Meeting of Commissioners of
Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington
July 17, 2018
A meeting of Commissioners of Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County was held at the Electric Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, July 17 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 Information Services Mike Harris, Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix, Director of Operations Dan Krebs, Director of Communications Lena Wittler, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Interim Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny, Corporate Communications Manager Erica Erland, Senior Legal Counsel John Eldridge, Construction Coordinator Connie Relyea, System Operator Paul Jones and Assistant to CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Press Representatives: None
Others Present: Carl Lepper – J.D. Power, Judy Chipman, Sherry Erickson, Don Steinke, Robb Davis, Paul Speer, John Nelson (Materials A)
At 9:00 a.m., President Malinowski called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business. Commissioner Malinowski noted a quorum was present and the agenda (Materials B) was approved as submitted.
Consideration of the Minutes of July 3, 2018
There were no changes or corrections.
Public Comment – No Agenda Items
Member of the public Don Steinke shared comments regarding electric vehicles and Initiative 1631 (Materials G).
Consideration of Accounts Payable
The board, by a unanimous vote, approved the following payment amounts as listed on the Letter of Transmittal dated July 17, 2018, from the District Auditor:
Electric Revenue Fund – $11,043,376.64
Water Revenue Fund – $2,802,147.54
Generating System Fund – $3,157,857.87
For a total of $17,003,382.05
Employee Service Awards
Director of Engineering Cal Morris introduced Connie Relyea, Senior Construction Coordinator. Connie was recognized for 25 years of service.
Director of Operations Dan Krebs introduced Paul Jones, System Operator. Paul was recognized for 20 years of service (Materials C).
J.D. Power Presentation
Carl Lepper, J.D. Power Utility Practice Director, addressed the board (Materials D). Mr. Lepper gave an overview of the categories included in the 2018 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study and discussed where Clark Public Utilities ranked in each of those categories both in the West and nationally. He congratulated the utility on having its highest score to date and being named the utility highest in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the West, for the eleventh year in a row.
Consideration of Resolution Pertaining to Water Leak Adjustments
Senior Legal Counsel John Eldridge reviewed the memo dated July 17, 2018 (Materials E) outlining the water leak adjustment policy changes. Commissioner Barnes moved to approve the water leak adjustment resolution as presented, Commissioner Van Dyke seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Consideration of Resolution Revising the District’s Personnel Policies and Procedures
Senior Legal Counsel John Eldridge reviewed the memo dated July 17, 2018, (Materials F) outlining the updates to the personnel policy manual. Mr. Eldridge shared that updates to the sick leave policy due to passage of Initiative 1433 and a clarification of the General Manager’s authority to administer employee compensation were needed. Commissioner Van Dyke moved to update the personnel policy as presented, Commissioner Barnes seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Reports and Comments
Commissioner Van Dyke reported on her attendance at the American Public Power Association annual meeting.
Commissioner Malinowski explained his request for moving the Net Metering agenda item to a later meeting. CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson supported this request and said the presentation will be updated and put back on the agenda.
CEO/General Manager informed the board that Fitch upgraded the utility rating to a AAA-.
There were no public comments.
Other Business before the Board
The board recessed to executive session at 10:20 a.m. in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act, RCW 42.30.110 (1)(g) – to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee. It was noted that no action would be taken and the session would last until 10:45 a.m.
Commissioner Malinowski reconvened the public meeting at 10:46 a.m. there being no further business to come before the Board, the was meeting adjourned at 10:47 a.m.