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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/29/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on January 29, 2001.

The Commissioners declared the Duct-O-Wire Company as the single source of supply for copper buss conductor for use in the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The conductor is used to power the draft tube gate hoists used in the maintenance of the project turbines. The original conductors have deteriorated due to oxidation in the wet climate. The Duct-O-Wire Company has previously supplied the replacement of the steel conductor using copper conductor for the Wells Project for several years. That company no longer regularly stocks the copper conductor but is willing to produce a special order for Douglas PUD and will do so at the same per foot price as in years past. A sole source purchase was approved for a minimum purchase of 5,000 feet of the copper buss conductor.

An employment agreement with Michael W. Erho was extended by the Commission for another year. Erho has served as Chairman of the Wells Coordination Committee for the past several years and this agreement will extend his employment in this capacity through 2001. The agreement is not to exceed $50,000.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require the three Mid-Columbia PUDs to gather information regarding the “threatened” Bull Trout. Since Chelan PUD has developed a comprehensive radio telemetry study for Bull Trout as part of their relicensing effort for Rocky Reach Dam, USFW has agreed to expand the Chelan study to include Douglas and Grant PUD. Cost of the entire study is estimated at $164,849 with a Douglas PUD share of $37,222. The Commission approved Douglas PUD’s participation in a study with Chelan and Grant PUD concerning the Bull Trout.