December 1 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 December 1, 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 for new grant funding up to $488,468 to the Town of Luke for its Landslide Sewer Repair project. This project entails the rehabilitation of the sewer collection system, including repairing its landslide-damaged section (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $1,141,941 to the Town of Westernport for its Water Distribution Improvements Phase IV project. This project will replace the Town’s aging water distribution system, including installing water meters storage tanks and booster pumps (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $875,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 403.82 acres (Kessel Estate LLC property) in Allegany County. This mostly forested property, which includes a one-mile tributary to the North Branch Potomac River, will be managed by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service as an addition to Dan’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The acquisition will expand public opportunities for hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation, provide long-term water quality protection, and protect habitat for Forest Interior Dwelling Species and other diverse species found in the bog (Item 12A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Anne Arundel County

  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to replace the flooring and provide architectural and consulting services at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, which showcases African American history and culture (84 Franklin Street, Annapolis). The original building, the Mt. Moriah African Episcopal Church, was built in 1874 by a congregation of free Blacks and is one of Maryland’s earliest African American Churches. Moriah has also served as an educational facility and a meeting place for social and cultural events (Item 17. A of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve an $18,000 grant to Franklin United Methodist Church, under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, for the conservation of Franklin Cemetery (Tanyard Cemetery) (North Side of Deale Beach Road, Deale). This cemetery is associated with one of the oldest African American Methodist gathering places in southern Anne Arundel County. Local residents, as well as the Church congregants, are interred in the cemetery, with grave markers dating to 1842 (Item 17.D of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to Druid Hills Community Development Corporation under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the Sphinx Club (2101-2111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore). The Club opened in the building in 1946 in an era of segregated public venues; this was one of the nation’s first minority-owned membership night clubs. It became the center of social life along Pennsylvania Avenue, where African Americans could enjoy some of America’s most famous musicians and entertainers (Item 17. B of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit funds from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Baltimore City for the following projects:
    • Ellwood, Penhurst, Cottage Avenue, Alhambra, Queensbury, and Wilber Waters Parks: $1,000,000 to build new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and install fencing, paving, and site furnishings (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Parkview Recreation Center: $1,500,000 for building entrances, grading, stormwater management, utilities, playground, landscaping, and site amenities at the adjacent park site (Item 1A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Gwynns Falls Park: $1,750,000 for field improvements, including stormwater management facilities, perimeter walks, vehicle drop off signage, and site amenities (Item 1A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Reedbird Park: $4,750,000 to construct new athletic fields, basketball courts, playground, dog park, site amenities, pathways, and connections to the Middle Branch Trail System (Item 1A.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to provide acquisition and architectural, engineering, and consulting services for the construction of new buildings and site improvements at Sanaa Center (1925-1945 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore). The proposed project is in the Old West Baltimore National Register Historic District and would culminate in the construction of the Sanaa Center, an addition to the adjacent Harris-Marcus Center that would include co-working and arts incubator spaces and outdoor site improvements. Grant funds would be used for the pre-development of this project, which is intended to support Black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs (Item 17. I 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 Beloved Community Services Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Harvey Johnson Community Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for the following non-matching grants:
    • $65,400 to the Board of Directors of East Baltimore Development, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the installation of a traffic calming device and signage in the Eager Park Community (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • $500,000 to the Board of Trustees of the Lyric Foundations, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, including repairs to the building’s roof (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • $200,000 to the Board of Trustees of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
    • $60,000 to the Board of Directors of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Weinberg Community Center, including repairs to the building’s roof, flooring, and HVAC system (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement 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 LRP Guardian House, LLC to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of three vacant and historic buildings to create a 66-unit housing development for families, located at 23 S. Gay Street. The apartment units will be a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Living Classrooms Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Living Classrooms Opportunity Hub Facility. 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 enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Science Center for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of infrastructure improvements at the Maryland Science Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Baltimore County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $550,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 70.13 acres (Carroll property) in Baltimore County. This entirely forested property is located adjacent to the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail and within My Lady’s Manor Historic District.  An unnamed tributary to Gunpowder Falls runs through the property and contains one of the few naturally reproducing populations of brook and brown trout. The acquisition will protect water quality in the Loch Raven Reservoir Watershed, protect Forest Interior Dwelling Species habitat, and expand public recreational opportunities for hiking and birding. The property will be managed by the Maryland Park Service as an addition to Gunpowder Falls State Park (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Torah Institute of Baltimore, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Torah Institute Center of Baltimore. 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 grant agreements for grants totaling $1,000,000 to the Board of Directors of GGCAL Towson Row LLC for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Towson Armory Building. 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 enter into a grant agreement for a $400,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Prologue, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Prologue Outreach Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Caroline County

  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to St. Paul Church Historical, Revitalization, and Maintenance, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of St. Paul Church (26086 Beauchamp Branch Road, Denton). Paul is one of the earliest African American churches in Caroline County, with the associated cemetery dating back to at least the 1840s. The church will be used to promote community education and awareness of African American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries (Item 17. L of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Carroll County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $30,604 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of New Windsor for the planning, design, and construction of its Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Renewal Upgrade project. The upgrade will result in a 67% reduction in nitrogen and an 80% reduction in phosphorous, thereby reducing nutrients discharged to Dickenson Run and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay. This item is specifically for the planning part of the project (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Cecil County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $400,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Cecil County for the following projects:
    • Cecil Community Center: $160,000 to construct four pickleball courts (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Calvert Regional Park: $240,000 to purchase and install sensory playground structures consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $48,000 grant to The Historic Elk Landing Foundation, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the Hollingsworth House at Elk Landing (590 Landing Lane, Elkton). Zebulon Hollingsworth acquired the property in 1734 and subsequently built the house. An 1848 fire gutted the home, which was then remodeled to include an east wing and a front porch, and relocation of the kitchen and slave quarters to the main building. The house will continue to be used as a living history museum with an opportunity to interpret the African American experience (Item 17. G of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Charles County

  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Charles County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements. (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $56,000 grant to Working Out Wonders Foundation, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to rehabilitate a vernacular frame farmhouse on the Carroll Family Farm and Cemetery property (8675 Special Place, Nanjemoy). The farmhouse was constructed in the late 19th century by Lolita (Lottie) Diggs, who was formerly enslaved.  She later became the matriarch of the influential Carroll family, who were amongst the founders of Mt. Hope Baptist Church, the site of the oldest Baptist African American congregation in Charles County.  Carroll family members are interred in the property’s cemetery, which has remained in the family’s ownership since the 19th century. This phase-up work is a first step to transform this vacant property into a heritage and cultural site (Item 17.M of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Charles County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,791,875 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Charles County to acquire 17.54 acres for a new waterfront park on Popes Creek. The property includes a beach and pier with 12 slips (Item 18A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Dorchester County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to approve and execute an amendment to a 2007 Land Use Agreement to allow a commercial solar power facility on land owned by DNR on Egypt Road, adjacent to the Little Black Water River. The original Agreement anticipated that the retained land would be used for residential development and was put into place to control the impacts of stormwater drainage coming from the seller’s land. Because the planned use of the land has changed, the Agreement must be amended. The City of Cambridge and another private party must also sign the Amendment as co-owners of the land (Item 15A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Frederick County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Asian American Center of Frederick for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Asian American Center of Frederick. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 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 County Commissioners of Frederick County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of public infrastructure to support the extension of water and sewer service to the new Green Valley Fire Station. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 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 $2,466,000 from the Bay Restoration Fund to Frederick County for the Lewistown Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) Upgrade project. This project entails the planning, design, and construction of an ENR at the existing WWTP. This includes a new treatment system, including membrane bio-reactors, a flow equalization tank, and a sludge holding tank, in order to reduce nutrients to the Upper Monocacy River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to grant $201,287.65 of Program Open Space stateside funds to Frederick County for the acquisition of a 34.4-acre Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement (Brunell property). Acquisition of this easement permanently protects water quality by requiring approximately 2,000 linear feet of forested and vegetative stream buffers to unnamed tributaries to Beaver Branch, a tributary to Catoctin Creek. As part of the transaction, the landowner will be donating an additional 1.64 acres into the easement, which will be co-held by the County and DNR (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Garrett County

  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to Engage Mountain Maryland, Inc. under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to rehabilitate the Bethel AME Church (413 G Street, Mountain Lake Park). Built on a lot in Oakland purchased by trustees in 1895, the Church served a small Black community that lived in Garrett County around 1900. The property was foreclosed on in the 1930s, following an exodus of African Americans from the county due to racial conflict and economic conditions. A local farmer purchased the structure, disassembled it into large pieces, and reassembled it on a nearby farm for use as a carriage house and blacksmith shop. The small gabled-roofed frame building will be relocated to the town of Mountain Lake Park for use as a community gathering space (Item 18.C of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $186,550 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition of an 84.48-acre conservation easement (Bittinger House, LLC property) in Garrett County. This property contains a mix of forested areas and hayfields and borders approximately 2,775 linear feet of the Upper Branch of the Casselman River. The Casselman River is home to sixteen native fish species and includes a portion of the North Branch Bog. The landowner is permitting access to the property for scientific study. A conservation easement will protect water quality in the Casselman River Watershed and provide habitat protection for brook trout, other aquatic life, Forest Interior Dwelling Species, and additional diverse species found in the bog (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Harford County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $524,235 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Harford County to acquire 25 acres (Mt. Soma property) for a passive park on the west side of Bel Air. Future development will include parking and an extension of the Ma and Pa Trail (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to The Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to provide interior and exterior rehabilitation work for the Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center (555 Alliance Street, Havre de Grace). The original school is a two-room building constructed in 1910 by Harford County Public Schools to educate primary-school-age Black children. In 1930, a four-room brick addition was constructed to serve as the first public high school for African American students in Harford County. Prior to the construction of the high school, Harford County’s African American students had to travel to Baltimore City, Cecil County, or Pennsylvania to receive a high school education. The property is now used as a museum and cultural center (Item 17. F of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $270,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Harford County to replace the existing equipment at the Lyn Stacie Getz Playground. The new equipment, which includes safety surfacing and associated site amenities, is consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 4A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $55,000 grant to the St. James A.M.E. Church of Gravel Hill Road, Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the St. James AME Church (4139 Gravel Hill Road). The church is one of the oldest African American churches in Harford County, tracing its roots to 1849 when one congregation encompassed a large area of Harford County. In 1864, members of the Gravel Hill community constructed their own church building, which also served as a school and social hall. In addition, several known Civil War Veterans are buried in the adjacent cemetery (Item 17. K of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $45,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Harford County to purchase and install outdoor fitness equipment along the current walking trail at Prospect Mill Park and construct an ADA-compliant walkway from the parking lot to the exercise pad (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Kent County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $209,394.48 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install new playground equipment, safety surfacing, and associated site amenities, consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, at Wilmer Park (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Montgomery County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Sandy Spring Museum for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Sandy Spring Museum, including improvements to the building’s walkways. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $100,000 grant to Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church under the African American Heritage Preservation Program for the interior and exterior rehabilitation of Scotland African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (10902 Seven Locks Road, Potomac). After the Civil War, freedmen and women established a settlement known as “Snakes Den” along Seven Locks Road, and, in 1924, the community constructed the Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church. Throughout the 1960s, the Church served as the hub for resistance against discriminatory financing practices that left the community vulnerable to development pressure and condemnation. The community ultimately succeeded in saving their property, with the church being the only historic structure remaining (Item 18. J of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the VisArts facility. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Prince George’s County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Berwyn for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Berwyn Heights Senior Center facility, including repairs to the building’s roof. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $67,000 grant to Friends of Historic Mt. Nebo Preservation Corporation under the African American Heritage Preservation Program to rehabilitate the interior and exterior rehabilitation of the Mt. Nebo AME Church (17304 Queen Anne Road, Upper Marlboro). This church was constructed in 1925, replacing an earlier structure built in 1877, and will be used as a community center (Item 17. E of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Emergency Management to authorize a $510,000 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Volunteer Fire Department of Brandywine, Inc. to replace a Heavy Rescue Squad (Item 8.2 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Queen Anne’s County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $293,526 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Queen Anne’s County for the following projects:
    • South Island Trail: $200,000 to pave one mile of the South Island Trail, for a total of seven paved miles (Item 6A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Terrapin Park: $93,526 to construct a small ranger station and restrooms (Item 6A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

St. Mary’s County

  • A request to provide a $378,814.30 grant to the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, Inc. from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 133.5-acre conservation easement in the Huntersville Rural Legacy Area (Hayden-Mast et al property). Acquisition of this easement will protect productive forestland and 8,242 linear feet of stream buffers along Brooks Run, which ultimately drains to Breton Bay and the Potomac River. The easement will be held by DNR, The United States of America (which is contributing $120,000 towards the purchase), and the Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board.  Easement value: $3,490/acre (Item 13A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Somerset County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Somerset County Commissioners for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of aircraft hangers at the Crisfield-Somerset County Airport. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Talbot County

  • A request from the Military Department to authorize a $147,161 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Tilghman Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. to replace the fixed cascade system and 20 SCBA systems with spare bottles (Item 8.3 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Historical Trust to approve a $56,000 grant to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation Inc., under the African American Heritage Preservation Program, to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the new Bellevue Passage Museum (E. Poplar Street, Royal Oak). The building was originally built around 1900 on Dawson Street in Bellevue, a historically African American community, and has been moved several times throughout its history. The small, single-story, rectangular frame store building with a hipped roof was occupied in the early twentieth century by John U. Greene as a private business. The project proposes to relocate the structure to East Poplar Street within Bellevue for use as a museum (Item 17. H of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Washington County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $61,821 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County for the following projects:
    • Taylor Park (Keedysville): $16,821 to upgrade three pavilions and entrance lighting at the park (Item 7A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Veterans Park (Smithsburg): $45,000 to purchase and install streetlights for the roadway and walking path (Item 7A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $70,000 from the Local Parks and Playground Infrastructure funding allocated to Washington County to add new play equipment to existing playgrounds at Fairgrounds, Hager, Hellane, Mills, and Pangborn Parks in Hagerstown, consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 7A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Wicomico County

  • A request from Salisbury University for approval to purchase 32 three-bedroom student housing units, a privately-owned student housing complex located at 1401 Seagull Lane. The University plans to use these units to replace the fifteen, on-campus modular housing units at Dogwood Village, installed in 1985 and are past their useful life (Item 7 of the University System of Maryland’s Agenda)

Worcester County

  • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 153.36 acres in Snow Hill (MIV Real Estate, LLC property on Nassawango Road) (Item 17A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Pocomoke Lodge No. 1624 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Pocomoke City Elks Lodge No. 1624. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $50,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Worcester County for the design and construction of a permanent concession/new ADA-compliant bathroom facility with safety fencing at Showell Park (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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