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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 Oct 15, 2012

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting began at 1:00 p.m. on October 15, 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 October 1, 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 department is waiting for final authorization from the NHDOT Bureau of Highway Maintenance to terminate the power to twenty-two (22) street lights between Exit 41 and Exit 44 along the Interstate 93 ramps. The department will develop the work order and schedule as soon as our work load allows upon receipt of notice to proceed. NHDOT District one (1) will supply the traffic control as needed to support the department work effort to minimize expenses. The department and NHDOT entered into a force account agreement to reimburse LWL for services rendered relative to this work.

2. On Thursday, October 11, 2012 the department responded to a report of water coming up through the pavement at the intersection of the Bethlehem Road (US 302) and Cottage Street. During the process of isolating the leak several other customers reported that they had low or no water pressure on Mt. Eustis, and that water was leaking out of the basement behind the Eastgate Motor Lodge.

The department discovered that a four (4) inch water main inside the Eastgate Motor Lodge that was not properly restrained separated/ burst apart which caused a significant leak in their building. The department suspects that this contributed to the damage incurred by the departmentís infrastructure located in close proximity to the Eastgate incident. When the pipe burst a hydraulic hammer (rapidly flowing high pressure water to daylight) was induced into the Mt. Eustis system. The forces due to the hydraulic hammer burst the six (6) inch water main along US 302 in several locations. The department with assistance provided by Dodge Contracting was able to restore water to the affected areas by 8:00 pm that evening.

The water leak at the intersection of the Bethelem Road and Cottage Street (the initial water leak report) was isolated and did not affect any customerís water supply. A contractor working for the Food Coop under the supervision of the NHDOT recently completed drainage work in the area directly adjacent to the water leak. It is not known at this time if the water main was disturbed during this construction activity. The department plans to repair this section of water main the week of October 15th.

3. Department personnel recently removed a 20 HP electric motor from the Mannís Hill booster pump station and brought it to a repair shop in Berlin for evaluation and repair if needed. A recent inspection conducted by the Layne Christensen Company suggests that the motor may have a defective upper bearing that is causing higher than normal thermo operating temperatures. The department opted to conduct the work themselves (less motor repairs) as a more cost effect measure than using Layne Christensen in this particular situation.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

1. Superintendent Considine stated that Goulet Communications inquired whether the department would be willing to sell the Avaya Partner phone system that was recently removed from the department. The Littleton Academy apparently requires a new phone system and they do not have the funds to procure one at this time. The total cost of the used system was estimate at $510.00.

Following a brief discussion Commissioner Moore made a motion to donate the Avaya Partner phone system to the Littleton Schools, seconded by Commissioner Goodell.

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

2. Ammonoosuc Computer Service recommended that the department replace the computer network system as the existing equipment is no longer being supported (circa. 2005). A new server, backup, firewall and internet switch is required and would make the system quicker and more reliable. The purchase and installation price is estimated at $ 14,424.00.

Commissioner Ross asked if this included the main software upgrade that was discussed previously. Superintendent Considine stated that this is only the server, where the software would reside; the utility billing and financial software are not part of this upgrade. The suggested upgrade would be needed prior to any new billing software.

Commissioner Goodell made a motion to approve the new server and equipment as quoted by Ammonoosuc Computers Services, Inc on October 11, 2012 for $14,423.90, seconded by Commissioner Moore.

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

3. Superintendent Considine stated that management would like to have a department party to celebrate Christmas on Wednesday, December 5th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the conference room. He would like to close the front office and suspend all department activities for the duration of this time so that all employees and the BOC could enjoy the festivities.

Commissioner Moore stated that in consideration of the economic situation around the area that having the party on the department premises is a good idea.

The BOC did not object to managementís proposed Christmas celebration.

4. Commissioner Moore stated that the Littleton Planning Board is making revisions to the subdivisions regulations and plans to include a section on windmill towers. This should not effect the department directly as it would apply to restricting tower heights and special zoning exceptions.

Superintendent Considine stated that he had a recent conversation with Planning Board Chairman Ryan in regard to departmentís Net Metering policy.

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 2:10 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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