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 Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009 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 May 18, 2009 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending April 2009 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Several graph were discussed and reviewed with the BOC in regard to load and revenue data for the fiscal year to date. Water sales are on budget whereas electric sales are three (3) percent below the 2009 budget estimate.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. Morrill Construction plans to install several valve banks and replace two (2) hydrants along Grove Street between Highland Avenue and Cottage Street this week. Several house services were also replaced/ upgraded since the project began.
Commissioner Moore stated that the paving of the roadway and sidewalks are almost ready to start and asked about the property easement for the utility poles and anchors. Superintendent Considine stated that LWL made contact with all the property owners’ prior placing the utility poles and many of the easements have already been received and processed by LWL.
2. Several discussions have taken place and are on going with PSNH with regard to establishing a “tie-point” in Bethlehem off Stony Acres Road for a 34.5 Kv sub transmission feed Littleton. Load profile data and several connection scenarios were discussed with the PSNH.
3. As a result of a system outage in August 2008 LWL have researched several answering/-dispatching services as directed by the BOC. Contact was established with Connect-CTY that provides a similar type of service for the Littleton school district. The price to establish an outbound call service is about $ 7,100 per year.
Following some discussion the BOC decided that the expense was excessive and had limited use for LWL during an outage and directed that the staff continue its research.
4. Contact was made with the property owner abutting Oak Hill Reservoir on the westerly side. The abutter response was favorable and had no objection to LWL’s proposal to construct a new 1 million gallon reservoir and the possibility of granting LWL a lot-line adjustment. A final report is forthcoming from Horizons Engineering.
5. LWL personnel were busy this past weekend responding to several nuisance outage caused by felled trees and branches as a direct result of heavy winds and hard rain throughout the weekend. The westerly portions of the system seem to bear the brunt of the storm trouble.
6. LWL continues to be heavily involved with the Littleton Main Street rehabilitation, Grove Street sewer replacement and the sidewalk replacement projects. Most of the burden has fallen on the water section that is working diligently to maintain a good working relationship and communications with each contractor. A hydrant will be relocated on School Street near the property line to allow for sidewalk construction to continue.
7. Superintendent/ Manager Considine stated that he participated in the Senator Judd Gregg appreciation day sponsored by the Town of Littleton, conducted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Opera House. The Senator received many accolades from local politicians and business leaders for his efforts to secure the federal construction funds for Main Street and the Opera House.
Commissioner Ross asked for input in regard to a 1 Mw wholesale power proposed purchase that La Capra Associates referred to in their April 2009 monthly report. Following discussion the BOC decided to let the 1Mw ride on the spot market.
Superintendent/ Manager Considine stated that Jerry Eames approached him about utility access to the property abutting the northeasterly side of exit 43 with regard to future development. LWL will make a cursory review of the area and determine what the applicable impact on LWL infrastructure would be.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:14 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.