Meeting of Commissioners of
Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington
April 18, 2017
A meeting of Commissioners of Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County was held in the Electric Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, the 18th day of April at the hour of 9:00 a.m.
Present: President Jane Van Dyke, Vice President Jim Malinowski, Commissioners, CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson, Director of Finance Rick Dyer, Director of Communications Lena Wittler, Director of Water Doug Quinn, Director of Information Service Mike Harris, Director of Energy Resources Dan Bedbury, Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix, Corporate Communications Manager Erica Erland, Manager of Energy Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker, Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker, Construction Services Manager Dana Allen and Assistant to CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Press Representatives: None
Others Present: Mike Bomar – CREDC President, Rick Syring (Materials A)
At 9:00 a.m., President Van Dyke called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business. Commissioner Barnes was excused from the meeting.
Consideration of the Meeting Agenda
There were no changes or corrections (Materials B).
Public Comment on Non Agenda Items
There were no comments.
Consideration of the Minutes of April 4, 2017
There were no changes or corrections.
Consideration of Accounts Payable
The board, by a unanimous vote, approved the following payment amounts as listed on the Letter of Transmittal dated April 18, 2017, from the District Auditor:
Electric Revenue Fund – $26,182,350.88
Water Revenue Fund – $220,335.57
Generating System Fund – $1,721,705.15
For a total of $28,124,391.60
Columbia River Economic Development Council Presentation
Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) President Mike Bomar provided an update on the status of CREDC efforts (Materials C). He expressed appreciation for the utility’s consistent involvement and support in the process of bringing business to the county.
Consideration of Resolutions of Establishment for LUD No. 1284
Construction Service Manager Dana Allen addressed the board regarding the Establishment of Local Utility District No. 1284 for street lighting.
Resolution No. 7365– LUD No. 1284 – Fishwood Subdivision
After the presentation by Ms. Allen, Commissioner Van Dyke opened the public hearing for comment. There being no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Malinowski, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke and unanimously carried that Resolution No. 7365 (Materials D) be adopted.
Consideration of Bid Award No. 512 – OH Line Relocation – NE 10th Ave Road Project
Materials & Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker reviewed the memo dated April 18, 2017, detailing the bid results (Materials E). Commissioner Malinowski moved to recommend that Bid No. 512 be awarded to DJ’s Electrical, Inc. in the amount of $798,000.00 plus applicable taxes. Commissioner Van Dyke seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Director of Finance Rick Dyer addressed the board (Materials F). March had cooler wetter weather resulting in electric revenue above forecast. Mr. Dyer reported that system sales were above budget and off system sales were below budget for the month. March residential sales were 102.5% of budget; commercial sales were 105.5% and industrial sales were 103.7% of budget. March ended with $3.7 million in net income, compared to $362,000 budgeted. Year-to-date net income is $18.5 million compared to a budget of $6.5 million.
Mr. Dyer provided first quarter updates on conservation and electric system capital spending.
The Water System received a system development payment from the ilani casino in the month of March. This payment helped to offset the negative budget numbers; the net income was $271,000 against a budgeted net loss of $337,000. The Water System is usually forecasted to operate at a loss until August but current year-to-date net income is $39,000 compared to a budgeted loss of $561,000.
March Wholesale Operations
Manager of Energy Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker addressed the board (Materials G). Mr. Haymaker updated the board on power supply noting that Slice performed well above prompt and budget forecasts. Due to continued colder than normal temperatures, loads remain above budget for the fourth month in a row. Power prices were very low with oversupply events and abundant available renewables including hydropower.
Mr. Haymaker reported that the water runoff was up by an additional 10 Million Acre Feet, and is 131% of normal, which ranks eighth in runoff history.
River Road Generating Plant remains offline with maintenance progressing.
Commissioner Reports and Comments
There were no commissioner reports.
CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson announced that Clark Public Utilities recently received 1st place in the 2017 Northwest Public Power Association Safety Awards. He reported that the utility has been nominated nine times previously with three 3rd place awards, and six 2nd place awards. The tenth nomination is the first time the utility received 1st place. Mr. Nelson thanked everyone for their efforts to keep our customers and employees safe.
Other Business before the Board
There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m.