Nov 8 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 November 8, 2023:

Allegany County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $13,500 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding for new gutters and downspouts for two pavilions, a concession stand, and four dugouts at Hill Street and Takoma Drive Parks in the Town of Barton to reduce flooding and increase usage (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Anne Arundel County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $56,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the South Shore Health Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the South Shore Recovery Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore City

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Wide Angle Youth Media, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Wide Angle Youth Media Property. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 8 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 Board of Directors of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of Baltimore’s Washington Monument and the surrounding squares of Mount Vernon Place. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $150,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of LIFE Church Ministries for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the LIFE Church Ministries. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Baltimore County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $130,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Easter Seals Serving DC/MD/VA, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Medical Adult Day Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2022 Capital Budget (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda);
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 10 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 Trustees of the Irvine Nature Center, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Irvine Nature Center Facility. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Caroline County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to grant $70,250 of Program Open Space statewide funds for the acquisition in fee simple of 16 acres (Holt property) in Caroline County. This entirely forested property shares three boarders with Idlywild Wildlife Management Area. Acquisition will improve boundary line management, protect important Forest Interior Dwelling Species habitat, and provide water quality protection in the Marshyhope Creek Watershed. The property will be managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service (Item 6A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Frederick County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit an additional $972,370.50 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Frederick County to rehabilitate the interior and exterior conditions of two existing buildings at Ballenger Creek Park for nature and recreation programming uses and the park maintenance shop (Item 2A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $325,818.00 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure program to provide additional funding for new bleachers and a scoreboard at Remsburg Park. The money will also be used to construct new pickleball courts (Item 2A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda);
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $135,000 from the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to resurface the skate park and basketball court and purchase new basketball hoops and new fencing at Lucas Village Park (Item 2A.3 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $562,000 to the Officers of Fredericktonian Lodge No. 12 for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Fredericktonian Lodge No. 12 F and A. There is no matching fund requirement for these grants. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Garrett County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $14,400 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Garrett County to install a new batting cage and replace the concession stand windows and the pavilion doors at Grantsville Town Park. In addition, redo the lines and add sand surface at the Park’s volleyball courts (Item 3A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $75,000 to the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Oakland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Oakland Cemetery. There is no matching fund requirement for these grants. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2023 Capital Budget (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Howard County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Ellicott City Jail. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant. The General Assembly previously approved this funding as part of the 2022 Capital Budget (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda).

Kent County

  • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 106.66 acres in Chestertown (West property on Quaker Neck Landing Road) (Item 7A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda); and
  • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 72.820 acres in Worton (Green Point Farms, LLC property on Lambs Meadow Road) (Item 7A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Montgomery County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $3,670,000 ($2,670,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County and $1,000,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund) to renovate Long Branch-Wayne Local Park. Renovation work will occur at the park entrances, pedestrian connections, playground area, picnic shelter, parking, maintenance access and fitness stations (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda).

Prince George’s County

  • A request for approval to demolish the Patapsco Building, 5145 Campus Drive, College Drive. This building previously housed administrative and warehouse space for the University, but as of early 2023, the building is vacant. A Facility Condition Assessment commissioned in 2021 found that nearly $2 million in immediate repairs and replacement work are needed, and ongoing maintenance costs are unsustainable. This area of campus is part of the University’s Discovery District and has long been slated for future economic development projects due to its proximity to the WMATA College Park-U of MD Metrorail Station and a future Purple Line station. The site is also near to the Aviation Landing redevelopment project in which UMD is a key participant (Item 2 of the University System of Maryland’s Agenda).

Talbot County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new funding up to $151,954 (75,977 loan + $75,977 grant) to the Martingham Utilities Cooperative for the grantee’s Well Replacement project. This project entails the replacement and abandonment of Well #1 in the grantee’s drinking water system. Well #1 was found to have significant corrosion and structural deterioration upon inspection in 2020 and cannot be repaired. The new well will ensure a reliable supply of safe drinking water to the Talbot County community served by this system (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda).