February DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Valentine’s Day Thursday February 14th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall. The full meeting is now available online at this streaming video link.

Total Maximum Daily Load: Kevin Brannan from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality presented an overview of the TMDL process for the Mid Coast Watershed. He described how the DEQ details of the TMDL process suggesting there is a lot of data available including 165 sample stations with a 12 year history. Generally, they will identify sources, quantify bacterial levels and develop a plan for improvement where required. The plan will then be implemented, monitored, they will learn during the process, then they will improve the plan. In fresh water they are specifically concerned with eColi.

Agricultural Water Quality Plan and Rules Overview: Kevin Fenn from the Oregon Department of Agriculture provided a brief overview of the existing rules and water quality plans that govern agricultural in Oregon. He explained that they monitor agricultural activities near water. This is mainly related to erosion caused by farming, grazing and manure management.

Public Comment: There were 6 interested parties in attendance. A presentation was made by the Tigersharks Surf Club which is trying to help local kids learn water safety and how to surf. He explained they spend a great deal of time on the lake for training. He was looking for donations to supplement the tution for kids who cannot afford to participate. Another person suggested the District promote the Great Backyard Bird Count which is Feb 15th to18th.

Septic Ordinance: There was a report given on the Septic Tank Revitalization Program. City staff is at the point where they are ready to put together details to the program and suggested that a meeting be scheduled as early as March, it could be a City Council or a speci workshop. Details are still being worked out.

Save Our Shoreline: There was a brief discussion on the need to do a second round of maintenance at the raingardens and replant as required. The District has organized a fall and spring landscaping training course. The District decided to host the training this spring, and open it up to the public as a free course.

Vegetation Management: The District’s contractor Max Depths sent our approved draft to ODFW staff in Newport for input prior to a formal submittal to Salem. Feedback is being incorporated into the final submission. The District is seeking clarification from ODFW about the process for their application. The Board inquired about the communication plan for the application in anticipation need to show public support. It was stated that it might be time to create a Grass Carp Committee to help organize public participation. A presentation of the first draft of the Economic Impact Study required as part of the application was given by Seth Lenaerts. The report seeks to determine the economic impact to the community should the lake go to weeds again. Areas considered were property values, taxes,boating, camping, events, lodging and public investment. The report finds $25 million will be lost initially and $3 million will be lost annually if weeds return.

Sewer: Brian Green reported that the City Council held a Public Hearing on the Voyage Local Improvement District, Jan 28, 2013 as part of their regular meeting. DLWID Staff provided public comment as did individual Board members Green and Weldon.

Communications: The District recently announced that their regularly scheduled Board meetings will now be available for viewing live over the internet. To view this month’s meeting live online, you could visit LincolnCity.org or follow this link, on Thursday February 14th at 6:00pm. The video of the meeting will be available at the same link, for on demand viewing at anytime in the future.

MidCoastTMDL: The Department of Environmental Quality presented an overview of the TMDL process at the meeting. (see above)

East Devils Lake Road: Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council is investigating grant funds that may be appropriate including a NOAA Habitat Restoration Grant and a separate Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board grant. DLWID and other entities are writing letters of support.

Financial Review: It was stated that the District has received their annual financial review. The auditor did not make a presentation of the report. The Board had no specific questions regarding the review. Copies of the review can be downloaded from the District’s website: http://www.dlwid.org/Financials/Audits-Reviews/2012-06-30.pdf

Financial Software and Accounting Changes: The Board discussed and approved the purchase of an upgrade of the District’s Quick Books software to the most recent version.

Summer Intern: The election for Special Districts will be held May 21, 2013, for Devils Lake Water Improvement District, Positions 4 and 5 which are currently held by Brian Green and David Skirvin. Additional information can be found on the county’s website as well as on the Devils Lake Navigator.

Non Agenda Items: Announcement the Devils Lake Dash May 18th and 19th which is a new jet ski race on Devils Lake.

The meeting adjourned at 08:48pm.

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