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, September 6, 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 and Operations Manager Richard Herrington.
The minutes of August 15, 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.
Roberta Kimball inquired about a tree under the distribution line that LWL has trimmed, which is now dying. The remainder of the tree is leaning toward her property and she is very concerned that it may fall on the house. Mr. Herrington stated that due to the previous trimming LWL should have the tree removed. LWL BOC agreed to have trimmers remove tree.
Paul Reistma has contacted the PUC regarding the pole line through his property.
Mr. Herrington stated that during make ready work for segTEL Inc attachments,
Mr. Reitsma told FairPoint that they could not install an anchor on his property. LWL has to do a pole transfer at the same location and was also told by Mr. Reitsma that we would not be allowed to do any trimming on his property. Some of the poles have dates of 1948. FairPoint has been searching for easements but we have not heard the final outcome. The BOC stated the relocation is not in the plans at this time and should find out the status from FairPoint because it is their maintenance area.
OPERATIONS MANAGER REPORT:
Mr. Herrington stated on August 28th there was a town wide outage which occurred around 9:30 p.m. A phase conductor belonging to National Grid that burned down in the Moore station area caused the outage. An employee from National Grid was there within an hour and a half to assess the situation. A National Grid line crew arrived at
3:50 a.m. from Lebanon area to make repairs. Power was restored to Littleton at 7:16 a.m. Monday morning. The BOC felt that the response time for repairs is unacceptable. The BOC also feels that recent outages have shown that service from the National Grid has become a reliability issue for the Town of Littleton.
Mr. Herrington stated that during the same timeframe of this outage, LWL crews patrolled the transmission lines and found where a tree had contacted and burned off of the line and fell to the ground. The next day the line was patrolled again, in the same area as the tree between Burndy and South Street substation, crews discovered some broken insulators on a pole. Because the area is not accessible with our trucks, LWL has contacted IC Reed to do the repairs, as a track rig is needed to get to the pole. IC Reed should be able to perform repairs without an outage.
Mr. Herrington explained that on September 1st, LWL crews were replacing a regulator at South Street substation. A short while after repairs were made an arrestor on the 34.5 source side of the transformer blew apart causing a power outage for most of the town. The crews were very lucky not to have been in the substation during the explosion as we found porcelain scattered all around. The crews did a great job isolating the problem and restoring power back to the town in 37 minutes. The arrestors had been inspected a short time ago by Infrared Analyzers, the report showed a low-level repair priority. We are looking to replace these and other arrestors in our system. ESC Engineering will specify the proper replacement arrestors, which will be polymer as opposed to ceramic type.
The NH DOT is asking LWL to relocate a pole near Carpenter Brook on North Littleton Road. They will be replacing a culvert due to flash floods. The extent of project is dependent on when they receive money. The DOT is expecting the project to start in October. Apparently our services are to be for free. This will require further investigation.
At Gale River the culverts are filled with gravel. One has been washed out. We will get a contractor to make repairs as needed.
ProControl at Mannís Hill pump is not working properly. Bill Sencabaugh has been working on the controls. ProControl representative will be coming to review.
Commissioner Goodell asked for an update on Railroad Street. Mr. Herrington stated that the site work has been completed and LWL is ready to pour the slab when scheduling allows.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending July with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:08 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.