September 23 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 23, 2020 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

  • Allegany
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $149,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing at East First Street in Cumberland, consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (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 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 Newtowne 20, LLC to assist in the new construction of 78 units for Annapolis families, located at 30475 Pine Knoll Drive.  The project will offer a mix of affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award Bid Package #2 for the Govans Elementary School replacement project (2400 Mosher Street). This project is a part of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ 21st Century Building Initiative (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Paul’s Place, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a community training kitchen.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (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 Partnership Rental Housing Program, which finances rental housing for individuals with incomes at or below 50% of the state-wide area medium income.  The loan will be made to 520 Somerset LLC to assist in new construction of 69 units for Baltimore City families, located at 520 Somerset Street.  The project will offer a mix of affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units (Item 5 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • 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 for individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.  The loan will be made to Somerset Asquith LLC to assist in new construction of 127 units for Baltimore City families, located at 525 North Aisquith Street.  The project will offer a mix of affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request to:
      • Enter into a grant agreement for a non-matching $350,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central-Maryland, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Junior Achievement Youth Workforce and Innovation Center; and
      • Consider the waiver to exclude the property owner as a beneficiary to the grant (Item 34 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Caroline
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of  $229,500 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for the following projects in Caroline County:
      • Martin Sutton Park: $29,500 to resurface the 5-mile walking trail (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Ober Park: $200,000 to replace paved tennis court surface, add pickleball lines, install fencing, and construct pathways, landscaping, benches, and shade structures (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $370,048 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County for the following projects:
      • Double Pipe Creek: $20,000 in additional funding for the design, engineering and construction of a concrete boat ramp for access to the Monocacy Scenic River Trail (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Deer Park: $63,000 for additional funding for new equipment and safety surfacing at the tot lot consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Wakefield Valley Park: $81,128 to construct a new picnic shelter with ADA-compliant access and parking (Item 3A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Christmas Tree Park: $205,920.06 to replace the old lighting system on athletic field “D” (Item 3A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $1,057,588 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program, which finances rental housing for individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.  The loan will be made to Whitehall Preservation Associates, LLC to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 70-unit senior housing development, located at 700 Skipjack Court, Elkton.  The project will offer a mix of one and two-bedroom units (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Dorchester
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $320,000 grant to Patriot Point LLC for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Patriot Point Retreat Facility in Dorchester County.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant.
  • Garrett
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $27,731 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to construct an ADA-accessible parking area, access ramp, and fishing pier at the Accident Community Pond (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $275,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 42.71 +/- acres (Kehne Yough property) in Garrett County.  These mostly-forested parcels border the Youghiogheny River and will be managed by the Maryland Park Service as an addition to the Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environment Area.  Acquisition will protect the riparian habitat along the Youghiogheny and the long-term water quality that supports a diverse cool-water fish population.  Areas upstream and downstream of this property are stocked with rainbow trout as part of a Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area.  Acquisition will expand public recreational opportunities in this corridor including fishing and the potential for future development of non-motorized boating access (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $180,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 83.29 +/- acres (Platter property) in Garrett County.  This property, which features a variety of forest habitats that support a diverse range of species, will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service as an addition to Savage River State Forest.  The property is within the Poplar Lick sub-basin of the Savage River Watershed, Maryland’s stronghold brook trout watershed.  Acquisition will improve boundary line management and access, provide long-term water quality protection of the Watershed, and expand recreational opportunities for hunting, bird watching, hiking, and fishing (Item 12A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $115,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to convert the existing basketball court into a multi-sport surface area at Homestead Park that may be used for both pickleball and basketball.  This project includes constructing ADA-accessible parking spaces, landscaping, benches, and signage (Item 5 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 48.44 acres in Harford County (Foxridge Drive, LLC property on Foxridge Drive) (Item 13A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $261,500 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Prince George’s County to acquire 3.66 acres of property for a new park in the College Park Woods neighborhood (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Talbot
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $350,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Talbot County for design and construction of an 18,000 square foot, LEED status, indoor double gymnasium addition to the Talbot County Community Center (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Somerset
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $81,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Somerset County to resurface a half-mile walking trail and install outdoor exercise stations and a seating area at Long Centralized Athletic Complex.  New playground equipment and safety surface consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act will also be installed (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Hagerstown for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Hagerstown YMCA, including the repair and replacement of the roof.  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)
  • Wicomico
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $99,000 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Wicomico County for the following projects at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex:
      • $54,000 to install picnic tables, a pavilion, and playground equipment with safety surface consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 9A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • $45,000 to construct a mini field for the Challenger Little League ball program and make improvements to existing fields and dugouts (Item 9A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Worcester
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $108,620 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to install artificial turf, fencing, water and agility features, signage, landscaping and shade shelter at the Ocean City Dog Park (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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