The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting, which was held on June 29th.
This meeting was conducted at the Wells Hydroelectric Project in order to accommodate the Commissioners' participation in a Washington Public Utility District Association Legislative Tour. The meeting commenced at 9:00 a.m. rather than the normal 2:00 p.m. time to provide the Commission time to conduct the session and travel to Winthrop for the beginning of the tour.
At the meeting of June 15th, the Commissioners issued a request for bids to provide Douglas PUD with traffic control flagging. Flagging is necessary to provide protection for the public and the PUDs distribution crews and equipment while working on or near roads. Two bids in the amounts of $28,200 and $29,440 were received for the work. After District staff evaluated both bids, it was determined that Changing Directions, a local company, had submitted the lowest responsive bid and was recommended for the contract. The Commissioners agreed and signed a resolution awarding the contract accordingly. The contract runs through December 31, 1998 and is not to exceed $100,000.
One of the requirements of Douglas PUD's license to operate Wells Dam is to update its recreation plan every five years. The update consists of an evaluation of recreational needs in the area of the Wells Hydroelectric Project and, working cooperatively with local communities, development of a plan to meet those needs. Once the plan is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), arrangements are made for funding and completion of the necessary improvements. Douglas PUD completed the 1997 update covering the next five years and submitted that plan to FERC. Approval of the plan has been received. Some of the measures to be included involve improved fishing access sites; more parking, tables, and benches; expanded swimming beach areas; and river bank stabilization. Douglas PUD estimates the cost of the improvements at $1.3 million. The next steps will be to complete a bond issue to finance the work, complete engineering and architectural design of the plan and conduct a bidding process to select the contractor with the lowest responsive bid to do the work.