(l to r) Former commissioner Jack Russell, Chris Gass, Mick Blackistone, Helen Dorsey, Nita Settina, superintendent of Maryland Park Service, Jim Banagan, and Delegates John Bohanan and John Wood. Submitted Photo.

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Board of Public Works on December 3 approved projects for two state parks in St. Mary’s County.

The board, which consists of the governor, comptroller and state treasurer, approved a $548,000 contract to Coastal Design and Construction for shore erosion control at St. Clements Island State Park. And they approved a $199,500 contract to A.C. Schultes, Inc. for well installation and abandonment at Point Lookout State Park.

According to Jordan Loran, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources director of Engineering and Construction, the shore erosion control on the southwest corner of the island, nearest the reconstructed lighthouse, has deteriorated over time. It was hard hit first by Isabel and then Ida, with Sandy delivering the fatal blow.

The project involves about 419-feet of work and is a design-build project by the bid winner. Design will begin immediately and the construction is expected to be complete in 487 calendar day.

Loran said one of two wells at Point Lookout State Park had failed over time and that well will be abandoned and a new well constructed as a backup. Maryland Environmental Service, which operates the park’s sewage treatment plant, will manage the well project, which is expected to take 90 days to complete.

Attending the Board of Public Works meeting on behalf of St. Clements island were three outgoing officials, former Commissioner President Francis “Jack” Russell along with Delegates John Bohanan and John Wood. A contingent from the St. Clements Hundred, a volunteer organization that assists in showing the lighthouse, also attended.