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News Release - 8/25/2003

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger and Mike Doneen executed the following actions during the August 25, 2003 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Authorized a change order for the contract with Hale and Long, General Contractors to supply Douglas PUD with a headquarters addition. The changes cover storm drain pipe revisions, foundation wall revisions, an additional retaining wall, and window frame revisions. The cost of all the changes is $45,729.77, raising the total project cost from $3,347,000 to $3,392,729.77. (03-138)

Approved an addendum to the security system for the Wells Hydroelectric Project bid document. This addendum will clarify specifications and extend the bid opening date to September 15, 2003. (03-139)

Authorized modification of the interlocal cooperative agreement with Douglas County and authorized the sale of networking equipment. Douglas County has agreed to pay the fair market value of $14,726.61 for the networking equipment located at its sites. The modifications will better serve the needs of Douglas PUD and Douglas County in this cooperative arrangement. (03-140)

Previewed the preliminary budgets for both the Distribution System and the Wells Project. Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2004 is estimated at $23,185,000, up approximately $829,000 from the 2003 estimate. Administration and general expenses are up approximately $343,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $35,500. The Distribution System Capital Budget of $6,269,000 for 2004 is a decrease of approximately $904,000 and includes approximately $3.9 million for electric system additions and improvements, $299,000 for the Douglas County Community Network, and $2,040,000 for vehicles, structures and equipment. The total revenue estimate of $35,218,000 is an increase of $1,612,000 from the 2003 budget. The 2004 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates.

At $34,222,900 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operation Budget amounts to a $46,600 decrease 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 $1,719,350. Major items include replacement of station service breakers, circuit voltage regulators and replacement of purchasing, accounts payable, material inventory and general ledger computer systems.

October 6, 2003 was established as the final hearing date for both budgets. The hearing will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. at the East Wenatchee Headquarters.

Rescheduled the September 1, 2003 Commission Meeting to Tuesday, September 2, 2003 due to the Labor Day Holiday. It will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters Building.