Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the October 10, 2016 Commission meeting held at the District's East Wenatchee office:
Held the scheduled hearing for the Distribution System 2017 budget and the Wells Project 2016-2017 budget.
Adopted the 2017 Distribution System budget which estimates revenues at $52.5 million, a decrease of 2%. This estimate includes a proposed rate adjustment resulting in $1 million of the revenue total. The cost to an average residential customer would be $3 per month. The District's last rate adjustment was in January 2013. Final rate decision will happen after a separate rate hearing to be scheduled later in the year. Operating expenses are estimated at $48.7 million, a decrease of 0.1%. Retained earnings are expected to decline $1.57 million. The capital budget is $11.4 million, of which $6.7 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. (16-158)
Adopted the 2016-2017 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. At $56 million, the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1.6 million increase compared to last year's estimate. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget as required by contract. The Wells Project Capital Budget totals $40.2 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, Wells hatchery modernization, and generator circuit breaker replacements. (16-159)
Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2017 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2016-2017 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. (16-160)
Authorized revising schedule 6 of the Electric Distribution System Customer Service Policies to meet the changing business needs of the DCCN. This revision would create a monthly rate for full IPTV Headend feed and an End-User IPTV Port fee for non-District IPTV systems. (16-161)
Approved acceptance of work and final payment to Anixter, Inc. under contract 16-02-D, supply and deliver 115 kV circuit switchers for the Veedol Substation. All work has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (16-162)
Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Western Utility/Telecom, Inc. under contract 16-23-D, supply and deliver tubular steel poles for the Veedol Substation. All work has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (16-163)
Declared a state of emergency and authorized waiver of bid process for the repair of the load tap changer on transformer 2 in Eastmont Substation. Repairs must be made prior to when loads increase in mid-November. (16-164)
Affirmed change order No. 1 to contract 16-14-W, construct Wells Hydroelectric Project Interpretive Center. Changes include additional irrigation, removable bollards, change in hot water heater and additional excavation. These changes will increase the not-to-exceed cost $10,734 bringing the total contract amount to $1,237,000. (16-165)
Approved land use permit 375-01 to Pateros Trading Company. The permit is for continued use of Project lands for two boat docks and bulkheads. (16-166)
The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 24, 2016 at the District's East Wenatchee office.