December 15 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 15, 2021:

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

Allegany County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to Robotics and Engineering in Allegany County-Together, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Youth Robotics and Engineering Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Anne Arundel County

  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Aging to approve a $800,000 grant to Anne Arundel County to be used to support the Severn Intergenerational Center, located at 1160 Reece Road, Severn. The Senior Center will comprise a 13,463 square foot space. The remainder of the building will be utilized by the Boys and Girls Club (Item 1 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,112,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to construct a 1.7-mile, ten-foot-wide multi-surface hiker/biker trail from Annapolis Road in Odenton to Bonheur Drive in Gambrills. This is Phase II of the South Shore Trail, which will connect the residents of Odenton and Gambrills to the WB&A trail and thereby the MARC commuter train (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $486,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 21.31 acres (CLM & Ludlow Properties Partnership property) in Anne Arundel County. This completely forested property is located along an unnamed tributary of the Severn Run and will be managed by the Maryland Park Service as an addition to the adjacent Severn Run Natural Environment Area. The acquisition will protect the water quality of the Severn River Watershed, provide expanded recreational trail connections, and improve public access (Item 9 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $1,300,000 grant to Entity for the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, and site improvement of Chrysalis House, Inc, 1570 Crownsville Road. In addition, grant a waiver of priority of declaration and subordination agreement for two Rights of Recovery (RORS). Previously, BPW approved a Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. DHCD is unable to make these grant funds available unless MDH agrees to subordinate its legal and equitable rights under the two RORs and this new grant to DHCD’s lien of the Deed of Trust (Item 19 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Baltimore City

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Ivy & Pearls for Excellence, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Ivy Family Support Center. 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 enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Greenmount Corridor Redevelopment project. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 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 Backyard Basecamp, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Bliss Meadows Farmhouse facility. 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 Board of Directors of the Helping Up Mission, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a women’s and children’s support services building. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 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 Baltimore Public Markets Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Cross Street Market. 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 $350,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the South Baltimore Community Land Trust, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of ten homes for permanently affordable community land trust housing. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Caroline County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $103,100 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Caroline County for the following projects:
    • Jonestown Community Park: $50,000 for new playground equipment consistent with National Playground Safety Standards, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, pave the basketball court and perimeter trail, and install additional site amenities (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Henderson Community Park: $53,100 for new playground equipment that is consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, pave a half basketball court, re-orient the soccer field, and constructing an access pathway (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Grape, Inc. d.b.a. Chesapeake Culinary Center for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Chesapeake Culinary Center to create community space. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Carroll County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $269,438 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Carroll County for the following projects:
    • Taneytown Memorial Park: $90,124 to install new court surfaces on three tennis courts, adapt one court for pickleball, and repair and resurface one basketball court (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • 201 Main Street Park (New Windsor): $47,250 to install a new pavilion, sitting wall, storage building, and signage (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Maple Avenue Park (New Windsor): $41,940 to replace outdated benches, construct a retaining wall, and provide grading (Item 3A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Union Bridge Community Center: $90,124 to repair the entrance walkway roof and install new tot lot playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 3A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Cecil County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to approve the Trust for Public Land, acting on behalf of DNR, acquiring 1.46 acres in fee simple (Atlas NC I SPE LLC property) in Cecil County. This property is strategically located at the corner of the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) and the intersection of Maryland Route 213 (Singerly Road) and Maryland Route 273 (Telegraph Road). Approval is also being asked for the Trust to convey the property to DNR for $945,000 in Program Open Space Statewide funds. The acquisition will contribute to and build upon the development of the Special Event Zone at the NRMA, as well as eliminate an area of private ownership adjacent to a key entrance to the NRMA Special Event Zone (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Dorchester County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $1,000,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Dorchester County for the following projects:
    • Christ Rock Sports Complex: $250,000 to purchase and install playground equipment, multi-station fitness equipment, and safety surfacing that is consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as additional site amenities (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Dorchester County Pool: $262,047 for renovations to include plastering the pool surface, replacing the tile, coping and skimmer, and additional associated site amenities (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Dorchester Recreation Center: 487,953 for upgrades to include new sport coat flooring, perimeter walls, permanent basketball hoops, lobby improvements, parking lot paving and striping, and associated site amenities (Item 4A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $28,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 11.25 acres (Kozlowski property) in Dorchester County. This mostly forested property will be managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service as an addition to Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area. The property lies within an area identified by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area within the Savannah Lake Natural Heritage Area Wetland of Special State Concern.  The forested wetlands on this property provide important cover for migratory songbirds and acquisition will provide a buffer for Forest Interior Dwelling Species habitat, improve boundary line management and expand public recreational opportunities. (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 245.621 acres in Dorchester County (Watson property on Goose Creek Road, East New Market) (Item 14 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Frederick County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to grant $509,942.40 of Program Open Space stateside funds to Frederick County for the acquisition of an 89.52-acre Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement (Zigboon property). Acquisition of this easement will permanently protect water quality by requiring approximately 1,500 linear feet of forested and vegetative stream buffers to an unnamed tributary of Friendship Creek. As part of the transaction, the landowner will also be donating 12.99 acres into the easement for 102.51 acres of total protection. The easement will be co-held by the County and DNR (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $791,698 of Program Open Space stateside funds to Frederick County for the acquisition of a 139-acre Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement (Valentine property). Acquisition of this easement permanently protects water quality by requiring approximately 2,140 linear feet of stream buffers to Stoney Branch and 2,360 linear feet of stream buffers to the Monocacy River. As part of the transaction, the landowner will also be donating 10.79 acres into the easement for 149.79 acres of total protection. The easement will be co-held by the County (Item 7A of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Harford County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $1,185,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Harford County for new playground equipment and safety surfacing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act at:
    • Friends Park: $185,000 (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Annie’s Playground, Edgeley Grove Farm Park: $1,000,000 (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Howard County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $750,000 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 Cultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Kent County

  • A request to provide a $462,168.35 grant to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of an 80.32-acre conservation easement in the Harvard Crescent Rural Legacy Area (Sperl property). Acquisition of this easement will protect productive tillable fields, meadows, and forested lands on a parcel adjacent to Turner’s Creek Park. This waterfront property has over 3,500 linear feet of forested buffer in the Sassafras River watershed. Preserving this land from development provides additional resiliency to the effects of climate change. The easement will be co-held by ESLC and the Department of National Resources.  Easement value: $5,374.28/acre (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Montgomery County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Warrior Canine Connection, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Warrior Canine Connection facility. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $109,550 grant to Housing Unlimited, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a property located at 219-A Jay Drive #103, Rockville. The property will be used to provide housing for two individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $145,266 (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $350,000 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 Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park, including the installation of playground equipment and improvements to the park grounds. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 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 $250,000 grant to the Governing Board of Good Food Markets, Inc. for the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Good Food Markets – Addison Plaza facility and to grant a waiver to exclude the property owner as a beneficiary to the grant. 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 $450,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Melwood Horticultural Training Facilities for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Melwood Horticultural Training facilities, including the installation of energy-efficient systems. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Queen Anne’s County

  • A request to provide a $410,001.67 grant to Queen Anne’s County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 98.57-acre conservation easement in the Foreman Branch Rural Legacy Area (Armiger property). Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest lands. The property has over 4,500 linear feet of forested stream buffers on the Chester River and one of its tributaries, Pearl Creek. Preserving this land from development provides additional resiliency to the effects of climate change. The easement will be held by the County’s Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Natural Resources. The County is paying administrative and compliance costs.  Easement value: $4,119.73/acre (Item 12A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to provide a $253,601.80 grant to Queen Anne’s County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 58.82-acre conservation easement in the Foreman Branch Rural Legacy Area (Patterson II (McGinnes Road) property). Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forested lands and preserve scenic vistas from McGinnes Road. The easement will be held by the County’s Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Natural Resources. The County is paying administrative and compliance costs. Easement value: $4,154.22/acre (Item 13A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Washington County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Company for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Wicomico County

A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $304,106 grant to Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc. dba Chesapeake Health Care (Salisbury, MD) to assist with the acquisition of a property located at 305 Tenth Street, Units 103 & 105, Pocomoke. The Grantee is a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing affordable, culturally competent patient and family-center health care for individual and community wellness. This project will allow for additional health care providers and increase the number of patients served annually. The contract sale price of the property is $403,874 (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Visit the BPW website for more information.

Useful Links

Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Board of Public Works – December 15 Meeting Agenda

Close Menu
%d bloggers like this: