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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 8/27/2007

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the August 27, 2007 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Opened bids submitted for bid document 07-31-W, Headquarters building auditorium revisions.  The apparent low bid was received from Whitebird, Inc. of Wenatchee. The bids will be evaluated prior to a recommendation for contract award.

Opened bid submitted for bid document 07-32-W, forebay debris boom at Wells Dam. The only bid was received from DIX Corporation, of Spokane. The bid will be evaluated prior to a recommendation for contract award.

Set the pole attachment rate for 2007.  Staff recommendations were presented to the Commission on May 29, 2007, and the date for public hearing was set for June 18, 2007.  All relevant documents were made available on the District website and in hard copy form in the office. After considering the comments received by June 18, the Commission determined to retain the current charge amount and to allocate that charge to a per pole amount and a per foot amount. (07-152)

Authorized amendment No. 2 to the agreement for professional services with the Okanagan Nation Alliance regarding Okanagan sockeye.  This amendment extends the contract through August 31, 2008 with an increased cost of $174,000. (07-153)

Previewed the preliminary budgets for both the Distribution System and the Wells Project.  Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2008 is estimated at $21,725,000, up approximately 8.8% from the 2007 estimate.   Administration and general expenses are up approximately $265,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to decrease by approximately $18,000.  The Distribution System Capital Budget of $15,073,000 for 2008 is an increase of $346,400 and includes approximately $9.2 million for electric system additions and improvements, $2.95 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $2.88 million for electrical, transportation  and other equipment.  The total revenue estimate of $36,668,000 is an increase of $2,325,000 from the 2007 estimate. The 2008 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates.

At $41,222,939 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1,261,830 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 $1,427,750. Major items include replacement of the Wells Project radio system and replacement of lighting circuit voltage regulators.

October 1, 2007 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 the September 3rd Commission meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 4th due to the Labor Day Holiday.  It will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters Building.