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News Release - 10/12/2015

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ron Skagen, Jim Davis and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the October 12, 2015 Commission meeting held at the District's East Wenatchee office:

Held the scheduled hearing for the Distribution System 2016 budget and the Wells Project 2015-2016 budget.

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Pictured: Commissioner Molly Simpson, Commissioner Jim Davis (seated), Assistant System Operator Mike Erb and Commissioner Ron Skagen.

Awarded Assistant System Operator Mike Erb with his twenty year service award. Commissioner Skagen thanked Mike on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for his years of service. Mike thanked the Commission.

Adopted the Distribution System budget which estimates revenues for 2016 at $53.5 million, a decrease of 2.6%. Operating expenses are estimated at $48.6 million, a decrease of 2.3%. The reduction to retained earnings is projected to be $1.5 million. A rate adjustment is not anticipated in the budget. The capital budget is $9.4 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. (15-193)

Adopted the 2015-2016 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. 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. (15-194)

Approved 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. (15-195)

Amended the Electric Distribution System Customer Service Policies. The amendments would update various sections of the Customer Service Polices to reflect the current business needs of the District. (15-196)

Approved the purchase of real property from Rosemary Davis for a new substation to serve the newly acquired McNeil Canyon area. (15-197)

Authorized professional service agreement with ESSA Technologies Ltd. for phase 2 of the renewal and modernization of the Fish Water Management Tool. The age and support status of the current software and hardware necessitate modernization. (15-198)

Approved a professional service agreement with the Trapper Man for furbearer trapping services. The District has a need to trap beaver damaging riparian habitat on the Wells Reservoir and furbearers preying on salmon and steelhead at Wells Hatchery. (15-199)

Authorized a professional service agreement with Columbia Basin Environmental for total dissolved gas (TDG) monitoring as required under the FERC license and 401 certification. Expenses under the agreement shall not exceed $43,446 and it will conclude December 31, 2018. (15-200)

Rejected bid under bid document 15-18-W, Columbia Cove Park shoreline stabilization. The bids exceeded the engineer's estimate by more than the amount allowable under state law. (15-201)

Authorized renewal of Information Security and Privacy Liability Insurance with Beazley to protect against cyber criminals. (15-202)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 2,959 end users.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 26, 2015 at the District's East Wenatchee office.