The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on September 18, 2000.
The Commissioners authorized the sale of a truck to the City of Moses Lake. Douglas PUD recently declared an aerial manlift bucket truck surplus to PUD needs and authorized selling that vehicle through the 2000 public auction. The truck sale was conditioned by requiring a minimum bid in the amount of $15,000. No bids were received for the truck at the auction. Since the auction, the City of Moses Lake has expressed interest in the truck, and, after operating the vehicle, has agreed to the $15,000 price. The City of Moses Lake has agreed to accept the vehicle on an “as is, where is” basis.
Mergansers, herons, ducks, and gulls are regular predators found at the Wells Dam Hatchery feeding on steelhead in their rearing ponds during the winter months. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services is mandated by Congress to handle wildlife damage problems and is the only entity licensed to perform a hazing service on these predatory birds. The Commission declared the USDA the single source of supply for bird control at the Wells Fish Hatchery. A contract with the USDA was approved and will provide for these services from mid-September to the end of March and during 2001 for the survival study and spring migration. This contract between the PUD and the USDA amounts to $46,216.
Commissioners also declared the USDA the single source of supply for wire maintenance at the Wells Hydroelectric Project Douglas. Douglas PUD has had wires installed across the tailrace of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The wires are used to reduce the predation of gulls, terns, and cormorants on salmon and steelhead as they migrate pass the dam. Regular maintenance on the wires is needed. Another agreement with the USDA will provide for this maintenance plus added hazing in the tailrace for an amount that is not to exceed $12,427.