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Minutes of Littleton Water and Light Meetings

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.

Minutes for 2018

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Regular Meeting Nov 5, 2018

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 05, 2018 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.


The minutes of the October 15, 2018 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Sweet made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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


Superintendent Considine explained that several customers have asked LWL to pay for damages/ insurance deductibles that they incurred as a result of a system electrical surge.

A tree was felled as a direct result of heavy winds and rain on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 that made direct contact with the overhead lines. The tree caused a short circuit and induced a significant amount of fault current back into the system before the overcurrent protection relay shut the circuit off in less than five (5) seconds. It appeared that the fault current may have entered the neutral system prior to the safety relays opening which affected some customers that were attached to the circuit. Some homes and businesses that may have not been adequately grounded, that did not employ the proper surge protection may have sustained varied amounts of damage due to this event. LWL lost several of the older style electronic radio read meters during the event. Some customers have asked that LWL provide letters to their insurance company in regard to circumstance surrounding the event to their homeownerís insurers.

Superintendent Considine stated that in his opinion, LWL had no control over the storm and the subsequent event and that the overcurrent protection devices acted accordingly. LWL should not have to write letters after every storm where damages occur.

The BOC agreed in regard that LWL does not need to furnish letters and LWL cannot be held accountable for storm related damages to others property as the result of an act of nature.


1. LWL has completed the majority of the needed work in support of the River District project along Saranac Street with the exception of the street lighting circuit.

2. LWL is also providing support to the on-going Sub Area 5 waste water project along Union Street though the scope of the project has changed several times and is unclear.


1. The BOC reviewed a revised offer dated November 2, 2018 from Next Era Energy aimed at blend some existing energy and capacity contracts and extending the terms of contracts out an additional three (3) years. Superintendent Considine stated that there appears to be some short term costs savings as the bid prices offered are lower than the existing prices under contract. If LWL agrees to the terms then a more formal price depending on the market will need to be established.

Commissioner Sweet stated that the short term cost savings may benefit LWL in light of the recent rate increase and that the offer appears to mitigate some market risk.

Commissioner Ross agreed and that the prices offered are in line with the current power supply contracts and that 5 MW offered is less than half of what LWL total capacity resources need and could be easily diversified.

Commissioner Sweet made a motion to accept the Next Era Energy Blend and Extend Indicative Pricing offer dated November 2, 2018 and authorized Superintendent Considine to negotiate the best available pricing. Seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

2. The start time of the BOC meeting on November 19, 2018 is at 2:00 p.m. to accommodate a scheduling conflict.


Commissioner Sweet made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
Commissioner Cooper.

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

Meeting adjourned at 2:10 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.

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