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 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Ralph Ross, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the January 2, 2018 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.
CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:
1. Heavy rainfall and significant snow melt caused localized flooding this past weekend throughout the LWL service area and at the Gale River headwaters. High water along Meadow Street caused flooding in the vicinity of the Home Depot, Lowes, and Shaw’s parking lots. There was some concern expressed by emergency management officials that the high water may cause pad mounted transformers in the affected areas to become a hazard or to be dislodged. Isolating the power from this area was discussed briefly though no action was taken.
2. NE Tree is working in the vicinity of the High Street area in preparation for a scheduled overhead electric line upgrade. The poles that will replace were damaged several years ago by several motor vehicle accidents. As the utility poles are joint-owned coordination with FairPoint is required and has been a length process. Progress though slow is moving forward and a few of the residents that abut the overhead lines have expressed displeasure with the tree trimming results as they feel that it is excessive.
GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. Superintendent Considine reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended November 2017 with the Commissioners. Several variances as compared to budget were discussed and explained.
2. A list of favors (services rendered by LWL that normally would be chargeable, not system maintenance support) that LWL completed in 2017 was reviewed with the BOC. The service rendered by LWL in support of the community tallied more than $83,000. The list will be consolidated and presented to the Commissioners by their next meeting.
3. Mr. Bill Thomas of the NHDES Bureau of Dam restoration spoke with Mr. Considine with regard to moving forward with discussions relative to the proposed removal of the abandon dam on the South Branch of the Gale River. Mr. Thomas stated that he plans to set up a meeting with the US Forest Service (property owner) to discuss the intent of the proposed project.
4. Rodd Roofing was recently contacted with regard to inspecting the roof over the south side of the Lafayette garage to provide LWL with a cost estimate for repair. During the recent thaw and heavy rain several spots in the roof leaked, generally along the southerly edge (rear) of the building.
5. NH Electric Motors of Laconia, NH were on site today to evaluate several water pump motors that have been causing the water department some problems lately. A motor at the Goss Pump Station (number 2) was rebuilt several years ago and it appears that a shaft misalignment is causing excessive vibration which will lead to bearing failure if not addressed. Additionally both motors at the Hospital Pump Station have been tripping out of phase failure occasionally. Initial thoughts are that it appears that the power supply is fluctuating outside the controller operating set point which initiates motor shutdown. Additional source power monitoring is required before corrective action is attempted.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
Superintendent Considine asked the BOC if they would consider a Cost of Living wage increase for him. Following some discussion the BOC agreed to move to executive session to discuss the matter in more detail.
Commissioner Cooper 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.