November 4 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 November 4, 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 grant $165,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 98.89 acres (Bauer 2 property) in Allegany County. This entirely forested property consists of mixed oak woodland and contains the headwaters of an unnamed tributary to Town Creek. Acquisition will provide long-term water quality protection of the Town Creek Watershed, improve public access, and contribute to a large continuous block of forest land that will allow for future expansion of trail networks into Pennsylvania. The property is adjacent to Green Ridge State Forest and will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Anne Arundel
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,000,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Historic Annapolis, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Brice House and other historic properties leased to Historic Annapolis, Inc.  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 $35,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Taxpayers Improvement Association of Patapsco Park, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Lloyd Keaser Community Center, including repairs to the building’s roof, bathrooms and HVAC system.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 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 $911,121 to St. Johns Properties for the I-97 Business Park Sewer Extension project. The proposed project entails the design and construction of grinder pumps and small diameter low pressure forcemain systems to convey wastewater flows from the I-97 Business Park to the Anne Arundel County Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility. The I-97 Business Park is a 40-acre business community with ten flex use office space buildings, currently using septic systems, located west of I-97 off Benfield Boulevard in Anne Arundel County. The Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility has been upgraded and treats wastewater to ENR levels of treatment prior to discharge. The project also includes the abandonment and removal of the existing septic systems. This project will reduce the total nitrogen discharge to the groundwater by approximately 2,325 pounds per year (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan consistent with State planning requirements (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • request to transfer a 3,500 sf property located at 67-71 Prince George’s Street, Annapolis to the City of Annapolis.  The property, comprised of the Burtis House and a pier, will be used to advance ongoing programming and be part of the City Dock Revitalization and Resilience project.  In addition, the Department of Natural Resources will hold a perpetual access easement for the continued use of the piers, as well as reserved parking spaces to support emergency and routine operations (Item 25 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Lexington Market, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Lexington Market.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $535,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to design and construct a skate park at Hazelwood Park (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $390,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to design and renovate the 1-mile Milford Mill Trail through Villa Nova Park (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Caroline
    • A request from the Military Department to authorize a loan of $450,000 from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Denton Volunteer Fire Company to replace a tanker (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $577,904 from the Bay Restoration Fund to Carroll County for its Stormwater Management Restoration project. The entire project consists of work on stormwater management systems and stream restoration in Westminster, Eldersburg, Mt. Airy and Taneytown. This Board action is for the East West Pond Contract in Mount Airy, which will add a stormwater pond and retrofit a nearby stormwater drain (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request from the Military Department to authorize a loan of $305,000 from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Singerly Fire Company to replace a pumper (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $15,371 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to construct a new regulation-sized baseball/softball field to add to the available playing fields at East End Park (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $87,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to acquire 5.5 acres to develop a hiker/biker greenway throughout the Town of Myersville (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request from the Military Department to authorize a $400,000 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc to replace an engine (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Howard
    • 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 $525,000 loan under the Partnership Rental Housing Funds, both of which finance rental housing to be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.  The loan will be made to RF Hickory Ridge Limited Partnership to assist in the rehabilitation of 108 units for Howard County Families, located at 10799 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia.  The project will offer a mix of affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units (Item 5 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Howard County Youth Program for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of various improvements of the Howard County Youth Program athletic facilities.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • 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 APAH Snowden Limited Partnership to assist in the rehabilitation of 87 units for Montgomery County families, located at 2105 Harlequin Terrace, Silver Spring.  The project will offer a mix of affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new loan funding up to $85,001,527 to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Bio-Energy project. This project involves the design and construction of bio-energy facilities at the existing  WSSC Piscataway WWTP in Prince George’s County to receive sludge from other WSSC wastewater treatment plants. The project will precondition sludge prior to anaerobic digestion, anaerobic digestion facilities, and facilities to provide dewatered Class A Biosolids. A combined heat and power facility will also be constructed to capture the digesters’ biogas to produce steam and electrical power for the plant. The anticipated project outcomes are production of Class A Biosolids for beneficial uses; recovery of renewable energy from biomass; and reduction in energy, chemical and sludge disposal costs (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $325,000 to the Board of Directors of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department building, including a new job training facility. The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures, as well as a commitment letter from the Town of Morningside for $25,000 to meet the matching fund requirement of $95,000 for this project (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreements for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the American Legion Department of Maryland, Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Southern Maryland District Youth Camp facilities. 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 9201 Surratt Street, Cheltenham and approved a value ($1,241,000) sufficient to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Queen Anne’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $248,189 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Queen Anne’s County to pave an additional one mile of the South Island Trail for a total of 7 miles (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding from the Bay Restoration Fund up to $53,035 to the Maryland Environmental Service for the planning stage of the Point Lookout State Park Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade project.  The current plant services 150 campsites at the Park.  This upgrade is necessary in order to reduce nutrients discharged to the Lower Tidal Potomac River (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

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