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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 7/17/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on July 17, 2000.

The Commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with an 11,000-pound capacity forklift. Only one bid was received to provide the new forklift that will replace the existing 1982 unit presently in service. The single bid was received from Mid-Columbia Forklift, Inc. of Wenatchee and was in the amount of $43,055. The new forklift was estimated to cost $46,500. The Mid-Columbia Forklift bid will be evaluated by staff to determine a recommendation for award.

Several items or lots had earlier been declared surplus to Douglas PUD and were approved for sale by auction at an earlier Commission meeting. Some of the items up for sale included 5 vehicles, a boat, motor, and trailer, electric carts, desks, cameras, and etc. to name a few. All but two of the items were sold at that auction. Douglas PUD realized $34,635.50, from which a 10% commission will be deducted. The Commissioners accepted the bids received from the June 24th auction conducted by Northwest Auction Service and approved the sale.

Miscellaneous scrap metals were declared surplus and the Commissioners approved the sale of those metals through advertising and the bidding process. The scrap metals include 26,810 pounds of assorted aluminum conductor, 9,525 pounds of bare copper conductor, 1,525 pounds of weatherproof copper, and 11,320 pounds of miscellaneous galvanized wire and iron. Bids offered for the purchase of the metals will be opened in the Purchasing Agent’s office of the Douglas County PUD in East Wenatchee at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2000.

Water used for fish rearing at the District’s Methow Spring Chinook Supplementation Hatchery is supplied by five production wells. That water is pathogen-free and vital to hatchery operations. The five wells should be producing around 4,500 gallons per minute but that output has recently dropped to below 3,500 gallons per minute. This amount of water is not sufficient to maintain an adequate water supply for the hatchery’s designed production. Picatti Brothers of Yakima has serviced the wells before, performed very favorably, and is the only firm with the necessary personnel and knowledge of the Methow Hatchery to make the needed repairs in a timely manner. The Commissioners declared Picatti Brothers, Inc. the single source to provide repairs to water supply wells No. 2 and No. 5 at the Methow Spring Chinook Hatchery.