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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 2/20/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on February 20, 2001.

The Commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with battery testing, inspection, maintenance, and training. Only one bid was received for the contract. It was received from Industrial Battery Systems of Seattle and was in the amount of $37,295. Estimated to cost $39,550, the bid will be evaluated by District staff prior to any recommendation. To close by June 30, 2001, the agreement covers all battery systems located in East Wenatchee, at Wells Dam, PUD switchyards, substations, and microwave sites. Training of PUD personnel is also included in the contract.

A Professional Services Agreement with CanMap Systems to improve the electrical distribution mapping and work order system was approved by the Commission. Douglas PUD had a previous contract with CanMap to perform the same work. That contract had expired on September 31, 2000. A new contract is necessary since there continues to be a need to support and improve the existing system and to replace other applications. The new agreement will conclude on January 1, 2003.

A Professional Services Agreement with Richard L. Simon, Meteorologist, was also approved by the Commissioners. Douglas County PUD has determined that investigating feasible sites that may be suitable for wind power in Douglas County would be beneficial to the PUD. Determining the acceptability of certain sites requires the experience of a Consulting Meteorologist to help with the design of a wind data collection program. Mr. Simon has the credentials and experience for the work as well as recommendations from within the wind power industry.

The Commissioners established a Public Hearing for February 26, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. for the sale of 112,500 ISO Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County for the sum of $281,250.00 plus applicable state and local taxes. The PIT tags were to be used in a Wells Project juvenile fish survival study that was cancelled leaving the tags surplus to Douglas PUD’s needs. The hearing will be held in the East Wenatchee Headquarters building during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting on the 26th.