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Minutes of Littleton Water and Light Meetings

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.

Minutes for 2012

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Regular Meeting Jan 3, 2012

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 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 Superintendent Thomas Considine.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of December 19, 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.

FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:

Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending November 2011 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.

The National Grid Transmission Service invoice for November 2011 was more than $23,000 above their typical monthly invoice. National Grid stated that the variance is attributed to the restoration of services incurred during the Halloween 2011 snow storm and represents the department’s shared system expenses to repair the damage caused by the storm.


SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:

1. The BOC reviewed photographs of a motor vehicle accident at the Hospital Pump house on NH route 135 on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. A traffic bollard and electric meter sustained damage and both will be replaced and there appears to be no structural damage to the building. Property damage estimates are being prepared and will be forwarded to the driver and the insurance company for restitution. The traffic accident report has been requested in writing from the Littleton Police Department.

2. The department’s 2011 “favors” list was compiled and presented to the BOC for discussion. LWL provided more than $56,000 in services to local government agencies throughout town that the department was not compensated for.

3. Discussion will begin soon with La Capra Associates in regard to procuring wholesale power contracts beyond 2013. The results of the discussions will aid the department as it reviews the stability within the electric rate schedules. The costs of transmission service assessed by ISONE have continually increased over the past several years in response to congestion in the Northeast region.


GENERAL BUSINESS:

1. Superintendent Considine stated that the department has completed its review of the vehicle bid specifications and determined that the vehicle proposed by Altec Industries, Inc. (the apparent low bidder) offered alternatives items that were not were not acceptable to LWL and not in accordance with the specification provided in the bid documents. Based on the results of the final review the department recommends that the truck bid be awarded to the James A. Kiley Company.

Commissioner Ross agreed that that contract needs to be award to the manufacturer whose vehicle specification more closely meets or exceeds the specification requested by the department. Commissioner Ross made a motion to accept the bid submitted by the James A. Kiley Company in the amount of $231,540.00 for a new 55 foot material handling bucket truck. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moore.

The vote was in favor 3-0-0.

A letter of acceptance signed by the BOC will be forward to the James A. Kiley Company.


2. The BOC discussed the need to establish and adopt a “Net Metering” policy.

Superintendent Considine stated the department must allow a certain amount of customer owned and operated generating systems to tie into the department’s electric distribution system by law (NHPUC 900).

Burndy, LLC recently connected a 6,000 watt solar array to their main distribution panel and the department did not have a procedure to follow and by default used a NH Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) template. Though the design output associated with this array is expected to be negligible and have little if any impact to LWL operations, LWL employees need to be aware that a back feed potential exists at this location. Adopting a policy would put safety and interconnection operational practices in place that are generally accepted industry practices that would minimize any potential risk to LWL employees and the electrical system. The draft policy the BOC has reviewed was developed using templates from the NHPUC, VT Public Utilities Board and the American Public Power Association adjusted to meet the requirements of the department. The rules generally pertain to the safety, reliability and power quality of Net metering systems that interconnect (tie into) to the department’s distribution system.

Commissioner Moore made a motion to adopt the “Interconnection Rules and Regulations for Net Metering Systems” as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ross.

The vote was in favor 3-0-0.

ADJOURNMENT:

Commissioner Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
Commissioner Moore.

The vote was in favor 3-0-0.

Meeting adjourned at 2:10 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.


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