The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting, which was held on December 7, 1998.
Douglas PUD began operation of the City of Waterville electrical system in August 1997. Since that time, studies have shown that a new substation for Waterville would be necessary to improve reliability for customers living in that area. The commissioners approved a call for bids to provide a new pad mounted transformer for the new Waterville Substation.
A prior resolution authorized staff to seek a professional agreement to investigate electrical system abnormalities for Douglas PUD. Three firms responded by submitting proposals for the contract. After evaluating those proposals, PUD staff determined that Power System Engineering was the most qualified and responsive to Douglas PUD requirements. The commissioners approved another resolution permitting PUD staff to negotiate an agreement with the Covington, Washington firm for the work.
Douglas County PUD has been a member of the Utilities Telecommunication Council, UTC, for over 30 years. The UTC is a non-profit organization formed to assist the nations electric, gas, water, and steam utilities and preserve their interests in telecommunications and its resources. Throughout the years, Douglas PUD has been successfully represented by the UTC on these matters. The commissioners agreed to continue the membership for the coming year with the annual dues of $1,098.
For some time, Douglas PUD staff has wanted a have a scale model of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Such a model would greatly assist PUD employees in explaining the features and operation of the bypass system of the project to interested parties. After much research, Rauda Scale Models, Inc. of Seattle was chosen as the single source of supply to produce such a scale model. PUD staff determined that Rauda is the only firm in our region with the experience needed to properly construct a hydroelectric project display model. The commissioners approved the request for the model at an estimated cost of $30,000. The finished product will be housed at Wells Dam in the visitors area.