Douglas County PUD

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Molly Simpson and Aaron J. Viebrock executed the following actions during the August 28, 2017 Commission meeting held at the District’s Bridgeport office:
• Heard a report for the bid opening for bid document 17-12-W, Pateros dock replacement and boat launch improvements.  All bids will be evaluated prior to contract award.
• Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Formations, Inc. under contract 16-30-W, manufacture and install Wells Hydroelectric Project Interpretive exhibits. All work has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (17-126)
• Affirmed addendum No. 1 to bid document 17-04-W, construct Okanogan River Paddlers campground to provide clarifications to the contract documents. (17-127)
• Awarded contract 17-12-W, Pateros dock replacement and boat launch improvements to KRCI, LLC the lowest responsive bidder. (17-128)
• Affirmed change order No. 12 to contract 14-19-W, Wells Hatchery Modernization. Necessary to address several constructability issues. This change order increases the contract $328,865 bringing the total not to exceed limit to $37,082,223. (17-129)
• Affirmed addendum No. 1 to bid document 17-14-W, Methow Hatchery Pond 13 avian protection improvement and pond liner replacement to provide clarifications to the contract documents.  (17-130)
• Authorized terminating Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Hatchery Program Operations. The District desires to run its own hatcheries to ensure license obligations are met. (17-131)
• Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2018 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018.
• The preliminary 2018 Distribution System budget estimates revenues at $48 million, a decrease of 8.5%. This estimate includes a previously approved rate adjustment resulting in $1 million of the revenue total.  The cost to an average residential customer would be $2 per month. Operating expenses are estimated at $48.1 million, a decrease of 1.1%. Retained earnings are expected to decline $1.7 million. The preliminary capital budget is $15.45 million, of which $11 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of capital spending is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network, for new equipment, and for right-of-way easement costs.
• At $54.7 million, the total preliminary Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1.3 million decrease compared to last year’s budget. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget as required by contract. The preliminary Wells Project Capital Budget totals $29.5 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, 300T gantry crane replacement, recreation action plan items and generator circuit breaker replacements.
• Received the Environmental Reviews of the preliminary budgets.
• A budget hearing has been set for Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the District’s East Wenatchee office.
• The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Sept. 11, 2017 at the District’s East Wenatchee office.

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