The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on September 21, 1998.
The commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with the removal of asbestos from various locations around PUD properties. This was a necessary second call for bids since the first call provided only one quote and that bid exceeded the estimate by over 15%. There was additional work included in this second call and the request brought two bids. The first, and lowest, was provided by I.W. International, Inc. of Yakima and was in the amount of $138,855. The second bid was for $161,212. The estimate for the work was $147,000. Both bids will now be evaluated by PUD staff before a recommendation for award will be made.
For several years, Douglas PUD has entered into agreements with the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological Survey maintains gauging stations on the Methow and Columbia Rivers gathering river condition information necessary to PUD operations. The stations on the Methow River are located near Winthrop and Pateros. Columbia River information is gathered below Wells Dam, at the headwater and tailwater of that project, and at Bridgeport. This agreement begins October 1, 1998 and runs until September 30, 1999 at a cost of $25,850.
One of the conditions required of Douglas County PUD in the license to operate the Wells Hydroelectric Project is the continued funding of the Wells Hatchery and Methow Hatchery budgets. The commissioners reviewed those budgets for the 1998-99 period. The budget for the Wells Hatchery is in the total of $787,318 and is 12% over last years budget. The Methow Hatchery budget is $487,280, up 5% over prior figures. Both budget increases were due predominately to additional required marking and tagging as well as the cost of goods and services.