At the last PUD meeting held in Raymond on July 7, all the commissioners were present with the return of Ron Hatfield and placing Kayla Calabree as the new secretary/treasure.
During the Managers report General Manager Doug Miller spoke about the donation program "Warm Hearts" and the $19,000 dollars raised that is utilized to assist customers who have issues paying their PUD bill.
"It is good to see that the ratepayers are contributing to the program," said Commissioner Mike Swanson.
It was noted that the money in the program is held specifically for those who have issues with their billing and the PUD only administers the program.
A schedule outage has been setup by Bonneville that will impact the Naselle area. The outage will be on July 20 and run from 9 am - approximately 2 pm. The local PUD will also take advantage of the scheduled outage and perform some maintenance that they need to do as well. Those who will be impacted by the outage have received notification via a letter from the PUD.
The commissioners were introduced to a new hours tracking paper work sheet driven by the State Auditors office. This will account for all time spent doing PUD business by the commissioners.
General Manger Miller also brought to light a new $2 million construction project that will create a new section of the local PUD bridging the open area between the two local buildings in Raymond.
"We are just simply out of office space," said Miller.
The construction will serve as a new conference room and have a hallway that runs between the existing buildings. Construction is schedule to start in 2016.
"We hope to be able to provide a better service for the public by building this new section."
Commissioner Hatfield thanked the other two commissioners for their patience during his recent absence but he is feeling much better these days.
During items from the public the question was raised about the money for the new construction and where the funding was from and if it had any impact on the Tokeland project. General Manager Miller noted that in last years projections 18 projects each had a dollar amount, the Tokeland project was still moving forward with a timeline that by the end of 2016, all customers in Tokeland will be served by PUD District 2.