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) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Director of Finance Lori Hogan and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the July 6, 2020 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
The first phase (Feasibility Study) of a large generation interconnection study regarding the Blueberry Ridge solar project was recently completed. The study verifies that a 27 MW PV solar array can safely connect to LWLís overhead line operating at 34.5 kV. ESC Engineering will be authorized by LWL once payment is received from the prospective developer, to proceed to a system impact study.
Bid are due on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 regarding the South Branch of the Gale River dam removal and river restoration project. Providing the bid proposal is acceptable to the funding partners work is expected to begin in early August.
LWL personnel are working to upgrade the Hight Street overhead electrical circuit. This project has been on going for several years dating back to 2014. There were many contributing factors, and lack of coordination by others that kept postponing work efforts. It is expected that new conductors will be installed by the end of this month and the upgraded equipment place in service shortly thereafter.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
Governor Sununu on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 issued NH Emergency Order 58 that terminated Emergency Order 3 effective immediately. Emergency Order 3 temporarily prohibited the disconnection and or discontinuance of water and or electric service for non-payment during the declared state of emergency due to coronavirus (Covid-19). The effective dates of the order were from March 15, 2020 through July 15, 2020. During this period LWL was prevented by law from disconnecting a customer for nonpayment. Compounding LWLís growing arrears is that the states emergency declaration came near the end of the PUC winter disconnect rules which places a moratorium (suspension) on terminating a customer during the winter months for non-payment.
Effective the week of July 20, 2020 LWL will be distributing disconnect notice to those customers selected due to their arrears balance. As a direct of the NHPUC Winter Rules and Coronavirus Emergency Declaration several LWL customers have not paid since September 2019 and have incurred significant pay due amounts.
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 1:27 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.