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Meaghan Vibbert
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News Release - 4/19/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on April 19, 1999.

The commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with a new or used aerial manlift bucket-truck. There were three bids received for the vehicle that will be used for maintaining and installing customer services, streetlights, and fiber optic cable. Prices for new trucks ran from $65,448 to $68,296. Used trucks were offered from $63,738 to $64,995. The estimate for new vehicles was $75,600 and $73,200 for used. All three bids will be evaluated prior to staff recommendation of award.

Bids to provide Douglas PUD with miscellaneous conduits, vaults, electrical and concrete work were opened by the Commissioners. Six bidders provided quotes, which ran from $137,872.50 to $675,875.60 with McCandlish Electric of Wenatchee having submitted the lowest bid. Estimated at a cost of $158,454, all bids will be evaluated prior to recommendation or award.

The Commissioners authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with pole testing, treating and physical plant inventory for 1999. Conducted on an annual basis, this contract assures that wood pole structures used in the Douglas PUD distribution system remain in good, serviceable condition. The resulting agreement will expire on November 1, 1999 and is not to exceed the sum of $150,000. There is a provision for a one-year extension.

Bids previously submitted to provide a new power circuit breaker for use in the Foster Creek Substation were rejected by the commission. Two bids had been received and opened at the regular commission meeting of March 22nd. Douglas PUD staff determined that one bid exceeded the estimate by over 15% and was therefore, unacceptable. The second bid did not conform to PUD specifications. The recommendation was to reject both proposals and issue a new call for bids. The Commissioners agreed.

The Commissioners recessed the meeting until Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. in Ephrata, Washington. At that time, Douglas PUD Commissioners will meet with commissioners from Chelan and Grant County PUDs in a joint mid-Columbia session. That meeting is scheduled to last until 1:30 p.m. The commissioners will then recess again and reconvene on Friday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the City Hall in Chelan, Washington. Centering on the proposed Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, the Chelan meeting is scheduled to run until 3:00 p.m.