Sept. 12 - A Visit to Keene

Dear Friends,

Last week I hosted the Governor & Council meeting in Keene (at Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene) where we heard briefings on the on-the-ground impact of Medicaid expansion from CMC leadership as well as representatives from Charlestown Family Medicine and the Bi-State Primary Care Association.

Additionally, as part of an ongoing efficiency reform project the Council finalized plans to expand a consent calendar at the beginning of Council meetings and to vote at our next meeting on a proposal to raise the threshold for which contracts the Council reviews (up to $10k for personal service contracts and $25k for other contracts).  I’ve laid out my argument in favor of this move – in short, to cut state government waste and add scrutiny to larger expenditures – in an op/ed column here.

At last week’s meeting, Council approvals included:

 IN CENTRAL NH:  a study of expanding the McKenna House in Concord for homeless individuals; final design contracts for rebuilding redlisted I-93 bridges in Northfield & Tilton;  transfer of management of the Gerrish Depot in Boscawen to the state Resources & Econ Dev Dept for rehabilitation & restoration; archeological research in Sunapee State Park; grit disposal services in Franklin; and roof replacements at the Concord District Court, State Archives, and State House Annex.

IN MONADNOCK & WESTERN NH: Microenterprise lending grant for Cheshire & Sullivan counties; homeless support via Southwestern Community Services; reconstruction of 1,000 feet of Rt 63 along Spofford Lake in Chesterfield; a new master plan study for the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene; and natural hazard mitigation in Marlow.

IN STRAFFORD CO:  Microenterprise lending grant for Strafford County;  mitigation payment for aquatic impacts to the Piscataqua River, North Mill Road, associated tidal wetlands and tidal buffer zones, and an isolated fresh water wetland; a grant to the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover; a grant for Soak Up the Rain Great Bay;  public water system management support in Dover; a grant from aquatic mitigation fund to Strafford Rivers Conservancy; expansion of Rochester water system loan by $250k; and hazard mitigation planning grant for Madbury.

STATEWIDE:  Included pharmacy benefits management in the recent state Medicaid expansion; grant for Critical Access Hospitals; and an operating agreement with the Milford-Bennington Railroad Co.

APPOINTMENTS:  See below for full list.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, Sept 17 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know via email at cvanostern@nh.gov or by calling me at (603) 290-5848.

Sincerely,

Colin

Executive Councilor, District 2

 

FULL 9/3 AGENDA

(or follow the links below for documentation of each item)

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