The following is a report on the latest meeting of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission, which was held on May 18th.
Each year, there are certain contracts that the District must enter into to do business. Sometimes these contracts are for a term longer than one year and may run from times other than January 1st through December 31st. The Board of Commissioners approved two calls for bids for such services today.
The first call was for bids to supply the District with asphalt repair and installation for the period beginning July 1, 1998 through December 31, 1999. The second was for the supply and delivery of crushed rock and bedding sand. It will run for the same period as well. Both of these contracts are sought on a regular basis and necessary for the District to conduct business. Neither of these contracts will be permitted to exceed $90,000.
The Town of Waterville is in need of increased electric capacity and a higher level of reliability. To provide this service, a new substation needs to be constructed. Douglas PUD located four appropriate sites and decided on its first choice. The District negotiated the purchase price of $30,000 plus the usual closing costs for both lots. Verification of the purchase price was substantiated through a local appraisal firm. Douglas County presently owns both lots.
Another contract awarded on a regular basis is for excavation services. This last year that contract was awarded to Carter Excavation. Carter has completed all work associated with the contract and the work has been inspected and approved. The Commission approved Carters request to close out the contract and pay all remaining funds due to the local contractor.
Don Wrights Lawn Service has been providing grounds maintenance for District properties including East Wenatchee, Bridgeport, and the Wells Dam Project. The East Wenatchee firm has completed all work and had that work inspected and approved. Wrights will also receive all remaining funds that are due.
The District has decided that a study needs to be conducted on fish that live year around in the Wells Dam Reservoir, Lake Pateros. A request for proposals was called for and staff recommended the firm of Beak Consultants from Kirkland, Washington from those consultants submitting proposals. The Commission agreed and gave permission to negotiate a contract for the work. There is relatively little information on fish that live continuously in Lake Pateros. A study of these resident fish will aid the District with fish-related matters.