January 27 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 January 27, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting.

  • Anne Arundel
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the United States Lighthouse Society, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $750,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Inc. to assist in the design, construction and equipping of a new rehabilitation gymnasium and treatment space.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Cecil
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of NorthBay Education, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of infrastructure and other capital improvements at NorthBay in North East.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Dorchester
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Dorchester 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)
  • Frederick
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors to the Frederick Arts Council, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Frederick Arts Council Theater.  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 Procurement Agenda)
  • Garrett
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $235,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 29.61 +/- acres (Elsey property) in Garrett County. This mostly forested property features approximately 700 linear feet of the Youghiogheny River in a section that is managed as a stocked recreational trout fishing area. The Maryland Park Service will manage the property as part of the Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environment Area. The Youghiogheny River supports a diverse population of native fish that thrive in the cooler waters provided by maintaining the surrounding riparian buffers. Acquisition will expand public recreational opportunities, improve public access to the river, and provide long-term water quality and river habitat protection (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $700,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Harford County to construct 2.5 miles of trail to connect the Ma & Pa Trail from the Williams Street trailhead in Bel Air to the Blakes Venture trailhead in Forest Hill.  This project will connect three communities and four county park systems for a total of approximately 7.5 miles of trail (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $352,500 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Harford County to acquire 23.5 acres of property in Bel Air for the new 12 Stones Road Park (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,775,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Howard County to acquire 4.93 acres of property (Savage Mill Remainder property) to add to Savage Park (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Kent
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Education of Kent County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of athletic track and tennis courts at Kent County High School.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of site improvements and an Artists’ Village for the Olney Theater Center.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $853,400 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to acquire .21 acres (Mizrahi property) to add to Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $170,000 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County for the following projects in the Town of Hancock:
      • Town Plaza and parking area adjacent to the Western Maryland Rail Trail and C&O Canal: $100,000 to resurface the existing pavement, replace deteriorating wooden guardrails, create additional greenspace and planters, and install a public pavilion with electric hookups (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Kirkwood Park: $70,000 to design and construct drainage improvements to existing recreational facilities (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $66,600 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County for the following projects:
      • Shafer Park: $21,600 to remove 500+ feet of old barbed wire and welded wire fencing and install a 0.6-acre tree planting.  This will remove a safety hazard for visitors, utilize the wetland area for stormwater and flood control, and facilitate the development of new projects in this largely underutilized part of the park (Item 5A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Boonsboro Elementary School: $45,000 for new playground equipment (Item 5A.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $18,270 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to replace the Sayler House Porch for public use at Kiwanis Park (Item 5A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Wicomico
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $522,279 to the City of Fruitland for its Water Treatment Plant Solar Panel project. This project entails the construction of a solar panel system and associated appurtenances to generate renewable energy at the Fruitland Water Treatment Plant (WTP).  The system will be interconnected with the electrical grid and net-metered against the WTP electricity consumption in order to save electrical costs for the facility.  This project also includes the necessary site work associated with the installation of the panels (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

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