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Meaghan Vibbert
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News Release - 6/11/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on June 11, 2001.

Presented Technician Paul Mayer with his twenty-five year service award. In making this presentation, Commission President Lynn Heminger thanked Mayer for his many years of dedicated service to the customers of Douglas County. “This is a great place to work, you don’t feel like a number, you know people care about you,” Mayer said.

Awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD with asphalt repair and installation to Moe Asphalt of East Wenatchee. An agreement is necessary for asphalt repairs and installation since this work is needed during the construction or maintenance of underground and overhead power lines. Contained in the bid document is an option to extend the resulting contract for an additional year. Moe Asphalt, with a bid price of $91,000, was the lower of the two bids received. The job was estimated to cost $129,500.

Authorized wind testing and lease options with five property owners covering a total of 1,537 acres for annual payments totaling $3,603.

Authorized the manager to sign an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) under the BPA Load Reduction Program. In this agreement Douglas PUD will deliver a flat schedule of 10 megawatts from October to December of 2001 and 2002 to BPA. This load reduction agreement will help BPA hold down its wholesale power price.

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with well and pump maintenance for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Maintenance work needs to be preformed in a timely manner and by a qualified contractor. Therefore, a qualified contractor should be available to provide services when needed.

Authorized an agreement for professional services with Legacy Consulting Services. Under a 1983 agreement with State of Washington Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, the District needs to conduct an independent peer review of monitoring efforts on the Wells Reservoir. Legacy Consulting Service has a broad background in this field and has no prior affiliation with any of the firms conducting work under the 1983 agreement.

Discussed the modification of the existing Douglas County Community Network (DCCN) build-out strategy. The District will shift its focus from neighborhoods to community wide fiber-optic distribution. As a result, fiber-optic access will soon be available to residents in Bridgeport and Waterville through a variety of retail service providers.

Reminded those in attendance that the June 18th Commission meeting has been canceled.