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News Release - 10/5/2009

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Lynn Heminger and Ron Skagen executed the following actions during the October 5, 2009 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters office:

Held a hearing on the 2010 Electric Distribution System Budget and the 2009-2010 Wells Hydroelectric Project Budget.

Adopted the 2010 Distribution System budget which estimates revenues for 2010 at $40.7 million, an increase of 4%. The estimate includes a 6% rate adjustment. Operating expenses are estimated at $39.1 million, an increase of 12% primarily related to increased power supply cost. The budget anticipates a bond issue to fund long-lived capital additions such as substations and transmission lines. The bond issue will result in a $1.5 million increase in interest expense. Net additions to retained income are estimated at $3.5 million, a decrease of approximately $4.8 million from the 2009 budget. The capital budget is $17.9 million, of which $11.3 million is for electrical facilities. The electrical facilities budget includes $6 million for substation improvements to benefit a single customer that would reimburse the District for the cost of the improvements. The balance of the capital budget is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network and for equipment and right-of-way easement costs. (09-213)

Adopted the 2009-2010 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. At $49,565,927 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $5,442,918 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 $873,835. Major items include replacing the payroll system, battery room HVAC and a server disaster recovery project. (00-214)

Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2010 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2009-2010 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. (09-215)

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Along with retired Commissioner Mike Doneen, presented Special Billing Clerk Dee Lopez with her thirty-year service award. Commissioner Davis  thanked Dee on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for her many years of service. Dee thanked the Commission and said she appreciates and enjoys working here.

Approved addendum No. 1 for bid document 09-22-D, foundation and curbing work for Foster Creek Substation. The addendum extends the completion date from November 30, 2009 to December 15, 2009. (09-216)

Authorized closure of the Rural Economic Development Fund accounts for 2008-2009. (09-217)

Authorized an agreement for professional services with Columbia Research for bird hazing at the Wells fish hatchery and Wells Dam. The purpose of this agreement is to protect salmon and steelhead from fish-eating birds. The cost of this agreement is not to exceed $73,900. (09-218)

Authorized change order No. 7 to contract 06-41-W, generator rebuild for unit refurbishment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include refurbishing the generator bearing pads on the first unit. This change order will increase the not to exceed limit $146,400 bringing the total not to exceed limit to $153,714,624. (09-219)

Authorized change order No. 8 to contract 06-41-W, generator rebuild for unit refurbishment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include supply and delivery of a generator bearing anti-mist brush seal system for the first unit. This change order will increase the not to exceed limit $48,800 bringing the total not to exceed limit to $153,763,424. (09-220)

Authorized change order No. 9 to contract 06-41-W, generator rebuild for unit refurbishment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include repairing areas of damage on two wicket gate lever arms, wicket gate operating ring and generator brake pad support plates on the first unit. This change order will increase the not to exceed limit $22,940 bringing the total not to exceed limit to $153,786,364. (09-221)

Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with six property owners covering a total of 2,495 acres. (09-222-09-227)

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 12, 2009 at the District’s Bridgeport office.