March DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its March board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, March 3rd, 2010.  Several interested parties attended the meeting.

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 potential purchase of the Union 50 Club as well as a few concerns on the contents of the Devils Lake Plan.

Save our Shorelines: This is a program to assist landowners in increasing the native vegetation on their shoreline as well as other best management practices for living on the water. The District has planned a workshop about shoreline planting and other best practices before the spring planting season begins for landscape professionals.

Devils Lake Plan: The board discussed the final version of the Devils Lake Plan and public feedback on the plan.  The issues that were of most interest were the Districts plan for the reintroduction of grass carp as there was not unanimous support for the project.  Additional concerns were expressed over the plans reliance on legislation change by advocating four new ordinances used to implement planned projects.  Finally, there were concerns expressed related to the use of water shut off in conjunction with the Septic Tank inspection program.  After consideration of these comments the board approved the Devils Lake Plan by a vote of 4-1.

Union 50: The DLWID board will continue to explore the possibility of buying the old Union 50 building for potential use for the offices of the District. The location would also contain the Center for Applied Freshwater Ecology, or CAFÉ. It was reported that discussions with the Oregon Coast Community College, would suggest that the District could own the building for just a little more than it is currently paying in rent.

Communications Report: Multiple updates to the website, Facebook and listserv sent.  Website updates include the posting of Board Resolution, Index of Resolutions, Ordinances and Policies.  This information is available at:  http://www.dlwid.org/Board Directors.html

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