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News Release - 1/11/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on January 11, 1999.

The commissioners presented Project Supervising Engineer Herb Curtis with his 30-year service award. In making the presentation, Commission President Mike Doneen thanked Curtis for his many years of service to the customers of Douglas County. Curtis thanked the commission for his award saying, "Douglas PUD is a great place to work with wonderful employees".

Douglas PUD uses traffic control flagging on an annual basis for assisting underground and overhead distribution work along various highways throughout Douglas County. The commissioners gave approval for a call for bids for traffic control flagging for the remainder of 1999. After bids have been received and evaluated, an award will be made in the form of a contract that is not to exceed $100,000 for the remainder of the year.

One of the requirements of the 1980 Wells Settlement Agreement is to conduct survival fish studies at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The studies this year will include large numbers of young steelhead and will be more precise requiring special expertise in fish handling, water quality monitoring and animal husbandry. To accomplish this task with the most certainty, Douglas PUD will look to proposals from responsible environmental consulting firms. The commissioners approved a request for proposals for the consulting work.

Douglas PUD had eight firms respond to a prior call for proposals to provide the PUD with right-of-way and easement acquisitions. After evaluating all proposals, Erlandsen & Associates Professional Land Surveyors was determined by staff to be the most qualified and responsive to PUD requirements. The commissioners agreed with the choice and authorized PUD staff to negotiate a contract for the work with the Brewster firm.

The commissioners conducted a bid opening. Four firms provided bids for a new power transformer to be used at the District’s Waterville Substation. Prices ranged from $79,700 to $105,873, with an engineering estimate of $83,400. After all bids have been evaluated, District staff will make a recommendation for award.

The commissioners canceled the regularly scheduled commission meeting of January 18, 1999 since Douglas PUD will be holding an Employee Day on that day and Douglas PUD offices will be closed.