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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
State Capitol Building, Room 464
Pierre, South Dakota
NOTE: If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 5:00 p.m. on December 17, 1997.
NOTE: Notice is further given to persons with disabilities that this Commission meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. If you have special needs, please notify the Commission and we will make all necessary arrangements.
1. NG97-020 IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF MONTANA-DAKOTA UTILITIES CO., A DIVISION OF MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC. FOR APPROVAL OF A PLAN TO DEVIATE FROM PURCHASED GAS COST ADJUSTMENT RATE 88. (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson. Staff Attorney: Camron Hoseck.)
On December 1, 1997, Montana-Dakota Utilities filed an application to deviate from the Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA) Rate 88 in order to disburse a refund expected to be received from Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company (Williston Basin) prior to December 31, 1997. The refund relates to Williston Basin's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Docket No. RP92-163. The refund period is June 1, 1992 through December 31, 1995 including interest accrued through the day of the refund. The refund is not applicable to customers served from the East River natural gas system. The actual amount of the refund is not know at this time, however, it is expected to be substantial. Montana-Dakota is proposing a cash refund plan similar to the refund plan approved by the Commission for a June 1996 refund.
TODAY, shall the Commission approve the deviation plan and refund method?Telecommunications
On February 26, 1997, U S WEST Communications, Inc. filed revisions to its access service tariff. U S WEST filed to remove the Service Date Change Charge for Switched Access. "Currently, a non-recurring charge of $15.00 is assessed for each Switched Access installation service date change." U S WEST requests an effective date of April 1, 1997.
TODAY, shall the Commission approve the access service tariff revisions?
2. TC97-142 IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT FILED BY RAYMOND AND GENENE SAND D/B/A SAND CONSTRUCTIONS, DALLAS, SD, AGAINST U S WEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC. REGARDING TELEPHONE LINE LOCATION. (Staff Analyst: Steve Wegman. Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer.)
On August 8, 1997, Raymond & Genene Sand d/b/a Sand Construction filed a complaint against U S WEST Communications regarding a telephone line location. "Our complaint is in reference to telephone line location and moving line for Project AIP 3-46-0048-21 Rapid City Regional Airport County Road Relocation, County Road C232, and Construct Runway 14 Safety Area, Pennington County. Bid date for this project was May 9, 1997. At that time or before, the affected utilities were aware that utility relocation would be necessary. A pre-construction meeting was held on May 30, 1997. U S WEST representative Dennis Serfling was present. Raymond Sand stated that he would like to begin the project as soon as possible--at least by June 9th. Dennis Serfling said U S WEST was waiting for cable to arrive for the fiber optic line move and that expected arrival was June 3, 1997, after which they would proceed to install it. Sand Construction notified One Call Notification shortly after the meeting as a precautionary measure. We were issued ticket #23361. The project owners' project paperwork was not competed as rapidly as expected; therefore, Sand Construction didn't begin work until June 16, 1997. The telephone line relocation work in the county road work area was not completed, we had no choice o try to work around it....We submit that Sand Construction has suffered losses due to the delay in utility relocation by U S WEST. We request recovery of these losses from U S WEST." A hearing was held November 18, 1997.
TODAY, what is the Commission's decision?
1. IN THE MATTER OF THE CONTRACTS FOR INSPECTING GRAIN DEALER RECORDS FOR THE SOUTH DAKOTA WHEAT COMMISSION, SOUTH DAKOTA OILSEEDS COUNCIL, SOYBEAN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION COUNCIL, AND SOUTH DAKOTA CORN UTILIZATION COUNCIL. (Division Director: Ed Anderson.)
Pursuant to SDCL 49-45-21 the Commission may contract with the South Dakota Wheat Commission, the South Dakota Oilseeds Council, the Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council to inspect the records of licensed grain dealers to determine compliance with assessment and checkoff requirements imposed by law. The Commission first offered these services under contracts negotiated for fiscal year 1997. Commission staff recently negotiated with three of the four organizations to once again offer inspection services under contract for fiscal year 1998.
Today, shall the Commission approve the contracts with the South Dakota Wheat Commission, the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council?
December 16, 1997