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 22, 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.
The minutes of the January 7, 2019 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Sweet.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:
Mr. Scott Farquharson the co-owner of the Greenwood Acre property met with Mr. Considine recently and asked if LWL was involved in the planning process with regard to the proposed new Littleton Elementary School.
Mr. Farquharson stated that he recently spoke with the Littleton Schools SAU with regard to studying the Greenwood Acre property again as a potential location for the new elementary school.
Mr. Considine replied that he has spoken previously with Horizons Engineering in regard to the work required to bring water and electrical infrastructure into this area to support this project.
Mr. Farquharson asked if LWL was still planning to connect the water main between Oak Hill Avenue and Tuck Lane in light of the school pending plans.
Mr. Considine stated that LWL is planning to survey the route between Oak Hill Avenue and Tuck lane and probe for ledge in 2019, with a potential construction date in 2020. If LWL does complete construction as planned the installed water system would be designed to support future development in that area.
Note: LWL proposed a loop interconnection to address water quality compliance concerns (stagnation) in the Rock Strain service area in compliance with the Lead and Copper rule under the EPA Safe Drinking Water Act.
Following some additional discussion with regard to LWL timeline and the proposed building of a new school the BOC agreed that LWL should continue with its original plans. The interconnecting of Oak Hill Avenue with Tuck Lane is to improve water quality compliance and has nothing to do with the schools future relocation plans though there will be some shared water infrastructure.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
1. Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended November 2018 with the Commissioners. Several variances as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
2. Mrs. Wilkins informed the BOC that the auditors from Vachon Clukay and Company are scheduled to be at LWL on February 4th, 5th, and 6th for the 2018 fiscal year-end audit.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The documents for acceptance of the Asset Management grant have been submitted to the NHDES to be processed. Grant authorization is expected sometime in March after being approved for funding by NH Governor and Counsel.
2. A meeting is scheduled on February 8, 2019 in Manchester with Eversource to continue discussion relative to LWL’s master plan proposal to build a new step down substation in the Littleton Industrial Park behind the transfer station. The proposed substation would be connected to the Eversource U-199 115 kV transmission line on town owned land abutting the existing power line easement.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
The BOC discussed the compensation of the non-union and exempted employees of the LWL. It was agreed that the BOC would take into consideration documents such as the America Public Power Association “Wage and Salaries” annual survey and the US Departments of Labor Consumer Price Index (CPI) when suggesting and or approving an appropriate Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) or other change in wages.
Commissioner Sweet made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:15 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.