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, September 21, 2009 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of September 8, 2009 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
LWL received several unofficial complaints and several irritated telephone messages from customers in regard to the outage on Friday, September 18, 2009 at about 5:20 p.m. in the northwesterly portions of our service territory. There was nothing immediately obvious to on-call personnel that made several attempts to restore power to the affected circuits to no avail. A thorough inspection was conducted that included all overhead equipment and trees that were in close proximity to the lines were removed. Power was finally restored just before 10:00 p.m. LWL suspects that trees in contact with the overhead lines initiated the outage.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The Department approached NE Earth Mechanics in regard to replacing about 100 feet of 4” cast iron water main and repair/replacing a 6” water gate valve on Mill Street. They agreed to do the job and bill only for time and materials if provided. The gate valve that feeds this portion of the Mill Street water main was found in the closed position when unearthed during the Main Street valve replacement project. The closed loop facilitated major tuberculation formation and particle growth inside the cast iron water main that restricted flow diameter to approximately 1” through the center of the pipe.
The BOC agreed that the water main should be replaced. LWL will provide all materials and assist the contractor as necessary with the repairs.
2. Negative flow from the reservoir, minimal low chlorine residual and warm water led to the Oak Hill reservoir failing another monthly bacteria sample cycle for Total Chloriform. Another round of repeat samples were mandated by the NHDES and accomplished within 24 hours of receiving the positive test results from the lab. A June 2009 sample also tested position for Total Chloriform. It is expected that the new circular tank with less stagnation areas, as compared to a rectangular tank will greatly improve the overall water quality in this zone. (Note: sample(s) that test positive for Total Chloriform does not indicate that a bacterium is present only that conditions would favor their potential growth).
The BOC review a memorandum submitted to the Planning Board detailing proposed action items that the LWL are considering in the future.
Commissioner Moore suggested and the BOC agreed that the replacement/ construction of the Oak Hill Reservoir on School Street should be added to the LWL action item list.
Superintendent Considine will advise the Planning Board of this addition.
1. Superintendent Considine informed the BOC that three (3) of the aluminum street light poles salvaged from the Littleton Main Street project have been sold to date.
2. Superintendent Considine stated that LWL is allegedly being blamed for preventing the replacement of a road culvert on Reidy Way that is not within LWL maintenance responsibility. There is a primary underground cable in close proximity to the culvert that can be easily mitigated with prior coordination with others.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 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.