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 18, 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 July 5, 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.
OPERATIONS MANAGER REPORT:
Mr. Herrington updated the BOC. At Burndy substation the line crew found oil had been leaking from the top of the transformer. They found that a sealing cap on the new bushing was not the correct size. They contacted the manufacturer to get the right part. As of today, the bushing has been repaired and the transformer is energized with no load. TSI will be here on Friday to take another sample to test for moisture and do a gas analysis. Also, they will pressurize the head space and do a leak check. Mr. Herrington stated he was not sure why TSI did not notice the leak during two days of degasification but is looking for an answer. Commissioner Goodell asked if the failure was due to the manufacturer. Mr. Herrington stated the specifications for the bushing were not accurate.
Mr. Herrington informed the BOC that Len Parker from the National Grid said today that they have received the CTís and arrestor for the Pattenville substation. He will be scheduling a transmission hot line crew to make repairs and get breaker #1515 back online. He will notify us with the date. There is still no breaker at Pattenville and is also unmetered.
Truck 5 has been returned from being repaired. It looks like they did a pretty good job.
Mr. Herrington explained that last Friday at 4:00 p.m. the system experienced a brown out. LWL on call crew went out and found a line down at Partridge Lake substation. The 34.5 Hendrix wire and some other equipment burned down at switch #1514. On Monday, July 18th we contacted the National Grid to check system status and found out that at the same time of our trouble call they had a bushing fail on the breaker that was
feeding Littleton and Waterford. They said they had one operation and later switched us from Comerford to Moore Station. The outage lasted less than 20 seconds. They are currently planning to replace the 1939 breaker at Comerford. Also, the line crews found two fuses that opened up at the grounding bank. This is still under investigation. LWL is changing out one transformer at the grounding bank. The Partridge Lake substation is out of operation as of Friday. Line crews will be starting repairs at the #1514 switch at Partridge Lake substation and should be complete in a couple of days.
Mr. Herrington stated Infrared is doing inspections today and tomorrow. There have been a few hot spots already found.
Mr. Herrington informed the BOC, per their request, that an email was sent to
Fred Moody, Town Manager, regarding reading water meters at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem for sewer purposes. Once Mr. Moody receives a response from the school then a meeting will be set up to sort through all the issues.
Mr. Herrington reviewed with the BOC a draft letter he has written to Bob Moran, Account Manager, with National Grid concerning recent town outages.
The BOC agreed the old generator from the Mannís Hill tank should be set aside and used for emergency purposes.
Mr. Herrington informed the BOC that at least four times now on Monday mornings the ďDNDĒ button on the phone, which pages out the on call crew, has been turned off. Will be investigating as to why or how that has been happening.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins spoke with someone from DES regarding the state revolving loan. The ranking should be done this month as to where LWL falls in the line up.
Mrs. Wilkins spoke to Craig Kieny with Energy Associates about purchasing more power. They will start soliciting this week and will get back to her at the end of the week. Commissioner Goodell asked if they gave her any figures, which they have not at this time.
Mrs. Wilkins explained the recent Ammonoosuc Computer bills. The new computer has crashed twice now since being purchased in February due to a virus.
Commissioner Goodell went out to the intake last week. He noticed that some of the smaller stone near the apron has been lost but still looks okay; nothing needs to be done at this time. Commissioner Goodell inquired as to the timeline of the dredge permit. Mr. Herrington will look for the permit. Commissioner Goodell stated when the Apthorp Reservoir gets filled in LWL may want to consider taking some of the stone out to the intake for future use.
Commissioner Goodell noticed last week out to West Side substation there was a pickup truck and trailer out there. Mr. Herrington is looking in to having a gate installed there and also at the Burndy OCV pit.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 1:42 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.