May 5 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 May 5, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $7,425 from Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County for the following projects at Cresaptown Community Park: $5,400 to replace the roof at Opessa Field (Item…

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Baltimore City Launches ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and City Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey today launched the 'Capture the Pothole Challenge' to smooth and improve city roadways. The challenge will encourage residents to photograph potholes for repair while helping to improve streets in Baltimore City neighborhoods. The city is asking for all Baltimore residents, visitors, and employees to report potholes to 311 or file an online service request for repair, where they are typically addressed within…

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Montgomery College President Steps Down, Search Announced for Interim President

After 11 years leading Montgomery College as president, Dr. DeRionne Pollard will be stepping down as she takes on a new role as the next president of Nevada State College (NSC) in Henderson, Nevada. Plans for an interim president of Montgomery College and the process for selecting a new president will be announced in the coming days. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released the following statement: Montgomery County is losing an incredible leader. Dr. DeRionne…

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Hogan Proclaims May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months

Governor Hogan today issued a proclamation to declare May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months in order to recognize the return of the 17-year periodical cicada and general public awareness. Only found in the eastern United States, the Brood X periodical cicadas only emerge every 17 years. They will begin to emerge in early May and will die off by the end of June. From the press release: “I encourage all Marylanders to take…

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Harford Announces Legislation to Protect Farmland from Development

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman this week introduced legislation to protect more than 1,500 acres in the County from development. Harford County Executive Glassman sent legislation to the County Council to protect 1,589 acres of farmland from development on Wednesday, April 28. From the press release: The legislation would bring 25 farm properties, representing 111 development rights, into Harford County’s agricultural land preservation program and fulfill requests from all qualified applicants for the first time…

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State Board of Education Votes to Require Full In-Person Learning Next Fall

The Maryland State Board of Education yesterday unanimously voted to approve a resolution requiring all school systems to be open five days a week for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, starting this fall. While the board voted that students should be able to attend 180 days of in-person learning with a teacher in the classroom, the board offered school systems the option to seek an exemption from the new requirement. Clarence Crawford, the…

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Howard Announces 50+ Centers Open to Limited In-Person Services

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball yesterday announced the resumption of limited, in-person services for all six Howard County 50+ Centers at 50% capacity starting Friday, April 30. Howard County 50+ Centers will offer a majority of services by appointment only including: Maryland Access Point (MAP) information and assistance; State Health Insurance Program Counseling (SHIP); Exercise and nutrition consultations; Fitness equipment rooms; AARP tax assistance; and Grab & go meal distribution. Social activities and health/wellness offerings…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – May 5, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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New Federal Guidance on MOE Requirements for Education Funding

The United States Department of Education recently released guidance on maintenance of effort requirements and waiver requests under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced funding levels for each State, Puerto Rico, and the District of Colombia to support efforts to reopen K-12 schools safely. The Department announced the allocation that each…

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April 21 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 April 21, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $100,000 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County to resurface the track at Frostburg State University (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)…

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