St. Mary’s Awarded Almost $400K from DCIP Grant

St. Mary's County was awarded $398,118 as one of 13 recipients of the competitive Defense Community Infrastructure Program grant. In a recent announcement by the Department of Defense, St. Mary's County was selected to receive a $398,118 grant as part of the competitive Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). This effort was a collaboration between several county departments including Economic Development and Public Works and Transportation as well as Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX).…

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MCDOT Wins $85K to Increase Station Accessibility

MCDOT wins competitive $85,000 award to increase accessibility at MARC station in Germantown.  Montgomery County recently won an $85,000 award from the competitive "Transit Within Reach" Program, administered by the Transportation Planning Board. "'Planning for infrastructure today will help travel choices and accessibility tomorrow,' said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. 'Our County is growing in population and jobs. Providing the infrastructure that will provide access to public transportation hubs is key to advancing our climate…

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Hogan Announces $16.8M to Advance 42 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Hogan announced $16.8M in grants to support bicycle, pedestrian, and trail improvements through 42 projects across the state.   In Annapolis today, Governor Hogan announced $16.8M in grants to fund 42 projects with a focus on designing bike lanes, rebuilding trails, and improving multi-modal connectivity.   The funding package is composed of three main parts:   $12.4M in federal funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)  $1M through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)  $3.4M in state…

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Supply Chain Issues & Rising Costs Impact Public Works 

Nationally, supply chain squeezes and rising inflation create delays and higher expenses on public works projects.   Across the country, public works departments are experiencing supply chain delays and significant rising costs. Basic infrastructure items, like the hooks to hang traffic lights, have in some cases more than tripled in cost, while the cost of oil in asphalt mix has risen by 42 percent.   This jump in prices has caused concerns over the $1 trillion…

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Board of Public Works Announces $2.8M for Drinking Water

The Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot; recently approved over $2.8M to improve a drinking water system in Allegany County.  “‘This is a smart investment to protect public health in a Maryland community,’ said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. ‘Upgrading the City of Cumberland’s drinking water system underscores the Hogan Administration’s commitment to water infrastructure and the public health and safety benefits that flow from…

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LEAD Maryland Seeks Fellowship Applicants

LEAD Maryland just announced Oct. 1 as the opening of applications to Class XII (2022-23) of their fellowship program.  LEAD Maryland, in a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and several other organizations, will host this prestigious fellowship. This UME Signature Program is a leadership development experience designed for people committed to serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The program consists of 9 multi-day seminars over two years and is designed to help give up…

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B’more City Resumes Bulk Trash, White Goods Collection

Mayor Brandon M. Scott recently announced that effective October 2, the city’s DPW will resume bulk trash and white goods collection.  Starting in October, Saturday will now be bulk trash day in the Charm City. Collections will occur 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., with services focused on a different city section each week. Households will be allotted three bulk items per month and residents can begin calling 311 on September 17 to request a collection date.   “‘We know residents rely on bulk trash services and, thanks to a strong partnership with…

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Ventilation and Air Filtration at the Forefront of September 9 IAC Meeting

On September 9, the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) met virtually to discuss project updates and topics front-of-mind as Maryland kids go back to school. The commission considered Baltimore City school ventilation and A.C., following the recent closure of some city schools due to insufficient or nonexistent air conditioning and air filtration, which health experts say is critical to mitigating COVID-19 transmission. Governor Hogan took up the issue at a September 1 Board of Public Works meeting…

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Anne Arundel Declares Storm Emergency, Establishes Online Reporting Portal

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has declared a local state of emergency in response to the devastating storm and has announced a new web portal to report damage. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman declared a Local State of Emergency in response to damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida on Wednesday, Sept. 1, leaving significant damage to commercial and residential areas of Annapolis and Edgewater. No injuries have been reported. https://twitter.com/AACoExec/status/1433216069125263360…

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Governor Hogan Orders Full Assessment of Ventilation and Air Filtration in School Buildings

The Governor's order comes as students return to school amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and record heat, where some do not have air conditioning or proper air filtration systems.  At a Board of Public Works meeting today, Governor Hogan instructed the State Superintendent of Schools and the Interagency Commission on School Construction to "conduct an immediate statewide assessment of ventilation and air filtration in Maryland public school buildings." Just a day earlier, 31 schools in…

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