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Minutes of Littleton Water and Light Meetings

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.

Minutes for 2018

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Regular Meeting Feb 20, 2018

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins, Chief Water Operator Kevin Sorrell and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the February 5, 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.

APPOINTMENTS:

Mr. Considine introduced Mr. Robert Dufresne to the BOC. Mr. Dufresne is the owner/ principle engineer of the Dufresne Group (Civil) Engineering. He was asked by Mr. Considine to attend the meeting to discuss LWLís proposed plan to relocate about 12,000 feet of the water main transmission line in Bethlehem and solicit funding through the NH Drinking Water Trust Fund.

Mr. Dufresne presented the BOC a brief timeline as to how the initial planning stage of this proposed project development began with the 2016 Preliminary Engineering Report for the Evaluation of the Water Transmission Main. Several alternatives were discussed and highlighted in this master plan that was aimed at increasing reliability of the Town of Littletonís primary drinking water supply main built in 1903. The report concluded that the cast iron water main is generally in very good condition with little if any wear. Problem areas are generally at the lead joint as they will loosen and leak with any movement of the earth. The proposed section to relocate is about 12,000 feet and sustains the highest system operating pressure in a difficult terrain to access overland. Some sections of the pipeline adjacent to the river traverse through a steep grade that is hydraulically active causing movement downward towards the river. The terrain movement can and has created leaks generally at the joint. The proposed project will relocate the water from the easement to the towns (Bethlehem) right of way mitigating access constraints.

Mr. Sorrell stated that leaks in this area are difficult to repair and generally require a fair amount of hand shoveling to prepare the site. Typically the water main is only buried a few feet deep though some sections are exposed and visible. The majority of the leaks that occur on the transmission main are generally in this section of water main where the water pressure is the highest.

Mr. Considine stated that the NHDES is still in the process of developing the rules and procedures with regard to disbursing the drinking water trust fund money and that the initial plan appeared complicated.

Following some general discussions relative to the proposed projects timeline, permitting, and phasing construction pending availability of funds Mr. Dufresne excused himself from the meeting at about 2:10 p.m.

GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:

Commissioner Goodell signed two (2) forms provided by the auditors 1) auditors engagement letter of understanding and (2) a questionnaire relative to the BOC governance or oversight with regard to fraud deterrence and prevention. Mr. Considine also had to sign the auditorís engagement letter attesting to full disclosure of all financial documents requested by the auditors was provided by the management team.

ADJOURNMENT:

Commissioner Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
Commissioner Ross.

The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.

Meeting adjourned at 2:35 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.


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