1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802

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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 4/29/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the April 29, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with three property owners covering a total of 703 acres for annual payments totaling $1,647. Douglas PUD now has 148 wind testing lease and option agreements covering over 76,000 acres.

Approved use of the Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association Medical Savings Account for administrative employees. This program provides tax savings for both employees and the employer.

Authorized an amendment to the asbestos removal contract with Intermountain West International, Inc. Testing performed during the early stages of the project identified additional required work that was needed to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. The additional work adds $87,500 to the original estimate, bringing the not to exceed total to $165,000.

Approved the establishment of new Wells Project Reserve and Contingency Fund bank accounts at Cashmere Valley Bank. Due to changes in the service fee structure at KeyBank, Douglas PUD will benefit from changing banks.

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with a self-propelled, boom supported, elevating work platform for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The elevated work platform is necessary to work on switchyard lighting, Gantry Cranes, breakers and various projects.

Approved participation in the 2002 Chelan County PUD Bull Trout Telemetry Study. Although the information collected in a 2001 Bull Trout Study was encouraging, last year’s drought conditions were not typical for the Columbia River. Therefore, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have requested a second year of study. Douglas PUD’s share of the study is not to exceed $65,928.

Authorized an agreement for professional services with Columbia Research of Chelan for the 2002 Pikeminnow removal program for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The contract is not to exceed $110,000.