Meeting of Commissioners of
Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington
October 17, 2023
A meeting of Commissioners of Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County was held at Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
Present: Vice President Jim Malinowski, Secretary Nancy Barnes Commissioners, CEO/General Manager Lena Wittler, Director of Energy Resources Dan Bedbury, Director of Operations/Interim Director of Water Gene Morris, Director of Communications Erica Erland, General Counsel John Eldridge, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny, Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix, Executive Assistant Information Services Colleen Mulligan, PIO/Media Specialist Dameon Pesanti, Community Engagement Specialist Morgan Van Fleet, Executive Assistant Finance Cambria Stromme, Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker, Facilities Manager Wade Hammerstrom, Human Resources Generalist Faye Hansen, ComCare Representative Tammy Tidland, Senior Customer Service Representative Michelle Reed, Senior GIS/CAD Technician Jeremy Hood, Senior Construction Coordinator Deborah Kainu, Residential Planner Julie Jolma, Residential Planner Larry Ash, Facilities Foreman Bryon Ledin, Facilities Technician Electrical Brock Juntunen and Assistant to the CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson
Staff via digital conference (phone or video): President Jane Van Dyke and Director of Information Services Jeff Groff
Others present via digital conference (phone or video) or in person: Don Steinke, Rick Marshall, Tom Gordon, Sherry Erickson, Rick Erickson, Gordon Matthews, Roger Kainu, Grant Kainu, Megan Kainu and Monica Zazueta
At 9:00 a.m., President Van Dyke called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business and the agenda was approved (Materials B).
The following represents a brief summary of comments made by members of the public in attendance:
Don Steinke provided comments on funding available for clean energy projects, electric vehicle charging needs, the Growth Management Act and the Solar-For-All program.
Monica Zazueta provided comment on a YouTube video, “Energy Blind” with Nate Hagens.
Rick Erickson provided comment on the Lakeshore Water Tower plans and would like to see a community or pollinator garden on the grounds.
If written comments are submitted, they may be obtained by contacting Margaret Anderson at [email protected] or 360-992-3378.
Consideration of the Minutes of October 3, 2023
The minutes were approved as presented.
Consideration of Accounts Payable
The board, by a unanimous vote, approved the following payment amounts as listed on the Letter of Transmittal dated October 17, 2023 from the District Auditor (Materials C):
Electric Revenue Fund – $17,170,681.64
Water Revenue Fund – $853,680.33
Generating System Fund – $624,304.52
For a total of $18,648,666.49
Employee Service Awards
Director of Customer Service Lisa Fix introduced the following employees (Materials D):
• ComCare Representative – Tammy Tidland – 20 years in 2022
• Senior Customer Service Representative – Michelle Russell – 30 years in 2022
Director of Engineering Cal Morris introduced the following employees:
• Senior GIS/CAD Technician – Jeremy Hood – 20 years in 2021
• Construction Coordinator, Senior – Deborah Kainu – 20 years in 2020
• Residential Planner – Julie Jolma – 25 years in 2020
• Residential Planner – Larry Ash – 30 years in 2020
Consideration of Resolutions of Intent to Establish LUD Nos. 1437, 1464, 1467 and 1469
Director of Engineering Cal Morris addressed the board regarding the Intent to Establish Local Utility District Nos. 1437, 1464, 1467 and 1469.
Resolution No. 7805 – LUD No. 1437 – 62nd Avenue Cottages
Resolution No. 7806 – LUD No. 1464 – Felida SL Subdivision
Resolution No. 7807 – LUD No. 1467 – Pacific Landing
Resolution No. 7808 – LUD No. 1469 – Crossing at Pleasant Valley
After the presentation by Mr. Morris, Commissioner Van Dyke opened for public comment. There being no comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Barnes, seconded by Commissioner Malinowski, and unanimously carried that Resolution Nos. 7805 – 7808 be adopted and a public hearing was set for November 7, 2023 (Materials E).
Consideration of Bid Award No. 662 – Street Light Maintenance
Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker reviewed the memo dated October 17, 2023 detailing the bid results (Materials F). Commissioner Malinowski moved to recommend that Bid No. 662 be awarded to the low evaluated bidder RiverLine Power LLC for the 3-year estimated contract amount of $762,000.00 plus applicable taxes. Commissioner Barnes seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Commission Reports and Comments
Commissioner Barnes reported on her attendance at the Public Power Council meetings and the Columbia Springs Board of Directors meeting.
Commissioner Van Dyke also attended the Public Power Council meetings and reported on her attendance at the American Public Power Association Legal and Regulatory Conference and the Policy Makers meeting.
CEO/General Manager Lena Wittler reported on the Key Accounts Forum and reminded the board and members of the public that the Budget Workshop would be on November 14, 2023.
Final Board Comments
There being no additional comments from the board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m.