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, July 1, 2019 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the June 17, 2019 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Sweet made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:
Ms. Taryn Casagni and Ms. Jessica Williams stated that they were curious about LWL and wanted to learn more about the organization and its mission. Ms. Williams stated that she is a school teacher at Profile HS and had the time off this summer and noticed that the meetings were public.
The BOC discussed and explain LWL’s organizational structure and how the charters enabling legislation was formed and voted into law back in 1903. The BOC also discussed LWL’s mission and its relationship to the Town of Littleton and explained that LWL has over one (100) hundred customers that live in the abutting communities that do not pay taxes to Littleton.
Following some additional back and forth discussion Ms. Casagni and Ms. Williams asked if they could stay and observe the remainder of the meeting.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
The year ended 2018 financial audit is complete and the auditors have provided LWL with their opinion. As the reports were just recently provided for review the BOC will discuss at a future meeting.
Commissioner Sweet stated that he will not be present at the next BOC meeting due to a previous commitment though he has had the opportunity to review the final audit report and opinion for the year ended 2018. As the BOC plans to approve and accepts the year-end financial audit report at their July 15th meeting Commissioner Sweet stated that he votes in the affirmative to approve and accept the report as presented.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The results of the leak detection survey was made available to LWL and shared with the BOC. The report annotated fifteen (15) areas or potential leaks that LWL field crews will investigate in greater detail. Once LWL crews have had the opportunity to focus on these areas a determination will be made if further exploration is warranted. LWL has already determined that several of the reported sites are leaking on customer service lines. Affected customers will be notified in person and will receive a letter providing them with thirty (30) days to make the needed/schedule repairs. The report estimates that about 122 GPMs (175,680 gallons each day) of water is leaking at these 15 sites.
2. LWL personnel are making good progress upgrading the equipment at the Burndy Substation relative to the 15 kV conversion project. The concrete flat work was recently completed and the new substation transformer and regulators will be placed on their new concrete bases.
3. LWL submitted with the assistance of Dufresne Engineering a pre-application for the State Revolving Loan grant funding in regard to installing a 12-inch water main under the Ammonoosuc River at the Bethlehem Hollow (Phase 1). This project is a small though major component of relocating the water transmission main to more stable ground.
4. LWL met with Horizons Engineering in regard to phase 4A of the LIDC proposal to construct a road and bring utilities into their property behind the Littleton transfer station. LWL has about a 2.5 – 3 acre parcel reserve for a potential new 115 kV step substation and interconnection.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
1. Mr. Considine advised the BOC that they will be briefed at a future BOC meeting with regard to a proposal to install a utility scale solar array system (20-30 MW) and interconnect to LWL sub transmission line. The project representative wants to wheel the solar generated power back into the grid from the array supposedly located on Merrill property off State Ledge Road.
2. Commissioner Sweet stated that he met with Franco Rossi (Select board Chairperson) in regard to recent email exchanges between the Towns Financial Director and someone from the NH Department of Revenue Administration with regard to LWL’s budgetary authority. Commissioner Sweet stated that he discussed the past history of this topic and the results of the town’s attempt back in 1993. The subject of the email was to direct LWL to submit their annual operating budget to the town for inclusion with the town meeting which is diametrically opposed to the LWL enabling legislation. It was agreed that both chairpersons of the Select board and BOC would meet to discuss the subject and origins of these emails.
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 2:20 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.