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Minutes of Littleton Water and Light Meetings

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 2023

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Regular Meeting May 15, 2023

The regularly scheduled business meeting of the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) Board of Commissioners (BOC) began at 12:55 p.m. on Monday,
May 15, 2023 in the LWL conference room. Present were Commissioner Linda MacNeil, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Peter Cooper, and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the May 5, 2023 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Cooper made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.

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

APPOINTMENTS:

Kaitlyn Monroe accompanied (virtually) by other representatives from a National Grid marketing team presented the BOC with a brief overview regarding the proposed Twin States Clean Energy Link project. The project is a proposed 211-mile renewable energy high voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission route in Vermont and New Hampshire that will connect Canadian hydropower to southern New England. The project proposes to bury power lines along NH Route 135 within the state highway right-of-way passing through the towns of Dalton, Littleton, and terminating in Monroe at the Comerford Hydroelectric station. At Comerford a new converter station will be built to invert the DC power for interconnection to National Grids existing infrastructure.

Following some additional discussion as to potential benefits of the project regarding power supply prices when the project is active, the National Grid team thanked the BOC for their time and hoped that they would consider supporting the project. Ms. Monroe stated that they would forward contact information and proposed language to LWL regarding the support letter. The call was terminated at 1:45 p.m.

Commissioner Cooper made a motion that LWL support for the proposed Twin States Clean Energy Link project in writing, seconded by Commissioner Ross.

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

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. Greg Thompson officially notified LWL in writing that he intends to retire on June 30, 2023 after almost 34 years of service having performed the duties of the Chief Meter Reader for the past 25 years or so.

The BOC thanked him for his years of service and wished him success in his future endeavors.

2. The BOC was advised that due to the unexpected resignation of Ms. Pinette, there is an administrative employment opportunity in the front office that LWL will be looking to fill.

3. JCR Construction provided LWL with a quote to transfer a 3-phase circuit over I93 just south of Exit 41 in the amount of about $30,000. This work is needed and is part of the ongoing 15 kV conversion of the circuit feeding that section of town and is in conjunction with work currently being performed by LWL forces. Initially LWL proposed to mitigate the risk of the overhead lines across the interstate by installing conduit under the interstate bridges along upper Cottage Street and rerouting the line. This proposal was not economically feasible to pursue and was met with some uncertainty regarding going under the interstate along Cottage Street.

4. Superintendent Considine requested that the 2023 Projects and Equipment Plan be amended, and that authorized spending amount be increased by about $14,000. A low bid proposal was received by Central Paving to restore a section of the parking area immediately adjacent to the front of 65 Lafayette Avenue (office) customer parking and garage bay doors. The existing pavement has failed and presents an unsafe condition for pedestrians and forklift truck operations when carrying a load. This section along with other failed sections of the parking lot were highlighted and discussed by members of LWLís quarterly safety committee meeting as becoming a potential trip hazard and should be addressed.

Commissioner Ross made a motion to amend the 2023 Projects and Equipment Plan to restore the paved areas as discussed in the amount of $14,000. Seconded by Commissioner Cooper.

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

MEETING ADJOURNMENT:

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 2:15 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.


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