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.

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