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, May 02, 2011 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell and Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins, Operations Manager Richard Herrington and Administrative Assistant Sharon Hampson.
The minutes of April 18, 2011 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.
Barbara Mack-Keeney, Event Co-Chair for the Relay for Life came before the BOC as was suggested by the Police Chief and Fire Chief regarding LWL mailing out a flyer for Relay for Life. Ms. Mack-Keeney explained they have held this event in the past at the Norton Pike field, which they have outgrown. This year it will be held at Remich Park and they would like to notify the surrounding residents. Commissioner Ross said it was a wonderful program, however, it is the policy that insert with the billings is strictly for the Town of Littleton. She thanked the BOC for their time.
Bruce Hadlock wanted to make the BOC aware of the closing of Pine Tree Power. He expressed some thoughts of opportunities for LWL to acquire an alternate source of power for the town. Pine Tree Power employs approximately 30 people and Mr. Hadlock stated he would not like to see the loss of jobs as well as the impact on the loggers. He stated that it might be a possibility that an organization like NCIC might return as an investor. Mr. Hadlock felt the line from Comerford, that currently supplies the town, is frayed and having another line to supply the town could be used as a back up.
Mr. Hadlock suggested the BOC consult with someone to see if this is feasible. Commissioner Ross stated a big issue would be a significant cost in the infrastructure. The BOC agreed to contact La Capra Associates for investigating any opportunities.
OPERATIONS MANAGER REPORT:
1. NH Department of Environmental Services sent a letter asking if LWL would voluntarily do sampling of our water supply for dioxane. Samples would be taken at Brickyard and Gale River with an approximate cost of $100-$175. The BOC agreed to do the voluntary sampling.
2. He will be getting a building permit for the new chlorinator building on Railroad Street.
3. While Kevin Sorrell was doing his water route he walked in to 3 acres burning near the Oak Hill Reservoir. He reported the fire to the LFD. LWL had a limb across the primary line up towards the service line to Profile Broadcasting but the line crew did not feel that this was the cause of the fire. LWL had to do an outage to repair a segment of the line.
4. The line crews are finishing up the separation of utilities near Hadlock Agency.
5. The line crews will start upgrading the distribution line on Saranac Street.
6. Follow up phone calls have been received from Cecil Smith with Polar Solar and Dennis Wagner regarding net metering. Mr. Herrington stated he will continue reviewing policies and procedures of different companies that already have implemented net metering programs.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending March with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Commissioner Goodell inquired if LWL has received documents from the town regarding the Oak Hill reservoir replacement. Commissioner Moore stated that he received the documents for LWL.
Commissioner Goodell stated that some money has been reinstated to the Littleton Parks and Recreation Departments. At this time the BOC has agreed to table any decision on the request by the Park Commissioners.
Commissioner Moore asked what the status was on the Redington Street bridge project. Mr. Herrington stated the project is progressing along with no problems at this time. Kevin Sorrell has been making necessary adjustments on the system at Railroad Street to provide additional flow. The pressure may increase slightly.
In accordance with the LWL enabling legislation of March 1903 the LWL BOC reorganized their officers for 2011 Ė 2012 as follows:
Commissioner Ross nominates Commissioner Goodell for President.
Seconded by Commissioner Moore. Commissioner Goodell accepted the nomination.
Vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Commissioner Goodell nominates Commissioner Moore for Secretary.
Seconded by Commissioner Ross. Commissioner Moore accepted the nomination.
Vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Superintendent Considine will remain Treasurer (non-voting). BOC agreed.
An official notice and BOC minutes of the LWL BOC reorganization will be sent to the Town Clerk following the acceptance of these minutes.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 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.