Release: Board of Estimates Agenda for 2/7
Thursday Feb 1st, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore, MD - The agenda for the Board of Estimates February 7th meeting is now available. It can be found on the Comptroller’s website under the Board of Estimates tab.
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Items of Note
These are transactions we find interesting or may be of interest to the public, organized by agency. A separate list of items on the non-routine/discussion agenda are announced at the BOE meeting.
Baltimore Development Corporation
SB-24-10001, First Amendment to Development and Finance Agreement By and Between the Mayor and City Council and CBAC Borrower, LLC. Transaction amount is $1,720,000. “The Board of Estimates approved a Development and Finance Agreement (Agreement) between the Mayor and City Council and CBAC Borrower, LLC on November 23, 2022. The Agreement provided for development of the Warner Street Entertainment Corridor, an area between M&T Bank Stadium and Horseshoe Casino.”
SB-24-10100, CCTV installation and monitoring. Transaction amount is $168,660. “The Department of General Services Facilities Division seeks an emergency request for the installation and monitoring of cameras at surplus school facilities. The urgency of this request stems from the repeated occurrences of criminal activities at these surplus schools, resulting in damages exceeding one million dollars per incident.”
Housing & Community Development
SB-24-10108, City-Owned Real Property Fixed Pricing Disposition Policy, Regulation Update. “...The Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has conducted a comprehensive review of its existing sales processes. As a result of this review, the agency has developed a policy that aims to reduce the timeframe for processing sales of city owned property which can range from 180 to 365 days down to 90 days by creating a fixed pricing policy for properties that meet specific criteria.”
SB-24-10109 - Appraisal Policy Update. “The Appraisal Policy was last updated and approved by the Board on November 3, 2010. At that time, it was stated that the policy should be reviewed no less than every three years to determine whether the appraisal policy should be updated based upon current market conditions and goals of the City. Based on review of current market conditions, the proposed update increases the waiver valuation in lieu of appraisal from $20,000.00 to $25,000.00 for acquisition of a property.”
SB-24-10219, State Farm a/s/o Reichart v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Case No. C-03-cv-22-000621. Settlement amount is $136,208. “The suit against the City alleged that on November 6, 2020, a section of a Baltimore City water main under a Baltimore County street split and caused pressurized water to shoot into the air and onto a home. The water heavily damaged the property and the contents within.”
SB-24-10228, Mary Lee Seaman v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Case No. 03-CV-22-003769. Settlement amount is $60,000.00 “On September 11, 2021, Mary Lee Seaman (“Plaintiff”) sustained injuries resulting from her fall into an open water valve vault on Reisterstown Road where it intersects with Caraway Road and Academy Lane in Baltimore County.”
SB-24-10214, Ronald Mealey v. Baltimore City Police Department, et al. U.S. District Court – Case No. 1:21-cv-02332-JRR. Settlement amount is $130,000. “In October 2021, Plaintiff Ronald Mealey initiated this lawsuit based on events that transpired between 2017 and 2021, related to BPD’s special operations units.”
SB-24-10216, Pamela McEachern v. Leland Brooks, Case No: 24-c-22-004832 Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Settlement amount is $40,000. “On March 26, 2021, Lt. Leland Brooks, driving a marked police vehicle on routine patrol, erroneously thought the traffic signal governing his lane had turned green and accelerated, striking an SUV driven by Pamela McEachern that was stopped ahead of him as both waited on East Lombard Street at Light Street. “
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
SB-23-14848, Subrecipient Grant Agreement, ROCA Baltimore LLC. Period of agreement is 71/2023 to 6/30/2025. Transaction amount is $1,877,294. “ROCA'S evaluated Intervention Model, grounded in imparting cognitive behavioral theory reduces reoccurrence of violence and recidivism while increasing young people's readiness for employment.”
SB-24-10147, Approval of Parking Facility Rate Adjustment at the City-owned Baltimore Street Garage.
SB-24-10148, Approval of Parking Facility Rate Adjustment at the City-owned Penn Station Garage.
SB-24-10223, 1st Amendment to Lease Agreement for 401/501 N. Calvert Street, AGC5900 – Police, ATAPCO BALTIMORE 1, LLC. Period of agreement is 1/1/2024 to 12/31/202.8 Transaction Amount is $3,362,830. “401/501 N. Calvert Street, also known as the Sun Building, is occupied by BCPD, EMS, and BCFD. This action will amend the lease entered into on April 22, 2020. The initial 24 months constitute a Standstill Period for negotiating a Design Development Agreement and Long-term Lease Agreement. In preliminary discussions, it is contemplated that the City will have the option to own after the long-term lease.”
Address the Board
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
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Protests for contract awards must be received by noon on the Monday prior to the Board of Estimates meeting. A protest is a written challenge to the award of a bid to a particular bidder that has been presented to the Board of Estimates on an agenda for a vote. Anyone submitting a protest must be registered as a procurement lobbyist with the Board of Ethics in accordance with Baltimore City Ethics Code, §8-12.
Rules for submitting Protests and Statements of Opposition are available at the Comptroller's website. Protests (written challenges to the award of a bid) must be received by noon on the Monday prior to the Board of Estimates meeting.
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Protests and Statements of Opposition or Support must be submitted to BOE.Clerk@baltimorecity.gov by mail or hand delivery to Attn: Clerk, Board of Estimates Room 204, City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street.
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