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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 2015

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Regular Meeting Jan 5, 2015

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 05, 2015 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 December 15, 2014 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.

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

CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:

Superintendent Considine stated that as a result of heavy winds gusts department personnel have responded to several power outages. The most severe was a broken pole in the vicinity of Moore Reservoir on NH 118 that affected customers for several hours.


FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:

The 2014 fiscal year end procedures appear to have run smoothly with the exception of a slight glitch with the web payment portal process. The process was quickly resolved with assistance provided by NISC software technicians.

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. The department responded to a reported water leak at the corner of Farr Hill Road and West Main Street at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014. A break around the circumference of the pipe was found and repaired. The leak was estimated at about 200 GPM.

2. The department received another check (third check) from the State of NH with regard to the distribution of excess Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) credits ($17,700). All LWL customers that use energy (kWh) in January 2015 will receive a rebate in the amount of about $2.50 / 1,000 kWh consumed.

3. The La Capra Associates report for month ended November 2014 was reviewed with the BOC specifically the paragraph that discussed falling prices of wholesale power. Following some discussion the BOC agreed to revisit this topic during a future meeting and determine if the department should solicit power supply resources for 2018 if the forward prices are still favorable.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

1. The BOC discussed the La Capra Associates memorandum dated December 22, 2014 with regard to the proposed 115 KV substation.

Several months ago the department asked La Capra to provide an opinion with regard to the department proposed conceptual plan to interconnect with the Northeast Utility U-199 line that passes through the Industrial park on Town of Littleton property. Ongoing reliability concerns with the department present grid connection (most recent system outage was in July 2014) prompted the department to consider a more reliable system supply provider.

The La Capra opinion suggests that the proposed interconnection with the U199 appears viable from both an operational and economical perspective and that the department continue with the next level in the feasibility analysis.

Following some discussion the BOC agreed that the department should notify the Town of Littleton Select Board officially in writing and declare the department’s intent in regard to the feasibility analyses.

Commissioner Ross made a motion to officially notify the Town of Littleton Select Board in writing of the Department’s intent to move forward with the 115 KV interconnection feasibility analyses. The proposed location, if acceptable by the Select Board, is for the new substation to be located on town property behind the transfer station adjacent to the current utility easement Seconded by Commissioner Moore.

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

2. Superintendent Considine made a request that the Commissioner move their meeting to nonpublic session to discuss matters of employee healthcare in accordance with the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Commissioner Moore made a motion to enter into nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A: 3, Para. II (a) to discuss matters related to employee healthcare. Seconded by Commissioner Ross.

Commissioner Goodell called for a roll call vote to enter into nonpublic session. Commissioner Goodell - Yes, Commissioner Ross – Yes, Commissioner Moore - Yes.

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

Entered nonpublic session at 1:28 p.m.

Commissioner Moore made a motion that the minutes of the nonpublic session remain sealed due to the nature of the matters discussed. Motion seconded by Commissioner Ross.

Commissioner Goodell called for a roll call vote to seal the nonpublic session minutes. Commissioner Goodell – Yes, Commissioner Ross – Yes, Commissioner Moore - Yes.

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

Commissioner Moore made a motion to leave nonpublic session and return to public session. Seconded by Commissioner Ross.

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

Public session reconvened at 1:44 p.m.

3. Commissioner Moore stated that he had observed several areas around town where standing water had frozen on the roadway and was concerned about system water leaks.

Superintendent Considine stated that the ground water table is very high following the significant rain fall event last week and that the department has investigated several reported alleged water main leaks that turned out to be surface water.

ADJOURNMENT:

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 2:00 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.


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