Attend the December DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday December 2nd at 6:00pm.  There is an Executive Session planned from 5:30 to 6:00 before the regular meeting.  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.  These discussions include; an update on the lake level a month after the emergency dredging in the D-River, a final decision and award of the erosion study RFP, and continuing discussions related to modifications to the Devils Lake Plan.

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

Agenda

Staff Reports

Minutes

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November DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its November board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.  The meeting was attended by approximately 12 interested parties.

Executive Session of the Board: The Board of Directors held an Executive Session preceding their regularly scheduled meeting.

Public Comment: The Board acknowledged the receipt of written comments; members of the public in attendance also provided comments on several items.  Public comments included; an expression of concern regarding the limited scope of the Erosion Study as well as a few concerns on the development of the Devils Lake Plan. A couple of residents on 2nd Court expressed concerns about log removal on the canal and the D River which would improve the health of the canal and open the area to recreational activities.

Erosion Study RFP: The District received responses to the erosion study RFP on August 25th, 2010.  The study was designed to determine if and how the lake level affects erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. The full RFP is available on their website.  The meeting began with an interview with Dr. Toni Pennington of Tetra Tech to obtain more details related to their proposal.  Dr. Pennington explained that, in reaction to concerns expressed about the cost of the project they have suggested that certain elements be removed from the study, such as the pictorial survey and historical data mining. She also stated that based on recent input from District staff the proposal has been reworked to focus more on answering the question; what impact would various water levels have on erosion? Continue reading

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Introducing Robo News

Take a look at the new feature of the Devils Lake Navigator. Its called Robo News and we’ll use it to let keep you informed on what happens at each Devils Lake Water Improvement District board meeting. Meet Andrew and Roderick our friendly robot reporters in this first installment. You can find them on our facebook fan page as well.


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Oregon Coast Today Videos

Just in case you haven’t discovered Oregon Coast Today its that nifty little paper that you can pick up for free in paper boxes all over town.  Each week you’ll find the latest in arts, entertainment and outdoor activities.  The creators of this newspaper Niki and Dave Price also are fond of creating video shorts on all sorts of topics in and around Lincoln County.  You can find these videos in three different locations; with their 20-30 favorites on their website video page, and over 50 on in their Facebook video page, which also appear on their YouTube video page.

By way of example take a look at two recent posts on their Facebook Fan Page.  The first is a glimpse of the big wave contest held at Nelscott Reef on November 2nd.  The second was a unique shot of Coho salmon entering the D River west of the bridge.  If you’ve never seen is you should check it out.  Be sure an check back often as their always interesting.

Nelscott Reef

Coho in D River

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Attend the November DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday November 11th at 6:00pm.  There is an Executive Session planned from 5:30 to 6:00 before the regular meeting.  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; an update on the lake level and the results of the recent emergency dredging in the D-River, observers know that some recent rain and tidal events have challenged lake level management.  There will be a teleconference interview with Tetra Tech to clarify elements of their bid on the erosion study RFP, the board is expected to make a decision on how or whether to proceed on this project.  Open discussions will continue related to modifications to the Devils Lake Plan. Of particular interest will be the recent research by District staff into obtaining a permit for limited re-introduction of grass carp into Devils Lake, see related article.  The board will also discuss a recent opportunity for development of the Union 50 Club House located on the mouth of the D-River.  Updates on the Save our Shoreline program, and district public outreach efforts will be given.

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

Agenda

Staff Reports

Minutes

 

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Grass Carp Back In Strategic Plan

Work Begins On The Permitting Process

The DLWID Board has determined that the District should pursue an application to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a permit to re-introduce grass carp into Devils Lake.  This time the use of grass carp would be part of a comprehensive management plan for the lake containing several preventive strategies toward the creation of a healthy lake.

To that end, the District is working on a draft Devils Lake Plan describing these various techniques that may be deployed in managing the lake.  The draft has not been released for public review but the District has indicated that there will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment on what’s inside.

In the meantime, District staff has been hard at work learning what it may take to receive approval for the use of grass carp in Devils Lake.  This month’s Manager Report contains a detailed description of their findings.  I would recommend your review beginning at page 5 as it is highly informative.  We have been given a 50/50 chance at success and there will be a day where public support will be requested.  So stay informed and become active!

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VRD Tax Considered

The News Guard
By: Patrick Alexander

Lincoln City leaders are seeking feedback on a proposal to eliminate the rule that exempts vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) from having to pay the City’s occupation tax.

Under state law, the City has the right to impose an occupation tax on any business that operates within the city limits.

The tax is $100 per year for businesses with up to three employees, increasing by $10 for every employee beyond that. There is also a $50 additional fee for first-time applicants. Continue reading

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