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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 Dec 17, 2012

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

Superintendent Considine briefed the BOC in regard to the following:

1. With the exception of a few punch list items work to construct the new water storage tank is complete. The work required to repair the slope of the floor in the control building is the largest unresolved item before the project can be finalized. The department will retain two (2) percent of the total project cost until the punch list is completed to the satisfaction of the department.

2. Work associated with decommissioning of the old impoundment reservoir is complete. The old building was relocated to Railroad Street and placed over a meter control vault. Some settlement is most likely expected and will be addressed as needed.

Commissioner Goodell asked if provisions were made for draining the inside of the old basin. Superintendent Considine stated that the old basin drain was left open and a French drain was constructed around the inlet before it was buried.

Commissioner Goodell stated that the department may want to consider planting evergreen trees or some type of shrubbery over the old reservoir to enhance the area and to control the vegetative growth.

3. Discussions with regard to the new line bucket truck are on-going as to what was specified by the department and what the manufacturer considers an option. The department has not officially taken ownership of the vehicle though insurance was placed on the vehicle as a preventative measure.

4. The year end physical inventory is progressing well and several major inventory stores are completed. No major discrepancies between the actual on-hand physical count and the general ledger have been identified to date.

5. The department was notified by ISO-NE that they will distribute the Constellation Energy Commodities Group court mandated penalty on behalf of the Federal Energy Commission on a pro-rata basis. The department can expect a credit in the amount of $12,810.74 in future ISO-NE
December 2012 settlement statement.

GENERAL BUSINESS:

1. As a direct result of an illegal electric connection recently found at a customerís circuit panel the BOC reviewed and discussed approving a new policy that addresses the unauthorized use of electricity and electric meter tampering. The BOC can impose a fine of $500 if a customer was found to have intentionally tampered with or knowingly made a connection to circumvent the departmentís billing meter(s). (Note Ė the LWL policy is based on the NH Code of Administrative rule PUC 1203.11)

Commissioner Moore made a motion to adopt the ďUnauthorized Use of ElectricityĒ policy as presented by Superintendent Considine, seconded by Commissioner Moore.

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

Superintendent Considine informed the BOC that the department is in preliminary stages of developing a new electric rate schedule in regard to Net Metering (renewable energy) con-generation systems. There is several ways to measure the power that a customer is returning to the departmentís distribution system. A bi-directional meter may be used or two (2) meters, one (1) dedicated to measuring the source (consumption) and another dedicated to the load (amount returned to the departmentís distribution system from the customers system) are the most widely employed. The customer theoretically receives a credit on the wholesale portion of their electric bill for power generated and returned to the departmentís overhead system. The customer would be responsible for certain billing charges and other feeís such as the NH consumption tax.

The BOC agreed that a minimum charge would have to be developed and that these accounts need to be treated as any other account. As the department would incur additional expenses to manage the data this would be a cost passed on to the customer.

Commissioner Moore stated that in his opinion utilizing tow (2) meters to accomplish this would provide more clarity for everyone.

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 2:15 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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