In their second public meeting, with a third scheduled next month in Long Beach, P.U.D. General Manager Doug Miller presented the preliminary budgets for Pacific County P.U.D. #2 electrical and three water districts.
All four budgets were presented to be “Balanced Budgets” and tout no changes in current wholesale or retail rates.
In the $38,062,300 P.U.D. Electrical Department projected 2014 budget, programs that will continue are listed as the Low Income Senior Citizen and Disabled Person Discount Program and Energy Service Program. There will be a purchase of renewable energy credits from Grays Harbor PUD to cover Green Power retail products, and a focus on major Capital System Improvements. There will also be an issue of bonds to fund a substation, transmission and major distribution projects.
Of the $38 million budget in the Capital Activity, projects listed include the 115Kv transmission line along SR 105 to Tokeland, the building of the Tokeland substation, and the replacement of the Long Beach substation transmission line and the continuation of the feeder rebuild program, vehicle replacements, underground replacement and the Automatic Meter Reading program.
In the three water districts, focus will be placed on the Bay Center water leak that is creating about a 60 percent loss of efficiency. The P.U.D. feels that the leak is along the Bay Center Road and looks to locate and replace the leaking pipe.
The Bay Center 2014 budget is projected to be $77,560 for the 200 customers it services.
The Lebam water system, also leaking at a projected 20 percent loss of efficiency, is scheduled to be repaired within the $26,350 budget.
Wilson Point will see a relocation of a section of their distribution line serving west properties completed in 2014 with their budget of $26, 350.