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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/10/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on January 10, 2000.

The Commissioners approved all completed work and agreed to the payment of any retained funds due Osmose, Inc. for pole testing, treating, and physical plant inventory during 1999. All of the work that was conducted by Osmose has been satisfactorily completed and inspected. This is the first year of a two-year agreement with Osmose to conduct the work. The total price of the contract for 1999 amounted to $144,786.02.

Frank W. Frisk, Jr. is a Washington DC attorney who has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of the Douglas County PUD for many years. The Commissioners approved extending the employment of Mr. Frisk for the year 2000. The terms of the Frisk contract remain unchanged, as they have for several years.

A requirement of the Wells Dam Long Term Settlement Agreement states that Douglas PUD must conduct studies to determine the rate of survival for juvenile salmonids migrating through the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Those studies will involve PIT-tagging and the special care of the 60,600 fish necessary for the research. Biomark, Inc. has been chosen to conduct this study since it is the only private company with the necessary level of expertise. The Commission approved a professional services agreement with the Boise, Idaho firm. That agreement is not to exceed $190,000.

The Commissioners canceled the regularly scheduled Commission meeting of January 17, 2000 and rescheduled it for the next day, Tuesday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters.