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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 6/28/2004

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis and Lynn Heminger executed the following actions during the June 28, 2004 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Opened bids to install a pier, dock and floats at Columbia Cove Park in Brewster for Douglas PUD. There were four bids received for the contract with bid prices ranging from $89,921 to $120,337. The apparent low bid was received from McConnell Construction of Port Townsend, WA. Estimated to cost $94,591, all bids will be evaluated prior to recommendation.

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with customer edge equipment for the Douglas County Community Network. There were two bids received for the contract with bid prices at $154,875 and $261,450. The apparent low bid was received from Platt of Portland, OR. Estimated to cost $190,000, all bids will be evaluated prior to recommendation.

Rejected the bids to rebuild several distribution lines in the area of Strahl Canyon. The bids received for the contract exceeded the engineer’s estimate by more than the amount allowable under state law. (04-118)

Approved the purchase of three 1500 KVA transformers from Okanogan County PUD. The cost of this contract is not to exceed $38,541 plus tax. (04-119)

Authorized a call for bids to construct the Shared Access Ethernet Fiber Pilot Project. Customers will be connected to the network using a combination of Ethernet technologies. The pilot project area is in East Wenatchee from Grant Road to 10th Street between James and Kentucky streets. (04-120)

Approved a wind testing lease and option agreement with the Carl Goll and Hal Matthiesen covering 560 acres with an annual payment of $1,313. (04-121)

Authorized an interlocal cooperation agreement with Chelan County PUD with regard to fish rearing. Chelan PUD has a need for 100,000 steelhead smolts for survival studies at their Rock Island and Rocky Reach Projects. The Wells Hatchery has the capacity and ability to raise the necessary fish. Chelan PUD will reimburse Douglas PUD for $188,202 of rearing costs. (04-122)

Approved execution of a local agency preliminary engineering participating agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The 2002 Recreation Acton Plan calls for the construction of turn lanes at the entrance to Wells Hydroelectric Project and the Starr Boat Launch on US Highway 97. WSDOT has agreed to be the lead for the project by designing, bidding, managing, building, and inspecting the proposed project. (04-123)

Authorized a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with replacement pond covers at the Methow Hatchery. The covers over the 12 production raceways and three adult broodstock holding ponds provide shade and protection from extreme weather conditions. The current covers have been in place for over ten years and the zippers and stitching are failing. (04-124)

Declared the modular building currently used as the Technician Shop surplus to the District’s needs and authorized sale to the Wenatchee School District. Wenatchee School District has agreed to pay $5,000 for the modular building. (04-125)

Authorized retirement and disposal of certain District personal property items. Douglas PUD has 11 PCs, and three monitors that are either not working or obsolete. Due to environmental concerns, electronic equipment must be disposed of as hazardous waste material. Douglas County Solid Waster Program is planning a joint collection event on June 28. The cost to the District to properly dispose of these items is $141. (04-126)

Approved the operation and maintenance budget for the Wells Hatchery for the 2004-2005 fiscal year for $893,378. This is a 5.7% increase from last year’s budget. (04-127)

Approved the operation and maintenance budget for the Methow Hatchery for the 2004-2005 fiscal year for $783,711. This is a 13.9% increase from last year’s budget. The primary reason for the increase in the budget is monitoring requirements for the new adult trap on the Chewuch River. (04-128)