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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/2/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the January 2, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Authorized wind testing lease and option agreement with one property owner covering a total of 468 acres for annual payments totaling $1,097. Douglas PUD now has 140 wind testing lease and option agreements covering over 74,000 acres.

Authorized a resolution to negotiate a contract for architectural services. Douglas PUD is in need of professional architectural services for planning and designing of a proposed expansion of the East Wenatchee Headquarters. Douglas PUD staff reviewed the four statements of qualifications received and The DOH Associates of Wenatchee scored higher in terms of strengths in location, personnel, continuity, resources and references.

Approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with Okanagan Nation Alliance regarding Okanogan sockeye. Douglas PUD is involved in the enhancement of Okanogan River Sockeye as part of the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Research done by the Okanagan Basin Technical Working Group found that the flow management program should work well for protecting incubating eggs in the river from high flow events. The decision tree will determine the future actions for Sockeye mitigation at the Wells Project should the flow management program fail to meet the mitigation requirements. The cost of this agreement is not to exceed $240,000.

Approved a resolution to extend the agreement with Glenfir Resources. This extension will allow Glenfir to continue to assist Douglas PUD with sockeye salmon habitat restoration and work with the Canadian fisheries parties. The extended contract will end on June 30, 2002.

Authorized the acceptance of the work preformed by Carter Excavation on play area surfacing for Bridgeport and Brewster. All work under the contract has been completed, inspected and determined to meet the specifications.

Renewed the legal services agreement with the Law Firm of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn and Aylward, P.S. This renewal extends the agreement until December 31, 2002.

Authorized the renewal of employment of Frank Frisk to provide legislative information services for the year 2002. Frisk, a Washington, DC attorney, has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of Douglas PUD since 1981. The terms of the contract have remained unchanged for the past several years.

Approved the continued participation in the Hydroelectric Licensing Reform Task Force. The Task Force was active in supporting important issues for Douglas PUD. The legislative reform sought was not completed last year. Therefore, another six months at the cost of $20,000 will be added to the support of the Hydroelectric Licensing Reform Task Force.

Authorized Douglas PUD’s participation in certain line items for Public Generating Pool budget for 2002. Douglas PUD’s share of the costs for 2002 budget for consulting and other general expenses is a 15 percent decrease from the 2001 budget.

Ryan Higgins attended the Commission meeting to complete an Eagle Scout required merit badge of Citizenship in the Community.

All of the Commissioners plan on attending the Town Hall meeting in Brewster on Friday to meet Bob Lohn, the newly appointed Northwest Regional Administrator for National Marine Fisheries Service. Senator Linda Evans Parlette arranged the meeting at the Columbia Cove Community Center.