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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 2016

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Regular Meeting Apr 4, 2016

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell and Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of the March 28, 2016 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.

The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1.

Commissioner Moore recused himself from the vote as he was not present for the March 28, 2016 meeting.

SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:

The BOC watched a slideshow presentation of the maintenance conducted by department personnel at the Gale River slow sand filtration filter.

Commissioner Goodell asked how much sand is lost when cleaning the filters.

Superintendent Considine stated that according to the literature about 1 inch of sand is removed during the harrowing/ cleaning process. LWL is averaging about a wheel barrel (say two (2) Ė three (3) cubic feet) each time the filters are cleaned.

GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:

1. As a direct result of Commissioner Ross being reappointed as a LWL Commissioner by the Littleton Board of Selectmen, the BOC discussed the reorganization of their officers for the ensuing year.

Commissioner Goodell made a motion to nominate Commissioner Moore as President of the LWL BOC, seconded by Commissioner Ross.

The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1.

Following a brief discussion Commissioner Moore made a motion to nominate Commissioner Goodell as Secretary of the LWL BOC, seconded by Commissioner Ross.

The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1.

Note: The BOC agreed that the reorganization would take effect upon adjournment of the current meeting.

2. The BOC reviewed an engagement letter submitted by Vachon Clukay & Company PC (auditors) to provide an independent opinion with regard to the departmentís financial positon for the year ended 2015.

Commissioner Ross asked what the cost is to provide this service and how it compared to the previous auditor.

Superintendent Considine stated that the cost for services to be rendered was estimated at $9,000 plus travel expenses as compared to $7,800 paid J. Harding & Company, PLLC (pending retirement at this time).

Following some additional discussion Commissioner Ross signed and dated the engagement letter securing auditor services for year ended 2015.

3. The BOC discussed the proposed electric rate increase that was presented at their previous meeting. Commissioner Ross solicited additional comment before moving for a vote. No additional discussion was presented.

Commissioner Goodell made a motion that the electric rates be raised in accordance with the information presented at the March 28, 2015 meeting (about 8%) with an effective date of April 2016, seconded by Commissioner Moore.

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

4. Superintendent Considine stated that following the departmentís review of the line truck bids solicited the truck quoted by the James A. Kiley Company of Summerville, MA met the required bid specifications and therefore recommends that the contract be awarded to James A. Kiley Company.

Some general discussion ensued with regard to the age of the current truck being traded (2001) with regard to the trade in value offered.

Superintendent Considine stated that the trade in value of $3,170 would offset the option selected that would provide stainless steel fender/wheel wells on the new truck. Though the estimate appears low, the type and model of the boom and age of the truck are considered deficiencies with regard to the potential trade value.

Commissioner Goodell made a motion to award the replacement line truck contract to the James A. Kiley Company in the amount of $226,395 to provide a 52 foot aerial bucket truck, seconded by Commissioner Moore.

Commissioner Ross asked about the lead time before delivery. Superintendent Considine stated that 240 days are estimated before delivery.

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

ADJOURNMENT:

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

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.


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