Groups say water supply could ensure independence
The News Guard
In an effort to resist annexation by Lincoln City, groups in Roads End are looking at drilling six wells in the area to create an independent water system.
Although the elected Roads End Water District (REWD) is spearheading the plan, supporters of the project are urging property owners to make donations to a private company run by one of the District’s directors.
One fundraising email, sent on Aug. 24 from the local nonprofit Roads End Improvement Association (REIA), asks residents to donate to the Keizer-based Roadsend Group, LLC, to fund “Engineering, Geologic, as well as legal” projects to fight annexation.
On Sept. 10, Roadsend Group founder Chuck Jacobsen sent a fundraising email that contained a statement from REWD President Maud Krom announcing the well plan.
Krom’s message did not include any request for donations, but Jacobsen’s portion of the email, which also referred to legal efforts to oppose annexation, asked for donations to the LLC. Continue reading
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
A Weekend of High Speed Action
Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association will make another attempt at setting world record times in the 2011 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th. The race course is set up in a straight line from East Devils Lake State Park to Sand Point; a total length of one “Kilo” or kilometer (5/8 mile). In a Kilo event each driver competes against the clock, and gets six runs, three in each direction. The final speed is the average of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The driver can take all of his runs at one time or delay the balance after one run waiting for better conditions. The Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos began in the 1950’s and have run annually as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event. All involved are hoping for better weather for day two. Please take a look at our photo gallery of previous years events.
Break the Pollutant Cycle!
Be Informed Shoppers
• Break the pollutant cycle by starting at the source. Make pollutant reduction a priority when you shop.
• Look for personal care and cleaning products that are fragrance free, biodegradable, and made from natural ingredients.
• Watch out for labels with “caution” “warning” or “danger.”
• Buy only what you need and will use up. Share excess products with friends, neighbors and others.
• Purchasing safer alternatives can reduce the amount of toxics you come into contact with, reduce the demand for chemicals that may harm humans or the environment, and reduces the household hazardous waste you need to dispose of later. Continue reading
Meeting Moves to City Hall and Cable Channel 4
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be moving to City Hall Council Chambers which are located on the third floor of City Hall. Please click here for a map. This month’s meeting will occur on Thursday October 6th at 6:00pm. 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. The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.
There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. The primary topic for the night will the a presentation on the Devils Lake Plan and an update on the current status of the District’s top five goals and other current projects. It is anticipated that the board will provide direction on which projects they would like to focus on in the upcoming months.
In an announcement released this week by Maud Krom, the President of the Roads End Water District stated that the District’s intention is to locate a “secure & unthreatened water supply and discontinue service from Lincoln City.” She further explained that this action was a direct response to the efforts of the City of Lincoln City to annex the area using the threat of water shutoff to obtain consent to annex agreements from area residents. The text of the announcement was as follows.
The Roads End Water district, in conjunction with The Roads End Improvement Association and The Roadsend Group LLC, is pleased to announce that the Roads End Water District has made application for water rights in the Roads End Community with the State of Oregon Water Resources Dept.
The end goal is to establish our own water system independent of any third party, that is a safe , secure & unthreatened water supply and discontinue service from Lincoln City.
The Water District board of directors have completed an extensive study into costs, system feasibility, and logistics and found it practical to pursue this solution to meet the needs of The Roads End Community.
We can no longer rely on Lincoln City to serve our needs in the future. The City has made it clear that they are willing to shut off water to our residents and stated publicly that their supply is limited. Lincoln City has placed those property owners who signed “consent” to annex forms in jeopardy. By signing the City form they signed away their right to uninterrupted water service, as the fine print in the consent forms essentially allow Lincoln City to unilaterally shut off water at any time for any reason–even after annexation and even if your bill is paid in full–without recourse. Lincoln City has essentially placed a moratorium on building on vacant lots or land. This renders those sites virtually unbuildable and of little value, thereby harming our community members. Continue reading
The News Guard
Lincoln City officials have decided to bring the City’s temporary water bypass back into service after deciding that the community faces too great a risk of running dry without it.
City Manager David Hawker said he hopes the bypass will be back in service by late Friday, Sept. 16, or early Saturday, Sept. 17, – after which, he said, the risk will disappear.
Until then, Hawker said, residents should refrain from stockpiling water, warning that such behavior could cause the situation to escalate “from a worry to a catastrophe.”
“There’s only two things that I can see that can really hurt us,” he said. “One is main break and two is stockpiling.” Continue reading