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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 9/14/1998

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on September 14, 1998.

The Commissioners listened while local artist Richard Beyer outlined a project recently approved by the Pateros Chamber of Commerce. The project consists of a 40-foot by 16-foot mural to be located on the south wall of the Pateros Library. The mural depicts the sternwheeler Columbia making its way up the Methow Rapids many years ago. At a cost of $5,000, Ron McGaughey of Manson will be the artist providing the mural. Beyer pointed out that this is a good opportunity for residents of Northcentral Washington to provide funding for much needed art projects in the region. Anyone wishing to contribute may send a check payable to the Pateros Chamber of Commerce Library Mural Fund at Box 613, Pateros, WA 98846.

The Commissioners gave their approval to begin the process for making changes to Douglas PUDs Land Use Policy. Existing provisions contained in the PUDs Land Use Policy require the assessment of any significant environmental impact made to the Wells Dam Reservoir. Additionally, the recent signing of the negotiated Habitat Conservation Plan has requirements for further protection of fish and wildlife resources. The PUD is receiving more and more requests for permits to construct docks and piers on the reservoir. This situation together with the new and existing requirements has prompted District staff to propose amendments to the Land Use Policy. These amendments are intended to establish procedures to obtain permits for structures on the reservoir. Before these amendments can be included in the Land Use Policy, certain procedures must be completed, including an environmental assessment. Another requirement is to hold public hearings regarding the proposed amendments to provide for public comment. Douglas PUD has accordingly scheduled two such hearings. The first is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12th at the Bridgeport Headquarters. The second will be held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19th.