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Meaghan Vibbert
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News Release - 11/1/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

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

The Commissioners authorized a call for bids to supply Douglas PUD with a contract for tree trimming for the coming year. The existing agreement expires on December 15, 1999 and a new contract will be necessary to provide this service for the next 12-month period. The agreement is not to exceed $250,000 and the bid contains a provision to permit an extension of the contract for an additional one-year period.

The new administrative position of Distribution Communication Engineer was established by the Commission. This position will be responsible for the design, monitoring, business development, and administration of the District’s fiber optic system. To qualify, applicants must possess an undergraduate degree relating to engineering, mathematics, or computer science or the equivalent in these capacities or have experience with directly related engineering work.

There were no bids received when Douglas PUD called for a new welded aluminum boat for use at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. PUD personnel then searched the local market and evaluated several brands. Wooldridge Boats, Inc. was found to be superior. At a cost of $34,953.30, it is less than originally estimated. The commissioners approved the purchase of the Wooldridge boat.

The Western Systems Coordination Council (WSCC) is requiring specialized testing and data acquisition on the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Information on Wells Dam is necessary to improve the system modeling capability. Mr. Larry Long is a retired PUD engineer who has performed similar testing and acquisition work for other utilities. He received staff recommendation to conduct the work at Wells Dam and the commissioners approved a professional services agreement with Mr. Larry Long.