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News Release - 8/26/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the August 26, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with coupling capacitor voltage transformers. There was one bid received for the contract from Alstom of Medford, Oregon with a bid price of $91,500. The District’s estimate was $70,000. The bid will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Approved a power sales letter agreement between Douglas PUD and Cowlitz County PUD. This short-term power sales agreement would replace a portion of the power lost when Cowlitz PUD’s Swift No. 2 Powerhouse was damaged. This resolution was first introduced at the August 12, 2002 Commission meeting. (02-181)

Authorized the Manager to announce requirements for civil engineering services for the District’s electrical distribution system. The services will include: construction planning, civil engineering type activities, utility coordination, County/City coordination, permit planning and preparation, easement documentation and acquisition and project inspection. (02-182)

Authorized the Manager to announce requirements for communications engineering services for the District’s electrical distribution system. The services will include: evaluation analysis and planning of a countywide communication system to provide ancillary services at end users facilities. (02-183)

Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Washington State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP). Douglas PUD and OAHP are both developing GIS databases. A data sharing agreement will facilitate the development of compatible databases and reduce the potential for duplication of the development effort. (02-184)

Authorized a hatchery sharing agreement with Chelan PUD. In a 1988 agreement Douglas PUD assumed Chelan PUD’s spring Chinook hatchery responsibilities for juvenile salmonid passage loss in exchange for Chelan PUD assuming Douglas PUD’s summer Chinook hatchery responsibilities for juvenile salmonids passage loss. This new agreement reflects modifications to the 1988 species trade agreement due to both PUDs’ new hatchery requirements under the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The hatchery sharing agreement will become effective upon FERC approval of the Wells, Rocky Reach and Rock Island HCPs. (02-185)

Previewed the preliminary budgets for both the Distribution System and the Wells Project. Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2003 is estimated at $22,356,000, up approximately $1,355,000 from the 2002 estimate. Administration and general expenses are up approximately $155,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $39,100. The Distribution System Capital Budget of $7,158,000 for 2003 is a decrease of approximately $4 million and includes approximately $3.58 million for electric system additions and improvements, $744,000 for the Douglas County Community Network, and $2.8 million for vehicles, structures and equipment. The total revenue estimate of $33,606,000 is a decrease of $1,253,000 from the 2002 budget. The 2003 budget does not anticipate any increase in rates.

At $34,269,500 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operation Budget amounts to a 2.6% increase from last year’s estimate. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operation Budget as required by contract. The Wells Project Capital Budget totals $3,330,325. Major items include replacement of station service breakers at Wells Dam, turbine flow-meter frames at Wells Dam and replacement of purchasing, accounts payable, material inventory and general ledger computer systems.

October 7, 2001 was established as the final hearing date for both budgets. The hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the East Wenatchee Headquarters.

Changed the Commission meeting time to 1:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters building on the following dates: September 3,16,23,30 and October 7 and 21.

Reminded those in attendance the September 2nd Commission Meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 3rd due to the forthcoming Labor Day Holiday. It will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters Building.