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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/2/2007

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the January 2, 2007 Commission Meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

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District Court Judge Judy McCauley swore in newly elected Douglas PUD Commissioner Ronald E. Skagen for a six year term. Ron, the first new Douglas PUD commissioner in 16 years, takes the place of Mike Doneen who retired after serving as a Douglas PUD Commissioner for over 42 years.

Reorganized the Board of Commissioners electing Lynn M. Heminger as President, Ronald E. Skagen as Vice President/Assistant Secretary and T. James Davis as Secretary/Treasurer. Heminger will represent Douglas PUD for the Washington PUD Association while Skagen 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.

Opened bids submitted for document 06-50-D, 10th Street NE pole protection project. The apparent low bid was received from Selland Construction, Inc. of Wenatchee. The bids will be evaluated prior to a recommendation for contract award.

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Presented Commissioner Jim Davis with his twenty-year service award. Commissioner Lynn Heminger thanked Jim for his many years of devoted service to the customers of Douglas County.  “The last 20 years has been the best time of my life. One day I hope to be able to say I remember when you started here to all the employees just like Mike Doneen did,” said Jim.

Authorized acceptance of customer edge equipment received from Platt Electric under bid document 06-30-D.  Staff has inspected and found all of the delivered materials to be in full compliance with the bid document.  (07-01)

Authorized change order No. 2 to Contract 05-10-D with Henkles and McCoy. This change order increases the not to exceed limit $75,000.  The increase is needed to complete additional work being performed due to the above normal year for construction. (07-02)

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, 2007. (07-03)

Authorized the renewal of employment of Frank Frisk to provide legislative information services for the year 2007.  Frisk, a Washington, DC attorney, has been monitoring legislative matters on behalf of Douglas PUD since 1981.  (07-04)

Approved use of Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association Health Reimbursement Arrangement for employees retiring in 2007.  This allows the deposit of a percentage of the employee’s accrued personal leave at retirement into the HRA-VEBA. (07-05)

Authorized addendum No. 2 to bid document 06-47-W, intake trash rake for the Wells Hydroelectric Project.  The pre-bid conference with potential bidders revealed necessary revisions and clarifications to the bid document. (07-06)

Approved an agreement for professional services with Natoma Technologies, Inc.  The scope of services under this agreement includes modifications, enhancements and on-call support related to the Wells Hydroelectric Project Relicensing Document Management Tool at a cost not to exceed $22,000.  (07-07)

Changed the meeting time of the January 15th Commission Meeting.  The meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters building.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. January 8, 2007 at the District’s Bridgeport office.