October 7 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 October 7, 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 $2,001,788 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the City of Frostburg for the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Elimination, Phase IX-B Stoyer Street Corridor project.  This project involves the next phase in a multi-phase project to separate combined sewers within the City and reduce the frequency and volume of CSOs which occur during wet weather events.  The project will create  separate storm and sanitary systems to significantly reduce wastewater flows to downstream facilities of Allegany County, LaVale and Cumberland (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $100,000 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Upper Potomac River Commission for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Upgrade Planning Study project.  The current plant mainly serves the Luke Paper Mill but also takes a small amount of municipal flow from the Towns of Luke and Westernport.  A planning study will evaluate upgrade options for the conversion from an industrial WWTP to a municipal plant.  This upgrade is necessary in order to reduce nutrients discharged to the North Branch Potomac River and to provide municipal sewer treatment for the surrounding municipalities (Item 16 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Anne Arundel
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $2,533,741 from the Bay Restoration Fund to I-97 Sewer, LLC (St. Johns Properties) for two projects involving the design and construction of grinder pumps and small diameter low pressure force main systems:
      • Up to $1,336,176 from the Bay Restoration Fund for the BWI Commerce Park Sewer Extension project.  The Commerce Park is a 40-acre business community with fourteen flex use and retail use buildings, currently using septic systems, locally adjacent to BWI Airport, southeast of the intersection of Dorsey Road (MD-176) and Telegraph Road (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • Up to $1,197,564 for the International Trade Center Sewer Extension project.  The Trade Center is a 93-acre business community with nine flex use buildings, totaling more than 420,000 SF, currently using septic systems, located adjacent to BWI Airport, southeast of the intersection of MD-176 and Traffic Drive (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • Both projects will allow wastewater to flow from each location through the Anne Arundel County wastewater system to the Baltimore City Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).  The existing septic systems at both locations will be removed, and total nitrogen discharge to the groundwater is expected to be reduced by approximately 5328 pounds per year.  Both projects are part of MDE’s efforts to connect failing septic systems to public sewer, thereby reducing nutrient loadings and eliminating public health problems, both of which are exacerbated due to climate change.
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $38,837.35 grant from its Coastal Resiliency Program to Arundel Rivers Federation to design a proposed 600 linear foot living shoreline with climate-resilient natural features to address erosion and flooding along Honeysuckle Drive in Mayo, enhance natural buffers surrounding transportation and residential infrastructure, and address sea level rise and coastal storm impacts while preserving access to Mayo Beach Park.  The Coastal Resiliency Program was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • 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 and a $140,618 loan from MEEHA/Empower, both of which finance rental housing that will be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income.  The loan will be made to Lyons Homes III Preservation, LLC for the Henrietta Lacks Village III project, located at 411 New Pittsburg Avenue, Dundalk.  This project offers 24 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units, and is part of a larger 244-unit community known as Lyons Homes (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $1,528,695 grant to Total Health Care, Inc. (THC) to assist with the renovation of THC’s headquarters building at 1501 Division Street. The project includes demolition, roof repair, and replacement of mechanical electrical and plumbing components, at a total cost of $2,038,260, to create a modern, efficient, and ADA compliant primary care clinic and pharmacy to serve area citizens (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $200,000 grant to the Baltimore City Department of Planning from its Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund for the Ribbon of Green in Druid Heights project.  Specifically it will remove 14,610 square feet of impervious surface, install 10” of topsoil, and plant 62 new trees and turf grass.  This project is supported through Baltimore City’s Green Network Plan.
      • The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund annually solicits the most effective and cost-efficient non-point source pollution reduction projects in geographically targeted areas of the state.  Projects are awarded primarily on the cost-effectiveness defined as cost per pound of reduction per state dollar, geographic targeting, and readiness and ability to proceed, as well as habitat creation and environmental justice (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $400,000 grant to the First Mile Stable Charitable Foundation for the design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Baltimore Police Mounted Unit facilities.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project.  This Item was added to the 10-7-2020 BPW Agenda this morning (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request to provide a $170,292.42 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 45.17-acre conservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area (Patton property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands, as well as provide 2,100 linear feet of grassed and forested stream buffers along unnamed tributaries of the South Branch of the Gunpowder Falls. The easement will be held by Carroll County.  Easement value: $3,567.51/acre (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Dorchester
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $23,475 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Vienna for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) project.  This project entails the planning, design and construction of an ENR upgrade of the Town’s existing WWTP.  These improvements will result in 83% reduction in total nitrogen and 90% in total Phosphorous of the plant effluent discharge to the Nanticoke River and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.  This Action is for the planning portion of the project (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $465,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 193.78 acres (Yee property) in Dorchester County.  This fully-forested property will improve habitat diversity and access to adjacent Chesapeake Forest Lands, resulting in expanded recreational opportunities.  The Maryland Forest Service manages working forest lands to produce sustainable forest products and provide for outdoor recreational opportunities to help maintain the local resource-based economy (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $30,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to install new playground equipment at Woodland Park in Thurmont.  The new equipment will meet safety standards and increase ADA accessibility (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $94,800 grant to Housing Unlimited, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a condominium located at 213 Marsh Hollow Place, Unit A, Rockville. The property will be used to provide housing for two individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  The contract sale price of the property is $125,600 (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 $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 80% of the area median income.  The loan will be made to MHP Hillbrooke Towers, LLC to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 55-unit multifamily development.  The project is a five-story, elevator-serviced midrise structure located at 515 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring.  There will be 31 one-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units and one four-bedroom unit (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $64,574 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Prince George’s County to acquire .12 acres of property to add to Hollywood Gateway Park.  This acquisition will expand the available green space in an urban area of College Park (Item 2A  of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Talbot
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $982,310 (491,155 loan + $491,155 grant) to the Town of Trappe for the Well Addition project.  This project entails the design and construction of a new water supply production well and associated appurtenances.  The Town is currently served by two 50-year-old wells which are strained and in danger of failing.  This project will provide redundancy and reliability to the existing system and will allow the existing components to be taken offline for maintenance activities.  Additional work includes a new well house, pump, variable frequency drives, controls, flow meter vault upgrade, and a chemical feed disinfection system (Item 15 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request to provide a $555,655.44 grant to Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 117.16-acre conservation easement in the Huntersville Rural Legacy Area (Beale property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural lands, forestlands and Forest Interior Dwelling species (FIDs) habitat, as well as provide 12,674 linear feet of forested stream buffers to Cat Creek, a tributary of the Patuxent River.  The easement will be held by the Trust and the Department of Natural Resources.  Easement value: $4,500/acre (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to provide a $161,343.63 grant to Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 65.83-acre conservation easement in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area (St. Jeromes Crossroads, LLC property).  The property includes approximately 5,400 linear feet of riparian buffers along Carroll Pond to the Chesapeake Bay.  Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands, preserve this land from development, and provide additional resiliency to the effects of climate change on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.  The easement will be held by the United States of America and the Board.  Easement value: $6,826.11/acre (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $60,000 grant from its Coastal Resiliency Program to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to design a proposed 1,100 linear foot living shoreline with tidal wetland enhancements and climate-resilient natural features to address erosion, coastal storm impacts and flooding to protect Piney Point Historic Park’s infrastructure and public access.  The Coastal Resiliency Program was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events.
  • Somerset
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $99,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Somerset County to resurface and restripe the Marion Recreation Area basketball and tennis courts.  In addition, fencing, basketball goals and tennis court equipment will be replaced, and seating areas installed (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request to provide a $30,492.62 grant to Washington County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 10.47-acre conservation easement in the Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area (Morgan property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive forest lands and help maintain the historic rural character of the area.  The property lies in a part of Sharpsburg that was heavily trafficked during the Civil War and the Battle of Antietam.  It is in close proximity to several historical sites as well as the C&O Canal.  The easement will be held by Washington County.  Easement value: $2,680.68/acre (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Wicomico
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $135,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Wicomico County to add accent and security lighting, directional signage, traffic flow adjustments and vehicular security barriers around the exterior of the Wicomico Civic Center  (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $200,000 to the Board of Trustees of the Queen City Lodge No. 1051, I.B.P.O.E. of W., Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Queen City Elks Lodge No. 1051 and Success Temple No. 154 building, including repairs to the building’s roof.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 14 of the Department of General Services Office of State Procurement Agenda)

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