Council Meeting Notes

Debora being sworn in

After Council meetings, I post Notes here and to my mailing list of items I think of interest to our Council District 5. Items may have a link to documents with more information.

August 15, 2019 Meeting

The Adjutant Generals Department

#C. Authorized the confirmation of Major Daniel Godfrey, Hollis, NH, for appointment to the rank of Major, NH Air National Guard. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#11 TABLED Authorize to amend a retroactive sole source agreement with Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism, Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 9-7-16, item #9), for the provision of substance use disorder treatment services, residential and/or supportive housing, and wraparound services for pregnant and/or parenting women who are experiencing substance use disorders, have income at or below the 185% Federal Poverty Level, and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by increasing the price by $166,667 from $1,500,000 to $1,666,667 and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to October 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 4-1 (Pignatelli)

#31 Authorized, under the Community Development Block Grant program, to award a grant to the Town of Peterborough, NH, in the amount of $120,000 for the purpose of providing funds to the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation to provide a loan to Nuttin Ordinary LLC. Effective August 14, 2019 through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#57 Authorized to enter into a contract with Maureen Shields, Hollis, NH, as a Master Surrogate Parent, providing management and support for trained and certified volunteer educational surrogate parents, in an amount not to exceed $75,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2022. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#71 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract with D.L. King & Associates Inc., Nashua, NH, for the NH Veterans Home Security Infrastructure Improvements and Fire Barrier repairs, Tilton, NH, for a total price not to exceed $614,000. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $216,000 for unanticipated expenses, bringing the total to $830,000. (3) Further Authorized the amount of $27,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $857,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% General Capital Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals to State Boards and Commissions:

Craig R. Moul, Weare, NH to the Deferred Compensation Commission

Martin P. Honigberg, Concord, NH to the New Hampshire Superior Court – You may recall that the Governor held up this Confirmation after his pick for the Supreme Court was voted down by the Council, 3-2. I have been asking for this nomination to come before the Council for the last couple of months. The new Judge will serve the state with distinction, I believe. The vote was 5-0.

July 31, 2019 Meeting

The Adjutant Generals Department

#C. Authorized the nomination of Major Daniel Godfrey, Hollis, NH, of the NY National Guard, to the rank of Major, NH Air National Guard. This officer meets all prerequisites for this grade, having been found to be physically, mentally, and professionally qualified. VOTE: Unanimous

#75 Authorized the Division of Parks and Recreation to enter into a sole source contract with the Student Conservation Association Inc., Charlestown, NH, to provide conservation services at Monadnock State Park, in the amount of $52,500. Effective upon G&C approval through October 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

Late Item Approved:

Department of Health and Human Services

#A Authorized the Division for Behavioral Health, to enter into a sole source agreement with Sobriety Centers for New Hampshire, Inc., Antrim, NH, to provide Opioid Use Disorder room and board services in an amount not to exceed $700,000. Effective upon Governor and Council approval through September 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions:
Craig R. Moul, Weare, NH to the Deferred Compensation Commission

July 10, 2019 Meeting

#23 Authorized the Bureau of Transportation Systems Management and Operations to enter into a contract with R&R Communication Inc., Swanzey, NH, for the purpose of providing mobile radio installation services, on the basis of a low bid in the amount of $48,780.84. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 85% Highway, 15% Turnpike Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#30 Authorized, under the Community Development Block Grant program, to award a grant to the Town of Jaffrey, NH, in the amount of $500,000 to support the water and sewer infrastructure improvements project at the Forest Park Tenants’ Cooperative situated at 34 Forest Park, Jaffrey, NH. Effective July 10, 2019 through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#39 Authorized to enter into a sole source memorandum of agreement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to provide partial funding to raise approximately 50,000 Landlocked Atlantic Salmon at Nashua National Fish Hatchery, in the amount of $48,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2023. 100% Fish and Game Funds. VOTE: 5-0

June 19, 2019 Meeting

#37 Authorized to enter into a sole source agreement with the City of Nashua Transit System, Nashua, NH, to provide flexible transportation services to Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families recipients and other low income individuals in an amount not to exceed $213,700. Effective July 1, 2019, or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#50 Authorized to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing agreement with the Area Agency of Greater Nashua Inc., d/b/a Gateways Community Services, Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 2-1-17, item #20A), to continue the provision of Financial Management Services, by managing payments to family caregivers for respite and support services they receive, by increasing the price by $867,355.55 from $2,098,881.10 to $2,966,236.65, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 50% Federal, 50% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#53 Authorized to enter into agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated May 21, 2019, in an amount not to exceed $1,172,670 of which $100,000 is a share price limitation among all vendors to provide comprehensive family support services to children and young adults. Effective July 1, 2019 or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#54 Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the 10 vendors as detailed in letter dated May 14, 2019, to provide developmental and acquired brain disorder services, with a total price of $24,019,532 of which $6,451,780 is a shared amount among all vendors, to provide family centered early supports and services; room and board reimbursement; and community education assistance, of which there is no maximum or minimum service volume guarantee. (2) Further Authorized to make an advance payment available in the first quarter of SFYs 2020 and 2021 to each vendor, up to a maximum of 1/12 of SFYs 2020 and 2021 funding for each respective vendor in each respective SFY. Effective July 1, 2019 or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2021. 17% Federal, 83% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#67 Authorized to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing sole source agreement with New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-7-17, item #11), to continue providing a statewide domestic violence prevention program, by increasing the price by $3,135,216 from $2,519,244 to $5,654,460. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 63% General, 37% Other Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#70 Authorized to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing sole source agreement with the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-10-15, item #11), for the provision of statewide program to improve responses to domestic violence, by increasing the price by $903,008 from $3,398,276 to $4,301,284, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#75 Authorized to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing sole source agreement with Southern NH HIV/AIDS Task Force, Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-15-16, item #11A), to continue providing Medical Case Management, Support Services and Insurance Benefit Management Services to NH residents living with HIV/AIDS, by increasing the price by $246,750 from $1,799,997 to $2,046,747, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to October 31, 2019. 100% Other Funds, Pharmaceutical Rebates. VOTE: 5-0

#78D Authorized to amend existing agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated May 29, 2019 (originally approved by G&C on 5-2-18, item #21), to provide services designed to improve breast and cervical screening rates in Strafford, Belknap, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Hillsborough counties, by increasing the price by $253,876 from $206,673 to $460,549, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#78E Authorized to enter into retroactive sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 7, 2019, for the provision of Regional Public Health Network services, statewide, in an amount not to exceed $8,229,597. Effective April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. 85.76% Federal, 14.24% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#78F Authorized to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 10, 2019, to provide Family Planning Services, by increasing the price by $884,958 from $2,915,402 to $3,800,360, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2021. 52% Federal, 48% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#82 Authorized the Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance to enter into a contract with Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Merrimack, NH, to undertake certain transportation related planning activities, in the amount of $1,504,248.30. Effective July 1, 2019 or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#85 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into agreements with Railroad Operators for an amount not to exceed $1,393,626 from the Special Railroad Fund for the maintenance and repair of State-owned railroad lines. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. 100% Other Funds (Special Railroad Funds). Contingent upon Fiscal Committee approval on June 14, 2019. VOTE: 5-0

#100 Authorized the Bureau of Aeronautics to accept federal funding for the Federal Aviation Administration State Block Grant Program to fund airport planning and development projects at the airports as detailed in letter dated May 21, 2019, and will also fund projects completed by the Department for statewide airport projects, in the amount of $4,966,391.90. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2023. 94.67% Federal, 5.33% State Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#101 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into an agreement with the Town of Peterborough, NH, for the design and construction of a bus shelter and other transit amenities including an emergency call station at a municipally-owned public use parking lot off Grove Street in Peterborough, for an amount not to exceed $63,360. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#107E Authorized to repurpose funds already Authorized for expenditures from the Public School Infrastructure Fund in the amount of $1,121,258 for infrastructure projects with public elementary and secondary schools. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019. 100% General Funds. Contingent upon Fiscal Committee approval on June 14, 2019. VOTE: 5-0

#114 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Nashua, NH, as part of the Targeted Block Grant Program for planning assistance and training to municipalities on local, municipal and regional planning issue, in the amount of $22,222. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#134 Authorized the Division of Health Professionals to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Agriculture, Board of Veterinary Medicine, to include veterinarians in their impaired licensee program. (2) Further Authorized to enter into a contract with the NH Professionals Health Program, Amherst, NH, to manage and administer the a) Dental Professional Assistance, b) Physician Health, c) Impaired Pharmacist, d) Board of Nursing Licensee Monitoring, and e) Impaired Veterinarian Programs for fiscal year 2020, in an amount not to exceed $450,000. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. 97.8% Other, 2.2% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#168 Authorized the Division of Travel and Tourism Development to retroactively award grants to the organizations as detailed in letter dated May 22, 2019, in the total amount not to exceed $147,842.10 for marketing projects under the Joint Promotional Program. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#180 Authorized to amend wastewater state aid grant awards for the 4 entities as detailed in letter dated May 29, 2019, by increasing the grant awards in the aggregate amount of $2,747,536. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#197 Authorized James and Susan Scarborough Living Trust's request to perform work on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro. VOTE: 4-1 (Pignatelli)

#201 Authorized the Division of Education Analytics and Resources to enter into a contract with GEM Consulting, Hollis, NH, to design, document, and employ NH assessment and account ability business rules, in the amount of $100,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020, with the option to renew for up to five additional fiscal years. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 4-1 (Volinsky)

#205 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Richard J. Farrell, Nashua, NH, to provide investigative services pertaining to complaints of educator misconduct, in an amount not to exceed $153,400. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Other Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#237 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a sole source contract with D.L. King & Associates Inc., Nashua, NH, for the NH Veterans Home Generator and Dementia Wander Guard System Replacement, Tilton, NH, for a total price not to exceed $88,000. (2) Further Authorized the amount of $8,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $96,000. Effective upon G&C approval through November 15, 2019. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#238 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract amendment with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH (originally approved by G&C on 4-17-19, item #150), to amend the contingency for Steam Conversion at the State House, State House Annex, and State Library, Concord, NH, by increasing the amount by $500,000 from $500,000 to $1,000,000. The contingency would be made available to increase the amount from $7,649,000 to $8,149,000. Effective upon G&C approval through the original completion date of October 30, 2019. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Adam L. Wagner, Dover, NH to the Board of Architects
Sarah J. Partridge, Keene, NH to the Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics
Tracy L. Collins, Rochester, NH and Jeanne F. Donohoe, Keene, NH to the Board of Nursing
Joel R. Tuite, Littleton, NH to the Board of Optometry
James Beauregard, Bedford, NH to the Board of Psychologists
Serena R. Shomody, Keene, NH to the Board of Registration of Podiatrists
Nicole Brassard-Jordan, Manchester, NH, Deputy Commissioner, State Liquor Commission
Kerry LeBlanc, Bedford, NH to the Fire Standards and Training Commission
Peter G. Beeson, Concord, NH to the Medical Review Subcommittee
Bruce R. Burns, Hopkinton, NH to the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority
Wendy L. Parker, Hillsboro, NH to the New Hampshire Vaccine Association
Marilee Nihan, Bow,NH to the Personnel Appeals Board
James R. Tollner, Nashua, NH to the Police Commission

Governor Sununu nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions:
Alison Stebbins, New Castle to the Community College System of NH Board of Trustees
E. Douglas Hackett, Cornish, NH to the Enhanced 911 Commission
Eric E. Wilking, Brentwood, NH to the Fire Standards and Training Commission

June 5, 2019 Meeting

Department of Transportation

#B. Authorized the Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance to amend the existing contract with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission (originally approved by G&C on 1-24-18, item #11), for a feasibility study to expand Nashua Transit System beyond Nashua City's limit, by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. No Additional Funding. Vote: 5-0

#C. Authorized the Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance to amend the existing contract with the Southwest Region Planning Commission, Keene, NH (originally approved by G&C on 2-7-18, item #19), to assess the feasibility of an intermodal transportation center in the Greater Keene area, by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. No Additional Funding. Vote: 5-0

#41 Authorized the Bureau of Mechanical Services to enter into a contract amendment with Unifirst Corporation, Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 10-31-18, item #40), for providing uniforms to certain employees of the Bureau of Mechanical Services, by increasing the amount by $2,200 from $24,099.92 to $26,299.92. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 5.24% Intra Agency, 25.40% Agency Income, 69.36% Highway Funds. Vote: 5-0

#42 Authorized the Bureau of Bridge Design to enter into an agreement with WSP USA Inc., Merrimack, NH, for on-call engineering services for various bridge projects located throughout the State, for a total amount not to exceed $1,000,000. Effective upon G&C approval through December 30, 2022. Vote: 5-0

#82 Authorized to enter into a contract with Northeast Shoring Installation LLC, Merrimack, NH, for the installation of a Temporary Coffer Dam at the Department's Lake Winnipesaukee Public Boat Access Area (a.k.a. Downing's Landing), Alton, NH, in the amount of $60,200. Effective upon G&C approval through December 30, 2019. 75% Federal, 25% Statewide Public Board Access Funds. Vote: 5-0

#93 Authorized a loan agreement with Pennichuck Water Works Inc., Merrimack, NH, in the amount not to exceed $5,500,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund. Vote: 5-0

#111 Authorized to enter into grant agreements with Nashua Regional Planning Commission and Lakes Region Planning Commission, totaling $69,903 to fund Household Hazardous Waste collection projects. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. 100% Hazardous Waste Funds. Vote: 5-0

#112 Authorized to award an Asset Management grant to the Emerald Lake Village District, Hillsborough, NH, in the amount of $20,000 to improve public water system management. Effective upon G&C approval through May 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. Vote: 5-0

#117 Authorized to enter into grant agreements with the City of Laconia and the City of Nashua, totaling $30,191 to fund exotic aquatic plant control activities. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2019. 100% Lake Restoration Funds. Vote: 5-0

#135 Authorized the Bureau of Credentialing to amend an existing contract with Richard J. Farrell, Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-7-17, item #113), to provide investigative services regarding complaints of educator misconduct, by increasing the price by $6,000 from $129,400 to $135,400. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019. 100% Other Funds. Vote: 5-0

#173 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a construction contract with D.L. King & Associates Inc., Nashua, NH, for the SMR (State Military Reserve) Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection and Entry Control Point Upgrade, located in Concord, NH, for a total price not to exceed $2,359,000. Effective upon G&C approval through November 29, 2019. 48% Federal, 52% General-Capital Funds. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $97,700 for unanticipated site expenses for the SMR Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection and Entry Control Point Upgrade, bringing the total to $2,456,700. 46% Federal, 54% General Capital Funds. (3) Further Authorized the amount of $43,300 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $2,500,000. 100% Federal Funds. Vote: 5-0

The following individuals were Nominated by Governor Sununu to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Martin P. Honigberg, Concord, NH to the New Hampshire Superior Court
Adam L. Wagner, Dover, NH to the Board of Architects
Sarah J. Partridge, Keene, NH to the Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics
Tracy L. Collins, Rochester, NH and Jeanne F. Donohoe, Keene, NH to the Board of Nursing
Joel R. Tuite, Littleton, NH to the Board of Optometry
James Beauregard, Bedford, NH to the Board of Psychologists
Serena R. Shomody, Keene, NH to the Board of Registration of Podiatrists
Gordon J. MacDonald, Deering, NH Chief Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court
Nicole Brassard-Jordan, Manchester, NH, Deputy Commissioner, State Liquor Commission
Kerry LeBlanc, Bedford, NH to the Fire Standards and Training Commission
Peter G. Beeson, Concord, NH to the Medical Review Subcommittee
Bruce R. Burns, Hopkinton, NH to the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority
Wendy L. Parker, Hillsboro, NH to the New Hampshire Vaccine Association
Marilee Nihan, Bow,NH to the Personnel Appeals Board
James R. Tollner, Nashua, NH to the Police Commission

The following Individuals were Confirmed by the Executive Council to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Betsey L. Patten, Bow, NH to the Assessing Standards Board
John T. Stevens, Gilford, NH and John C. Calhoun, Harrisville, NH to the Community College System of New Hampshire
Kenneth Merrifield, Franklin, NH as Commissioner, Department of Labor
Nicholas K. Duffy, Peterborough, NH as Director of Community Corrections, Department of Corrections
R. Douglas Proctor, Concord, NH to the State Board of Fire Control, Department of Safety
Frederick T. Bird, Lee, NH and Paul W. DeBow, Plymouth, NH to the Fish and Game Commission
David L. Grosso, New Boston, NH, Executive Director, Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

May 15, 2019 Meeting

At this meeting of the Council, we were asked whether to grant a Pardon Hearing for Pamela Smart. You may remember her case from the early 1990's and her trial, where she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. I want to let you know how I voted and why. I have heard from a large number of people on both sides of this request. Here is what I wrote many who contacted me with their well-thought-out arguments.

"I decided I could not vote to grant Ms. Smart a commutation based on all the information I read. You are correct that the teenagers who were manipulated by Ms. Smart into murdering her husband have been released. But, I had to consider that these individuals were 15 or 16 year old juveniles and under the authority of Ms. Smart, who was an adult. They also cooperated with authorities to solve the crime and did not manipulate witnesses as did Ms. Smart.

"The Legislature passed the law mandating life in prison without the possibility of parole for convictions for these 'solicitation of murder' crimes. In other words, our legislature concluded that such a crime was more serious than a second-degree murder charge. Although I have questions about mandatory sentences, that is the law of our state, which has been upheld by our Supreme Court as constitutional.

"There were no new facts presented in the voluminous information I received from Ms. Smart or the Attorney General's office or the substantial public input.

"Maybe the day will come that a commutation of her 'life without parole' sentence should be considered, but it doesn't seem that time is now. We have many people in state prison serving longer sentences than Ms. Smart has served so far, and their convictions were not for first degree murder. It would be very hard to reconcile a commutation of her sentence for an even more serious crime when others are serving longer sentences for lesser crimes.

"Thanks for reaching out to me. Some of the decisions we make aren't that easy, but I always try to do the best I can."

The final vote was 4 against granting a Pardon Hearing and 1 abstention.

#15 Authorized to enter into an agreement with The Community Council of Nashua, NH d/b/a Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Council, Nashua, NH, for the development and implementation of an infrastructure to support outpatient treatment options for youth and transitional aged youth with substance use disorder/co-occurring disorder, in an amount not to exceed $370,604. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#20 Authorized to exercise a renewal option with the City of Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 11-18-16, item #7C), for the provision of transportation services, by increasing the price by $138,937.92 from $376,939.20 to an amount not to exceed $515,877.12, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 43% General, 57% Federal Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#25 Authorized the Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Well Section, to enter into a contract with N.A. Manosh Inc., Morrisville, VT, for a 6-inch drilled well and pump on the property of Don Rogers, Weare, NH, in the amount of $21,740. Effective upon G&C approval through July 26, 2019. 100% Highway Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#36 Authorized the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with Mitchell Sand & Gravel LLC, Shelburne, MA, for resurfacing of various roadway segments totaling approximately 69 miles in Maintenance District IV in Cheshire, Hillsborough and Sullivan Counties, on the basis of a low bid of $4,955,752.69. Effective upon G&C approval through September 13, 2019. 100% Other Funds (86% Betterment, 14% Agency Income). VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#37A Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into an agreement with Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Merrimack, NH, for coordinated transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, for an amount not to exceed $152,031. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

#88 Authorized the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with the Town of Litchfield, for the purchase and installation of equipment for the Emergency Operations Center, for a total amount of $40,000. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: UNANIMOUS

The Governor nominated the following individual from District Five:
Nicholas K. Duffy of Peterborough, NH to serve as Director of Community Corrections for the Department of Corrections

May 1, 2019 Meeting

#18A Authorized to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with the Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 9-27-17, item #13), for the provision of assistance and support for the 13 NH small rural hospitals in order to implement activities provided annually by the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program Grant by increasing the price by $77,357 from $493,691 to $571,048. Effective April 1, 2019 through the original end date of May 31, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#25 Authorized the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with Stephens Marquis Associates Inc., Merrimack, NH, for new gasoline and diesel UST system at the Merrimack Shed, on the basis of a low bid of $646,000. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $32,300 for payment of latent conditions which may appear during the construction of the project. Effective upon G&C approval through August 30, 2019. 100% Underground Fuel Tank Replacement – Capital Fund. VOTE: Unanimous

#32 Authorized to enter into a contract with Schroeder Construction Management Inc., Nashua, NH, for the purpose of providing dehumidification and ventilation to an existing vault in Building L located at the State Military Reservation, in an amount not to exceed $57,235. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $3,000 for unforeseen conditions and/or owner-initiated changes for the construction, bringing the total to $60,235. Effective upon G&C approval through August 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#34 Authorized to enter into a grant with Francestown Land Trust, in the amount of $15,000 for Abbottville Farm Easement in the Town of Francestown, Hillsborough County, NH. Effective upon G&C approval through December 1, 2020. 100% Other Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#38 Authorized to enter into a contract with Cheapskate Landscape and Property Maintenance LLC, Brentwood, NH, for lawn care and landscape services at 5 NHES Local Offices in Conway, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem and Somersworth, in the amount not to exceed $38,789.82. Effective upon G&C approval through October 31, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#43 Authorized to enter into a contract with Plug In America, Los Angeles, CA, to facilitate, produce and release a statewide strategic plan to improve electric vehicle infrastructure for the State of NH, in compliance with a grant awarded by the US Department of Energy through the Office of Strategic Initiatives, in the amount of $25,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019. 100% Agency Income. VOTE: Unanimous

#50 Authorized a loan agreement with the Town of Jaffrey, NH, in the amount not to exceed $2,840,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Repayment Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#52 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund Grant to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, New Boston, NH, in the amount of $185,000 for the purpose of conserving 204 acres of land in Weare. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% ARM Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#54 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, New Boston, NH, in the amount of $94,000 for the purpose of conserving approximately 41 acres of land on Paige Hill Road in Goffstown. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% ARM Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#58 Authorized to award a grant to the Merrimack Village District, Merrimack, NH, in the amount not to exceed $405,000 for water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval through December 1, 2020. 100% Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

The Governor nominated the following individual from District Five to serve on a State Board:
James B. Halla of Dunbarton, NH to the Board of Psychologists
David L. Grosso of New Boston, NH to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
Daniel Marcek of Brookline, NH to the State Committee on Aging

April 17, 2019 Meeting

#105 Authorized to award a Local Source Water Protection grant to the Pennichuck Water Works Inc., in the amount of $20,000 to complete a project to protect a public drinking water system. Effective upon G&C approval through May 31, 2020. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Management Fee Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#106 Authorized to award a Local Source Water Protection grant to the Merrimack Village District in the amount of $20,000 to complete a project to protect a public drinking water system. Effective upon G&C approval through May 31, 2020. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Management Fee Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#136 Authorized the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with the City of Nashua to update the community's Local Emergency Operations Plan, for a total amount of $6,000. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#150 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract amendment with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH (originally approved by G&C on 3-21-18, item #75), to establish a contingency for Steam Conversion at the State House, State House Annex, and State Library, Concord, NH, by increasing the amount by $500,000 from $7,149,000 to $7,649,000. (2) Further Authorized an increase in the amount of $160,000 from $30,000 to $190,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, clerk for oversight and engineering services provided, bringing the total to $660,000. Effective upon G&C approval through the original end date of October 30, 2019. 100% General Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

March 27, 2019 Meeting

Division of Economic & Housing Stability

#10 Authorized to enter into a sole source agreement with Southwestern Community Services Inc., Keene, NH, to provide a permanent housing program to homeless individuals and families through the Federal Continuum of Care program in an amount not to exceed $88,195. Effective April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. Vote: Unanimous

#23 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Southern New Hampshire Services Inc., Manchester, NH, to supplement the Agency's Weatherization Assistance program, in the amount of $595,220. Effective March 27, 2019 through December 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds (LIHEAP-US DHHS). Vote: Unanimous

#25 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Southwestern Community Services Inc., Keene, NH, to supplement the Agencyss Weatherization Assistance program, in the amount of $227,345. Effective March 27, 2019 through December 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds (LIHEAP-US DHHS). Vote: Unanimous

#51 Authorized the Division of Education Analytics and Resources to enter into a sole source contract with GEM Consulting, Hollis, NH, to process assessment and accountability data, document routines necessary for continued processing of required assessment and accountability data, documentation, source control entry, and knowledge transfer, in the amount of $50,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. Vote: Unanimous

#71 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract amendment with D. L. King & Associates Inc., Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-20-18, late item #A), for the Supreme Court roof, Concord, NH, by increasing the base amount by $18,539.40 from $956,450 to $974,989.40. Effective upon G&C approval through May 31, 2019. 87.50% General, 0.41% Transfer, 12.09% Other Funds. Vote: Unanimous

Late Item #A. TABLED – The Governor and Council on motion of Councilor Volinsky, seconded by Councilor Pignatelli voted to table the request to enter into agreements with AmeriHealth Caritas NH Inc.; Boston Medical Center Health Plan Inc.; and Granite State Health Plan Inc., to provide health care services to eligible and enrolled Medicaid participants through NH's Medicaid managed care program known as NH Medicaid Care Management, in an amount, for State Fiscal Year 2020 shared by all vendors, not to exceed $924,150,000. Effective upon G&C approval, with providing services to members July 1, 2019 through the completion date of June 30, 2024. Funds for Granite Advantage Health Program are 93% Federal and 7% Other for calendar year 2019 and 90% Federal and 10% other for calendar year 2020; funds for the Child Health Insurance Program are 79.4% Federal and 20.6% General funds, and funds for the standard Medicaid population funding under the Medicaid Care Management account are 51% Federal, 24.3% General and 24.7% Other funds. Vote: 4-1

This item had been placed on the table one month ago so that we Councilors could hold informational meetings and ask questions of the Health and Human Services Department and the three vendors chosen to provide Medicaid services for the state for the next 5 years. This is a five-year contract and the most money spent on a contract – almost one billion dollars! After two public informational meetings and many emails back and forth, I felt I could support this contact and voted in favor. It begins July 1.

February 20, 2019 Meeting

MOP 150, I, B (3): Reports and Findings

Department of Administrative Services

#A Authorized to accept and place on file the Report and Findings of Councilor Debora Pignatelli with regard to a certain project in participation with Rivier University, Nashua, NH. VOTE: Unanimous

Rivier University is planning on building a new Science Center and Athletic Building. I held a Public Hearing on the campus and the item was voted on by the Council.

#40 Authorized to amend the sole source contract agreement with Southern NH Services Inc., Manchester, NH (originally approved by G&C on 9-20-18, item #32), for the Fuel Assistance Program, by increasing the amount by $2,503,932 from $10,038,550 to $12,542,482. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#41 Authorized to amend the sole source contract agreement with Southwestern Community Services Inc., Keene, NH (originally approved by G&C on 9-20-18, item #35), for the Fuel Assistance Program, by increasing the amount by $612,871 from $3,829,194 to $4,442,065. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#46 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Southwestern Community Services Inc., Keene, NH, for the Senior Energy Assistance Services Program, in the amount of $10,597. Effective upon G&C approval through August 31, 2020. 100% Other Funds (NH DHHS). VOTE: Unanimous

#48 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Southern NH Services Inc., Manchester, NH, for the Senior Energy Assistance Services Program, in the amount of $37,220.52. Effective upon G&C approval through August 31, 2020. 100% Other Funds (NH DHHS). VOTE: Unanimous

#51 Authorized the Board of Pharmacy to accept and expend funds from the Department of Health and Human Services through two separate grants in the amount not to exceed $218,376 for the enhancement of the NH Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs software to improve opioid-related surveillance, and to complete a Data Audit and Compliance Project. (2) Further Authorized to establish a temporary part-time position, Class 050, Compliance Investigator/Inspector (LG 27) and, temporary part-time position, Class 050, Assistant Inspector/Program Specialist I (LG 19). Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019. 100% Transfer Funds (Transfer from DHHS Federal Funds). VOTE: Unanimous

#65 Authorized the Division of Forests and Lands to enter into a contract with Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC, Antrim, NH, for the development of a forest resource assessment for the NH Forest Legacy Program, in the amount of $25,000. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

#88 Authorized the Bureau of Student Wellness to accept and expend NH School Climate Transformation Grant funds in the amount of $399,625 from the US Department of Education. (2) Further Authorized to establish 3 Full-time temporary Program Specialist IV positions, LG 25, salary range $50,193-$67,918.50. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. Fiscal Committee approved. VOTE: Unanimous

#93 Authorized the Division of Fire Safety to enter into a grant agreement with the City of Nashua in the amount of $5,700 for activities that increase State and local effectiveness in handling hazardous materials incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: Unanimous

The Governor nominated the following individual from District Five to serve on a State Board
Andrew R. Peterson, Peterborough, NH to the New England Board of Higher Education

February 6, 2019 Meeting

You may remember that the Council tabled the raises for the Liquor Commissioners and other top management officials at our last meeting. We decided to postpone their raises until audited numbers are released later this year and then re-visit the raises. They had not met their targeted numbers in two of the last three years and expenses had risen considerably.

#18 Authorized the Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Well Section, to enter into a contract with Skillings & Sons Inc., Amherst, NH, for the decommission of existing abandoned drilled wells on the properties of Donna Cronin, New Ipswich, NH, Thomas Schmidt, Chester, NH, and NHDOT, Bow, NH, in the amount of $18,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 28, 2019. 100% Highway Funds

#19 Authorized the Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Well Section, to enter into a contract with Skillings & Sons Inc., Amherst, NH, for the decommission of existing abandoned drilled wells on the properties of Nate Boutwell, Pelham, NH, and NHDOT, Salem, NH, in the amount of $18,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 28, 2019. 100% Highway Funds.

#40 Authorized a loan agreement with Pennichuck East Utility Inc., Merrimack, NH, in the amount not to exceed $4,240,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Repayment Funds

#43 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Francestown Land Trust Inc., Francestown, NH, in the amount of $185,000 for the purpose of conserving two parcels of land with 2,000 linear feet of frontage on the South Branch of the Piscataquog River in Francestown. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2019. 100% ARM Funds.

#49 Authorized the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services to enter into a grant agreement with the Town of Dunbarton for a total amount of $13,716 for the purpose of implementing a mobile integrated healthcare program called NH Project FIRST. Effective upon G&C approval through September 29, 2019. 100% Federal Funds.

The following individuals from District Five were nominated by Governor Sununu to State of New Hampshire Boards and Commissions:
Clark Freise, Litchfield, NH, as Assistant Commissioner, Department of Environmental Services
Winifred G. Grogman, Durbarton, NH, to the Board of Veterinary Medicine

January 23, 2019 Meeting

The next Governor and Council Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chamber at the State House in Concord, NH. Our meetings are open to the public. Comments are not taken but the public may observe our discussions on items and our votes.

Concerning the Liquor Commission items, there was a discussion about the Commissioners receiving a substantial raise since profits have not made their targets the last two out of three years and expenses are going up considerably. We decided to table the item and give the Commissioners a chance to speak with us about this.

I am enjoying being back on the Council after a 4 year retirement.

Department of Environmental Services

#76 Authorized to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education, Concord, NH, for lead removal in drinking water at NH's schools, in the amount of $1,600,000. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund.

#84 Authorized a loan agreement with Pennichuck Water Works Inc., Merrimack, NH, in the amount not to exceed $3,375,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund. A portion of these funds will be spent in Nashua and Merrimack.

#115 Authorized the Division of Public Works, Design and Construction to enter into a contract with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH, for the demolition and construction of the Hooksett Turnpike Administration Building, Hooksett, NH, for a total price not to exceed $3,075,900. (2)Further Authorized the amount of $115,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $3,190,900. Effective upon G&C approval through March 2, 2020. 100% Turnpike Funds.

New Hampshire Liquor Commission

#62 TABLED Authorized an annual salary step increase for Joseph W. Mollica, Chairman, in the amount of $5,871.84 from Grade II, Step 6 $118,707.68 to Grade II, Step 7 $124,579.52. Effective January 18, 2019. 100% Liquor Funds.

#63 TABLED Authorized an annual salary step increase for Mark C. Armaganian, Director, Division of Enforcement and Licensing, from grade GG, step 6 $103,059.32 to grade GG, step 7 $108,149.08. Effective January 18, 2019. 100% Liquor Funds.

#64 TABLED Authorized an annual salary step increase for Michael R. Milligan, Deputy Commissioner, in the amount of $5,549.96 from Grade HH, Step 6 $112,255.52 to Grade HH, Step 7 $117,805.48. Effective January 18, 2019. 100% Liquor Funds.

#65 TABLED Authorized an annual salary step increase for Nicole Brassard-Jordan, Director, Division of Marketing, Merchandising and Warehousing, from grade GG, step 6 $103,059.32 to grade GG, step 7 $108,149.08. Effective January 18, 2019. 100% Liquor Funds.

The following individuals from District Five were nominated by Governor Sununu to State of New Hampshire Boards and Commissions:
Alexandra H. Hamel, Weare, NH, to the Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals
Colin O'Brien to the Medical Review Subcommittee