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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 10/7/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the October 7, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Held the final budget hearings for the Distribution System and the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The Distribution System budget is for the calendar year 2003 while the Wells Project budget covers the September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003 fiscal year. Both budgets were approved.

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. (02-203)

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. (02-204)

Approved the environmental reviews for the 2003 Distribution System Budget and the 2002-03 Wells Project Budget. As required by the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, all state and local agencies are to consider the environmental values of their actions. (02-205)

Authorized a Memorandum of Understanding and Purchase and Sale Agreement with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Regarding Chief Joseph State Park. Review of the suitability of Chief Joseph State Park as a recreation facility determined the site was unsuitable as a high-density recreation facility. Douglas PUD will purchase the park from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for $650,000. (02-206)

Approved a Charge Card Merchant Agreement with Washington Trust Bank. This resolution will allow Douglas PUD to process customer charge card payments. (02-207)