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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 6/26/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on June 26, 2000.

The Commissioners presented Distribution Dispatch Coordinator Charlie Jones with his 35-year service award. In making the presentation, Commission Vice-President Jim Davis thanked Jones for his many years of dedicated service to the customers of Douglas County. Jones thanked the Commission for acknowledging his years at the PUD saying, I have been a very lucky individual to have worked this time at Douglas County PUD.

The passage of Substitute Senate Bill 6675 permits PUDs to provide wholesale telecommunication services. Douglas PUD is working to provide its customers with fiber optic services through local service providers. The Commission amended Douglas PUD Rate Schedule 6 for wholesale communications services and amended the Customer Service Policies accordingly.

Part of Douglas PUD’s Long Term Fish Settlement Agreement is to provide funding for the Methow Hatchery Complex Evaluation Program. Operated by the State of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Methow Hatchery serves Douglas PUD as a supplementation hatchery for spring chinook salmon in the Methow Basin. A July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001 budget in the total of $147,328 was presented the Commission for the Methow Hatchery. This figure represents a 6% increase over last year’s budget. The increase is due predominately to the employment of two additional evaluation biologists serving for one month to provide guidance and oversight of Mid-Columbia hatchery evaluations. The Commission approved the budget for the fiscal year 2001 for the Methow Hatchery Complex Evaluation Program.

Those in attendance were reminded that the regular Commission Meeting of July 3, 2000 had been previously canceled.