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, December 7, 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.
The minutes of the November 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 3-0-0.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended October 2015 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The BOC reviewed the final cost to replace the water service line at 29 Redington Street. Superintendent Considine suggested the owners be invoiced for the expenses associated with the exploratory excavation and the materials.
Following some additional discussion the BOC were in agreement that the department suggested share was reasonable and that a payment arrangement with the owners could be arranged, if needed.
Background Note: The BOC at their October 5, 2015 regular meeting grant an exception to policy due to financial hardship and agreed that the LWL would share in the cost of replacing the service line between the water main and the curb stop.
2. A new Buderus boiler system (2016 Capital Equipment) was recently installed by Stiles Fuel per authorization of the BOC.
Following start-up on November 19th a couple of minor adjustments were made to fine tune system operations though to date the new system is operating without issue. The old boiler jacket was leaking more than expected and the timing of this replacement prior to stressing the system this coming winter should prove beneficial.
3. Commissioner Ross asked about the status of the Maple Street water main replacement project.
Superintendent Considine stated that the project is complete and that final costs were completed with the exception of the department share of the final paving. Costs to date, less paving, are about $65,000 or about $84 per foot pipe installed.
1. Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) proceeds for the third and fourth quarter of 2015 will be rebated to all LWL customerís that consume energy (kwh) in the month December 2015. The rebate rate is set at $7.94 per 1,000 kwh, the average residential home can expect to receive a rebate of about $4.70 in their December bill.
2. The BOC discussed a suggestion from Daymark Energy Advisors (formally La Capra Associates) to increase our wholesale power capacity hedge from fifty (50) percent to something more. The next capacity auction will take place in February 2016 and capacity prices will be set for operating year beginning June 1, 2019 and ending May 31, 2020. Any action by LWL with regard to securing additional capacity resources needs to happen by the end of January 2015.
Following some discussion with regard to capacity resources no action was taken by the BOC though they stated that they should revisit the topic at a future meeting.
3. The 2016 Operating and Maintenance (O&M) budget drafts were presented to the BOC for review. Both the margin in the water and electric operating section are low and are not projected to meeting the department suggested revenue requirement to sustain capital growth. The 2016 proposed capital projects and equipment list will be presented at the BOC next regular meeting. An item of note is a proposal to replace the wire reel trailer that is severely deteriorated.
Following some general discussion relative to the proposed budget the BOC stated that they would further review the projected budget and would discuss at a future meeting, no further action was taken.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:20 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.