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, April 06, 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.
The minutes of the March 16, 2015 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1. Commissioner Ross abstained from voting as he was not present for the meeting.
A Carleton Street resident scheduled an appointment with the BOC to discuss the abatement of excessive water consumption on their July 2014 statement; they did not show up for the appointment. Superintendent Considine briefed the BOC as to the specifics of the situation. No action was taken by the BOC.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended February 2015 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
A draft of the 2015 year-end financial statement was presented to the department by the auditor for review and comment.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. A tour of Hitchiner Manufacturing plant was held on Wednesday, April 1st by plant management for Hitchiner Task Force members. The event was recorded by Superintendent Considine and a memorandum was placed in the file and reviewed with the BOC. The department can expect to begin seeing a reduction in loads at the plant as early as this summer and may continue for up to one year. This timeline will most likely vary and depends largely on Hitchinerís production schedules and their ability to relocate equipment and labor to Milford.
2. Dufresne Group Consulting Engineers (DG) is preparing a proposal for LWL to compile data to develop a capital work/ master plan for the water system. According to DG the department appears to qualify for a planning grant through the US rural development in an amount up to $30,000 as utility rate tariffs are not a consideration for the planning grants.
Now that the department has corrected the overflows and losses have been reduced by 2/3 this plan will organize and establish priorities of work going forward. A capital work plan is generally required when soliciting other grant/ funding opportunities.
3. LWL personnel responded to a report of a water leak at the junction of Deer Court and Riverside Drive on Thursday, April 2nd. Upon investigation it was determined that the gate valve on an abandon hydrant lead was cracked causing a substantial amount of water to leak. It is believed that due to the shallow depth and conditions found (about 3 feet below pavement and a dead end stub) that the valve must have frozen and the valve casing fractured and recent thaw cause the water to leak. The hydrant lead was removed back to the main and the repair was made. The top four (4) feet of the roadway was thawed as no frost was found until that depth.
4. The new 2015 Wells Cargo utility trailer was utilized during the water leak repair activity on April 2nd. It is expected that the rate of return on this investment will be rapid and almost all the water repair equipment is in one place, and expensive return trip back to the garage will be minimized.
LWL personnel have been testing the capabilities of an Altec service line truck for the past several weeks. A commercial operatorís license is not required to drive this vehicle as it Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is less than 26,000 pounds and its smaller size is more suitable for most service (lighter) work and constricted work areas. Prior to a decision the BOC will be briefed more thoroughly as to this bucket trucks capacity and applicability for the department.
The department received a check in the amount of $24,475.86 from the proceeds of the March 2015 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction. This amount was based on the departmentís 2014 energy sales and distributed in accordance with NHPUC order number 25664. LWL customers that recorded energy (Kwh) usage in April 2015 are eligible to receive a rebate. A credit of $0.00395/ Kwh (or $ 3.95/ 1,000 Kwh) recorded will appear on the customers April 2015 statement. In total about $ 96,500 in RGGI funds have been rebated to LWL customers since July 2014 through this program.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:55 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.