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The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Board of Directors met on

Wednesday at GRDA Headquarters in Vinita. During open session, the

board awarded a bid for roof replacement project at the Pensacola

Powerhouse.

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One of five bids received; Williams Construction of Pryor was

awarded the bid to replace the antiquated powerhouse roof, which

has been in place on the Pensacola plant since its original

construction in the early 1940s. 

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“The concrete pavers on top of the roof are aged and we

are currently experiencing a number of leaks. The roof needs to be

replaced in order to prevent damage to the generators and for

safety reasons among our staff and the many visitors that tour the

facility each year,” said Charles Barney. “The dam and powerhouse

are both

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listed on the National Historic Register so we have informed them

of our plans to replace the roof so the next step is to award a

bid. Williams Construction was the low bid that met the criteria

and it is my recommendation that we go with them.”

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The replacement process will not interfere with GRDA operations,

according to Barney. The board accepted the bid from

Williams Construction at a cost of $667,209. As a result of damage

received in the winter storms, the board approved a request by

Tera Miranda Resort and Harbor for modifi cation to its commercial

dock permit.

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After losing several slips and walkways to the winter snowfall,

Tera Miranda Resort and Harbor located on the eastern shore of

Monkey Island, will reconstruct its docks reducing the number of

boat slips from 120 to 106 and

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increasing its personal watercraft slips from 19 to 44. The

construction project is slated to begin in October.

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“The new docks will dramatically increase access to the cove and

will include galvanized steel and concrete walkways which will

increase weight and stability,” said David Chernicky, board member.

“I would also like to inform the board that the previous breakwater

at Tera Miranda which was constructed of tires has been replaced

with a more modern, more effective system.”

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Dr. Darrell Townsend updated the board on the FERC compliance and

temporary curve rule amendment, as well as the current state of

Blue-Green Algae in Grand Lake. “In April we applied for a

temporary rule curve with FERC requesting that we maintain the lake

level until mid-September before dropping the level to 742 but they

required additional information from us. We forwarded the request

to the Corps of Engineers in Tulsa who came back to tell us that

they would take approximately one year to get the modeling for the

date they requested.”

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Townsend stated that the original intent of the rule amendment was

not in regard to flooding in areas of Ottawa County but that it is

the primary reason they were denied by FERC.

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In a monthly video update the board was informed as to the

procedures followed by GRDA employees who have been working out in

the record breaking heat in an effort to avoid ailments such as

heat exhaustion or over exertion.

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The video stated that GRDA is combating the heat by maintaining a

constant supply of water and Gatorade on site ensuring

electrolyte replacement and taking regular breaks. The board

approved an engineering contract with EPS Engineering for design

for the Centri lift Substation, Claremore Interconnect Addition and

Ketchum Substation at a cost not to exceed $446,700.

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In other business the board approved payment of 2011 administrative

operating permit fees in the amount of $305,466.38 to the Oklahoma

Department of Environmental Quality for the coal fi re complex. An

executive session item calling for the purpose of discussing the

employment, hiring, appointment or resignation of the

general manager/chief executive offi cer and director of

investments brought no action by the board.