Attend The October DLWID Meeting

Board Meets October 2nd, 2014 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday October 2nd at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. 

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District now holds its regularly scheduled Board meetings on the second Thursday of every month.  The agenda for this month’s meeting on Thursday March 14th at 6:00pm, contains several important topics.

If you cannot attend this month’s meeting; it will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times. You may also now watch the meeting streamed lived, see the related article above. The best way to stay informed is for all lakefront homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

Agenda

Staff Reports

Minutes Sept 11

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Hydro’s Come Back To Devils Lake

October 4th and 5th

Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association will make another attempt at setting world record times in the 2014 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos and John Meyers Memorial Quarter Mile, Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th.  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) as well as a second course equal to one quarter mile.  In these events 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.

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Attend DLNA General Meeting

General-Meeting

We have scheduled a General Meeting of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) which will be held at 3:00pm, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the Faith Baptist Church located at 5750 N Hwy 101, Otis, OR 97368.

Come join us and your neighbors for the following purposes:

A brief presentation on the formation of the DLNA.

  1. Open forum to allow neighbors to set the agenda for the DLNA.
  2. Draft a list of goals for 2015
  3. Consider November and May elections
  4. Discuss recognition by the City of Lincoln City
  5. Collect Membership Declarations
  6. Mix it up with your neighbors

Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. It is a great chance to meet your neighbors and shape the neighborhood’s future. Check our website at dlakeoregon.com for more details.

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Garage Sale Fundraiser

Garage-Sale

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September 18, 2014 · 9:56 pm

Letter to our Neighbors

Recently all property owners within the boundaries of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association received a letter from the Association Board of Directors.  The letter was an introduction to the newly formed association. In the letter we made two requests of our neighbors: attend our upcoming General Meeting, and complete the Membership Declaration  form.  Our goal is to represent your interests therefore we need to hear from you by attending our meetings, or by email or even a good old fashion telephone call.  We are also asking that you complete the Membership Declaration form which will allow us to count you as a member of the Association.  Please complete the form even if you are on our email list, if you put your name on the sign up sheet at one of our meeting or if you otherwise feel you are a member.  Mail, scan and email, hand deliver the completed forms, whatever works or you!

The letter read as follows:

Dear Devils Lake Resident:

I am writing you today as a neighbor who like you have settled around the perimeters of our beautiful Devils Lake.  Our neighborhood is a unique treasure and I wanted to share with you that a group of residents have formed a new Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to give voice to the residents that live here. The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) was incorporated February 14, 2014 and will serve as a voice for the community surrounding Devils Lake. The non-profit DLNA is open to all residents and businesses within its boundaries which are generally defined as all properties bounded by East and West Devils Lake Roads and Highway 101 on each end.  There is a map of the DLNA boundary which you can reference located at dlakeoregon.wordpress.com/maps/.

Our next general meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM, at Faith Baptist Church, 5750 N Hwy 101. All homeowners, renters, and businesses in the area are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the DLNA, register for regular updates, establish our agenda for 2015, and get involved.  You are also invited to visit our fund raising garage sale September 27th and 28th from 9am until 2pm located at 2941 NE Loop Drive.  All proceeds will be donated to support the activities of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association.

The initial Board of Directors was established in the non-profits formative meeting including Joe Barnes (President), Nathan Knott (Vice President), Mitchell Moore (Secretary / Treasurer), Tina French (Director) and Mark Christie (Director).  The primary purpose of the DLNA is to promote communication and education within the neighborhood relating to environmental, social and economic issues which may have an impact upon the life and character of the community. The DLNA will assist its members by providing reasoned input to the City Council, County Commission and associated committees, as well as Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID).  With our support residents will take more initiative in preserving the integrity and quality of the neighborhood as the DLNA plans, implements, and maintains projects in the Devils Lake neighborhood.

In our short history we have had some measurable success working on current neighborhood issues.  The Association has spent a considerable amount of time communicating with residents of the neighborhood. As expected there are several key issues important to the neighborhood.  Interest in one issue far surpassed all others, that issue is lake level and the poor condition of the lake over the past two summers. Therefore at the request of its members, the first official action of the DLNA was to ask that the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board resolve to exercise the maximum impoundment right of 9.53’ beginning April 15th through October 15th.  With the support of our members who attended countless meetings we did receive a small concession from the water district that resulted in higher lake levels and cleaner water during July.  It’s a start and we’ll stay on it because you have told us it’s important to you.  We represent you, our neighbors.

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association bylaws allow for all residents within its boundaries to be members.  The DLNA Board encourages all residents to become active members of the Association, a vital step in keeping our neighborhood strong and viable.  Simply complete the attached membership declaration so we may legitimately represent that you consider yourself affiliated with our organization.  The DLNA does not require its members pay dues but we happily accept donations to support our activities.  You can donate online at dlakeoregon.com or include your gift with a completed membership declaration.

Fortunately we do not intend to focus all of our attention on serious matters; we intend to inject a little fun into the mix as well. The social aspects of the neighborhood will be addressed by organizing block parties, activities, festivals and special events such as this year’s July 5th spectacular including a professionally produced fireworks display and boat parade. “The DLNA will strengthen our community by organizing and engaging residents and businesses to address community wide challenges and be better able to deal with new challenges as they arise” says DLNA President Joe Barnes.

We exist because the residents of the Devils Lake Neighborhood believe that local governments including special districts work best when community members and government work as partners. Effective public involvement is essential to achieve and sustain this partnership and the civic health of our community. This ensures better decisions that more effectively respond to the needs and priorities of the community.  The existence of a Neighborhood Association engages community members and community resources as part of the solution. Neighborhood Association’s are beneficial as they engage the broader diversity of the community, especially people who have not been engaged in the past. In the long term, increased citizen involvement will be beneficial to the decision makers as it increases public understanding of and support for public policies and programs while increasing the legitimacy and accountability of their actions.

 

Mitchell Moore
Secretary/Treasurer
Devils Lake Neighborhood Association
(503) 381-4818
dlakeoregon@gmail.com
dlakeoregon.com

 

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Lake Level Update

We would like to thank the DLWID Board for their attempts to preserve our water right by raising the lake to the full impoundment level of 9.53’ during the month of July.  Mother Nature did not however cooperate and the lake never exceeded 9.4’ during the month. Now that we have reached August the lake has been lowered to 9.0’ as per the most recent DLWID resolution on the matter.  Discussion by the Board in the July meeting indicated that the drop to 9.0’ satisfies the draw down requirement for August and therefore can remain until September 1st when we will need to drop another 2 inches.

The current policy has been a great success as it has virtually eliminated the access problems that existed in the previous two seasons.  Residents report unfettered access to their docks and visitors have had no difficulty at area boat launches.  Water quality is greatly improved over the past two seasons as in 2013 we had large patches of algal scum covering the lake as early as Fathers Day; this year scum has yet to surface.  Interestingly water contact advisories were posted in the same week each year based on Microcystin levels.  With the drop in level the algae has concentrated in number as the same number of cells now is suspended in a smaller volume of water.

So today the lake is far from pristine; we have a great deal of algae in the water column but we are light years ahead of the past two seasons.  Unfortunately the algae has begun to surface; but we all have enjoyed July and hope for an August primarily free of scum. We have reasonable access to shallower areas and the canals still are covering the lake bottom. These conditions are greatly appreciated so thanks again DLWID Board.

Recent History of Lake Level Decisions

Around 140 interested parties attended the Devils Lake Water Improvement Association Board meeting in April.  Included in the mix was Mayor Dick Anderson and most of the Lincoln City Council members.  Lake condition and lake level dominated the discussion with nearly 40 testifying during the night.  In the end there were no decisions made by the DLWID board other than to begin the water quality testing for the year as requested by the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association in the March meeting.

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Attend August DLWID Meeting

Board Meets August 14th, 2014 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday August 14th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. 

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The Devils Lake Water Improvement District now holds its regularly scheduled Board meetings on the second Thursday of every month.  The agenda for this month’s meeting on Thursday March 14th at 6:00pm, contains several important topics.  During the meeting will be a discussion related to the Lake Manager’s desire to advocate for growth restrictions around the lake as part of the drafting of a Urban Growth Management Agreement between the County and the City.

The other main topic of discussion this month will be the award of the Monitoring and Modeling RFP which is a project that seeks to create a watershed model for use in evaluating lake management strategies. The report from this project is due on October 15th 2015. Several other items will be discussed as outlined in the Staff Report. The Water District makes several other important decisions regarding the lake every month and you are encouraged to attend.

If you cannot attend this month’s meeting; it will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times. You may also now watch the meeting streamed lived, see the related article above. The best way to stay informed is for all lakefront homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.
July 10 Minutes
There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. Please check the links to the District’s documents to review the other topics on the agenda for this month’s meeting.

Agenda
Staff Reports
July 10 Minutes
July 10 Video

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