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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 11/23/1998

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting, which was held on November 23, 1998.

Aztech Electric, Inc. has been working as Douglas PUDs Distribution dock crew for the last two years. The commissioners approved all work performed by Aztech and authorized the payment of all remaining funds to close out the agreement. All work has been completed and inspected. The total price of the contract amounted to $254,026.43.

The transformers serving the Hannah Substation have been performing continuously for over 55 years. Proper maintenance has contributed greatly to this record. In order to extend the life of the power transformers, they must be reconditioned and internally inspected. The commissioners approved a call for bids to perform the inspections and reconditioning.

Douglas PUD currently has approximately 45,000 lbs. of assorted aluminum, 9,000 lbs. of bare copper, 3,400 lbs. of weatherproof copper, and 12,000 lbs. of miscellaneous galvanized wire and iron. The commissioners declared these materials as surplus to Douglas PUD needs and authorized the sale of the materials by public bid. Bids for the materials will be opened in the Purchasing Agents office on Friday, December 11, 1998 at 2:00 p.m.

During 1998, Douglas PUD conducted a juvenile chinook salmon pilot survival study at Wells Dam. At that time it was determined that Biomark, Inc. was the only private organization with the necessary experience in building, tuning, and installing 400 kHz PIT-tag detection systems required for the study. A detection system was installed at Rocky Reach Dam and the chinook study that followed proved to be successful. Douglas PUD now wishes to conduct a survival study for steelhead. Staff has again recommended the use of Biomark for the re-installation of the 400 kHz PIT-tag detection system at Rocky Reach Dam. The commissioners approved an agreement for the work with Biomark that is not to exceed $10,000.