Commission Meeting Report 2023-09-12

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – September 12, 2023

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the September 12, 2023 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee office:

Commissioners and service award recipients standing in front of flags
Commissioner Skagen, Commissioner Viebrock, Susan Martin, Ray Phelps, Commissioner Simpson

Awarded Susan Martin, Software Analyst with her twenty-five year service award. Commissioner Skagen thanked Susan on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for her many years of service. She thanked the Commission talked about various roles she has had at the utility and said, “I like it because I get to work with all facets of the utility, in the hatcheries, dam and shops. I get to see the company as a whole.”

Awarded Ray Phelps, Foreman Wireman II with his thirty year service award. Commissioner Skagen thanked Ray on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for his many years of service. He thanked the Commission said, “I have enjoyed it.”

Authorized change order No. 2 to contract 22-54-W, fire protection system upgrades and miscellaneous piping at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include additional drain valves to the turbine pit pump and extending the date of completion to October 31, 2023. This will increase the contract $8,000. (23-155)

Affirmed change order No. 2 to contract 22-06-D, rebuild and reconductor Rocky Reach to Chelan Falls No. 1 Phase 2. Changes include installation of additional fiber connections at an increased cost of $1,000. (23-156)

Approved change order No. 1 to contract 23-11-D, Urban Industrial to Rapids steel transmission structures. The change allows for progress payments rater than a lump sum as originally required. (23-157)

Authorized land use permit 4A-01, Godbey Red-E-Mix Concrete Inc. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing irrigation pump, inlet and access road. (23-158)

Approved renewal of crime insurance with Zurich to October 15, 2026. (23-159)

Authorized the renewal for Directors and Officers and Employment Practices Liability Insurance with AEGIS. (23-160)

Authorized renewal of Fiduciary Liability Insurance with AIG. (23-161)

Approved land use agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration. Necessary to construct a new 230kV transmission line to serve the Urban Industrial Substation. (23-162)

Authorized change order No. 1 to contract 23-08-D, Rapids to Valhalla rebuild and reconductor. This change extends the completion date to July 31, 2024 due to material shortages and long lead times. 23-163)

Approved change order No. 1 to contract 23-12-D, transmission and distribution dock crew. This change will increase the contract $200,000 for additional dock crew work. (23-164)

Affirmed request for qualifications 23-37-W, engineering consulting services for repairs, maintenance and alteration of infrastructure at the District’s hatchery facilities as required by the FERC license and HCP. (23-165)

Authorized a professional service agreement 23-38-W with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for Wells Hydroelectric Project archaeological monitoring for 35 sites. This contract has a not-to-exceed cost of $100,084 and concludes May 31, 2024. (23-166)

Declared miscellaneous items of personal property to be surplus and sold at public auction or scrap and authorizing their disposal. The District owns vehicles and other miscellaneous equipment which by reason of replacement policy and obsolescence are surplus and no longer useful to District operations. (23-167)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 7,921 end users.

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. September 26, 2023 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office. 

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