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 Tuesday, January 19, 2021 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 January 4, 2021 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Sweet.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1, Commissioner Cooper abstained from the vote as he was not present.
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 Ross that the meeting enter nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3, II(e), seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
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:
Mrs. Hogan reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended November 2020 with the Commissioners. Several variances as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Hogan. Also reviewed were the calculations used to show/annotate where and how any annual surplus, if any are distributed to reserves.
Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept the financial statement for the month ended November 2020 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0.
LWLís financial contribution to the River District project in the amount of $154,885 was discussed in addition to the force account work provided. As the assets (street lighting) belong to the Town of Littleton a 1099 -MISC tax form will be sent to the town that will show the total amount of the payment made by LWL during 2020 that LWL provided direct payment/services to the town.
The office mail/postage machine was discussed and reviewed with the BOC. The existing postage machine is nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. Pitney Bowes supplied LWL several alternatives regarding direct purchase or leasing the equipment. Following an economic analysis, it is recommended that LWL enter a 60-month lease with Pitney Bowes for a new machine. The replacement machine is smaller and more closely matching our monthly processing piece count. Over the term of the lease the saving to LWL of about $5,460 should be realized.
Following some additional discussion Commissioner Cooper made a motion to enter a 60-month lease with Pitney Bowes for replacement postage machine in the amount of $149.35, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The proposed Blueberry Hill Solar project is slowly moving through the process with ISONE and National Grid. As the output of the proposed project is significant it is expected that a reverse power flow will result that will affect both parties. No further information is available.
Commissioner Sweet stated that to his knowledge Littleton does not have any renewable type planning ordinances in place for such project of this scale.
2. The old Hitchiner manufacturing property on Beacon Street is in the process of being sold. The prospective new owners and LWL recently met on site and discussed the power supply capacity and how best to bury/relocated the power lines in front of the existing buildings. No specific plans were presented though it appears that a mix use of residential apartments and commercial space was discussed.
Commissioner Cooper asked about the Lafayette Well preliminary permit to the NHDES that Geosphere is working on.
Superintendent Considine stated that the process is moving forward though he will reach out to Geosphere and have them provide an update.
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 2:48 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.