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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 2/1/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on February 1, 1999.

The commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with a new retaining wall to replace the existing wall located on the eastern side of the East Wenatchee Headquarters parking lot. The existing wall has been eroding for several years with water appearing above and below that property line. Seven firms submitted bids for the new block wall and drainage system with prices ranging from an apparent low of $157,075 to a high figure of $219,864. Bremmer Construction of Wenatchee provided that low figure. The new wall and drainage system was estimated to cost $190,000. All bids that were submitted for the work will be evaluated prior to recommendation for award.

The commissioners deferred a previously approved rate increase that was to become effective April 1, 1999 until April 1, 2000. Manager Bill Dobbins explained that Douglas PUD staff recommended the rate deferral for another year noting that while the 1997-98 water year was below average, Douglas PUD sustained good non-firm energy sales. In addition, the snowpack for 1999 indicates water in the system to be at about 112% of the 30-year average. Present electric rates are $.23 per day plus $.0176 per kWh plus $1.00 per kilowatt of demand in excess of 50 kilowatts. The deferred rates which will now become effective April 1, 2000 would establish the General Service Rates of $.263 per day plus $.0l85 per kWh plus $1.00 per kilowatt of demand in excess of 50 kilowatts in addition to making comparable changes to the Irrigation and Street Lighting rate schedules.