Nov 16 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 November 16, 2022:

Allegany County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Allegany Museum, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Allegany County Museum, including new HVAC climate control system. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Anne Arundel County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $4,936,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to design and construct a new park in Millersville. The project will include natural turf multipurpose fields, irrigation, field lighting, a concession stand, bathrooms, utilities, stormwater management, trails and road improvements (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the United States Lighthouse Society for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to provide a $533,349 grant to Arundel Rivers Federation to construct a 600 linear foot living shoreline with dune and headland breakwater features to address erosion and flooding along Honeysuckle Drive at Mayo Beach Park. The project includes enhancing natural buffers surrounding transportation and residential infrastructure and addressing sea level rise and coastal storm impacts 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 15 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,000,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Anne Arundel County to design and construct a new 12-acre community park in Deale. This project includes picnic pavilions, a playground, sand volleyball court, pickleball courts, a restroom/comfort station, parking, a dog park, and new trails (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $500,000 grant to Chrysalis House, Inc. to assist with the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, and site improvement of the property located at 1570 Crownsville Road, Crownsville. The Grantee provides intensive and outpatient treatment for women with substance use and mental health disorders, while providing a safe, nurturing home for their children during recovery (Item 17of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide loans totaling $6,500,000 under the Rental Housing Works Program (5,000,000) and the Partnership Rental Program ($1,500,000) 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 Perkins Home Phase IIA, LLC to assist in the construction of a four-story building that includes 89 family units and an elevator, located at 226 Caroline Street. The Project will contain a mix of up to four-bedroom units. There will be 56 units with rental assistance, 13 units targeted to persons with disabilities; and 28 market rate units (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide loans totaling $8,200,000 under the Rental Housing Works Program (5,200,000) and the Partnership Rental Program ($3,000,000) 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 Perkins Homes Phase IIB, LLC to assist with the new construction of a 67 unit, four-story building with elevator service, located at 1500 Claremont Street.  The Project will contain a mix of up to four-bedroom units. There will be 26 units with rental assistance, 8 units targeted to persons with disabilities, and 12 market rate units (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Clinton Street Community Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Clinton Street Community Center properties. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,500,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Science Center for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of infrastructure improvements at the Maryland Science Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 16 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 $3,200,000 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 Bon Secours Apartments Consolidated Limited Partnership to assist in the rehabilitation of 117 family units, located at 1801 West Baltimore Street. The Project will offer a mix of up to four-bedroom units (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $37,168.29 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program for a project along Stony Run Path. This includes constructing crossings at major streets and structural stabilization of eroded areas along the path (Item 8.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $37,168.29 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program for a project along Stony Run Path. This includes constructing crossings at major streets and structural stabilization of eroded areas along the path (Item 8.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $1,000,000 loan under the Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Program to The Episcopal Housing Corporation for the rehabilitation of a four-story townhouse located at 17 W. Mulberry Street, Baltimore.  This building will house nine special needs units and is situated on a .10-acre site.  After completion, this facility will serve individuals that have experienced chronic homelessness (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide loans totaling $4,700,000 under the Rental Housing Works ($3,500,000) and Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Program ($1,200,000) to Rosemont Limited Partnership to rehabilitate 106 family units, located at 1121 N. Ellamont Street, Baltimore.  The Project targets family households at or below 60% Area Median Income (AMI) and offers a mix of three-, four-, and five-bedroom units. The project will also include community meeting and recreation spaces (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $37,168.29 from the Program Open Space State Share/Baltimore City Direct Grant program for a project along Stony Run Path. This includes constructing crossings at major streets and structural stabilization of eroded areas along the path (Item 8.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $44,873 grant to People Encouraging People, for the planning, design, construction, repair and renovation of 424 Seward Avenue, Brooklyn (Item 18 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Urban League, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Orchard Street Church. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore County

  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $850,000 to the County Executive and County Council of Baltimore County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an artificial turf field at Pikesville High School. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Calvert County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $700,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated to Calvert County to design and construct a new tennis and pickleball court complex at Cove Point Park (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $128,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of End Hunger in Calvert County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the End Hunger Warehouse facility, including the installation of an elevator. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Caroline County

  • A request to enter into grant agreements for non-matching grants of the following amounts to the Commissioners of the Town of Ridgely for the for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the:
    • Town Hall building: $87,000 to replace the roof (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
    • Telephone Exchange Building: $9,000 to replace the roof (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Carroll County

  • A request to provide a $229,262.09 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 51.80-acreconservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area (Sterner property). Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest land, as well as 41 feet of stream buffers along the South Branch Gunpowder Falls, eventually flowing to Prettyboy Reservoir. The reservoir supplies drinking water to metropolitan Baltimore City. The easement will be held by the County, which is paying administrative and compliance costs. Easement value: $4,380/acre (Item 10A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $25,000 grant to Carroll County Public Schools for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a playground at Freedom District Elementary School, including the installation of playground equipment and improvements to the site’s grounds. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Cecil County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $1,794,834 to Cecil County for the Bay View Interceptor Sewer Repair and Stream Restoration project. This project will restore Stoney Run’s natural stream biology and protects a section of the County’s Stoney Run Interceptor sewer line. The stream has been degraded by poor land use practices and is a good candidate for stream restoration due to exposed sewer crossings. Permanent repairs will be required at these locations along the sewer interceptor to prevent the potential discharge of untreated sewage into the stream. The work will also, among other things, modify existing floodplain levels, reduce erosion potential, and restore permanent riparian buffers (Item 17 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Frederick County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $213,002 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County for the following projects:
    • Mount Airy Rails to Trails: $145,502 to install new lighting, benches, road signs, bicycle racks and construct a multiuse trail on the west section (Item 3A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • East End Park (Thurmont): $67,500 to replace the deteriorating pavilion with a new metal ADA compliant pavilion with electric and water connections for public use (Item 3A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $344,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 1.84+/- acres (Palmer Family Living Trust) in Frederick County. This mostly forested property is located along Gambrill Park Road and is surrounded on three sides by Gambrill State Park. The property will be managed by the Maryland Park Service as part of the park. The property also includes a residential structure that can be used as a park office. Acquisition will improve boundary line management and expand public recreational opportunities (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $600,000 grant to the Mayor and City Commissioners of the City of Brunswick for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the New Emergency Operations Center, Public Works, and Police Department Building. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Howard County

  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $300,000 to the Board of Directors of the Columbia Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of an elevator into Historic Oakland, located at 5430 Vantage Point Road. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the James Clark Main Display Building at the Living Farm Heritage Museum. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Montgomery County

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval of $1,500,000 in general bond proceeds to The County Executive and County Council of Montgomery County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center. This award is part of the FY 2023 National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund (NED) Awards. NED is a program that provides competitive grants/loans in support of commercial and residential projects in areas targeted for revitalization. It focuses on areas where modest investment and coordinated strategies will have an appreciable neighborhood revitalization impact (Item 9.1 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Prince George’s County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $215,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for new playground equipment and safety surfacing at the Landover Hills Neighborhood Park. The project will also include improvements to the forest trail adjacent to the park by better defining the trail, installing a foot bridge, and adding educational signage (Item 4A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County for environmental studies, asbestos, and hazardous material studies, structural studies, and pre-development site development at the former Cheverly Hospital Site. 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 Natural Resources to commit $4,509,450 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Prince George’s County to acquire 2.15 acres to add on to the existing Prince Georges Plaza Community Center property for a future expansion (Item 4A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval of $1,500,000 in general bond proceeds to The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of mixed-use residential, office, art studio, and retail space in Downtown Hyattsville. This award is part of the FY 2020 National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund (NED) Awards. NED provides strategic investment in local housing and businesses to encourage healthy, sustainable communities with a growing tax base and enhanced quality of life (Item 9.2 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Queen Anne’s County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $834,812 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding for the following projects:
    • Pinkney Park: $157,645 to color coat the basketball court surface and install lighting for nighttime use (Item 5A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Round Top Park: $177,167 to repave, color coat and add striping to create one basketball court and two pickleball courts (Item 5A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • Cockey Lane Park: $500,000 to design and build a new skate park (Item 5A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

St. Mary’s County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $1,125,000 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding for the following projects:
    • Leonard Hall Recreation Center: $385,000 to install new subflooring in the gym for the sports court, new dasher boards, netting, and electronic bleachers, and upgrade the sound system and electric service (Item 6A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Dorsey Park: $478,500 to renovate multipurpose field 6 to include lighting, transition to Bermuda grass, and field irrigation (Item 6A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • 5th District Park: $67,000 to install LED parking lot lights on the lower lot (Item 6A.3of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Chaptico, John Baggett and Lancaster Parks: $194,500 to add asphalt ADA access routes to all fields and park amenities, accessible team bench and spectator areas, parking and other improvements to make the parks compliant with ADA requirements (Item 6A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $600,000 grant to the Board of Directors of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital to assist in the design, construction, renovation, and equipping of the renovation of the existing Sterile Processing Department at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, subject to the requirements that the grantee provide an equal and matching fund for this purpose. 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).

Washington County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $226,858 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County for the following projects:
    • Shafer Park (Boonsboro): $202,500 to repair 175 linear feet of collapsed creek wall, four stone bridges and the public restroom’s flagstone patio (Item 7A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
    • Taylor Park (Keedysville): $24,334 to construct a new gazebo with gravel pad.  In addition, add picnic tables and solar lighting (Item 7A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).
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