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News Release - 1/2/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on January 2, 2001.

The Commissioners began the meeting with the swearing in to office of Commissioner Mike Doneen for another 6-year term. Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall presided over the ceremony. Commissioner Doneen has continually served the residents of Douglas County in this capacity since 1964 and as such is the senior PUD Commissioner in the State of Washington.

The Board of Commissioners was reorganized electing Lynn M. Heminger as President, Mike Doneen as Vice President and Assistant Secretary, and T. James Davis as Secretary Treasurer. Heminger will also represent Douglas PUD for the American Public Power Association while the Northwest Public Power Association will have Doneen as the representative. Davis will serve as representative for the Washington PUD Association. All three Commissioners also serve as alternates or second alternates to these three trade organizations.

Two bids were received to provide Douglas PUD with traffic control flagging for the period from January 15, 2001 until December 31, 2001. Bids prices for the contract were in the amounts of $92,400 and $98,970. The lower bid was received from Changing Directions of Entiat, Washington. Both of the bids will be evaluated by District staff before recommendation of award.

The continued employment of Frank W. Frisk, Jr. for the year 2001 was approved by the Commissioners. Frisk, a Washington DC attorney, has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of Douglas PUD for many years. Terms of the contract remain unchanged as they have for several years.

The Commission approved an agreement with Duke Engineering to perform certain engineering services at the Wells Hydroelectric Project regarding powerplant controls and instrumentation. Duke has served Douglas PUD in this capacity for several years acting as a subcontractor. No other firm possesses Duke’s expertise and knowledge in these areas of the Wells Project.