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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 Oct 7, 2019

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the September 16, 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:

The NH Public Utilities Commission winter disconnection rules for electric and water customers were discussed. The rule takes place annually on or about November 15th (may be sooner, weather dependent) and remains in effect until March 31st. These rules generally govern increased protection for heat affected residential properties with regard to procedures for disconnecting a delinquent customer for nonpayment during this period (winter months).


SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. A representative from Green Street Power may attend the October 21, 2019 BOC meeting to discuss a proposed utility scale solar array that they would like to install on Mannís Hill. He would like to discuss a purchase power agreement (PPA) with the BOC and evaluate whether or not it is a mutually feasible project.

2. The BOC reviewed a letter that LWL will send to Plan NH in regard to the recently held charrette planning meeting. The letter will provide Plan NH with additional information with regard to the Lafayette well site property and the proposed rail to trail corridor. Following some discussion Commissioner Sweet made a motion to approve the content of the letter as drafted and that it be sent as proposed, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

3. Littleton Police Chief made a request that LWL install a flood light to illuminate the area between the DPW and LFD. The light would be turned on during special events to enhance the safety of the pedestrians when the parking lot is full of vehicle and pedestrians.

LPD is going to speak with an electrician about installing a switch and lock that will be controlled by the LPD. The light will be energized as needed for special events and at the discretion of the LPD.

4. LWL is planning to conduct several exploratory excavations at three (3) different locations to confirm that water is leaking from the water main. This week repair activities are planned for a leak near 320 West Main St. and on Pine Street. Repair activities are scheduled for October 22nd on Main Street for repairs to what is expected to be a broken shut off at the intersection of Elm Street. With the exception of the Pine Street leak that surfaced following recent construction activities in the area, the others were found and identified during the leak detection survey that took place in July and confirmed by LWL personnel.

5. The variable frequency drive (VFD) motor control was recently installed by NH Electric Motors at the Goss pump station and the motors appear to be working well. When the telemetry system is repaired (damaged by lightning strike) the motor controls can be adjusted to smoothly transition the pump between stop and start to manage the water level in the tank more efficiently.

6. Several foresters from VELCO with assistance provided by LWL personnel conducted a terrain survey of the overhead electrical easement between the Pattenville substation (LWL attachment point to the electric grid) and Lafayette Avenue substation (end of 34.5 kV sub transmission line). The condition of the vegetative cover materials and danger trees were assessed and noted by the foresters. Trees and brush that posed an immediate danger to the overhead lines were addressed by LWL. The condition of the easement and particular areas of concern will be addressed by VELCO in their written report as well as a suggested maintenance action plan.

7. Bids have been solicited from Crosstown Motors and Littleton Chevrolet with regard to replacing LWL truck 6 (1-ton) and 12 (half ton). Several different vehicle packages were requested and will be evaluated by LWL personnel.


GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:

1. The BOC reviewed and discussed scope of work and cost estimate proposal submitted by Geosphere Environmental Management. Geosphere proposes to conduct a stepped pumped test on Lafayette Well B to gauge the wells sustained productivity (yield) and water quality for a total estimate cost of $45, 387.

Commissioner Ross commented that without a pump test the true capacity of the well cannot be established and that the pump test is needed. Following some additional discussion Commissioner Sweet made to motion to accept the Geosphere bid for the pump tests, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

Vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.

2. Commissioner Ross asked when Daymark Energy would present their findings with regard to the 115 kV Eversource interconnection economics and the cost of maintaining a redundant back-up supply with National Grid and when the RFPs for the 2021-2023 wholesale power supply procurement would take place.

Superintendent Considine stated that he would contact Daymark and get them to commit to a meeting to brief the BOC.

ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Sweet 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 2:15 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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