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,August 17, 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 August 3, 2009 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell stated that the first sentence in Other Business should read; “…manholes were not raised…” and made the pen and ink change, that he initialed.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Superintendent Considine stated that the water service line to 10 Hillside Avenue was damaged during the demolition of the Beal House barn. The service needs to be relocated due to the change in use of the property and the relocation of the line is a point of contention between the owner of the Beal house and resident.
The service line was not marked/ missed by LWL during the Dig Safe process. Apparently, the line is in the same ditch as another service line and then the line changed direction at some point within the property beyond the limits of the location request.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins stated that the office main server would not resume normal operations following a plan outage that took place on Thursday (8/13/2009). As a result of relocating the main circuit breaker panel the power had to be disconnected to the office to relocate the service entrance. When the server was powered up the following morning it appeared to cycle between powering up and shutting down.
Normal operations were resumed Monday morning (8/17/2009). The backup drive was needed to recover billing and operations data due to file corruption within the server. The system was restored to Wednesday night’s system save which required Thursday’s processing to be recreated. The office staff will develop a procedure for shutting down the main server in the event of another scheduled outage. It is not known why the server acted in this manner.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. Woodard and Curran Engineering provided LWL with a compact disc of the water systems hydraulic model data. Horizons Engineering requested the data so that the proposed reservoir overflow could be modeled to verify that increasing the existing overflow elevation by ten (10) feet is feasible.
2. FairPoint Communications started working on Grove Street recently. They expect to be finished by August 31, 2009. Town of Littleton has been kept in the loop.
Commissioner Goodell asked if FairPoint was paying their portion for work completed in regard to the joint pole memorandum agreement.
Superintendent Considine stated that as far as he was aware they were current. This is something that the Department watches closely as in the past LWL will not pay if telephone does not pay their share.
3. Hitchiner Manufacturing has retained Lee Carroll, PE to review the power factor (PF) at their Beacon Street plant. LWL provided power quality data for their review and use to determine the proper course of action to correct their deficient PF.
4. Truck 5 (Altec, bucket truck) is headed back to the shop due to an outrigger control valve failure. The time that the truck is expected to be out of service has not been determined.
5. The water main replacement project on Redwing Lane is complete with the exception of the final paving (1” asphalt wearing course). The project is expected to finish eight (8) to ten (10) percent under budget.
6. The State of NH loan application for receipt of stimulus money for green infrastructure projects with regard to the Gale River solar and hydro generation project was received.
Commissioner Ross asked if requesting this loan amount was worth the effort when you consider that it is a 50/50 match and the cost of the project was minimal. If LWL funded the project directly it would most likely cost the department less when you consider everything and that LWL was going to pay the loan off in one lump sum.
The BOC left the decision of whether to pursue the loan and other documentation up to the discretion of Superintendent Considine.
Commissioner Ross asked if a new pickup was ordered to replace Truck 12.
Superintendent Considine stated that an order was placed with North Country Ford for a new F-150.
Commissioner Moore stated that he inspected a few of the fire hydrants recently painted by LWL personnel and thought that the job looked very good, especially along Meadow Street. He was concerned with over spray but observed very little if any.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:15 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.