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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/3/2005

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Mike Doneen, Jim Davis and Lynn Heminger executed the following actions during the January 3, 2005 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Commissioner T. James Davis was sworn into office for another 6-year term. Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall presided over the ceremony. Davis has continually served the residents of Douglas County in this capacity since 1987.

Reorganized the Board of Commissioners electing Mike Doneen as President, T. James Davis as Vice President/Assistant Secretary and Lynn M. Heminger as Secretary Treasurer. Heminger will represent Douglas PUD for the Washington PUD Association while Doneen will be the representative to the Northwest Public Power Association. Davis will be the representative for the American Public Power Association. All three Commissioners serve as alternates to these three trade organizations.

Declared two anemometer towers surplus to the District’s needs and authorized the sale of two towers to Klickitat County PUD. Klickitat County PUD has agreed to pay a total price of $10,066 for the two 50-meter towers. (05-01)

Approved a weatherization agreement with the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council. Douglas PUD has participated in the Washington State Department of Community Development’s Energy Matchmaker Low Income Weatherization Program through the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council since 1988. Douglas PUD will contribute $40,000 for 2005. The program utilizes matching funds to weatherize houses for low-income residents of Douglas County. (05-02)

Approved use of Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association Medical Savings Account for Non-Union Employees. This allows the deposit of 90% of the employee’s accrued personal leave at retirement into the VEBA MSA. (05-03)

Approved a change in the District’s travel reimbursement policy to reflect changes in the Internal Revenue Service approved mileage rate for 2005. (05-04)

Authorized the renewal of employment of Frank Frisk to provide legislative information services for the year 2005. Frisk, a Washington, DC attorney, has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of Douglas PUD since 1981. (05-05)

Authorized a request for proposals for the 2005-2007 pikeminnow removal program for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Predatory pikeminnow residing in the reservoir, forebay and tailrace of the Wells Project impact the populations of migrating juvenile salmon. The bounty program has been very successful in protecting juvenile salmon. The annual pikeminnow removal program is a requirement of the Wells Habitat Conservation Plan. (05-06)