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Minutes of Littleton Water and Light Meetings

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.

Minutes for 2015

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Regular Meeting Nov 2, 2015

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015 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.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the October 19, 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.

CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:

Superintendent Considine stated that the resident of 101 Maple Street requested abatement for excess water consumption for April 2015 due to an income hardship. They previously paid the water bill though recently the sewer bill was received and it was doubled as compared to the previous year.

The BOC was in agreement to grant the abatement per LWL office procedures/ policy.

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

1. Department management is in the preliminary stages of compiling data for the 2016 O&M operating budget. Power supply will increase slightly with workers compensation and health increase premiums projected to increase about fifteen (15) and three (3) percent respectively.

2. Dufresne Engineering began their review of the water transmission main (between the Gale River intake and Apthorpe Tank) with regard to preparing a preliminary engineering report. The past five (5) years of data (flow and sales) was provided and a physical inspection of the nine (9) mile water main was recently conducted. The department anticipates that the report will provide a condition assessment and a plan to replace critical sections as needed in addition to being a possible source funding base document.

3. The department was notified by National Grid (via email and phone message) that they are preparing to mobilize with regard to planned upgrades to the 3315 line between Commerford Station and Pattenville Switch 1515. The 3315 line is the departmentís only power supply source and there is no redundancy built into the supply system with the exception of a radial feed from Moore Station. The pending work to rebuild the 3315 line is due to poor performance and reliability concerns that the department has previously expressed many times over the past twenty (20) years.

4. Power supply bids were solicited by the department this morning with four (4) companies providing bids in response to the departmentís Request-For-Proposal (RFP) in regard to our 2017 power supply needs. Several products were configured that matched the department estimated load shape and provided bidderís more flexibility to refine their bid proposals. The department was able to hedge more that seventy (70) percent of our anticipated 2017 load and diversify suppliers at a cost of less than $50.00 per mW.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

Commissioner Moore asked about the condition of the boiler for the shop area.

Superintendent Considine stated that he has a quote from Stiles Fuel to replace the boiler for $ 11,400. This item was going to be included with the 2016 capital equipment requests during budget discussion next month.

Following some discussion the BOC agreed that due to the age and high maintenance repairs of the existing boiler that the replacement of the old boiler should be expedited and authorized the expenditure. Stiles should be contacted with regard to timing and to get the project moving as a two (2) day estimated shut-down may be required for scheduling purposes.

ADJOURNMENT:

Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
Commissioner Moore.

The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.

Meeting adjourned at 1:47 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.


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