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News Release - 8/24/2015

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ron Skagen, Jim Davis and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the August 24, 2015 Commission meeting held at the District's Bridgeport office:

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to WESCO Distribution, Inc. under contract 15-09-D, supply and deliver 1250 KCMIL copper EPR primary underground cable. All work under the contract has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (15-154)

Affirmed addendum No. 1 and addendum No. 2 to bid document 15-16-D, construct Bridgeport equipment storage building. The addendums extend the bid opening date to September 8, 2015 and add specifications for the project.  (15-155)

Affirmed change order No. 2 to contract 14-12-W, construct Carpenter Island Boat Launch. This change will extend the completion date to December 15, 2015. (15-156)

Authorized change order No. 1 to task order No. 5 under the Master Consulting Services Agreement with MWH Americas, Inc. This change will allow for engineering services for refurbishing and upgrading the gantry cranes at a cost not-to-exceed $165,000. (15-157)

Approved acceptance and final payment to Riverview Marina, Inc. under contract 14-21-W, provide aluminum boat and trailer. All work under the contract has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (15-158)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement with Cultural Resource Consultants, Inc. This will allow for monitoring of archaeological sites not located on the Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation during the scheduled low reservoir in September. This will increase the contract $60,000. (15-159)

Approved amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement with the Colville Confederated Tribes. This will allow for monitoring of archaeological sites located on the Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation during the scheduled low reservoir in September. This will increase the contract $35,457. (15-160)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement with ESSA Technologies, Ltd. to complete phase 1 of the renewal and modernization of the Fish Water Management Tool. This amendment will extend the completion date to December 31, 2015 with no change in cost.(15-161)

Approved professional service agreement with Columbia Research for bird hazing at the Wells Fish Hatchery and in the Wells Dam Tailwater. Hazing of birds that feed on fish reduces the loss of juvenile fish. The cost of the agreement is not to exceed $100,451 and will expire June 15, 2016. (15-162)

Authorized approval of land use permit 824-01 to Bill and Cindy Matherly. This will allow a 10' shoreline access path on District property. (15-163)

Approved land use permit 1030-01 to The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. This is a renewal of a Land Use Permit for continued vehicle access on an existing unmaintained road, a parking area, shoreline moorage of skiffs, and offshore moorage and buoys for purse seine and brood collection boats on District property. (15-164)

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2016 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2016.

The Distribution System budget estimates revenues for 2016 at $53.5 million, a decrease of 2.6%. Operating expenses are estimated at $48.8 million, a decrease of 1.9%. The reduction to retained earnings is projected to be $1.7 million. The capital budget is $9.1 million, of which $4.4 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of the capital budget is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network, for new equipment and right-of-way easement costs.

At $54.4 million the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $381,000 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 $55.9 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, Wells hatchery modernization and generator circuit breaker replacements.

Reviewed the Environmental Reviews for the 2016 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2015-2016 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget.

A budget hearing has been set for October 12th 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 14, 2015 at the District's East Wenatchee office.