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, August 21, 2017 in the Littleton Water and Light (LWL) conference room. Present were, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Commissioner Peter Cooper, Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of the August 7, 2017 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Mrs. Dorothy Alberni, representing the Littleton Methodist Church asked the BOC to return the thrift store to the residential rate tariff as it was previously. Mrs. Alberni presented the BOC with a written request that detail their mission and the intended use of the building. As a result of a decline in the congregation and waning support for the project it is unlikely that this building will remain open to much longer. There is a meeting among senior church officials to discuss alternatives. The sole intent of this outbuilding is for giving back to the community and is not for revenue generation purposes.
Mrs. Alberni thanked the BOC for their consideration and stated that the church would truly appreciate any relief that the LWL could give them towards their mission.
Following some additional discussion the BOC reviewed some of the other churches in town and their associated electric rate tariff versus their activities contained within. The BOC stated that as it appears that this mission store may be in the process of shutting down that they agreed to return the store back to the existing residential rate structure and monitor the situation going forward.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the highlights of the financial statements for the month ended June 2017 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
SUPERINTENDENT/ GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT:
1. LWL personnel are making final preparations to cut a 36 inch door opening into the Mannís Hill pump station vault on Whitcomb Woods Drive to mitigate a confined space. The NHDES documented several sanitary site surveys that access into the pump space is not safe and needs to be improved to facilitate a full health and safety inspection by NHDES personnel. LWL currently has SCADA control in the vault that minimizes personnel having to enter this buried vault though maintenance activities on equipment are hampered by access restrictions.
2. The LWL and the owners of the TJ Maxx shopping center, REL Commons of Portsmouth, NH are in the final stages of approving an easement that will allow the LWL water main to be relocated on to the property. Tentative plans to begin work to relocate the water main from their entrance to a route between the plaza and gas station will resolve the access restriction of both the property owners and LWL. Several leaks in the water main along the ROW and near the gas station have prompted this course of action. Complicating the matter is that the gas station was built directly over the high pressure water main to the plaza. In the event of a leak LWL cannot shut the line down. Relocating the water main and replacing the tap to the plaza appears mutually beneficially as both access issues would be resolved.
GENERAL/ OTHER BUSINESS:
1. The BOC reviewed a draft letter of support for the Lisbon Industrial Park Steering Committee in regard to the proposed Mt. Eustis Industrial/Business Park adjacent to LIDC. Several language changes were discussed and the revised letter will be forward to the BOC for review and signature at a future meeting.
2. Lee Carroll prepared and presented LWL with a proposal to conduct a preliminary design to place a portion of an overhead electric circuit 46 underground (UGE). The section is located between Eames Way and the overhead air break at the end of Saranac Street near the road junction with Meadow Street. This section of overhead has been the topic of countless discussion during the River District Revitalization Project to beautify the area. Compounding the section is that all of the lines providing power to Main Street are fed from this area, with the exception of some buried street lighting circuits, there are no bury electric distribution lines on Main Street. Mr. Carroll preliminary estimate is only for conceptual design purposes and discussion as a much more detail plan will be required for construction estimating. With assistance from LWL the proposed design cost is expected to be about $36,000.
The BOC agreed that the final construction costs would be cost prohibitive. If LWL were to invest in this preliminary design phase LWL would never see a return on their investment. The BOC stated that anyone looking to discuss the UGE plans further for this area needs to come to the BOC meeting to work out the finances of how to secure a feasible construction cost estimate without burdening the LWL.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:10 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.