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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 6/7/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on June 7, 1999.

The Commissioners opened bids to supply Douglas PUD with the installation of fiber optic cable. There were three bids for the contract to install the cable from Douglas Switchyard to Orondo Switchyard. From the Orondo Switchyard cable will also be installed to the Sun Cove area and to the Town of Waterville. The installation job is estimated to cost $686,920. The bids ran from $544,085.12 to $974,953.60. The lowest bid was received from Hawkeye Construction of Troutdale, Oregon. All of the bids will be evaluated before Douglas PUD staff makes their recommendation to the Commissioners for award.

Two bids were received by the Commissioners for air-conditioning units to be installed in the Wells Hydroelectric Projects logic-board/equipment rooms. They were in the amounts of $36,126.70 and $53,150. The lower bid was provided by Central Washington Heating of Wenatchee. With an estimate of $67,000, both bids will be evaluated prior to award.

Six firms have recently provided proposals for a bond underwriting services agreement with Douglas County PUD. Following personal interviews with the three top candidates, District staff has recommended Banc of America Securities for award. The Commissioners approved that recommendation and District staff can now negotiate a contract with Banc of America Securities for their services.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has required an adult steelhead fishway evaluation of all Mid-Columbia hydroelectric projects. These required evaluations are necessary to determine the adequacy for summer steelhead passage at all Mid-Columbia dams. Douglas, Chelan, and Grant PUDs have agreed that LGL Limited is the only entity that is qualified to meet the required performance schedule with reproducible, accurate telemetry data. The total cost of the contract is $529,085. Douglas PUDs portion of the study is not to exceed $156,000. The Commissioners approved LGL Limited as the sole source provider of the 1999 adult steelhead telemetry study for the Wells Hydroelectric Project.

Radio-tags are necessary for the required NMFS 1999 adult steelhead telemetry study to be conducted by the Mid-Columbia PUDs. The Newmark, Ontario firm of Lotek Engineering is the only company distributing the coded radio-tags that are compatible with the three PUDs existing telemetry systems. The Commissioners gave approval for the purchase of the Lotek radio-tags at a cost that is not to exceed $30,031.05.