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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 2014

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Regular Meeting Oct 20, 2014

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the October 6, 2014 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.

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

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. Department personnel recently repaired two (2) significant leaks, one on the ten (10) inch transmission main near Bethlehem Junction and the other was a service line on Woodside Avenue in town. The SCADA system alerted the department that something had changed as the total water treated was increasing slowly. Department personnel conducted a foot patrol to physically check the water main and a 50 GPM (estimated) leak was discovered and repairs were quickly made. The leak on Woodside Avenue presented a challenge as the lines were buried about twelve (12) feet deep adjacent to sewer. A thirty (30) GPM leak was discovered and repaired at this location.

2. The department was invited to attend discussion relative to the River District grant application and funding initiatives being pursued by the town. The grants are being prepared by NCIC and Horizons Engineering through US Economic Development and Rural Development. The LWL does not qualify for grants for total infrastructure replacement as our present water rate is supposedly below rural development assistance levels.

3. The BOC was advised that the department will soon be preparing the capital project\ equipment and budget process for 2015. Though the water system has a small margin to date it is not large enough to sustain much of a capital infrastructure replacement program.

He suggested that a margin of $50,000 above O&M expenses could be utilized to replace about 500 feet of water main each season. This would require that the water rates be increased by about ten (10) percent and have an effective impact to rate payers of about six (6) to seven (7) percent overall.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

1. The BOC reviewed the final invoice ($5,925.59) for service rendered by the department to provide a single phase overhead power line to the new Mt. Eustis Ski Hill hut. Following some discussion and considering the nature of the project the BOC was in agreement that the labor, equipment and transformer be deducted ($3,981.14) from the total invoiced amount as the department contribution to this project.

The BOC agreed and Commission Goodell stated that the decision to forgive the department soft construction costs for the above service did not apply to reoccurring monthly charges for electric and or water services.

2. The department received additional funds (about $16,000) to rebate customers through the Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction process. The rebate will be included in November 2014 statement and the estimate rebate will be approximately $2.70/ 1,000 kwh used.

ADJOURNMENT:

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

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.


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