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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 2019

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Regular Meeting Jan 7, 2019

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 07, 2019 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

Note: Commissioner Cooper was present via conference call on the telephone.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the December 17, 2018 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Sweet made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. A decision has been made and an employment offer presented with regard to hiring a new Utility Technician. Once the successful candidate accepts LWLís employment offer the name of the candidate will be made public. The expected start date should be around the week of Martin Luther King holiday.

2. Mr. Eugene Lynch, First Class Lineperson, recently provided LWL written notice that he intends to retire at the end of February 2019. Gene came to LWL in November 2000 as a seasoned journeyman line worker.

3. Mrs. Amy Hicks, Operations Clerk, un-expectantly gave notice last week that she was leaving LWL. Amy started as the Customer Service Representative in November 2008; her last day of employment was Friday, January 4, 2019.

Recruitment efforts are underway to fill the vacancies left by both Gene and Amyís departure.

4. LWL was notified and confirmed an active water leak on the Bethlehem Road (US 302) just west of the Remich Street. The quantity and location of the leak did not appear to be impacting traffic safety or system operations therefore; the decision was made to wait until the next day to make the repair to better coordinate effort.

5. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds that were supposed to be distributed in January 2019 by LWL are being deferred until the funds are made available by the NHPUC.

6. The State of NH electric consumption tax is no longer charged by LWL and collected by the NH Department of Revenue Administration. The line item has been removed from all LWL monthly statements. Though this will have minimal impact on residential customers as the tax was tied to consumption (kWh used) large commercial customers will see their bills reduced by 55 cents per thousand (1000) kWh used.

GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:

1. Superintendent Considine stated that LWL was approved for the 2019 Asset Management Planning Grant for the water system (see NHDES letter dated December 27, 2018). To be awarded the funds LWL must enter into an agreement with the NHDES, LWL BOC must vote to enter into an agreement with the NHDES and accept the terms of the grant and then the grant funds must be approved by NH Governor and Counsel prior to project startup.

Commissioner Sweet made a motion that LWL enter into a grant agreement with the NHDES to fund asset management and financial planning initiative through a matching grant program and to authorize Thomas Considine to execute and administer the grant program on behalf of the LWL, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

Commissioner Ross signed a Certificate of Vote of Authorization and the document was notarized attesting to the preceding motion and vote.

2. Commissioner Cooper asked when the final 2018 year end number would be ready for review. Mrs. Wilkins stated that most accounts have closed but that accounts payable will remain open most likely until early February 2019 as the month ended November 2018 is still open. This is about the time that the auditors will most likely be arriving to conduct the end of year (2018) fiscal audit.

ADJOURNMENT:

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 1:35 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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