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

  • Anne Arundel
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $2,683,754.17 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County and $2,000,000 from Program Open Space Stateside to acquire 13.22 acres to add to Quiet Waters Park as a perpetual conservation easement.  This acquisition is a partnership between the U.S. Navy, DNR, and the County.  The Navy is contributing $680,323 and an additional 6.21 acres will be acquired with non-POS funds (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,055,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County for safety improvements, including lighting and utilities, a new ADA parking lot, trail improvements to the beach, and a fishing pier on Deep Pond at Beverly Triton Nature Park.  Also included will be a new children’s play space, a bathroom/office structure,  and a maintenance shed (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request for new funding for the Ashburton Reservoir Zone 2 Tanks project. This project entails the design and construction of two underground storage tanks totaling 50 million gallons and appurtenances to replace the open-air finished water reservoir at Lake Ashburton.  Maximum funding for this project is:
      • $11,019,627 ($9519,627 loan + $1,500,000 grant) to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • $8396,353 ($6,896,353 loan and $1,500,000) to Baltimore County (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request for new funding for the Druid Lake Finished Water Tanks project.  The project entails the design and construction of two underground storage tanks totaling 54 million gallons and appurtenances to replace the open-air finished water reservoir at Druid Park.  Maximum funding for this project is:
      • $11,966,872 (10,466,872 loan + $1,500,000 grant) to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • $8,896,546 ($7,396,546 loan + $1,500,000 grant) to Baltimore County (Item 18 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Gilchrist Hospice Care, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Gilchrist Center Baltimore facility.  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 certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the St. Elizabeth School for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the St. Elizabeth School building.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to 2101 East Biddle, LLC for the purchase and installation of security cameras, outside lighting, and other security equipment for the Hoen Lithograph Building.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new Ronald McDonald House.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Waterfront Partnership, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Rash Field.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for approval of the following new funding for the Electrical Distribution System Reliability Improvements at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) project:
      • Up to $31,969,440 ($30,969,440 loan + $1,500,000 grant) to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (Item 15 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • Up to $31,038,750 ($29,538,750 loan + $1,500,000 grant) to Baltimore County (Item 16 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
        • This project entails the construction of electrical improvements for the WWTP, including a new service feeder from BGE and substation replacements.  The project is essential to support the operation of the Back River Headworks project, which is required for Phase I compliance of Baltimore City’s Wet Weather Consent Decree
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,300,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to design and construct a picnic pavilion, playground equipment, community garden and a parking area at Gwynn Oak Park (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of The Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company facility.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • Requests from the Department of Aging to approve grants to Baltimore County for the following projects:
      • $328,000 grant to support replacement of the heating system at the Ateaze Senior Center in Dundalk (Item 5 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • $90,000 grant to support replacement of the roofing system at the Cockeysville Senior Center (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • $263,000 grant to support replacement of the plumbing system at the Parkville Senior Center (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
      • $81,000 grant to support replacement of the heating system at the Victory Villa Senior Center in Middle River (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $85,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Upperco Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Upperco Volunteer Fire Company. The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures 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 certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $250,000 to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Jerusalem Mill for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Jericho Road Stone Bank Barn Building.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the $125,000 matching fund requirement for this project (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $26,902.80 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County to remove a tree, construct a new entry sign and two bench swings, and provide site work for a walking path and future bandstand at War Memorial Park in Hampstead (Item 3A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $621,603.20 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County for the following projects:
      • Krimgold Park (Woodbine): $300,000 to upgrade and expand the parking facilities, install ADA-compliant paths and family picnic areas and plant shade trees (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Gillis Falls Trail (Mt. Airy): $247,000 to construct a new multi-use trail.  The ten-foot wide, 1.25-mile compacted stone dust trail will connect the Carroll County Equestrian Center to Salt Bo Park.  The project will also include two stream crossings, directional and interpretive signage, and two parking areas (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Linear Trail (Sykesville): $74,603 to repave 250 linear feet of a six-foot wide asphalt trail and install an additional 300-linear foot trail.  In addition, rehabilitate six exercise stations along the trail, and design and install an enclosed lookout deck adjacent to the newly renovated stormwater pond near the trail entrance (Item 3A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Friends foundation of the Cecil County Public Library, Inc. and the Cecil County Public Library System for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Our Town Early Literacy at the East Branch Library.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $22,400 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for Phase 1 of a project to construct a new eight-foot wide exercise trail at Eyler Park in Thurmont (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for new grant funding up to $501,525 from the Bay Restoration Fund to HGS,  LLC for the Tributary to Winters Run Stream Restoration Environmental Practice project.
      • This project entails the planning, design, and construction of approximately 6,236 linear feet of stream restoration in order to stabilize the stream and improve water quality for the Winters Run watershed and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  HGS will then provide 20 years of monitoring and maintenance activities, and MDE will make annual payments up to $417,000 for the purchase of verified annual reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment based on the agreed upon unit prices.  All restoration areas will be protected in perpetuity by deed restrictions (Item 19 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $965,037 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Howard County to construct two turf fields, four pavilions and restroom, additional parking facilities lighting, bleachers and an announcer’s box at Troy Regional Park (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a replacement mental health hospital facility in Elkridge.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $350,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland University of Integrative Health, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Maryland University of Integrative Health facility, including improvements to the building’s parking lot.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Cornerstone Montgomery headquarters facility.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,046,250 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County for a project at Carroll Knolls Local Park.  This project will include a new playground area, parking lot, picnic shelter, plaza, community open space, plantings, access and roadway improvements, stormwater management, and associated park amenities (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $82,500 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Prince George’s County to construct a new outdoor restroom facility at the District Heights Sports Complex (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $350,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to St. Mary’s County for new playground equipment and rubber safety surfacing to enhance ADA accessibility at Lancaster Park (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Somerset
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $82,004 to the City of Crisfield for the Norris Harbor Drive Culvert Replacement project.  The project will replace two parallel culverts running beneath Norris Harbor Drive in Crisfield, which is the only land access to the southwestern portion of the city.  One of the culverts has collapsed and the roadbed has eroded.  This is the first contract of the larger project to resolve drainage problems throughout the City of Crisfield (Item 20 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 70 acres in Somerset County (Insley/Layfield property, Perryhawkin Road, Princess Anne) (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request to provide a $274,167.16 grant to Washington County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of an 86.02-acre conservation easement in the Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area (Martz et al property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands, and 1,050 linear feet of forested stream buffers along Sharman’s Branch, a tributary to Antietam Creek.  The easement will be held by the County Commissioners of Washington County.  Easement value: $2,965.12/acre (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $171,000 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County for the following projects:
      • Woodland Way Park: $36,000 to replace deteriorated asphalt walkways to improve ADA accessibility (Item 9A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Doub’s Woods Park: $135,000 to construct a new 60’ X 80’ equipment storage building (Item 9A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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