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Commission Meeting Report 2023-10-10

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – October 10, 2023

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

Opened the hearing on the Electric Distribution System and Wells Hydroelectric Project for 2024. The hearing will remain open until December 12, 2023.

Reviewed the bid opening results for Bid Document 23-32-D, install Veedol power conduits and vaults. All bids will be evaluated prior to a recommendation for contract award.

Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Magnum Power, LLC under contract 21-09-D, construct Lincoln Rock Switchyard. All work is complete and determined to meet bid specifications. (23-179)

Approved a call for bids under Bid Document 23-21-W, rehabilitate intake trashracks at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Work would include cleaning and coating one set of 15 trashracks and one set of 3 slot covers for installation in the intakes. (23-180)

Authorized award of contract 23-32-D, install Veedol power conduits and vaults to Hurst Construction, LLC. the lowest responsive bidder. (23-181)

Approved land use permit 3A-02 and Railroad Right-of-Way permit RR3A-02, Antoine Creek Vinyard. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing fence and access across railroad. (23-182)

Authorized land use permit 115-02, Heaven’s Gate Properties, LLC. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing wildlife habitat. (23-183)

Approved easement acquisition from Steven McGregor. Necessary for transmission line upgrades. (23-184)

Authorized changing the day of regular board meetings. Starting in January 2024, regular meetings of the Douglas PUD Board of Commissioner will be on the first and third Tuesday of each month in East Wenatchee, including semi-annual meetings at Wells Dam and the Bridgeport office. (24-185)

Approved amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement 21-16-W, with Erlandsen and Associates, Inc. The District has a need for ongoing professional land surveying services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project related to the settlement and alignment sections found within the District’s Dam Safety and Surveillance Monitoring Plan. This will increase the not to exceed amount $335,000 and extend the agreement to December 31, 2023. (23-186)

Affirmed change order No. 2 to contract 22-13-D, Hydrogen production and fueling facility. Changes include electrical and grounding revisions, additional transformer, safety features, lighting, door, window and stairway revisions. This will increase the not-to-exceed cost $350,059. (23-187)

Affirmed change order No. 3 to contract 22-13-D, Hydrogen production and fueling facility. Changes include purchasing builders risk insurance at a cost to the District of $100,000. (23-188)

Authorized professional service agreement 23-43-W, hatchery consulting engineering support services at hatchery facilities with Facility Screening Passage Engineers, PLLC. The agreement will not exceed $350,000 and conclude October 31, 2026. (23-189)

Approved change order No. 2 to contract 22-57-W, spillway and spillway gate maintenance at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include labor, fabrication, installation and materials necessary for successful project completion. This will increase the contract $753,095. (23-190)

Authorized contribution in aid of construction master service agreement with LocalTel for rural broadband construction. (23-191)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 7,951 end users.

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

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