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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 11/29/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on November 29, 1999.

The Commissioners authorized the issuance of new Wells Hydroelectric Revenue Bonds, to be known as Series 2000A and 2000B. These new bonds will be used to replace $9.1 million of outstanding Wells Hydroelectric Revenue Bonds. The original bonds cannot be redeemed until next summer, so the new Series 2000A and 2000B bonds will be issued on a “forward delivery” basis. This means that the closing of the bond sale will be delayed until next summer but the District will realize approximately $740,000 by refinancing.

A review of the assessment roll of Local Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, the Rio Vista Street Lighting System was conducted. Manager Bill Dobbins advised the commission that the assessment would continue at $31.00 per lot. This is the same amount as in the last few years. The commissioners set the date of December 20, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters as the Notice of Public Hearing date. Any lot owner in the LUD area wishing to comment on the assessment may do so at or prior to that time.

The Commission gave an approval for a professional services agreement with BioMark, Inc. for the installation of a PIT-tag detection system. Douglas County PUD is obligated to conduct a third PIT-tag fish survival study at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Recently, the Army Corps of Engineers changed the PIT-tag detection systems at McNary, John Day, and Bonneville Dams. Data received from these federal projects must be included in the Wells Dam study. The Corps changes will require a new ISO PIT-tag detection system to be installed at the Rocky Reach Dam. The Chelan County PUD has agreed to split the $50,891.20 cost of the ISO PIT-tag conversion with Douglas PUD. Biomark, Inc. was selected to perform the conversion since it is currently the only private organization experienced in building, tuning, installing, and maintaining ISO PIT-tag detection systems. The cost to Douglas PUD for the conversion amounts to $25,445.60.