A Beautiful Day and a Great Time
Attendees spent the evening visiting with their neighbors while enjoying great food. It was really fun especially the ability to socialize with those you already knew as well as having the chance to make new acquaintances. Every shore of the lake was represented!
Mother Nature provided us a wonderful batch of sunny weather. Visit our photo album to get a little taste of the event. We plan to continue the Potluck; we have selected the first Saturday in August every year. So mark your calendar for August 4th, 2012 and plan on a fun evening.
We’re still trying to locate the owner of a few serving utensils so take a look at this photo and email me if you’re the owner of anything shown. If you have any ideas on more ways we can get our community together to enjoy our mutual company let us know and we’ll do what we can to promote it.
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
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday July 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 several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. 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 will meet with ODFW staff prior to this board meeting and results from the meeting will be reported to those present. The District is seeking the assistance of an expert to assist with the process of appealing their grass carp application; there will be a discussion of the providers available to the District for this work.
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 be reviewed at the meeting. Additionally, the District will discuss testing of E. coli using DNA markers on the lake. Several other topics will be discussed, please follow the links below to access the latest agenda, staff reports and meeting minutes:
City Manager Recommends Curtailing
New Water Hook-ups
City Manager, David Hawker released a memo to City Council about water service in which he recommended that Council consider a policy that refuses any new service in the UGB outside the City. As justification for the recommendation he states that on Devils Lake,
“Over many years, including before Lincoln City was incorporated, this policy allowed about 700 homes to develop in the Devil’s Lake watershed without sewer service or any plan for it. Most of this development occured outside the City (though some of it has been annexed). The result is substantial pollution of the lake, and no provision to replace with sewer, no end in sight.”
He does not provide any proof or eleaborate in any way in support of his claim that the provision of water to homes on Devils Lake has substantially polluted the lake. He continues to discuss issues in providing water to Schooner Creek and Drift Creek areas.
Hawker closed the memo by stating that he is “not urging any immediate change, only to initiate a discussion. There are many issues, and
any policy change needs to examine them carefully.”
Fifth Annual Wet Wednesday Swim
The Fifth Annual Wet Wednesday Swim will be held this year on a Tuesday, that’s August 9th at 9:00am. Interested in an early morning swim join us at 2929 NE Loop Drive. Each year a group of swimmers negotiated the 4 mile course from Sand Point to the D-River and back.
For pictures of the event check this Wet Wednesday Link.
Swim all or part of the Devils Lake course. Swimmers usually report a great experience when they climbed out upon their return to Sand Point. This annual swim is open to all who wish to participate.
Lincoln City officials have taken another step toward the eventual annexation of the Roads End area. Over the past several months the City as been collecting consent to annex contracts from local residents as a requirement to continued water service. Faced with the specter of an uninhabitable house enough signatures have been obtained for the City to claim a majority of homeowners and assessed value. After removing several large undeveloped parcels from the area consider for annexation, the City was also able to claim a majority of land area satisfying the triple majority rule.
City Manager, David Hawker sent a letter to Roads End residents announcing the City’s intention to move forward with annexation and describes the changes that residents might expect. He indicated that water service will now be consider permanent. He explained that their streets will be placed in the transportation plan and made it clear that residents should not anticipate gravel roads to be paved as a result of annexation. Water and sewer rates will be cut in half. All homes in the Road End area will not be included in the City’s property tax base. Additionally the City’s 5% franchise fee will be added to all utilities not provided by the City. Vacation Rentals will be required to comply with the City’s VRD rules and pay a 9.5% room tax. The City also circulated a survey to ask for Roads End residents input.