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 02, 2012 in the Littleton Water and Light Department (LWL) conference room. Present were Commissioner Ralph Ross, Commissioner Eddy Moore, Commissioner Perry Goodell, Financial Services Director Cheryl Wilkins and Superintendent Thomas Considine.
The minutes of June 18, 2012 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Goodell made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Moore.
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
FINANCIAL DIRECTORS REPORT:
1. Mrs. Wilkins reviewed the financial statements for the month ending May 2012 with the Commissioners. Several discrepancies as compared to budget were discussed and explained by Mrs. Wilkins.
2. Primex, NH Public Risk Management Exchange (LWL worker compensation insurance company) informed the department that as a result of realignment of charges LWL is eligible for a rebate of about $10,800 for previous overpayments. The rebate will be applied as a credit against 2013 charges which are expected to increase as a direct result of claims being filed.
SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:
1. The BOC was shown photographs in regard to rock/ ledge removal progress at the new water storage tank (Oak Hill Reservoir) on School Street. It appears that about two-thirds (2/3) of the tank will be founded on bedrock/ ledge. Some blasting was required around the perimeter of the access road though most of the rock removal has been accomplished with the use of a large vibrating hammer attached to the excavator. Natgun Tank personnel are expected to be on site starting July 9th to begin setting the concrete forms for the ring footing and tank slab. Preliminary discussion has taken place with Piscabo Excavating in regard to removing the existing impoundment reservoir and grading. The department is preparing a scope of work to be included as a change order.
2. Harris Computer presented a utility billing software demonstration via the internet that was attended by several office personnel on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The current software has several limitations and challenges with regard to automatic meter reading software enhancements and financial reporting. The department will have to make a decision as to what kind of automation services it will offer its customers in the future.
3. The realignment of energy component expenses for the electric tariff took effect for all power consumption invoiced after July 1st. Residential customers can expect about a ten (10) percent reduction in their overall energy costs, commercial customer savings varies from three (3) to thirteen (13) percent as this is dependant on their specific user group. The overall impact to the department bottom line is about ten (10) percent drop in overall revenues.
1. Vehicle parking adjacent to the road intersection of Union Street and Lafayette Avenue is presenting challenges for motorists exiting and entering Lafayette Avenue. The parked vehicles along Union Street are a significant safety concern for LWL employees and customers as the “sight distance” is severely limited while exit Lafayette Avenue. The vehicles that are doubled parking along Lafayette Avenue significantly restrict vehicle traffic movement, especially the larger commercial vehicles.
Mitch Grieves, owner of the Littleton Millworks stated that he recently approached the Littleton Police Department (LPD) in regard to these issues and was told that there was nothing that they (LPD) could legally do because the roads were not posted otherwise. Mr. Grieves suggested that we (Millworks & LWL) combine efforts to have parking restriction placed during business hours along Union Street and Lafayette Avenue.
The BOC acknowledged that this has been an ongoing problem and agreed to join efforts with Littleton Millworks and attempt to improve the safety of the intersection and ease access for the traveling public along Lafayette Avenue by restricting parking during business hours.
2. Superintendent Considine requested that the meeting be moved to nonpublic session to discuss an employee medical matter.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to enter into nonpublic session in accordance with RSA 91-A: 3 - Para. II (a), to discuss an employee medical matter. Seconded by Commissioner Goodell.
Commissioner Ross called for a roll call vote to enter in nonpublic session. Commissioner Ross – Yes, Commissioner Moore – Yes, Commissioner Goodell – Yes. The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Entered nonpublic session at 1:40 p.m.
Commissioner Moore made a motion that the minutes of the nonpublic session remain sealed due to the medical matters discussed. Commissioner Ross called for a roll call vote to seal the minutes. Commissioner Ross - Yes, Commissioner Moore – Yes, Commissioner Goodell – Yes. The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to leave nonpublic session and return to public session. Seconded by Commissioner Goodell. The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Came out of NPS and returned to public session 1:55p.m.
Commissioner Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by
The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.
Meeting adjourned at 2:00 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.