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, April 19, 2010 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 April 5, 2010 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.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce asked the LWL to provide power to a temporary service for the Littleton Home Show at The Home Depot in May. The site was selected by LWL personnel and the temporary service will be provided by the Chamber.
2. The NH Office of Energy and Planning received a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is offering a heating system replacement rebate program. The NHPUC is managing the program with assistance from PSNH and the program is open to all NH residence because of the federal money provided. LWL will forward the contact and program information to the Town of Littletonís Energy Conservation Committee and will place a notice on the Departmentís website.
3. The in-kind match ($91,260) was accepted by the Town of Littleton for services rendered by LWL forces in connection with the Littleton Main Street Reconstruction Project (NHDOT project 13861) in 2009. The remaining cash balance ($23,740) owed by LWL in regard to the contracted service rendered will be paid to the Town and will satisfy the Departmentís total project obligation of $115,000.
4. The interim substation transformer (Cooper Power 5/ 6.5 MVA) for the Westside Substation is schedule to arrive Wednesday, April 21, 2010. The transformer will be placed in service upon validating that the transformer is in proper working condition prior to energizing. We anticipate at start up date on or about Monday, April 26, 2010.
This interim transformer (though slightly smaller in capacity) should make an adequate spare transformer when the system voltage conversion is completed. The bid opening for the permanent replacement transformer (capacity rating of 7.5/ 10 MVA) is on April 22, 2010 with an expected October 2010 delivery.
5. The BOC discussed a letter submitted by the Littleton Regional Hospital (LRH) expressing concerns about the Department providing adequate power quality to the hospital. LRH alleges that they have been experiencing some equipment failure since the February wind storm and believe that their problems are due to poor power quality.
Superintendent Considine stated that whatever LRH is experiencing appears to be isolated. Power quality factors are within acceptable tolerances and being constantly monitored by the Department. There could be other contributing factors affecting the equipment at LRH beyond the Departmentís control or influence such as internal processes at the facility (equipment age, etc...) though it is easy to question the incoming supply provided.
6. The Department will attend a meeting on Friday, April 23 to discuss the Highland Street culvert/ bridge replacement project. The 8Ē water main is under the existing 6í corrugated metal culvert on the inlet side of the structure and is a point of concern as to how to economically address the water main. A Department will present a proposed plan at the meeting that should address their concerns.
7. A recent wholesale power purchase of 1 MW for the remainder of 2010 and all of 2011 should save the department substantially over the next 18 months. The Department locked in a price of $41.45 / mW at a savings of more than $50,000 for this fiscal year.
The BOC discussed the anticipated revenue projected if the Department implements the proposed Fire Protection Fee Schedule. The BOC decided that no action would be taken until a fully board was present.
Commissioner Moore stated that Commissioner Ross was reappointed by the Town of Littleton select board. No action taken with regard to reorganizing the 2010 BOC as the fully board was not present.
Commissioner Goodell made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:35 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.