Oct. 19 - Durham Solar Project

Friends,

Often an item included in these reports I write about out Governor & Council meeting still takes a few twists & turns before being enacted on the ground.  Earlier this summer, the Council approved by a 3-2 vote a grant for a groundbreaking solar project in Durham, NH which will use a solar array on a nearby gravel pit to provide all the power needed for all municipal buildings in the town.  This past week, the town councils of Lee & Durham both finalized payment details for the project and it is on track to move forward!

 At our meeting earlier this month, the Executive Council approved 85 items: 

  • IN CENTRAL NH: Supplemental nutrition benefits and breastfeeding counseling for low income women; emergency repairs to fix a sinkhole on I-93 N earlier this summer; and deed restrictions on 2.6 acres along the Soucook river. 
  • IN THE MONADNOCK REGION: Confirmed promotion of Lieutenant Colonel Marie-Claude Bettencourt of Charlestown in the NH Army National Guard; supplemental nutrition benefits and breastfeeding counseling for low income women; and a FEMA emergency grant for the town of Marlow. 
  •  IN STRAFFORD CO: Supplemental nutrition benefits and breastfeeding counseling for low income women; received a $300k strategic transportation planning grant by the Strafford Metropolitan Planning Organization; major water line repair at the NH Army National Guard training site in Strafford; a grant to protect public drinking water in Dover; funds for management & monitoring of the Piscataqua estuaries; culvert vulnerability analysis for ten coastal communities; hazard mitigation planning for five coastal communities; and Soak Up the Rain project funding. 
  • STATEWIDE ISSUES: New backend software for the state EZ Pass toll system (at lower cost); renovations to the passenger flow area on the secure floor of the Manchester Airport terminal; training for law enforcement in interaction with individuals with mental illnesses; and violent death monitoring system data collection. 
  • APPOINTMENTS & NOMINATIONS: The Council confirmed 14 appointees and hear a number of additional nominations (full list below) including six judicial nominations. 

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, October 21 in Mason, NH.

Sincerely,

Colin

Executive Councilor, District 2

 

FULL 10/7 AGENDA

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

 

FULL INFORMATION

 

1. DETAIL: CENTRAL NH

#14   Authorized to amend existing agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated August 18, 2015, (originally approved by G&C on 5-13-13, items #47, 48, 49), to provide statewide Women, Infants and Children, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program services to low income women, children, and seniors, by increasing the price by $66,451 from $13,205,552 to $13,272,003.  Effective upon G&C approval through the original end date of June 30, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#24   Authorized the Bureau of Turnpikes to retroactively pay R.S. Audley Inc., Bow, NH, an amount up to $60,000 and Continental Paving of Londonderry, an amount up to $15,000, both as sole source vendors, to perform emergency repairs of a large hole developed by a failed drainage pipe without any warning on I-93 Northbound in Concord on August 19, 2015.  100% Turnpike Funds.   

#38   Authorized to accept deed restrictions on 2.60 acres along the Soucook River in Concord from Liberty Utilities Corporation.  Effective upon G&C approval.  No Funding. 

 

 

2. DETAIL: MONADNOCK REGION

#B.   Authorized the confirmation of LTC Marie-Claude Bettencourt, Charlestown, NH, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, NH Army National Guard. 

#14   Authorized to amend existing agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated August 18, 2015, (originally approved by G&C on 5-13-13, items #47, 48, 49), to provide statewide Women, Infants and Children, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program services to low income women, children, and seniors, by increasing the price by $66,451 from $13,205,552 to $13,272,003.  Effective upon G&C approval through the original end date of June 30, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#68   Authorized the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with the Town of Marlow for implementation of projects identified through the evaluation of natural hazards, for a total amount of $216,360.  Effective upon G&C approval through April 21, 2018.  100% Federal Funds.   

 

 

3. DETAIL: STRAFFORD COUNTY

#14   Authorized to amend existing agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated August 18, 2015, (originally approved by G&C on 5-13-13, items #47, 48, 49), to provide statewide Women, Infants and Children, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program services to low income women, children, and seniors, by increasing the price by $66,451 from $13,205,552 to $13,272,003.  Effective upon G&C approval through the original end date of June 30, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#21    Authorized the Division of Project Development to accept and expend revenue in the amount of $300,000 for the Strategic Highway Research Program Implementation Assistance Program.  Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2015.  100% Federal Funds.  Fiscal Committee approved.  

#35    Authorized to enter into a retroactive sole source contract with Testing & Coring Co. LLC., Alton, NH, for the purpose of repairing a major water line at the NH Army National Guard Training Site in Center Strafford, NH.  Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2015.  100% Federal Funds.   

 

#41  Authorized to award a Local Source Water Protection grant to the City of Dover, NH, in the amount of $20,000 to complete a project to protect public drinking water systems.  Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2016.  100% Federal Funds.   

#43   Authorized to enter into a retroactive memorandum of agreement with the University of NH, Sponsored Programs Administration, Durham, NH, to support implementation of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership’s management plan and monitoring plan, in the amount of $180,000.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2016.  100% Other Funds.   

#44   Authorized to enter into a retroactive sole source agreement with the University of NH, Durham, NH, to complete the Support for the Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative project, in the amount of $65,000.  Effective July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.  23% Federal, 77% Clean Water State Revolving Funds.   

#45   Authorized to award a sole source grant to the University of NH, Sponsored Programs Administration, Durham, NH, in the amount of $108,798 to perform culvert vulnerability analyses in ten coastal communities and create a new hazard dataset for the web-based Coastal Viewer.  Effective upon G&C approval through March 31, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#47   Authorized a sole source agreement with the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, Rochester, NH, to perform vulnerability analyses in five coastal communities and update their hazard mitigation plans, in the amount of $30,887.  Effective upon G&C approval through March 31, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#48   Authorized to accept and expend federal funds of $51,060 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for implementation of the 2014 Project of Special Merit: Soak Up the Rain Great Bay and 2015 Project of Special Merit: Resilient Coastal Communities.  Effective upon G&C approval through March 31, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

 

4. STATEWIDE PROJECTS AND POLICIES

 

 #25   Authorized the Bureau of Turnpikes to transfer funds in the amount of $4,500,000 from the Turnpike General Reserve Account to budget and expend revenue for the design, testing, installation and consultant oversight of the NH E-ZPass Back Office for the Division of Operations.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2106 and the amount requested for the FY 2017 budget.  (2)Further Authorized to enter into a contract with Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., for design, testing, installation and maintenance services for the operation of the NH E-ZPass Back Office for the Turnpike System within the Division of Operations, in the amount of $51,889,724.83.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2021 with the option to renew for up to 3 additional periods of 3 years, but not beyond June 30, 2030.  100% Turnpike Funds.   

#26   Authorized the Bureau of Aeronautics to award a grant to the City of Manchester to modify the passenger flow area in the non-secure section on the second floor in the terminal building at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, in the amount of $3,004,016.  Effective upon G&C approval through October 31, 2019.  90% Federal, 5% General, 5% Local Funds.   

#60   Authorized to enter into a service agreement with NAMI – New Hampshire of Concord, NH, to provide instruction in law enforcement interaction with individuals with mental illnesses at a total contract limitation of $19,800, to be held at the Arthur D. Kehas Law Enforcement Training Facility and Campus.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2016.  100% Other Funds (Penalty Assessment).   

#69   Authorized to accept and expend a grant from the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Population Health and Community Services, Maternal & Child Health Section Injury Prevention Program, for the purpose of establishing a program that will support activities to collect and analyze data relevant to violent deaths occurring in the State, as part of the national Violent Death Reporting System initiative, in the amount of $242,367.  (2)Further Authorized to establish one full-time temporary Planning Analyst/Data Systems position, LG 24, within budget class 059.  (3)Further Authorized to provide for a consultant to upgrade computer software/hardware in order to interface with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program and for a consultant for adaptation of space needed to accommodate the project.  Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2015.  100% Transfers from other agency Funds.  Fiscal Committee approved. 

 

 

5. DETAIL: APPOINTMENTS AND NOMINATIONS

( * = District 2 Resident)

 

New Nominations by Governor Hassan:

Board of Architects

James A. Loft, Contoocook*

Justice of the Circuit Court

Susan W. Ashley, Rochester*

Michael H. Garner, Laconia

Per Diem Justice of the Circuit Court

Kimberly A. Chabot, Hooksett

Barbara A. M. Maloney, Auburn

Board of Fire Control

Martin U. Michaelis, Amherst

Fire Standards and Training Commission

Justin A. Cutting, Hampton

Mechanical Licensing Board

Paul E. D'Allesandro, Campton

Stephen M. Labbe, Hooksett

Lyndon B. Rickards, Rochester*

Board of Nursing

Ann Finn-Waddell, Concord*

Police Commission

Nicholas Dahl, Nashua

Special Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission

Michael J. Iacopino, Manchester

Radiation Advisory Committee

James J. Cherniack, Derry

Edward J. Farmlett, Laconia

Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Safety

Richard C. Bailey, Bow

Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles at the Department of Safety

Elizabeth A. Bielecki, Bedford

Speech-Language Pathology Govering Board

Robyn Kingsley, Dover*

Justice of the Superior Court

Dorothy E. Graham, Manchester

Mark E. Howard, Manchester

Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council

Glenn Brackett, Northwood

Water Council

Robert Beaurivage, Auburn

 

 

 

Confirmed by the Council:

 

Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee

Peter S. Helm, Canterbury*

Current Use Advisory Board

David M. McMullen, Groton

Board of Dental Examiners

Puneet Kochhar, Dover*

Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services

Clark Freise, Litchfield

Executive Branch Ethics Committee

Gregory L. Silverman, Concord*

Genetic Counselors Governing Board

Thomas B. Merritt, Littleton

Midwifery Council

Evelyn A. Aissa, Concord*

New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board

Peter R. Mans, Newbury*

Board of Optometry

Scott M. Krauchunas, Belmont*

Railroad Appeals Board

Wayne M. Gagne, Nashua

Real Estate Commission

Paul A. Lipnick, Nashua

Rivers Management Advisory Committee

James W. Ryan, Northwood

Transportation Appeal Board

Eric G. Falkenham, Hopkinton*

Carl L. Quiram, Bedford



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