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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 6/19/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on June 19, 2000.

The Commissioners accepted all of the work performed by Wilson Construction Company under a contract covering the last 12 months while Wilson was serving as Douglas PUDs distribution dock crew. All of Wilson’s work has been completed, inspected, and accepted. This was the first year of a two-year contract and it amounted to $609,114.20. The agreement was extended to cover the additional year.

The present forklift used at the East Wenatchee Headquarters was built in 1982 and has served the PUD well. However, some of the new vaults used today and the transformers as well exceed to load capacity of this older forklift. The Commissioners authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with a new 11,000-pound load capacity forklift. The purchase of the unit was included in the current distribution budget.

An emergency was declared by the Commission as they waived the normal bid law requirements that will allow for the purchase of 84,000 feet of ADSS fiber optic cable at a cost not to exceed $153,720. The cable is needed for a connection between the Foster Creek Substation and the Brewster Bridge. To complete the project on time, it is necessary to have the cable in hand before winter. Normal delivery time for the specified fiber optic cable has been averaging 72 weeks. This emergency action will provide for cable meeting the required specifications to be delivered to Douglas PUD within the following 14 to 16 weeks.

Douglas County PUD needs a professional services agreement to provide Methow spring chinook studies for 2000–2001. The Yakama Nation has performed this type of work since 1988. In the past, they have performed these same studies for Douglas PUD. As such, the Yakama Nation has demonstrated their expertise in collecting this data and the work they supply will add to the continuity of the data necessary for the project. The Commission approved an agreement with the Yakama Nation that is not to exceed $185,990.

The Commission canceled the regular July 3rd Commission Meeting noting that the July 10th Commission Meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the District’s Bridgeport Headquarters.