April 21 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 April 21, 2021 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 $100,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County to resurface the track at Frostburg State University (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Baltimore City
    • 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 Parkway Overlook Apartments 4 LLC to assist with the acquisition and rehabilitation of a one-hundred and eighteen (118) unit housing development for families, located at 1600 Hilton Street, Baltimore.  The apartment units are a mix of one, two, and three bedroom units (Item 8 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 Trustees of the Roland Park Community Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Roland Water Tower.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the final bid package for the Montebello Elementary/Middle School renovation/addition project (2040 East 32nd Street, Baltimore). This project is part of the Baltimore City Public School’s 21st Century Building Initiative (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Hopework Community Development Corporation and the Board of Directors of A Step Forward Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of emergency housing in Baltimore City for opioid addicted persons. The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the $5,000 matching fund requirement for this project (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $28,458.80 grant to Ebenezer Kingdom Builders, Inc. under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to make repairs to the exterior of the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church (20 West Montgomery Street, Baltimore), as well as replace the roof and windows.  This Brick Gothic Revival church, thought to be the oldest standing church in Baltimore erected by African Americans, was built in 1865.  The congregation was organized in 1836, and its descendants still attend the same church.  The building includes a prominent bell tower, with the parish house located in an adjoining rowhouse (Item 16 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $3,074,300 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to acquire 22.3 acres (Bierman property) in the Honeygo Growth Area of Perry Hall-White Marsh for the future Gerst Road Park.  This is one of the last sizeable properties in the area that has not yet been developed (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Carroll
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $632,010 from the Bay Restoration Fund to Carroll County for its Stormwater Management Restoration project.  As part of Carroll County’s efforts to improve water quality in the local receiving streams as well as the Chesapeake Bay, and also to comply with the County’s MS4 permit, the County has identified stormwater projects that aim to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff at urban centers in Carroll County.  The work consists of the retrofit of existing stormwater management facilities, the creation of new stormwater management facilities, and stream restoration.  This particular part of the project is for Trevanion Terrace (Taneytown).  The Board previously approved funding for The Greens of Westminster, Woodsyde (Eldersburg), and East West Pond (Mt Airy) (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to provide a $699,602.32 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 107.01-acre conservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area (Scott property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands, and 2,280 linear feet of vegetative stream buffers along unnamed tributaries to Prettyboy Reservoir.  The easement will be held by the County, which is paying administrative and compliance costs.  Easement value: $6310.48/acre (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Charles
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $336,750 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Charles County for the following projects at Gilbert Run Park:
      • $12,000 to add new play equipment to the large group pavilion area and enhance the playground and zip-line play area (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • $324,750 to replace the three 600 linear feet elevated boardwalks along Wheatley Lake’s  2.5-mile nature trail (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $545,000 loan under the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program which is a Smart Growth tool for revitalization through business creation or expansion in designated revitalization areas.  This particular loan will be made to Rollins Investment Holdings, LLC to relocate the Rollins Life Celebration Center (the former Gary L. Rollins Funeral Home) from 101 West South Street to 330 Catoctin Avenue.  The new location will include over 9,200 square feet of newly constructed commercial space that will provide valuable funeral and cremation services to the community.  The existing South Street property consists of a 27,500 sq. ft. lot and a two-story commercial building that was built in 1850. The property was sold to Frederick County to develop needed affordable housing in the area.  The proposed project will allow the long time business an opportunity to transform, relocate, and build a new modern facility that will be constructed to the specific needs of the business (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • 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 Hamilton Station, LLC to assist in the new construction of 80 family units, located at 33 Hamilton Avenue, Frederick.  There will be a mix of affordable one-, two-, and three bedroom apartments (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $2,900,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Hood College for design, construction, and equipping of renovations to the Beneficial-Hodson Library and Technology Center at the College.  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)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,500,000 grant to Frederick County, Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Frederick County Public Safety Training Facility Expansion, including an addition.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 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 Sophie and Madigan’s Playground, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Park.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient expenditures and funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $621,737 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for the following:
      • Harry Pfeiffer Park (Burkittsville): $47,000 to renovate an existing structure for use as a public restroom and visitor center (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • The Town of Mount Airy: $574,000 to acquire an 8.22 acre portion of an inactive freight right of way to expand the town’s trail system by approximately 3,200 linear (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to provide the following grants to Frederick County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of two easements, to be held by the County, in the Mid-Maryland Frederick/Carrollton Manor Rural Legacy Area.  The County will be paying administrative and compliance costs:
      • $866,170.75: 141.59-acre conservation easement (Kolb property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and 3,309 linear feet of forested stream buffers along unnamed tributaries of Bennett Creek and the Monocacy River.  Easement value: $5951/acre (Item 8 of the Department of  Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • $157,783.55: 40-acre conservation easement (Vorac Property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and 2,035 linear feet of forested stream buffers along an unnamed tributary of Catoctin Creek.  Easement value: $3,906/acre (Item 9 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an expansion at the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Company.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request to provide a $2,023,236 grant to Harford County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 337.21-acre conservation easement, which shares a border with Susquehanna State Park, in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area (Seven Springs Farm, Home Farm, LLC property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands and 13,500 linear feet of forested and grassed stream buffers along Elbow Branch, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.  The easement will be held by the County, which is paying administrative, incidental, and compliance costs.  Easement value: $6499.93/acre (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $150,000 to the Board of Directors of Artpreneurs, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Arts on the Block studio expansion.  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)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $200,000 to the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of University Park of for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the University Park Town Hall.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2021 budget ($40,000) 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 certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $250,000 to the Board of Governors of Free State Post 8950 for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for VFW Free State Post 8950.  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 9800 Good Luck Road, Lanham and approved a value ($2,250,000) sufficient 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 a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Temple Hills Swim Club, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction. and capital equipping of an outdoor swimming pool at the Temple Hills Swim Club.  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 5400 Henson Drive, Temple Hills and approved a value ($303,000) sufficient to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Queen Anne’s
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $8,362,172 ($6,362,172 loan + $2,000,000 Bay Restoration Fund grant) to Queen Anne’s County for the second phase of the Southern Kent Island Sanitary Project.  This is a multi-phase project to connect to the Kent Narrows-Stevensville-Grasonville Wastewater Treatment Plant, an Enhanced Nutrient Removal facility, which will eventually provide public sewer to approximately 1518 existing homes and eight non-residential properties. Phase 2 will provide service to 200 residences in the Tower Garden subdivision (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Somerset
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $1,174,291.39 grant to the County Commissioners of Somerset County to construct a 1,100 linear foot living shoreline with dunal, breakwater, and climate-resilience natural features in Tangier Sound on Deal Island.  This will protect commercial and residential infrastructure and enhance the marsh migration corridor under DNR’s Coastal Resiliency Program.  The Coastal Resiliency Program was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A  request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $256,815 (64,204 loan + $192,611 grant) to the Somerset County Sanitary District, Inc. for the Deal Island Road Water Main Loop project.  This project will directionally drill 1,100 feet of pipe under U.S. Route 13 and the Manokin River to replace a broken water line in the water distribution system serving the Town of Princess Anne.  This project will improve water pressure and restore redundancy to the pipe network serving the western side of town (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Washington
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $40,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to install a permanent septic tank system at Kirkwood Park in Hancock (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $264,500 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to acquire 2.3 acres for a new park along Antietam Creek, located at 20 West Poplar Street, Funkstown (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to Preservation Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of infrastructure improvements and upgrades on Jonathan Street in Hagerstown.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Worcester
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to approve the disbursement of $9,843,400 from the Ocean Beach Maintenance Fund for costs related to beach nourishment.  The Army Corps of Engineers estimates in its General Design Memorandum that periodic nourishment activities will be undertaken every four years to compensate for the natural movement of sand along the shoreline.  Under the Local Cooperation Agreement, periodic nourishment is cost-shared at the rate of 53% federal and 47% non-federal.  The non-federal portion of the cost is further shared at the rate of 50% State, 25% Worcester County, and 25% Town of Ocean City (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Upcoming Meeting Dates:  May 5, 2021 and May 19, 2021.

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