March 23 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 23, 2022:

Allegany County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $16,050 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Allegany County to repair and resurface the existing tennis courts at the Bel Air Community Park (Item 1A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $90,963 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Allegany County for the following projects:
    • Frostburg Community Park: $58,900 to upgrade the pool pump, replace the ballfield’s fencing and infield, and construct dugouts (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Frostburg East End Park: $9,563 to construct a new pavilion extension to the existing comfort station (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • Midland Parks and Recreation Areas: $22,500 to install security cameras at Baker Memorial Mark, Church Street playground and Blair Memorial basketball court (Item 1A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Anne Arundel County

  • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award Bid Package 1 for the Department of Legislative Services Building replacement project.  This bid package is for the demolition, abatement, structural concrete, structural steel, elevators, sheeting and shorting and select earthwork for the project (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $506,855 grant to Serenity Sistas, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a property located at 106 Old Solomon’s Island Road. The property will be used to create a new Recovery Community Center, which is anticipated to serve approximately 750 individuals and their families per year. The contract sale price of the property is $756,500 (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $500,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Baltimore City to design and construct a waking loop, install fitness equipment, and renovate the existing basketball court at Easterwood Park (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $125,000 to the Board of Directors of the Govens Ecumenical Development Corporation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation facilities.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Calvert County

  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Calvert 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); and
  • A request by the Department of Natural Resources to commit $25,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Calvert 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).

Caroline County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $18,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Caroline County to renovate the ballfield, including replacing the existing concession/storage facility roof at Chambers Park (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request to provide a $359,212.65 grant to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 123.21-acre conservation easement in the Agricultural Security Corridor Eastern Shore Heartland Rural Legacy Area (Towers II property) in Caroline County.  Acquisition of this easement will protect productive agricultural and forested lands. The easement will be held by DNR and the ESLC.  Easement value: $2,697.03/acre (Item 12A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $100,000 to the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Denton for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Sharp Road Community Park.  The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient funds to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Carroll County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Westminster Rescue, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a woman’s addiction treatment services building on the Westminster Rescue Mission campus. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Charles County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Veterans, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum at Patriot Point.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Dorchester County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $318,600 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Dorchester County for the following projects:
    • Dorchester County Pool: $136,800 to install climbing walls, a stationary zip line and install a new pavilion with electricity (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Hurlock Sports Complex: $18,000 to replace structural elements on concession stands, press boxes and bathrooms (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • J. Edgar Sports Complex: $9,000 to replace structural elements on the concession stand, press box and bathroom (Item 4A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • School Street Sports Complex at Glasgow Courts: $60,300 to construct a new basketball course, resurface and restripe the existing court and purchase and install new basketball goals and perimeter fencing (Item 4A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • Christ Rock Sports Complex: $94,500 to resurface the parking lot and existing basketball court, construct a new basketball court and purchase and install basketball goals (Item 4A.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Frederick County

  • Two requests to enter into grant agreements with the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of New Market for the following non-matching grants:
    • $171,000 for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of stormwater drains (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
    • $285,000 for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of stormwater infrastructure.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Garrett County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $1,100,000 grant to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the athletic facilities at Southern Garrett High School and Northern Garrett High School.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Harford County 

  • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 44.97 +/- acres in Harford County (Bottiglieri property on Mill Green Road, Street) (Item 14A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Kent County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $228,600 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Kent County for projects at the following parks:
    • Worton Park: $193,500 to replace backstops on four ballfields and sideline fencing on one ballfield.  In addition, install park benches and a digital message board (Item 6A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • Toal Park: $35,100 to replace the backstop and sideline fencing on the ballfield.  In addition, purchase and install fencing for team benches and park benches for the playground area (Item 6A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Montgomery County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Humane Society, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Montgomery County Humane Society facility.  There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 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 $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Kettering Largo Mitchellville Boys and Girls Club, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Historic Chelsea House.  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 $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of COZ Apt, LP, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Hampton Park Sustainable Parking Infrastructure.  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 from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $191,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to St. Mary’s County to install new lighting at baseball field number 2 at Dorsey Park (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Talbot County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $110,700 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Talbot County to install natural turf and irrigation for multi-purpose fields at the Talbot County Community Center (Item 8A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Washington County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $58,500 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County to convert the existing asphalt play area into eight pickleball courts at Springfield Middle School for use by the public and the school (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Wicomico

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $597,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 300.33 +/- acres (Larner Trust, et al. property) in Wicomico County. This mostly forested property is located at the headwaters of Davis Branch, a tributary to the Pocomoke River.   It is part of the Pocomoke-Nassawango Important Bird Area, identified by the Audubon Society as one of the premier sites on the Delmarva Peninsula for Forest Interior Dwelling Species (FIDS) habitat.  Acquisition will protect water quality, contribute to large landscape protection of FIDS habitat, improve boundary line management, and expand public recreational opportunities.  The property will be managed by the Maryland Forest Service as an addition to Pocomoke River State Forest (Item 11A 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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