The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on January 25, 1999.
The commissioners presented Power Dispatcher Larry Loddewig his 20-year service award. Commission Vice-President Jim Davis thanked Loddewig for his many years of dedicated service to the customers of Douglas County.
The commissioners opened bids provided by three firms to provide Douglas PUD with an aerial manlift bucket truck. Prices for the truck ranged from $101,587 to $109,442, with the lowest being received from Pacific Utility Equipment Company of Seattle. The PUD had estimated the cost of the truck at $114,000. All three bids will be evaluated prior to staff recommending an award.
Four bids had been received for a new power transformer to be installed in the Waterville Substation. They were opened at the regular commission meeting of January 11th and ran from $81,160 to $110,415. The unit was estimated to cost $83,400. After all bids had been evaluated, VanTran Industries of Waco, Texas was determined to have the lowest cost of ownership with their bid of $81,160. The commission awarded the contract to VanTran.
Douglas PUD owns orchard property in the Rock Island area. It was purchased as a future substation site and contains an orchard needing the care and operation of a qualified person. The commissioners approved a request for proposals to find someone qualified and willing to care for the site.
Frank W. Frisk Jr., a Washington DC attorney, has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of Douglas PUD for many years. The commissioners extended his contract through the year 1999. The terms of the agreement are the same as last year.