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, May 18, 2015 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the May 4, 2015 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0.
Ms. Michelle Schafer, Activities Director and representative of the Littleton Off Road Riders Snowmobile Club (Club) discussed the property managed by the LWL that the Littleton trail system crosses over. In accordance with NH RSA all clubs registered with the State of NH must notify each land owner/ steward that their snowmobile trail traverses over and confirm that the club has permission to use and to maintain as needed.
Ms. Schafer presented the BOC with the applicable NH RSA, and two (2) snowmobile trail permission certification relative to the land that they currently cross over: 1) Mount Eustis pump station and 2) near the Brickyard Well House. Ms. Schafer requested that the department review and if acceptable, sign and return to the club. She stated that she would be available to return to a future meeting if the BOC had any questions.
Ms. Schafer thanked the BOC for their time and exited the meeting.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
1. Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended March 2015 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
2. Mrs. Wilkins presented the BOC with the Independent Auditors opinion and report for the Year Ended 2014 for acceptance.
Following a brief discussion Commissioner Ross signed accepting the report on behalf of the BOC and Superintendent Considine signed on behalf of management attesting that the department fully disclosed all requested information.
3. Mrs. Wilkins stated that there is a lot of speculation around changes to the departmentís current health insurance plan (NE Electrical Workers Benefit Fund). Since 2004 the department has paid well below market cost for similar coverages and it appears that this trend may come to an end. A forty (40) percent increase in costs, combined with potential changes in benefit coverage, is being discussed unofficially. With the exception of a letter provider stated that the plan may change NEEWBF has not offered any clarification in this matter which has led some misunderstanding as to what may happen.
Union officials presented the department with a proposed alternative to the NEEWBF plan and suggested that the department consider moving toward a national plan. This plan offers similar benefit coverage though at a much higher tiered (single, 2-person, family) monthly premium. NH Healthsource will present several plans to the department for comparison and consideration this week, though it is presently not clear that the department need take any official action at the present time.
It is expected that the increase in cost to the department will be substantial and will have a negative effect on the O&M budgets going forward.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The next phase of work will continue this week with regard to validating a potential municipal groundwater site at the end of Lafayette Avenue. Preliminary desktop analysis were favorable and recommendations from Geosphere Environmental management that exploratory excavation be conducted. A temporary access road will be cut-in and several test pits will be dug so that soils can be cataloged, water level recorded and samples taken if needed to evaluate any solid waste in the area due to the old dump site.
2. The BOC reviewed the installed cost ($7,013.63) to replace the Mill Street decorative lamp post and fixture along the demonstration project. This amount does not contain any customary mark-up or ancillary materials that would normally be charged. As agreed previously LWL will share one-third the cost and invoice the town the remainder.
3. A conference call between the department and Eversource is scheduled for this week to continue discussions relative to the department establishing a transmission interconnection in the vicinity of the Industrial Park.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Commissioner Goodell
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 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.