Lincoln City City Manager David Hawker was recognized by the Lincoln City city council for his 15 years of city service and his retirement effective Dec. 31. The council recognized Hawker and presented him with a certificate for his time with the city. The councilors shared praises for Mr Hawker for his ability to lead the city. Hawker also announced that he hoped to have a contract offer for one of the four city manager finalists by the Dec. 22 council meeting. (Photo: The News Guard)
The Lincoln City City Council approved a contract during its regular public session Monday, Dec. 22 to hire Ronald Chandler as the new Lincoln City City Manager. Chandler will take office Jan. 20.
Program is Flush With Cash
The eventual expansion of the Lincoln City sewer system to the East side of Devils Lake received a boost from an unlikely source recently. As reported in the March 14th News Guard Bi-Mart corporation has agreed to pay $25,000 toward the City’s efforts to develop a Sewer Master Plan for installing sewers around the lake.
The funding commitment is part of a negotiated settlement between the City and Bi-Mart stemming from the 2009 land purchase required for the construction of the new store located on Oar Ave. As part of the sale agreement Bi-Mart agreed to construct its new store to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Due apparently to delays in the project the LEED requirement was not incorporated into the project. Bi-Mart was willing to commit to the cash contribution as well as a commitment to purchase at least 6 percent of their energy needs through the Blue Sky renewable energy program.
Commencement of project to create a Sewer Master Plan for Devils Lake has yet to be announced by the City but the general topic has been on Councils agenda several times in the past few months.
One option for tackling pollution, officials say
The News Guard
Lincoln City leaders are to take a fresh look at ways to deal with septic systems around Devils Lake, with sewering being on the table as well as a mandatory septic tank inspection program.
The City’s proposal to introduce mandatory inspections of lakefront septic systems, was the subject of vocal opposition from some property owners in the run up to its approval in a split Council vote in March 2010.
Supporters of the inspection plan said failing septic systems are contributing toward pollution in the lake, a claim disputed by the plan’s opponents.
The details of the plan were originally to be hashed out in a series of public meetings throughout 2010, but the City has since placed the project on the back burner due to other priorities. Continue reading
Some ask: ‘What’s in it for us?’
The News Guard
Two meetings on either side of the weekend were host to very different reactions to a proposed deal between Lincoln City and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians that would allow the Tribe to use water from Devils Lake to irrigate Chinook Winds Golf Resort.
During a Monday, June 7, joint meeting, members of City Council and Tribal Council agreed the deal is a “win-win” – in sharp contrast to the concerns expressed at the Thursday, June 3, meeting of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID), where one audience member asked: “What’s in it for us?”
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
Councilors direct staff to speed up annexation
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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
This article appeared in the News Guard reporting on the March 8th City Council meeting. As the article reports it is our understanding that the City Attorney must still draft the ordinance and that the DLWID will hold at least one public meeting on the matter once a draft ordinance is made available for review.
By Patrick Alexander
The News Guard
3/10/2010 5:00:00 AM
A septic system inspection program with water shut-off as the ultimate penalty for non-compliance is set to become law after Lincoln City Council approved the approach at its March 8 meeting.
Details of the program will be decided later this year through a process that will include public hearings but both Council and the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) board of directors have agreed on the main points:
- The program will require all 632 properties with septic systems within the Devils Lake watershed to have an inspection every 10 years.
- Properties whose systems are seen as being most at risk of failure, due to age or the type of tank used, will be top priorities for inspection.
- The City will contract with a private operator to do the inspections, with individual property owners footing the bill.
- Septic tanks will be pumped only if the inspector deems it beneficial to the system.
On Monday March 1st, DLWID and Lincoln City met to discuss differences between the district’s and the City’s ideas related to a septic inspection program. The group created a draft of compromises and the outcome was reported to be very productive.
In attendance were: Mayor Lori Hollingsworth, DLWID Chair Brian Green, City Councilor Chester Noreikis, City Councilor Gary Ellingson, City Manager David Hawker, Lake Manager Paul Robertson, DLWID Intern Seth Lenaerts.
The tone of the meeting was said to be very positive with all parties looking to move forward on this issue and to create a meaningful ordinance to assure that septic systems within the Devils Lake watershed are functioning to design. Continue reading
Lincoln City Manager David Hawker will request a continuance of the scheduled discussion on the planned septic ordinance until the March 8th Council meeting, stating a planned meeting between City officials and DLWID could not be scheduled until March 1st.
In his February 8th Memo to City Council Mr. Hawker suggests “that many opponents are not well informed, or pick and choose bits of information they believe will help their case.” He further states that opponents main objections are;
A. That there is no evidence showing that septic systems pollute the lake, or have little impact.
B. That septic tanks don’t need inspection or pumping.
Let’s clear up a few of these misconceptions.
1. Opponents are not opponents but rather affected parties who wish to be included in the process that creates this ordinance. Indeed, this group supports the responsible operation of county approved septic systems and share a similar goal of a clean and clear Devils Lake. Continue reading
News Times, Newport OR
Friday, Feb 12th, 2010
BY: Terry Dillman
Lincoln City Council members worked toward resolving differences of opinion that arose over recommendations by City Manager David Hawker for establishing an inspection program designed to reduce pollution stemming from failed or failing septic systems around Devils Lake.
Monday night’s session continued a discussion begun during the Jan. 11 council meeting, where Hawker asked the council to consider an ordinance requiring all lakefront property owners to have their septic systems inspected or face having the city shut off their water. The request hit a snag with the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) Board of Directors, who passed a resolution in January backing the ordinance idea, but only if city officials dropped the water shut-off provision. Continue reading