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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 5/24/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on May 24, 1999.

The Commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with power circuit breakers that will be located at the Wells Hydroelectric Project and the Douglas Switchyard. Bids were received from three firms. Prices from two of the firms were $1,444,070 and $1,549,624. The third firm did not present a total for bid comparison as requested. The power circuit breakers were estimated to cost $1,800,000. PUD staff will evaluate all bids before any recommendation for award will be made.

The Commissioners signed a resolution in support of telecommunication authority for PUDs. The resolution notes that high-speed, high-capacity telecommunication facilities are vital to todays various aspects of life and that PUDs are well suited to provide these. It also states that PUDs are currently using these telecommunication technologies and can provide the same in areas where such facilities are unavailable. The Washington State Legislature can adopt legislation authorizing PUDs to continue to develop and provide telecommunication facilities and services. This new resolution, Resolution 99-92, asks that Washington PUD law, RCW 54, specifically authorize PUDs to provide all the telecommunication facilities and services that people ask them to provide.

At last weeks meeting, the Commissioners opened bids for pole testing, treating, and physical plant inventory. Today they awarded that contract to Osmose, Inc. The Phoenix, Arizona firm had presented a bid that was in the amount of $148,464 for a contract that was estimated at $169,785. After PUD staff completed their evaluation of the bid, award was recommended to Osmose. The resulting contract for Osmose is not to exceed $150,000, expires on November 1, 1999, and contains a one-year extension.

A call for bids was authorized by the commission to provide Douglas PUD with ADSS (All Dielectric Self Supporting) fiber optic cable. The bid document specifies 48 fiber ADSS cable and a minimum purchase of 84,000 feet to be used to replenish Douglas PUD stock. This type of cable is used for the construction of communication systems for the distribution system.

The Commissioners rescheduled their next regular commission meeting for Tuesday, June 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters office due to the forthcoming Memorial Day Holiday.

It was necessary for the Commissioners to cancel the regularly scheduled commission meeting of June 21, 1999 since the Commissioners will be out of town on District business.