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 Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of July 6, 2010 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
1. The BOC reviewed a letter submitted by a customer that was disconnected for non-payment and is contesting the $35.00 reconnect fee. The customer via correspondences stated that the arrearage amount was minimal and in his opinion, did not warrant disconnect in the first place. The meter person was only at the house for a few minutes and that the amount of the fee was excessive for what was done. He was writing to request that the reconnect fee be waived and that the fee be credited to his account.
Mrs. Kenney (Office Manager) discussed the letter with the BOC and stated that she had spent over thirty (30) minutes with this individual explaining the process with him. The customer in question opened an account on a credit reference earlier this year and has not paid on the account. Though the dollar amount was not excessive the account showed no payment history in four (4) months, which facilitates a disconnect notice in accordance with LWL policy.
The BOC agreed that this customer was treated fair and equitable and denied the customers request for reimbursement of the $35.00 reconnect fee.
2. Superintendent Considine advised the BOC that the hydrant was replaced at the road junction of Old County Road and Meadow Street in the vicinity of the new McDonalds restaurant. The entire hydrant was replaced to minimize repair cost as the person that caused the damage did not have automotive insurance.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. Several sites were repaired at the Gale River (headwaters) dam last week that had previously been damaged by water scour during high turbulent flows. More that 100 yards of fractured rock was placed to reinforce the intake screen, a wing wall at the gate house and the toe on the sluice way apron. More than 400 yards of river gravel and debris was removed from behind the dam itself which increased the volume of water behind the splash boards by about 25%.
The BOC reviewed a slide show picture presentation that showed the finish work areas. The old vacancy house was demolished while the machinery was on site and the debris taken to the landfill. Samples were taken and tests were conducted on the roofing and exterior siding of the deteriorated structure revealing that the debris was not hazardous and suitable for solid fill.
2. The NH Office on Energy and Planning recently approved the Oak Hill Reservoir replacement project. This is another step toward the USDA federal grant eligibility approval.
3. Several reports have been received in regard to stale or musty water in the Mt. Eustis Pressure zone which the Department believes is attributed to the temperature of the water in the reservoir. The daily consumption from the Mt. Eustis tank is about 30,000 gallons or about 2% of the tanks total volume which may not be satisfactory due to the warmer water temperatures. The Department plans to activate the 3Ē recirculation valve in the basement of Goss Pump and re-circulate about 100 GPM from Mt. Eustis reservoir back into the gravity system, increasing the water turnover rate in the reservoir. Minor adjustments will be made over the next several days to determine the operational effect the recirculation might have on the system.
4. Work on the Highland Avenue culvert is scheduled to begin next week. LWL still requires about sixteen (16) more hours to complete the water main connection under the structure. An exact date as to LWL work schedule is to be determined.
Mrs. Wilkins discussed the status of the slow sand filtration grant with the BOC. The filtration grant forgives 20% of the yearly principal and interest balance and an additional 15% is forgiven through the Disadvantaged System Program. LWL will make the 2010 payment to the State of NH in September and the 20% will be returned to the LWL through the grant process shortly thereafter. Both the filtration grant and Disadvantaged System program are combined and managed in connection with the NHDES State Revolving Fund loan program.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.
The above read and approved.
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.