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Commission Meeting Report 2023-04-10

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – April 10, 2023

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the April 10, 2023 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee office:

Commissioner Simpson, Sharon Liebert, Commissioner Viebrock

Awarded Sharon Liebert, Power Resource Coordinator with her forty-five year service award. Commissioner Viebrock thanked Sharon on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for her many years of service. She thanked the Commission and talked about various roles she has had at the utility.

Opened the hearing on Line Extension and Connected Load Fees. General Manager Gary Ivory made a presentation (click here to see presentation).  Four customers made public comments. The hearing remains open.

Affirmed change order No. 5 to contract 21-09-D, construct Lincoln Rock Switchyard. Changes included remobilization due to delayed materials, extra high bucket truck rental and extending the completion date to April 28, 2023. These changes increase the contract $5,687. (23-071)

Affirmed change order No. 1 to contract 22-60-D, Douglas to Urban Industrial Transmission wire. This change adds 48,000 feet of wire for a second transmission line increasing the cost by $456,480. (23-072)

Approved land use permit 4S-01, and Railroad Right-of-Way permit RR4S-01, Robert and Mikaela Walker. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing access path. (23-073)

Authorized land use permit 724-01, Custom Orchard Inc. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing commercial orchard, driveway and irrigation intake. (23-074)

Affirmed change order No. 2 to contract 22-60-D, Douglas to Urban Industrial Transmission wire. Due to market conditions and several ongoing projects which use this wire, it is in the best interest of the District to add to an existing order.  This change adds 36,000 feet of wire increasing the cost by $342,360. (23-075)

Approved first amendment to the electric utility system and transmission line purchase and sale agreement between Chelan PUD and Douglas PUD. The amendment clarifies the closing process, amends forms to convey easements and extends the closing date. (23-076)

Authorized a legal services agreement with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP. (23-077)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 7,750 end users.

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 24, 2023 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office. 

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