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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 8/28/2006

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Mike Doneen, Jim Davis and Lynn Heminger executed the following actions during the August 28, 2006 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Authorized acceptance of 144 count fiber optic cable received from Draka Comteq under bid document 06-08-D.  Staff has inspected and found all of the delivered cable to be in full compliance with the bid document. (06-205)

Approved the purchase of 24 count fiber optic cable. As authorized by RCW 54.04.080, if a responsive bid is not received, the commission may procure materials in the open market, have its own personnel perform the work or negotiate a contract for such work to be performed by others, in lieu of readvertising. (06-206)

Authorized acceptance of a subdivision power facilities agreement for Cascade Village Subdivision. The developer, Cascade Property Ventures, has paid the contribution in aid of construction and provided a secured funds account in the total amount of $196,520. (06-207)

Approved the acceptance of an engagement letter with KPMG LLP for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2006 audit of the Wells Hydroelectric Project.  KPMG LLP has provided Douglas PUD with consistent certified public accounting services. (06-208)

Authorized an amendment to the agreement for professional services with the Okanagan Nation Alliance regarding Okanagan sockeye.  This amendment extends the contract through August 31, 2007 with an increased cost of $189,000. (06-209)

Approved an agreement for construction access and occupation with Fulton Ditch Company. The agreement provides the Fulton Ditch Company access to District property for a three year period.  At the end of three years, the property will be returned to pre-construction condition.  (06-210)

Previewed the preliminary budgets for both the Distribution System and the Wells Project.  Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2007 is estimated at $19,975,000, up approximately 6.1% from the 2006 estimate.   Administration and general expenses are up approximately $62,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $104,000.  The Distribution System Capital Budget of $15,295,600 for 2007 is an increase of approximately $7,354,600 and includes approximately $10.2 million for electric system additions and improvements including development of two new substations, $3.1 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $2.0 million for electrical, transportation and other equipment.  The total revenue estimate of $34,343,000 is an increase of $4,278,398 from the 2006 budget and does not include $5.6 million in customer contributions toward construction projects including substations. The 2007 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates.

At $39,961,110 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1,261,815 increase from last year’s estimate. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget as required by contract. The Wells Project Capital Budget totals $1,394,800. Major items include replacement of the Wells Project radio system and continued improvements to the purchasing, accounts payable and material inventory system.

October 2, 2006 was established as the final hearing date for both budgets.  The hearing will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. at the East Wenatchee Headquarters. 

Reminded those in attendance that the September 4, 2006 Commission Meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 5, 2006 due to the Labor Day Holiday.  It will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters Building.