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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 12/22/2003

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Lynn Heminger and Mike Doneen executed the following actions during the December 22, 2003 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Presented Resource Planner Carol Berg with her twenty-five year service award. In making this presentation, Commission President Jim Davis thanked Berg for her many years of devoted service to the customers of Douglas County.

Approved the acceptance of all work performed by Pole Maintenance Company under the second year of a contract to provide Douglas County PUD with pole testing and treating. All work under the contract has been completed and determined to meet the bid specifications. (03-222)

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, 2004. (03-223)

Authorized a change order for the contract with IRS Environmental, Inc. to supply Douglas PUD with asbestos abatement for the headquarters addition. The change covers removal of suspected lead based paint. The cost of this change is $1,149. (03-224)

Approved an addendum to the agreement for professional services with GeoEngineers for development of the Wells Project Land Department Geographical Information System. Phase one and two of the GIS development is completed and GeoEngineers is prepared to provide the services identified for phase three. The addendum will extend the contract to December 31, 2004. (03-225)

Authorized use of existing accounts at Bank of America for the 1999 Construction Fund. (03-226)

Acting as the Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund, considered $140,437 in requests from 14 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 nine grants:

Ü City of Bridgeport: $2,600 to upgrade fast response truck - radio, light siren

Ü Douglas County Fire District 1: $9,400 for a thermal imaging camera

Ü Douglas County Fire District 5: $8,500 for a portable defibrillator and snowmobile

Ü Douglas County Fire District 7: $5,000 to finish equipping a new fire truck

Ü Douglas County Fire District 8: $9,188 for a four-wheel drive brush truck

Ü City of Waterville: $2,000 to replace Kagi used oil burner, recycle oil heat town shop

Ü American Red Cross: $7,400 to purchase stock emergency response trailer in Waterville

Ü Douglas County Hospital: $3,000 to purchase 5 new radios

Ü Douglas County: $2,912 to purchase 3 - 35 KVAR fixed capacitors