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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 10/4/2004

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger and Mike Doneen executed the following actions during the October 4, 2004 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with 115 kV breakers and potential transformer footings at Terry Substation. One bid was received for the contract from Hale and Long General Contractors of East Wenatchee with a bid price of $13,670. The District’s estimate was $33,000. The bid will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with electrical modifications and additions to Memorial Park, Pateros, Washington. There were four bids received for the contract with bid prices ranging from $29,800 to $72,456. The apparent low bid was received from KB Electric, LLC of Wenatchee. Estimated to cost $35,900, all bids will be evaluated prior to recommendation.

Presented Wireman Forman Rick Kenny with the Governor’s Lifesaving Award. The award was given to Kenny by the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries for his efforts in saving a life.

Presented Special Billing Clerk Dee Lopez with her twenty-five year service award. Commissioner Lynn Heminger thanked Lopez for her many years of devoted service to the customers of Douglas County.

Held the budget hearings for the Distribution System and the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The Distribution System budget is for the calendar year 2005 while the Wells Project budget covers the September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005 fiscal year. Both budgets were approved. (04-208) (04-209)

Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2005 is estimated at $22,850,000, down approximately $335,000 from the 2004 estimate. Administration and general expenses are up approximately $68,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $18,000. The Distribution System Capital Budget of $7,210,000 for 2005 is a decrease of approximately $135,000 from last year’s estimate and includes approximately $4.2 million for electric system additions and improvements, $1.4 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $1,540,000 for vehicles, structures and equipment. The total revenue estimate of $34,790,000 is a decrease of $428,000 from the 2004 budget. The 2005 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates.

At $33,636,357 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operation Budget amounts to a $586,543 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 $1,901,800. Major items include replacement of the Wells Project radio system, battery bank, lighting circuit voltage regulators and improvements to HVAC system.

Approved the environmental reviews for the 2005 Distribution System Budget and the 2004-05 Wells Project Budget. As required by the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, all state and local agencies are to consider the environmental values of their actions. (04-207)

A resolution was introduced authorizing a sale of power to Cowlitz County PUD. This short-term power sales agreement would replace a portion of the power lost when Cowlitz PUD’s Swift No. 2 Powerhouse was damaged in 2002. Douglas PUD Commission will consider the resolution for final action in two weeks at the board meeting scheduled for October 18, 2004.

Authorized the execution of a Mutual Aid Plan and agreement among Washington State Public Utility Districts. (04-210)

Declared relays surplus to the District’s needs and authorized transfer to Washington State University for use at the Hands-on Relay School. (04-211)

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 2005-spring migration of juvenile salmonids. The bird-hazing contract with the USDA shall not exceed $54,370.

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 $13,640. (04-212)

Approved the execution of a Cascade and Columbia River Railroad occupancy license agreement for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. This license allows the District to cross the railroad right of way to install a new septic system at the Wells Project. (04-213)