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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 12/23/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the December 23, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Renewed the legal services agreement with the Law Firm of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn and Aylward, P.S. This renewal extends the agreement until December 31, 2003. (02-260)

Authorized the renewal of a Data Processing Access Agreement with Douglas County. This agreement allows Douglas PUD personnel to research current ownership of properties and location of easements in the County Auditor and Assessor database. The cost of accessing this information is not to exceed $1,500 per year. (02-261)

Approved the purchase of Daishin Weir panels for the Twisp river trap from Mitsubishi International, a sole source. High water events damaged six weir panels. Douglas PUD will replace the six panels and have two spares to operate the weir for broodstock collection. The cost of the contract is not to exceed $15,558. (02-262)

Authorized the renewal of employment of Frank Frisk to provide legislative information services for the year 2003. Frisk, a Washington, DC attorney, has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of Douglas PUD since 1981. The terms of the contract have remained unchanged for the past several years. (02-263)

Acting as the Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund, considered $123,064 in requests from 13 Douglas County entities. According to RCW 82.16, Douglas PUD is able to receive a revenue tax credit in the amount of $25,000 when it provides funding to rural communities for projects “designed to achieve job creation or business retention, to add or upgrade non-electrical infrastructure, to add or upgrade health and safety facilities, to accomplish energy and water use efficiency improvements, including renewable energy development, or to add or upgrade emergency services” up to a maximum of $50,000. The Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund approved the following four grants:

· Douglas County Fire District No. 1: $8,575 for breathing Apparatus, Air Tanks, Radio.

· Douglas County Fire District No. 3: $14,212.50 to equip a fire truck with new equipment.

· Douglas County Fire District No. 5: $14,212.50 to equip a fire truck with new equipment.

· Douglas County Fire District No. 7: $13,000 to equip a fire truck with new equipment.