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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 6/12/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on June 12, 2000.

The Commissioners awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD with a new 4 X 4 backhoe loader and a 20-ton tilt trailer to Central Machinery Sales. The Moses Lake firm had presented a bid in the amount of $68,420 for the equipment that was estimated at a cost $80,000. Central Machinery was recommended for award subsequent to evaluation of all of the bids by Douglas PUD staff to determine the lowest responsive bid. The new backhoe and trailer will be placed into service from the District’s Bridgeport office.

Morrill Asphalt and Paving Company of Wenatchee presented one of two bids for a contract to provide asphalt repair and installation for the period of June 12, 2000 to May 31, 2001. Two bids had been opened at the regular Commission meeting on June 5th. The Morrill bid was in the amount of $96,000 for a contract that was estimated to cost $126,500. PUD staff recommended Morrill after an evaluation of both bids. The asphalt repair and installation contract is used in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground power lines. The Commissioners agreed with the staff recommendation and made the award accordingly.

Each generator at the Wells Hydroelectric Project has a local board that utilizes certain gauges and indicators relating to the performance of each particular generator. Similar instrumentation is used in the control room. The existing equipment as well as the associated transducers and electronics have become a maintenance problem and are obsolete with replacement parts being unavailable. Allen Bradley equipment has been used at Wells Dam for some time. This particular Allen Bradley data logging equipment is very reliable and stable and is necessary to integrate with the District’s existing system. The Commissioners declared Allen Bradley the sole source of supply for the purchase of new measurement and indication equipment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The new equipment has been provided for in the current budget and is anticipated to cost approximately $65,000.

The Commission declared certain Douglas PUD items or lots as surplus and authorized the sale of those materials by auction. Some of the Items to be included in the sale are five (5) vehicles, a boat, motor, and trailer, electric carts, chainsaw, cameras, cassette recorder, VCRs, typewriter, and several desks. The sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th and will be held by the Northwest Auction service.