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News Release - 10/6/2008

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the October 6, 2008 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters office:

Held a hearing on the 2009 Electric Distribution System Budget and the 2008-2009 Wells Hydroelectric Project Budget.

Adopted the 2009 Electric Distribution System Budget.  Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2009 is estimated at $23,275,000, up approximately  7.1% from the 2008 estimate.   Administration and general expenses are up $400,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $26,000.  The Distribution System Capital Budget of $20,788,165 for 2009 is an increase of $1,645,165 and includes approximately $13.6 million for electric system additions and improvements, $3.29 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $3.94 million for electrical, transportation  and other equipment.  The total revenue estimate of $39,116,000 is an increase of $2,448,000 from the 2008 estimate. The 2009 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates. (08-251)

Adopted the 2008-2009 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. At $44,123,009 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $2,900,070 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 $966,980. Major items include a new ventilation system for unit scroll case, battery room HVAC and a data backup and disaster recovery project. (08-252)

Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2009 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2008-2009 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. (08-253)

Authorized addendum No. 1 to bid document 08-44-D, steel poles South Nile to Rapids 115kV transmission line. Questions from potential bidders revealed necessary revisions and clarifications to the bid document. (08-254)

Approved execution of grant of easement and easement with Badger Mountain FLP. (08-255)

Authorized closure of the Rural Economic Development Fund accounts for 2007-2008. (08-256)

Approved addendum No. 1 to bid document 08-47-W, moving and storing transformer insulating oil.  This addendum removes a requirement from the specifications. (08-257)

Approved amendment No. 2 to an agreement for professional services with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation regarding a cultural resources survey. This amendment will allow further review of the forty top priority archaeological sites identified by the study.  This will extend the contract to March 31, 2009. (08-259)

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 13, 2008 at the District’s Bridgeport office.