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, July 17, 2017 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the July 3, 2017 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The geophysical (Very Low Frequency scans) well siting results were reviewed with the BOC. Geosphere sent LWL a map overlay that plotted the most plausible drill sites to locate the proposed wellhead in accordance with the data collected on site a few weeks ago. Three (3) test well sites were identified as suitable test well locations. Once the proposed wellhead/drill site is located physically in the field LWL will continue to extend the access ramp towards the target location for the well drilling equipment.
2. Representative from the USEDA attended several meetings in Littleton late last week and discussed requirements that the USEDA needs in order to qualify for federal development funding.
a)Rotobec USA is planning to construct new shipping and receiving warehouse adjacent to their manufacturing facility in the Industrial Park. In order to use federal funds the infrastructure must be owned by a government or municipal agency and be installed in the public ROW. The timing of this approach may not be suitable for Rotobec at this time as they have operating/manufacturing time constraints for their products that they must meet.
b)The plans for the River District Revitalization EDA project are nearing final review prior to soliciting bids. A projected start date or ground breaking is planned for September to comply with conditions of the grant funding.
3. A meeting was recently held with representatives of the Schillings Brewery, Littleton Town Manager Andrew Dorsett and John Hennessey (Littleton River District Committee) to discuss the Schillings project which recently broke ground. As direct results of constraints associated with space/ property limitations the pole that is directly in front of the project needs to be relocated. LWL has developed a proposed plan to keep the line overhead and move them/ relocate the pole and wires with minimal impact and cost to the surrounding overhead infrastructure and customers.
Mr. Considine stated that both Mr. Hennessey and the town manger expressed a desire to have the entire river front power system placed underground and were disappointed that it was not happening. They stated that burying the lines could be considered a hazardous mitigation strategy though no example was given.
LWL gains very little advantage by placing the lines underground throughout this area and the cost would most likely be prohibitive just for aesthetics. The circuit carries the entire south side of Main Street and with the exception of the section be worked/relocated is generally very reliable and built to new safer 15 kv standards. If LWL were to entertain placing he line underground a master plan for the entire circuit would have to be developed on how to convert all the secondaryís from aerial to underground services and a bill payer identified.
Costs were discussed. LWL will work the main line overhead circuits as the pole condition and location are not ideal and has plagued LWL for some time. All service rendered by LWL in connection with the underground service to the new brewery (about $20,000) would be the responsibility of Schillings.
Schillings did state that they would appreciate any financial assistance that LWL could offer them as the revenues that they will pay LWL for increased water and electric would be significant.
The BOC following some additional discussion agreed that it would not be right to have LWL customers pay or finance the Schillings business venture and that any future discussion should come back to the BOC.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
1. The NHDES requested that the FY-2018 grant payment ($8,864.87) due LWL be certified by the BOC. This grant terminates the year following the Slow Sand filtration loan in 2021. The principle balance owed following LWL 2017 payment is about $155,000. Commissioner Goodell executed the certification statement that will be sent to the NHDES for the release of the grant funds.
2. The Lisbon Mt. Eustis Industrial Park steering committee and Daymark Energy Consultants are scheduled to attend the August 7th meeting to brief the BOC.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 2-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:05 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.