18A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Talbot
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $1,497,616 ($748,808 loan + $748,808 grant) to the Town of Oxford for the Oxford Water Main Replacement – Morris Street project.  This project entails replacing the pipe lining of the existing steel water main pipe and associated appurtenances within the Town of Oxford.  The existing water main is approximately 100 years old and fused with lead soldered joints, which can potentially leach lead into the Town of Oxford’s potable water supply.  Moreover, there have been multiple water leaks in recent years which have made the system vulnerable to contamination, caused service interruptions, and damaged the roadway infrastructure.  This project will provide more reliable service, reduce contamination hazards, and better meet current demands (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $135,145 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for a “development” project to purchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act at Moton Park in Easton (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $50,050 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to acquire 2.34 acres of property in Funkstown for a new park along Antietam Creek.  The Town is giving current tenants of the property up to one year to vacate the property.  Additional POS Local funding will be requested for this project as it becomes available (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real  Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $6,011,000 grant to Hagerstown Community College (HCC) for a construction project at the Technology Innovation Center.  The project will renovate and expand the existing building, to be renamed the Center for Business Entrepreneurial Studies (CBES).  The renovation will create more functional space, upgrade technology, and improve the aesthetics of the building.  CBES will house its current programs as well as all the business disciplines offered at HCC, including accounting, business, and entrepreneurial studies. This project will provide an opportunity to expand economic development efforts in Washington County (Item 24 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Wicomico
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $14,000 grant to the City Council of the City of Fruitland of for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the concession stand and pavilion facility at Fruitland Park.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2021 budget ($14,000) to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Worcester
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $730,870 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Worcester County for the following “development” projects:
      • Northern Worcester Athletic Complex: $255,870 to develop three irrigated multi-purpose fields with parking (Item 12A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Newtown Park: $275,000 to replace deteriorating fencing on ball fields throughout the park and construct a fishing pier for the park pond (Item 12A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • John Walter Smith Park: $200,000 to replace deteriorating sports field fencing and remove and replace traffic control bollards with landscaping (Item 12A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to provide a $158,844.25 grant to Worcester County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 55.85-acre conservation easement in the Coastal Bays Rural Legacy Area (Pilchard Trustees property), which is adjacent to an existing Rural Legacy Easement.  Acquisition of this conservation easement, which will be held by the County Commissioners of Worcester County, will protect prime farmland and woodlands that contribute to the local agricultural economy.  Easement value: $2,520/acre. (Item 16A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $155,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Worcester County for a “development” project to design and construct a permanent concession and ADA-compliant bathroom facility with safety fencing at Showell Park (Item 12A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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