Meeting of Commissioners of
Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington
February 6, 2018
A meeting of Commissioners of Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County was held in the Operations Education Center, Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, the 6th day of February at the hour of 9:00 a.m.
Present: President Jim Malinowski, Vice President Nancy Barnes, Secretary Jane Van Dyke Commissioners, CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson, Director of Finance Rick Dyer, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Director of Water Doug Quinn, Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix, Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker, Fleet Manager Paul Chamberlain, Communications Services Manager Heather Allmain, and Assistant to CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Press Representatives: None
Others Present: Nelson Holmberg – Port of Ridgefield Vice President of Innovation, Rick Syring, Paul Lecoq (Materials A)
At 9:00 a.m., President Malinowski called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business.
Consideration of the Minutes of January 30, 2018
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 February 6, 2018, from the District Auditor:
Electric Revenue Fund – $1,468,186.10
Water Revenue Fund – $363,087.29
Generating System Fund – $14,327.24
For a total of $1,845,600.63
Consideration of Bid Award No. 529 – Underground Connect Services
Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker reviewed the memo dated February 6, 2018 detailing the bid results (Materials C). Commissioner Barnes moved to recommend that Bid No. 529 be awarded to the low evaluated bidder, DJ’s Electrical, Inc. for the 3-year contract amount totaling $1,366,425.00 based on the estimated tasks required per year under contract. Commissioner Van Dyke seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Consideration of Bid Award No. 526 – 60’ Digger Derrick with Flatbed Body
Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker reviewed the memo dated February 6, 2018 detailing the bid results (Materials D). Commissioner Barnes moved to recommend that Bid No. 526 be awarded to the low evaluated bidder, Altec Industries, Inc. in the amount of $248,263.00 plus applicable taxes. Commissioner Van Dyke seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Reports and Comments
Commissioner Barnes reported on her attendance is the Public Power Council meeting.
Commissioner Malinowski reported on his attendance at the Energy Northwest meetings and the progress to date regarding the search to fill the nuclear expert executive board position.
Commissioner Van Dyke reported on her attendance at the Public Power Council meeting and the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee meeting.
At 9:40 a.m. the Commissioners moved the meeting to the student tour room in order to participate in the student tour. The tour started with an introduction to Clark Public Utilities and was followed by a warehouse tour, StreamTeam demonstration, basics of electricity presentation and student hands on activities. The board thanked Marketing Communications Coordinator Maxie Lofton, Warehouseman Dan Cantrell and AmeriCorps Volunteer Jennifer Stein for a great tour and their continued commitment to the students each day during these field trips.
Commissioners moved the meeting back to the Education Center at 11:20 a.m. for the continuation of regular business.
Update on the Port of Ridgefield Dark Fiber Optics Project
Port of Ridgefield Vice President of Innovation Nelson Holmberg provided the Commissioners a thorough review of the Dark Fiber Optics project scope from inception to the progress made to date. Mr. Holmberg also shared the port is planning to begin the initial construction in 2018 provided state legislation is changed to remove the rural designation that is currently in the statute (Materials E). The entire 42-mile backbone loop construction project is in the port’s six-year capital plan and will be paid for using port capital.
The board thanked Mr. Holmberg for his presentation and looked forward to see how the project moves forward.
CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson provided the board with and detailed update on the most recent carbon tax bill. After much discussion the board asked staff to hold off on providing a Clark Public Utilities position on the bill until the final changes have been made. The board agreed that the need for a special meeting might be necessary in order to make that decision. The board thanked Mr. Nelson and staff for their hard work on the process and looked forward to getting updates as they become available.
Other Business before the Board
There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:18 p.m.