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Meaghan Vibbert
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News Release - 12/13/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on December 13, 1999.

The Commissioners awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD with tree trimming services for the year 2000 to Asplundh Tree Expert Company of Willow Grove, PA. Asplundh had provided the lone bid for the contract and was recommended for award after their bid was evaluated by Douglas PUD staff. The work was estimated to cost $243,360 for 2000 and $248,160 for 2001. Asplundh quoted the amount of $223,776 for each year.

The Entiat, Washington firm of Changing Directions had presented the lowest of three bids offered for a contract for traffic control flagging for the PUD during 2000. After the evaluation of the bids presented for the work, the Changing Directions bid was determined to be not only the lowest, but also the most responsive. The bids ranged from $57,450 to $65,000. The Commission approved the contract with Changing Directions that is not to exceed $100,000.

The Commissioners approved an agreement between Douglas PUD and Quest for Economic Development, Quest. Under the terms of the agreement, Quest will provide the District with demographic and economic development monitoring throughout Douglas County. This Quest information will be used by Douglas PUD for planning purposes at a cost of $8,000.

Michael W. Erho has served as Chairman of the Wells Coordinating Committee for the past several years for Douglas County PUD. The Commissioners extended his employment agreement once again to allow him to continue serving in this capacity. The agreement is not to exceed $50,000. Douglas PUD maintains two medical decompression chambers at Wells Dam to aid personnel that are required to work under compressed air conditions. Safety standards require that licensed physicians trained in the physical requirements and medical aspects of compressed air be available to aid those personnel. Dr. Ronald D. Nielson, Dr. L. Keith Hanson, and Dr. John A. Kremer II, all of the Brewster Clinic, were appointed by the Commission to serve in the capacity of compressed air medical directors for the Wells Hydroelectric Project.