The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on December 6, 1999.
The Commissioners honored Commission President Mike Doneen for serving 35 years as a Commissioner for Douglas County PUD. Before the regular commission meeting began, a “surprise” open house was hosted by fellow Commissioners Jim Davis and Lynn Heminger. With around 75 to 80 in attendance, Mike was surrounded by well wishers including many of his family members, customers, friends, PUD employees, and fellow Commissioners. During the regular session, Mike was presented with his service award. He thanked everyone saying “It’s been a wonderful 35 years”. He added that this should not be seen as a retirement party and that he intended to continue serving the customers of Douglas County.
The Douglas County PUD owns or will own property with structures that will need to be removed or contain hazardous materials that must be abated before those structures can be removed or torn down. The Commissioners authorized a call for bids for the removal of asbestos and lead as a small works project. Bids for the work will be obtained from prequalified contractors.
Douglas PUD is required to conduct steelhead survival studies at the Wells Hydroelectric Project during the year 2000. That study will require the use of injectable passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags, ISO PIT-tags. These particular tags are necessary for use with the new detection equipment recently installed by the Army Corps on hydro projects located downstream from Wells Dam. Destron-Fearing, Inc. is the sole legal distributor of the ISO PIT-tags in North America. The Commission declared Destron-Fearing, Inc. the single source of supply for the purchase of 60,600 ISO PIT-tags at a cost that is not to exceed $167,000.