City Raises Water and Sewer Rates


Lincoln City Councilors, on a 4-2 split, approved raising sewer and water rates in Lincoln City effective July 1st. The increase for water is, on average, 6%, while the increase for sewer is around 4%.

The council also approved a provision that allows the city to charge a higher rate in the summer when water use peaks and costs are higher due to higher pumping and water treatment operations.

But overall, City Manager David Hawker says the annualized increases should not exceed 6% for water, 4% for sewer.  See complete article at News Lincoln  The typical residential base service charge for water will be $18.72 in the city and $ 39.70 outside the city, Sewer rates will be  $19.90 and  $39.81 respectively.

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Future Plans Pull From Park’s Past

Surf promoter hopes to restore Hostetler Park

The News Guard

A Lincoln City surf promoter used to talking up the biggest waves on the Oregon Coast is turning his attention to a calmer stretch of water, by trying to persuade the City to bring back a paddling and swimming area at the south end of Devils Lake.

John Forse, organizer of the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic surf event, wants to see the City breathe life back into the area around Hostetler Park, which, during its heyday in the 1960s, was home to boat docks, diving boards and even a burger bar catering to motorboats.

The park sits on the north bank of the lake at the mouth of the D River and is currently home to a few picnic tables, a trash can and lots of native vegetation. Continue reading

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July DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its July board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, July 7th, 2011.  Ten interested parties attended the meeting.

Board Elections:  Two new Board members; Kip Ward and Noel Walker were introduced at the beginning of the meeting followed by the official swearing into to their recently elected office.  The Board elected officers for this coming year; Chair – David Skirvin, Vice Chair – Brian Green, and Sec/Treasurer – Randy Weldon.

Public Comment: The Board changed the process for comments from members of the public allowing discussions of all agenda items at the begining of the meeting. There were no public comments during the period provided.

DSL Permits:There was some discussion on the recent letter sent to residents from Oregon Department of State Lands related to last year’s inventory of structures on the lake and revised licensing requirements. The letter announced an informational meeting to be held July 20th from 3-6pm at the Lincoln City Community Center. Continue reading

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Reminder: Potluck on the Point

Saturday August 6th at 6:00 pm

Please hold Saturday August 6th at 6:00 pm open to come join us for our Third Annual Potluck on the Point.  Last year was a great success with some sixty-five residents of Devils Lake in attendance. Come share some great food and fun with your lakeside neighbors.  The get together will be hosted by Mitch and Dana Moore at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point.

Plan to bring your favorite dish, appetizer, main dish or casserole and join us, with your neighbor and friends for an afternoon of fun. Watch your email for more details and be sure to mark your calendar today!

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Attend July DLWID Meeting

Board Meets July 7, 2011 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday July 7th 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 has been working to obtain a permit to re-introduce grass carp into Devils Lake. The District has developed a work plan to continue toward that goal.  The initial estimates of the components contained in that work plan total $164,500.  These include; a professional topographic survey, an aquatic plant survey, an economic impact study, a scientific study outline,  a nutrient study,  a consultant for the ODFW process, and a evaluation of Coho salmon under the Endangered Species Act.  Come hear the discussion on this important topic.

Discussions of the status of the erosion study as well as the impact it had on early season lake levels will be reviewed.  The District has been approached to sign on to redevelopment of the area known as Hostetler Park located on the North shore of the D-River between Hwy 101 and the State Park.  Under consideration is conversion of the area into a water craft rental facility as a 1-year pilot project.

DLWID has scheduled a festival to be held at Regatta Park on August 27th from 10am to 2pm.  The event will be called the Devils Lake Revival; many of the plans have already be made, come an learn more.  Additionally, the District will discuss testing of Thompson Creek water quality, provide an update on the Septic Tank Revitalization Program and the Save Our Shoreline Program. Also in attendance will the this year’s lake intern Lisa Lynch who will provide an update on her summer activities.  Please follow the links below to access the latest agenda, staff reports and meeting minutes:


Staff Reports


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Fireworks on Devils Lake

If you haven’t spent the 4th of July on Devils Lake you’ve missed a great way to enjoy the holiday.  After you’ve taken advantage of the many activities available in the surrounding communities it’s time to settle in for a spectacular fireworks display on the lake.  The open vista of the lake provides a great way to enjoy the many family displays that line the lake’s shore.  While some of these display may have used a liberal interpretation of what is a legal firework, there were three residents what sponsored legal, licensed pyrotechnical displays.  They were serious in their attempt entertain those on the lake.  Whether you were nestled by a campfire making somemores, or on a boat floating in the middle of the lake the display’s were colorful and lengthy.  The evening was calm and warm making this one of the most memorable 4th of July’s we’ve had.

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Gleneden Beach Parade

Devils Lake Was Well Represented

This was the first time we attended this 4th of July event down in Gleneden Beach.  It was a hoot with homemade floats, local business floats, bikes, bands, veterans, fire trucks all the stuff that makes a great patriotic parade.  Of great interest was how Devils Lake was a prominent part of the event.  Included in the procession were riders from Green Acres Stables on Rock Creek,  the Coast Guard Auxiliary, often seen on the lake, Jim Kusz and the Chicago Fire Boat now used for boater education, and a float occupied by the Devils Lake Red Devils a fixture on the lake some years ago.  Take a look at our photo galley to enjoy the festivities.

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