Planning Begins for 2011 Christmas on the Lake
Avette Gaiser operator of the Hidden Cove Bed and Breakfast had a recent conversation with neighbor Nancy Earl that spurred them into action. These two Devils Lake residents wish to put some holiday cheer on the calendar for Devils Lake next Christmas. To that end, anyone interested in planning lake events for the Christmas season of 2011 should attend their kickoff meeting.
Date: January 16, 2011, p.m. Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: 3445 NE 40th Ct. (Lower Unit) Hidden Cove Bed and Breakfast
Some preliminary ideas:
- A lighted boat parade
- A Christmas tree lighting at “D” Wayside
- A Mr. and Mrs. Santa photo opportunity in a lighted boat
- Guided tours of the lake
- Caroling around the lake
- Community choir participation
- Lighted homes contest of lakefront properties with a cash award
- A Santa canoe or kayak race with guys and gals dressed in Santa suits
Other planning opportunities exist for lake events during the year. Interested in starting some Fourth of July traditions come and express your ideas, its all about making life on Devils Lake as rich an experience as possible.
New Year’s Fun
Manzanita hosts its “Polar Plunge” again in 2011, and Lincoln City welcomes the 2nd annual “Devils Lake Dunk.” Both events take place around 11 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011. And, both are phenomenal for the pores. Details in this week’s printed edition, hitting the streets later this week. The picture is from 2010 Devils Lake Dunk. The jump-in-the-proverbial-lake takes place at Regatta Park. All are welcome and, not surprisingly, there’s no charge to participate.
The Oregon Water Resources Department released its Preliminary Determination for Transfer Application T-11116 for Lincoln City’s change in the Point of Diversion (P.O.D.) of their existing Rock Creek water right today. A Preliminary Determination provides the Department’s conclusion as to whether a proposed change in place of use, point of diversion or appropriation, or character of use of an existing water right should be approved. This week’s OWRD Public Notice contained the following statement.
T-11116 filed by THE CITY OF LINCOLN CITY, 801 SW HWY 101, LINCOLN CITY, OR 97367, proposes an additional point of diversion and a change in place of use under Certificate 21779. The right allows the use of 1.5 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND (priority date APRIL 22, 1947 for 0.75 cfs and JULY 18, 1949 for 0.75 cfs) from ROCK CREEK, tributary to DEVILS LAKE in Sec. 7, T 7 S, R 10 W and Sec. 12, T 7 S, R 11 W, W.M. for MUNICIPAL USE in Sec. 34, 35, and 36, T 6 S, R 11 W, and Sec. 1, 2, 3, 10, and 11, T 7S, R 11W. The applicant proposes an additional point of diversion approximately 2.9 miles downstream (Sec. 2, T 7 S, R 11 W, W.M.) and to change the place of use to Sec. 34, 35, and 36, T 6 S, R 11 W, and Sec. 1, 2, 3, 10, and 11, T 7S, R 11W, W.M. The Water Resources Department has concluded that the proposed transfer appears to be consistent with the requirements of ORS Chapter 540 and OAR 690-380-5000.
If protests are not filed pursuant to OAR 690-380-4030 (see below), the transfer application will be approved. Specific details of the Preliminary Determination for Transfer Application T-11116 can be found by following the link provided. Lacking any protest by a party with standing, the OWRB proposed actions are as follows: Continue reading
The News Guard By: Patrick Alexander
Lincoln City’s first attempt at a seasonal water rate increase has failed to raise the expected revenue, meaning City leaders will have to raise rates further or postpone water system improvements to balance the books.
Lincoln City Council approved the increase in June on a split vote, with the new rates coming into force July 1.
Rather than applying an across-the-board increase as in previous years, Council chose to charge more for additional water consumed during July, August and September, when demand is highest and supply is lowest.
The new rates were designed to encourage water conservation while increasing total revenues to the City’s water fund by 6 percent — roughly $175,000.
However, halfway through their first year, the rates have failed to come close to that target, City Manager David Hawker said.
Hawker said the City has seen only a 1 percent increase in water fund revenue, leaving staff trying to figure out where the plan went wrong. Continue reading
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its December board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. The meeting was attended by approximately five interested parties.
Public Comment: Public comments included a request to have the lake dredged in front of the union 50 club for boat use, boat mooring and swimming.
Erosion Study RFP: The District received responses to the erosion study RFP on August 25th, 2010. Dr. Toni Pennington of Tetra Tech conveyed more details of their proposal during the November board meeting and the board responded with requests for several alterations to the bid. Dr Pennington has subsequently responded by elaborating on the specifics of aerial photographs available for use in the study. The erosion study was designed primarily to determine if and how the lake level affects erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. The board discussed the updated proposal by Tetra Tech and approved by a vote of 4 to 1 the Proposal for the Devils Lake Shoreline Erosion Study by Tetra-tech for $28,840.
Lake Level: Staff reported that in November there were no further incidents of blockage on the D River due to sand deposition and that the lake has receded sharply. Currently the lake level is 9.8’. Continue reading