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 Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell and Commissioner Ralph Ross, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins, Operations Manager Richard Herrington and Administrative Assistant Sharon Hampson.
The minutes of June 20, 2011 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Ross.
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Mrs. Wilkins explained that the office received a call from Tender Corporation requesting a rate change. It was explained that they are only using the property at
571 Industrial Park Road for storage not manufacturing. Commissioner Ross inquired as to whether it was primary metering or single phase. Mr. Herrington stated the single phase was removed and that building is running on 34.5.
OPERATIONS MANAGER REPORT:
Mr. Herrington gave an update on the Burndy substation. On June 13, 2011 TSI performed electrical testing and dissolved gas analysis on the transformer. We received the test results on June 22nd which showed elevated levels of combustible gasses and low readings on the dielectric absorption test. TSI recommended that the high voltage bushing be replaced and the oil in the transformer goes through degassing and a dehydration process, which should take care of the problems. LWL crews installed the new bushing on June 27th. TSI performed oil degasification from June 30th to July 2nd. Commissioner Ross asked if it was back on line or were we waiting for the test results. Mr. Herrington stated that it is still off line and we do need the test results. LWL is still working on building a bypass. Mr. Herrington stated LWL ran into a problem when installing anchors. A FairPoint underground communication cable was damaged which affected both Tender and Burndy Corporation. Mr. Herrington stated that he failed to notify Dig Safe in advance and the additional cost for repairs was not known at this time.
There have been no changes at Pattenville station regarding repairs by the National Grid. Len Parker said once the CTís are received he would schedule the repairs.
Mr. Herrington informed the board that he is drafting a letter to National Grid regarding LWL concerns, which he will have for them to review at the next meeting.
The engine rebuild has been completed for truck 5 at a cost of $5,400. The truck is now at USA where repairs will be made to body supports and underneath both wheel wells, which will cost approximately $3,500. They will also perform scheduled PM and dielectric testing while it is there. The truck should be back around the 15th of July then LWL can return the rental truck.
Mr. Herrington stated the leak on School Street was dug up last week and a lead joint was found leaking at the bottom of the pipe.
Commissioner Ross stated truck 8 needs some work regarding the rust on it.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending May with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Mrs. Wilkins needed the treasurerís signature for the NHDES reimbursement grant on the slow sand filter to receive the 2011 reimbursement of $10,034.00.
The phone system was down all morning. Goulet Communications came to do some repairs and is waiting on an overnight shipment for a new card to replace and get the phones back up and running properly.
The BOC discussed a letter that was received from the Littleton Park Commission looking for reimbursement of filling the town pool. The Board agreed to credit back the usage of the initial filling of the pool.
Fred Moody, Town Manager, had a conversation with Commissioner Moore requesting LWL to read the water meters that are located at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem. The school is on Littletonís sewer system. Before a decision is made
Rich Herrington will email the Town Manager to get the specifics as to how many water meters, where are they located, what type of meters, how often they need to be read and answer any other questions that LWL may have.
Commissioner Moore spoke to the Selectmen to see if the Redington Street bridge is behind schedule due to the steel being fabricated for the deck. Commissioner Moore expressed concerns about the water connection being done. Mr. Herrington stated as soon as the steel is installed and prior to the decking, Winterset should be installing the new water line.
Commissioner Moore was asked by a customer where LWL was on the reservoir. He explained that LWL is waiting on the funding.
Commissioner Ross suggested LWL should consider some power supply procurement. Commissioner Ross stated it only takes one hurricane that could impact prices significantly. Mrs. Wilkins reviewed a letter from Thomas Considine with his recommendations of buying 2 additional megawatts. She suggested maybe for 2012 purchase 1 mw and for 2013 possibly another one. Mrs. Wilkins will contact LaCapra Associates to begin the process. Commissioner Ross said anything under $50.00 would be very good.
Commissioner Moore said the Selectmen voted to support the removal of railroad tracks from the Paul McGoldrick bridge and eventually going towards Whitefield for OHRV. LWL may need to consider putting a fence up out back of the LWL building.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:15 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.