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) began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Director of Finance and Human Resources Lori Hogan and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the October 5, 2020 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:
1. Mrs. Hogan reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended August 2020 with the Commissioners. Several variances as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Hogan.
2. Mrs. Hogan reviewed the Quick Response (QR) codes with the BOC. The QR code will provide customers digital access through their cell phone to LWLís payment gateway. The codes will be placed in the customer lobby.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. LWL personnel responded to numerous outages and trouble calls beginning early Saturday (10/17/2020). Heavy wet snow accumulated on trees that had not yet shed their leaf canopy. As the storm progressed branches and some trees fell onto overhead power lines causing the outages. The area in the higher elevations throughout LWL service area took the brunt of the storm. Though many locations sustained some damage it was minimal, except for one (1) broken pole the damage was manageable which facilitated repairs. All power was restored by about 8:00 p.m. Saturday night.
2. The NH Public Utilities Commission recently distributed the proceeds from the forty-ninth (49) Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction to LWL for distribution. Eligible LWL customers will receive a rebate (credit) in the amount of $4.98/1,000 kWh in their November 2020 LWL statement.
3. The major work effort to remove the dam and restore the South Branch of the Gale River was completed on September 28, 2020. Except for two (2) items, miscellaneous clean-up, and the establishment period (vegetative growth/cover) all bid items have been paid to the contractor that amounted to $410,742. A final project/partner walk through is scheduled for the week of October 26, 2020. The final payment application (No 5), release of the contractor bond(s) and the termination of the special permit between LWL and USFS will be discussed. Final hard cost to LWL are expected to be minimal. Commission Sweet stated that he would like to attend the final meeting.
Project progress photographs were presented to the BOC in a lengthy slideshow. The photos depicted the different stages of the dam removal and river channel restoring effort from project beginning to end.
There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Cooper 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.