Debora Pignatelli

NH Executive Council

District 5

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August 5, 2020 Council Meeting

Greetings!

Our last Governor and Council Meeting was held on August 5, 2020; Meeting Notes are below.

I want to briefly let you know about a Public Hearing the Council held in person in Concord a couple of weeks ago. It was for Mr. Scott Mason, who was nominated by the Governor to become the Executive Director of our NH Fish and Game Department. After 4 hours of testimony and many emails and telephone calls, I found that the nominee lacked the basic skills and experience enumerated in the Job Posting.

 

This was my reasoning:

  • Mr. Mason has an animal sciences degree, he has no formal education in fisheries, wildlife or natural resources management or conservation law as specified by the job posting;

  • He has no work experience in fisheries, wildlife, natural resource management or law enforcement, all of which are critical components of the NH Fish and Game Department mission as specified by the job posting; and

  • While he has served in many administrative positions, he has no executive management experience in large diverse organizations of the scope and complexity as NH Fish and Game as specified by the job posting; his only management experience appears to be the management of a 400 head dairy farm, a far cry from a large, complex organization with many diverse stakeholders spread over the entire state.

 

My vote was No, but Mr. Mason was confirmed by a vote of 3-1. Councilor Volinsky was recused from voting. I thought you should know about this Public Hearing and vote.

 

I hope you are all remaining safe and healthy. As always, please feel free to contact me with your thoughts, questions, and suggestions.

Debora
Executive Councilor, New Hampshire District 5
www.debpignatelli.com

Here are notes of items I think of interest to Council District 5. The full agenda for this meeting is available on the Governor & Executive Council section of the New Hampshire Secretary of State website.

#22 Authorized to amend existing contracts with the vendors listed in bold as detailed in letter dated June 28, 2020, for family planning services, by decreasing the total price limitation by $18,615 from $6,740,866 to $6,722,251 with no change to the contract completion dates of June 30, 2021. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

 

#41 Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP, Nashua, NH, for the provision of Extended Warranty – Security System and Software Support services for the NH Correctional Facility for Women, in the amount of $224,460. Effective upon G&C approval through July 31, 2023, with the option to renew for successive renewal terms of up to three years. 100% General Funds. VOTE: 5-0

#48 Authorized to award an Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund grant to the Town of New Boston, in the amount of $250,000 for the purpose of replacing four undersized culverts on Lyndeborough Road crossing Meadow Brook to reduce the flood hazard and improve aquatic organism passage. Effective upon G&C approval through December 31, 2026. 100% ARM Funds. VOTE: 5-0

 

#70B Authorized consideration of whether the petition of Amy Johnson (age 36) requesting a pardon for the offenses of Hindering Apprehension, Accomplice to Witness Tampering, Conspiracy to Witness Tampering and Falsifying Physical Evidence should be granted. Please be advised that pursuant to RSA 651:5, V and XIV, as the petitioner’s crimes involve felony obstruction of justice crimes, she is not eligible for an annulment. VOTE: 5-0 My vote for this Pardon for Amy Johnson was “yes”. The Governor Council held an in-person Hearing. I was impressed by the Chief of Police’s testimony in favor of a Pardon for Ms. Johnson. I am convinced that she has become a positive member of society and has paid the price for something she did while a very young person and is completely rehabilitated.

 

#74 Authorized the Bureau of Court Facilities to enter into an equipment rental agreement with ENE Systems of NH, Bow, NH, for a 10-ton temporary air conditioner unit at the Hillsborough County Superior Courthouse South, for an amount not to exceed $13,960. Effective August 5, 2020 through October 31, 2020. 100% Transfer Funds (transfer from AOC, Rent from Other Agencies). VOTE: 5-0

 

#76 Authorized, on behalf of the Department of Environmental Services, to release to the underlying landowner, Poodle Crossing LLC, an unneeded access easement appurtenant to State land located in Milford, NH at the Savage Municipal Water Supply Well Superfund Site along NH Route 101A. VOTE: 5-0

Informational Items

Our Governor has approved these items without advice and consent of the Council. I continue to object to what I consider to be an unconstitutional power grab.

Department of Health and Human Services

#A. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Office of the Commissioner to enter into a retroactive sole source contract with Mako Medical Laboratories LLC, Raleigh, NC, in the amount of $6,000,000 to provide COVID-19 testing to residents and staff of long-term care and other residential facilities overseen by the Department. Effective June 3, 2020 through December 31, 2020, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#B. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu Authorized the Office of the Commissioner to amend an existing sole source contract with Giri Dover 200 Inc. d/b/a The Garrison Hotel, Dover, NH, to provide twenty-one hotel rooms to the Department that will be used for quarantine services for individuals experiencing homelessness who may have contracted COVID-19, by increasing the price by $55,000 from $100,800 to $155,800 with no change to the completion date of July 22, 2020. 100% General Funds.

 

#C. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Public Health Services to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing agreement with Capital Hotel Company (dba The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel & Grappone Conference Center), Concord, NH, to provide office space for the Division of Public Health COVID-19 Operations Center, by exercising a contract renewal option and increasing the price by $555,674 from $453,599 to $1,009,273 and by extending the completion date from August 31, 2020 to September 30, 2020. The original contract was approved by Governor Sununu on May 11, 2020. 51% Federal, 49% General Funds.

 

#D. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with Merrimack Valley Assistance Program Inc., Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 4-17-19, item #12), to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 pandemic to low income persons and their families living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, by increasing the price by $81,795 from $719,178 to $800,973. Effective retroactive to April 3, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#E. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability to enter into a retroactive sole source amendment to an existing contract with Merrimack Valley Assistance Program Inc., Concord, NH (originally approved by G&C on 2-21-18, item #12), to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 pandemic to low income persons and their families living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, by increasing the price by $107,819 from $940,530 to $1,048,349. Effective retroactive to April 3, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#F. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Public Health Services to enter into a retroactive sole source agreement with Quest Diagnostics LLC, Marlborough, MA, in the amount of $700,000 for COVID-19 specimen testing. Effective April 29, 2020 through December 31, 2020, with the option to renew for up to two additional years. 100% Federal Funds. (2) Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Public Health Services to enter into a sole source amendment to the existing contract with Quest Diagnostics LLC, Marlborough, MA, for COVID-19 specimen testing, by increasing the price by $300,000 from $700,000 to $1,000,000, with no change to the completion date of December 31, 2020. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#G. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu Authorized to amend existing contracts with the vendors as detailed in letter dated July 13, 2020, for the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program and Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program services to low-income women and children, by increasing the total price limitation by $68,950 from $11,854,653 to $11,923,603 with no change to the completion dates of June 30, 2021. Effective July 1, 2020 or upon Governor approval, whichever is later. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#H. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to enter into retroactive sole source grant agreements with the Grantees as detailed in letter dated July 20, 2020, in an amount not to exceed $35,000 shared price limitation, to develop and administer the Housing Stabilization program that targets individuals financially impacted by COVID-19. Effective July 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. 100% Other Funds (Coronavirus Aid Relieve, and Economic Security).

 

#H1. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-04, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-10, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to enter into retroactive sole source amendments to existing agreement with the vendors as detailed in letter dated June 30, 2020 (originally approved by G&C on 2-20-19, item #23), for the provision of community based services and anti-poverty programs through the Community Services Block Grant to ensure critically needed resources are available to meet local low-income community needs in response to COVID-19, by increasing the total price limitation by $1,303,871 from $16,048,850 to $17,352,721 with no change to the contract completion dates of September 30, 2022. 100% Federal Funds.

 

Department of Transportation

#I. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the City of Nashua/Nashua Airport Authority, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for Boire Field, in the amount of $69,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#J. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the Town of Whitefield, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Mt. Washington Regional Airport, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#K. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the Pease Development Authority, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Skyhaven Airport, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#L. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the Town of Newport, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Parlin Field, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

 

#M. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, and 2020-14, and suspend the Manual of Procedures 150 V., A., 5., requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to award a grant to the City of Belin, for Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act funding to offset a decline in revenues arising from diminished airport operations and activities as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for the Berlin Regional Airport, in the amount of $30,000. Effective through May 25, 2024. 100% Federal Funds.

 

Department of Information Technology

#N. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized to enter into a sole source Cooperative Project Agreement with University of NH, University System of NH, Durham, NH, in the amount not to exceed $23,400, for the purpose of providing Wide Area Network backup internet services. Effective upon approval through June 30, 2021. DoIT (Statewide Telecommunications Revolving Funds).

 

#O. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized, the Department of Information Technology, on behalf of the Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, to enter into a sole source contract with Q-Matic Corporation, Duluth, GA, in the amount of $208,920.92 to provide a hosted scheduling and queuing system to the DMV to allow for appointment-only customer services at DMV locations. Effective upon approval through June 20, 2025. 100% Other (Agency Class 27) funds: the Agency Class 027 used by the Department of Safety to reimburse DoIT is 100% Agency Income (Cost of Collections) funds.

 

#P. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized the Department of Information Technology, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, to retroactively amend an existing sole source contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP, Harrisburg, PA, by increasing the price by $1,910,280 from $97,633,677 to $99,543,957 to implement several necessary enhancements and continued maintenance and operations of the New HEIGHTS system to include COVID-19 services, with no change to the contract completion date of September 30, 2022, effective March 18, 2020. 66% Federal, 32% General, 2% Other Funds from the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery.

 

New Hampshire Employment Security

#Q. Pursuant to RSA 4:45, RSA 21-P:43, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, and suspension of Manual of Procedures 150 V, A, 3, requirement, Governor Sununu Authorized to enter into a sole source contract with Maximus Health Services Inc., Reston, VA, with a price limitation not to exceed $4,317,395 for call center delivery and support services to individuals calling the unemployment compensation hotline. Effective July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 100% Other Funds.

 

#R. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized to accept and expend $3,560,300 in federal funds from the US Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration, for the purpose of developing and implementing system modifications necessary to administer the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs through June 30, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

 
Department of Corrections

#S. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, and 2020-14, Governor Sununu Authorized to accept and expend a sub grant in the amount of $65,491 for the NH Department of Justice, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Effective retroactive to January 20, 2020 through January 20, 2022. 100% Federal Revenue received from another State Agency.

 

Department of Safety

#T. Pursuant to RSA 21-P:43, RSA 4:45, RSA 4:47, and Executive Order 2020-04 as extended by Executive Orders 2020-05, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-10, 2020-14, and 2020-15, Governor Sununu Authorized the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into a grant agreement with the Town of Loudon to purchase and install equipment to support and enhance the community’s Emergency Operations Center for a total amount of $79,500. Effective July 17, 2020 through December 26, 2021. 100% Federal Funds.

 

The Governor nominated the following Individuals to serve on State Boards and Commissions
Mark G. Bodanza, Hillsborough, NH to the Higher Education Commission
Nicole Lavoie, Nashua, NH to the Physical Therapy Governing Board
Matthew Plante, Nashua, NH to the Police Commission, Nashua


These communities are in District 5:

Amherst, Antrim, Bennington, Brookline, Deering, Dunbarton, Fitzwilliam, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hillsborough, Hollis, Hudson, Jaffrey, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Richmond, Rindge, Sharon, Swanzey, Temple, Troy, Weare, Wilton, Windsor and the City of Nashua

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