October 6 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments.

The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on October 6, 2021:

Note: This is a list of county-specific items, not a comprehensive list of BPW actions.

Allegany County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for new funding up to $1,256,607, including $1,211,602 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the City of Frostburg for the Beall Street Corridor project. This is the next phase in a multi-phase project to separate sewers within the City and reduce the frequency and volume of combined sewer overflow that occur during wet weather events (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Robotics and Engineering of Allegany County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Youth Robotics and Engineering Center. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Anne Arundel County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $350,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County for a new accessible playground as well as safety surfacing across from the White Oak Pavilion at Quiet Waters Park (Item 1A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $750,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to design and construct the new 12-acre Deale Community Park. The project will include picnic pavilions, a playground, a sand volleyball court, pickleball courts, a restroom/comfort station, parking, a small dog park, trails, and other park amenities (Item 1A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $400,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to design and install two prefabricated restroom facilities at Bachman Sports Complex (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $200,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to design and construct a new dog park, and overlay the two existing tennis courts at Overlook Park (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for an $82,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Linthicum Veterans Memorial, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Linthicum Veterans Memorial. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $60,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Goshen Farm Preservation Society, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Goshen Farmhouse. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award Bid Package 1 for the Cross County Elementary/Middle School Renovation/Addition project (2040 East 32nd Street). This project is a part of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ 21st Century Building Initiative (Item 19 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Grace Foundation Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Temple C Experiential Community Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $1,649,070 grant to People Encouraging People, Inc. to assist with the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and site improvement of Phase II of the property located at 4201 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore. The total project cost is $2,285,312. In addition, the Grantee provides community support services to individuals with psychiatric disorders and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorders or other disabilities and disadvantages (Item 18 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Governing Board of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Baltimore Museum of Art facility, including repairs to the buildings’ roofs. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of JEWELS School, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the JEWELS Community Therapy Clinic playground, including the installation of playground equipment. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, including the design, fabrication, and installation of exhibits. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Junior Achievement Youth Workforce and Innovation Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant.  The Grantee also requests a waiver to exclude the property owner as a beneficiary to the grant (Item 11 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 Board of Directors of the MSHC Five Star Program, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of the Morning Star Baptist Church for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Morning Star Family Life Center. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Caroline County 

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $638,350 ($319,175 loan + $319,175 grant) to the Town of Federalsburg for the Old Denton Road Water Main project. This project entails replacing 2,700 linear feet of 6” failing Asbestos pipe for water service along the Town’s Old Denton Road.  This includes installing a new water service line, hydrants, valves, and other appurtenances. This will help prevent future health issues for residents and provide a secure, uninterrupted water supply to the service area (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Carroll County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $417,000 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County for the following projects:
    • Carroll County Sports Complex: $270,900 to install a new standing seam metal roof with new gutters and downspout (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Cape Horn Park: $146,100 to install new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project will also include a new accessible path from the parking lot as well as benches and signs (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,320,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Carroll County for the following projects:
    • Bear Branch: $150,000 for a new pavilion, accessible walkway, and associated amenities (Item 2A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Charles Carroll Park: $165,000 for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and associated amenities (Item 2A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Deer Park: $288,000 for a new lighting system at the multipurpose field (Item 2A.5 Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Hashawha & Bear Branch Nature Center: $552,000 to improve the existing roadways and parking facilities with asphaltic repairs and overlay (Item 2A.6 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Hashawha Environmental Center: $65,000 for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 2A.7 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Landon C. Burns Park: $100,000 for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 2A.8 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $180,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Carroll County to build a new pavilion, accessible walkways, and associated amenities at Piney Run Park (Item 2A.9 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Charles County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Executive Board of The American Legion, Department of Maryland, Randolph Furey Post No. 170 Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the American Legion Randolph Furey, Post 170 building, including improvements to the building’s parking lot and roof. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Dorchester County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Harriet Tubman Statue. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Frederick County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $40,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to construct a new skate park at East End Park (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Garrett County

  • A request from MDE for new funding up to $776,526 from the Bay Restoration Funding to the Town of Grantsville for its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade project. This project entails the design and construction of upgrades to the Grantsville WWTP (this Item is specific to the planning and design portions). The current Plant cannot meet its permit limits and has had several occurrences of Significant Non-Compliance, leading the Town to enter into a Consent Order with MDE. This project, which will reduce nutrients discharged to the Youghiogheny River, will serve the Town of Grantsville and surrounding areas of Garrett County (Item 15 of the Secretary’s Agenda).
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $108,438.00 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Garrett County for the following projects:
    • McHenry Lions Park: $62,631.00 to expand the existing pavilion and construct a new bicycle pump track (Item 4.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property)
    • Broadford Park: $23,127.30 to upgrade Pavilion #1’s deteriorating roof and install lighting for one of the baseball fields (Item 4.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property)
    • Mountain Fresh Pavilion: $22,680 to install garage doors around the perimeter to allow the facility to be enclosed and utilized during inclement weather (Item 4.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $47,650.70 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Garrett County for the following projects:
    • Avilton Community Center: $39,700 to upgrade the roof, construct new sidewalks, and purchase and install additional site amenities (Item 4.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property)
    • Kitzmiller Botanical Garden Park: $3,951.00 to restore the botanical garden pond, make landscaping improvements, and install new picnic tables and benches (Item 4.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property)
    • Deer Park Community Center: $4,000.00 to pave the playground area’s existing gravel parking lot (Item 4.6 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property)

Harford County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Howard County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping for the expansion of the Day End Farm Horse Rescue. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the County Executive and County Council of Howard County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Harriet Tubman Community Center and Museum. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Montgomery County

  • 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 Sandy Spring Village, LP to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a fifty-six-unit housing development. The project, located at 17810 Meeting House Road and 900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, will offer units for seniors (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Prince George’s County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Seat Pleasant for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Seat Pleasant City Hall Facility. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Governors of Free State Post 217, Incorporated for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a parking lot located at the VFW Free State Post 217facility. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $20,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the United Communities Against Poverty facility. This grant has no matching fund requirement (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Washington County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $45,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to construct a new dog park at Martin L Snook Park (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $45,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Washington County for the following projects:
    • Mills Park: $15,000 to replace the existing park pavilion roof with a new metal roof (Item 5A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Fairgrounds Park: $30,000 to replace the existing stable roof with a new metal roof. This is the first phase of the project (Item 5A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $90,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to acquire .18 acres of property (Yeakle Property) as an addition to Clear Spring Park (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Wicomico County 

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $360,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Wicomico County for accent and security lighting, directional signage, traffic flow adjustments, and vehicular security barriers at the Wicomico Civic Center (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $281,983 grant to Three Lower Counties Community Services, dba Chesapeake Health Care to assist with the construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and site improvement of a property located at 1104 Healthway Drive, Salisbury. The property will renovate an outdated medical service facility as a Child and Family Mental Health Center. The total project cost is $1,797,052 (Item 19 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

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