Douglas PUD GM Awarded For 30-Year Service

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Douglas PUD GM Bill Dobbins

Douglas County PUD Commissioners awarded General Manager Bill Dobbins with his thirty-year service award. Commissioner Ron Skagen thanked Dobbins on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for his years of service, leadership, wisdom and dedication. Dobbins thanked the Commission and said “I feel very fortunate to be here and work with the people I work with.”

 In other PUD Commission action from Monday’s regular Board meeting:

Authorized interconnection and service agreement with Pine Canyon Growers as required by the Customer Service Policies, Section 36. (17-026)

Approved interconnection and service agreement with Giga Watt Inc. as required by the Customer Service Policies, Section 36. (17-027)

Authorized addendum No. 1 to bid document 17-02-W, service and draft tube air compressor upgrades at the Wells Hydroelectric Project to provide clarifications to the contract documents. (17-028)

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to Nicholson Construction Company under contract 16-20-W, upgrade the Uplift Monitoring System at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. All work has been completed and determined to meet the bid specifications.  (17-029)

Authorized a professional service agreement with Beck Botanical Services for noxious weed and rare threatened and endangered plant surveys as required by the Wells license. The contract is not to exceed $35,685 and will conclude December 31, 2017. (17-030)

Approved a professional service agreement with Columbia Research Specialists, LLC. for pikeminnow removal 2017-2019 as required by the Wells Habitat Conservation Plan.  The contract is not to exceed $132,600 for the first year.  (17-031)

Authorized approval of land use permit 311B-01, Herb Curtis. The permit is for continued use of Project lands previously permitted for a single use dock, lawn and landscaping. (17-032)

Approved land use permit 311D-02, Steven and Melinda Vlasic. The permit is for continued use of Project lands previously permitted for a boat dock, lawn, landscaping and bulkhead. (17-033)

Authorized approval of land use permit 311E-02, Don and Betty Jensen. The permit is for continued use of Project lands previously permitted for a single use dock and landscaping. (17-034)

Authorized the funding request of North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) in the amount of $26,856.63 for the 2016-2017 school year. In effect since 1988, 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. (17-035)

Approved a change in the District’s travel reimbursement policy (Administrative Bulletin 5.13) to reflect changes in the Internal Revenue Service approved mileage rate for 2017. (17-036)

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 13, 2017 at the District’s East Wenatchee office.

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