March 9 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 March 9, 2022:

Allegany County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $610,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 329.7 acres (Barnett, et al. a.k.a property) in Allegany County. This mostly-forested property is in an area identified by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area and will be managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service as an addition to Dan’s Mountain Wildlife management Area.  Portions of the property border Dry Run, a tributary to the North Branch Potomac River.  Acquisition will improve access for emergency response and other management needs, protect long-term water quality, allow for emergency response and other management needs, protect long-term water quality, allow for forest regenerations, and provide additional public recreational opportunities (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of the Environment for approval to award a contract to seal the streambed with a geo-synthetic clay liner to prevent loss of water to underground mine cavities at Lower Sand Spring Run in Allegany County (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Archway Station, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Allegany Oxford House Facility.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

 Anne Arundel County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $2,088,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to, among other things, improve the trails, picnic areas and pavilions, develop the newly acquired retreat area at Quiet Waters Park (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $600,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County for improvements at Odenton (GORC) Park.  This includes constructing a new basketball court, a new ADA and National Playground Safety standards playground, a gazebo, new field lighting, reconfiguration of fields and new parking (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request to declare the Crownsville Hospital Center, 1520 Crownsville Road, as surplus.  The area is comprised of +/- 544 Acres with 69 buildings totaling 800,521 square feet less the portions to be retained by the State (Item 38 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Annapolis for the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of flood mitigation projects near City Dock.  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 General Services to modify a contract to replace a 30 year old boiler and deaerator at the Annapolis Complex’ Central Services Plant (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Resiliency and Education Center at Kuhn Hall on Fort Meade.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $413,500 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, including repairs to the Platt Cannery building’s roof.  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 $200,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Compound, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an arts complex.  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 $175,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Pimlico Merchant’s Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Pimlico Market Cafe.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 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 $170,000 loan under the Energy Efficient Homes Construction Loan Program to Requity Foundation, Inc. for a gut renovation of an abandoned row house across from Carver Vocational High School in the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood  (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,200,000 loan under the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program which is a Smart Growth tool for revitalization through business creation or expansion in designated revitalization areas.  This is additional loan funding to 1700 W. 41stStreet LLC. For the Union Collective project to replace the roof (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Coppin Heights West North Avenue Revitalization.  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 $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Center for History and Culture for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of facility and infrastructure improvements at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $1,300,000 grant to Tuerck House, Inc. to assist with expansion and renovation of its main campus, located at 730 Ashburton Street .  The project will increase long term and intermediate residential capacity from 69 beds to 95 beds and serve an additional 150 individuals annually once the project is completed.  Outpatient capacity will increase by an additional 160 individuals annually.   The total cost of the project is $2,625,328 (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore County

  • A request from the Department of Aging to approve a $250,000 grant to Baltimore County to be used to replace the HVAC system and all related plumbing and electrical work at the Edgemere Senior Center in Sparrows Point (Item 1 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Aging to approve a $55,000 grant to Baltimore County to be used to replace the original HVAC system at the Overlea-Fullerton Senior Center (Item 2 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Calvert County

  • A request to provide a $703,988.47 grant to Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board (SMRCDB) from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 155.96-acre conservation easement in the Calvert Creeks Rural Legacy Area (Yoe property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands.  The property includes approximately 5,230 linear feet of riparian buffers along unnamed tributaries of Parkers Creek and the Chesapeake Bay The easement will be held by the Department of Natural Resources and SMRCDB.  Easement value: $4,056/acre (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Charles County

  • A request to provide the following Rural Legacy Grants to Charles County in the Zekiah Rural Legacy Area:
    • $67,560.98 for the acquisition of a 20.18-acre conservation easement (Reynolds Parcel 147 property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect ecologically significant agricultural and forest lands and provide permanent protection for unnamed tributaries of the Zekiah Swamp Run, a tributary of the Potomac River.  The Zekiah Swamp is considered to be one of the most important ecological areas on the East Coast by the Smithsonian Institution.  The easement will be held by the County Commissioners of Charles County, who are paying administrative and compliance costs. Easement value: $3,250/acre (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • $782,170.37 for the acquisition of a 223.20-acre conservation easement (Reynolds Parcel 171-R1 Property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect ecologically significant agricultural and forest lands, and provide permanent protection to approximately 3,500 linear feet of forested stream buffers of Zekiah Swamp Run.  The easement will be held by the County Commissioners of Charles County, who are paying administrative and compliance costs. Easement value: $3,250/acre (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Dorchester County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $1,390,000 grant through DNR’s Resilience through Restoration Initiative (RTRI) to the County Council of Dorchester County to construct a 1,200 linear foot climate-resilient living shoreline at the mouth of Hurst Creek along the Choptank River with sandy dredged material from Hurst Creek.  This will protect residential infrastructure from extreme weather and climate-related events, facilitate natural adjustment following coastal storm events, and demonstrate beneficial use of local dredged material.  The RTRI was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Dorchester County to complete the County’s 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, consistent with State planning requirements (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Frederick County

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $1,500,000 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 Overlook Owner, LP to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of 63 family units, located at 101 Tilman Place, Frederick.  The project offers a mix of three and four-bedroom units (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $220,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Frederick County for the following projects:
    • Doubs Meadow Park: $50,000 to resurface the asphalt multiuse trail (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Bullivant Park: $80,000 to design and construct a new asphalt multiuse trail (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Grindstone Run Park: $40,000 to construct a new trail and pedestrian bridge (Item 3A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Young Nature Preserve: $50,000 to extend the Myersville Greenway system to a new town park (Item 3A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $476,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Brunswick for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new emergency operations center in the City of Brunswick.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Kent County

  • A grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of the Chesapeake, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Kent County Family YMCA.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Montgomery County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,650,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to renovate the northern section of Columbia Local Park.  This includes converting two existing tennis courts into a paved dog park, and building tennis, pickleball and soccer courts.  In addition building a small gathering area with a shade structure.  Work will also include stormwater management, parking lot and access route enhancements (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $123,075 grant to Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children Inc to assist with the acquisition of a townhouse located at 9568 Autumn Berry Place, Montgomery Village. The property will be used to provide housing for three individuals with developmental disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $164,100 (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Prince George’s County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $600,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Anne Arundel County for improvements at Odenton (GORC) Park.  This includes constructing a new basketball court, a new ADA and National Playground Safety standards playground, a gazebo, new field lighting, reconfiguration of fields and new parking (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the African American Museum and Cultural Center in North Brentwood.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

St. Mary’s County

  • A request to provide a $412,487.17 grant to Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board (SMRCDB) from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 106.58-acre conservation easement in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area (Vallandingham property).  Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands. The property includes approximately 7,735 linear feet of riparian buffers along Carroll Pond, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay The easement will be held by The United States of America and SMRCDB.  Easement value: $6,687/acre (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Washington County

  • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for the following approvals:
    • To purchase property, located at 80 West Baltimore Street.  The contract sale price of the property is $1,800,000 (Item 15 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
    • To award a contract for design and build services for the project (Item 16 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Worcester County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $945,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Worcester County for the following projects:
    • Northern Worcester Athletic Complex:
      • $25,000 to construct two bullpens on the Senior League baseball field (Item 5.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
      • $860,000 to retrofit existing lighting systems on the Senior League baseball field and one multipurpose field, and install lighting systems for two multi-purpose athletic fields (Item 5.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • John Walter Smith Park: $35,000 to construct a permanent batting cage (Item 5.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Stockton Park: $25,000 to replace fencing along the road to (Item 5.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $55,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Worcester County to construct a permanent batting cage and extend the baseball/softball fencing on field two at Showell Park (Item 5.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

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

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