May 31 - Fiscal Year Ending

Friends,

As we approach the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30, Executive Council meetings tend to grow much longer -- this past week, 149 items and 7,000+ pages of contracts and documentation.  We also see firsthand the reality that when legislators underfund a budget item, the needs – and the costs – often don’t go away, and the state is left shifting funds at the end of the budget year to cover holes. (A good reminder for lawmakers to avoid gimmicks in state budgeting that is currently ongoing!)

In Wednesday’s meeting, the Council considered and approved 149+ items, including:

  • In Central NH: Regional medical response team training by the City of Franklin; six-month lease extension for Concord HHS district office; employment & social services support for international refugees; extension of a 15-bed short-term health care receiving center in Bradford; regional homeless support (prevention & permanent housing); local public health emergency preparedness contracts; crack sealing along 18 miles of I-93 from Sanbornton north; wildlife perimeter fencing at Concord airport; public transportation & transport for seniors & individuals with disabilities;  $500k for construction of the Boys & Girls Club in Allenstown; a new roof at the Pole Barn at the state nursery in Boscawen (tabled till next meeting); and Franklin wastewater treatment facility funding; and meal plans for the state police academy at NHTI.
  • In the Monadnock Region: Regional homeless support (prevention, shelter plus, and permanent housing); public transportation in Keene; a grant for the Keene Energy & Agriculture Project (tabled until next meeting to get additional business plan documentation from project coordinators); engineering analyses for 4 state-owned dams in Harrisville; and completion of the Lake Warren Watershed Management Plan.
  • In Strafford County: Time extension of final design work on Dover-Newington Spaulding Turnpike expansion to align with municipal & utility planning;  a financial planning grant to the City of Dover; regional homeless support (prevention, shelter plus, and permanent housing); facility improvements at state-owned bus terminal in Dover; planning funds for coastal communities; a $6.5mm loan to the City of Dover for water system improvements; funds for used oil collections in Dover; and funds for public drinking water system work in Rochester. 
  • Statewide issues: Approved a state loan guarantee for a startup brewery in Exeter; completion of paperwork & planning associated with state Medicaid programs; and approved transfers within the state Corrections department to cover millions in additional overtime costs due to vacant positions and budget shortfalls. 
  • Appointments & Confirmations: The Council confirmed eight nominations by the Governor and heard 21 additional nominations to be considered at our next meeting.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 10.  As always,  please send any questions, comments, or ideas about how to best move our state forward.

Sincerely,

Colin Van Oster, Executive Councilor, District 2

VIEW THE FULL 5/27 MEETING AGENDA

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

 

*** DETAIL ON ITEMS MENTIONED ABOVE *** 

 1. DETAIL: CENTRAL NH

#12 Authorized to enter into a sole source agreement with the City of Franklin, NH, to provide planning, training, and equipment for the emergency Northern New England Metropolitan Medical Response System strike teams in NH to enhance the overall medical surge capability in response to a large-scale health event, in an amount not to exceed $100,000. Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. 100% Other Funds.

 #13 Authorized to enter into a sole source amendment to the existing lease with 40 Terrill Park Drive LLC c/o CP Management Inc., Exeter, NH (originally approved by G&C on 1-14-09, item #58), for continued operation of the Concord District Office, by increasing the price in the amount of $265,475.52 to $3,502,016.40 from $3,236,540.88, and by extending the end date from May 31, 2015 to November 30, 2015. 60% General, 40% Federal Funds.

#17Authorized to enter into agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 15, 2015, for Refugee Targeted Assistance for the provision of employment and social services for refugees in NH, in an amount not to exceed $228,000. Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#22 Authorized to amend an existing agreement with NFI North Inc., Contoocook, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-22-11, item #249), for the provision of a 15 bed co-ed, short-term, staff secure shelter care facility known as Midway Shelter, located in Bradford, NH, by increasing the price by $2,730,700 from $5,354,312 to an amount not to exceed $8,085,012 and by extending the completion date from June 30, 2015 to June 30, 2017. 48% Federal, 52% General Funds.

#23 Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 16, 2015, to provide Homeless Outreach Intervention Prevention services to homeless individuals and families in an amount not to exceed $338,044. Effective July 1, 2015 or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#25 Authorized to enter into sole source agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 28, 2015, to provide permanent housing programs to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency through the Federal Continuum of Care program in an amount not to exceed $932,094. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Federal Funds.

#26 Authorized to amend existing agreements with 5 vendors as detailed in letter dated April 27, 2015 (originally approved by G&C on 6-19-13, items #95, #98, #100, #102, and on 9-4-13, item #54), for the provision of public health initiatives, and to exercise a renewal option with the same vendors for the continuation of regional public health emergency preparedness, substance misuse prevention and related health promotion capacity, and implement school-based influenza clinics, by increasing the total price by $2,957,486 from $5,366,864 to $8,324,350. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2017. 96.24% Federal, 3.76% General Funds.

#44 Authorized the Bureau of Construction to enter into a contract with Annseal Inc., Johnson City, NY, for full width crack seal treatment along 18 miles of I-93 and ramps in the Towns of Tilton, Sanbornton, Meredith, New Hampton, and Ashland, on the basis of a low bid of $391,195.50. (2) Further authorized a contingency in the amount of $27,383.69 for payment of latent conditions which may appear during the construction of the project. Effective upon G&C approval through August 28, 2015. 100% Federal Funds.

#48Authorized the Bureau of Aeronautics to amend a grant to provide funding to the City of Concord (originally approved by G&C on 10-21-09, item #109), to install wildlife perimeter fencing at the Concord Municipal Airport, in the amount of $774.85. Effective upon G&C approval. 97.44% Federal, 2.56% General Funds.

#57Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into an agreement with the Central NH Regional Planning Commission, Concord, NH, for coordinated transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, for an amount not to exceed $276,368. Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. 100% Federal Funds.

#66 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into an agreement with Community Action Programs Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc., Concord, NH, for public transportation services in the Concord, and Laconia areas, for an amount not to exceed $1,373,120. Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. 100% Federal Funds.

#70 Authorized to award a grant to the Town of Allenstown, NH, in the amount of $500,000 to be used to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord with its new facility construction on town land in Allenstown. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#89   TABLED the Division of Forests and Lands to enter into a contract with The Aulson Company LLC, Methuen, MA, for new Standing Seam Metal Roofing on the Pole Barn and Nursery Cooler Building at the State Forest Nursery in Boscawen, in the amount of $82,124. Effective upon G&C approval through June 26, 2015. 100% Capital Funds.

#107 Authorized to enter into an agreement with Resource Management Inc., Holderness, NH, for biosolids management services at the Franklin Wastewater Treatment Facility, in the amount of $568,560. (2) Further authorize a contingency in the amount of $135,231 to cover unforeseen costs that may be incurred during the contract. Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020. 100% WRBP Funds.

#132 Authorized to enter into an agreement with Compass Group USA Inc., by and through its Chartwells Division of Rye Brook, NY, for the provision of meals through the NHTI – Concord’s Community College Capital Commons dining hall to recruit and in-service officers attending programs at the Arthur D. Kehas Law Enforcement Training Facility and Campus, in the amount of $307,863.80. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2016. 10% Penalty Assessment Funds.

 

 

2. DETAIL: MONADNOCK REGION

#23 Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 16, 2015, to provide Homeless Outreach Intervention Prevention services to homeless individuals and families in an amount not to exceed $338,044. Effective July 1, 2015 or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#24Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 22, 2015, to provide Shelter Plus Care Program services to homeless individuals and families in an amount not to exceed $559,912. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Federal Funds.

#25 Authorized to enter into sole source agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 28, 2015, to provide permanent housing programs to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency through the Federal Continuum of Care program in an amount not to exceed $932,094. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Federal Funds.

#64 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into an agreement with VNA @ HCS Inc., Keene, NH, for public transportation services in the City of Keene, for an amount not to exceed $551,136. Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. 100% Federal Funds.

#69 TABLED to award a grant to the County of Cheshire, Keene, NH, in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of providing funds to the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation that will provide a working capital and equipment procurement loan to Keene Energy and Agriculture Project LLC. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#105Authorized to enter into a contract with Gannett Fleming Inc., Camp Hill, PA, to complete engineering analyses for 13 state-owned dams (nine Baker River Flood Control sites and four dams in Harrisville) and to complete National Resource Conservation Services Dam Assessments for 18 state-owned dams, in an amount not to exceed $765,156.53. Effective upon G&C approval through October 31, 2016. 58.8% Capital General, 41.2% Federal Funds.

#106 Authorized to enter into an agreement with the Southwest Region Planning Commission, Keene, NH, to complete the Lake Warren Watershed Management Plan Development and Implementation Project, Phase I, in the amount of $50,000. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

 

 

3. DETAIL: STRAFFORD COUNTY

#C. Authorized the Bureau of Highway Design to amend an agreement with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., Bedford, NH, and Watertown, MA (originally approved by G&C on 12-18-08, item #77), for the final design for the widening of the Spaulding Turnpike in the Town of Newington and City of Dover, by extending the completion date from June 30, 2015 to March 31, 2016. No Additional Funding.

#F. Authorized to amend an Asset Management and Financial Planning Grant to the City of Dover, (originally approved by G&C on 9-3-14, item #90), by extending the completion date to December 31, 2015 from May 31, 2015. Effective upon G&C approval. No Additional Funding. 100% Federal Funds.

#23 Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 16, 2015, to provide Homeless Outreach Intervention Prevention services to homeless individuals and families in an amount not to exceed $338,044. Effective July 1, 2015 or upon G&C approval, whichever is later, through June 30, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#24 Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 22, 2015, to provide Shelter Plus Care Program services to homeless individuals and families in an amount not to exceed $559,912. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Federal Funds.

#25 Authorized to enter into sole source agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated April 28, 2015, to provide permanent housing programs to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency through the Federal Continuum of Care program in an amount not to exceed $932,094. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Federal Funds.

#67 Authorized the Bureau of Rail & Transit to enter into an agreement with Jalbert Leasing Inc., d/b/a C&J Bus Lines, Portsmouth, NH, for transit facility improvements at the State-owned bus terminals in Dover and Portsmouth, for an amount not to exceed $66,960. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#103 Authorized to award a sole source agreement to the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, Rochester, NH, to provide planning technical assistance to member coastal communities, in the amount of $12,500. Effective July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#104Authorized to enter into a sole source agreement with the University of NH, Sponsored Programs Administration, Durham, NH, to provide technical planning assistance to coastal communities, in the amount of $12,500. Effective July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

#110 Authorized a loan agreement with the City of Dover, NH, in the amount not to exceed $6,500,000 to finance water system improvements. Effective upon G&C approval. 100% Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund Repayment Funds.

#116Authorized to enter into a grant agreement with the City of Dover totaling $2,500 for the purposes of used oil collections. Effective upon G&C approval through May 30, 2016. 100% Hazardous Waste Cleanup Funds.

#118 Authorized to award a Local Source Water Protection grant to the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, Rochester, NH, in the amount of $13,166 to complete a project to protect public drinking water systems. Effective upon G&C approval through May 31, 2016. 100% Federal Funds.

 

 

4. STATEWIDE PROJECTS AND POLICIES
#6 Authorized to hold a Public Hearing to approve an award of a State Guarantee under RSA 162-A:13-a with respect to a loan from Georgetown Bank to Neighborhood Beer Company, Inc. located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Action will authorize a Resolution under RSA 162-A:18 to determine the financing will serve a public use, provide public benefit and is within the policy and authority of the Act.

#14 Authorized to enter into a sole source agreement with Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP, New York, NY, to complete certain services related to the pending Section 1115 Medicaid transformation waiver and final implementation of the Premium Assistance program in an amount not to exceed $200,000. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2015. 50% Federal, 50% General Funds.

#83 Authorized to transfer $5,326,576 within and among accounts to reallocate appropriations and cover budget shortfalls. Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2015. 99.97% General, .03% Other Funds.

 

 

5. DETAIL: APPOINTMENTS AND NOMINATIONS

( * = District 2 Resident)

 

 

New Nominations by Governor Hassan:

 

State Committee on Aging

Candace Cole-McCrea, Milton, NH

Assessing Standards Board

Paul R. Grenier, Berlin, NH

Betsey Patten, Bow, NH

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Tamara L. Lovelace, Portsmouth, NH

Community College System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees

John C. Calhoun, Harrisville, NH *

Constance M. Roy-Czyzowski, Manchester, NH

Alison Stebbins, Portsmouth, NH

John T. Stevens, Gilford, NH

Kim M. Trisciani, Manchester, NH

Electricians Board

Peter T. Cicolini, Middleton, NH

Department of Information Technology Director of the Division of Web Support

Theresa Pare Curtis, Goffstown, NH

Board of Natural Scientists

John M. Hodsdon, Meredith, NH

Board of Nursing

Sherrie Palmieri, Nashua, NH
Nancy T. Wiggin, Silver Lake, NH

Board of Optometry

Alan P. Goode, Manchester, NH

Personnel Appeals Board

Christopher R. Nicolopoulos, Bow, NH

Physical Therapy Governing Board

Joseph V. Shanley, Nottingham, NH

Public Water Access Advisory Board

Michele L. Tremblay, Boscowan, NH *

Department of Transportation Director of Project Development

Christopher M. Waszczuk, North Andover, NH

University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees

Kenneth Moulton, Concord, NH *

Volunteer New Hampshire Board of Directors

Craig T. Saltmarsh, Boscawen, NH *

 

 

Confirmed by the Council:

 

Lori Magoon, Loudon, NH to the Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals

Susan P. Bryant-Kimball, Sandwich, NH to the Current Use Advisory Board

Lunda Tatarczuch, Durham, NH to the Board of Dental Examiners *

Heather S. McMahon, Pembroke, NH to the Board of Licensed Dietitians

Ann W. Davis, Wilmont, NH to the Board of Foresters

Richard H. Darling, Milford, NH to the Advisory Board on Private Investigative Agencies and Security Services

Kevin P. Sullivan, Hampton, NH to the Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation

Robert G. Blais, Goffstown, NH to the Board of Managers of the New Hampshire Veterans Home

Richard F. Oberman, Penacook, NH, to the rank of Colonel, NH Army National Guard.

 

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Friends,

As we approach the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30, Executive Council meetings tend to grow much longer -- this past week, 149 items and 7,000+ pages of contracts and documentation.  We also see firsthand the reality that when legislators underfund a budget item, the needs – and the costs – often don’t go away, and the state is left shifting funds at the end of the budget year to cover holes. (A good reminder for lawmakers to avoid gimmicks in state budgeting that is currently ongoing!)


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