June 2 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its June 2, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Cumberland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Baltimore…

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Governor Hogan Vetoes Energy Related Bills

Governor Hogan has vetoed several energy related bills passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 Session. SB 460/HB 419 would have required the Maryland Energy Administration to transfer more than $2 million to the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEII) and the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) to implement an accelerator program for technology companies engaged in clean energy innovation. Governor Hogan vetoed the legislation due to the required transfer of funds from the Strategic…

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Feds to Double Contracts to Small, Disadvantaged Businesses

Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced several new actions aimed at narrowing the racial wealth gap including targeted infrastructure investments, efforts to reduce housing discrimination, and a pledge to purchase more goods and services from small, disadvantaged businesses. On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Joe Biden announced that his Administration is doubling down on efforts to reduce the racial wealth gap. The federal government will use its procurement power to increase the…

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State Board of Education Selects New Superintendent

Today, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to appoint Mohammed Choudhury as the new Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. Following a national search to replace current superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, the State Board voted unanimously to appoint Mohammed Choudhury. “When we set out on our search for Maryland’s next superintendent, our goal was to identify and hire the highest caliber candidate to build the future of education for all Maryland children. Considering Mr. Choudhury’s…

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Bay Bridge Traffic Already Building, Queen Anne’s Ready With Contingency Plans

This Summer local leaders in Queen Anne's County are anticipating a need to use strong measures to keep residents safe and traffic flowing. Seasonal beach traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has long created gridlock during the Summer months, generating delays for commuters, visitors, and critically import emergency first responders. Popular navigation apps divert travelers off of U.S. Route 50 and onto side roads to avoid traffic. The large increase in volume on smaller roads…

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Washington County to Appeal Perennial Solar Approval

The Washington County Board of Commissioners filed paperwork Friday to appeal State approval of a large solar project in Cearfoss. Previous decisions in this case has set solar siting policy for the last several years. In 2019 the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that local land use is impliedly preempted by the state over the siting of large solar facilities. Since the proposed Perennial project is more than two megawatts, it requires State approval in…

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Baltimore City, Partners Announce $9.6 Million For Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors

This week, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced that $9,650,000 will be made available to support the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) initiative. HUBS provides home modifications, repairs, and wraparound services for adult homeowners 65 years and older that meet the income eligibility requirements. Many supported by the program live independently and do not have the resources to make necessary repairs to their housing. Funding for HUBS comes from Baltimore's Affordable Housing Trust Fund…

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MEA Awards More Than $500k for Energy Resilience and Sustainability

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced the award of $566,000 in grants to local governments and businesses to fund microgrid planning. Through the Resilient Maryland Program MEA funds necessary feasibility analysis, planning, and design operations to support microgrids. This year Baltimore City is the recipient of a $100,000 award to begin planning procedures for a microgrid that will serve the 14 buildings within its downtown municipal campus. “Maryland continues to lead by example, providing…

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Montgomery Announces 2021 Recycling Awards

Montgomery County has announced the individuals, businesses and organizations that will receive recognition for excellence in waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. As part of their 22nd Annual Recycling Awareness Week, Montgomery County is recognizing local leaders who set an example for all residents. From volunteering time to promote County recycling efforts to increasing recycling and diversion rates, more than twenty groups will be recognized. From the press release: “These leaders demonstrate, that even in difficult…

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Anne Arundel Wastewater Facilities Win National Recognition

Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has announced that all seven of the County's Water Reclamation Facilities have received national recognition.  The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has given Anne Arundel County's facilities Peak Performance Awards for excellence in wastewater treatment. “I want to thank our dedicated DPW Water Reclamation Facilities staff for their outstanding work,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “Their efforts continue to set a national standard for…

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