May 5 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 May 5, 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 a total of $7,425 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for the following projects at Cresaptown Community Park:
      • $5,400 to replace the roof at Opessa Field (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • $2,025 to replace the dugout roofs at Hutson Field (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Anne Arundel
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the County Executive and County Council of Anne Arundel County for property acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Defenders of Freedom Capital Gazette Memorial, a monument to commemorate the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting and to honor freedom of the press.  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 $250,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Directors of the Ralph J. Bunch Community Center, Inc. for property acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Ralph J. Bunch Community Center in Edgewater.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 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 $13,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Westelee Civic Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of John Marshall Park.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 19 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $9,498,475 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works for the Municipal Discharge at Cox Creek and Patuxent Water Reclamation Facilities project.  This project entails the development and implementation of advanced online instrumentation, automated control and active management, and an expanded treatment regime to provide additional nitrogen and phosphorus reductions from the original enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) goals.  The Maryland Department of the Environment will provide annual payments for the purchase of verified annual reductions of nitrogen and phosphorus beyond ENR goals based on the agreed upon unit prices.  Annual purchases are estimated to be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000, depending on the verified reductions (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $130,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Bernie House Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of a transitional housing facility for The Bernie House.  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 1857 Hawk Court, Severn and approved a value ($180,000) sufficient to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement 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 Rosemont Gardens 4 LLC to assist in the acquisition and renovation of a 131-unit multifamily development, located at 2304 Winchester Street, Baltimore.  The project is a nine-building garden-style community offering 34 one-bedroom units and 97 two-bedroom units (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Society for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of facility and infrastructure improvements at the Maryland Historical Society.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 23 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 House of Ruth Maryland, Inc. for the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an administrative building and shelter.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 17 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 $175,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Your Public Radio Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the WYPR Radio building and studio, including repairs to the building’s roof.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 18 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Mount Pleasant Community Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Mount Pleasant Family Life Center.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Baltimore County
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Education of Baltimore County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Gunpowder Elementary School Playground, including installing new equipment.  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 certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $150,000 to the Board of Directors of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 7 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 $25,000 grant to the Board of Education of Baltimore County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Timonium Elementary School playground, including the installation of playground equipment.  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)
  • Calvert
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $100,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Calvert County to construct a kayak launch and a visitors center, repair the boardwalk, and provide parking enhancements and new signage at Gatewood Preserve (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $225,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Calvert County to replace five tennis courts and add four new pickleball courts, more parking, and a new restroom at Dunkirk District Park (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request to provide the following grants to Charles County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of two conservation easements to protect ecologically significant forest lands in the Zekiah Rural Legacy Area on Zekiah Swamp Run,  a tributary of the Potomac River. This body of water is considered to be one of the most important ecological areas on the East Coast by the Smithsonian Institution. Both easements will be held by the County Commissioners of Calvert County, which is paying compliance costs.
      • $174,371.24: 64.54-acre easement (Adriani property).  Acquisition of this easement will also protect 2,000 linear feet of stream buffers.   Easement value: $2,599.81/acre (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • $329,148.08: 79.27-acre easement (Kehres Property).   Acquisition of this easement will also protect 1,000 linear feet of stream buffers.  Easement value: 3,999.85/acre (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $550,000 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Calvert County for the following projects:
      • Cove Point Park: $150,000 to replace the pool decking, water slides, diving boards and shade structures at the park’s outdoor pool (Item 2A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
      • Chesapeake Hills Public Golf Course: $400,000 to construct a new clubhouse.  The facility will meet the equivalent of LEED Green Building Rating System Silver rating and will incorporate the state’s stormwater design requirements (Item 2A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Frederick
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $42,000 grant to the Board Directors of The Carroll Manor Fire Company, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the sewer system at the Adamstown Fire Station.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 13 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 $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Burkittsville Preservation Association, Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Shafer Farm House, including repairs to the building’s roof.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the $5,000 matching fund requirement for this project (Item 20 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Garrett
    • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $300,000 to the Board of Commissioners of Garrett County and Board of Education of Garrett County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Track Improvements at Southern Garrett High School and Northern Garrett High School.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Harford
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the County Executive and County Council of Harford County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a pedestrian and bicycle trail extension at the Ma and Pa Trail.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Howard
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $350,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of The Howard County Conservancy, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Carriage House Building and a new pole barn.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient in-kind donations and commitment letters to meet the $150,000 matching fund requirement for this project (Item 22 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $418,650 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Howard County to acquire 1.71 acres (Fullarton property) along the New Cut Branch of the Patapsco River to provide passive recreation and allow for reforestation and stream restoration (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • Montgomery
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Columbia Local Park.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 8 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 $250,000 grant to Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Black Seed Hill Classroom building.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2021 budget ($250,000) to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 14 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 the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Ovin Hazen Wells Recreational Park.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (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 $250,000 grant to the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Centerway Local Park including the installation of playground equipment.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2020 budget ($250,000) to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Prince George’s
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Fort Washington Medical Center, Inc. for the acquisition of medical equipment including, but not limited to, new CAT scan and magnetic resonance imaging equipment.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • St. Mary’s
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new loan funding up to $2,389,167 to St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission for the St. Clements Shores Water System Replacement project. This is Phase II of a project in St. Clements Shores to replace 10,400 linear feet of water line, including 12-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch, and 4-inch water mains (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $5,530,000 grant to the County Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to continue constructing the renovation and expansion of the St Mary’s County Adult Detention Center.  The Grantee has submitted documentation that it has allocated sufficient funds in its FY 2021 budget ($12,297,000) to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Somerset
    • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $623,186 ($311,593 loan + $311,593 grant) to the City of Crisfield for the Crisfield Inflow and Infiltration Removal project.  This project entails the rehabilitation of approximately one mile of sewer line along Maryland Route 413, including manholes, and is intended to reduce inflow and infiltration into the collection system.  This will decrease the number and severity of sanitary sewer overflows and lower City operating costs.  This Item is for Phase I of the project (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • Talbot
    • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new library and exhibit building for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 21 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • Washington
    • 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 New Alexander House Owner, LLC to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of 95 studio and one-bedroom age-restricted units located at 7 E. Washington Street, Hagerstown.  The Project will consist of substantial renovations, including those to unit interiors, common spaces, and upgrades to major systems (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Upcoming Meeting Dates:  May 19, 2021 and June 2, 2021.

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