Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the October 6, 2008 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters office:
Held a hearing on the 2009 Electric Distribution System Budget and the 2008-2009 Wells Hydroelectric Project Budget.
Adopted the 2009 Electric Distribution System Budget. Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2009 is estimated at $23,275,000, up approximately 7.1% from the 2008 estimate. Administration and general expenses are up $400,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $26,000. The Distribution System Capital Budget of $20,788,165 for 2009 is an increase of $1,645,165 and includes approximately $13.6 million for electric system additions and improvements, $3.29 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $3.94 million for electrical, transportation and other equipment. The total revenue estimate of $39,116,000 is an increase of $2,448,000 from the 2008 estimate. The 2009 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates. (08-251)
Adopted the 2008-2009 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. At $44,123,009 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $2,900,070 increase 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 $966,980. Major items include a new ventilation system for unit scroll case, battery room HVAC and a data backup and disaster recovery project. (08-252)
Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2009 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2008-2009 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. (08-253)
Authorized addendum No. 1 to bid document 08-44-D, steel poles South Nile to Rapids 115kV transmission line. Questions from potential bidders revealed necessary revisions and clarifications to the bid document. (08-254)
Approved execution of grant of easement and easement with Badger Mountain FLP. (08-255)
Authorized closure of the Rural Economic Development Fund accounts for 2007-2008. (08-256)
Approved addendum No. 1 to bid document 08-47-W, moving and storing transformer insulating oil. This addendum removes a requirement from the specifications. (08-257)
Approved amendment No. 2 to an agreement for professional services with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation regarding a cultural resources survey. This amendment will allow further review of the forty top priority archaeological sites identified by the study. This will extend the contract to March 31, 2009. (08-259)
The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 13, 2008 at the District’s Bridgeport office.