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 21, 2009 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of December 7, 2009 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.
The vote was in favor 2-0-0.
1. Mrs. Sharon Craigie, representing the Littleton Police Department’s “Volunteers In Police Service” (VIPS) discussed the VIPS program with the BOC and a new initiative call “The Good Morning Program.”
Mrs. Craigie stated that The Good Morning Program would be offered to Littleton residents only. Eligible residents over sixty (60) years of age would receive a short daily morning telephone call form a VIPS member to confirm that they are doing okay and in good overall health. This is a new program and they are trying to get the word out throughout the town.
Mrs. Craigie requested that a program pamphlet be allowed to be included in with a LWL monthly statement so that the entire town could be made aware of the program.
Commissioner Moore stated that no decision would be made at this time as the full BOC was not present and requested that LWL provide a cost of service of inserting the pamphlets.
2. Mr. Stan Faryniarz and Mr. Craig Kieny representing La Capra Associate discussed the department’s 2010 wholesale power supply position with the BOC. Mr. Faryniarz stated that approximately 90% of the 2010 power supply has previously been secured and fluctuations in the spot market should have minimal impact on the overall power supply budget projection for 2010.
La Capra is attempting to establish purchase and sale agreements between wholesale power suppliers and LWL in an effort to diversify the department’s power supply portfolio. They are still negotiating with prospective suppliers in regard to holding LWL to a collateral threshold dollar limit. The threshold would be triggered (take affect) when the difference between the amount of the contract (dollar amount) and the market value of the contract reached a set, agreed to collateral limit. To date the department has unlimited collateral in place with each of our present suppliers.
Mr. Faryniarz also suggested that the department may want to consider hedging their future power supply (2012 and beyond) position as pricing is favorable and below current budget. Locking up a small portion (say 3 Mw) of the open load may be warranted at this time.
Commissioner Moore stated that the full BOC would discuss La Capra’s suggestion at a later date and would advise.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. An agreement for engineering services to prepare a detail cost estimate to develop the groundwater supply at the end of Persons Field was reviewed with the BOC and tabled to a later meeting.
2. The transmission service agreement between the LWL and National Grid will expire on January 1, 2010 and the BOC reviewed the new agreement. Both agreements are basically the same and tied to the Federal Energy Commissions Tariff No 9 and based on the user paying only for what they use.
3. The BOC meeting attendance was distributed and reviewed. Payment for services will be rendered in 2009 and a copy will accompany the 2009 minutes for the year end audit.
1. Commissioner Moore recommended that LWL determine a dollar figure or a security performance bond and terms (say for 10 years) in regard to the proposed ledge blasting operation proposed at the old Highland Croft Farm. The proposed blasting project is within the protective well radius and up gradient of the Brickyard Well.
Commissioner Goodell stated that the bond should cover the full replacement cost of developing a new well in the event that our Brickyard Well becomes contaminated due to the blasting residuals.
2. Superintendent Considine stated that he has been in communication with the engineers of the Redington Street Bridge replacement project in regard to the water main crossing. The project could begin as early as summer/fall 2010.
The BOC agreed that LWL should send a letter to the engineering firm and Littleton select board detailing LWL’s concerns with having the water main shut off throughout the winter months.
Discussion relative the 2010 operating and capital requests were tabled until a full BOC convenes in January 2010.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
The regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting is held twice monthly on the first and third Monday, at 1:00 p.m., in the Department’s conference room.