A meeting of Commissioners of Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County was held in the District offices, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, the 8th day of December at the hour of 9:00 a.m.
Present: Vice President Nancy Barnes, Secretary Jane Van Dyke Commissioners, CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson, Director of Finance Rick Dyer, Director of Operations Dan Krebs, Director of Energy Resources Dan Bedbury, Director of Communications Lena Wittler, Director of Water Doug Quinn, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix, Corporate Communications Manager Erica Erland, Customer Accounts and Energy Reporting Services Manager Debbie DePetris, Lead Applications Analyst/Developer Susan Shaw, Data Analyst Jeff Peterson and Assistant to CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Commissioner Malinowski was excused from the meeting.
Press Representatives: None
Others Present: None, Materials (A)
The order of business recorded below reflects the published agenda (Materials B)
At 9:00 a.m., Vice President Barnes called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business.
Consideration of the Minutes of November 24, 2015
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 December 8, 2015 from the District Auditor:
Electric Revenue Fund – $19,941,760.25
Water Revenue Fund – $417,680.29
Generating System Fund – $385,247.37
For a total of $20,744,687.91
Consideration of Resolution for Establishment of LUD Nos. 1209, 1225 and 1238
Director of Engineering Cal Morris addressed the Board regarding the Establishment of Local Utility District Nos. 1209, 1225 and 1238 for street lighting.
Resolution No. 7228 – LUD No. 1209 – Lilly’s Court
Resolution No. 7229 – LUD No. 1225 – Scott’s Knoll
Resolution No. 7230 – LUD No. 1238 – Lacamas Prairie Estates PH
After the presentation by Mr. Morris, Commissioner Barnes opened the public hearing for comment. There being no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Barnes, and unanimously carried that Resolution Nos. 7228 – 7230 (Materials C) be adopted.
Consideration of Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program
Customer Accounts and Energy Reporting Services Manager Debbie DePetris addressed the board (Materials D). Ms. DePetris recommended a revision to the Energy Efficiency Loan Program. The updated program would add a limit on the number and dollar amount of active loans a household can have at one time. The revision would also add home equity as a consideration factor for loan approval in addition to a committee review process for some circumstances.
Commissioner Van Dyke moved for approval of the revised Energy Efficiency Loan Program as presented, Commissioner Barnes seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Barnes requested that a historical report of the current loan program for the previous five years be brought to the board at a future meeting.
Consideration of Resolutions for Adoption of 2016 Electric, Generating and Water Budgets
Director of Finance Rick Dyer addressed the board (Attachment E). Budget workshops were held on October 5 and 6, 2015, with the public hearing on the budgets being on November 24, 2015. Mr. Dyer stated that approval of the budgets as presented would include the updated staff-recommended use of the low income tax credit.
Commissioner Barnes opened the public hearing regarding the proposed 2016 budgets. There being no inquiries regarding the budget from the public, the hearing was closed.
Total budget for the Electric System is $367.2 million in sales, $350.2 million in expenses and $39.1 in capital. The Generation System budget is $98.6 million in sales, $83.5 in expenses and $4.1 million in capital. The Water System has a budget of $16.7 million in sales, $13.5 in expenses and $8.2 in capital. With no further comment, Commissioner Van Dyke presented a motion to adopt Resolution No. 7231 approving the Electric System budget for 2016. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Barnes and passed unanimously. Next, Commissioner Van Dyke presented a motion to adopt Resolution No. 7232 approving the Generation System budget for 2016. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Barnes, and passed unanimously. Next, Commissioner Van Dyke presented a motion to adopt Resolution No. 7233 approving the Water System budget for 2016. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Barnes, and passed unanimously.
It should be noted that in Commissioner Malinowski’s absence, his support of the Electric, Generating and Water system budget was obtained via phone conversation on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
Commissioners thanked staff for their hard work, and CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson stated that staff is not recommending or requesting a rate increase for 2016.
Commissioner Reports and Comments
Commissioner Barnes and Commissioner Van Dyke reported on their attendance at the Washington Public Utility District Association annual meeting.
There were no staff reports.
Other Business before the Board
There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:17 am.