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News Release - 12/12/2016

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Molly Simpson and Ron Skagen executed the following actions during the December 12, 2016 Commission meeting held at the District's East Wenatchee office:

Opened bids under bid document 16-29-W, 2017 Grounds Maintenance. The bids will be evaluated prior to a recommendation for contract award.

Conducted a public hearing for questions regarding Local Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County for the Rio Vista Street Assessment Roll. No one being present with questions regarding the assessment and having received no other form of comment, the Commission declared the hearing closed. The Assessment Roll for 2017 is $31.00 per lot.

Authorized rate amendments to the Customer Service Policies. Changes include increasing the General Service basic charge from $10 to $13 per month,  increasing the second KWH tier (25,001 to 49,999KWH) 1.5% and the third tier ( 50,000KWH and over) 3%, and increasing the demand charge to $1.70 per KW greater than 50 effective January 1, 2017. Other adjustments include Irrigation Service will have an $8 per month basic charge and an increase to the seasonal demand charge of $1.81 per KW. There is also a 2018 adjustment included in this change increasing the General Service basic charge to $15 per month and KWH tiers and demand charge increases similar to 2017 effective January 1, 2018.

Changes to the Withrow Water System go into effect January 1, 2017 and increase the monthly minimum charge to from $30 to $35 in 2017 and a $2.50 increase per year until 2020 when the cost would be $42.50. (16-206)

Approved amendment No. 11 to the Professional Service Agreement with Commonwealth Associates under contract 10-13-D, consulting engineering services for Douglas-Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project. This agreement allows for the rate schedule to be adjusted annually to reflect any increase in the cost of doing business. There is no increase in the not to exceed amount. (16-207)

Authorized change order No. 4 to contract 16-07-D, construct Veedol Substation. Changes include bending the bus paddles, installation of temporary jumpers, increased labor due to late delivery of materials and installation of additional relay in HVAC controller. These changes will increase the cost $274,167 for a total not-to-exceed cost of $3,834,069. (16-208)

Authorized video transport agreement with the television network TheBlaze, Inc.  These agreements are required by most networks to receive and transport the signal over the Douglas County Community Network.  (16-209)

Authorized professional services agreement with Columbia Research for bird hazing at the Wells Fish Hatchery and Wells Dam tailwater as required by the Wells Habitat Conservation Plan. Hazing of birds that feed on fish reduces the loss of juvenile fish at the Wells Fish Hatchery and increases fish survival through the dam. The cost of this agreement is not to exceed $78,636. (16-210)

Approved a professional service agreement with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife for steelhead and bull trout genetic analysis. Necessary to investigate the natural spawning success of hatchery reared steelhead relative to wild steelhead and to utilize a statistically valid number of fish to develop baseline DNA profiles for Methow River steelhead as required by the Wells HCP. The Aquatic Settlement Agreement requires the District to study bull trout passage and incidental take monitoring. This study includes the need to genetically assign origin of radio tagged adult bull trout to natal spawning streams. The cost of this agreement is not to exceed $21,532 and will conclude August 31, 2017. (16-211)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to Professional Service Agreement with the Okanagan Nation Alliance for the operational deployment and assessment of the Okanagan Fish Water Management Tool as called for in the Wells Habitat Conservation Plan. This amendment increases the not-to-exceed price $269,655 Canadian dollars and extends the agreement to December 31, 2017. (16-212)

Affirmed addendum No. 1 to bid document 16-30-W, manufacture and install Wells Hydroelectric Project Interpretive Exhibits to provide clarifications to the contract documents. (16-213)

Affirmed addendum No. 1 to bid document 16-33-W, 2017-2018 forebay debris removal services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project to add equipment to the bid schedule and extend the bid opening to December 27, 2016. (16-214)

Affirmed change order No. 3 to contract 16-14-W, construct Wells Hydroelectric Project Interpretive Center. Changes include ADA auto door openers, graffiti protectant, landscaping changes and extending the completion date to January 6, 2017.  These changes will increase the cost $22,037, bringing the total not-to-exceed cost to $1,271,536. (16-215)

Authorized use of Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for employees retiring in 2017.  This allows the deposit of a percentage of the employee's accrued personal leave at retirement into the HRA-VEBA. (16-216)

Authorized a Legal Services Agreement with the law firm of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn and Aylward, P.S. Effective January 1, 2017 through January 1, 2018. (16-217)

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. December 27, 2016 at the District's East Wenatchee office.