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									                               Mason County PUD 1
                          Board of Commissioners Meeting
                                    April 8, 2008


       The regular Board of Commissioners Meeting of Public Utility District No. 1 of Mason
       County was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on April 8, 2008 at the District Office Board
       Room in Potlatch.

Present                                                     Visitors
Jack Janda – President                                      Steve Johnson, WPUDA
Ron Gold – Vice-President                                   David Frye- Skokomish Tribe
Karl Denison – Secretary
Steve Taylor – General Manager
Rob Johnson – District Counsel
Debbie Knipschield – Director of Administrative Services
Greg Kester - Auditor/Director of Finance
Tracy Colard – Director of Operations



CONSENT AGENDA
It was moved by Vice President Ron Gold, seconded by Secretary Karl Denison, and made
unanimous by President Jack Janda to adopt the consent agenda. Motion Carries
By adopting the consent agenda, the following items were approved:
     Minutes of March 24, 2008
     Voucher # 96489-96577 in the amount of $207,514.71

BUSINESS AGENDA
   Steve Johnson discussed the Settlement Agreement that BPA and the Core of
     Engineers have agreed upon with the four Lower Columbia Tribes
   The agreement is going to cost approximately one billion dollars
   The rate impacts will be analyzed in the near future
   The Tribes in turn will support BPA in the biological opinion
   The Amendment No. 1 of the MOU Improvement and Protection of Water Quality of
     Hood Canal was discussed and approved for signature
   The Amendment will go to the Tribe and County for signature
   A draft will be sent to the Tribe and County regarding operations training
   Funding for the training will also be investigated
   The board and staff will begin working with WPUDA staff to procure the additional $12
     million needed to complete the sewer projects
   John Kounts and Bill Clark are scheduled to attend the June 2nd board meeting
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                                Mason County PUD 1
                           Board of Commissioners Meeting
                                     April 8, 2008

     A ceremonial event will be scheduled for Norm Dicks’ attendance
     David Frey reported on the status of the Skokomish housing project
     Tracy discussed the status of the electrical facilities for the project
Motion:
It was moved by Secretary Karl Denison, seconded by Vice-President Ron Gold and made
unanimous by President Jack Janda to approve the Amendment with a minor name change.
Motion Carries
     Greg presented the RUS Form 7 for the 2007 year end
     Revenues reflect $5,548,763 with a TIER of 2.23
     Outage hours per customer are high and will be discussed further during a workshop
     Write offs for the year are $13,362 which is less than .05% of total accounts receivable.
       The Industry standard is 1.5% which reflects the hard work of our staff
     Electric and Water Financials through February 2008 were presented
     Greg will review the travel line item for discrepancies
     The Electric Financials reflect revenues at $1,224,148 with a TIER of 5.14
     The Water Financials reflect revenues at $162,484 with a TIER of 2.51
     Electric and Water financials will be provided on a monthly basis until at least the end of
       fall
     Greg presented a Rate Schedule Comparison Sheet based on 1500 kWh usage for
       comparable PUD’s s as of April 1, 2008
     A tab will be added to the meeting folder for the financial statements
     The BPA TIER Rate Methodology (TRM) was discussed. Greg will review and provide
       his input to Terry Mundorf later this week for the PURPA resource issue
     PUD 1 partnering with Tacoma Public Utilities on a proposed generation project was
       discussed as well as PUD involvement in the Lilliwaup Falls Hydro project
     The board will be touring the Lilliwaup Falls Hydro Project area next Tuesday in addition
       to discussions on the Hamma Hamma
     States are prohibited from taxing tribal members and tribal enterprises in Indian country
     Qualified Tribal members and entities within the Indian Country are exempt from certain
       state privilege and utility taxes that are built into the PUD’s rate structure. The District
       has received a qualification from an entity within the Indian Country for a refund of those
       taxes paid through their utility bills for the past four years. The Department of Revenue
       will reimburse the PUD for the amount of taxes reimbursed to the Tribal entity
     The PUD rate structure and stabilization fund will be reviewed and discussed at a
       workshop following the tour of the Hydro projects as well as on site sewer systems



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Regular-Potlatch
April 6, 2008
                               Mason County PUD 1
                          Board of Commissioners Meeting
                                    April 8, 2008

   Motion:
   It was moved by Secretary Karl Denison, seconded by Vice-President Ron Gold and made
   unanimous by President Jack Janda to authorize the PUD to reimburse the Lucky Dog
   Casino for State Utility and Privilege taxes paid within the past four years. Motion Carries

STAFF REPORTS
    Canal Mutual Improvements are in the design stage and the water rights transfer status
     is not complete. A timeline for completion will be required from the engineers.
    Debbie will report on BPA incentives available to the Hoodsport Grocery Store at the
     next meeting

MANAGER’S REPORT
   Steve reported on the WPUDA Manger’s meeting regarding issues relating to the follow
    up with legislation and bills passed
   The PPC meeting handouts were provided to the board for their review. Steve Wright
    spoke about the 900 million dollar BPA agreement with the four tribal nations
   Steve and Greg also met with CWPA with disappointing results
   The Hoodsport Merchants Association presented a plaque to the crew to show their
    appreciation for their work during the winter storms
   Steve will be on vacation from April 16 – April 23rd. Debbie will be acting manager in his
    absence
   Steve will present a proposed policy change for Satellite Management in the near future

BOARD REPORTS/ COMMENTS
   Brandy will be providing administrative assistance to Tracy
   The WPUDA water workshop is moved to Clark County during the last week of
    September at the Red Lion Inn
   Steve will moderate on one of the panels regarding AMR
   A water policy meeting was held yesterday and staff is being requested to move forward
    with AMR presentation on the water side for new installations and associated costs
   An Itron Representative will be asked to attend the next water workshop to discuss
    demand




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                             Mason County PUD 1
                        Board of Commissioners Meeting
                                  April 8, 2008

CALENDAR REVIEW
   The May 27th board meeting is changed to Monday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm.




Meeting adjourned at 5:03




                                        __________________________
                                        Jack Janda - President

                                        __________________________
                                        Ron Gold - Vice President

                                        __________________________
                                        Karl Denison –Secretary




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