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, December 6, 2010 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins, Operations Manager Richard Herrington and Administrative Assistant Sharon Hampson.
The minutes of November 15, 2010 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.
The vote was in favor 2-0-0.
Jan Edick stated he had a basic copy of a 2002 Wellhead Protection Area Delineation report prepared by Weston & Sampson Engineers, but it did not contain appendices A through E. If the appendices were available a copy would be useful. Mrs. Wilkins said Mr. Herrington looked for information this morning and has not found a complete report. Mr. Edick was also looking for information about the Brickyard well monitoring and testing that did/did not take place back in 1982/1983 blasting for I-93 project. He suspects that testing may not have been completed at that time. Richard Herrington stated that NHDES may have that information in their records but doubts that LWL would still have that information. Commissioner Ross suggested he read through LWL’s minutes. Mr. Edick stated his wife has and could not find any records. Commissioner Moore stated that the Brickyard well has higher content of radon, but does not know of any other problems. Mr. Edick stated the well is regarded as a super well, something special. If there is any information pertaining to the well Mr. Edick would like to have copies. Commissioner Moore indicated if there is any information that can be located he may have copies. Mr. Edick has been gathering information on the well for the past six months and would just like to see the process work.
Dave McLure spoke with the BOC regarding his property at 46 North Littleton Road. He provides the business at that location with water service since he owns the real estate. The building was built in 1979 and in 1980 they connected to town water. Approximately one month ago McLures Honey & Maple Products was notified by the LWL department of excessive water usage. Kevin Sorrell spent a lot of time assisting the customer in searching for the location of the leak but being a plastic line LWL did not have the proper equipment to help any further. They would need to contact a firm that has leak detection equipment. Mr. McLure recently had a 500’ well drilled with approximately 4.5 gallons a minute, which he feels may do the job in lieu of fixing the existing line that is leaking. Mr. McLure requested the water connection to the LWL system stay in place. He would like to have a back up system and said he is not asking to keep both on at once. If the well does not provide an adequate supply then he would like to be able to switch back to LWL system. Commissioner Moore stated he did not see a problem. Mr. Herrington said that he and Kevin Sorrell discussed the issue and were concerned that the water line that is leaking could have a cross contamination issue with the ground water and / or the new well. Mr. McLure said the valve could be shut off at the pit and that there is an RPZ there. Mr. Herrington stated that he would not consider the RPZ 100% effective and explained that if we shut the water off when the well is being used, when we turn it back on the line will have to be flushed to prevent any ground contaminants from entering our system. Mr. McLure stated the plumbing in the plant should be done this week and the proper testing of the well completed. There will be two valves to separate the two water sources. Mr. McLure said they will pay the monthly fee just to keep the existing town water line as a back up.
Veronica Francis asked the BOC if she could keep her water running again this year at her residence on 15 Hillside Avenue. Mrs. Francis explained she is still in a lawsuit with the Beal House Inn. Commissioner Moore stated he would have to refrain from voting since there is a conflict of interest with him being on the Zoning Board. Commissioner Moore stated since Mr. Goodell is not here and two votes are needed a decision could not be made. Mr. Herrington suggested that she may want to start running her water anyways due to the depth of the line.
Ken Mosedale explained he has been working on an approved 10 lot subdivision on Railroad Street. Initially it was going to be a 15-20 unit mobile home park until he met with the Fire Chief and was told a hydrant would need to be installed. The installation of an 8” water line and hydrant may add too much cost to the project. Mr. Mosedale asked Mr. Herrington if he ran an 8” to feed the proposed hydrant and keep 10 lots could he simply take a 1” tap off of that to each lot and when would the connection fee be required? Was the cost for a 1” tap $2,300? Mr. Herrington stated he could check and make sure of the correct fee. The fee would be dependant on the meter size and be required separately for each lot when the water was connected and turned on for each customer. Also, the 8” line would need to go to the end of the development where the hydrant would also be located so the whole line could be flushed and bled off.
Mr. Herrington said that he and Tom Considine already agreed that a meter pit could be installed at the property line and the customer could install a private water line for the MHP. Mr. Herrington stated he has not seen the letter prepared by the Fire Chief regarding the hydrant.
OPERATIONS MANAGER REPORT:
Mr. Herrington stated the filter at Gale River is being cleaned today.
Mr. Herrington explained to the BOC that Fairpoint sent a contract that needs to be reviewed and signed regarding another client wanting pole space.
Mr. Herrington explained that the town may be replacing the sewer on High Street and recommended that LWL budget funds for replacement of the water line during that time. The section would be from Pleasant Street to Jackson Street, about 700 feet.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending October with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Mrs. Wilkins discussed the capital equipment and project list for 2011.
Discussion on Oak Hill reservoir replacement project. Commissioner Moore recommends continuing through with project until the people of Littleton vote at town meeting then go from there. Commissioner Ross agreed.
Commissioner Moore explained that Representative Rusty Bulis was inquiring about Littleton’s electric average consumption. This is in reference to new DC line that Hydro Quebec is proposing to build through New Hampshire. Commissioner Ross stated that electric data is public knowledge. Commissioner Moore just wanted LWL to know about it.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 2-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:57 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.