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Regular Meeting Jul 6, 2021

The regularly scheduled business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) began at 11:00 a.m. on July 6, 2021, in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Linda MacNeil, Director of Finance Lori Hogan, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the June 21, 2021, regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting were reviewed. As a quorum was not present to approve the minutes, no action was taken.

LWL COMMISSION – OFFICER REORGANIZATION:

Commissioner Ross welcomed Linda MacNeil to the LWL Board of Commissioners. As a result of the June 28, 2021 appointment of a new commissioner by the Board of Selectmen LWL needs to reorganized their officers for 2021-2022 in accordance with LWL’s enabling legislation. (Written notice will be provided to the Littleton town clerk certifying the LWL board reorganization once the minutes are approved).

Commissioner Ross nominated Commissioner Cooper for board president/chairperson, seconded by Commissioner MacNeil. Commissioner Cooper accepted the nomination.

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

Commissioner Cooper recommended that Commissioner Ross remain as board secretary and that Superintendent Considine remain LWL’s Treasurer, seconded by Commissioner MacNeil. Both nominees accepted the nomination.

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

APPOINTMENTS:

Commissioner Cooper recognized Mrs. Veronica Francis representing Notchnet, Inc. Mrs. Francis presented a proposal to the BOC and presented a short overview of her company (Notchnet), the development of the GoLittleton.com website and her participation and experience as serving as a member on the Littleton Industrial Development Corporation (LIDC).

Mrs. Francis emphasized her appreciation for all LWL’s contributions to the town and the many economic development projects they assist with throughout the year.

Notchnet has managed the LWL website for the past fifteen (15) years and stated that the website is due to be upgraded and could use additional content to present more of LWL’s current projects and goals. She reviewed the Notchnet proposal which is to conduct a web marketing promotion project over the next six (6) months for a cost of $5,000. Notchnet would provide these services which would highlight all the positive contribution that LWL does for the community. The goal would be to increase and portray LWL image in a positive light and to increase public support and awareness plus emphasize the importance of LWL and the benefits to the community that it has historically and continues to provide.

Short video snippets would be created with involvement and support of LWL staff. The snippets would be produced by Notchnet and post on littletonwaterandlight.org.

Following some additional discussion Commissioner MacNeil made a motion to accept the Notchnet proposal to provide public relations service to LWL for a cost of $5,000 over the next six months. Seconded by Commissioner Ross.

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

Mrs. Francis stated that she will work with Mrs. Hogan to facilitate the project, thanked the BOC for their time and support and exited the meeting.


DIRECTOR of FINANCE and HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:

1. Mrs. Hogan presented an update to the BOC about the continuing Department of Labor (DOL) safety on-site inspection. The DOL inspector is scheduled to return on July 16, 2021, to complete the inspection of the remaining facilities in Bethlehem. Many of the items noted during the inspectors first visit have been resolved or mitigated by LWL Staff.

2. Primex (LWL property & liability coverage carrier) on June 28, 2021, notified LWL of coverage changes and costs increase being passed on to their customer for 2021-2022. The increases are significantly above their previous estimates and are the direct result of recent losses associated with cybersecurity claims and threat activity targeting public sector due to vulnerability and ability to impact large groups. The increased cost will likely exceed LWL budget projections.

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. LWL through the American Water Works Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has registered for and was accepted to participate in a free and confidential onsite Cyber security Assessment.

As a result of the increase cyber threat and recent malware attacks the EPA has engaged the services of the Horsley Witten Group (HWG). The HWG located in Sandwich, MA was engaged by the EPA as their regional contractor and will conduct a desktop assessment for LWL on July 22, 2021. Technical assistance and training will be provided to LWL based on the results of the assessment and recommendation provided.

2. The NH Public Utilities Commission recently distributed the proceeds from the fifty-second (52) Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Cap and Trade Auction to LWL for disbursement in the amount of about $34,648. Eligible LWL customers will receive a rebate (credit) in the amount of $5.98/1,000 kWh applied to their July 2021 LWL statement.

GENERAL/OTHER BUSINESS:

Daymark Energy advisors presented LWL with the results of a recent request for a proposal solicitation to provide LWL with wholesale power resources for the remainder of 2021. The RFP which consisted of resources to cover about 3,521 MWh of LWL open position was bid at a price of $52.20/ MWh. This price is about a $1.00/MWh more than expected when Daymark brief the BOC at their May meeting.

Following some additional discussion Daymark will be contacted and request that they resolicit bids again and review power supply resources for calendar year 2022 with an anticipate solicitation date later this fall.

MEETING ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Commissioner MacNeil.

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

Meeting adjourned at 12:38 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.


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