Meeting of Commissioners of
Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington
October 4, 2022
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 4, 2022.
Present: President Nancy Barnes, Vice President Jane Van Dyke, Secretary Jim Malinowski Commissioners, CEO/General Manager Lena Wittler, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Director of Energy Resources Dan Bedbury, Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny, Director of Information Services Jeff Groff, Director of Employee Resources Nichole Reitzenstein, Director of Communications Erica Erland, Director of Operations Gene Morris, Director of Water Doug Quinn, General Counsel John Eldridge, Community Engagement Specialist Morgan Van Fleet, Power Manager Steve Andersen, Energy Resource Manager Terry Toland, Facilities Electrician Wade Hammerstrom, Civil Engineer – Water Nick Flagg and Assistant to the CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Staff present via digital conference (phone or video): Media Specialist Dameon Pesanti and Marketing Communications Specialist Martha Foley.
Others present via digital conference (phone or video) or in person: Don Steinke, Rick Marshall, Tom/Diana Gordon and Cathryn Chudy.
Press representatives: None
At 9:00 a.m., President Barnes called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business and noted a quorum was present and the agenda was approved. (Materials A).
The following represents a brief summary of comments made by members of the public in attendance:
Cathryn Chudy provided an update on the recent Vancouver City Council Workshop and Meeting where they outlined their 2023 legislative priorities. Ms. Chudy expects the focus to be on climate related items.
If members of the public have provided written comments, copies of these comments in their entirety may be obtained by contacting Margaret Anderson at [email protected] or 360-992-3378.
Consideration of the Minutes of September 20, 2022
There were no changes.
Consideration of Accounts Payable
The board, by a unanimous vote, approved the following payment amounts as listed on the Letter of Transmittal dated October 4, 2022 from the District Auditor (Materials C):
Electric Revenue Fund – $9,760,929.83
Water Revenue Fund – $1,195,510.73
Generating System Fund – $516,875.95
For a total of $11,473,316.51
Consideration of Establishment of LUD Nos. 1427 and 1434
Director of Engineering Cal Morris addressed the board regarding the Establishment of Local Utility District Nos. 1427 and 1434
Resolution No. 7736 – LUD No. 1427 – Lauren’s Landing Short Plat
Resolution No. 7737 – LUD No. 1434 – Woodbrook PH 1A & 1B
After the presentation by Mr. Morris, Commissioner Barnes opened for public comment. There being no comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Van Dyke seconded by Commissioner Malinowski, and unanimously carried that Resolution Nos. 7736 and 7737 be adopted. (Materials D).
Consideration of Bid Award No. 636 – Cooling Tower Fill & Drift Eliminator Replacement
Director of Operations Gene Morris reviewed the memo dated October 4, 2022 detailing the bid results (Materials E). Commissioner Malinowski moved to recommend that Bid No. 636 be awarded to the low evaluated bidder Amertech Tower Services, LLC in the amount of $1,106,514.00 plus applicable taxes. Commissioner Van Dyke seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Consideration of Bid Award No. 637 – Vista Park Reservoir Recoating
Director of Operations Gene Morris reviewed the memo dated October 4, 2022 detailing the bid results (Materials F). Commissioner Van Dyke moved to recommend that Bid No. 637 be awarded to the low evaluated bidder Long Painting Company in the amount of $627,532.53 plus applicable taxes. Commissioner Malinowski seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Consideration of Bid Award No. 638 – Line Rebuild and Reconductor Clark – Pioneer
Director of Operations Gene Morris reviewed the memo dated October 4, 2022 detailing the bid results (Materials G). Commissioner Malinowski moved to recommend that Bid No. 638 be awarded to the low evaluated bidder River Line Power, LLC in the amount of $481,722.52 plus applicable taxes. Commissioner Van Dyke seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Consideration of Resolution of Sole Source Designation – River Road Generating Plant
Director of Operations Gene Morris reviewed the memo dated October 4, 2022 outlining the Sole Source Designation Resolution for the River Road Generating Plant Long Term Service Agreement and the purchase of the flexibility equipment with Power Systems Manufacturing (Materials H).
Commissioner Van Dyke moved to approve Resolution No. 7738 confirming and ratifying the waiver of the competitive bidding requirements associated with equipment and material purchased under the PSM long-term service agreement. Commissioner Malinowski seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Bonneville Power Administration Product Choice Review
Power Manager Steve Andersen provided the board with a review of the Bonneville Power Administration product choice background and staff conclusions (Materials I). Staff recommended continuing as a Slice/Block customer.
Commissioners all concurred with staff’s recommendation, this is not a change to current practices, no action taken.
Director of Finance Melissa Ankeny addressed the board (Materials J). August weather was warmer and drier than normal, which resulted in electric revenues and off system sales coming in above budget. August residential sales were 119.1% of budget, commercial sales were 105.5% and industrial sales were 102.5% of budget. August ended with a net income of $2.7 million compared to a budgeted net income of $473,000. Year-to-date net income is $28.9 million compared to a budgeted net income of $5.4 million.
The Water System ended August with 622 new customers year-to-date, which is a growth rate of 2.36%. August ended with a net income of $1.3 million compared to a budgeted net income of $908,000. Year-to-date net income is $328,000 million compared to a budgeted net income loss of $100,000.
Ms. Ankeny provided a year-to-date update on conservation spending.
July Wholesale Operations
Power Manager Steve Andersen addressed the board (Materials K). Mr. Andersen provided an update on power supply noting that Slice generation was 56 aMW above budget and loads in July were 59 aMW above budget.
A summary of the value of Clark Public Utilities gas hedging program was provided, this outlined a year-to-date savings of $21.4 million.
Mr. Andersen reviewed Bonneville Power Administration rate case settlement proposal, detailing the use of the $718.0 million in reserves. There will be no power or transmission rate increase for FY 2024-2025 and Clark Public Utilities will receive $10.9 million in this settlement. Staff is in support of the settlement agreement.
Commissioner Van Dyke moved to support the Director of Energy Resources intent to vote to not object to the proposed settlement at the October 6 Public Power Council Executive Committee meeting. Commissioner Malinowski seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Reports and Comments
Commissioner Malinowski reported on his attendance at the Nuclear Board Members training in Atlanta, GA.
Commissioner Van Dyke reported on her attendance at the Community Care Round Table.
Commissioners Barnes reminded everyone that it was Public Power Week.
CEO/General Manager reminded the board and members of the public that our Budget Workshop would be held on Wednesday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There were no additional public comments.
Other Business before the Board
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.