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 20, 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 and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the March 6, 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.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended January 2017 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. Tree clearing and trimming has been extensive to date and is the direct result of the heavy winds over the past several months. Climbing crews cleared several large softwoods that were in close proximity to the Burndy substation and other overhead equipment in that area the week of March 6, 2017. The trimming crew is working on the Pleasant Street/ Mannís Hill overhead circuit after spending most of last week cleaning up lines affected by the March 15, 2017 northeaster that dropped heavy snow and high winds throughout the service area.
2. An outage is going to have to be scheduled to replace a 3-phase transformer bank on Mills Street that supplies power to several businesses along Main and Mill Street. During the winter infrared system (thermographs) scan (preventative maintenance testing) performed in January 2017 several hot spots in this particular transformer bank were observed. Upon further evaluation it appears that this transformer bank is significantly overloaded which is creating the excessive heating of the equipment.
A larger capacity transformer bank is proposed at this time though the proposed construction work and redesign of Mills Street in this area is complicating our maintenance/planning process.
Commissioner Ross asked if the existing utility pole is large enough to carry the additional weight of the large (new) transformers. Superintendent Considine stated that typically in these types situation a new large class pole would be installed but as this area is in the process of being redesigned the existing pole is going to have to suffice for now.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
LWL personnel responded to a report of a water leak on Meadow Street at the entrance to the TJ Maxx Plaza. Upon excavation it was discovered that the 8-inch universal steel water pipe appears to be leaking and the water was surfacing adjacent to a six (6) foot diameter corrugate metal pipe that crosses US 302. The pipe bury depth was estimated at about 15 feet which made repair unsafe as LWL could not reach the site of the leak. A temporary repair (daylighting the leak) was able to made to keep the water from rising to the surface and impacting the travel way as the ambient temperature was about 10 degrees fahrenheit.
Apparently this area near the fuel station was filled to accommodate the construction of the facility and the highway. The water main should have been brought up at the time to a more accessible grade. As a result of the depth of bury of the pipe is about twice as deep than what is typically recommended. LWL would like to raise the water main in this area to about 6 feet. The plaza needs to be attached to the proposed water main as LWL cannot reach the existing shut off and the gas station was build directly over the existing water main.
Superintendent Considine stated that it is not a complicated project though one that needs to be addressed due to the excessive buried depth of the pipe and gate valves. Impact to traffic should be minimal and manageable as most of the work should be outside or on the edge of the state ROW line.
The BOC agreed with Superintendent Considine assessment of the situation and authorized the LWL to proceed with construction planning activities.
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 1:45 p.m.
The regularly scheduled Commissionerís meeting is held twice monthly on the first and third Monday, at 1:00 p.m., in the Departmentís conference room.