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. The full agenda, and additional information including audio, is on the Governor & Executive Council section of the New Hampshire Secretary of State website.

August 26, 2020 Meeting

During this Council meeting, I asked the Governor for a report on his vetting of candidates for our State Board of Education. You may recall that several months ago, the Governor nominated a person who was not a good fit for this important Board. This individual, a person of color, was not confirmed. The Governor accused several Councilors of “playing politics.” Since this was a District 5, my District, seat, I reached out to several people who I believed would add immensely to this Board. Three of these people are women of color. Two other women have also applied, one with a Doctorate Degree in Education. The Governor said that he was not going to appoint anyone until after the election.

I ask, who is playing politics? I think I know.

The full agenda for this meeting is available on the Governor & Executive Council section of the New Hampshire Secretary of State website.

#22 Authorized the Bureau of Right of Way to grant access point through the Controlled Access Right-of-Way of US Route 202 in the Town of Rindge. The sale would be directly to Tyler DeRuosi, President of Discount Tire & Service, for $32,100, which includes a $1,100 administrative fee. Effective upon G&C approval. Originally purchased with 80% Federal, 20% Highway Funds. VOTE 5-0

#29 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into a retroactive contract amendment with the Town of Peterborough, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-19-19, item #101), 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, by extending the end date from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE 5-0

#50 Authorized the Division of Parks and Recreation to enter into a contract with KS LLC General Contracting, Mason, NH, to perform roof replacement on the Managers Residence within Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey, NH, in the amount of $34,827. Effective upon G&C approval through October 30, 2020. 100% Capital Funds. VOTE 5-0

#52 Authorized the Division of Forests and Lands to enter into a License Agreement with Public Service of NH d/b/a Eversource Energy of Manchester, NH, to use and occupy a proposed utility corridor across Miller State Park in Peterborough and Temple for a period of 20 years. Effective upon G&C approval. No State Funding. VOTE 5-0

#67A Authorized the Division of Learner Support, Bureau of Adult Education to enter into retroactive sole source contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated August 11, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $10,000 to provide support for the high school equivalency Testing Centers during the pandemic. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% General Funds. VOTE 5-0

#84 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a sole source contract amendment with D.L. King & Associates Inc., Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 10-2-19, item #55), for the Concord Steam Plant Demolition, Concord, NH, by increasing the amount by $300,000 from $1,646,200 to $1,946,200. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2020. 100% Capital-General Funds. VOTE 5-0

Informational Items

Our Governor has approved these items. I continue to object to this unconstitutional spending. The Fiscal Committee and the Council did not approve any of these.

Department of Health and Human Services

#A. Pursuant to RSA 4:45. RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-5, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to amend an existing Retroactive, Sole Source contract with Deloitte Consulting. LLP, Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 5-1-19, item #18), to provide a COV1D-19 Business Intelligence (81) solution, with specific functionality to surround the creation of a COVID-19 dashboard, by increasing the price limitation by $568,760 from $2,951.510 to $3,520,270 and by extending the completion date from November 29, 2020 to November 29, 2021, effective retroactive to May 15, 2020.100% Federal Funds.

#B. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Sole Source new one-year lease agreement with Concord Litho Group, Inc., Concord, NH, for warehouse space, Concord, NH, for the storage of protective personal equipment and other emergency supplies needed for the State's strategic response to COVID-19, in an amount not to exceed $386,760. Effective October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, with the option to extend the term for up to one additional year. 75% Federal and 25% General Funds.

#C. Pursuant to RSA 4:45. RSA 21-P:43 and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source new lease agreement with Concord Litho Group, Inc., Concord, NH, for warehouse space, Concord, NH, for the storage of protective personal equipment and other emergency supplies needed for the State's strategic response to COVID-19, in an amount not to exceed $399,652. Effective June 1, 2020, upon Governor approval through May 31, 2021, with the option to extend the term for up to one additional year. 100% General Funds.

#D. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source amendment to an existing contract with Paul Mortimer, Jr., Manchester, NH, for the continued provision of services as a Task Force Team Lead of the Metropolitan Medical Response System, by increasing the price limitation by $104,000 from $9,900 to $113,900 and by extending the completion date from May 29, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Effective retroactive to May 12, 2020. 91% Federal, 9% General Funds.

#E. Pursuant to RSA 4-45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source amendment to an existing contract with Parks Christenbury, Barrington, NH, for the continued provision of services as a Task Force Team Lead of the Metropolitan Medical Response System, by increasing the price limitation by $104,000 from $9,900 to $113,900 and by extending the completion date from May 29, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Effective retroactive to May 12, 2020. 91% Federal, 9% General Funds.

#F. Pursuant to RSA 4:45. RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source amendment to an existing contract with Aaron Mclntire, Hooksett, NH (originally approved by G&C on 1-10-18, item #6A), for the continued provision of services as the Task Force Commander of the Metropolitan Medical Response System, by increasing the price limitation by $104,000 from $53,900 to $157,900 with no change to the contract completion date of June 30, 2021. Effective retroactive to May 12, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#G. Pursuant to RSA 4;45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source amendment to an existing contract with the City of Concord, NH (originally approved by the Governor on 5-11-20, G&C Meeting 5-20-20, item A), to continue providing Commander services to support COVID-19 Testing Program, Alternate Care Sites and surge facilities in strategic areas around the state, by increasing the price limitation by $53,109 from $39,157 to $92,266 and by extending the completion date from May 31, 2020, to August 31, 2020. Effective retroactive to June 1, 2020. 42% General, 58% Federal Funds.

#H. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a Retroactive Sole Source amendment to an existing contract with Lakes Region Mental Health Center Inc., Laconia, NH (originally approved by the Governor on 5/11/20, G&C 6-10-20, item K), for the continued provision of services to individuals experiencing homelessness who may be awaiting test results or may have contracted COVlD-19 based on signs and symptoms of the virus, by exercising a renewal option, by increasing the price limitation by $766,217 from $499,060 to $1,265,277, and by extending the completion date from July 16, 2020, to December 31, 2020. Effective retroactive to July 16, 2020, through December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#I. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to amend an existing Memorandum of Understanding with New Hampshire Employment Security (originally approved by G&C on 6-5-19, item #29) to expand upon the economic analysis of the "cliff effect" across New Hampshire due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by increasing the total price limitation by $80,000 from $60,000 to $140,000. Effective upon the date of Governor approval through the date of termination by agreement of the parties when the project is completed. 100% Federal Funds.

#J. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Long Term Supports and Services, to Retroactively amend an existing Sole Source cooperative project agreement with the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (originally approved by G&C on 5-1-19, item #10), for the implementation of Aging & Disability Resource Centers COVID-19 requirements and the provision of evaluation, assessment, technical assistance, and coordination of services necessary to advance the State's No Wrong Door system known as ServiceLink, by exercising a contract renewal option and extending the completion date from August 31,2020, to August 31, 2021, and by increasing the price limitation by $325,149 from $1,042,199 to $1,367,348. Effective retroactive to July 1. 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#K. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source contract with Maxim Healthcare Staffing Services, Inc., Manchester, NH, in the amount of $8,465,004 for temporary staff to assist the Department's COVID-19 Public Health Response. Effective retroactive to June 18, 2020, through December 31, 2020, with the option to renew for up to one additional year. 100% Federal Funds. (2) Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to revise the scope of work to include additional temporary staff positions and revise payment rates for temporary staff with no change to the price limitation of $8,465,004. 100% Federal Funds.

#L. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to enter into Retroactive, Sole Source amendments to existing contracts with vendors listed in bold as detailed in letter dated July 13, 2020, to support emergency operations conducted by the Regional Public Health Networks statewide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by increasing the price limitation by $794,999 from $9,309,932 to $10,104,931. Effective retroactive to March 16, 2020, with no change to the contract completion date of June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#M. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health, to enter into Sole Source amendments to existing contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 22, 2020, for the provision of Targeted Prevention Programming for DCYF-Involved Families with Substance Use Disorder, by increasing the total price limitation by $1,485,000 from $2,940,404 to $4,425,404, and by extending the completion dates from September 30, 2020, to the dates specified. Effective upon Governor approval. 100% Federal Funds.

#N. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services to enter into a Retroactive, Sole Source amendment to an existing contract with JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (d/b/a Community Health Institute), Bow, NH, for the provision of public health emergency preparedness support services for the COVID-19 pandemic, by increasing the price limitation by $725,000 from $4,468,959 to $5,193,959. Effective retroactive to July 1, 2020, with no change to the contract completion date of June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#O. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to enter into Sole Source contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated August 7, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $2,842,000 for conducting hospital-based COVID-19 community testing and testing-related activities. Effective August 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020, with the option to renew for up to one additional year. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Transportation

#P. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21 -P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14 and 2020-15 and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150, V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Transportation to award a grant to the Town of Plymouth, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Plymouth Municipal Airport. Federal participation in the amount of $20,000.00 is effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

#Q. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14 and 2020-15 and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150, V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Transportation to award a grant to the Claremont Municipal Airport, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Claremont Municipal Airport. Federal participation in the amount of $30,000.00 is effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

#R. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 2I-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14 and 2020-15 and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150, V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Transportation to award a grant to the Laconia Airport Authority, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVlD-19 Public Health Emergency for the Laconia Municipal Airport. Federal participation in the amount of $69,000.00 is effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Safety

#S. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with Granite United Way to hire call takers to support the 2-1-1 Call Center in answering calls from communities concerning COVID-19, for a total amount of $100,000. Effective upon the Governor's approval from July 31, 2020 through December 26, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#T. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Safety, Division of Emergency Services and Communications, to accept and expend federal pass-through funds in the amount of $73,578 from the NH Department of Justice to support mobile video platform kits in support of COVID-19 testing sites and PPE distribution sites for first responders. Effective upon approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Agency Income.

The Governor nominated the following Individual to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Roy Baldwin, Jaffrey, NH, Volunteer New Hampshire Board of Directors

The Executive Council confirmed the following Individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Nicole Lavoie, Nashua, NH to the Physical Therapy Governing Board
Matthew Plante, Nashua, NH to the Police Commission, Nashua

August 5, 2020 Meeting

I want to briefly let you know about a Public Hearing the Council held in person in Concord a couple of weeks ago. It was for Mr. Scott Mason, who was nominated by the Governor to become the Executive Director of our NH Fish and Game Department. After 4 hours of testimony and many emails and telephone calls, I found that the nominee lacked the basic skills and experience enumerated in the Job Posting.

This was my reasoning:

My vote was No, but Mr. Mason was confirmed by a vote of 3-1. Councilor Volinsky was recused from voting. I thought you should know about this Public Hearing and vote.

The full agenda for this meeting is available on the Governor & Executive Council section of the New Hampshire Secretary of State website.

#22 Authorized to amend existing contracts with the vendors listed in bold as detailed in letter dated June 28, 2020, for family planning services, by decreasing the total price limitation by $18,615 from $6,740,866 to $6,722,251 with no change to the contract completion dates of June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#41 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP, Nashua, NH, for the provision of Extended Warranty – Security System and Software Support services for the NH Correctional Facility for Women, in the amount of $224,460. Effective upon G&C approval through July 31, 2023, with the option to renew for successive renewal terms of up to three years. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#48 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Town of New Boston, in the amount of $250,000 for the purpose of replacing four undersized culverts on Lyndeborough Road crossing Meadow Brook to reduce the flood hazard and improve aquatic organism passage. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2026. 100% ARM Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#70B Authorized consideration of whether the petition of Amy Johnson (age 36) requesting a pardon for the offenses of Hindering Apprehension, Accomplice to Witness Tampering, Conspiracy to Witness Tampering and Falsifying Physical Evidence should be granted. Please be advised that pursuant to RSA 651:5, V and XIV, as the petitioner’s crimes involve felony obstruction of justice crimes, she is not eligible for an annulment. VOTE: 5-0 My vote for this Pardon for Amy Johnson was “yes”. The Governor Council held an in-person Hearing. I was impressed by the Chief of Police’s testimony in favor of a Pardon for Ms. Johnson. I am convinced that she has become a positive member of society and has paid the price for something she did while a very young person and is completely rehabilitated.

#74 Authorized the Bureau of Court Facilities to enter into an equipment rental agreement with ENE Systems of NH, Bow, NH, for a 10-ton temporary air conditioner unit at the Hillsborough County Superior Courthouse South, for an amount not to exceed $13,960. Effective August 5, 2020 through October 31, 2020. 100% Transfer Funds (transfer from AOC, Rent from Other Agencies). VOTE: 5-0

#76 Authorized, on behalf of the Department of Environmental Services, to release to the underlying landowner, Poodle Crossing LLC, an unneeded access easement appurtenant to State land located in Milford, NH at the Savage Municipal Water Supply Well Superfund Site along NH Route 101A. VOTE: 5-0

Informational Items

Our Governor has approved these items without advice and consent of the Council. I continue to object to what I consider to be an unconstitutional power grab.

Department of Health and Human Services

#A. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Office of the Commissioner to enter into a retroactive sole source contract with Mako Medical Laboratories LLC, Raleigh, NC, in the amount of $6,000,000 to provide COVID-19 testing to residents and staff of long-term care and other residential facilities overseen by the Department. Effective June 3, 2020 through December 31, 2020, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 100% Federal Funds.

#B. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu Authorized the Office of the Commissioner to amend an existing sole source contract with Giri Dover 200 Inc. d/b/a The Garrison Hotel, Dover, NH, to provide twenty-one hotel rooms to the Department that will be used for quarantine services for individuals experiencing homelessness who may have contracted COVID-19, by increasing the price by $55,000 from $100,800 to $155,800 with no change to the completion date of July 22, 2020. 100% General Funds.

#C. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Public Health Services to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing agreement with Capital Hotel Company (dba The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel & Grappone Conference Center), Concord, NH, to provide office space for the Division of Public Health COVID-19 Operations Center, by exercising a contract renewal option and increasing the price by $555,674 from $453,599 to $1,009,273 and by extending the completion date from August 31, 2020 to September 30, 2020. The original contract was approved by Governor Sununu on May 11, 2020. 51% Federal, 49% General Funds.

#D. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with Merrimack Valley Assistance Program Inc., Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 4-17-19, item #12), to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 pandemic to low income persons and their families living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, by increasing the price by $81,795 from $719,178 to $800,973. Effective retroactive to April 3, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#E. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with Merrimack Valley Assistance Program Inc., Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 2-21-18, item #12), to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 pandemic to low income persons and their families living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, by increasing the price by $107,819 from $940,530 to $1,048,349. Effective retroactive to April 3, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#F. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Public Health Services to enter into a retroactive sole source agreement with Quest Diagnostics LLC, Marlborough, MA, in the amount of $700,000 for COVID-19 specimen testing. Effective April 29, 2020 through December 31, 2020, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 100% Federal Funds. (2) Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Public Health Services to enter into a sole source amendment to the existing contract with Quest Diagnostics LLC, Marlborough, MA, for COVID-19 specimen testing, by increasing the price by $300,000 from $700,000 to $1,000,000, with no change to the completion date of December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#G. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu Authorized to amend existing contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 13, 2020, for the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program services to low-income women and children, by increasing the total price limitation by $68,950 from $11,854,653 to $11,923,603 with no change to the completion dates of June 30, 2021. Effective July 1, 2020 or upon Governor approval, whichever is later. 100% Federal Funds.

#H. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to enter into retroactive sole source grant agreements with the Grantees as detailed in letter dated July 20, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $35,000 shared price limitation, to develop and administer the Housing Stabilization program that targets individuals financially impacted by COVID-19. Effective July 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. 100% Other Funds (Coronavirus Aid Relieve, and Economic Security).

#H1. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-04, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to enter into retroactive sole source amendments to existing agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 30, 2020 (originally approved by G&C on 2-20-19, item #23), for the provision of community based services and anti-poverty programs through the Community Services Block Grant to ensure critically needed resources are available to meet local low-income community needs in response to COVID-19, by increasing the total price limitation by $1,303,871 from $16,048,850 to $17,352,721 with no change to the contract completion dates of September 30, 2022. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Transportation

#I. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the City of Nashua/Nashua Airport Authority, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for Boire Field, in the amount of $69,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

#J. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the Town of Whitefield, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Mt. Washington Regional Airport, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

#K. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the Pease Development Authority, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Skyhaven Airport, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

#L. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the Town of Newport, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Parlin Field, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

#M. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the City of Belin, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Berlin Regional Airport, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Information Technology

#N. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized to enter into a sole source Cooperative Project Agreement with University of NH, University System of NH, Durham, NH, in the amount not to exceed $23,400, for the purpose of providing Wide Area Network backup internet services. Effective upon approval through June 30, 2021. DoIT (Statewide Telecommunications Revolving Funds).

#O. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized, the Department of Information Technology, on behalf of the Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, to enter into a sole source contract with Q-Matic Corporation, Duluth, GA, in the amount of $208,920.92 to provide a hosted scheduling and queuing system to the DMV to allow for appointment-only customer services at DMV locations. Effective upon approval through June 20, 2025. 100% Other (Agency Class 27) funds: the Agency Class 027 used by the Department of Safety to reimburse DoIT is 100% Agency Income (Cost of Collections) funds.

#P. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Department of Information Technology, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to retroactively amend an existing sole source contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP, Harrisburg, PA, by increasing the price by $1,910,280 from $97,633,677 to $99,543,957 to implement several necessary enhancements and continued maintenance and operations of the New HEIGHTS system to include COVID-19 services, with no change to the contract completion date of September 30, 2022, effective March 18, 2020. 66% Federal, 32% General, 2% Other Funds from the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery.

New Hampshire Employment Security

#Q. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, and suspension of Manual of Procedures 150 V, A, 3, requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Maximus Health Services Inc., Reston, VA, with a price limitation not to exceed $4,317,395 for call center delivery and support services to individuals calling the unemployment compensation hotline. Effective July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 100% Other Funds.

#R. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized to accept and expend $3,560,300 in federal funds from the US Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration, for the purpose of developing and implementing system modifications necessary to administer the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Corrections

#S. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized to accept and expend a sub grant in the amount of $65,491 for the NH Department of Justice, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Effective retroactive to January 20, 2020 through January 20, 2022. 100% Federal Revenue received from another State Agency.

Department of Safety

#T. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with the Town of Loudon to purchase and install equipment to support and enhance the community’s Emergency Operations Center for a total amount of $79,500. Effective July 17, 2020 through December 26, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

The Governor nominated the following Individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Mark G. Bodanza, Hillsborough, NH to the Higher Education Commission
Nicole Lavoie, Nashua, NH to the Physical Therapy Governing Board
Matthew Plante, Nashua, NH to the Police Commission, Nashua

July 20, 2020 Meeting

The full agenda for this meeting is available on the Governor & Executive Council section of the New Hampshire Secretary of State website.

At the end of this report, I have included "Informational" Items, which our Governor, without advice and consent of the Council, has approved. I continue to object to what I consider to be an unconstitutional power grab.

Department of Administrative Services

#C. Authorized to accept and place in file the Report and Findings of Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli with regard to a certain project in participation with Covenant Health Inc., and St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua, NH. VOTE: 5-0. This Item will allow the hospital to refinance bonds at a better rate and to purchase offices and make other improvements.

#14 Authorized to enter into a retroactive contract with Harbor Homes Inc., Nashua, NH, to develop infrastructure and provide program support to a growing number of Recovery Centers statewide, in the amount of $4,550,000. Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 14.95% General, 56.05% Other Funds (Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs). (Volinsky recused, Gatsas No). I was pleased to support this contract, which almost failed to pass. If it did not pass, critical services would be halted for many individual now receiving services from 15 sites across the state. Harbor Homes has improved their financial situation and the services are necessary. Harbor Homes has continually stepped up in situations when no other agency has been willing to help people in need of housing, mental health care, addiction services and many other necessities.

#15 Authorized to enter into a retroactive amendment to an existing contract with Harbor Homes Inc., Nashua, NH, to continue providing a community Transitional Housing Program for adults who have severe mental illness or severe and persistent mental illness, by increasing the price by $126,000 from $3,150,000 to $3,276,000 and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2020 to October 31, 2020. 100% General Funds. (Volinsky recused, Gatsas No).

#17 Authorized to retroactively amend an existing contract with Harbor Homes Inc., Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 4-19-17, item #14A), to continue providing Mobile Crisis Services and Supports to Region VI, by exercising a contract renewal option, by increasing the price by $504,537 from $4,390,839 to $4,895,376, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2020 to October 31, 2020. 100% General Funds. (Volinsky recused)

#20 Authorized to amend existing retroactive agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 29, 2020, to provide the State Grant in Aid Homeless Assistance program, by modifying the agreements to have individual price limitations instead of shared price limitation for vendors listed in the table and terminating two agreements with vendors as indicated in the table, and decreasing the total price limitation by $417,396 from $7,300,000 to $6,882,604. Effective July 1, 2020 through the original completion date of June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds.

#29 Authorized to amend the sole source contract agreement with Southwestern Community Services, Keene, NH (originally approved by G&C on 12-18-19, item #70), to supplement the Agency’s Weatherization Assistance Program, by increasing the amount by $78,185 from $78,185 to $156,370, and by extending the completion date from September 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds (LIHEAP-US DHHS).

#30 Authorized to amend the sole source contract agreement with Southern NH Services Inc., Manchester, NH (originally approved by G&C on 12-18-19, item #68), to supplement the Agency’s Weatherization Assistance Program, by increasing the amount by $215,133 from $215,133 to $430,266, and by extending the completion date from September 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds (LIHEAP-US DHHS).

#32 Authorized to accept and expend additional agency funds in the amount of $85,400 to support the licensee professionals’ health program. 100% Agency Funds. (2) Further Authorized the Division of Health Professions to enter into a sole source retroactive contract with the NH Professionals Health Program, Amherst, NH, to manage and administer the professionals’ health program, in an amount not to exceed $542,000. Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. 100% Agency Funds.

#39 Authorized the NH State Conservation Committee to enter into a grant with the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, in the amount of $24,000 for the Nissitissitt River Headwaters project in the Town of Mason, Hillsborough County. Effective upon G&C approval through April 30, 2022. 100% Other Funds.

#60 Authorized a loan agreement with the Town of Jaffrey NH, in the amount of $3,000,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Repayment Funds.

Informational Items

Department of Information Technology

#A. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10 and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Information Technology to enter into a sole source contract with MTX Group Inc., Troy, NY, for professional services to implement State of NH initiatives related to the COVID-19 crisis, in an amount not to exceed $100,000. Effective through March 30, 2021, with the option of a one year renewal. 100% Capital Funds. (2) Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10 and 2020-14, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Information Technology, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, to enter into a retroactive sole source contract amendment with MTX Group Inc., Troy, NY (originally approved by the Governor on 4-7-20), for professional services to implement State of NH initiatives related to the COVID-19 crisis, by increasing the price by $429,418 from $100,000 to $529,418. Effective March 30, 2020 through March 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Safety

>#B. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to accept and expend Public Assistance Grant Program funds in the amount of $98,209 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for DR4516 COVID-19 for Crisis Counseling Immediate Services Program from the date of the Governor’s approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

Department Of Health and Human Services

#C. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into retroactive sole source contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 18, 2020, with a shared price not to exceed $500,000 for visiting nursing agencies to provide COVID-19 testing for individuals who are unable to access established or mobile testing sites, with the option to renew for up to one additional year, effective May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. 100% General Funds.

#D. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a retroactive sole source contract with The Friends Program Inc., Portsmouth, NH, for decompression of the population in homeless shelters to align operations with Centers for Disease Control recommendations, in the amount of $30,000. Effective April 11, 2020 through July 12, 2020, with the option to renew for up to one additional year. 100% General Funds.

#E. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a retroactive memorandum of understanding with the NH State Liquor Commission, Concord, NH, for the purpose of offering personal protection equipment face masks to the public and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective May 12, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with the option to renew for up to one additional year.

#F. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a retroactive sole source contract with Interim HealthCare of the Northeast Inc., Manchester, NH, to provide temporary staffing to long-term care facilities designated by the Department of Health and Human Services as in need of relief staffing due to staffing shortages related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the amount of $400,000. Effective June 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, with the option to renew for up to one additional year. 75% Federal, 25% General Funds.

#G. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, and 2020-09, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, to enter into a retroactive sole source contract with SAFEPASSAGES GROUP INCORPORATED, to provide transportation services for individuals experiencing homelessness to either a Quarantine Facility; a Decompression site; or Community of Origin, in the amount of $30,000. Effective May 26, 2020 through August 27, 2020, with the option to renew for up to one additional year. 100% General Funds.

#H. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to accept and expend additional federal funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in the amount of $308,085. Effective through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#I. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to: (1)accept and expend $46,875,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the COVID-19 response efforts. These initial appropriations will be budgeted as allocated. They represent an anticipated 75% reimbursement from FEMA. Further, DHHS requests the ability to transfer between the accounts noted and into new accounts, as needed without further approval. Effective through June 30, 2021. (2)Transfer general fund appropriations of $15,625,000 to cover the required FEMA state share match (25%) from the account noted. Further, gave DHHS the ability to transfer between the accounts noted and into new accounts, as needed, without further approval effective through June 30, 2021.

#J. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to enter into a sole source amendment to an existing contract with Events United, Derry, NH, for rental equipment for the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, by increasing the price by $1,862 from $9,520 to $11,382 and by extending the completion date from August 31, 2020 to October 3, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#K. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to enter into a sole source memorandum of agreement with the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Inc., Atlanta, GA, at no cost to the Department for temporary employees to support the COVID-19 response in NH. Effective upon approval through July 31, 2020, with the option to renew through March 31, 2021.

#L. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services to accept and expend funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration, entitled Small Hospital Improvement Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the amount of $1,096,121. Effective upon approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#M. ursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to accept and expend additional federal funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in the amount of $2,351,919. Effective through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#N. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Concord, NH, to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the NH Department of Education, Concord, NH, for data sharing to administer the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program, at no cost, effective retroactive to March 16, 2020, until terminated by either party.

#O. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Housing Supports, to accept and expend the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS grant fund under the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act in the amount of $189,614. Effective through June 30, 2021.

#P. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Housing Supports, to accept and expend Community Services Block Grant funds under the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act in the amount of $1,372,494. Effective through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#Q. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families to accept and expend Child Welfare Services Grant Program Funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the amount of $137,578. Effective through June 30, 2021.

#R. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with Waypoint, Manchester, NH (originally approved by G&C On 12-20-17, item #13B, to establish the Waypoint Warm Line, developed in response to the threat of COVID-19 in NH, by increasing the price by $100,000 from $1,133,844 to $1,233,844 with no change to the contract completion date of December 31, 2020, effective April 1, 2020. 100% General Funds.

#S. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to accept and expend additional revenue from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (aka CARES Act) Provider Relief Fund in the amount of $432,287. Effective upon Governor approval through June 30, 2021. This relief fund allocates CARES Act funding directly to healthcare providers for the sole purpose of prevention, preparation and response to the COVID-19. These funds are non-lapsing and transferable only within the accounting unit. 100% Federal Funds.

#T. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, and Section 7 of Executive Order 2020-04, as extended by Executive Order 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09 and 2020-10, Governor Sununu has Authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health, to enter into sole source contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 24, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $1,731,950 for crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for youth and adults who are under or uninsured and are impacted by COVID-19, and healthcare professionals. Effective June 23, 2020 through August 19, 2021, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 100% Federal Funds.

The Council confirmed the following individual from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Gayle E. Troy, Dunbarton, NH, Penalty Appeals Board

June 10, 2020 Meeting

#26 Authorized the Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Well Section, to enter into a contract with Skillings & Sons Inc., Amherst, NH, for a 6-inch drilled well and pump on the property of Judi Lacroix, Weare, NH, in the amount of $20,515. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Highway Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#28 Authorized the Bureau of Transportation Systems Management & Operations to enter into a contract with R&R Communications Inc., Swanzey, NH, for the purpose of providing statewide service and repairs to the Department’s land mobile radio system, on the basis of a single bid of $161,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2022. 81.9% Highway, 15.2% Turnpike, 1.2% General, 1.7% Other Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#31 Authorized the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with L&D Safety Marking Corp., Barre, VT, for pavement marking, on the basis of a low bid of $208,870.75. Effective upon G&C approval through November 6, 2020. 100% Other Funds (Betterment). VOTE: 5-0 This contract includes the NH lOlA corridor Milford to Merrimack

#35 Authorized, under the Community Development Block Grant program, to award a grant to the County of Hillsborough, Goffstown, NH, in the amount of $500,000 to support the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Inc., renovation project for the property situated at 35 Spring Street, Nashua, NH. Effective June 10, 2020 through December 31, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#48 FAILED the Division of Health Professions to enter into a contract with Parkdale Aftercare LLC, Chesterton, IN, to manage and administer the professionals’ health program for fiscal year 2021, in an amount not to exceed $425,000. Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. 100% Agency Funds. VOTE: 0-5 The proposed vendor for this contract, Parkdale, is an out-of-state company to take over for an in-state vendor who’s work has been exemplary. The members of the Council would like to continue with the current contractor and re-negotiate a fair contract for them to continue. We Councilors heard from many people about the negatives of switching contractors.

#93 Authorized the Bureau of Adult Education to enter into a contract with the vendors as detailed in letter dated May 1, 2020, to provide adult education and literacy programs as defined under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, in an amount not to exceed $6,043,655.87. Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023. 38% Federal, 62% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0 This contract would give the Nashua Adult Learning Center a $150,000 cut in funding. They run a very lean and efficient operation at the ALC and I objected to this cut. The students are the ones who will suffer with longer wait times to attend classes, fewer classes and a range of negative outcomes. I expressed my disappointment and my hope that the future funding, perhaps in August, will even out some of what I see is a mistake by our Department of Education.

The Council confirmed the following individuals to Boards and Commissions
Dana Call; Accounting Services Director Department of Administrative Services
Scott M. Krauchunas; to the Board of Optometry
Charles M. Arlinghaus; Canterbury, NH Commissioner of Administrative Services
Tiffany J. Grade; Lakes Management Advisory Committee
Kevin H. Smith; Pease Development Authority Board of Directors
Steven Workman; state Coordinating Council for Community Transportation for NH
Kate Cassady; State Board of Education

There was another nominee from the Governor, Ryan Terrell, to sit on the State Board of Education. He is from Nashua. I spoke with him and watched an introductory video he produced. I determined that he is not in any way qualified to sit on this very important Board which is making some critical decisions about education. He has no experience or even interest in education as far as I could see. Further, he has said some very derogatory things about Democrats, how he thinks they want to further enslave people of color on welfare to keep their votes. He seemed to have an adversarial attitude which is not what the Board of Education needs. We need qualified people who can work collaboratively on this board.

May 20, 2020 Meeting

The Warrant article, with the CARES money to be distributed, ended up passing. The Governor sent us Councilors about 300 pages of explanation on the Monday night before our Wednesday meeting. I did my best to get through the document and, although I did not agree with some of the decisions, I did not want to hold up the money getting to the people and businesses needing it most. Neither did my fellow Councilors. If the Governor had been up front with an explanation three weeks ago, at the prior meeting, the money would have been approved sooner.

I will continue to ask questions and express my disapproval when we are not provided the information we need to vote intelligently on all contracts. I hope I have your support on this.

#8 Authorized to amend an existing contract with Achievement Therapy Services LLC, Laconia, NH (originally approved by G&C on 4-11-18, item #12), to provide physical therapy services to clients admitted to NH Hospital, by exercising a contract renewal option by increasing the price by $190,000 from $202,500 to $392,500, and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2022. 34% General, 66% Other Funds.

#22 Authorized the Bureau of Highway Design to amend a contract with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., (originally approved by G&C on 2-1-17, item #26), for preliminary design of improvements to US 202 at its intersection with NH 124 and NH 137 in the Town of Jaffrey, by retroactively extending the completion date from April 30, 2020 to August 31, 2020. No Additional Funding.

#28 Authorized the State Conservation Committee to enter into a grant with the Town of Rindge, in the amount of $10,000 for the Conservation Project in the Town of Rindge, Cheshire County. Effective upon G&C approval through April 30, 2022. 100% Other Funds.

#32 Authorized the State Conservation Committee to enter into a grant with Five Rivers Conservation Trust, in the amount of $20,000 for Koerber Family Forest Conservation Easement in the Town of Dunbarton, Merrimack County. Effective upon G&C approval through December 1, 2021. 100% Other Funds.

#51 Authorized to award a Local Source Water Protection grant to the Town of Francestown, in the amount of $10,000 to complete a project to protect public drinking water supplies. Effective upon G&C approval through May 31, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#56 Authorize to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, New Boston, in the amount of $400,000 for the purpose of acquiring a 267-acre parcel of land located on Abbott Hill Road in the Town of Mason owned by Barbara B. DeVore Revocable Trust. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% ARM Funds.

#61 Authorized expenditures from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund with the public schools as detailed in letter dated April 30, 2020. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water Trust Fund.

#62 Authorized the Bureau of Student Support to enter into an amendment to a contract with Creative Educational Consulting LLC, Hollis, NH (originally approved by G&C on 10-17-18, item #34), for training and support, by increasing the price by $25,000 from $160,000 to $185,000 and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#70 Authorized consideration of whether the petition of Nicole Kasinskas (age 32) requesting a commuted sentence hearing for the offense of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder should be granted. The petitioner is not eligible for an annulment. I did not support this request. Some of you may remember the brutal premeditated murder of Ms. Kasinskas’ mother. I can see that, at some future time, I might be willing to grant a commutation hearing but, for me, that time is not now. The consideration for a hearing was tabled and will be taken up at our next meeting on June 10th. One of our Councilors needed more time to consider this request. That was the reason for the tabling. I agreed to grant the tabling motion. This is something we do for our fellow Councilors when requested and when there is no harm done by putting off a vote for a couple of weeks.

#76 Authorized the Division of Risk and Benefits to exercise the option to extend the contract with Anthem Health Plans of NH Inc., d/b/a Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Manchester, NH (originally approved by G&C on 11-8-17, item #84), for the administration of the medical benefit provided to state employees and retirees, by increasing the total amount by $11,337,025 from $44,596,000 to $55,933,025. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2022. 42% General, 17% Federal, 4% Enterprise, 14% Highway, 1% Turnpike, 22% Other Funds. VOTE: 4-0-1( Pignatelli abstained). My husband’s law firm, Rath, Young and Pignatelli has a lobbying group and one of their clients is Anthem. My husband has nothing to do with lobbying. Because it would cause a perception of a conflict, I did not vote on this contract.

#77 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 increase the allowance for Steam Conversion at the State House, State House Annex, and State Library, in Concord, NH, in the amount of $750,000 from $8,149,000 to $8,889,000. Effective upon G&C approval through March 15, 2021. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#79 Authorized a Working Capital Warrant in the amount of $1,440,291,542 to cover the payment of expenditures for the month of June 2020.

The Governor nominated the following individual from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Ryan Terrell, Nashua, NH, State Board of Education

The Council confirmed the following individual from District 5
Nicole Plante, Peterborough, NH to the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women Warden

May 6, 2020 Meeting

Department of Administrative Services

#A. Authorized to accept and place on file the Report and Findings of Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli with regard to a certain project in participation with Peterborough Retirement Community at Upland Farm Inc., d/b/a RiverMead in Peterborough, NH.

#46 Authorized to enter into a retroactive amendment to existing contracts and exercise a renewal option with the vendors listed in bold as detailed in letter dated April 9, 2020 (originally approved by G&C on 6-20-18, item #27G), for the provision of primary health care services for underserved, low-income and homeless individuals, by increasing the price by $3,593,746 from $6,337,786 to $9,931,532, and by extending the completion date from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 12.95% Federal, 87.05% General Funds. Harbor Homes is one recipient of this funding.

#47 Authorized to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 9, 2020 (originally approved by G&C on 6-19-19, item #78E and 9-18-19, item #25), for the provision of Regional Public Health Network services statewide, by increasing the total price by $165,636 from $9,144,296 to $9,309,932. Effective April 1, 2020 through the original completion date of June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. The city of Nashua and Cheshire County are two of the recipients of this funding.

#58 Authorized the Bureau of Highway Maintenance to enter into an agreement with WSP USA Inc., Merrimack, NH, for on-call engineering/technical services for various Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Bridge Maintenance, Mechanical Services, Traffic, Turnpikes, and TSMO projects statewide, for an amount not to exceed $750,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2023.

#98 Authorized the State Council on the Arts to enter into a contract with artist Gordon Carlisle, Eliot, ME, in the amount of $18,225 for creation of artwork for the Milford District Court in Milford, NH. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% Other Funds (Agency Income).

#111 Authorized to enter into grant agreements with the entities as detailed in letter dated March 16, 2020, totaling $86,106, to fund exotic aquatic plant control activities. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. Merrimack’s Horseshoe Pond and Naticook Lake are included. Also, the Nashua River.

#114 Authorized to enter into grant agreements with the entities as detailed in letter dated March 16, 2020, totaling $23,125, to fund exotic aquatic plant control activities. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% Lake Restoration Funds. Lake Potanipo and Lake Melendy in Brookline are included.

#137 Authorized to enter into a contract with Impact Fire Services Inc., Hudson, NH, to provide Sprinkler System Upgrades and Repairs, in the amount of $30,120. Effective upon G&C approval through December 30, 2020. 100% General Funds.

#150 Authorized the Bureau of Career Development to enter into a sole source contract with Awato LLC, New Ipswich, NH, to provide an online career assessment platform for NH students in adherence to SB276, in the amount not to exceed $1,100,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2024, with the option to renew for two additional extended terms through June 30, 2028. 30% Other, 70% Federal FY20; and 50% Other, 50% Federal FY21-24 Funds.

#171 Authorize a Working Capital Warrant in the amount of $950,000,000 to cover the payment of expenditures for the month of June 2020.

Usually, these Working Capital Warrants pass without too much discussion. This Agenda Item became contentious when a good amount of money, $400 Million Dollars(!) was to be spent without prior information given to us Councilors. For example, the Commissioner of Education would have sole power to distribute over $40 Million dollars any way he sees fit, with no oversight. This is wrong. We Councilors have a fiduciary and Constitutional duty to spend taxpayer money well. I plan to find out where all of this money is going. I will have many questions which need to be answered before I am comfortable voting for this item at our next meeting.

For more on this, I encourage you to read this InDepthNH article, by Paula Tracy, an esteemed journalist in New Hampshire.

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on the Boards or Commissions:
Laurie Ortolano, Nashua, NH to the Assessing Standards Board
Nicole Plante, Peterborough, NH to the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women Warden

The Executive Council confirmed the following individual from District 5 to serve on various Boards and Commissions
Robert E. Martel, Dunbarton, NH to the Advisory Council on the Unemployment compensation

May 6, 2020 Upcoming Meeting

Before meetings, I receive a packet of items on our Agenda. This coming meeting's packet had "Informational Items": Monies spent or planned to be spent from the CARES Act, the Federal $1.25 Billion coming into New Hampshire.

Informational Items

Department of Health and Human Services

Financial Services

#A Informational Item – Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-03 Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to accept a donation from the NH Charitable Foundation on April 17, 2020 in the amount of $50,000 and deposit the same into 010-095-5676-009-40XXXX (TBD-request in process).

#B Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer general funds in the amount of $7,193,898 between various class lines, decrease Federal revenues in the amount of $6,341,837, and decrease related Other revenues in the amount of $87,770 as detailed in the letter dated April 20, 2020.

Bureau of Mental Health Services

#C Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized: (1) the Division of Behavioral Health to accept and expend funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, entitled Emergency Grants to address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19, in the amount of $1,964,122; and (2) the Division of Behavioral Health to create one temporary full-time position, a Program Specialist IV (LG 25), for overseeing the implementation of the project activities, internal and external coordination, developing materials, and conducting meetings. 100% Federal Funds.

Division of Economic & Housing Stability

#D Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, to accept and expend Child Care Development Program funds under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act in the amount of $6,999,268, effective upon date of his approval through June 30, 2021, and further authorize the allocation of these funds in the accounts as detailed in letter dated April 20, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#E Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Housing Supports, to accept and expend Emergency Solutions Grants Program funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the amount of $3,209,928, and allocate of these funds as detailed in letter dated April 20, 2020.

New Hampshire Hospital

#N Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire Hospital, to transfer general funds in the amount of $520,325 and other funds in the amount of $658,000 between various class lines as detailed in letter dated April 24, 2020. 44% General, 56% Other Agency Funds.

Department of Transportation

#F Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to accept and expend a grant retroactive to January 20, 2020, in the amount of $18,652,576 awarded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and administered via the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Boston Urbanized Area Program and Section 5311 Rural Area Program. The CARES Act allocations will support public transportation systems operating in the Boston Urbanized Area and rural areas within New Hampshire. CARES Act funds allow for the reimbursement of eligible expenses that were incurred on or after January 20, 2020, from the date of the Governor’s approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#G Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to accept and expend a grant retroactive to January 20, 2020, in the amount of $15,236,432, awarded under the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and administered via the Federal Aviation Administration, to cover operating expense at the State’s general aviation airports and the Department’s administrative costs, from the date of Governor’s approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

New Hampshire Employment Security

#H Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the New Hampshire Employment Security to accept and expend $4,472,551 in federal funds from the United States Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration, for the purpose of administering the Unemployment Insurance program, and has authorized NHES to establish additional part-time positions in expenditure class 050 – Personal Services-Temporary, for the purpose of supporting the unprecedented increase in unemployment claims volume, effective from the date of the Governor’s approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Education

#I Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the New Hampshire Department of Education to accept and expend $8,891,470 in Federal Funds from the US Department of Education for the purpose of administering the CARES Act Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#J Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the New Hampshire Department of Education to accept and expend $37,641,372 in Federal Funds from the United States Department of Education for the purpose of administering the CARES Act Elementary and Secondary Relief Funds, and has authorized NHDOE to establish a full-time temporary position in expenditure class 059 – Temporary Full-Time, for the purpose of supporting the distribution of these funds to schools and districts in the current challenging environment brought about by COVID-19, effective from the date of the Governor’s approval through September 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

Department of Safety

#K Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to take the following actions: (1) accept and expend Public Assistance Grant Program funds in the amount of $5,000,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for DR4516 COVID-19, from the date of the Governor’s approvals through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds; and (2) create four temporary full time positions, two Program Planner I’s (LG 19) and two Program Assistant II’s (LG 15), to assist with Public Assistance grant administration, from the Governor’s approvals through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

#L Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to take the following action: (1) The Division of State Police to accept a donation of 2,000 surgical masks from Ocean State Job Lots for use by New Hampshire State Police Troopers to help protect them from infection during the COVID-19 response. These masks have an estimated value of $303. Effective from the date of the Governor’s approval through June 30, 2020.

Department of Justice

#M Informational Item - Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47 and Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Sununu has authorized the Department of Justice to accept and expend a grant retroactive to January 20, 2020, in the amount of $3,454,070, from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, from the date of the Governor’s approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

April 8, 2020 Meeting

At the previous meeting, I asked that the Secretary of State attend this meeting to detail his plans for Voting by Absentee Ballot in September at our Primary Election and in November at the General Election. The Secretary of State told me that he was happy to attend but would wait to receive an invitation from the Governor. Even though I asked the Governor to have the Secretary there, he refused.

I think it is very important to begin the planning process for our Fall election now if it is to be successful. We should not have to choose between our health and exercising our right to vote. It will be very important for all citizens who want to vote to be able to cast their votes without risking their health. Now is the time to plan, not in August.

The Secretary and the Attorney General have released a memo Voting by Absentee Ballot During the State of Emergency Related to COVID-19, which I believe is a good start but will require a lot more thought and planning.

You will see that, when applying for an absentee ballot, you will need to check the reason box "Physically Disabled" to receive your ballot. I am trying to have a box, just for this Fall's elections, which refers to COVID-19 as a valid reason for requesting a ballot. I will probably not be successful but will keep you all posted.

I also believe that, for this Primary Election in September and General Election this November, ballots should be mailed to ALL registered voters. I know I will not be successful with this but will try because I believe it is the right thing to do in these current circumstances.

I plan to keep pushing this issue until it is settled and we all know how voting will work in these COVID-19 times. Please let me know your thoughts in this critical matter.

#22H Authorize the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with Continental Paving Inc., Londonderry, NH, for resurfacing of approximately 25 miles of various Tier 2, 3, and 4 roadways in District 5, on the basis of a low bid of $2,582,312.98. Effective upon G&C approval through September 18, 2020. 100% Agency Income (SB367 Capital Investment). Portions of Hudson-Pelham, Kimball Hill Rd/ Keyes Hill Rd, Amherst, NH 122 and Milford, NH 101 will be resurfaced.

#46 Authorize to award state aid grant funds for wastewater facility projects for the ten entities as detailed in letter dated March 18, 2020, in the aggregate amount of $4,657,544. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% General Funds. The City of Nashua will receive $903,594.00

#53 Authorize to amend a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan agreement with the Town of Merrimack (originally approved by G&C on 8-28-19, item #82), to increase funding by $11,500,000 from $1,600,000 to $13,100,000. 100% CWSRF Repayment Funds.

March 25, 2020 Meeting

Since it is unsafe for all of us Councilors, Agency Heads and members of the public to gather in one place, our meeting was call-in and all of our votes were roll call votes.

At the beginning of the meeting, I asked the Governor to immediately issue a Shelter in Place Order to save lives and protect our citizens. He refused, saying we were not nearly ready for that. You may have seen that he issued a Stay at Home Order the next day. I am glad to have pushed the Governor in this direction and believe it will save lives and protect some of our citizens from spreading and getting this virus.

I also asked if New Hampshire Business and other taxes could be pushed back to July 15, which matches the federal extension for filing income taxes amid the pandemic. He and his staff will be looking into this.

Also, I requested that, at our next Council meeting on April 8, Secretary of State William Gardner attend and be prepared to discuss his plans for voting in the elections this year. I suggested he think about no-excuse Absentee Ballots, having the election over two days to avoid crowding at polling sites and any other issues he and we need to think about.

#26 Authorized the Bureau of Transportation Systems Management and Operations to enter into an agreement with WSP USA Inc., Merrimack, NH, for on-call engineering and support services for Intelligent Transportation Systems initiatives statewide, for an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. Effective upon G&C approval through March 31, 2023. VOTE: 5-0

#55 Authorized to award a grant to the Merrimack Village District, Merrimack, NH, in the amount of $1,450,000 for water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval through September 1, 2023. (2) Further Authorized to award a grant to Merrimack Village District, Merrimack, NH, in the amount not to exceed $6,264,500 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund. (3) Further Authorized a loan agreement with Merrimack Village District, Merrimack, NH, in the amount not to exceed $6,500,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 79% Federal, 21% Capital (General) Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#65A Authorized to enter into grant agreements with the Town of Tuftonboro and the Contoocook Lake Area Preservation Association, Jaffrey, NH, totaling $13,842 to fund exotic aquatic plant control activities. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% Lake Restoration Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#78 WITHDRAWN BY AGENCY the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract with Project Resource Group LLC, Francestown, NH, for the Addition and Renovation of Manchester 527 Patrol Shed, Manchester, NH, for a total price not to exceed $2,669,747. (2) Further Authorized the amount of $60,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $2,729,747. Effective upon G&C approval through October 30, 2020. 100% Turnpike Funds.

The Governor nominated the following individuals from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Nathan Noyes, New Boston, NH as Director, Division of State Police, Department of Safety
William Campbell, Mont Vernon, NH Fire Standards and Training Commission
Richard Mellor, Rindge, NH to the Wetlands Council

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Erin Kirby, Milford, NH to the Board of Professional Geologists
Alexander Stone, Amherst, NH- Director, Financial Data Management, Department of Administrative Services

March 11, 2020 Meeting

Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services

5 #B. Authorized to enter into a no-cost extension to a contract with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH (originally approved by G&C on 9-18-19, item #49), for the renovation and modernization of the East section of Building C on the State Military Reservation, by extending the completion date from March 31, 2020 to June 15, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

Division for Behavioral Health

#8 TABLED to amend existing agreements with Harbor Homes Inc., Nashua, NH and Amoskeag Health, Manchester, NH (originally approved by G&C on 8-2-17, item #10A), to provide Medication Assisted Treatment services to individuals with opioid use disorders, by reducing the total price limitation by $158,917 from $2,474,750 to $2,315,833 with no change to the contract completion date of June 30, 2020. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 4-0-1 (Volinsky recused)

#9A Authorized to enter into sole source contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated February 28, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $3,519,330 for the provision of Doorway services for access to substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services. (2) Further Authorized an advance payment in an amount not to exceed $568,370 in the aggregate for both vendors for startup costs, hiring staff, and readiness activities. Effective upon G&C approval through September 29, 2020, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0 The Southern New Hampshire Health System will receive $1,570,988 in funding in this contract.

#18A Authorized to accept and expend Federal Funds in an amount up to an estimated $5,000,000 from the Centers for Disease Control for purposes of addressing the COVID-19 virus. (2) Further Authorized to fund existing, vacant, temporary positions to support the public health event described above. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. Contingent upon Fiscal Committee approval on March 13, 2020. VOTE: 5-0 If the Fiscal Committee approves this funding, and I am sure they will, the state will receive an influx of money to help deal with the COVID-19 Virus.

Division of Economic & Housing Stability

#19 Authorized to amend existing sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated February 14, 2020 (originally approved by G&C on 6-7-17, item #17), to provide ongoing administration of the Homeless Housing and Access Revolving Loan Fund Program, by adding an Eviction Prevention component to the scope of service and by increasing the total price limitation by $1,499,995 from $799,904 to $2,299,899 with no change to the contract completion date of June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0 Hillsborough County will receive Funding.

#23 Authorized the Bureau of Aeronautics to accept funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) State Block Grant Program to fund airport planning and development projects at the airports as detailed in letter dated February 12, 2020, the FAA grant will also fund projects completed by the Department for statewide airport projects, in the amount of $9,109,962.18. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0 Nashua’s Boire Field and Keene-Swanzey’s Dillant-Hopkins receive funding.

#59 Authorized to enter into grant agreements with the entities as detailed in letter dated February 10, 2020, totaling $71,055 to fund exotic aquatic plant control activities. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 96% General, 4% Lake Restoration Funds. VOTE: 5-0 Hudson’s Robinson and Otternick receive funding.

#69 Authorized the Bureau of Student Support to enter into a contract with The PLUS Company, Nashua, NH, to support developing new and/or enhancing existing Project SEARCH sites, in an amount not to exceed $150,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021, with an option to renew for three additional years. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#75 Authorized expenditures from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund with the list of public schools as detailed in letter dated February 13, 2020 (originally approved by G&C on 1-23-19, item #76), totaling $33,279.50. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water Trust Fund. VOTE: 5-0 The Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School receives $23,149 for the installation of low-lead faucets and associated plumbing.

#85 Authorized to enter into a subgrant with the Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH, in the amount of $24,972.80 from the Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Project Safe Neighborhood grant for the purpose of funding directed hot spot patrols. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Erin Kirby, Milford, NH to the Board of Professional Geologists
Alexander Stone, Amherst, NH- Director, Financial Data Management, Department of Administrative Services

The Executive Council confirmed the following individual from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Jill Patronagio, Mont Vernon, NH to the Board of Veterinary Medicine

February 19, 2020 Meeting

#7 Authorized to transfer general funds in the amount of $11,019,560 between various class lines, decrease Federal revenues in the amount of $2,858,551, decrease related Other revenues in the amount of $111,841 and create new expenditure class codes in the Department of Health and Human Services. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. Contingent upon Fiscal Committee approval on February 14, 2020. VOTE: 5-0

Division for Behavioral Health

#12 Authorized to amend an existing agreement with one of the vendors listed: Northern Human Services (originally approved by G&C on 6-21-17, late item A), to provide non-Medicaid community mental health services, by increasing the price by $148,085 from $27,704,816 to $27,852,901. Effective upon G&C approval through the original completion date of June 30, 2021. 89% Federal, 11% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

Bureau of Public Health Systems, Policy & Performance

#13 Authorized to enter into agreements with the 26 vendors as detailed in letter dated January 15, 2020, to provide reimbursement for payment of educational loans through the State Loan Repayment Program, in an amount not to exceed $937,300. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2022. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#32 Authorized to amend the grant agreement retroactively with the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (originally approved by G&C on 7-19-17, item #63), for the Sullivan Farm Conservation Easement modifying the grant completion date from April 30, 2019 to April 30, 2020. 100% Other Funds – State Conservation Committee. VOTE: 5-0

#52 Authorized the State Council on the Arts to award a Conservation Number Plate (Moose Plate) Grant to the Town of Hillsborough Fuller Public Library, Hillsborough, NH, in the amount of $18,021 for the conservation of the Ornately painted ceilings. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% Other Funds (Agency Income). VOTE: 5-0

#58 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Francestown Land Trust Inc., Francestown, NH in the amount of $104,108 for the purpose of conserving the Shattuck parcel with 1,200 linear feet of frontage on the South Branch of the Piscataquog Rivers in Francestown. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 100% ARM Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#59 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Town of Milford, NH, in the amount of $20,000 for the purpose of conserving the approximately 75-acre Brox Community Lands in Milford. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 100% ARM Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#75 Authorized to retroactively enter into a contract with agreements totaling $216,790 from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Violence Against Women Formula Grant with the subgrantees as detailed in letter dated January 27, 2020, for the purposes of providing services for women in NH who are victims of violent crimes. Effective January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Jill Patronagio, Mont Vernon, NH to the Board of Veterinary Medicine

Kimberly A. Chabot, Henniker, NH; John A. Curran, Londonderry, NH and Thomas F. Reid, II, Epsom, NH - Justice of New Hampshire Circuit Court

We have scheduled a Public Hearing for these three nominees on March 11th after our next Council meeting that day. Perhaps you might like to attend these hearings on the Council Chambers? Let me know so that I can welcome you.

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals in District 5 to serve on Boards and Commissions
Rosemary Ford, Nashua, NH; Peter Simoneau, Merrimack, NH; to the Board of Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Marc Roy, Amherst, NH to the Medical Review Subcommittee

February 5, 2020 Meeting

#17 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to pay the City of Nashua, NH, an amount not to exceed $69,566 to provide a portion of the non-Federal Funds required to match Federal Transit Administration operating funds. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#41 Authorized to enter into two Easement Deeds, one with Mr. Donald Buskey of Swanzey, NH, and the other with Messrs. Richards and James French of Barnstable, MA, to provide rights of access needed to reconstruct the state-owned Weeks Crossing Dam in Warren, NH. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Rosemary Ford, Nashua, NH; Peter Simoneau, Merrimack, NH to the Board of Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Marc Roy, Amherst, NH to the Medical Review Subcommittee

The Council Confirmed the following individuals from District 5 to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Mark Correnti, Hollis, NH to the Real Estate Appraisers Board

End of the Year Report 2019

It is an honor for me to represent District Five on the Executive Council. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the important work we have achieved this past year. The Governor and Executive Council had 23 meetings in 2019. Most meetings were held at the State House but six were hosted in communities around the state. I was pleased to bring the Governor and Council to District Five on September 18th when Peterborough hosted our meeting at the Peterborough Town House.

The Executive Council has been an important part of the Executive Branch of NH State Government since colonial times as a check on executive powers. In this capacity we reviewed over two thousand items that covered expenditures, appointments and contracts. Those items totaled over 6 billion dollars.

The responsibilities of the Council are very wide-ranging. In addition to approving all state contracts, as I mentioned, the Council also approves all judicial appointments, approves all people to lead our important agencies and commissions, grants or denies all pardons, protects our lakefronts and shorelines, sets the tolls on all New Hampshire Turnpikes, makes important recommendations on the Ten Year highway plan, oversees the operations of state agencies, addresses a wide variety of constituent concerns, and, of course, acts as a important check on gubernatorial exercise of power.

Another important responsibility is our position on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation, otherwise known as GACIT. We reviewed needed transportation improvements and created a ten-year plan that is submitted to the Governor and then is forwarded to the legislature. I held meetings in District Five to gather input from local leaders and citizens on what projects were important to be included and ranked in the Ten Year Highway plan. Additional information can be found at the Department of Transportation's Ten Year Plan Home Page.

In November, the Council passed our recommendations on to the Governor. After 17 years of advocating for the removal of the Merrimack tolls, I was pleased that the Council recommended the toll for Exit 11, in Merrimack, be reduced to zero!

January 8, 2020 Meeting

#5A Authorized the Bureau of Highway Design to amend a contract with Alta Planning + Design Inc., Cambridge, MA (originally approved by G&C on 10-17-18, item #12), for the development of a Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan, by extending the completion date from February 28, 2020 to August 31, 2020. No Additional Funding. VOTE: 5-0

#13 Authorized the Bureau of Bridge Design to enter into an agreement with Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc., for the preliminary design, public involvement process, and associated environmental & cultural services for the replacement or rehabilitation of the existing bridge carrying US 202 and NH 123 over the Contoocook River in the Town of Peterborough, for an amount not to exceed $569,948.72. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2022. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#14 Authorized the Bureau of Aeronautics to provide retroactive funding to the Nashua Airport Authority in Nashua, NH, for the design and bidding for airport pavement maintenance, rehabilitation, and marking of the inner taxiway and public-use taxilanes in the vicinity of Foxtrot Golf and Hotel aprons, Phase I, at the Boire Field, Nashua, NH, in the amount of $199,500. Effective upon G&C approval through June 27, 2023. 95% Federal Funds, 5% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#15 Authorized the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with Eurovia Atlantic Coast LLC, Charlotte, NC, for resurfacing of five sections of Tier 2 roadways in District 4, on the basis of a low bid of $2,831,784.88. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $141,589.24 for payment of latent conditions, which may appear during the construction of the project. Effective upon G&C approval through September 11, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Quentin B. Estey, Peterborough, NH
Anthony W. Raymond, Holderness, NH
Richard Darling, Milford, NH
David R. Place, Amherst, NH to the Advisory Board on Private Investigative Agencies, Bail Recovery Agents and Security Services

December 18, 2019 Meeting

#A. Authorized the confirmation of Lieutenant Colonel James H. Kelly, Hollis, NH, to the rank of Colonel, NH Army National Guard. VOTE: 5-0

#D. Authorized to enter into a no cost extension to a contract with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH (originally approved by G&C on 9-18-19, item #49), for the purpose of extending the completion date from December 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#I. Authorized to amend an Aquatic Resource Mitigation grant to the Francestown Land Trust, Francestown, NH (originally approved by G&C on 2-6-19, item #43), by extending the completion date to December 31, 2020 from December 31, 2019. No Additional Funding. 100% Aquatic Resource Mitigation Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#N. Authorized the Bureau of Highway Design to amend a contract with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., (originally approved by G&C on 2-1-17, item #26), for preliminary design of improvements to US 202 at its intersection with NH 124 and NH 137 in the Town of Jaffrey, by extending the completion date from December 31, 2019 to April 30, 2020. No Additional Funding. VOTE: 5-0

#35 Authorized to enter into a sole source amendment to an existing agreement with Waypoint (f/k/a Child and Family Services of NH) Manchester, NH (originally approved by G&C on 12-20-17, item #13B), to provide services to assist in closing child protection assessments more timely by increasing the price by $560,000 from $573,844 to $1,133,844, and by extending the completion date from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#36 Authorized to exercise a renewal option with Bethany Christian Services of Northern New England, Candia, NH (originally approved by G&C on 10-11-17, item #11) to provide a Community and Faith-Based Initiative for the support of foster, relative, and adoptive families, by increasing the price by $100,000 from $100,000 to $200,000, and by extending the completion date from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2021. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 3-2 (Volinsky, Pignatelli)

A word about this contract and my reason for a negative vote: This vendor discriminates against same sex couples who may want to become Foster Parents. I believe it is wrong to spend government money on a contract whose vendor operates in this fashion. I had a conversation with the state contact for this vendor and asked about how same sex couples are treated. I was told that if a same sex couple approached them, they would refer the couple to another agency. I respect individuals who serve as Foster Parents and consider what they do as a gift to children who cannot be with their biological parents. But, I do not condone discrimination using government funds to do it.

#61 Authorized the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with B.U.R Construction LLC, Newport, NH, for construction of a three-legged single land roundabout in Swanzey, on the basis of a low bid of $1,431,812.25. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $100,226.86 for payment of latent conditions which may appear during the construction of the project. Effective upon G&C approval through October 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#63 Authorized to repurpose funds already Authorized for expenditures from the Public School Infrastructure Fund in the amount of $1,092,032 for infrastructure projects with public elementary and secondary schools. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds. Contingent upon Fiscal Committee approval on December 13, 2019. VOTE: 5-0

#105 Authorized the State Council on the Arts to award a Public Value Partnership Grant to Peterborough Players Inc., Peterborough, NH, in the amount of $13,500 to strengthen their capacity for affordable diverse arts programs to NH residents and visitors. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#109 Authorized the Division of Historical Resources to award a Conservation Number Plate (Moose Plate) Grant to the Town of Mason, NH, in the amount of $10,000 for replacement of the Sunny Valley Schoolhouse’s roof. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2021. 100% Other Funds (Agency Income). VOTE: 5-0

#128 Authorized to award a grant to The Monadnock Conservancy, Keene, NH, in the amount of $35,000 to acquire a conservation easement on 64 acres of land in the Towns of Jaffrey and Rindge to protect drinking water supply. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2020. 100% Drinking Water/Groundwater Trust Fund. VOTE: 5-0

#159 Authorized the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with the Town of Milford, for a total amount of $9,999.75 to update their local hazard mitigation plan. Effective upon G&C approval through April 1, 2022. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Mary Sargent, Nashua, NH to the Family Mediator Certification Board

The Council Confirmed the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Vicki Irwin, Brookline, NH to the Board of Acupuncture Licensing
Steven Roberge, Peterborough, NH to the Board of Foresters
Donald Ware, Merrimack, NH to the Rivers Management Advisory Committee

November 25, 2019 Meeting

#4A. Authorized the nomination of Lieutenant Colonel James H. Kelly, Hollis, NH, for promotion to the rank of Colonel, NH Army National Guard. This officer meets all prerequisites for this grade, having been found to be physically, mentally, and professionally qualified. VOTE: 5-0

#5A. Authorized to amend an award of grant funds in the amount of $300,000 to the Town of Peterborough (originally approved by G&C on 5-2-18, item #64), to install and operate a biomass thermal heating and cooling system at the Peterborough Town Library, by extending the completion date from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020. 100% Renewable Energy Fund, a non-lapsing dedicated fund appropriated to the Commission. No Additional Funding. VOTE: 5-0

#28A Authorized to decrease the rate of tolls at the F.E. Everett Turnpike Exit 11 ramp toll plazas in Merrimack to $0.00 for all vehicles. Effective January 1, 2020. VOTE: 5-0

#64 Authorized to transfer a permit from Robert King (originally approved by G&C on 7-11-18, item #43) to the new owners of the property Jason and Tara Bayko, to perform work on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro. VOTE: 4-1 (Pignatelli)

#72A Authorized to enter into a contract with Crown NH Gaming LLC, d/b/a DraftKings of Boston, MA, to provide sports betting systems, equipment, and services to operate mobile and retail sportsbooks within the State. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2026, with the option to extend by two additional terms of two years each. (2) Further Authorized to amend a contract with Intralot Inc., Duluth, GA (originally approved by G&C on 9-9-09, item #133), to add a scope of work to provide sports betting systems and services to operate lottery-based sports wagering. The proposed amendment will not extend the term of the contract, which is set to expire June 30, 2025. 100% Lottery Funds. VOTE: 4-0-1 (Pignatelli recused).

My husband's law firm, Rath, Young and Pignatelli, does some lobbying and DraftKings, this vendor, is one of their clients. My husband does not do any lobbying but I think it best to recuse myself in all these situations.

#109 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract amendment with Fulcrum Associates Inc., Amherst, NH (originally approved by G&C on 12-19-18, item #73), for work to be performed for the Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services’ NH Army National Guard Civil Support Team, Concord, NH, by increasing the contingency amount not to exceed $135,000 from $2,600,315 to $2,735,315. Effective upon G&C approval through December 20, 2019. 100% Capital-General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#111 Authorized the list of Governor and Council meeting dates for the period of January through June 2020. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Vicki Irwin, Brookline, NH to the Board of Acupuncture Licensing
Steven S. Roberge, Peterborough, NH Board of Foresters
Donald L. Ware, Merrimack, NH to the Rivers Management Advisory Committee

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Jennifer B, Sargent, Hanover, NH and Henry F. Spaloss, Nashua, NH, to the Adult Parole Board
Theresa McGuire Harkins, New Boston, NH, to the Board of Court Reporters
Lorrie L. Piper, Weare, NH, Director, Division of Marketing, Merchandising and Warehousing State Liquor Commission
Cecilia Ulibarri, Nashua, NH, to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

November 6, 2019 Meeting

#11 Authorize to enter into sole source agreements with Granite Recovery Respite LLC, Salem, NH; and NH Respite LLC, Nashua, NH, to provide crisis respite beds in an amount not to exceed $2,111,500. (2)Further authorize advance payment in an amount not to exceed $65,304 to NH Respite LLC for startup costs, hiring staff and readiness activities. Effective upon G&C approval through September 29, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

#39 Authorize to award a grant to the Pine Grove MHP Cooperative Inc., Swanzey, NH, in the amount not to exceed $534,038 for water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval through December 1, 2020. 100% Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund. (2)Further authorize a loan agreement with the Pine Grove MHP Cooperative Inc., Swanzey, NH, in the amount not to exceed $500,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Repayment Funds.

#41 Authorize to accept the gift of a 0.213 acre parcel of land from Etchstone Properties Inc., Nashua, NH.

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions Mary Sargent, Nashua, NH to the Family Mediator Certification Board The Council Confirmed the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions Vicki Irwin, Brookline, NH to the Board of Acupuncture Licensing Steven Roberge, Peterborough, NH to the Board of Foresters Donald Ware, Merrimack, NH to the Rivers Management Advisory Committee The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions:
Jennifer B, Sargent, Hanover, NH and Henry F. Spaloss, Nashua, NH, to the Adult Parole Board
Theresa McGuire Harkins, New Boston, NH, to the Board of Court Reporters
Lorrie L. Piper, Weare, NH, Director, Division of Marketing, Merchandising and Warehousing, State Liquor Commission
Cecilia Ulibarri, Nashua, NH, to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions:
Kerrin A. Rounds, Interim Commissioner, Department of Health & Human Services
Margaret M. Crouch, Merrimack, NH to the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation
L. Cindy Theroux-Jette, Nashua, NH to the Board of Acupuncture Licensing
Olivia R. Freeman, Hudson, NH to the Occupational Therapy Governing Board
Victoria Sheehan, Nashua, NH, Commissioner, Department of Transportation

October 23, 2019 Meeting

4-F Authorized the confirmation of Major Mark B. Patterson, Weare, NH, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, NH Army National Guard. VOTE: 5-0

#19 Authorized to exercise a renewal option to an existing agreement with Harbor Homes Inc., Nashua, NH (originally approved by G&C on 4-19-17, item #14A), to continue providing Mobile Crisis Services and Supports, by increasing the price by $1,075,742 from $3,315,097 to $4,390,839, and by extending the completion date from October 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Volinsky Recused, Gatsas-No)

#37 Authorized the Bureau of Aeronautics to provide funding to the City of Keene, NH, to design the rehabilitation and extension, marking, lighting and signing of Taxiway A and associated taxiways-Phase I (design, permit bid) at the Dillant-Hopkins airport in Keene, NH, in the amount of $358,378. Effective upon G&C approval through June 27, 2023. 95% Federal, 5% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#45 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Barrie Miller’s Well & Pump Service Inc., Hillsborough, NH, to install test wells and construct a new water supply well once suitable location is determined at the Milford State Fish Hatchery, in the amount of $108,600. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2020. 46% Capitol, 54% Fish and Game Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#52 Authorized to enter into an agreement with JWC Enterprises Inc., Milford, NH, for analytical laboratory testing services, in the amount of $54,885. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2022. 100% WRBP Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#57 Authorized a clean water state revolving fund loan agreement with the Town of Bennington, in an amount not to exceed $30,000 to finance the Wastewater System Asset Management Program project. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% CWSRF Repayment Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#93 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH, for the Main Building North ADA Access & Emergency Egress, Concord, NH, for a total price not to exceed $1,456,300. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount of $61,700 for unanticipated site expenses, bringing the total to $1,518,000. (3) Further Authorized the amount of $25,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $1,543,000. Effective upon G&C approval through October 30, 2020. 100% Capital-General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Governor nominated the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions:
Margaret M. Crouch, Merrimack, NH to the Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation
L. Cindy Theroux-Jette, Nashua, NH to the Board of Acupuncture Licensing
Olivia R. Freeman, Hudson, NH to the Occupational Therapy Governing Board
Victoria Sheehan, Nashua, NH, Commissioner, Department of Transportation

October 2, 2019 Meeting

#55 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract with D.L. King & Associates Inc., Nashua, NH, for the Rebid-Concord Steam Plant Demolition, Concord, NH, for a price not to exceed $1,646,200. (2) Further authorized a contingency in the amount of $100,000 for unanticipated site expenses, bringing the total to $1,746,200. (3) Further Authorized the amount of $98,000 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $1,844,200. Effective upon G&C approval through July 31, 2020. 100% Capital-General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

The Executive Council confirmed the following individual to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Karl V. Peicker, New Boston, NH to the Pharmacy Board

If you have interest in serving on any of the 300+ State Boards or Commissions please send a letter of interest along with a resume, to Jonathan Melanson in care of the Governor's office and a copy to me.

A listing of the Boards and Commissions, along with the qualifications required, can be found at http://sos.nh.gov/GC2.aspx.

September 18, 2019 Meeting

#25 Authorized to enter into a retroactive sole source agreement with the City of Nashua, NH, to provide Regional Public Health Network services, in an amount not to exceed $717,156. Effective June 30, 2019 through June 30, 2021. 82% Federal, 18% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#49 Authorized to enter into a contract with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH, for the purpose of renovating and modernizing the East section of Building C on the State Military Reservation, Concord, NH, in an amount not to exceed $297,000. (2) Further Authorized a contingency in the amount not to exceed $15,000, bringing the total to $312,000. Effective upon G&C approval, or September 27, 2019, whichever is later, through December 31, 2019. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#70 Authorized a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan agreement with the Town of Milford, in an amount not to exceed $502,635 to finance the Phase 2 Wastewater Treatment Dewatering System Upgrade Project. Effective upon G&C approval. 42% Federal, 8% Capital (Other), 50% CWSRF Repayment Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#82 Authorized East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church d/b/a Pilgrim Pines’ request to perform work on Swanzey Lake in Swanzey. VOTE: 5-0

#111 Authorized the Division of Public Works Design and Construction to enter into a contract with Turnstone Corporation, Milford, NH, for the Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services Army National Guard Re-bid CSMS Renovations, Concord, NH, for a total price not to exceed $2,871,368. (2) Further Authorized the amount of $86,182 for payment to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works Design and Construction, for engineering services provided, bringing the total to $2,957,550. Effective upon G&C approval through October 30, 2020. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 5-0

New Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Public Health Services

#B Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing agreement with Harbor Homes, Inc., Vendor #155358-B001, 45 High Street Nashua, New Hampshire, 03060, to continue providing early intervention services and behavioral counseling to individuals at risk for acquiring Human Immunodeficiency Virus, by increasing the price limitation by $114,522 from $446,662 to $561,184 and by extending the completion date from October 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020, effective upon Governor and Executive Council approval. 17% Federal Funds, 83% Other Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

Division for Behavioral Health

#C Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health, to exercise a renewal option and amend an existing sole source agreement with Harbor Homes, Inc. (Vendor # 155358-B001), 77 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, NH 03062, to continue development of and providing assistance to the Recovery Community Centers (RCCs) to ensure they meet the standards required of a Recovery Community Center by increasing the price limitation by $1,728,236 from $6,073,822 to $7,802,058 and by extending the completion date from October 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020, effective upon the date of Governor and Executive Council approval. 21.37% General Funds, 44.74% Other Funds and 33.89% Federal Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

#E Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health, to amend an existing agreement with the vendor listed in bold below to provide substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services, by increasing the price limitation by $1,098,000 from $16,957,446 to $18,055,446 and extending the contract completion date from October 31, 2019 to September 30, 2020, effective upon Governor and Executive Council approval. 72.44% Federal Funds, 9.86% General Funds and 17.70% Other Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

#F Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health to exercise a renewal option to an existing agreement with Harbor Homes Inc.(Vendor #155358), 45 High Street, Nashua, NH 03060, to continue providing a community residential program for adults who have severe mental illness or severe and persistent mental illness by increasing the price limitation by $700,000 from $2,450,000 to $3,150,000 and by extending the completion date from October 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020, effective upon Governor and Executive Council approval. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

#G Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health, to retroactively amend a sole source agreement with Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism (Vendor #166574-B001), 615 Amherst St. Nashua, NH 03063, 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 limitation by $500,000 from $1,500,000 to $2,000,000 and by extending the contract completion date from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020, effective retroactive to June 30, 2019, upon Governor and Executive Council approval. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

#H Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health to enter into an agreement with Harbor Homes, Inc., 77 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, NH, 03062, Contractor # 155358-B001, to provide peer recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorders in an amount not to exceed $2,000,000, effective upon date of Governor and Council approval, through September 29, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

Division of Economic and Housing Stability

#D Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to amend an existing agreement with Harbor Homes, Inc., listed in bold below, to continue providing permanent housing programs to chronically homeless individuals and families through the Federal Continuum of Care program, by increasing the total price limitation by $145,662 from $1,853,904 to $1,999,566, and by extending the completion date from October 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020, effective upon Governor and Executive Council approval. 100% Federal Funds. VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

New Hampshire Veterans Home

#I Authorize to exceed the 3/12 limitation of said resolution for the accounts listed on the attached analysis, in the total amount of $77,856, to the extent shown as projected deficits for the period of Fiscal Committee and Governor and Council approval through September 30, 2019. 26.44% General Funds, 38.46% Federal, 35.10% Other Funds VOTE: 3-1-1 (Gatsas No, Volinsky Abstain)

The Executive Council welcomes public input on nominations that are brought forward by the Governor for consideration and confirmation to State Boards and Commissions.

The Executive Council confirmed the following individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions:
Michael R. Dahlberg, New Boston, NH to the Board of Land Surveyors
Dorothea Duda, Nashua, NH to the Council for Responsible Gambling
Norman W. Skantze, Swanzey, NH to the State Board of Fire Control

The Governor nominated the following individual to serve on a State Board and Commission:
Karl V. Peicker, New Boston, NH to the Pharmacy Board

If you have interest in serving on any of the 300+ State Boards or Commissions please send a letter of interest along with a resume, to Jonathan Melanson in care of the Governor's office and a copy to me. Please feel free to contact me with concerns or support for any of the above individuals or any other issues you might have.

A listing of the Boards and Commissions, along with the qualifications required, can be found at http://sos.nh.gov/GC2.aspx.

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