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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 11/30/1998

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting, which was held on November 30, 1998.

The commissioners presented Journeyman Mechanic, Tom Miller, with his 25-year service award. In making the award, Commission President Jim Davis thanked Miller for his many years of service to the people of Douglas County. It is employees like you seeing to the electrical needs of Douglas County citizens that helps make Douglas County the fine place it is. On behalf of all Douglas County citizens, this commission thanks you.

Douglas PUD Vehicle No. 8 has seen many years of service and scheduled to be replaced within the 1999 budget. As such, the commissioners agreed to a call for bids for that replacement. The new truck No. 8 will be placed into service in Bridgeport serving the northern part of Douglas County.

Since 1988 Douglas County PUD and North Central Educational Service District, NCESD, have jointly provided educational curriculum for every kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and seventh grade student in Douglas County. Classes pertain to electrical generation, distribution, conservation, safety, and water issues. Presently, Douglas PUD and NCESD, together with county fifth grade teachers, are working on a new curriculum that will include some of the history of Douglas County as well as local geology. This new curriculum will also include a tour of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The commissioners agreed to the continued funding of this joint agreement for the 1998-1999 school year in the amount of $40,504.

Manager Bill Dobbins reviewed the assessment roll of Local Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, the Rio Vista Street Lighting System. He advised the commission the assessment would continue at $31.00 per lot, the same as last year. Commissioners then set the date of December 21, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters as the Notice of Public Hearing date. Lot owners can call or mail their written comments to the office before that date or attend the public hearing voicing their comments at that time.

Douglas PUD is in need of increased office space, certain departmental changes, and other revisions to the East Wenatchee Headquarters building. After reviewing staff recommendations, the commissioners agreed to a call for bids for the work. Bids for the contract will be opened during the regular Commission Meeting of December 21st at 2:00 p.m. in East Wenatchee.