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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 2020

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Regular Meeting Jul 6, 2020

The regularly scheduled business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Director of Finance Lori Hogan and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the June 15, 2020 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Sweet.

The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1

Commissioner Cooper did not attend the June 15, 2020 and abstained from the vote.

CUSTOMER AND PUBIC CONCERNS:

Due to limited available space in the LWL conference room public may participate in a LWL BOC meeting in the following ways: 1) preferred method is to address the BOC through audio conference provided by Microsoft Office 365, 2) the BOC may be addressed in-person by requesting an appointment and pass the Covid-19 screening to access the meeting one (1) person at a time as social distancing space in the LWL conference room is limited to six (6) people.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Superintendent Considine introduced Mr. Paul Morin to the BOC. Paul has been working for Eversource Energy for many years as a line worker after starting off as a meter reader; he began his career with LWL today. He is backfilling the first-class line workers position recently vacated by the retirement of long-time employee Eric Hesseltine.

2. Commissioner Sweet made motion that the meeting move into nonpublic session to discuss a potential legal matter in accordance with to RSA 91-A:3, II(e), seconded by Commissioner Ross. A roll call vote was solicited. Commissioner Sweet – Yes, Commissioner Ross-Yes, and Commissioner Cooper-Yes

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

Entered NPS at 1:10 PM

Returned to public session at 2:55 PM

FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:

Mrs. Hogan discussed LWL’s 457 pretax differed compensation plan with the BOC. The existing plan does not allow in-service employees to withdraw their contributions without retiring first from LWL. As LWL does not contribute to the plan Mrs. Hogan asked the BOC to consider authorizing a change to the plan that would allow in-service employees the option to withdraw their contributions and remain working for LWL.

Commissioner Ross made a motion to authorize a change in LWL’s base 457 plan to allow in-service employees the option to remove their contribution before officially retiring from LWL, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. VELCO has recently completed two (2) of the three (3) sections along LWL line 30 easements (electrical supply line) in regard to managing the vegetative growth. As of Thursday, July 3rd the easement section from Pattenville breaker (near Moore Dam) to Slate Ledge Road is completed. As a result of other time sensitive operating priorities, the crew is being re-tasked for the next month and will postponed work on LWL lines until sometime in August. The final section between Slate Ledge and Lafayette substation will then be completed.

2. Grant funds in the amount of $20,000 were received by LWL from the NHDES regarding LWL completing the asset management plan for the water system.

3. The NHPUC provide about $23,500 to LWL through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) clearinghouse auction. LWL will redistribute these funds in August 2020 as a rebate to eligible electric customers.

4. LWL is developing a water emergency and drought plan for inclusion in the Rules and Regulations for the LWL water division. A draft will be presented at a later BOC meeting for review and eventually accepted and added to LWL’s water ordinances. Though LWL has no official drought management plan/document the system has been very fortunate that it has not needed one. Most LWL water customers have acted responsible and have accommodated LWL requests to slow down and restrict their water consumption and conserve voluntarily. American Water Work Association and the NHDES have provided the plan templates for LWL to follow.


GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:

1. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the Independent Auditors fiscal report for the year ended 2019 as presented by Vochon Clukay, Seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

2. Work to remove the abandon dam on the South Branch of the Gale River is progressing well and the contract bid documents are ready. The NH Fish and Game (NHFG) is officially supporting the project which will restore the river and open the tributary by providing $50,000 toward the project.

Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the NHFG grant offer, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

3. Commissioner Ross made a motion that Superintendent Considine be authorized to execute all documents on behalf of LWL BOC regarding administering the NHFG grant, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Ross 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 3:28 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.


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