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 business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Peter Cooper (via telephone), Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the December 16, 2020 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Sweet made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0
CUSTOMER AND PUBLIC CONCERNS:
The BOC were made aware that LWL personnel were in the process of making repairs to a leaking water main at the road junction of Remich Street and US 302. LWL personnel found that a 6-inch water main shut off valve was sheared from the water main through the valve flange; the location and extent of the damage to the valve is unusual and not typically seen. The duration of the water interruption was longer that first anticipated due to the amount of damage found.
Dr. Raymond Talkington, representing Geosphere Environmental Management Inc., reviewed the results of a preliminary pump test and water quality report with the BOC in regard to the Lafayette bedrock test well. The pump tests and water sampling were completed on October 24, 2019 (draw down) and October 28, 2019 (8-hour pump test and raw water samples). The goal of the pump test water sampling was to determine the viability of the test well (Well B) with regard to continued development and permitting of a new municipal groundwater source.
Dr. Talkington explained the process implemented by the well driller (Cushing Well) that was established and supervised by Geosphere personnel. The pump test data was collected over a period of two (2) days that established an anticipated pumping rate of between 200 and 225 GPM which is excellent for bedrock well. In addition a completed series of raw water samples were collected and the results were analyzed and compared to the established EPA Safe Drinking Water Act that set maximum concentration standards. The few detected compounds found were below concentrations allowed by the standard.
As a direct result of the pump and water quality data collected
Dr. Talkington stated that Geosphere highly recommends moving forward with permitting a large groundwater source at Well B. Due to the potential water yield/capacity, water quality, the proximity of the distribution system and the power supply to the well site the developmental costs are expected to be minimal.
Following some additional discussion the BOC were in agreement that Geosphere will prepare a proposal and cost estimate for LWL consideration to begin the process for permitting a larger groundwater source at Well B.
Dr. Talkington thanked the BOC for their time and excused himself from the meeting at about 2:05 pm.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended October 2019 with the Commissioners. Several variances as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
Mr. Considine explained that the hiring process has started with regard to backfilling Mrs. Wilkins position (pending retirement). The position vacancy announcement for a Director of Finance and HR were posted in November 2019 on the following professional websites: Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA), Indeed, NH Works and newspaper ads recently ran in the latest editions of the Caledonia Record. Many prospective candidates have already been contacted via email and some telephone interviews were also conducted. A list of possible candidates is being formed in preparation for a formal face to face interview.
Mr. Considine requested that a member of the BOC participate as an official interview panel member as the new employee will have some interaction with the Commissioners. We anticipate interviews to be conducted later this month; the goal is to have the new employee on board before the year-ended financial audit in February. Following some discussion it was decided that Commissioner Sweet would assist with the interview process.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
The BOC briefly reviewed and discussed the preliminary interconnect report submitted by Leadlease Energy Development, LLC in regard to the proposed utility scale Blueberry Ridge Solar project.
Mr. Considine stated that some of the data needs to be tweaked and further study is needed. In his opinion there should be no reverse energy flow through LWL equipment.
Following some additional discussion the BOC decided to invite the developer to attend a future BOC meeting to discuss in more detail.
There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Ross 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 2:30 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.