Meeting of Commissioners of
Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington
October 1, 2019
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, October 1, 2019.
Present: President Nancy Barnes, Vice President Jane Van Dyke and Secretary Jim Malinowski Commissioners, CEO/General Manager Lena Wittler, Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Director of Water Doug Quinn, Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix, Director of Operations Gene Morris, Director of Communications Erica Erland, Manager of Energy Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker, Human Resources Manager Nichole Reitzenstein, Water Engineering Manager Russ Knutson, Journeyman Meter Technician Tawnia Chenette, Assistant to CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Press Representatives: None
Others Present: Rick Marshall and Roy Koegen (Materials A)
At 9:00 a.m., President Barnes called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business. Commissioner Barnes noted a quorum was present and the agenda (Materials B) was approved as submitted.
Consideration of the Minutes of September 17, 2019
There were no changes or corrections.
Public Comment – Non Agenda Items
There were no comments.
Consideration of Accounts Payable
The board, by a unanimous vote, approved the following payment amounts as listed on the Letter of Transmittal dated October 1, 2019 from the District Auditor (Materials C):
Electric Revenue Fund – $21,844,870.40
Water Revenue Fund – $2,434,978.11
Generating System Fund – $854,024.93
For a total of $25,133,873.44
Employee Service Award
Director of Engineering Cal Morris introduced Tawnia Chenette, Journeyman Meter Technician. Tawnia was recognized for 20 years of service (Materials D).
Consideration of Resolutions of Intent to Establish LUD Nos. 1373 and 1377
Director of Engineering Cal Morris addressed the board regarding the Intent to Establish Local Utility District Nos. 1373 and 1377.
Resolution No. 7561 – LUD No. 1373 – Pine Villas
Resolution No. 7562 – LUD No. 1377 – Rivendale PH 4-6
After the presentation by Mr. Morris, Commissioner Barnes opened for public comment. There being no comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Malinowski, seconded by Commissioner Van Dyke and unanimously carried that Resolution Nos. 7561 and 7562 be adopted and a public hearing was set for November 5, 2019 (Materials E).
Consideration of Resolution for the Sale, Issuance and Delivery of Water System Revenue Bonds
Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny provided the board with an overview of the upcoming Water System Revenue Bond sale (Materials F). Following the review, Ms. Ankeny asked the board to adopt the resolution authorizing the sale of bonds and delegating authority to the General Manager and Director of Finance/Treasurer to sign the bond purchase agreement.
Commissioner Van Dyke moved to approve the resolution authorizing the sale of bonds for the Water System and delegating authority to the General Manager and Director of Finance/Treasurer to sign the bond purchase agreement. Commissioner Malinowski seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny addressed the board (Materials G). August had warmer and wetter weather resulting in electric revenues coming in above forecast. Ms. Ankeny reported that system sales were below budget and off-system sales were above budget for the month. August residential sales were 101.5% of budget, commercial sales were 97.5% and industrial sales were 99.3% of budget. August ended with a net income loss of $134,000 compared to a budgeted net income loss of $389,000. Year-to-date net income is $24.3 million compared to a budgeted net income of $13.7 million.
The Water System ended August with 665 new customers year-to-date which is a growth rate of 2.73%. There was a net income of $757,000 for August, compared to a budgeted net income of $768,000. Year-to-date net income is $4.1 million compared to a budgeted net income of $419,000.
August Wholesale Operations
Manager of Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker addressed the board (Materials H). Mr. Haymaker updated the board on power supply noting that Slice performed below prompt month by 11 aMW and 8 aMW below budget forecasts. Loads were just below budget for the month of August, power and gas prices showed some consistency and the heat rate remains strong.
River Road Generating Plant was offline for a short time on September 21 to replace a data card.
Commissioner Reports and Comments
Commissioner Malinowski reported on his attendance at the Energy Northwest meetings.
Commissioner Van Dyke reported on her attendance at the Washington PUD Association meetings.
Director of Operations Gene Morris reported on the outage that occurred over the weekend.
CEO/General Manager Lena Wittler reported on her attendance at the Western Energy Institute meeting. Ms. Wittler also let the board know that the employees located at Bridge Sub would be transitioning to the Electric Center on October 14. The building will be secured and maintained until an appropriate use is determined.
There were no additional comments.
Other Business before the Board
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.