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News Release - 8/26/2019

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E Skagen, Molly Simpson and Aaron J. Viebrock executed the following actions during the August 26, 2019 Commission meeting held at the District's Bridgeport office:

Approved Note No. 2 loan from the Electric Distribution System Capital Project Revolving Loan Fund to the Wells Hydroelectric Project. (19-100)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to Professional Service Agreement with EPC Services. Additional equipment commissioning services are needed at other locations in the District. This amendment will increase the not to exceed cost $90,000 and extend the completion date to November 30, 2019. (19-101)

Approved amendment No. 13 to Agreement for Engineering Services with HDR Engineering under contract 11-13-W. This change will increase the not-to-exceed cost by $260,586 to continue to provide hatchery related engineering support and extend the agreement through June 1, 2020. (19-102)

Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Hurst Construction, LLC under contract 18-29-W, construct Conklin Landing RV Park. All work is complete and determined to meet the bid specifications. (19-103)

Approved amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement with Schnabel Engineering to evaluate and participate in the East and West Embankment Field Exploration Program at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. This will increase the contract $50,000 and extend the expiration date to May 31, 2020. (19-104)

Declared kicker motor on boat 141 surplus and authorized disposal. It has become obsolete, worn out, and no longer useful to the District. (19-105)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to Professional Service Agreement with BioAnalysts, INC. for the services of Dr. Tracy Hillman as Chairperson of the Wells HCP Tributary Committee. This will increase the not-to-exceed price $15,000. (19-106)

Approved a revised Interlocal Agreement establishing the CWPU Unified Insurance Program Trust and Declaration of Trust. Necessary to update provisions of the agreement. (19-107)

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System and Wells Hydroelectric Project for calendar year 2020.

The preliminary Distribution System budget includes a 3% increase in KWH charge for the highest KWH usage tier of the general service schedule (over 50,000 KWH).  There is not an increase to the first or second tiers usage for average residential customers. Working capital is expected to decrease $11.3 million. The preliminary capital budget is $32.3 million, of which $22 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of capital spending is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network, for new equipment, and for right-of-way easement costs.

Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget at $42.2 million. The preliminary Capital Budget totals $45 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, 300T gantry crane replacement, recreation action plan items and generator circuit breaker replacements.

Received the Environmental Reviews of the preliminary budgets.

A budget hearing will be opened on Monday, October 14, 2019 and held open until Monday, December 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the East Wenatchee office.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. September 9, 2019 at the District's East Wenatchee office.