Commission recap 2/28/2023
At their Feb. 28 meeting, Grant PUD commissioners:
— Received an update from the Enterprise Project Management Office on the latest successes, that include:
- Additional training/certification for project-management staff members.
- The upgrades on the fifth turbine/generator unit at Priest Rapids Dam are ahead of schedule due to clear communication and goal setting with contractor, Voith Hydro.
- Collaboration to work toward continuous improvement by standardizing tools and processes to keep projects on track and on budget.
Hear the discussion at 1:09:58 on the commission audio. See the full presentation on pages 42-60 of the presentation materials.
— Learned more about the efficiency and cost-saving advantages of purchasing equipment, including vehicles, machinery, computers and software, through cooperative purchasing methods including Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and Sourcewell.
Cooperative contracting and purchasing:
- Saves staff resources and time in developing contracts.
- Ensures the purchase meets competitive bidding requirements.
- Buying/receiving time is shorter due to inventory already secured.
- Prices are generally lower due to collective buying power.
- Fleet standardization leads to in-house service work, better parts availability, better efficiency by reduced need to stock parts for multiple brands.
Commissioners urged staff when the time is right to do a fleet lifecycle cost analysis and also to investigate ways to provide information on cooperative purchase opportunities to our local vendors .
Hear the discussion at 1:44:56 on the commission audio. See the full presentation on pages 61-76 of the presentation materials.
-- Heard from eight citizens who attended the meeting to discuss their concerns about the routing of a 230-kilovolt transmission line, part of Quincy's Transmission Expansion Project (QTEP). During the next hour, the eight citizens voiced concerns related to farming, animals, land value and human impacts. The QTEP project team will bring information back to the commission at an upcoming meeting. Hear the discussion at 2:40:38 on the commission audio.
— Unanimously approved a $1.3 million contract with lowest bidder Stella-Jones Corporation for supplying cedar poles in 2023. For more information see page 8-53 of the commission packet.
— Unanimously authorized the general manager/CEO on behalf of Grant PUD to increase an existing contract with Olsson Industrial Electric by $2.1 million for a new contract total of $16 million and extending the contract completion date to 12/25/2026. The contract addresses "end-of-life" risks by upgrading aged station service, substation switchgear and protective relays at both Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. The additional cost is due to materials escalation costs, equipment storage at the contractor's facility, errors and omissions in the original project design and additional protective-system equipment. For more information see page 32-72 of the commission packet.
— Unanimously authorized 0the general manager/CEO, on behalf of Grant PUD, to execute Contract 170-11713 in the estimated amount of $1,038,152.00 through Sourcewell, a national bid contract system, to replace four bucket trucks to be ordered in 2023 for delivery in 2024 and 2025. For more information see pages 73-76 of the commission packet.
— Unanimously authorized the general manager/CEO to execute contracts with seven consulting firms for on-call general professional engineering services to support Power Production. See the individual contracts, starting on page 76 of the commission packet. The contracts are:
- Gannett Fleming Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $2.1 million with a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.
- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $3.35 million with a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.
- Cornforth Consultants Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $1.6 million with a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.
- WEST Consultants Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $75,000 with a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.
- HDR Engineering Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $700,000 for a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.
- Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $1.25 million with a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.
- MacKay and Sposito Inc., for a not-to-exceed amount of $450,000 with a contract-completion date of 12/31/2027.