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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 11/24/2003

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Lynn Heminger and Mike Doneen executed the following actions during the November 24, 2003 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Established the assessment roll of Local Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, the Rio Vista Street Lighting System. Manager Bill Dobbins advised the Commission the assessment would continue at $21.00 per lot, the same as last year. The Public Hearing date is set for December 15, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters. Any lot owner in the LUD area wishing to comment on the assessment may do so in writing prior to that time or by attending the hearing in person. (03-195)

Authorized a change order for the contract with Hale and Long, General Contractors to supply Douglas PUD with a headquarters addition. The change covers the addition of heating cables under the sidewalk to keep them from getting icy. The cost of the change order is $65,970.04 raising the total project cost from $3,570,732.39 to $3,636,702.43. (03-196)

Authorizing Execution of Amendment No. 1 to Agreement for Architectural Services with The DOH Associates. Due to changes in building design and increased engineering needs the contract will be increased by $120,000. (03-197)

Approved resolutions which allowed the issuance of bonds and amendments to the original 1963 master bond resolution 688. One of the amendments appoints the Fiscal Agent to be the Administrator of the Construction Fund. Commissioners also signed the bond purchase contract for the Wells Hydroelectric Project revenue bonds refunding series 2003 C and taxable series 2003D. (03-198 through 03-200)

The sale of all three refunding series (2003 A, 2003 B, and 2003 C revenue bonds) will provide a total cost savings for the Wells Hydroelectric Project of approximately $2,589,000.

Previewed the second draft of the budget for the Distribution System. 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 $7,880,000 for 2004 is an increase of approximately $707,000 and includes approximately $3.9 million for electric system additions and improvements, $1,875,000 for the Douglas County Community Network, and $2,075,000 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.

Reviewed proposed customer service policy amendments and proposed changes to energy delivery, renewable energy and wholesale telecommunication service rate schedules. This is NOT an increase of electric rates. These proposals change some pricing for optional services and clean up confusing language in these policies.

December 15, 2003 was established as the final hearing date for the Distribution System budget and rate schedule changes. The hearings will be conducted at

2:00 p.m. at the East Wenatchee Headquarters.