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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 Jul 16, 2012

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 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.

MINUTES REVIEW:

The minutes of July 2, 2012 regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting were reviewed. Commissioner Moore made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.

The vote was in favor of the motion 3-0-0.

SUPERINTENDENT/ MANAGERS REPORT:

1. The BOC was shown a new IPERL water meter that the department will begin to deploy soon. The meter is made of polyphenylene alloy (plastic) and has no moving parts; flow measurements are made electromagnetically and based on the velocity of water passing the sensors through the flow tube. The automatic meter reading device currently used by the department is fully compatible with the IPERL electronic register.

The IPERL meter conforms to the new USEPA and AWWA standard for the reduction of lead in drinking water that takes effect on January 2014. The standard bronze based positive displacement type meters currently being used by the department will no longer be available through Sensus metering. The IPERL meter has the same retail price and appears to be more economical to buy new than to rebuild the older style meters. The department is in the process for ordering its first batch of residential meters and a one for one replacement will take place going forward.

NOTE: The department is in full compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule of the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act.

2. The BOC approved an exception to policy in regard to awarding full credit on abatement for excessive water consumption at the Opera House to the Town of Littleton. A leak was not noticed in the opera house and excess usage was recorded from February 2012 through June 2012. Typically the department would recoup the treatment costs of the wasted water which amounts to a credit of about fifty-four (54) percent when abatement is requested by the customer.

3. The BOC reviewed a plan to place traffic signs at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Union Street to improve the safety around the intersection by restricting parking at the intersection. The department is expected to attend the August 13th select board meeting to discuss the departments and Millwork’s proposed parking restriction.

4. The department has prepared a plan to demolish the existing impoundment reservoir at Oak Hill following installation of the new water storage tank. The work will be treated as a change order so that all legal contractual language can remain in effect for the additional work.

5. The first invoices against the new electric tariff realignment were sent to customers last week. Many customers will not realize the decrease as their consumption varies from month to month camouflaging the drop in the total energy component.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

Superintendent Considine stated that he would like to have a topographical survey conducted along upper Maple Street to prepare plans to replace the existing two (2) inch galvanized steel line. The survey would consist of capturing roadway detail and USGS elevation points along upper Maple Street from Oak Hill Avenue to Elm Street near East Street for a centerline distance of about 900 feet.

The BOC agreed that the 2 inch galvanized water main needs to be replaced.


CUSTOMER & PUBLIC CONCERNS:

Ms. Stephanie Eaton attended the meeting although offered no official comments.

ADJOURNMENT:

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

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.


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