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, June 19, 2017 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the June 5, 2017 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended April 2017 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Mr. Considine stated that the balance sheet should reflect the purchase of the new bucket and 1-ton pickup in May.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
1. Superintendent Considine stated that Capital Pizza Huts, Inc. of NH following a complicated bankruptcy settlement has stated that they do not plan to pay LWL any liquidated damages with regard to services rendered to the previous owners.
Mrs. Kenney explained that bankruptcy proceedings have been ongoing since January 2017 and the new owner(s) stated that according to the State of Kansas bankruptcy ruling that he is clear of paying the previous ownerís arrears. LWL legal do not total agree to this statement. Typically LWL would have placed a lien on the property but as this case was handled out of state and certain notices were not properly given creditors. After consulting LWL legal counsel LWL could fight this ruling though it may not be financially advisable due to the $3,200 arrearage and that legal costs would mount up quickly.
Superintendent Considine stated that he plans to have Mrs. Kenney transfer the arrears to the new owner which is LWLís normal business practice. If the new customers legal takes exception to these charges in a legal manner then LWL can remove and not be any worse off.
2. A fire flow test failed the week of June 5, 2017on Meadow Street at one of the box store that requires about 2,000 GPM. Upon inspection a six (6) inch pressure reducing valve was found inoperable and restricted the high flow volumes from reaching the site. Repairs were made and subsequent retest passed.
Commissioner Ross commented that there really is not a good way to insure that these high flow valves will always function properly even with routine maintenance as there are not warning indicators.
3. Another illegal water tap was recently discovered along NH 142 in Bethlehem. Apparently the property owner, recently deceased, had or made an unauthorized connection to the water main that crossed his property near the road. LWL has always presumed that this customer had a water connection though no proof was readily available and LWL was not allowed to enter the premise to investigate. LWL is currently in the process of disconnecting the service line which appears to be plastic as the service line is not traceable.
4. LWL with the assistance of Dodge Contracting is making good progress in regard to preparing the water main and appurtenances on Saranac Street in advance of the pending River District revitalization project. Several additional weeks will be needed to relocate/ upgrade the remaining LWL water infrastructure within the proposed project area.
5. Commissioner Cooper stated that he conducted research with regard to a special service rates offered by surrounding utilities for churches and places of worship. This was a follow up to the discussions at the June 5, 2017 BOC meeting. He found that no other utilities are offering a special service electric rate to churches/places of worship. LWL tariff language is very specific as to what type of customer/loads are allowed within the rate and agreed that this particular customer does not fit the criterion.
Mr. Considine stated that he is not aware of any follow up discussion and has not been contacted in regard to this matter with the exception of the initial contact made by a representative of the church.
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 2:10 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.