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 3, 2015 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Eddy Moore (via telephone), Commissioner Perry Goodell, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the July 20, 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 3-0-0.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
1. Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended May 2015 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
2. Mrs. Wilkins advised the BOC that representatives from Health Trust (new health insurance providers) will be enrolling LWL employees and retirees tomorrow (August 4, 2015). Two (2) informational sessions will be held where employees and LWL retirees will have a chance to discuss the new plan, ask questions and complete the required paperwork for the network enrollment.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. A truck (logging truck) traveling on Redington Street last week (Thursday, July 30, 2015) made contact with a low hanging wire (allegedly). The truck supposedly was at legal height and it was not clear as to what wire was the lowest and was caught by the truck, typically telephone or cable is the lowest on the pole. The truck caught the wires and pulled two service drops off from the nearby homes.
One of the property owners involved is convinced that LWL is at fault and contends that it is our responsibility to pay for all repairs to his damaged property as he has a deductible if he goes through his homeowners insurance.
Superintendent Considine advised the homeowner to contact his home ownerís insurance company as an electrician most likely would have to be involved. LWL is not involved with the exception of reattaching the down service drop and that he may want to contact either phone and or cable company if he is not satisfied. The homeowner stated that he does not feel that he should have to pay the deductible as it wasnít his fault and ended the phone call.
2. Both the New England Electrical Workers Benefits Fund (NEEWBF) and the union were advised as to the departmentís decision to terminate NEEWBF as the departmentís health care provider. No response was received from NEEWBF to date. Union management thought that they should have had a say in the review process before the department decided to select a new provider without their input. Superintendent Considine stated that the unionís shop steward was involved in the entire discussion, review and selection process.
3. The department with the assistance from Dodge Contracting is planning to commence work on replacing the water main on Maple Street between School Street and Oak Hill Avenue on or about September 1, 2015.
Commissioner Goodell stated that in his opinion while all the equipment is on site that he feels that the entire project should be completed.
Letters will be sent to the customers that are affected by this project advising them of the projectís status.
4. Superintendent Considine advised the BOC that he has been asked by the Littleton Energy Conservation Commissioner (LECC) to sit in on a telephone conference call with regard to repurposing the town old land fill. The LECC is researching whether a solar panel array is a viable economic option for the town.
Commissioner Ross inquired about the fuse coordination study that ESC Engineering is in the process of conducting and the designed purpose.
Superintendent Considine stated that OSHA life safety changes require that certain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be used by an employee operating electrical switching equipment.
OSHA now requires that a label/ notice be place on each piece of switching equipment that specifies that certain PPE Flame Resistant (FR) rated clothing must be worn by the employees before operating the switch. The fuse coordination study looks to optimize the safe operating of our electric system by aligning circuit fusing (fault current) with the appropriate FR rated PPE for employee safety in the event of a short circuit in close proximity of the employee.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
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.