November 18 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 18, 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 a total of $26,550 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for the following two projects at Bel-Air Community Park:
      • $14,850 to install four new pickleball courts (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • $11,700 to pave an existing stone walking track to improve accessibility (Item 1A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    •  A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $30,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County to move a fence and install new gates at the Allegany County Fairgrounds to provide better access controls for events and more camping area for festivals (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $250,000 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program to construct a new park maintenance facility at Carroll Park (Item 7A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $99,256.36 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City to renovate the sports fields at Gwynns Falls, Riverside and Patterson Park (Item 7A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $150,000 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program to construct a new tot playground at DeWees Park (Item 7A.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $1,000,000 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program to construct an artificial turf multipurpose field with new lighting, a scoreboard, fencing, ADA pathways bleachers and landscaping at Clifton Park (Item 7A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $150,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City to replace the Myers Soccer Pavilion’ s artificial turf field and netting at Farring Baybrook Park (Item 7A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $3,000,000 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program for maintenance, planning, volunteer support and operations of the Baltimore City Park System. The system contains more than 5,700 acres of park land including woodlands, playgrounds, picnic groves and athletic fields (Item 7A.6 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,725,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to design and construct the Glenmar Recreation Center, to serve as both a general recreation center and Police Athletic League community center in the Middle River area of Eastern Baltimore County.  This center will meet the equivalent of a LEED Green Building Silver Rating and will provide a safe environment for local youth to participate in recreational and personal enrichment activities (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,675,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to design and construct the McCormick Recreation Center, to serve as both a general recreation center and Police Athletic League community center in the Rosedale area of Eastern Baltimore County.  This center will meet the equivalent of a LEED Green Building Silver Rating and will provide a safe environment for local youth to participate in recreational and personal enrichment activities (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $502,750 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to acquire 7.69 acres of property on Greens Lane in Randallstown to be used as a new community park (Item 2A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Calvert
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $25,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Calvert Animal Welfare League, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the League’s Building.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Caroline
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $175,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Caroline County to provide additional funding to design and construct trails, multipurpose fields, parking, restrooms, a maintenance building, stormwater management facilities and add landscaping and plantings at North County Regional Park (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $650,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospice, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Carroll Hospice Dove House.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for an $800,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospital Center, Inc. to assist in the design, construction, and equipping of a new critical care unit on the Hospital’s Campus.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,450,000 loan under the Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Program to the Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland for the Family Support Center at Westend.  This Center is the sole provider for victims of violence in Carroll County.  The newly constructed Domestic Violence Center will create new housing by increasing the number of available beds from 12 to 20.  The new beds will also be accessible to Persons with Disabilities, enabling the Family Support Center to expand services to victims of elder abuse (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding for Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) projects.  The project will be constructed in accordance with coastal and non-coastal resiliency guidelines developed as part of the Coast Smart Program to reduce climate impacts.
        • Grant funding up to $6,467,519 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Chesapeake City.  This project entails the planning, design and construction for the existing North and South WWTPs.  Work includes demolishing the existing plants and constructing an influent plant station in place of the South Plant and a new wastewater plant at the north site for ENR treatment.  The project will result in a 79 percent reduction in nitrogen and a 90 percent reduction in phosphorous to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Charles
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $35,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Lions Camp Merrick, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Lions Camp Merrick facilities, including cabin repairs.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $30,750 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to construct two pavilions at Emmitsburg Community Park, as well as add picnic tables, grills and trash/recycling receptacles (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $83,000 of Program Open Space stateside funds to Frederick County for the acquisition of a 123.74 +/-acre easement (F.A. and T.D. Baker Family Limited Partnership property).  This entirely forested property is located along the northern stretch of the Catoctin Greenway, an important route for migratory birds.  It is also located in the Catoctin Macrosite Ecologically Significant Area and includes rock escarpments that provide important wildlife habitat.  The easement will protect tributaries to Owens Creek, an important trout fishery, provide water quality protection to the Upper Monocacy River Watershed, and protect the viewshed from both Catoctin Mountain and Cunningham Falls State Parks (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the County Executive and County Council of Howard County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Barnard Fort House.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated $80,000 in its FY 2020 budget to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Kent
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding for Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) projects.  The project will be constructed in accordance with coastal and non-coastal resiliency guidelines developed as part of the Coast Smart Program to reduce climate impacts.
      • Grant funding up to $82,971 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Rock Hall for its WWTP ENR project. The project will result in an 83 percent reduction in nitrogen and a 70 percent reduction in phosphorous, reducing nutrients to the Gray’s Inn Creek and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.  This Board action is for Phase 1 – Return Activated Sludge Pumps Improvements (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $82,500 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to construct new ADA-compliant restrooms at Halmos Park in Poolesville (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,000,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Gaithersburg for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new Gaithersburg Police Station.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $337,500 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to create a new multi-use public recreation area at Zimmerman Park in Chevy Chase.  The project will include a natural play area, a picnic/seating area, a broad lawn area with improved drainage for sports and recreational activities, as well as landscaping and a perimeter fence (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $700,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Directors of A Wider Circle, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, expansion, site improvement, and capital equipping of A Wider Circle Community Services Center.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital, Inc. to assist in the design, construction, and equipping of a renovation and addition to the Hospital’s Emergency Department, including but not limited to site work and demolition.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $53,100 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to add new playground equipment and additional safety mats around merry-go-rounds and under swing sets at City Park, the County Fairground and Pangborn Park (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $750,000 grant to the Arc of Washington County (AWC), Inc. to renovate the AWC’s 30-year-old main campus buildings located at 820 and 840 Florida Avenue, Hagerstown.  AWC provides comprehensive services and support to children and adults with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Worcester
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to grant a total of $4,225,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds in order for DNR to accept assignment from the Lower Shore Land Trust of its right to purchase two adjacent parcels totaling 672.92 acres in Worcester County ($3,150,000 for the Bay Club LLC property totaling 437.04 acres and $1,075,000 for the CMF Development, LLC Property totaling 235.88 acres).  The property contains a mix of forests and fields that will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service as an addition to the Chesapeake Forest Lands for public hunting and trail-based activities such as walking and wildlife observation.  The potential for equestrian trails will be explored.  One parcel is a former golf course; fairways and fields will be reforested with a diverse mix of tree species to maximize hunting and other recreational opportunities while protecting water quality.  Acquisition presents a rare opportunity to preserve a large tract of land in an area of Worcester County that is experiencing rapid growth and is consistent with goals identified in the 2017 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan to increase trail opportunities in the central and northern regions of the County (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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