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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 2/26/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on February 26, 2001.

The Commissioners noted that the date of February 26, 2001 had been established at a prior Commission meeting as the public hearing date for questions regarding 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 plus applicable taxes. No one being present with questions regarding the sale and having no other form of inquiry, the Commission declared the matter closed and approved the sale of the surplus PIT tags to Grant County PUD.

The bid to provide Douglas PUD with battery testing and maintenance was awarded by the Commission to Industrial Battery Systems. The Seattle, Washington firm presented the only bid for the contract. It was in the amount of $37,295. Estimated at a cost of $39,550, Industrial Battery Systems was recommended for award of the contract subsequent to an evaluation of their bid by Douglas PUD staff. The contract will end by June 30, 2001 and covers all battery systems in East Wenatchee, at Wells Dam, Douglas PUD switchyards, substations, microwave sites, and covers employee training as well.

The Commission agreed to a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with a distribution dock crew for the period ending March 31, 2002. Dock crews are necessary to assist Douglas PUD crews with overhead and underground projects. The bid requires distribution, transmission, and substation crews. Not to exceed $600,000, the agreement contains a provision for a one-year extension.

An agreement between Douglas PUD and Avista Corporation for the purchase or exchange of power and energy was approved. At the same time, another resolution was introduced for the sale or exchange of power and energy. These agreements are nothing different than Douglas PUD has with Avista at present, but these more specific contracts are necessary for Avista to comply with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements. Final action on the second resolution will be considered by the Commissioners at the regular meeting on March 12th.

A professional services agreement with Columbia Basin Environmental for dissolved gas sensor calibration for the Wells Hydroelectric Project was approved by the Commission. Sensors are necessary to determine the amount of dissolved gas in the Columbia River. There are two sensors at Wells Dam requiring regular calibration. Columbia Basin Environmental satisfactorily performed the necessary services last year for Douglas PUD and has agreed to continue that work for 2001 in an amount not to exceed $16,000.

The Commissioners declared a mobile home as surplus property and authorized the sale of that home. The 1978 Marlette doublewide can now be advertised for sale and sold to the highest bidder.