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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.

Minutes for 2012

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Regular Meeting Aug 20, 2012

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.


The minutes of August 6, 2012 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.

The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.


1. Natgun Corporation is planning to set the water storage tank perimeter walls and dome panels this week. The project superintendent has planned two (2) days to complete this phase of the construction that will define the actual tank geometry.

Preliminary bids are due this week on the work required to decommission the old reservoir, three (3) requests for proposals were solicited.

2. Wholesale power supply spot market prices reached a high for the year peaking at just under $52.00 per mega watt. This is typical market activity for this time of the year. Many distribution systems peak during the summer (April – September as defined by ISONE) and prices appear to follow the load characteristics. The department recorded a peak load of 13.89 MW between the hours of 2 – 3 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

3. The department has coordinated with Littleton Highway to postpone their paving operations on Maple Street between Oak Hill Avenue and School Street and on School Street from Oak Hill Avenue to Pine Hill for this season. LWL is tentatively planning to replace the two (2) inch galvanized water line on upper Maple Street next year that will bring a high volume of water to the hydrant near the high school.

4. The Littleton Police Department notified the department that three (3) individuals were arrested in connection with the vandalism incident that occurred at the Goss booster pump station on Mt. Eustis Road in July 2012.

The BOC was in agreement that the individuals responsible should be adjudicated in accordance with the law and the department recommends that they be prosecuted. The BOC is not in favor of department sponsored community service.

5. Alan Santy, owner/ operator of Poulsen Lumber Mill requested (via telephone conversation with Superintendent Considine) that the department review his current electric rates as he feels that he is paying excessive demand charges.

The metered data recorded indicates that the mill operation is a low energy user that requires a very high demand. Power quality data at the mill is very low, power factors is typically 58-60 % and the load factor generally is about 30%.

LWL has previously installed a capacitor bank in close proximity to the mill in an effort to mitigate the residual effects of the low power quality on the rest of the circuit. For comparison the LWL electric customers are grouped by load characteristics, typically power factor of 88% and load factors around 60% are considered acceptable. The current rate tariff is an agreement between Mr. Santy and the BOC in 2003 and is a hybrid of the G2 (energy) and G3 (though demand charges are at cost) rate tariff.

The commissioners were familiar with this situation and agreed that the rate tariff could be reviewed to verify that it met the terms of the 2003 agreement. Until the power quality at the mill improves they were hesitant to do more as this is not fair and equitable to our other customers. The current agreement already subsidizes the mill and those savings were to be utilized by the owner to better the power quality inside the mill.


Commissioner Moore asked if Absolute Extrusions complied with the terms of their agreement with department.

Superintendent Considine stated they have not and that the department has had no contact with the owner since the initial reconnection earlier this month.


Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
Commissioner Goodell.

The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.

Meeting adjourned at 1:40 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.

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