To The Daily Sun,
2018 will begin my fifth year serving as your District 1 Executive Councilor. I have had the opportunity to work with many great local, county and state officials, but most importantly with the citizens of District 1. I am once again grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve you.
I continue to work with the governor, Executive Council and Legislature on the important issues impacting the state. The heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis continues to hit the state hard and the Executive Council continues to support funding for prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The expansion of Friendship House in Bethlehem, the only residential drug-treatment facility in the North Country, will be dedicated in 2018. This will increase the number of beds from 18 to 32 for a 28-day stay for treatment.
Economic development will continue to be a top priority for my office in District 1 and I will work with community and business leaders to assist in the creation of jobs and economic opportunity. I am committed to the redevelopment of the Balsams project in Dixville Notch and I am working with the new Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission in the development of the old state property in Laconia. I will continue to work with the Town of Enfield on the transfer of state property at the Mascoma Beach area as well as the Town of Conway on its 2.8 mile Pathway Project and the city of Laconia on its Colonial Theatre Project.
Presently, there are over 1,000 volunteers who served on 163 boards and commissions in state government. In 2017, seven new commissioners were nominated and confirmed. Of the 348 nominations and confirmations to boards and commissions, 68 of them were from District 1. The council confirmed five Circuit Court judges (two from District 1), one part-time Circuit Court judge and one Supreme Court associate judge. In 2017 there were $1.34 billion in expenditures, $5.7 billion in working capital and the council passed 1,776 contracts.
I join with the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation — Senator Jeanne Sheehan, Senator Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter — in working with them on critical issues and projects to benefit the state of New Hampshire and the region.
The Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan, working with the Department of Transportation and the Regional Planning Commissions, was completed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in June. The plan focuses on preservation, maintenance and safety of existing pavement and bridge infrastructure throughout the state. Over $16 million in federal funds was provided to New Hampshire for the Congestion, Mitigation, and Air Quality (CMAQ) program of which 16 grant applications were accepted and funded. Contact William Watson at NH DOT for any additional details at 271-3344.
The 2018 sessions of the statte House and Senate will address legislation that deals with the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis, sustainment of Medicaid expansion, business and workforce development, voting and drinking water safety. Again, I will be watchful of the legislation that impacts my district. Stay close to your local state senator and House members.
The Governor and Council are always looking for volunteers to serve on the dozens of state boards and commissions. If you are interested, please send your resume to Gov. Chris Sununu, State House, 107 North Main St., Concord, NH 03301, attention Eliot Gault Director of Appointments/Liaison or at (603) 271-8790. A complete list of all state boards and commissions is available at the NH Secretary of State website at www.sos.nh.gov/redbook/index.htm
Executive Councilor Joe Kenney
- Written by Mike Mortensen
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