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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/22/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the January 22, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with utility pole testing and treating for 2002 with possible extension to 2003. Three bids were received for the contract with bid prices ranging from $106,285 to $137,717. The lowest bid was received from Pole Maintenance Co. of Columbus, Nebraska. All bids will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with excavation services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for two years. Five bids were received for the contract with bid prices ranging from $190,296 to $251,700. The lowest bid was received from Carter Excavation of Brewster. All bids will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD a photovoltaic power generation system to Power City Electric, Inc. of Spokane. Douglas PUD will conduct a pilot project by installing photovoltaic modules on the roof of the vehicle storage building in East Wenatchee. The District will explore the potential of solar power and interaction with the existing power system. Power City Electric, with a bid price of $45,456, was the lower of the two bids received.

Declared five General Electric Type ATB 230 kV breakers from the Douglas Switchyard obsolete and authorized disposal. These breakers have been replaced with new units.

Approved amendment No.1 to the interlocal cooperative action agreement with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Currently Douglas PUD makes annual payments of $25,000 into a State administered fund for recreation development on Lake Pateros at the long-proposed Chief Joseph State Park. The site set aside years ago is not suitable for a high-density state park. Douglas PUD and State Parks have been working on a proposed exchange of Chief Joseph State Park property for property on Pearrygin Lake. This amendment will allow $20,000 of appraisal and administrative costs to be paid out of the Chief Joseph State Park development funds.

Authorized a resolution to negotiate a contract with The DOH Associates for recreation/landscape planning and architectural services to update the Wells Recreation Action Plan. The Recreation Action Plan must be updated every five years. Douglas PUD staff reviewed the statements of qualifications of four firms. The DOH Associates of Wenatchee scored highest in terms of project experience, staffing, subcontractors/associates, overall presentation of materials and local accessibility.

Approved an addendum to the agreement for professional services with GeoEngineers for development of the Wells Project Land Department GIS. Phase one of the GIS development is completed and GeoEngineers is prepared to provide the services identified for phase two. The addendum will increase the contract limit from $100,000 to $200,000.

Authorized repairs and maintenance to the Wells Dam Visitor’s Center displays by Donald Winsor. Winsor has been involved with the development, creation and maintenance of the Visitor Center display.

Approved a weatherization agreement with the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council. Douglas PUD has participated in the Washington State Department of Community Development’s Energy Matchmaker Low Income Weatherization Program through the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council since 1988. Douglas PUD will contribute $25,000 for 2002. The program utilizes matching funds to weatherize houses for low-income residents of Douglas County.

Heard staff presentations regarding the Douglas County Community Network and Wells Project generator operation.

Acknowledged the receipt a letter from the Washington State Office of Community Development stating the District has been accepted as eligible to receive a $24,000 planning-only grant to assist with developing a Water System Plan for the community of Withrow. This is a preliminary step in the process of acquiring a General Purpose Grant to upgrade the community water system. Douglas PUD has operated the Withrow Water System since November 1991.