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News Release - 10/19/1998

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting, which was held on October 19, 1998.

The commissioners presented Distribution Crew Coordinator Mid Broaddus with his 30-year service award. In making the presentation, Commission President Jim Davis thanked Broaddus for his many years of dedicated service to the customers of Douglas County. Broaddus expressed gratitude in receiving his award.

The second and final public hearing was held for the purpose of receiving comments and answering questions regarding a proposed boat dock policy. If the new policy is approved, new rules would apply to persons wishing to construct or maintain boat docks on the Wells Dam Reservoir, Lake Pateros. Comments were received at the first hearing regarding the proposed policy at the Commission Meeting in Bridgeport on October 12th. Comments received at that meeting plus those received today and in the mail will be considered prior to adoption of a final policy.

An agreement between Douglas PUD and the Bridgeport School District was discussed and approved. Part of the Douglas County PUDs Integrated Resource Plan calls for cost-effective conservation measures as part of the strategy for meeting Douglas Countys energy needs. The Bridgeport School District, together with its contractor, has identified certain energy conservation measures intended to save approximately 512,000 kilowatt hours annually throughout the Bridgeport School District. Douglas PUD has agreed to pay the sum of $9,220 annually for five years to the school district as an incentive to proceed with the work.

Picatti Brothers was declared the single source of supply to drill a new well at the Districts Methow Spring Chinook Hatchery. In the past, four wells have been used to provide ground water at the rate of 4,500 gallons per minute (gpm). That necessary amount has been reduced to 2,900 gpm. Recent testing has shown that a new pump is necessary to obtain the required 4,500 gpm. Picatti Brothers was selected to perform the work since it is the only firm with the experience and knowledge of local conditions to complete the work on time.