September 2nd 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 September 2, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

  • All Counties
    • A request from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for approval to award a contract to improve the statewide status of the 911 telephone emergency system for all counties and Baltimore City.  This request is due to passage of Carl Henn’s Law, which requires DPSC to expand the present system.  The vendor will support Maryland’s efforts to:
      • Upgrade its Next Generation 9-1-1 system;
      • Establish minimum standards for training of Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) staff;
      • Ensure improved access for individuals with disabilities;
      • Identify appropriate cybersecurity standards for PSAPs; and
      • Ensure 9-1-1 services systems are interconnected and interoperable (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Anne Arundel
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,495,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to replace a basketball course, reconfigure fields, and add a new playground gazebo, field lighting, landscaping, signage and parking at Odenton (GORC) Park.  The project will allow for increased park use and future demand (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,800,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to acquire 0.8687 acres of property in Annapolis with an existing marina to create a new facility for an adaptive boating center for people with disabilities (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $255,688 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Mary Rodman Recreation Center.  In addition, the basketball court will be relocated and new concrete walks and site amenities will be installed (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property 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 Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Edward A. Myerberg Senior Facility.  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 Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $750,000 loan under the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, a Smart Growth tool for revitalization through business creation or expansion in designated revitalization areas.  This particular loan will be made to Healthy East Baltimore, LLC to the Baltimore Pumphouse Project, formerly known as the Baltimore Food Hub.  This is a large-scale mixed-use $27 million multi-phase historic renovation project that sits on a 4.1 acre campus containing five historic buildings.  These buildings were previously used as the Baltimore City Water Works Pumping and Repair Station, which was abandoned in the 1990s.  The Pumphouse strives to co-locate food-related businesses as part of its vision to create accessible jobs and return traditional business and retail to an historically disinvested neighborhood (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A recommendation from the Department of General Services to grant a temporary exception for one year to the Board of Directors of the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Inc. from the automatic termination of $50,000 in capital grant funds.  The Grantee did not meet the 2-year deadline before the authorization terminated and needs additional time to complete the grant application (Item 1.C 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 and County Council of Baltimore County from the automatic termination of $250,000 in capital grant funds for the Baltimore County War of 1812 Historic Sites.  The Grantee did not meet the 7-year deadline before the authorization terminated because the project was delayed (Item 1.B of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Caroline
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $75,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Caroline County to aid construction of a sub-terrain irrigation system for athletic fields at Marydel Community Park (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $200,728 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to install an ADA-compliant, inclusive playground and pavilion in the 24-acre Watkins Park in Mount Airy.  The improvements will be universally designed to accommodate guests of all ages and abilities (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $833,739 to Carroll County for its Stormwater Management Restoration (Woodsyde) project.  The County has identified projects that aim to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff at specific County urban centers.  The work consists of retrofitting existing and creating new stormwater management facilities and stream restoration.  This project is one of four contracts (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $81,128 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County to replace the outdated playground at Taneytown High School Park with new ADA-compliant, inclusive playground equipment (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to provide a $318,589.03 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 63.85-acre conservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area (Mott property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and provide 2,479 linear feet of forested stream buffers on tributaries of the Patapsco River, which feeds into Liberty Reservoir and supplies the city of Baltimore with public drinking water. The easement will be held by the County, which is paying administrative and compliance costs.  Easement value: $4,989.80/acre (Item 13 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $600,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Cecil County for construction of four new multipurpose fields, a parking area, road improvements and associated stormwater management at Calvert Regional Park (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $67,186 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to make improvements to the playground at Rice Park in Port Deposit.  Improvements include a new dog park with exercise and training equipment and ADA-compliant sidewalks (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Dorchester
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $299,010 from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act at the following parks:
      • Friendship Park (East New Market): $160,300 (Item 6A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Triangle Park (Hurlock): $138,710.  This project also includes installation of a new gazebo (Item 6A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $430,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Dorchester County to acquire a 32,200 square foot indoor athletic facility on 2.89 acres in Cambridge.  The facility currently contains four tennis courts with a 2nd floor viewing area, and space for a weight room, meetings, workshop and restrooms (Item 6A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $228,155 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to construct and install an interpretive outlook area for Culler lake, and create a plaza with educational interpretive signage to welcome visitors to Baker Park in Frederick  (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property 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 Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Federated Charities district building, including roof repair.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $450,000 to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Josiah Henson Park.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the $200,000 matching fund requirement for this project (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $150,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install new playground equipment at Duvall Park in Gaithersburg (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $300,000 to the Board of Directors of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Academy.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to encumber funds for a $18,295,000 grant to Montgomery Community College – Takoma Park Silver Spring for construction of the new Catherine and Isaiah Leggett Math and Science Building.  The building will house and support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, as well as provide classroom space for general education courses.  The College intends to pursue sustainable procurement throughout the entirety of the construction process.  This includes utilizing sophisticated building automation systems to manage comfort and energy use (Item 13 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 Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Commission c/o Merriweather Post Pavilion to assist in funding the design, construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, and capital equipping of infrastructure improvements at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 41 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $9,154,250 to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) for its ongoing Sewer Basin Reconstruction Program.  This program involves the repair, replacement and rehabilitation of sewers and manholes located on or near state, local and county road right-of-way’s throughout Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  Trenchless technologies, such as grouting and the installation of structural liners, will be predominantly used for the repair and rehabilitation activities.  Additionally, there will be some replacement projects that will require ground disturbance.  This portion of the project pertains to the Northeast Sewer Basic PGC, Section 1 and the Lower Anacostia Sewer Basin PGC, Section 1  (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $192,700 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to add playground equipment, a senior-oriented fitness station, a pavilion with picnic tables and grill, an ADA-compliant pathway, a security camera, park benches, trash cans and fencing at Fit & Fun Park in Seat Pleasant (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Training Source, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of The Training Source facility.  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 51 and 59 Yost Place, Capital Heights and approved a value ($475,000) sufficient to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $125,000 grant to the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Forest Heights for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Forest Heights Safe Route to School project, including sidewalk construction.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 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 Palmer Park/Landover Boys and Girls Club, Inc. from the automatic termination of $250,000 in capital grant funds for the Palmer Park/Landover Boys and Girls Club.  The Grantee did not meet the deadline before the authorization terminated because the project was delayed (Item 1.A of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Talbot
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $28,990 to Talbot County for the Region V (Tilghman Island) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) project.  This project entails the planning, design and construction of an enhanced nutrient removal upgrade of the existing WWTP.  These improvements will result in reductions of 83% in Total Nitrogen and 90% in Total Phosphorous in discharge to the Chesapeake Bay.  This Item is for the planning portion of the project (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Chesapeake, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new intergenerational YMCA/Senior Center in St. Michaels.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $157,640 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to connect the existing outdated pavilion to the kitchen and restroom facilities at Lions Community Park in Smithsburg.  Garage doors will also be installed on the pavilion to allow the facility to be enclosed and used during bad weather (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $100,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 10.23 +/- acres (Summers property) in Washington County.  Acquisition will provide a buffer to the Appalachian Trail, improve boundary line management, and enhance the interpretive experience of the Battle of South Mountain by preserving the historic landscape that is associated with the battle.  The property, which contains a variety of habitats, will be managed by the Maryland Park Service as an addition to South Mountain State Park (Item 12A 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 11A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $37,500 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Wicomico County to acquire 1.05 acres of property adjacent to the Mason Dixon Sports Complex.  This is the last parcel on the block that is not park property and will complete the park at a total of 14.05 acres.  The $1000 balance will be covered by county funds (Item 11A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Salisbury for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Truitt Street Community Center.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2020 budget ($100,000) to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $1,264,500 ($420,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Wicomico County and $844,300 through the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund) for the engineering, design and construction of the new Pirate’s Wharf  Park in Quantico.  The project will include trails, soft boat launch and landing, a fishing pier, an observation deck, bulk heads, parking, landscaping, a natural playground, signage and additional site amenities (Item 11.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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