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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 5/1/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on May 1, 2000.

The Commissioners established the new administrative positions of Staking Engineer in the Bridgeport offices and East Wenatchee. These positions are needed to adjust for the continuing growth in Douglas County while planning for retirements as well. The Staking Engineers will concentrate on the distribution system reconstruction, new extensions, and new services. These positions will be considered as training positions. Applications will be sought from persons with an undergraduate degree relating to engineering or from persons having experience in an electric distribution engineering capacity or in other directly related engineering work.

In emergency was declared by the Commission waiving the normal bid law requirements and allowing the PUD's purchase of fiber optic cable. Douglas PUD needs to install fiber optic cable from Wells Dam to its Foster Creek Substation to complete the backbone of the District’s fiber optic cable network. It also has contractual obligations to supply that cable to the Towns of Bridgeport and Mansfield. There have been delivery problems occurring with suppliers quoting cable product delivery times averaging 72 weeks. One supplier, Focas, Inc., has told Douglas PUD that if the District immediately places an order, delivery of fiber from them can be expected within the following 22 to 24 weeks. The Commissioners approved an order to purchase 62,154 feet of ADSS fiber optic cable from Focas, Inc. for the sum of $124,308 plus applicable taxes.

Subsequent to a recommendation by District staff, the Commission approved the final acceptance of all work performed by Hummingbird Communications, Inc. for the delivery and installation of a customized document management system. Douglas County PUD Information Services Supervisor Dick Martin stated that all work required in the contract has been completed, inspected, and found to be in compliance with the specifications of the contract. The new system will be used for filing and managing District documents.