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Reports of activity which occurred at a DLWID meeting

March DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday March 1st at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Comment: There were 6 interested parties in attendance. Comments were made to the Board related to various concerns pertaining to District expense, including printing and educational activities. The commenter also expressed at staffing levels and board oversight of DLWID staff.

Septic Ordinance: A brief explanation was given to the board on the meeting recently hosted by DLWID with representatives from the City, DEQ, Lincoln County and private onsite wastewater management installers, pumpers and inspectors.  A discussion of the inspection criteria occurred; both the order of selection of properties to be inspected and the type of activities that occur during the inspection. It was suggested that proprieties within 300 feet of existing sewer should be first on the list to help minimize concerns related the sewer LID, (see below). Continue reading

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February DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday February 2nd  at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Comment: There were 12 interested parties in attendance. Comments were made to the Board which were related to the septic program expressing concerns that the District may be creating a regulatory morass that could put homeowners in a situation where inspections by one agency would not satisfy the requirements of another.  The District was encouraged to defer to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as a basis of their program.  Other items mentioned included the Cafe, Cyano-Watch, the Lakescaping Course, and the Public Records Policy.

Septic Tank Revitalization: District Project Manager, Seth Lenaerts reported on the recent events related to the septic tank revitalization program. In the past months, the District obtained updated permit information from January 2010-December 2011. Over the two-year period, a total of 19 permits were issued by the county. It was reported that permits are issued for a number of reasons, including: new construction, repairs, alterations, authorizations, and site evaluations.  Of the permits issued 12 were for minor repairs or tank replacement, 1 was for a major repair, the balance were for alterations, authorization and site evaluations. Continue reading

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December DLWID Board Meeting Report

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The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday December 1st at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Special Presentation Erosion Study: Dr. Toni Pennington from Tetra Tech made a presentation on the erosion study recently released by the DLWID. Many details of the report were outlined which concluded that waves generated by boats or wind, the nature of the soils around the lake, the presence or absence of sufficient bank stabilization, and the slope of the lake bottom are likely more influential on shoreline conditions than relatively small changes in lake levels. The board asked several questions related to the contents of the report. Several questions that were submitted by members of the public were discussed. The Lake Manager and some Board members were highly critical of the report. It was stated the report did not address impact of inundation, reservoir hydrology, vegetation recruitment, impact of grass carp and the role of saturated soils.  More information on the contents of the report as well as links to related documents, see Erosion Study Released.

Public Comment: There were 15 interested parties in attendance. Comments were made to the Board in which were related to the erosion study, the septic program, sewers, the Cafe, sand fill at Regatta Park, and the new for the District to inform the public that the lake is not polluted and is safe for swimming. Continue reading

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November DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday November 3rd at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers  located on the third floor of City Hall.  There was a mix up preventing this District Board meeting from appearing on Charter Channel 4.

Public Comment: There were 3 interested parties in attendance. One public comment related to the upcoming sewer/septic workshop to be held by the city.  It was suggested that the District should attend the workshop and gather information to report to the board so they may carefully consider how to address the issue.  Concerns were expressed that this would be an unpopular time to pursue construction of a sewer system that could bring, annexation, city taxes, LID assessments and monthly bills to homes that received the new service.   Continue reading

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October DLWID Board Meeting Report

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The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday October 6th at 6:00pm and was held in its new permanent location in the City Hall Council Chambers  located on the third floor of City Hall.  With the move the District Board meetings will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times.

Public Comment: There were 4 interested parties in attendance. One public comment was made suggesting the District review the structure of its agenda to be potentially more compatable with being on cable access given that attendees will no longer be able chime into the discussions. Appreciation was expressed for the move to the Council chambers and cable access. Continue reading

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September DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its September board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, September 1st, 2011.  Seven interested parties attended the meeting. We were able to attend the meeting but obligations prevented attendance to the meetings completion; this report is a combination of observation and the manager’s report.

Public Comment: There were no public comments.

Vegetation Management:  There was a brief discussion on the details of the draft RFP for the outside consultant on the grass carp project.

Devils Lake Revival: The Devils Lake Revival occurred at Regatta Park on August 27th.  Details of the event were discussed.  During the event, DLWID staff was very visible, food, music, a regatta, boat trips on the lake, were all part of the event.  The drawing for the Kayak and other prizes captured a large number of emails to expand the Districts communication reach.  The Board was generally pleased with the results and decided to attempt the festival in 2012. Continue reading

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August DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its July board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, August 4th, 2011.  Four interested parties attended the meeting.

Public Comment: There was one comment asking the District to review its position related to the City Managers recent comments that the lake is polluted.

Vegetation Management: The District continues to work toward obtaining a permit to re-introduce grass carp into Devils Lake.  As part of its work plan the District has made contact with the appropriate ODFW staff.  Representatives of the Board and the DLWID manager meet with ODFW staff prior to this board meeting and they reported that ODFW suggested the District seek a rule change specific to Devils Lake. The primary sticking point relates to rules restricting grass carp placement on bodies of water which have public access. The goal is to establish an avenue to permit continued vegetation contol through the use of grass carp. The District is seeking the assistance of an expert to assist with the process of appealing their grass carp application. There was a discussion of the providers available to the District for this work and the District will draft a RFP for the project.

Devils Lake Revival: The Devils Lake Revival has been scheduled by DLWID to be held at Regatta Park on August 27th from 10am to 2pm.  Details of this fun event will include booths manned by DLWID staff, food, music provided by Schooner Creek String Band, a regatta, boat trips on the lake, and safety presentations and other yet to be announced activities.  Plan to attend this unique event. Continue reading

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