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Commission Meeting Report 2023-11-28

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – November 28, 2023

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the November 28, 2023 Commission meeting held at the District’s Wells Hydroelectric Project:

Commissioner Viebrock, Jerry Cook, Ray Harter, Commissioner Simpson, Commissioner Skagen

Awarded Jerry Cook, CAD Engineer with his twenty year service award. After hearing about the work Jerry does for the District, Commissioner Skagen thanked Jerry on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for his many years of service. He thanked the Commission.

Awarded Ray Harter, Journeyman Mechanic with his twenty-five 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 and said, “I appreciate this service award. I enjoy everyone here.”

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

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to Syblon Reid under contract 22-54-W, fire protection system upgrades and miscellaneous piping at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. All work is complete and determined to meet the bid specifications. (23-219)

Authorized change order No. 2 to contract 22-62-D, Douglas to Urban Industrial 230 kV tie.  This will extend the completion date to December 11, 2023 due to material delays. (23-220)

Rejected bids under bid document 23-21-W, rehabilitate trashracks at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. All bids were over the engineer’s estimate. (23-221)

Approved change order No. 1 to contract 23-32-D, install Veedol power conduits and vaults. This will extend the completion date to March 1, 2024 due to material delays. (23-222)

Authorized a call for bids under bid document 23-52-W, rehabilitate 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. (23-223)

Approved land use permit 38G-02, James and Grace Larsen. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing access path. (23-224)

Approved the renewal of excess liability insurance coverage with AEGIS Insurance Services and Energy Insurance Mutual. (23-225)

Authorized District purchase of pollution legal liability insurance with Markel. (23-226)

Approved renewal of general liability and automobile insurance with Everest National Insurance Company and Markel American Insurance Company. (23-227)

Authorized use of Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for employees retiring in 2024. This allows the deposit of a percentage of the employee’s accrued personal leave at retirement into the HRA-VEBA. (23-228)

Declared special market conditions to purchase hydrogen mobile refueling system. GKN Hydrogen has a mobile refueling system at a discounted rate due to a grant from the US Department of Energy. This agreement will not exceed $1,500,000. (23-229)

Approved amendment No. 3 to professional service agreement with RH2 Engineering under contract 20-31-D, professional engineering services. This will increase the contract $50,000 in order to complete ongoing work. (23-230)

Approved an agreement with the North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) in the amount of $44,043.08 for the 2023-2024 school year. In effect since 1987, agreements between Douglas PUD and NCESD have been established to provide educational curriculum for every kindergarten through fifth grade student in Douglas County. Classes pertain to electrical generation, electric distribution, conservation, safety and wise use of water resources. This funding also provides for fourth grader participation in the River of Power program. (23-231)

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. December 12, 2023 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office. 

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