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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 17, 2012

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 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 January 3, 2012 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.

CUSTOMER CONCERNS:

1. LWL personnel discovered that an electric meter previously disconnected due to an unsafe electrical connection was recently placed back in service (reconnected) by the owner at 20 Chiswick Avenue without LWL knowledge. After verifying account information LWL personnel disconnected the meter and reported that the meter might have been tampered with, as power was being provided but the meter disc was not spinning. The owner was advised of the situation and counseled with regard to the potential consequence of tampering with LWL property.

2. The Department is working with the NH Department of Human Service in regard to disconnecting for non payment and NHPUC 1205 (Medical Emergency Certification). NHPUC 1205 deals with a customerís protective status due to a medical condition (attested to by a medical professional) that inhibits the customerís ability to pay their monthly utility bill. This particular customerís situation has been an ongoing saga since October 2011; LWL will have a property lean place on the residence in an effort to recoup some of the expected loss revenue.

SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:

1. LWL personnel were called out to a significant water main line leak near 147 Bethlehem Road at about 6 am Sunday, January 15, 2012 that affected most of the Mt. Eustis pressure zone. The six (6) inch cast iron water main was found to have a 36Ē long crack along the casting seem, and lay in close proximity to ledge with no apparent sand bedded.

It is estimated that the leak started about 4am and more than 214,000 gallons of water was drained from the Mt. Eustis Reservoir during the event. Water service was restored to the immediate area and the system returned to normal operations by 2 pm. LWL personnel reported that the NHDOT crew provided timely support and cooperated fully throughout the event with LWL personnel.

2. Motor vehicle damage to the Hospital pump station will be covered by the driverís insurance carrier less ten (10) percent for depreciation. USAA insurance will provide LWL a check in the amount of $1,156.99 on behalf of their client.

3. Dodge Contracting is finished with most of the renovations to the front offices and restrooms having worked on more than 1,400 SF as of Friday, January 13, 2012. Other contractors will be painting, installing carpet and hooking up the surveillance system over the next two weeks. Office furniture begins to arrive on or about February 1st.


GENERAL BUSINESS:

1. The BOC reviewed a draft proposal to fund the new reservoir on Oak Hill through raising water rates and hydrant leases. The decision was made to wait unit the final construction cost are known before pursuing other financing strategies.

2. The BOC discussed the 2012 department operating and maintenance budget for each division. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the budgets dated January 12, 2012 as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Ross.

The vote was in favor 3-0-0.

3. Superintendent Considine stated that he was approached with regard to extending the water main on Oak Hill Avenue extension (near Lilac Lane) to Tuck Lane. The originally water main was installed as part of the proposed Greenwood Acres residential development. Connecting these areas with an eight (8) inch water main would significantly improve the fire flow capability and water quality throughout the Tuck Lane side of the system. The BOC stated that they are in favor of LWL pursuing this betterment project.

Commissioner Ross inquired as to what the department had for future large scoped capital projects once the new reservoir is built and the electrical system is finally converted to the higher operating voltage.

Several projects were discussed with the BOC (i.e. new well system, slip-lining Gale River 12Ē water main, relocating Burndy Substation, placing the Industrial Park distribution voltage, back up electrical 34.5 kw feed, neutral line to Pattenville/Commerford, etcÖ) and will be captured by the department in the appropriate capital improvement plan.

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 2:00 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.


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