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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 10/1/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on October 1, 2001.

Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with five property owners covering a total of 1,641 acres for annual payments totaling $3,846. Douglas PUD now has 111 wind testing lease and option agreements covering over 65,000 acres.

Authorized a professional service agreement with Accent Business Services. Douglas PUD will be changing to a new purchasing and inventory management system. Accent will help with this software transition.

Authorized the acceptance of an engagement letter with KPMG LLP for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2001 audit of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. KPMG LLP has provided Douglas PUD with consistent certified public accounting services.

Authorized a professional services agreement with the Okanagan Nation Alliance regarding Okanagan sockeye. The Okanagan Basin Technical Working group developed a report that outlined measures for improving habitat for sockeye as well as well as other fish. This report recommends a single program to boost fish production by protecting incubating eggs from high flow events. Protection from high flows would greatly reduce negative impacts on the sockeye and kokanee production. The measures outlined in the report meet the objectives established by the District as being biologically defensible and cost effective. This agreement will provide assessment of spawning distribution by spawning interval, habitat type and location for sockeye and kokanee. The agreement is not to exceed $44,500.

Held the hearing for the 2002 Distribution System and the Wells Project budgets. The hearing will be continued at next weeks Commission Meeting, Monday October 8th, in the Bridgeport office at 1:30 p.m. There will be a telephone link available from the East Wenatchee Office to the Bridgeport meeting. Douglas PUD employees will be in the East Wenatchee office to answer any questions that may come up. The preliminary budgets were previously reviewed at the August 27th Commission Meeting.