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April DLWID Board Meeting Report

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The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its April board meeting in their offices on Thursday, April 1, 2010.  The meeting was attended by approximately 14 interested parties.

Hot Topics

Whole Lake Circulation – The Lake Manager has asked the Board to provide direction as to how they would like to proceed or not proceed regarding the placement of SolarBees on Devils Lake.  After a breif discussion the Board decided to modify the direction previously provided by the resolution made in June 2009. The Board has instructed the Lake Manager by resolution to defer any further actions toward pursuing SolarBees.

Septic Tanks – The board was updated on the status of the program and the results of the most recent meeting with City officials.  At the March 8, City Council meeting, Council voted 4-2 to direct staff to draft a septic system ordinance based on the eight outlined points approved by both Council and DLWID board.  It was stated that it may be a month or more before the City Attorney begins drafting the ordinance.  Once there is an estimate as to the availability of a draft ordinance the District will select a date to have a meeting for public input on the program.

Save Our Shoreline – Seth Lenaerts described the progress that has been made on this project.  He stated that he intends to complete three shoreline restoration demonstration projects, two on St John’s Loop and one on Lake Cove Drive, at 9am, Saturday, April 3. The project will also require the help of volunteers. The event will be held from 9am to 1pm.  If you are interested in volunteering meet Seth at the Neotsu post office at 9am this Saturday.

There were several other interesting topics on the agenda for the meeting. Here’s what transpired. Continue reading

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Open Request to DLWID Board

Dear DLWID Board Member:

I would like to provide input on a important issue on this month’s agenda. In the interest of making the best use of the board’s time, I am submitting you written comments prior to the meeting.  I intend to attend this month’s meeting.  Please take these written comments as my contribution to the Public Comment agenda item for the April Board meeting.

Whole Lake Circulation

In this month’s Manager Report the Lake Manager has asked the Board to provide direction as to how they would like to proceed or not proceed in this matter. The Board should modify the direction previously provided by the resolution made in June 2009. I would recommend that the Board provide the following guidance in response to that request.

The Board should defer any further actions toward pursuing SolarBees.  The district should continue to seek more information regarding the nature, extent and effects of cyanobacteria and their impact on the health and recreational use of Devils Lake.  The district should continue to investigate methods for controlling all aspects of water quality, assessing their effectiveness and appropriateness for application on Devils Lake.

This action should result in the removal of the section entitled “Whole Lake Circulation”, pages 31-35 from the Devils Lake Draft Plan as well as the removal of the agenda item for Whole Lake Circulation from the monthly Board meeting agendas. Continue reading

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Attend the April Board DLWID Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday April 1st at 6:00pm. The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are many topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda.  These discussions include;  the Native Planting Guide including a the proposed designs of new plant exclosures, review of efforts made in October of 2009 to renew grass carp permits for Devils Lake, updates on the Septic Tank Revitalization program as well as the Save our Shoreline campaign. The board will review and prioritize the districts goals as discussed in last month’s meeting.  Finally, the lake manager has asked the board to provide direction on Whole Lake Circulation (SolarBees), that is, how they would like to proceed or not proceed on the project.

Please follow the links below to access the latest agenda,  staff reports and meeting minutes:

Agenda and Staff Report 2010-04-01
Goal Prioritization 2010-04-01
Goal Prioritization Workshop Minutes 2010-01-09

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March DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its March board meeting in their offices on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  The meeting was attended by approximately 30 interested parties.

Hot Topics

Septic Tanks – The board was updated on the status of the program and the results of the most recent meeting with City officials.  Following their discussion the board passed a resolution reiterating its support of the creation of a septic program, and requested public involvement in the process. (see related article)

Lake Level – The board heard comments and discussed staff’s suggestion that the dam installation be delayed until June 1st to better accommodate fish migration.  After much discussion, the board passed a resolution to install the dam on the customary date of April 15th but leave the center 8’ section open until June 1st.  The center section will be replaced if lack of rainfall prevents the lake from rising to at least a 9’3” height. Normal operational height of the lake will remain at 9’6” as it was all last summer.

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Attend the March DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday March 4th at 6:00pm. The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.  There are some very important issues before the board this meeting.


Please be sure to review the entire Meeting Agenda and Managers Report. If you should have concerns the board is interested in hearing them, either attend the meeting or email your thoughts to [email protected] and [email protected].

Meeting Highlights


1. Tetra Tech Native Planting Guide Presentation

Teleconference by a member of the Tetra Tech team summarizing the District planting guide.

2. Annual Audit Report

A member of Grimstad and Associates will present on the economic state of the District.

3. Open Space

Ron Ploger, Director of Lincoln City Parks and Recreation will provide a grant match opportunity to help acquire a parcel near Devils Lake.

4. Lake Level

Discussion on D River Dam operation and installation for summer 2010, including changing the contractor and delaying the date of installation until June 1st.

5.  Septic Tank Revitalization

The board will discuss the progress on a possible septic ordinance affecting properties in the District.

6.  Goal Setting Review

The board will prioritize the list of 2010 District goals that were created at the January 9, goal setting workshop.

Please follow the links below to access the latest agenda,  staff reports and meeting minutes:

Agenda 2010-03-04
Agenda and Staff Report 2010-03-04
Goal Prioritization 2010-01-09
Goal Prioritization Workshop Minutes 2010-01-09
Meeting Minutes 2010-02-04

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February DLWID Board Meeting Report

The February DLWID meeting occurred Monday February 8, 2010.  It was a 4 1/2 hour marathon.   About 20 people attended the meeting.

Lincoln County Sanitarian and his entire crew (2 people) attended the meeting and gave a very informative presentation.  He did indicate that there was a limited impact we could have on the quality of the lake water.  He did not think we would find many failing systems. He further said that even the best systems are going to spill nutrients into the lake because of the water table, rainfall and proximity to the lake.  He said the rainfall alone places many nutrients in the lake. Continue reading

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More Meetings

DLWID February Board Meeting



The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday February 4th at 6:00pm. The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

The agenda will not be posted until about a week prior to the meeting, check the Meetings Page on the DLWID website.   There most certainly will be a discussion on recent activities related to the Septic Tank Revitalization Program.  The Lincoln City Manager has asked the DLWID Board for a resolution in support of the program inclusive of the water shut off provision.

Follow this link to download last months Meeting Agenda and Manager’s Report.

Lincoln City Council Meeting

The next Lincoln City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday February 8, 2010 at 7:00pm.  The Council meetings are held on the 3rd floor of City Hall located at 801 SW Hwy 101.  The agenda will not be posted until about a week prior to the meeting, check the Lincoln City website.   The Septic Tank Revitalization Program will most certainly will be a discussed as the Lincoln City Manager is committed to obtain a resolution from the DLWID Board in support of the program inclusive of the water shut off provision.  See letter sent January 12, 2009. According to the letter, it is expected that the City Council will make a decision as to the fate of the program at this meeting.

Please note that I will be traveling out of the country during both of these meetings and will not be able to attend.  If you attend either meeting, I would greatly appreciate a short report emailed to [email protected] so I may report to all what occurred at each meeting.

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