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News Release - 9/3/2013

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the September 3, 2013 Commission meeting held at the District's East Wenatchee office:

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Awarded Journeyman Wireman Ray Phelps with his twenty year service award. Commissioner Heminger thanked Ray on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for his years of service. Ray thanked the Commission and said "It is nice to work at a place that stays up with technology and has good equipment. I appreciate the good place to work."

Awarded contract 13-16-D, perform on-site battery testing services to EPC Services Company. With a bid price of $58,500, EPC was the only responsive bidder.  

Authorized change order No. 6 to contract 12-14-D, construct Douglas to Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line. Changes include non-noxious weed control that was not part of the scope of work. These changes increase the not to exceed cost $5,000, bringing the total not to exceed amount to $4,406,659.08.

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to ERMCO under contract 13-10-D, supply and deliver three 2500 kVA padmount transformers. All work under the contract has been completed and determined to meet the bid specifications.

Authorized change order No. 1 to contract 13-14-W, PBX upgrade. This change order extends the completion date to October 31, 2013, adds configuration support and on-site training and adjusts the equipment list for a decrease of $1,617, bringing the total not to exceed amount to $147,510.64.

Approved a professional service agreement with the Colville Confederated Tribes for archaeological site investigations for the Wells Hydroelectric Project as required by the Historic Properties Management Plan in the new license. This contract has a not to exceed cost of $128,905.22 and concludes May 31, 2014.

Authorized sale of surplus 1994 mobile home to Jeremiah Paulston the high bidder.

Approved letters to and continuation of an agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey, United Stated Department of the Interior relative to 2013-14 river-gaging station maintenance and operation costs. River gaging is related to the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project and the cost is not to exceed $30,625.

Authorized phase 2 of the Northwest Power Pool's general services agreement individual work order for the market assessment and coordination initiative. This phase will increase the District's funding commitment $10,064 for a total of $27,564 under the Public Generating Pool Coalition category.

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2014 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2014.

The Distribution System budget estimates revenues for 2014 at $46.7 million, an increase of 2.8%. Operating expenses are estimated at $42 million, an increase of 2.8%. A net loss from operations is projected to be $618,140. The capital budget is $9.6 million, of which $5.6 million is for electrical facilities. 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.

At $53,585,303 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $389,426 decrease 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 $42.2 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, generator cooling water strainers and generator circuit breaker replacements.

Reviewed the Environmental Reviews for the 2014 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2013-2014 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget.

A budget hearing has been set for October 7th at 1:30 p.m. at the District's East Wenatchee office.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. September 9, 2013 at the District's Bridgeport office.