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 business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Director of Finance Lori Hogan and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the July 20, 2020 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
1. Mrs. Hogan reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended June 2020 with the Commissioners. Several variances as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Hogan. It appears that any surplus realized by LWL in 2019 will be depleted in 2020 as a direct result of the covid-19 rebates and declining sales.
2. Mrs. Hogan stated that she is preparing a tally of expenses that were incurred during LWL covid-19 response to reopen under Stay at Home 2.0. This amount (about $12,400) will be added to the Town of Littletonís authorized reimbursement submittal to the State of NH. If approved by the state it is expected that LWL will recoup those expenses from the State of NH through the Town of Littleton.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
On call personnel responded to a catastrophic water main break on Redington Street near Nelsons service garage on Saturday, August 1 at about 6:30 a.m. A section of the water main (about 30-inch long and 10-inch) completely failed and produced a temporary high flow condition of more than 1,000 GPM. Fortunately, the on-call crew responded immediately and had the break isolated in about 30 minutes. It is not known why the pipe failed in this manner. Previous breaks in this same section/area were induced by others incorrectly shutting off valves flowing at a high rate.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
1. The reconstruction of the west end of Littleton Main Street between Saranac Street and West Main Street (Phase 2) is being discussed. The North Country Investment Corporation (NCIC) is working on various grant funding opportunities for the Town of Littleton in association with this project. When this section was discussed several years ago LWL committed funds toward the replacement of the water main to increase the size/capacity of the water main from 8-inch to 12-inch for water quality purposes. The town/NCIC grant writer are inquiring if LWL would offer any funds that they could include in the grant application to support the project.
Following some general discussion relative to the project timeline and any LWL involvement, no action was taken by the BOC.
2. Commissioner Ross asked about the wholesale power supply open position going into 2021 and if a procurement was planned for this year?
Mr. Considine stated that he has a planned phone call this week with Daymark Energy to discuss the large solar array impact and power supply procurement. Documents will be placed in the BOC boxes annotating the hedge levels that the LWL power supply is currently at.
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 2-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:05 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.