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, March 1, 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 February 16, 2021 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0
CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:
Bruce Hadlock spoke about the Town of Littleton legal actions taken against LWL and that in his opinion neither party has handled it correctly. Legal fees are costing both taxpayers and ratepayers which are totally avoidable and not needed. LWL should have sponsored a warrant article on the March town meeting ballot to prevent the town from trying to take the LWL reserves funds which is clearly what they are attempting to do.
DIRECTOR of FINANCE and HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:
1). The auditors (Vachon Clukay & Company, PC) provided several annually requested letters to the BOC for review and acceptance:
a) The auditorís engagement letter details the auditorís responsibilities in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board and those of LWL management which is to be fully transparent and provide the requested financial data and access to employees as needed. The cost of the audit ($10,500) was also stated in this letter.
b) The Governance letter was also reviewed and discussed. The questions in this form inquiry as to the BOC knowledge of the fraud mitigation measures in-place and to also disclose that they are not aware of any fraudulent activities or behavior within he LWL.
Following discussion Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept both the auditors 2021 engagement letter and LWL Governance letter and to authorize Commissioner Sweet to execute both letters on behalf of the BOC, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0
2. Mrs. Hogan stated that the National Grid invoice was recently received which will enable her to close the month ended January 2021 operating statement.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The Blueberry Ridge Solar project is moving forward and proceeding deliberately through the ISONE process and the second phase of LWL feasibility study.
2. LWL personnel are planning to reactivate twenty-one (21) additional streetlights along the I-93 on and off ramps between exit 41-44 in accordance with a request and authorization received by the Town of Littleton. The NHDOT discontinued these lights in 2012 as they were deemed unnecessary in accordance with the NHDOT/AASHTO highway lighting standards.
Mr. Hadlock asked who authorized this action, what it was going to cost to have the lights turn on and who was going to pay?
Mr. Considine stated that the Town of Littleton would be charge about $300 per month for operating the lights. LWL is planning to absorb the cost of the labor, equipment, and materials. To two (2) daysí of work for six people (includes traffic control) is anticipated to place these lights back in service. The condition of he existing lights are unknown as they have been inactive for so long.
Mr. Hadlock asked if the town was going to reimburse LWL for these expenses. Mr. Considine stated that LWL would most likely absorb the costs and track the expense as a financial contribution to the community.
The NH Public Utilities Commission recently distributed the proceeds from the fiftieth (50) Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Cap and Trade auction to LWL for disbursement in the amount of about $28,466. Eligible LWL customers will receive a rebate (credit) in the amount of $5.43/1,000 kWh applied to their March 2021 LWL statement.
There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:46 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.