January 26 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 Dereck Davis — 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 January 26, 2022:

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

Allegany County

  • A request from the Department of General Services for approval to award a contract for the Winebrenner Stream Sealing Project in Allegany County to seal mine voids under Winebrenner Run to prevent the stream from losing water to the underlying abandoned deep mines (Item 18 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Anne Arundel County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Regional Agricultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 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 Directors of the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of ADA Restrooms in the Adaptive Boating Center. 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 Department of General Services for approval to award a construction management services contract to restore the exterior of the Maryland State House and Grounds within State Circle, including stabilization and potential restoration of the Old Treasury Building (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of General Services for approval to award a contract to remove and replace existing air handling units and associated controls at the Maryland Archives Building (Item 21, 2.1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $3,100,000 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program for maintenance, planning, volunteer support, and operations of the Baltimore City Park System (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Apartments Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Center for Community Arts, Education and Job Training. 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 $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Roberta’s House for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Roberta’s House Grief 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 $100,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Archbishop Curley High School, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping for classroom air conditioning at Archbishop Curley High School. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 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 $1,400,000 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 Highlandtown 2 LLC to assist in the acquisition, rehabilitation, refinancing, and new construction of 81 senior one-bedroom apartment units located at 155 Grundy Street. A total of 74 units are being rehabilitated, and seven units will be new construction (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $400,000 grant to Baltimore Public Markets Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of HVAC improvements at Cross Street Market. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 54 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Baltimore County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,948,258 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore County to acquire 12.65 acres in the Loch Raven/Towson area improved with a 20,000+ square foot building. The site will become Cheverly Road Park, and the building will be used as a recreation center and the County’s Department of Recreation and Parks’ headquarters (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to provide a $512,820.81 grant to The Land Preservation Trust, Inc. from Rural Legacy Funds to acquire a 73.16-acre conservation easement in the Piney Run Rural Legacy Area (Svrjcek property). Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest land and provide permanent protection to approximately 1,270 linear feet of forested stream buffers to unnamed tributaries of Prettyboy Reservoir. The easement will be co-held by the Trust and Baltimore County. Easement value: $6,506.55/acre (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Calvert County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Regional Agricultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $111,504 loan to provide additional funding for a living shoreline project at Flag Pond Park. Due to unavoidable delays, costs have increased since the project first received funding in 2016, and the County requested this additional funding to complete the project (Item 8.1 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

Cecil County

  • A request to provide a $957,170.25 grant to Cecil Land Trust, Inc. from Rural Legacy Funds to acquire a 257.92-acre conservation easement in the Fair Hill Rural Legacy Area (Albeck Farms, Inc. ’22 property). Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forest land and provide permanent protection to approximately 6,000 linear feet of stream buffers to unnamed tributaries of North East Creek. The easement will be co-held by the Trust and the Department of Natural Resources. Easement value: $5,027.57/acre (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,100,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Cecil County to replace the existing grass surface field with a synthetic turf field at the Elkton High School Stadium (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Charles County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Regional Agricultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 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 the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Addie E. Thomas Community Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Frederick County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to Community Arts, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Frederick Sports Mural. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $59,597 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Frederick County for the following projects in Middletown:
    • Heritage Park: $1,438 to purchase and install a concrete chess table (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Memorial Park: $2,875 to purchase and install a swing consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • West Green Street Pocket Park: $13,806 to construct a new pocket park with a sitting area and associated site amenities (Item 3A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Wiles Branch Park: $41,478 to construct a new pavilion and install dog park amenities (Item 3A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Garrett County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $215,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 4 +/-acres (Minoque property) in Garrett County. This property is located across the road from the Savage River in the heart of one of Maryland’s top trout fishing destinations. It will be managed by the Maryland Park Service as an addition to Big Run State Park. The property includes a commercial structure used as a Park Office and/or Ranger Station. The acquisition will support water-related recreational activities (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $27,200 to the Board of Directors of the Believe in Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House at Deep Creek Lake respite housing facility, including landscaping and improvements to the facility’s grounds. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Kent County

  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Kent County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Montgomery County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $332,650 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to acquire 2.41 acres to add to Black Hill Regional Park to develop a parking lot and space for a new loop trail (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $438,598 grant to Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. to the benefit of 515 Thayer, LLC to assist with the construction of a 55-unit building located at 515 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring. Three units will be specifically designated for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $685,310 (Item 13 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 $200,000 grant to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Regional Agricultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Emergency Management to authorize a $500,000 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. to replace an engine pumper (Item 5 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Educare Resource Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Homeshare Plus housing facilities. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide a $574,883 grant to the Town of Eagle Harbor to design and construct a 1,450 linear foot stream restoration project under DNR’s Resiliency through Restoration Initiative. This program was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events (Item 9.2 of the Secretary’s Agenda)

St. Mary’s County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Regional Agricultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources for approval to award the following to the Jefferson Islands Club for the St. Catherine’s Island Project to construct a 1,162 linear foot living shoreline:
    • $150,000 loan from the Shoreline Conservation Service. This initiative provides technical and financial assistance to Maryland property owners in resolving shoreline and stream bank erosion problems (Item 8.2 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • $807,200 grant from the Restoration through Resilience Initiative. This program was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events (Item 9.1 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $73,300 grant to the Board of Directors of the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Chancellor’s Point Community Sailing Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Washington County

  • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority to approve the purchase of the following properties related to the design and construction of a new Multi-Use Sports and Events Facility in Hagerstown:
    • Two parcels, including one laundromat building, totaling 27,636 square feet of land for $400,000 (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • One parcel, including one 58,832 square foot office building, totaling 3,985 acres of land for $5,236,529.63 (Item 11 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 Easter Seals Serving DC/MD/VA, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Easterseals Adult Day Services Hagerstown Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Wicomico County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide the following loans from the Shoreline Conservation Service to Wicomico County for two living shoreline projects:
    • $175,461: Roaring Point Park – 350 linear feet — Nanticoke River at Red Hill Lane (Item 8.3A of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • $173,163: Cove Road Beach – 300 linear feet –Nanticoke River at Ragged Point Cove (Item 8.3B of the Secretary’s Agenda)
    • The Shoreline Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance to Maryland property owners in resolving shoreline and stream bank erosion problems.

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