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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 Sep 21, 2020

The regularly scheduled business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday,
September 21, 2020 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Director of Finance Lori Hogan (Remotely) and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the September 14, 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 3-0-0

APPOINTMENTS:

Mr. Considine introduced Mr. Elijah Emmerson (LWL power supply attorney) from Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer to the BOC. Mr. Considine suggested that the meeting be moved to nonpublic session (NPS) to discuss a matter that may involve a potential litigation matter.

Commissioner Cooper made a motion to enter nonpublic session in accordance with
RSA 91-A:3, II(e). Seconded by Commissioner Ross

Commissioner Sweet called for a roll call vote to enter in nonpublic session.
Commissioner Sweet Ė Yes, Commissioner Ross- Yes and Commissioner Cooper-Yes.

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

Entered nonpublic session at 1:03 p.m.

Public session reconvened at 1:57 p.m.

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. The Right of Way (ROW) easement maintenance being managed by the Vermont Electric Company is progressing well. The activity is expected to be heading toward US 302/ Meadow Street by the end of this week. The final section to be completed is from Meadow Street to Lafayette Avenue. The budget will be checked at the end of September 2020 to review expenses relative to budget appropriation.

2. The work to remove the dam and restore the South Branch of the Gale River is nearing substantial completion. Final slope grading, shaping, and seeding will most likely be completed by the end of September 2020.

GENERAL/OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Considine discussed the current drought situation affecting the entire state and the impact it is having on LWL. According to the NHDES the Littleton area is in a moderate to server drought condition due to the lack of any appreciable rain fall.

LWL water (surface) supply though historically lower than normal is not at a critical level. The Brickyard Well has not operated outside its typical maintenance cycle as prolonged operations may negatively impact neighboring private dug well systems. Several local dug wells throughout the area, especially in the higher terrain have already run dry as the water table has dropped significantly.

Based on the available information LWL manager in unison with the Chief water operator contacted local newspapers and ads were placed to request that people conserve their drinking water. Non-essential watering such as watering lawns and wash their cars should stop. Though typically this time of year water use diminishes the conservation measure will help educate the community if the drought persists throughout the winter into next spring.

The BOC agreed that based on the available information and lack of rain that conservation measures and community outreach are reasonable mitigation measures at this time. Following some additional discussion about LWLís propose draft water management plan Commissioner Cooper made a motion to ratify the public notification and outreach measures taken to date advising the public to conserve their drinking water, seconded by Commissioner Ross.

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

MEETING 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 2:35 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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