March 1 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Wes Moore, Comptroller Brooke Lierman, 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 1, 2023:

Anne Arundel County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $3,000,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Historic Annapolis, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Brice House and other State-owned historic properties leased to Historic Annapolis, Inc. 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 to commit $500,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to add audio-visual equipment, repair pathways, upgrade accessibility and renovate the existing visitor’s center at Downs Park (Item 1A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $40,625 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to replace the footbridge, repave the existing basketball court, and restripe the basketball court and parking lot at Mago Vista Park (Item 1A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $6,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works ($3,500,000) and Partnership Rental Housing (3,000,000) Programs. The loan will be made to Eagle Park Senior LLC to assist in the new construction of a 72-unit age-restricted community on Rockenbach Road in Hanover. This project will offer a mix of affordable one- and two-bedroom floorplans targeting low-income households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (Item 6 of the Secretary’s Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,000,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to design and construct an outdoor splash pad and outdoor ice rink at the North Arundel Aquatic Center. The project will include a wet deck area and pool equipment room for the splash pad, ice/skating surface and chiller equipment pad for the ice rink, an enclosed area for visitors and staff, and a storage/maintenance building (Item 1A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $10,000,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Inc. acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the emergency department. 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 $220,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Parks and People Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Radecke Park, including improvements to the park’s grounds and installation of new ADA pathways. 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 $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $250,000 to the Board of Directors of the African American Fire Fighters Historical Society, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the International Black Firefighter Museum. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Catonsville Emergency Assistance, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Catonsville Emergency Assistance facilities. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 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 Baltimore County Board of Education for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the tennis courts at Hereford High School. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Baltimore County Board of Education for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of playground equipment at Warren Elementary. 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 grant agreements for grants totaling $325,000 to the Baltimore County Board of Education for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Burton Barn, a historic landmark on the Hereford High School Campus. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $125,000 grant to St. Luke’s Affordable Housing for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of St. Luke’s Affordable Housing. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 14 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 $3,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program. The loan will be made to Merritt Station II to assist in the construction of an 84-unit age-restricted community, located at 1440 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk. The project will offer a mix of affordable one-and two-bedroom floorplans targeting low-income households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant 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 Hamilton Park, in the Rosedale Community. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $750,000 to the Baltimore County Board of Education for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the athletic facilities at Parkville High School. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Cecil County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Turkey Point Light Station, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Turkey Point Light Station Bell Tower. 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 from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $57,000 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 32.5 +/- acres (The Vestry of Durham Parish property) in Charles County. This largely forested property is adjacent to Riverside Wildlife Management Area and will be managed by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Acquisition will protect wetlands in the Nanjemoy Creek Watershed by allowing for forest regeneration and establishment of forested stream buffers. Acquisition will also improve boundary line management and provide public recreational opportunities for hunting, trapping, hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing and photography (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Dorchester County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $527,425 from the Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Vienna to plan, design and construct an Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) upgrade of the existing Vienna Wastewater Treatment Plant. This BPW action is for the design portion of the project. These improvements will result in 83% reduction in total Nitrogen and 90% reduction in total Phosphorus of the plant effluent discharge to the Nanticoke River and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Frederick County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $244,173.70 of Program Open Space stateside funds to Frederick County to acquire a 53.70-acre Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement (Glass property). Acquisition of this CREP easement permanently protects water quality by requiring approximately 2,952 linear feet of stream buffers along Stony Branch and Motters Run in the Tom’s Creek watershed, a tributary to the Monocacy River. As part of the transaction, the landowner will be donating an additional 7.59 acres of the property into the easement. The easement will be co-held by the County and DNR. The county is paying for administrative and compliance costs (Item 5A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $558,500 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure for the following projects in the City of Brunswick:
    • City Park: $115,000 to add signage to and extend a trail, construct a pavilion, add fencing, and replace a roof (Item 2A.6 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Second Avenue Park: $268,500 to install a new playground, safety surfacing, and fencing, and resurface the basketball court (Item 2A.7 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • B&O Railroad Park: $175,000 to add sidewalks, a train viewing platform and playground equipment (Item 2A.8 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $1,064,583 from Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding allocated for the following projects in the Town of Thurmont:
    • Gateway Trail: $220,083 to construct a pedestrian bridge along the Trail to connect the Trolley Trail and Catoctin Mountain Park (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Community Park: $256,000 to replace the deteriorating tennis courts (Item 2A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • East End Park: $10,000 to install two dog watering stations in the dog exercise area (Item 2A.4 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
    • Trolley Trail: $20,000 to design, create and install interpretive signage along the Trail (Item 2A.5 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $966 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to repair cracks, resurface the existing pool wall, and install new caulk and tile at the Baker Park Edward Thomas Pool (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $200,000 to the Board of Directors of The African American Resources, Cultural and Heritage Society Incorporated, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the African American Heritage Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Harford County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $1,500,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to replace an aging section of Annie’s Playground at Edgeley Grove Farm Park with new equipment and safety surfacing (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $3,500,000 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 Merion Village LLC to assist in the new construction of a 68-unit age-restricted mid-rise apartment community, located at 904 B Edgewood Road, Edgewood. The Project will offer one- and two-bedroom units (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda).

Montgomery County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $140,000 grant to Housing Unlimited, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of a property located at 16112 Columbus Avenue, Rockville. The property will be used to provide housing for three individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $205,393.00 (Item 21 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $1,175,000 to Montgomery County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Olney Satellite Police Station and Community Facility. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 19 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new loan funding up to $4,821,600 to Montgomery Parks Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission to construct stormwater retrofits, outfalls, and stream restorations, as well as riparian reforestation, on 81 acres of various Montgomery Park properties. This project is being done in order to comply with requirements of the Park’s Phase II MS4 permit (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Round House, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Round House Theatre. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Department of Health to approve a $140,888 grant to Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Inc. to assist with the acquisition of real property located at 19568 Montgomery Village Avenue. The property will be used to provide housing for three individuals with developmental disabilities. The contract sale price of the property is $191,863 (Item 20 of the Department of General Services’ Office).

Prince George’s County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the County Executive and County Council of Prince George’s County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Riverdale Park Purple Line, including sidewalk renovations. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 18 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 the Maryland Family Life Community Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Maryland Family Life Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).