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, May 15, 2017 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Ralph Ross, previous Commissioner Eddy Moore, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
Commissioner Goodell opened the meeting and recognized outgoing Commissioner and previous President of the LWL BOC Mr. Eddy Moore. Mr. Moore offered his services as moderator with regard to the LWL officer reorganization if the BOC had no exceptions. No exception was raised with regard to Mr. Moore’s offer to facilitate the nomination process.
Mr. Moore asked for nominations for LWL Board President, Commissioner Ross nominated Commissioner Perry Goodell for board President for the 2017 – 2018 operating year, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
Vote of in favor 2-0-1 with Commissioner Goodell in abstention.
Mr. Moore then asked for nominations for LWL Board Secretary. Following some additional discussion Commissioner Ross nominated Commissioner Peter Cooper for Board Secretary for the 2017-2018 operating year, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
Vote was in favor 2-0-1 with Commissioner Cooper in abstention.
Mr. Moore congratulated the BOC and turned the meeting back over to Commissioner Goodell.
The minutes of the May 1, 2017 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1 with Commissioner Cooper in abstention.
CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS/COMMENTS:
The BOC acknowledged Mr. Justin Roshak in the audience. Mr. Roshak stated that he is a new reporter with the Littleton Courier newspaper.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended March 2017 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. Plans for the new Schilling Brewery project were reviewed and discussed with the BOC. There are several project constraints within the proposed project area of Mill Street due to the available right-of-way (ROW).
Mr. Moore stated that the zoning variance contained several conditions with regard to the owner/developer paying for any requested changes to the utilities (i.e. underground) as the zoning board did not want any of the construction costs passed on to the taxpayer/ utility customers .
Mr. Considine stated that these plans are new and that LWL has no plans or course of action to date as a direct result of site constraints.
2. The proposed Cumberland Farms project on Meadow Street adjacent to Sears appears to be taking shape. Several discussions with the owner’s engineering firm were recently held and a needs assessment was conducted to determine the required water and power supply connection points to the LWL infrastructure.
3. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for water infrastructure materials needed on the River District Revitalization project were solicited. Once final construction plans are released LWL will begin making the needed improvements within the limits of the project. LWL work is expected to begin on the westerly end of the project (toward Saranac St. & Meadow St. intersection) and working towards Mill Street. LWL hopes to have all major work completed ahead of the official project start-up which will be in late summer and not yet determined.
4. The cathodic protection anodes in the Slate Ledge water tank are scheduled to be replaced on June 27, 2017. The required work is the result of an AWWA tank inspection (every 5 years) that was conducted by Statewide Aquastore, Inc. in April of 2016. The cathodic protection system is integral to maintaining the structural integrity of the tank. A 5,000 gallon portable tanker will be brought in and utilized during the replacement process as the main water tank needs to be drained to provide access into the interior of the tank. The anodes are connected to the tank invert. A six (6) hours installation window is expected and the tank can be restored to service immediately upon work completion.
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 1:55 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.