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, June 21, 2021 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Schuyler Sweet, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Director of Finance Lori Hogan and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the June 7, 2021 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Sweet.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0
DIRECTOR of FINANCE and HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT:
1. Mrs. Hogan presented the BOC with a brief financial overview and discussed several cost variants as compared to budget. With the exception of transmission expenses (National Grid and the ISONE Open Access Transmission Tariff) most expense cost centers are trending as projected and within budget. Interest and other income are below budget as construction work is slow and grant funds and other money is not available. Very little new work/load is being added to the system which is affecting other income generating centers.
Commissioner Sweet asked about the transfer of funds as discussed in a previous meeting. Mrs. Hogan stated that the funds approved for transfer in 2019 contingency fund were moved to the deferred electric and water accounts though she is approaching the 2020 and final transfer slowly. LWL is operating slightly below budget, and she wants to see how the second quarter finishes financially before determining the total amount of the transfer.
2. A highlighted banner was recently added to the LWL website home page that states that the “2020 financial audit and report on internal controls has been accepted by the BOC and is available upon request”.
3. There was a class action lawsuit filed against Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBS) and an antitrust settlement established which stated that “Member Groups and their covered employees may be eligible to participate as part of the Self-Funded Damages Class and must file a claim with the Settlement Administrator by November 5, 2021……”. LWL employees will be given the weblink to the settlement site and they can choose to file a claim if they want to, it is not known at this as to whether a refund(s) will be granted.
4. The NH Department of Labor (NHDOL) conducted a safety inspection of LWL’s Lafayette office/garage complex and water facilities throughout town and are scheduled to return on July 16, 2021, to complete the inspection of the out-of-town water facilities. A list of deficiencies is being tallied and will be reviewed with LWL management at a final close out meeting when the official report is compiled and ready for distribution. To date the deficiencies noted are generally housekeeping in nature i.e., missing motors/equipment guards, hand/toe rails on elevated platforms, foot traffic flow signage, etc. LWL will incur some monetary expense correcting the deficient items found though nothing at this time appears significant or will be difficult to resolve in a reasonable time.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The NHDES presented their comments regarding LWL application to permit a new public drinking water bedrock well proposed at the end of Lafayette Avenue in the area referred to as the oxbow or Well B. Several items were cited by the NHDES that have already been addressed by Geosphere Environmental Management on LWLs behalf. Overall, according to Geosphere, the review is positive, and work/planning should continue once the NHDES comments are addressed.
2. Notchnet, LWL’s web designer and manager will be meeting with LWL this week to discussed updating the LWL website to make it more user friendly and intuitive. They also want to discuss LWL on-line presence and suggested posting some positive public relations/reputation management topics/discussions as they feel that LWL is an asset to the business and general community though many people take LWL for granted.
There being no further business to come before the board Commissioner Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Commissioner Sweet.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:03 p.m.
The regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting is held twice monthly on the first and third Monday, at 1:00 p.m., in the Department’s conference room.