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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 9/29/2003

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Lynn Heminger and Mike Doneen executed the following actions during the September 29, 2003 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Authorized increasing the dollar amount of the East Wenatchee Revolving Fund. Due to increased activity, the current dollar amount is inadequate. (03-159)

Approved the acceptance of all work performed by ELCO Industries LTD working under contract to provide Douglas PUD with a substation transformer. All work under the contract has been completed and meets the bid specifications. (03-160)

Authorized a change order for the contract with Hale and Long, General Contractors to supply Douglas PUD with a headquarters addition. The changes cover relocation of fiber optic cables, rerouting of sanitary sewer and ground water drainage, and debris removal. The cost of all the changes is $67,283.89, raising the total project cost from $3,392,729.77 to $3,460,013.66. (03-161)

Approved an agreement with Jacobs Civil, Inc. for consulting engineering services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Douglas PUD is required to hire a nationally recognized independent consulting engineering firm for operation and maintenance engineering consultation on an immediate and continuous basis under a three year contract. (03-162)

Authorized contracts with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for fish-eating bird control and gull wire maintenance. The USDA is the single source provider of bird control at the Wells Fish Hatchery and gull wire maintenance at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The USDA Wildlife Services is mandated by Congress to handle wildlife damage problems and is the only entity licensed to perform a hazing service on predatory birds. A contract with the USDA will provide for these services October to the end of May and during 2004-spring migration of juvenile salmonids. The bird-hazing contract with the USDA shall not exceed $51,260.

Wires installed across the tailrace of the Wells Hydroelectric Project are used to reduce predation by seagulls, terns and cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead as they migrate downstream. Regular maintenance of the wires is needed. The USDA will provide this maintenance plus added hazing in the tailrace for an amount that is not to exceed $12,427. (03-163)

Approved the acceptance of all work performed by Alstom T D working under contract to provide Douglas County PUD with power circuit breakers for Douglas Switchyard and the Wells Hydroelectric Project. All work under the contract has been completed and meets the bid specifications. (03-164)

Reminded those present a hearing for the 2004 Electric Distribution System budget and the 2003-04 Wells Hydroelectric Project budget will be conducted at the next meeting, Monday, October 6, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Office.