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, March 17, 2014 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins, Operations Manager Richard Herrington and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the March 3, 2014 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. A discussion arose with regard to the departmentís current fixed asset policy and integrating separate databases into one (1) NISC platform. The departmentís Continuing Property Record (CPR), fixed assets and other programs have historically been maintained in a windows office environment outside the Harris database. Going forward the department expects that most programs will be maintained in one integrated database within NISC iVue.
Superintendent Considine asked the BOC to reconsider how the department is depreciating its CPR and to align the recovery periods with the US Internal Revenue Service publication 946 (2013) table B-2. Several assets were discussed and the BOC determined that the duration of the depreciation on some of the CPRís were not in line with the appropriate standard.
The BOC was in agreement that the department should take this opportunity during the conversion to adjustment any fixed assets recovery period to the appropriate standard duration. Implementation of any changes should be coordinated with the NISC iVue conversion.
2. LWL on-call personnel responded to an apparent equipment failure on circuit 36 at the South Street Substation that affected customers in the Farr Hill - Rock Strain sections of town on Sunday, March 23rd.
The duration of the outage was minimized (about 2 hours) as customer loads were transferred to an adjacent circuit. The suspected cause of the problem has been traced to an electronic failure in the reclosurer/ circuit breaker on circuit 36, the breaker will most likely be replaced by LWL personnel.
3. There was some discussion with regard to the department load position relative to the wholesale spot market in March. Superintendent Considine will provide the BOC with the projected monthly wholesale spot market position relative to committed purchases.
The BOC was advised that a representative from Next Era Energy (Florida Power and Light) plans to visit with the department prior to the next BOC meeting. The discussion will focus around power product and other resources that could augment our current power contract lessening exposure to market fluctuation.
1. The BOC discussed an email from a representative of the Mill Street River District Committee asking that the department order three (3) ornamental light posts and fixtures for their demonstration project (to be paid for by the River District) that were quoted by Green Mountain Electric. The scope of the proposed project encompasses the construction of a scenic overlook (adjacent to the Pollyanna walkway) and a new sidewalk from Centennial Park to the covered foot bridge. The subject lights will be placed along the new sidewalk between the park and the bridge. The extent that the department will be involved in the project is yet to be determined though the department and town will be responsible for the perpetual maintenance of the URD lighting system.
Mr. Herrington informed the BOC that the department has previously committed to having certain trees removed/ trimmed along the proposed project area (estimated cost of about $3,000) which he expects to have completed this spring.
The BOC agreed to order the lights on behalf of the River District in accordance with the quote provided and the River District commitment to reimburse the department for the cost of the materials.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:00 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.