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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 3/25/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the March 25, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Approved a resolution to renew a collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77 for a three-year period. Union members approved the agreement last week. The renewed contract will go into effect April 1, 2002.

Awarded WESCO of Portland the contract to provide Douglas PUD with ADSS fiber optic cable. WESCO, with a bid price of $74,224, was the lowest responsive bidder.

Authorized a change order for the contract with Concord Construction to supply Douglas PUD with the East Wenatchee Warehouse Expansion Phase 5. The net cost of the construction revisions is $20,774, raising the total project cost from $1,439,665 to $1,460,439.

Approved an addendum to the covered transformer storage bid document. Technical corrections were made to the bid document based on ongoing evaluation by the District’s architect and in response to questions from prospective bidders.

Authorized placement of fiduciary and employee benefit insurance with American International Group (AIG).

Declared an emergency, waived the normal bid requirement and authorized a contract with Intermountain West International, Inc. to clean and vacuum the interior of the East Wenatchee Headquarters building’s HVAC system ductwork. Insulation over-spray from original building construction was discovered during a recent routine inspection of the ductwork. Although the material is currently stable, it must be removed promptly to prevent air quality problems that could result from disturbance of the material. Douglas PUD removed the majority of original building insulation when the building was remodeled in the early 1990s. The air-handling unit must remain shut down during removal of the over-spray. Work must therefore be completed during this time of moderate outside temperatures. The contract is not to exceed $77,500.

Approved the purchase of 30 acres of property adjacent to the Wells Project Reservoir from BANRAC, L.L.C. for $194,500. Ongoing boundary survey work at the Wells Hydroelectric Project revealed the need for additional property to operate and maintain the Wells Hydroelectric Project and allow for projected erosion.

Authorized a professional services agreement with Van Ness Feldman Attorneys at Law for representation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on several cost saving actions. Douglas PUD has used Van Ness Feldman, located in Washington, D. C. for several successful cost saving efforts over the past few years. This contract is limited to $50,000.

Approved an agreement for professional services with Columbia Basin Environmental for dissolved gas sensor calibration at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Douglas PUD maintains two dissolved gas sensors at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Maintenance and calibration are needed to assure accurate readings. Columbia Basin Environmental performs these necessary measures at neighboring hydroelectric projects, which will promote consistency in the readings and result in a 50% savings over last year’s budget for this work. This contract is not to exceed $7,700.