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News Release - 5/27/2014

Douglas PUD Commission Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the May 27, 2014 Commission meeting held at the District's Bridgeport office:hicks scheller 25.jpg

Awarded Operations Supervisor – Wells Project Brian Hicks and Maintenance Coordinator John Scheller with their twenty-five year service awards. Commissioner Heminger thanked the men on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for their many years of service. John thanked the Commission,  " It has been a good opportunity, a fun job and I appreciate it." Brian said " I have enjoyed the years spent here. Thank you for the opportunity."

Authorized purchase of surplus 24 count ADSS long span fiber optic cable from Grant PUD. This cable is capable of being installed on structures where the span length exceeds 400 feet but is not greater than 700 feet. Grant PUD is offering reels of this cable at a cost effective price. One reel will allow the District reduced construction costs in areas that require long span low count fiber cable. (14-066)

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to CG Power Systems Canada, Inc. under contract 12-01-D, supply and deliver one 230-115 kV, 200 MVA Autotransformer to Rapids Switchyard. This transformer was necessary to convert power at Rapids Switchyard from 230kV to 115 kV to connect with other transmission lines throughout Douglas County. The contractor has satisfactorily completed all requirements of this contract. (14-067)

Authorized addendum No. 1 and 2 to bid document 14-03-W, modernize five passenger elevators at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The pre-bid walk through with potential bidders revealed necessary clarifications to the bid document. The first addendum extended the bid opening date to Jun 9, 2014. (14-068 & 14-069)

Approved Professional Service Agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. for the 2014 Resident Fish Assemblage Study. The new FERC license and the Aquatic Settlement Agreement both require Douglas PUD to conduct a resident fish assemblage study in the Wells Reservoir. HDR Engineering, Inc. has successfully completed a number of resident fish assessment and monitoring studies throughout the region and possesses the equipment and expertise necessary to carry out the goals outlined in the 2014 Resident Fish Assemblage Study Plan. This agreement will not exceed $197,358 and will expire March 31, 2015. (14-070) 

Authorized Hosted Advanced Applications Agreement with Peak Reliability. Peak Reliability monitors and directs the reliable operation of the bulk electric system within the Western Interconnection to ensure an uninterrupted flow of electricity to consumers.  Peak Reliability's Energy Management System software will allow the District to have a better awareness of the state of the transmission system in real time, transmission operations requirements required by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation(NERC), and system planning. This agreement will not exceed $90,000 in 2014 and $75,000 each subsequent year expiring December 31, 2017. (14-071)

Approved the Northwest Power Pool's General Services Agreement Individual Work Order and Letter Agreement.  A Western Energy Coordinating Council standard requires registered entities to annually compile and submit data related to underfrequency load shedding. This work order authorizes Northwest Power Pool to act on the District's and other utilities' behalf in gathering and reporting the data for compliance with the standard. (14-072)

Authorized land use permits 938-01 and 947-01 with Scott Wright. The District's Land Use Policy requires adjacent land owners wishing to use properties associated with the Wells Hydroelectric Project to obtain approval through a District issued permit. Both locations are within Bridgeport city limits. These permits will allow access pathways and joint use docks on District property. (14-073)

Authorized retirement and disposal of printing equipment. These items are non-usable, of no value, and unsuitable for sale at a surplus auction. Due to environmental concerns, electronic equipment must be disposed of properly. The District will trade in these printers, utilizing recycling services offered by Ricoh USA, Inc. to properly dispose of the items. (14-074)

Declared miscellaneous items of personal property as surplus to the needs of the District, and authorized the sale of those materials by public auction. Items range from vehicles to computer equipment. The sale, handled by the Booker Auction Co., is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at the NCW Fairgrounds. (14-075)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 2,368 end users.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 9, 2014 at the District's East Wenatchee office.