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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 3/20/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on March 20, 2000.

Chelan and Douglas PUDs have a need to install facilities on each other’s poles from time to time. An agreement for the joint use of these poles will save money for both utilities and provide better service to both counties. The Commissioners authorized an agreement with Chelan County PUD for such a joint pole use. The agreement shall be in affect for twelve months periods unless it is terminated sooner by either utility.

IW International had been awarded a contract to remove asbestos and lead materials from various structures located on the Wells Dam Reservoir. All of the work identified in the contract has been completed and inspected. It was found to be completed as required and the Commission approved the final acceptance of all work performed. The payment of any remaining funds was approved to IW International for their abatement work on the Wells Hydroelectric Project.

The Seattle firm of WE Stone Co. had previously submitted one of two bids for a contract to provide Douglas County PUD with twenty new semi-hermetic compressors to be installed at Wells Dam. The new units were necessary to be installed with the Wells Dam HVAC system at a cost estimated at $86,000. The Stone bid was in the amount of $41,250 and was recommended for award subsequent to evaluation of both bids. Today the Commissioners awarded the contract to WE Stone and Company.

Juvenile salmonids passing through Wells Dam are subject to attack by Northern Pikeminnow. A removal program saw good success during 1998 and 1999 and staff has recommended a call for bids to provide Douglas County PUD with a similar program during 2000. The contract calls for removal of the pikeminnow in the reservoir and in the tailrace. The Commissioners agreed to the request for another pikeminnow bounty program at a cost that is not to exceed $100,000 for 2000.