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 Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The BOC agreed to table any discussion relative to the review and acceptance of the previous meeting minutes.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The weather conditions that is sustaining the period of sub-zero (0) temperatures are beginning to take a toll on the water system. Department personnel responded to five (5) reports of no water pressure due to frozen water service lines over the weekend. The extended weather forecast is showing that these severe temperatures will continue throughout the week. Water department personnel are attempting to increase system water flows (especially during our low demand period) and have activated the overflow at Oak Hill Reservoir. This is a proactive measure aimed at mitigating the potential of a problem developing as a direct result of frost penetration around the water mains.
2. The results of the February’s Forward Capacity Auction (FCA) for 2018-2019 were reviewed with the BOC. The average cost of $9.25/ kilowatt month (kW-Month) of demand was established and will take effect on June 1, 2018. The department was able to hedge against this market price by entering into a contract with Next Era Energy Services for the same period at a cost to the department of $6.24 / kw-month. This represents a savings of about thirty (30) percent or about $ 51,000 each month of the contract.
Commissioner Ross asked when the department would solicit additional contract capacity coverage.
Superintendent Considine stated that the next FCA will not take place until this time next year and the available generating resources as compared to the anticipated capacity will not be made available until later this year. Once the generating resource and needed capacity are known then anticipated market prices will be estimated.
In March the department will be soliciting energy resources to hedge its wholesale power position for 2016 – 2019.
Superintendent Considine reviewed the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the water system with the BOC. Due to the health and safety aspects involved with managing a potable water system the department is required to provide NHDES an action plan. The plan details specific tasks that the department and personnel should follow in the event of a significant incident involving the potable water system. The NHDES mandates that the EAP be reviewed and signed by key department personnel every six (6) years then submitted to NHDES for record.
Following some general discussion Commissioner Moore signed the EAP on behalf of the BOC.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0.
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.