City Manager Recommends Curtailing
New Water Hook-ups
City Manager, David Hawker released a memo to City Council about water service in which he recommended that Council consider a policy that refuses any new service in the UGB outside the City. As justification for the recommendation he states that on Devils Lake,
“Over many years, including before Lincoln City was incorporated, this policy allowed about 700 homes to develop in the Devil’s Lake watershed without sewer service or any plan for it. Most of this development occured outside the City (though some of it has been annexed). The result is substantial pollution of the lake, and no provision to replace with sewer, no end in sight.”
He does not provide any proof or eleaborate in any way in support of his claim that the provision of water to homes on Devils Lake has substantially polluted the lake. He continues to discuss issues in providing water to Schooner Creek and Drift Creek areas.
Hawker closed the memo by stating that he is “not urging any immediate change, only to initiate a discussion. There are many issues, and
any policy change needs to examine them carefully.”
Lincoln City officials have taken another step toward the eventual annexation of the Roads End area. Over the past several months the City as been collecting consent to annex contracts from local residents as a requirement to continued water service. Faced with the specter of an uninhabitable house enough signatures have been obtained for the City to claim a majority of homeowners and assessed value. After removing several large undeveloped parcels from the area consider for annexation, the City was also able to claim a majority of land area satisfying the triple majority rule.
City Manager, David Hawker sent a letter to Roads End residents announcing the City’s intention to move forward with annexation and describes the changes that residents might expect. He indicated that water service will now be consider permanent. He explained that their streets will be placed in the transportation plan and made it clear that residents should not anticipate gravel roads to be paved as a result of annexation. Water and sewer rates will be cut in half. All homes in the Road End area will not be included in the City’s property tax base. Additionally the City’s 5% franchise fee will be added to all utilities not provided by the City. Vacation Rentals will be required to comply with the City’s VRD rules and pay a 9.5% room tax. The City also circulated a survey to ask for Roads End residents input.
Lincoln City Councilors, on a 4-2 split, approved raising sewer and water rates in Lincoln City effective July 1st. The increase for water is, on average, 6%, while the increase for sewer is around 4%.
The council also approved a provision that allows the city to charge a higher rate in the summer when water use peaks and costs are higher due to higher pumping and water treatment operations.
But overall, City Manager David Hawker says the annualized increases should not exceed 6% for water, 4% for sewer. See complete article at News Lincoln County.com. The typical residential base service charge for water will be $18.72 in the city and $ 39.70 outside the city, Sewer rates will be $19.90 and $39.81 respectively.
Surf promoter hopes to restore Hostetler Park
The News Guard
A Lincoln City surf promoter used to talking up the biggest waves on the Oregon Coast is turning his attention to a calmer stretch of water, by trying to persuade the City to bring back a paddling and swimming area at the south end of Devils Lake.
John Forse, organizer of the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic surf event, wants to see the City breathe life back into the area around Hostetler Park, which, during its heyday in the 1960s, was home to boat docks, diving boards and even a burger bar catering to motorboats.
The park sits on the north bank of the lake at the mouth of the D River and is currently home to a few picnic tables, a trash can and lots of native vegetation. Continue reading
City Has Until 2026 to Complete the Project
The Oregon Water Resources Department released its Final 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 on March 16, 2011. This Final Determination provided the Department’s conclusion that the proposed change in place of use, and point of diversion, should be approved. You may review the Final Order in Application T-11116 as it contains certain conditions that have been identified as a condition of the permit. The City and Siletz tribe have until October 1, 2026 to complete the work described in the application and until October 1, 2027 to claim beneficial use. With this order the City’s application process comes to a close.
Deadline for Final Public Input January 13, 2011
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
Draft Preliminary Determination Completed
According to the Oregon Water Resources Department database the 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 was drafted today. From reviewing other applications it appears that it can generally take 3-4 weeks from the time the draft is written to the time it is issued in the OWRD Weekly Notice.
Interested parties can easily follow the process; you should download the Weekly Notice and scroll down to the section titled “Transfer Preliminary Determinations” to view the information related to Application T-11116. 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. Please see “How to Participate in a Water Rights Proceeding” for a detailed description of the remaining steps in this process.
Lincoln City approves ordinance to expedite annexation process
By: Terry Dillman
Newport News Times
Whether it marked the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end depended on one’s viewpoint at Monday night’s Lincoln City Council session.
With very little discussion, council members unanimously approved an ordinance that would require property owners outside the city limits but within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary to sign consents to annex as a condition of receiving ongoing city water service.
The low-key approach to the high-tension decision contrasted sharply with the measured session-opening protest from a group of about 20 property owners from the Roads End development. They showed up to speak against the ordinance in another chapter of a story dating back to at least 1978.
During the council’s July 26 session, when the ordinance was first introduced, City Manager David Hawker said Roads End topped the city’s list of sites for potential annexation, and outlined the reasons, including the cost of providing water and sewer service to Roads End, which has 715 of the 1,240 properties outside the city that receive those services.
Roads End residents took exception to many of Hawker’s assertions and offered rebuttals Monday night. Continue reading
Comments Due by September 09, 2010
Notice of Lincoln City’s application for a change in the Point of Diversion (P.O.D.) of their existing Rock Creek water right appeared today in the Oregon Water Resources Department Weekly Notice.
The thirty-day clock has begun for public comment on the City’s transfer application. Any person may comment on a transfer application. Comments must be submitted by September 09, 2010. Any person who provides comments within the comment period will receive a copy of the formal Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) preliminary determination of whether the application should be approved or rejected, and will be provided an opportunity to protest the application and preliminary determination at that time.
The proper place to express your opinion on this proposal is during the OWRD application process. Please see “How to Participate in a Water Rights Proceeding” for a detailed description of the process including how and where to file comments. Links to related ORWD Documents are below as well as a summary of the application.
Current Transfer Documents
T-11116 Transfer Application
T-11116 Transfer Application Map