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, June 20, 2016 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the June 6, 2016 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-1. Commissioner Goodell abstained from voting as he was not present for the meeting.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
1. Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ended April 2016 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Superintendent Considine stated that sale for both water and electric are down as compared to this time last year about 7.8% and 7.4% respectively. The loss of revenue is a direct result of the drop in sales and the major factor contributing to LWLís poor margins as expenses to date are on budget.
2. The year ended 2015 audited financial statement is finished and should be available to the LWL soon. The MD&A and post-employment retirement benefits (GASB 45) are complete and the auditor(s) is expected to render their final opinion and written report.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The topic of wheeling wholesale power (solar) through LWL service territory to the grid was discussed with LWL energy attorney at Primmer Pipper Eggleston & Cramer PC (Primmer). LWL has inquired whether or not LWL would remain jurisdictional free from the NHPUC intervention if it (LWL) decided to allow wholesale power wheeling over LWL lines to the grid.
Elijah Emerson, Esq. (Primmer Attorney) stated that they could give a preliminary opinion though the final decision would have to be made by the NHPUC. Mr. Emerson suggested that Primmer provide LWL a decision to be used for preliminary planning purposes. Prior to any agreement being signed the NHPUC would have to be asked for a ruling in this matter. All legal fees would be part of the developers permitting process and their responsibility along with the interconnection study, construction cost, and monthly wheeling charges and applicable fees.
2. A brief telephone discussion between LWL and Eversource transmission services was held on June 7, 2016 in regard to the proposed stepdown interconnection with the U199 line near the transfer station. Eversource is working the problem in house as to how best to approach the project; the discussion center around how many distribution transformers are needed to supply LWL load. LWL feels that a two (2) distribution transfer solution would be practical form a maintenance point of view though cost may dictate otherwise.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
Commissioner Goodell stated that the water department cannot continue to run a monthly deficit. The water rates need to be addressed to cover the revenue short fall as a result of the low water sales.
Superintendent Considine stated that under normal steady operations the water department can hold its own. Water repairs are becoming more expensive (especially pavement repairs) and construction betterment project costs (say > $100 / foot) cannot be absorbed within the current rate structure.
The BOC agreed with the previous comments and directed that the water rates be reviewed and a new rate be developed and brought before the BOC at a later meeting.
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 1:40 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.