The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on November 22, 1999.
The Commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with tree trimming services for the year 2000. The bid contained a provision to extend the agreement for an additional year. Asplundh Tree Expert Company of Willow Grove, PA was the only firm to submit a bid for the contract. They quoted the amount of $223,776 for the year 2000 and the same amount for 2001. The work was estimated to cost $243,360 for 2000 and $248,160 for 2001. District staff will evaluate the Asplundh bid prior to recommendation of award.
The existing traffic control flagging agreement expires on December 30, 1999 and a new contract will be necessary. The contract is not to exceed $100,000 for the 12-month period. The commissioners authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with a new traffic control flagging for the coming year.
Agreements have been in place since 1988 between Douglas PUD and North Central Educational Service District, NCESD, to provide educational curriculum for every kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh grade student in Douglas County. The various curriculums pertain to electrical generation, distribution, conservation, safety, and water. Douglas PUD and NCESD, together with county fifth grade teachers, have recently completed a new curriculum that includes some of the history of Douglas County as well as local geology for fifth grade students. A tour of the Wells Hydroelectric Project is also included. The Commission approved the funding request of NCESD in the amount of $42,529 to continue the program through the year 2000.
The Commission agreed to continue the membership with the Foundation for Water and Energy Education, FWEE, for the year 2000. Douglas County PUD has been a member since the inception of the group five years ago. FWEE consists of utilities and various organizations and businesses and operates with the mission of providing balanced information regarding the use of water as a clean and renewable energy resource in the Northwest. The Douglas PUD membership is based on generation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project and amounts to $5,870.