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, October 5, 2015 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the September 21, 2015 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Mr. & Mrs. Putney of 29 Redington Street requested an exception to policy due to a financial hardship in regard to repairing their water service line.
Superintendent Considine stated that the service line to their property is a galvanized steel line that is leaking in the street. As this is an older line no service (curb) stand was installed, and in-accordance-with (IAW) LWL policy the “owner is responsible for all repairs between the water main and the house in the absence of the curb stand.”
Typically in similar situations the owners would be notified (verbally or written) and given thirty (30) days before the department would terminate service. The water line needs to be repaired before the problem becomes worse and winter is approaching. If the water surfaces a potential traffic safety hazard could exist. As the owners have no financial means to make the required repairs IAW LWL policy Superintendent Considine suggested that the repair costs be shared and that the service line be replaced as opposed to repaired.
Following some discussion between the BOC and the Putney’s an agreement was reached that the costs would be shared. Once the repairs are made and the total costs are determined the cost per foot repair would be shared. The department would be responsible for the cost per foot between the curb stand and the water main and the owners would be responsible for the same between the curb stand and the house.
The Putneys thanked the BOC for their consideration and left the meeting.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended August 2015 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Commissioner Ross inquired as to why the department was being charged tax on gasoline as we should be exempt. The department will research.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. La Capra Associates representatives are planning to attend the October 19, 2015 regular BOC meeting to discuss the state of the wholesale power supply and the coming winter market. They will be prepared to address the BOC concerns relative to similar solar or renewable energy type projects.
2. The NHDES recently published water rate survey (state average $ 473.60 per year) was discussed briefly. The department could double its current water rate and still be at the state average when compared to the rest of the state water utilities.
It was also noted that the department hydrant rental/ lease fees ($70 per year) are significantly lower than what other similar sized utilities are charging (about $250 - $750 per hydrant per year) in the state. This further demonstrates that the department and our customers are truly subsidizing the fire suppression systems for the Town of Littleton.
3. The new water main on Maple Street should be totally connected into the water system by the end of this week (October 9, 2015). With the exception of replacing the asphalt pavement the department is clear of the project. Note: the town of Littleton is planning to replace about 500 feet of sanitary main in this area which will delay final paving activities.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:10 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.