The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on September 5, 2000.
The Commissioners presented Jon Vognild, Public and Employee Relations Officer, his 20-year service award. In making the presentation, Commission President Mike Doneen thanked Vognild for his years of dedicated service to the customers of Douglas PUD. Vognild expressed his gratitude saying, “It has been a pleasure working for the P.U.D. the last 20 years”.
Two bids to provide ADSS fiber optic cable for Douglas PUD were previously received with quotes of $2,008,160 and $2,346,880. Both of those bids included unit pricing for 192-fiber count cable. During evaluation, that particular cable was determined to be unreasonable and not in the best interest of Douglas PUD. After excluding the 192-fiber count cable item, evaluation of the bids provided price comparisons of $902,560 and $962,720; the lower bid being from WESCO Distribution, Inc. The Commissioners awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD with ADSS fiber optic cable to WESCO.
A service agreement is necessary to maintain high-level reliability and performance of the District’s fiber-optic communication infrastructure. Cabletron Systems has previously provided high-end equipment to Douglas PUD and has met expectations in a satisfactory manner. The Commission approved a one-year sole source agreement with Cabletron amounting to $31,099.43.
The Commissioners approved an agreement with Sverdrup Civil, Inc. for consulting engineering services. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Douglas PUD bond covenants both require the PUD to maintain professional engineering services for safe and prudent operations of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Performed on a three-year basis, the Sverdrup contract covers the October 3, 2000 to October 3, 2003 period.
Destron-Fearing, Inc. was declared the sole source for the purchase of 112,500 passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags by the Commissioners at a cost not to exceed $281,250. Douglas PUD is required to conduct yearling chinook survival studies at the Wells Hydroelectric Project during 2001 requiring the use of these injectable ISO PIT-tags. Distributed solely by Biomark Inc., these particular tags are necessary for use with detection equipment installed along the Columbia River.
Everyone was reminded that a resolution authorizing a long-term energy exchange agreement with Avista Energy had been introduced at the regular Commission meeting of August 28th. According to RCW 54.16.040, such agreements must be introduced at least 10 days before adoption. That same resolution is expected to appear on the Commission agenda on September 11, 2000.