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News Release - 12/27/1999

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on December 27, 1999.

The Commissioners awarded the contract to supply Douglas PUD with asbestos and lead abatement services to I.W. International, Inc. Bids had been solicited from prequalified contractors for the removal or containment of hazardous materials located in properties or structures already owned or to be purchased by the PUD. I.W. International, Inc. of Kennewick, Washington was the only firm to submit a proposal seeking the contract. Douglas PUD staff reviewed the I.W. International proposal and determined that it met the required specifications. Staff then recommended that the Commissioners award the contract to I.W. International.

An agreement is necessary to aid personnel working under compressed air conditions at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. That agreement establishes a contract setting forth the performance of the duties of appointed compressed air medical directors. The Commission approved a compressed air medical director’s contract that will run between Douglas County PUD and Dr. Ronald D. Nielsen, Dr. L. Keith Hanson, and Dr. John A. Kremer II. The three Brewster Clinic physicians had been appointed to serve as air medical directors for the Wells Hydroelectric Project at a prior Commission meeting.

Wires have been installed across the Wells Hydroelectric Project tailrace to minimize seagulls taking salmon and steelhead smolts as they exit the Wells Dam structure. The wires installed for these purposes have proven to be very effective. The Wildlife Services Division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to conduct necessary maintenance on those wires. The Commissioners approved a contract that is not to exceed $9,229 for such maintenance. The work is to be completed before the spring migration of salmon and steelhead.