Sept. 8 - 10 Year Transportation Plan


Executive Council Report

Read below for a summary of this week's meeting, followed by detailed descriptions of all projects referenced and links to full contracts.

Friends,

I hosted Governor Hassan & my four fellow Executive Councilors in Dover for our most recent meeting on Aug 26, first with a tour of the Children’s Museum of NH, followed by a G&C meeting across the street at a local brewery, and followed by the kickoff meeting for the state’s ten year transportation planning process.

Over the next six weeks, the Executive Council will begin the state’s long term transportation plan with a series of field hearings around the state, including four below in the district I represent.  If you have input on how we should build & maintain a modern network of roads, bridges, and public transit options, please feel free to view the Dept of Transportation’s draft plan, or join us at any of the following: 

  • CONCORD – Thurs, 9/24, 5:30 pm, NHDOT, Hazen Dr.
  • KEENE – Fri, 9/18, Noon, Parks & Rec, 312 Washington St.
  • CHARLESTOWN – Fri, 9/18, 3pm, Town Hall
  • ROCHESTER – Thurs, 9/17, 6pm, Location TBD.

Also, on Tuesday 9/8 at 4pm in Concord the Council will hold a public confirmation hearing for the Governor’s nomination to be the state’s new Commissioner of Transportation, Victoria Sheehan. Read about her background here.

Additionally at the meeting, the Council approved 86+ items of regional & statewide impact, including:

IN CENTRAL NH: A Community Services Block Grant for antipoverty programs; homeless shelter support; increased substance abuse disorder treatment and recovery services; bridge historic covered bridge repair in Bradford; Second Start in Boscawen; sale of the old NH Employment Security building at 10 West St in Concord; ESL classes for the new American community and GED test prep help for area students. 

IN THE MONADNOCK REGION: A Community Services Block Grant for antipoverty programs; homeless shelter support; increased substance abuse disorder treatment and recovery services; rehab of the men’s emergency shelter on Roxbury St in Keene; new lease for Cheshire Co Health & Human Services offices in the Colony Mill in Keene; and completion of the Lower Warren Brook Restoration Project in Alstead. 

IN STRAFFORD CO:  A Community Services Block Grant for antipoverty programs; homeless shelter support; home visits to expectant women and new parents; increased substance abuse disorder treatment and recovery services; engineering plans for rehab and/or replacement of the General Sullivan Bridge; energy improvements to the Nadeau Homes in Somersworth; modifications to the fish ladder on the Cocheco Falls dam; and private dock work on the Bellamy River. 

STATEWIDE PROJECTS:  Various projects for site investigations, cleanup planning and remediation at MtBE-contaminated sites.

APPOINTMENTS & CONFIRMATIONS:  Brigadier Generals were nominated to the NH Air National Guard (Laurie Farris) and Army National Guard (Thomas Spencer) as well as a new Commissioner of Transportation (Victoria Sheehan) and 24 other positions.

There will be a short Executive Council meeting at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, 9/8 with just nine items recently approved by the legislative Fiscal Committee, and our next full meeting will be Wednesday 9/16 at the Pease Development Authority in Portsmouth.

Sincerely,

Colin

Executive Councilor, District 2

 

FULL 08/26 AGENDA

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

 

FULL INFORMATION

 

  1. DETAIL: CENTRAL NH

 

 

#11  Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 27, 2015, for the provision of community based services and antipoverty programs through the Community Services Block Grant, in an amount not to exceed $3,371,406.  Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2016.  100% Federal Funds.   

 

#12  Authorized to enter into retroactive agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 16, 2015, for State Grant-in-Aid Funds program, in an amount not to exceed $5,759,549.  Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  100% General Funds.   

    
#17  Authorized to enter into sole source amendments to existing agreements with multiple vendors as detailed in letter dated July 27, 2015, (originally approved by G&C on 6-20-12, items # 96, 97, 99-110, 112), to increase the scope of work to improve current services and to expand capacity for new services for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services statewide, by increasing the price by $280,000 in the aggregate from $26,663,129 to an amount not to exceed $26,943,129.  Effective upon G&C approval through the September 30, 2015.  There is no change to the completion date of December 31, 2015 for the remaining scope of work in the agreement.  100% Federal Funds.   

#18  Authorized the Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance to enter into agreements with the Towns of Ossipee and Bradford, to provide funding and services under the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program and the State Aid Bridge Program through a local project administration (municipally-managed) process, in the total amount of $1,753,300.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2017.  80% Federal, 16% State Aid Bridge, 4% Local Match Funds. 

 #34   Authorized to award a grant to the County of Merrimack, Boscawen, NH, in the amount of $300,000, on behalf of Second Start, to fund building improvements at its main building known as the Garrison facility, Concord, NH.  Effective August 26, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#44  Authorized to sell the NHES property located at 10 West Street, Concord, NH, to Riverbend Community Mental Health Inc., for $1,300,001 plus an additional $1,100 administrative fee.  Effective upon G&C approval.

 #70  Authorized the Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning to grant funds to Ascentria Community Services formerly known as Lutheran Community Services, Concord, NH, to provide English as a Second Language classes to refugees in the Concord community, in an amount not to exceed $141,612.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2016.  35% Federal, 65% General Funds.   

#71  Authorized the Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning to retroactively grant funds to Second Start, Concord, NH, to provide basic adult education/English as a Second Language and high school equivalency test preparation services on their premises, Concord, NH, but will also be available at the Merrimack County House of Corrections and in students’ homes, in an amount not to exceed $686,861.  Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  35% Federal, 65% General Funds.   

 

 2. DETAIL: MONADNOCK REGION

#11  Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 27, 2015, for the provision of community based services and antipoverty programs through the Community Services Block Grant, in an amount not to exceed $3,371,406.  Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2016.  100% Federal Funds.   

#12  Authorized to enter into retroactive agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 16, 2015, for State Grant-in-Aid Funds program, in an amount not to exceed $5,759,549.  Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  100% General Funds.   

                
#17  Authorized to enter into sole source amendments to existing agreements with multiple vendors as detailed in letter dated July 27, 2015, (originally approved by G&C on 6-20-12, items # 96, 97, 99-110, 112), to increase the scope of work to improve current services and to expand capacity for new services for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services statewide, by increasing the price by $280,000 in the aggregate from $26,663,129 to an amount not to exceed $26,943,129.  Effective upon G&C approval through the September 30, 2015.  There is no change to the completion date of December 31, 2015 for the remaining scope of work in the agreement.  100% Federal Funds. 

  #28  Authorized the Bureau of Bridge Design to enter into an Interstate Bridge Agreement with the State of Vermont to allow the Department to bill Vermont for costs associated with the rehabilitation of the bridge (NH Br. NO 132/062) carrying NH Route 123 over the Connecticut River between Walpole, NH and Westminster, VT.  Effective upon G&C approval, and continuing through engineering design, construction, inspection, and final acceptance of the completed project, in accordance with the Department’s 10-year Transportation Improvement Plan.  92% NH, 8% VT Funds. 

  #33   Authorized to award a grant to the City of Keene, NH, in the amount of $255,000 on behalf of Keene Housing, to support rehabilitation of the men’s emergency shelter situated at 139 Roxbury Street, Keene, NH.  Effective August 26, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#45  Authorized to enter into a lease agreement with Brady Sullivan Properties d/b/a Brady Sullivan Keene Properties LLC, Manchester, NH, for rental of 4,960 square feet of office space, Keene, NH, in an amount not to exceed $883,800 or $88,380 annually.  Effective September 1, 2015 with occupancy and rental payments commencing two months later (providing time for fit-up) on November 1, 2015 and expiring October 31, 2025.  100% Federal Funds.   

#55  Authorized to enter into an agreement with the Town of Alstead, NH, to complete the Lower Warren Brook Restoration Project, in the amount of $35,000.  Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2016.  100% Other (Fisheries Habitat) Funds.   

 

3. DETAIL: STRAFFORD COUNTY

 

#11  Authorized to enter into sole source agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 27, 2015, for the provision of community based services and antipoverty programs through the Community Services Block Grant, in an amount not to exceed $3,371,406.  Effective upon G&C approval through September 30, 2016.  100% Federal Funds.   

 

#12  Authorized to enter into retroactive agreements with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 16, 2015, for State Grant-in-Aid Funds program, in an amount not to exceed $5,759,549.  Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  100% General Funds. 

 

#13  Authorized to enter into a retroactive agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 20, 2015, for the provision of home visiting services to expectant women and newly parenting individuals in an amount not to exceed $666,090.  Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  100% Federal Funds.   

              
 #17  Authorized to enter into sole source amendments to existing agreements with multiple vendors as detailed in letter dated July 27, 2015, (originally approved by G&C on 6-20-12, items # 96, 97, 99-110, 112), to increase the scope of work to improve current services and to expand capacity for new services for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services statewide, by increasing the price by $280,000 in the aggregate from $26,663,129 to an amount not to exceed $26,943,129.  Effective upon G&C approval through the September 30, 2015.  There is no change to the completion date of December 31, 2015 for the remaining scope of work in the agreement.  100% Federal Funds. 

 #30  Authorized the Bureau of Bridge Design to enter into an agreement with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., to study and prepare preliminary engineering plans for the rehabilitation or replacement of the General Sullivan Bridge carrying pedestrian and recreational traffic over Little Bay between the City of Diver and the Town of Newington, for an amount not to exceed $291,531.41.  Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2016.  100% Turnpike Funds.   

#35  Authorized to award a grant to the City of Somersworth, NH, in the amount of $500,000 on behalf of the Somersworth Housing Authority, to fund energy improvements to the Albert J. Nadeau Homes development.  Effective August 26, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  100% Federal Funds.   

#56  Authorized to accept and expend $50,776 in federal funds from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for the purpose of modifying the Department’s fish ladder at Cocheco Falls dam on the Cocheco River in Dover in order to improve passage of fish up river of the dam.  100% Federal Funds.

 #65  Authorized Susan Von Hemert’s request to perform work on the Bellamy River in Dover. 

 

4. STATEWIDE PROJECTS AND POLICIES

 

#C.  Authorized the nomination of Colonel Laurie M. Farris, Andover, MA, for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General, NH Air National Guard.  This officer meets all prerequisites for this grade, having been found to be physically, mentally, morally, and professionally qualified.

 

#D.  Authorized the nomination of Colonel Thomas F. Spencer, York, ME, for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General, NH Army National Guard.  This officer meets all prerequisites for this grade, having been found to be physically, mentally, and professionally qualified. 

 

#6   Authorized to amend into a sole source agreement with JSI Research & Training Institute Inc., d/b/a Community Health Institute, Bow, NH (originally approved by G&C on 6-19-13, item #135), to include provisions for Rapid Assessment of Young Adults, Root Cause Analysis, Strategic Planning, Evaluation Alignment and Media Messaging, by increasing the total price by $1,020,000 from $1,001,449 to an amount not to exceed $2,021,449.  Effective upon G&C approval through the original end date of December 31, 2015.  74.35% Federal, 25.65% General Funds. 

#62  Authorized to enter into a contract with Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc., Portsmouth, NH, to perform site investigations, cleanup planning and remediation services at MtBE-contaminated sites, in the amount of $2,000,000.  Effective upon G&C approval through June 30, 2019.  100% MtBE Settlement Funds.   

 

5. DETAIL: APPOINTMENTS AND NOMINATIONS

( * = District 2 Resident)

 

New Nominations by Governor Hassan:

 

Adult Parole Board

Joseph P. Nadeau, Durham, NH  *

Assessing Standards Board

Robert J. Gagne, Manchester, NH

Leonard Gerzon, Amherst, NH

Loren Martin, Concord, NH  *

Rosann Maurice-Lentz, Portsmouth, NH

Gary E. Nichols, Newport, NH

Martha Noel, Goffstown, NH

Eric G. Stohl, Colebrook, NH

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Lisa M. Lanzara-Bazzani, Nashua, NH

Keith J. Zimmermann, Hooksett, NH

Current Use Advisory Board

Susan P. Bryant-Kimball, Sandwich, NH

Board of Fire Control

Daniel L. Andrus, Bow, NH

Fire Standards and Training Commission

Jeremy B. Thibeault, Etna, NH

Board of Foresters

Jacob P. Bronnenberg, Loudon, NH

Health Services Planning and Review Board

Robert S. Woodward, Lee, NH
Board of Hearing Care Providers

Patricia Jabre, Portsmouth, NH

Board of Higher Education

Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Nashua, NH

NH Housing Finance Authority

Mary Beth Rudolph, Madbury, NH  *

Human Rights Commission

Jacqueline H. Davis, Auburn, NH

Board of Natural Scientists

James Long, Lee, NH

Real Estate Appraisers Board

George S. Lamprey, Center Harbor, NH

Residential Ratepayers Advisory Board

Richard P. Weaver, Gilford, NH

Rivers Management Advisory Committee

Frederick J. McNeill, Manchester, NH

Commissioner of the Department of Transportation

Victoria Sheehan, Nashua, NH

 

Confirmed by the Council:

 

Alice G. Meattey, Dover, NH to the Board of Acupuncture Licensing *

Marc W. Morin, Bow, NH to the Board of Professional Engineers

Robert Phillipson, Keene, NH to the Fish and Game Commission *

Michael E. Diffily, Nashua, NH to the Higher Education Commission

Frederick C. Clews, Hampton, NH to the Lakes management Advisory Committee

David M. Goldstein, Dover, NH to the Personnel Appeals Board *

Roger L. Peterson, Spofford, NH to the Board of Psychologists *

Susan G. Vonderheide, Nashua, NH to the Board of Psychologists

Wallace Stevens, Exeter, NH to the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees

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