Sept. 14 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 September 14, 2022:

Anne Arundel County

  • A request from the Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award the Guaranteed Maximum Price Package #3 for the Department of Legislative Services Building Razing and Replacement project. The package consists of miscellaneous metals, roofing, doors/frames/hardware, windows, glazing, flooring, interior finishes, security, dewatering, site work, hardscaping, and landscaping. This is the last contract related to this project that will come to BPW (Item 16 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $125,000 to the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Highland Beach for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Dr. Mary Church Terrell Pavilion. 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 partner with Scenic Rivers Land Trust to purchase a 132.12 +/- acre easement in Anne Arundel County (Garman Property) using $1,926,250 from POS statewide funds and $100,000 from the Trust.  This almost completely forested property includes well-stratified older forest canopy and approximately 3,700 linear feet of two branches of Maynadier Creek. The wetlands and forest on the property buffer Round Bay Bog, a Coastal Plain bog immediately adjacent to the property. The easement will protect contiguous forest area important for forest interior dwelling species, provide habitat for diverse species of flora and fauna, and protect water quality in the Severn River Watershed.  DNR will also pay $226,181.75 in incidentals to the Land Trust (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $2,012,194 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to do the following at Ft. Smallwood Park: construct a new comfort station, concession building and maintenance building, and renovate the historic concession stand and the barracks building, repurposing it as the park’s visitors center and ranger office. In addition, among other things, convert the existing stone comfort station to year-round use (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $1,500,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City for structural repairs below the orchid room in the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and to replace deteriorating window frames on the palm house (Item 7A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $600,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City for the new Parkview Recreation Center. The existing facility is being demolished (Item 7A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $4,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $900,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City to add lighting to three baseball fields and one artificial turf multipurpose field at Gwynns Falls Athletic Field. The project also includes pedestrian walkways, fencing, a scoreboard, spectator and player seating, a drinking fountain and a pavilion (Item 7A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $600,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City for renovations to the Mary E. Rodman Recreation Center. These will make the building more accessible, energy efficient and user friendly (Item 7A.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore to provide a grant for capital improvements to Club sites in your district. 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 Maryland Stadium Authority for approval to award architectural/engineering design services agreement for the Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School replacement project (100 North Chester Street). This project is a part of the Baltimore City Public School’s 21st Century Building Initiative (Item 15 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • a request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,800,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Baltimore City to design and implement improvements to the newly renovated field house at Bocek Park (Item 7A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore to provide a grant for capital improvements to Club sites in your district. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Center’s facility. 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 $200,000 grant to the Yeshivas Toras Simcha for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Grantee’s school. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $164,603 grant to People Encouraging People, Inc.  to assist with the acquisition of a property located at 424 Seward Avenue, Brooklyn. The property will be used to provide housing for three individuals with psychiatric and/or co-occurring substance use disorder disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $192,400 (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $32,500 grant to the Baltimore County Arts Guild for the construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Catonsville Clubhouse, including landscaping on the property. The Grantee has submitted documentation of sufficient eligible expenditures to meet the matching fund requirement for this project (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Caroline County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Federalsburg Activities Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Federalsburg Activities Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Cecil County

  • A request from the Department of Emergency Management to authorize a $1,250,000 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Community Fire Department Company of Perryville, Maryland, Inc. to replace firefighting equipment, including a 2000 gallon per minute pump, a 300-gallon water tank, and a 100 ft aerial tower (Item 6.1 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Dorchester County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Patriot Point, LLC. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Patriot Point facility. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Howard County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 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 a playground at the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 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 County Executive and County Council of Howard County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Savage Mill Trail Project located along the Middle Patuxent River. 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 Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $7,065,360 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Poolesville for its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Enhanced Nutrient Removal Refinement project. This project includes planning, design, and construction of denitrification filters and related accessories at the existing WWTP (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Prince George’s County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $550,000 grant to the Temple Hills Swim Club, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the swimming pool facility located in the Henson Creek Community of Temple Hills. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Somerset County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $70,214 ($35,107 loan + $35,107 grant) to City of Crisfield for the Inflow & Infiltration Removal – Phase I project. This project entails the replacement of sewer mains, manholes, publicly owned portions of laterals, and relevant ancillary work. The project is intended to reduce inflow and infiltration into the collection system, thereby decreasing the number and severity of sanitary sewer overflows and lowering operating costs for the city (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Talbot County

  • A request from the Department of Emergency Management to authorize a $245,023 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. to replace the tanker (Item 6.4 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $900,000 grant to the Town of Oxford to construct a 1,073 linear foot living shoreline with breakwater and headland features at the Strand Beach along the Tred Avon River to help protect residential and commercial infrastructure, roads, and town properties from tidal flooding, storm, and stormwater impacts. This program was developed to address escalating risks to Maryland communities and public resources from extreme weather and climate-related events (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,874.08 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install three benches near the Frederick Douglas Mural along the Easton Rail Trail (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Wicomico County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $1,000,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Wicomico County for the following projects:
    • Harmon Field: $400,000 to convert the existing softball field into a 12-court pickleball complex, and install a new basketball court, playground, lights for the pickleball and basketball courts, shade structure, comfort station, and playground (Item 6A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • Billy Gene Jackson Park: $600,000 to purchase and install new lights for the softball field, back recreational fields, basketball/tennis courts, and parking lots.  In addition, repair the parking lot, the softball field fence, and install new basketball hoops (Item 6A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $340,294 to Wicomico County for the Hunters Mill Pond Retrofit project.  This project will renovate an aging stormwater detention basin serving an unincorporated area of Wicomico County. It will increase the storage capacity of the basin so that it can handle more intense storm events while reducing the risk of downstream flooding. The project will also add water quality treatment features to reduce downstream pollution. The existing facility was built in the 1980s and serves a drainage area of approximately 195 acres (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $2,838,561 (849, 552 loan + $1,989,009 in grants) to the Town of Delmar for the Sewer Replacement project – Phase I. This multi-phase project consists of the rehabilitation of the sewer system serving the Town of Delmar. Phase 1 of this multi-phase project to rehabilitate the Town’s sewer system will update approximately 5190 linear feet of sewer lines and 2800 linear feet of sewer laterals along E East St, S Third St, E Chestnut St, E Pine St, S Pennsylvania Ave, and S Maryland Ave, including manholes. The project is intended to reduce inflow and infiltration into the collection system, thereby decreasing the number and severity of sanitary sewer overflows and lowering operating costs for the Town. Additionally, by reducing wet weather flows, the project may also help to alleviate performance problems at the wastewater treatment plant (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Emergency Management to authorize a $374,266 loan from the Volunteer Company Assistance Fund to the Parsonburg Fire Company, Inc. to replace the tanker (Item 6.5 of the Secretary’s Agenda).
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