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, December 7, 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 November 16, 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
Attorney Eli Emmerson from the law firm Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC suggested that the meeting be moved to nonpublic session do to privilege attorney client communications.
Commissioner Sweet asked for a motion which was provided by Commissioner Cooper that the meeting enter nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3, II(e), seconded by Commissioner Ross.
A roll call vote was requested by Commissioner Sweet, Ross-yes, Cooper-Yes, Sweet-Yes.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0, entered nonpublic session at 1:03 p.m.
Returned to public session at 2:10 p.m.
DIRECTOR of FINANCE and HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:
1. Mrs. Hogan advised the BOC that she had recently passed the Human Resources Professional examination and is now accredited through the Society for Human Resource Management and is now a certified HR professional.
2. The month ended October 2020 financial statements have closed with the receipt of the invoice from National Grid. The statements will be sent to the BOC for review and discussion at the next BOC meeting
3. The final grant reimbursement in the amount of $148,377 was recently received from American Rivers regarding the removal of the dam on the South Branch of the Gale River. The project accounting will be closed by years end.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. A decision was recently made to cancel the annual Christmas employee luncheon based on a survey of LWL employees when considering the current pandemic operating environment.
2. Tree trimming and mowing operations in the substransmission right of way started up again on November 30, 2020 after a one (1) month pause as the crew was reassigned. Completion of the final section between the Burndy and Lafayette Substations (last leg) is anticipated for December 18, 2020.
1. White Mountain Hydroelectric Company (WMHC) recently contacted LWL by telephone and acknowledged that their existing contract will terminate on December 31, 2020. They expressed a desire to extend the existing contract at the 5-cents per kWh price. WMHC will submit a request in writing to the BOC for review at their December 21, 2020 regular business meeting requesting a contract extension at the same terms and conditions.
2. The 2021 Capital Improvement Projects and Equipment proposals were presented to the BOC by Mr. Considine that reviewed each request and gave the rationale for each of the line items.
One (1) additional project request was added to the list that is different than the one sent last week to the BOC for review was the funds to support a study by American Rivers regarding the dam and infiltration gallery on the North Branch of the Gale River.
Commissioner Sweet asked about the funds to support the Lafayette well permitting? The project permit is expected to be submitted to NHDES soon and actual compliance testing is expected to take place in 2021 with the fund previously encumbered, the project appears to be within budget at this time.
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 2:45 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.