March 10 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 March 10, 2021 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 funding up to $897,640 (448,820 loan + $448,820 grant) to Allegany County for the Brant Road Waterline Replacement project in Cresaptown.  This project entails replacing aging water lines as they have exceeded their useful life.  The proposed improvements will provide residents with safe drinking water supply and fire protection.  This project will be constructed in accordance with resiliency guidelines developed as part of the Coast Smart Program to reduce climate change risks to such projects (Item 5 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Anne Arundel
    • A request from the Military Department to authorize a $607,123 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company of Anne Arundel County to replace a fire engine (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the HARBEL Community Organization, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the HARBEL Community Building.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $450,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to design and construct Church Lane Park in Pikesville (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $225,000 to the Board of Directors of Jewels Schools, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the JEWELS Community Therapy Clinic.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Calvert
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Board of Directors of End Hunger in Calvert County, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the End Hunger Warehouse.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Caroline
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $1,186,702 (633,388 loan + $553,314 grant) to the Town of Denton for the Denton Water Main Replacements project.  This project will replace substandard portions of Denton’s water distribution system.  The aging and outdated system’s undersized pipes are leaking and is experiencing occasional service interruptions.  The upgraded system will have larger corrosion-resistant PVC pipe without lead joints and will add a looped connection and isolation valves at key locations to improve water quality and facilitate maintenance activities.  The project also will involve the installation of fire hydrants and replacement of service connections.  It will be constructed in accordance with resiliency guidelines developed as part of the Coast Smart Program to reduce climate change risks to such projects (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Carroll County Agricultural Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Carroll County Agricultural Center and Shipley Arena.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Military Department to authorize a $525,000 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, Inc. to replace its heavy rescue squad vehicle (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Dorchester
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Good Shepherd Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Maces Lane Community Center in Dorchester County.  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 (DNR) to grant $631,647.75 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition of a 218.41 +/-acres conservation easement (HMC Trust property) in Frederick County.  This almost entirely forested property is located on a ridge of College Mountain along the Catoctin Greenway, an important route for migratory birds and habitat for many Forest Interior Dwelling Species.  Located in close proximity to Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park, the property contains numerous rock outcroppings that provide habitat for state endangered species.  The property also includes 5,200 linear feet of stream corridor along Little Owens Creek.  The landowner is permitting public access for periodic environmental education events.  Frederick County will co-hold the conservation easement with DNR (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $400,000 grant to the Board of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Frederick County, Maryland, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new South County YMCA complex.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Garrett
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $185,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 155.85 acres (Peppermint LLC property) in Garrett County.  This mostly forested property will protect nearly half a mile of Laurel Run, a tributary to the Youghiogheny River.  Acquisition will improve boundary management, ensure long-term water quality and fish habitat protection, and will provide additional recreational fishing opportunities in the Youghiogheny River Watershed.  The Maryland Park Service will manage the property as an addition to Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environment Area (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,018,490 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Howard County to acquire 25.2 acres for a new park in the Marriottsville area (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Kent
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $997,272 (249,318 loan + $747,954 grant) to the Town of Rock Hall for its Water Meter System Upgrade project.  This project will replace the existing water distribution system’s manually read water meters with a new radio read meter system, providing for wireless digital data collection and billing software, improving the accuracy of meter reading, saving time for employees, and promoting water and energy conservation.  This project also includes replacing deteriorated meter pits and associated piping and will be constructed in accordance with resiliency guidelines developed as part of the Coast Smart Program to reduce climate change risks to such projects (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $293,025 grant to Housing Unlimited, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a house located at 18206 Paladin Drive, Olney. The property will be used to provide housing for three individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $389,900 (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $567,212 grant to Main Street Connect, Inc. for the final construction phase of a project located at 50 Monroe Place, Rockville to provide up to 18 affordable and accessible housing units. The property will have 6 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units; 10 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units; 2 three-bedroom, two-bathroom units; and include integrated living and enhanced community engagements for adults with developmental disabilities. Total project cost is $1,418,179 (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $246,975 grant to Housing Unlimited, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a townhouse located at 10202 Kindly Court, Montgomery Village. The property will be used to provide housing for three individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $328,500 (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request from the Military Department to authorize a $121,000 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Hancock Rescue Squad, Inc. to replace its ambulance (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Hagerstown BMX, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Hagerstown BMX Track Facility.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

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