Governor Jay Inslee’s signature on the 2017-19 Capital Budget will send nearly a half-million dollars in economic development funding to the Grays Harbor PUD and East Grays Harbor County.  The budget, approved by the Legislature on Thursday night and signed by the governor on Friday afternoon, includes $463-thousand for the East Grays Harbor County Fiber Project, which will improve fiber optic cable connections to the Elma and Satsop School Districts, the Schouweiler industrial park and local homes and businesses.

“School, residential and business interests in Satsop and Elma will see additional options for improved internet and communication services because of this project,” said PUD Core Services Director Rob Hanny.  “Thanks to the leadership of our legislative partners, this will mean improved service and greater flexibility within the PUD capital budget and the opportunity to complete other projects.”

The Capital Budget request was sponsored by Rep. Mike Chapman and supported by his fellow 24thdistrict legislators, Rep. Steve Tharinger and Sen. Kevin Van De Wege.

“Broadband internet is vital for our local businesses and communities here in timber and farm country,” Chapman said. “I’m pleased and proud that lawmakers could partner with the Grays Harbor Public Utility District to make this happen, and I look forward to pushing hard for new ideas and partnerships to make sure all of rural Washington has a fast, affordable link to the internet.”

 

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District Board of Commissioners have approved the utility budget for 2018.  The $123.3 million spending plan was passed unanimously by the board during their Nov. 20thmeeting.

“This budget is about stability,” says PUD Commission President Arie Callaghan.  “Our staff has put together a plan that puts the emphasis on maintaining the strength, safety and reliability of the PUD system and service and finding a practical cost which makes that mission possible.  I believe the budget we passed does that.”

“For several years, utility reliability has been steadily improving,” said General Manager Dave Ward.  “That reliability is born from prioritizing certain projects and making sure that they are funded for capital improvements.”

The budget includes $8.2 million in capital expenses, or renewal and replacement of the utility system infrastructure.  The largest portion of PUD spending is $69.8-million in power costs, or 57% of the utility budget.  While the utility will see some savings due to a reworking of their contract to purchase surplus power from Sierra Pacific Industries, a projected 5.4% increase in Bonneville Power Administration costs means the utility will increase rates beginning in April.

“At this point we are planning a three-percent increase,” says Ward.  “However, by waiting to implement it we allow ourselves time to monitor factors like temperatures and load growth which may reduce the size of the increase.”

At the end of the year, the PUD anticipates an ending fund reserve of $7.9-million.  That total is below district goals, but is moving in the right direction.

“Sound practice says we would maintain a minimum three month reserve,” said Ward.  “When you consider that it costs roughly $10-million a month to operate the utility, you can see we are well short of that goal, but I feel that continued conservative financial planning will allow the utility to maintain a solid financial base.”


The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers in Westport of a planned power outage beginning at 8:00 PM on Nov. 21, 2017.  The outage is expected to last until roughly midnight and will be contained to a single city block.

The outage will impact all customers from Westhaven Drive to Nyhus Street North, from Harbor Avenue to East Dock Street.  All impacted customers will receive a reminder telephone message will be sent the day of the outage.

During the outage, PUD crews will perform maintenance work and move a power line to a new location.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage time of four hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at anytime as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time.

 

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers on cemetery hill in Cosmopolis of a planned power outage beginning at 8:30 AM on November 18, 2017.  The outage is expected to last until roughly 2:30 PM and will impact only the customers on cemetery hill.

This outage is necessary to repair the transmission line that runs from the bottom of Mill Creek Drive to the top of the hill at Altenau, which was damaged by a large tree during this Monday’s storm.  Crews will be repairing the line and straightening the poles in rough terrain on a steep incline.  Tree crews have been in the area the last few days clearing brush in preparation for the repairs. 

Customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage time of six hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at anytime as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time.


 

Telephone scammers are continuing their calls targeting Grays Harbor PUD customers, threatening to shut-off their power if payments are not immediately made on accounts that they claim are delinquent.  PUD Customer Service staff received over a dozen calls on Wednesday from commercial customers reporting they had been contacted by callers claiming to be with the PUD and demanding payment. 

“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the PUD, call our customer service office to verify your account status before you make any payment," says Customer Service Director Katy Moore.  "These scams only work when people volunteer their personal information.”

Recipients of such fraudulent phone calls and mailings should under no circumstances agree to send money to the callers or give them bank account, credit card or other information. Rather, they are advised to contact PUD Customer Service at 360-532-4220 to verify the claim and to contact the office of their local law enforcement agency.



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