City ordinance would expedite annexation process
Friday, Jul 30th, 2010
By: Terry Dillman
Newport News Times
A proposed ordinance introduced during Monday night’s regular session of the Lincoln City Council would enhance the city’s ability to annex areas outside city limits and within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) by requiring signed consents to annexation as a condition of continued water service.
The city supplies water service to most of its 6,078 accounts from three storage tanks via gravity feed. Booster pumps serve customers at a few higher elevations, including one for the Port Lane area of Roads End. The imminent failure of that aging booster pump station and the price tag to replace it prompted council members to find a way to expedite the annexation of Roads End district, located at the north end of the city.
“It’s been on our agenda for years,” City Manager David Hawker said. “It’s time to move forward.” Continue reading
Fun Was Had By All; Despite Soggy Skies
Some sixty-five residents of Devils Lake came out Saturday, August 7th for the Second Annual Potluck on the Point.
Attendees spent the evening visiting with their neighbors while enjoying great food. Several party goers were heard to say that what made it really fun was the ability to socialize with those you already knew as well as having the chance to make new acquaintances. Every shore of the lake was represented! Our friends at the Devils Lake Water Improvement District joined in with our Lake Manager and our Board Chair and another Board member in attendance.
Mother Nature tried her best to interfere offering up the first rain of the summer. These were seasoned lake residents who didn’t let the dampness spoil their evening. Not one person had enough sense to come in out of the rain. Visit our photo album to get a little taste of the event. The consensus was that the Potluck should continue and to that end we have selected the first Saturday in August every year. So mark your calendar for August 6th, 2011 and plan on a fun evening.
We still trying to locate the owner of a few serving utensils so take a look at this photo and email me if you’re the owner of anything shown. If you have any ideas on more ways we can get our community together to enjoy our mutual company let us know and we’ll do what we can to promote it.
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Roads End tops list for annexation
The News Guard
A new law that could boost Lincoln City’s ability to annex adjacent areas, starting with Roads End, received a warm welcome from Lincoln City Council at its Monday, July 26 meeting.
The proposed ordinance would allow Council to designate any area outside its limits but within the urban growth boundary, or UGB, as an annexation target.
The area’s residents would then have 60 days to sign a consent to annex or risk having the City shut off their water supply. Continue reading
The City of Lincoln City and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon made a presentation and answered questions related to the use of water from Devils Lake to irrigate the golf course at the June Devils Lake Water Improvement District board meeting. The Board of Directors of DLWID passed a resolution by a vote of 4-1 indicating support for the proposal. Since that time, several residents have expressed their opinions on the matter; some support the proposal, some do not. For the record, the Navigator has not taken a position on the proposal.
The proper place to express your opinion on this proposal is during the formal Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) application process. In order for the City to meet the terms of their agreement with the Siletz Tribe they will apply for a change in the Point of Diversion (P.O.D.) of their existing Rock Creek water right. This process is described in OAR 690 Division 380 Water Rights Transfers.
In an attempt to simplify the process for interested parties we have summarized the required steps below. The summary is necessarily general, and may not specifically address the facts in this specific application. Water rights can impact citizens in unexpected ways; that is why a formal process has been established. If you feel, the City’s proposal will have an impact that is not being considered follow the steps below to provide public input into the process. Continue reading
Please hold Saturday August 7th at 6:30 pm open to come join us for our Second Annual Potluck on the Point. Last year was a great success with great food and fun with your lake side neighbors. The get together will be hosted by Mitch and Dana Moore at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point.
Plan to bring your favorite dish, appetizer, main dish or casserole and join us, with your neighbor and friends for an afternoon of fun. Watch your email for more details and be sure to mark your calendar today!
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Newport News Times
By: Terry Dillman
City officials OK change of source for golf course
Lincoln City Council members unanimously agreed to a change of water source for the Chinook Winds Casino Resort Golf Course during Monday night’s council session that would provide water more conducive to growing grass on the greens, while reducing demand on the city’s water system during a peak time.
City Manager David Hawker recommended signing an agreement with the Siletz Tribe that would exchange treated water currently piped to the golf course from the city’s treatment facility for untreated water drawn from Devils Lake near the course, using the city’s Rock Creek water right. Hawker said the current arrangement – carried out under a 1991 agreement with the owners of what was then known as Lakeside Golf Course – “is not an ideal situation for either the golf course or the city.” Continue reading
By now you should be aware that changes to the summer time lake level are once again on the DLWID Board agenda. We feel it is important to understand the Districts perspective on this matter and we are fortunate that our Lake Manager wrote extensively on the subject in the Managers Report. It is unusual for us to post such a large excerpt; normally we would simply provide a link. In order for there to be no misunderstanding or re-interpretation we included the text from the report pertaining to lake level in its entirety. We do feel compelled to note that in the fact checks and clarification section the report mentions some inaccurate statements made by a blog. This was not nosolarbees.com as we have not yet reported on the water rights issue. We’re still checking our facts; we do make mistakes but not this time.
Except from Devils Lake Manager Report 2010-06-03
Lake Level: Potential operational changes to the dam are being discussed at this meeting as additional information about lake level has been presented that represent that much less recreational water use benefit (e.g. deeper water at docks and shorelines) may be apparent at 9.53’ than assumed. Meanwhile many of the 22 property owners, that petitioned the District in 2009 for a lake level of 9.0 feet may be being impacted without substantial benefit to other lake users as previously assumed. Copies of that petition and subsequent flier distributed by an equally concerned homeowner opposing any change in the water level are available as reference items on our website. Working through these seemingly conflicting interests is thus to be addressed at the District’s next meeting. Public input will be afforded, but please limit your input to a concise statement at the beginning of the process, reserving additional comments should you have them for the end of the meeting.
Current Status: Currently (2010-05-27) the lake is sitting at 9.5’. The latest lake level measurements are available on our Water Quality page of the website (www.DLWID.org). Currently one section of the dam is open again at this time as rains have brought the lake up and fish passage issues are at least being attempted to be mitigated for by pulsing and/or section removal. This period of pulsing and/or whole section release will end after May 31st. The utilization of the dam from June through October, is thus open for consideration.
Current Considerations: It had been voiced in March 2010 meeting that if the dam was not installed in April, many properties would not have access to the lake for additional months. A motion was made to install the dam allowing for the new lake contractor the flexibility to allow for fish passage by means of leaving one section out of the dam providing the lake level could be maintained between 9.5’ and 9.3’ through June 1, 2010. At the time of the meeting (March 4, 2010) the lake level was 9.0’ above MSL. It was stated by a member of the audience that at this lake level many properties would not have access to the lake. Data were subsequently gathered by two of the District’s board members to investigate the potential impact on users at this same lake level of 9.0’. This presentation was made at the April 4, 2010 meeting and is available online at our website on the Project page under Lake Level (Director Presentation 2010-04-01 UPDATED). Some of the conclusions of that presentation were that nearly all of the properties surveyed the depth of the water when the lake was at 9.0’ was sufficient for drafting a typical pleasure craft. Where draft was insufficient at the far end of the canal on Thompson Creek, the addition of 6” of water to 9.53’ would have marginal benefit. For a complete review please revisit the slideshow from our website. Additionally a comprehensive review of this issue of the 2009 review is also available online (Staff Presentation 2009-04-01 ). What is presented below is new or additional information in no particular order that may be pertinent to the board discussion and decision on this issue along with some summary issues from previous meetings.
Water Rights: Rock Creek & Siletz POD: Irrigation of the golf course in our watershed came before City Council Monday 2010-05-24 for consideration. This is a proposal between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (CTSI) and the City of Lincoln City for selling water from the City’s existing water right on Rock Creek, a tributary of Devils Lake for irrigation of the Chinook Winds Golf Resort. This water right is held by the city, and as a municipal right it a permanent right, originally obtained by the town of Oceanlake. In fact, an existing, but unused pipe runs under Devils Lake that once served this community. As many will remember in 2006, the Devils Lake Water Improvement District, partnered with the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, USFWS, ODFW and the City to alter a dam at the current Point of Diversion (Approximately River Mile 3.2) for fish passage. The current proposal would be to add a second Point of Diversion (POD) on this certificated municipal water right. City Council voted unanimously to approve this agreement. Continue reading
Councilors direct staff to speed up annexation
The News Guard
Lincoln City Council has approved a move to spend $400,000 to safeguard water supply to a portion of Roads End on the understanding that City staff step up efforts to bring the neighborhood within the city limits as soon as possible.
“We are holding out a hand in good will,” Councilor Gary Ellingson said, “and we want to be on the absolute moral high ground of this issue. And we hope that when we deal with annexation that we will be treated the same way.”
The money would be spent to create a bypass around a failing booster station that pumps water to 38 homes in an area of high ground around N.E. Port Drive.
“One of these days it’s going to become irreparable,” City Manager David Hawker said, “and we are going to have 38 empty homes.”
At Council’s Monday, May 24, meeting, several members expressed concern at the prospect of spending so much money on a project that serves customers outside the city limits and who contribute no property tax to City coffers.
The City’s 25-year contract to provide water to Roads End expired in 2003 and has not been renewed.
“It was planned that Roads End would have annexed to the city prior to the expiration,” Hawker said. “That agreement has long since expired, and Roads End has not annexed.” Continue reading
Rain gardens are logical and beautiful solutions to managing stormwater on many properties. The purpose of the training is to help interested residents learn the skills needed to design, build and maintain rain gardens. This workshop will prepare you to serve as a local resource to other community members interested in building rain gardens. Resulting designs from the workshop will be applied to the forthcoming Newport Library Rain Garden demonstration project!
$40 registration fee includes training materials and lunch
Wednesday, June 9, 9:30 AM- 5:00 PM
- overview of stormwater management
- site assessment
- rain garden sizing and design
- construction and maintenance
- plants appropriate for coastal rain gardens
- alternative rain garden designs for challenging sites
- sustainable landscape construction materials
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Revision to Rules for Authorizing Structures On and Uses of State-Owned Submerged/Submersible Lands
The Department of State Lands (DSL) is in the process of revising its administrative rules governing the management of, and issuing of authorizations to place structures on, and to use state-owned submerged and submersible land. These rules (OAR 141-082-0000 through 141-082-0210) were last amended in 2002. As a part of this rulemaking activity, DSL developed and made available to the public its first draft of the proposed revisions to these rules in September 2009. In October, DSL held three public hearings, one each in Portland, Astoria and Coos Bay. The public comment period, which originally was scheduled to close on November 6, 2009 was extended to December 24, 2009. Based on the input received during the September-December 2009 public comment period, DSL has revised its proposed changes to these rules , which are available on below the break. Continue reading