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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 12/17/2001

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the December 17, 2001 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Noted the date of December 17, 2001 had been established at a prior Commission Meeting as the public hearing date for questions regarding Local Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County for the Rio Vista Street Assessment Roll. No one being present with questions regarding the assessment and having received no other form of comment, the Commission declared the matter closed and adopted the Roll for 2002 at $31.00 per lot, the same assessment amount since 1995.

Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with two property owners covering a total of 854 acres for annual payments totaling $2,001. Douglas PUD now has 139 wind testing lease and option agreements covering over 74,000 acres.

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with pole testing and treating. This is an ongoing program to assure the Distribution System’s wood poles remain in safe, serviceable condition. The bid document calls for testing and treating approximately 1,500 poles.

Approved a professional services agreement extension with APS Healthcare Northwest. For several years Douglas PUD has offered the service of an Employee Assistance Program to all employees and their immediate families. Counseling includes emotional problems, anger or stress management, marriage and family concerns, grief therapy, financial assistance, retirement, budgeting, education, credit and mortgage advice. The cost to Douglas PUD is $2.44 per employee per month.

Extended the professional services agreement with QCL, Inc., of Ephrata to provide Douglas PUD continued membership in the Public Agency Consortium. Douglas PUD participates in the consortium established by QCL Inc. to comply with the federally mandated Omnibus Transportation Act of 1991 regarding commercial driver’s licenses. This agreement with QCL will continue through 2002.

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with the implementation of a photovoltaic power generation system. Douglas PUD will conduct a pilot project of photovoltaic modules on the roof of the vehicle storage building. The District will explore the potential of solar power and interaction with the existing power system.

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with excavating services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the year 2002. Occasionally excavation work needs to be performed as part of the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. To insure completion of this work in a timely manner, it is in the best interest of Douglas PUD to seek bids from qualified contractors available to provide excavation service as needed.

Acting as the Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund, considered $98,000 in requests from Douglas County entities. According to RCW 82.16, Douglas PUD is able to receive a revenue tax credit in the amount of $25,000 when it provides funding to rural communities for projects “designed to achieve job creation or business retention, to add or upgrade non-electrical infrastructure, to add or upgrade health and safety facilities, to accomplish energy and water use efficiency improvements, including renewable energy development, or to add or upgrade emergency services” up to a maximum of $50,000. The Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund approved the following grants: Douglas County Fire District # 1: $2,400 for two pagers and a communication base. Douglas County Fire District # 5: $1,500 to purchase four pagers for the fire officers. Douglas County Fire District # 7: $15,000 to equip a new fire truck. Douglas County Fire District # 8: $10,000 to equip a new fire truck. Douglas County Hospital District # 2: $2,625 to purchase seven pagers. Mansfield Volunteer Fire and Ambulance: $7,500 for two new stretchers. Nifty Theatre: $975 for building insulation. Town of Waterville: $10,000 to purchase a thermal swimming pool cover.

Reminded those in attendance the regularly scheduled December 24th Commission Meeting has been canceled. The December 31st Commission Meeting has been rescheduled to January 2nd. The January 2nd meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters Building.