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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 5/14/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on May 14, 2001.

The Commissioners opened bids to provide Douglas County PUD with a pikeminnow removal program for the Wells Hydroelectric Project during 2001. Juvenile salmonids passing through Wells Dam are subject to attack by Northern Pikeminnow. Since the pikeminnow removal programs during 1999 and 2000 saw record success, a similar program was designed for the current year. There were three bids received for the contract. Prices for bid comparison ranged from $6.51 per fish to $7.20. Estimated at $8.25 per fish, all of the bids were evaluated by Shane Bickford, Douglas County P.U.D. Fishery Biologist, who recommended Roy Kendall of Selah Washington, the low bidder. The Commission awarded the bid to Roy Kendall. This pikeminnow removal contract is not to exceed $100,000.

The single bid that was submitted at an earlier Commission meeting to provide Douglas PUD with pole testing, treating, and physical plant inventory for the year 2001 was rejected by the Commission. That bid exceeded the engineer’s estimated amount by more than the amount allowable under state law.

The bid to provide Douglas PUD with a telephone system upgrade was awarded by the Commission to Cerium Networks. Cerium was one of three firms bidding for the contract and had submitted the lowest bid. It was in the amount of $70,689.68. Estimated at a cost of $115,000, the telephone system upgrade will include the East Wenatchee Headquarters Facility and the Wells Hydroelectric Project.