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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 2/4/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the February 4, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with traffic control flagging services. Necessary on a regular basis for Distribution System construction work along roadways, this will provide flagging services for the period from February 15, 2002 until December 31, 2002, with a one-year extension option. There were four bids received for the contract with bid prices ranging from $96,600 to $114,000. The lowest bid was received from McCandlish Electric and Mechanical Inc. of Wenatchee. Estimated to cost $102,300, all bids will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with two property owners covering a total of 797 acres for annual payments totaling $1,868. Douglas PUD now has 143 wind testing lease and option agreements covering over 75,000 acres.

Awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD with utility pole testing and treating for 2002 with possible extension to 2003 to Pole Maintenance Company of Columbus, Nebraska. This is an ongoing program to assure the Distribution System’s wood poles remain in safe, serviceable condition. The contract calls for testing and treating approximately 1,500 poles. Pole Maintenance Company, with a bid price of $106,285, was the lowest of three bids.

Approved a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with underground primary cable. After evaluating methods to rebuild the existing overhead lines in the Waterville Plateau area or replacing them with underground lines using plowing installation techniques, it was decided that when possible overhead lines should be replaced with plowed underground primary cable to avoid problems that occur when frost accumulates on overhead lines.

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with installation of single-phase underground primary. Douglas PUD has opted to install underground cable in the Waterville Plateau area rather than rebuilding the existing overhead lines. This work order calls for plowing the cable in with a cable plow system. This type of work requires equipment Douglas PUD does not have. About 19.5 miles of overhead lines will be replaced to avoid winter weather damage.

Approved a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with ADSS fiber optic cable. Douglas PUD needs to add 48-count fiber optic cable between Eastmont Substation and Douglas Switchyard including a loop into Terry Substation. The cable must have the strength to support 1,437-foot spans between existing 115kV transmission poles.

Authorized the acceptance and execution of an option to purchase real property from Mr. And Mrs. Michael Doneen. Douglas PUD has the need to acquire property for the development of a substation in the area of Fancher Heights Subdivision. Several properties were considered for a substation site but were found to be too expensive. The Doneen property is well located under the District’s 115KV transmission line and is the most reasonably priced property evaluated.

Approved the execution of contract with the DOH Associates, P.S. As previously approved by the Commission, this contract will provide architectural services for the planning and design of the District’s proposed expansion of the East Wenatchee Headquarters.

Awarded the bid to provide Douglas PUD with excavating services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the year 2002 to Allen Construction Inc., of Manson. Occasionally excavation work needs to be performed as part of the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Allen Construction Inc., with a bid price of $196,942.30 was the lowest straight-time bid of the five bids received.

Authorized an amendment to the agreement for professional services with DeGross Aerial Mapping Inc. Due to cloudy weather DeGross was not able to complete the aerial photographs related to the Wells Hydroelectric project by the end of the specified date on the contract. This amendment extends the contract date to June 30, 2002.