The Board meets on the first and third Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and are held in the department conference room at 65 Lafayette Ave, Littleton. Board meetings are open to the public and time is allotted for public comments at each meeting.
The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins, Administrative Assistant Sharon Hampson and Superintendent
The minutes of the February 21, 2017 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at about 9:00 p.m. the LWL on call crew responded to multiple electrical outages throughout the town caused by heavy winds, (some report in excess of 60 MPH) rain and snow. LWL field personnel worked throughout the night and until 5:30 p.m. the following day before power was restored. Though there were not many trouble locations the damage at each of the locations was severe. Outages were caused mostly by trees, some 24” in diameter, which fell during the high wind gusts taking down several three (3) phase lines and equipment. A significant effort was provided by LWL personnel throughout the night and everything was completed in a safe and expeditious manner. Complicating the matter was an alarm from the SCADA system at Gale River alerting LWL personnel that the water supply to town was declining. A crew was dispatched to restore full water supply at the intake.
2. Hammer-Down Construction of Littleton inquired with regard to purchasing truck 502 that is scheduled to be replaced this month. The BOC did not make a decision one way or the other and left it up to discretion of Superintendent Considine.
3. A replacement 10.5 kW generator that was recently approved has been installed at the Gale River and will be placed in service this week.
4. Progress is ongoing with regard to securing a new pad mount transformer for the Littleton Coin Company (LCC). LWL hired a truck and man (550 Dodge) from Dodge Contracting to transport the new transformer from the Green Mountain Yard in Colchester, Vermont today. Once the transformer is tested dielectrically and configured with a metering package it will be ready to be placed in service.
Commissioner Ross asked if LWL will be keeping the old one. The existing transformer that is currently providing power to the LCC is configured for 480Y/277 on the secondary side. LWL plans to purchase and place in yard as a spare as discussed at a previous meeting.
5. Boring and core samples are scheduled to take place this week along Saranac and Mill Street in preparation for the River District Revitalization Project. LWL has been asked to locate utilities at each of the sites.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
1. As a direct result of the severity of the last couple of storms that brought heavy winds to the area and the damages caused to LWL electrical infrastructure New England Tree (NE Tree) of Hardwick, VT was asked for assistance. Several overhead circuits are in need of trimming and several large softwoods immediately adjacent to the Burndy substation need to be addressed. The softwood trees at Burndy substation will require climbers to fell these trees as the area is not accessible to wheeled vehicles.
A large spruce tree, estimated at close to 100 feet, split in half on Thursday and fell onto an adjacent house and vehicle parked in a driveway on High Street. NE Tree was called in to clear the lines prior to the remainder of the tree falling on the circuit.
Commissioner Ross asked if the Burndy work with the climbers was going to be fairly costly and when the Pattenville ROW was last trimmed. Superintendent Considine stated that it is a different pot of money though the expenses are expected to be significant and that he would have to check when the ROW was last cleared.
2. Superintendent Considine stated that the “Favors list” (service rendered by LWL but not charged) for 2016 to several departments of the town of Littleton amounted to about $54,653 and including construction support for School Street and Hill Street.
Examples of these types of services are flags and banner on Main Street, device testing, construction costs not passed on to the town contractors.
3. Commissioner Moore asked about the status of the Public Service substation on Meadow Street. Superintendent Considine stated ISONE declined a similar project request by a municipal electric company in Massachusetts which slowed down progress on LWL request.
4. Commissioner Moore stated that in his opinion LWL needs to keep moving forward with the underground water feasibility study for the Lafayette well. Superintendent Considine stated he could get an update quote from Geosphere as to the next steps in the evaluation process.
5. Commissioner Ross asked how many years were left on the slow sand filter. Superintendent Considine stated that the filter was placed in service in November 2001 and that the State Revolving Loan was for twenty (20) years. He estimates that the final payment is due in 2021.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:48 p.m.
The regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting is held twice monthly on the first and third Monday, at 1:00 p.m., in the Department’s conference room.