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Has It Been A Whole Year?

Indeed it has been just over a year since a group of local residents formed a new Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit corporation called the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) with the intention of serving as a voice for the community, surrounding Devils Lake.

Wow! What a year it has been. Just weeks after our formation the lake erupted in what has since been called the worst blue green algae bloom in our lake’s history. During this past year, the DLNA board has had a representative in attendance at every DLWID board meeting, testifying at most. We have reached out to the City of Lincoln City’s staff, management, Council, and Mayor. Meetings have also occurred between the DLNA and our County Commission and State Representatives. Then of course, there was a very important election; the DLNA as per its bylaws removed itself from what turned out to be quite a contentious battle. Now that it is over we look forward to working with the new board to be seated in early July. Finally, in perhaps our most serious action the DLNA has filed a lawsuit against the DLWID in Lincoln County Circuit Court in hopes of halting the return of the District’s water right approved by the DLWID board in their April meeting.

Just in case you missed the basics, the non-profit DLNA is open to all residents and businesses within its boundaries which are generally defined as all properties bounded by East and West Devils Lake Roads and Highway 101 on each end. (See Area Map). The initial Board of Directors was established in the non-profits formative meeting last year including Joe Barnes (President), Nathan Knott (Vice President), Mitchell Moore (Secretary / Treasurer), Tina French (Director) and Mark Christie (Director).

The primary purpose of the DLNA is to promote communication and education within the neighborhood relating to environmental, social and economic issues which may have an impact upon the life and character of the community. The DLNA will assist its members by providing reasoned input to the City Council, County Commission and associated committees, as well as Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID). We will help residents take more initiative in preserving the integrity and quality of the neighborhood as the DLNA plans, implements, and maintains projects in the Devils Lake neighborhood. The social aspects of the neighborhood will be addressed by organizing block parties, activities, festivals and special events.
We believe that the City, County, DLWID and residents all benefit from increased participation as the effectiveness of government is only measured by the extent that the citizens participate.

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DLWID: Board sees one incumbent, two newcomers elected

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:21 pm | Updated: 11:23 pm, Tue May 19, 2015.
By Paul Christiansen – The News Guard

With 99 percent of the votes counted for the May 19 special election, three candidates running for positions on the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board — and running under the “Save Devils Lake” slogan — look to have won in a landslide.

For DLWID Board Position 1, incumbent Kent Norris had secured a total of 1,115 votes as of 11:23 p.m., beating out the 671 votes for Susan Russo.

DLWID Board Position 2 will now be filled by Tina French, who as of 11:23 p.m. had a tallied 1,116 votes over incumbent Randy Weldon’s 696.

Bill Sexton, the only DLWID candidate to run in an uncontested race, secured 1,373 votes as of 11:23 p.m.

The three “Save Devils Lake” candidates all said they’re looking forward to coming together with sitting board members Brian Green and David Skirvin and DLWID Lake Manager Paul Robertson to make some positive change for the lake’s future.

“I think that the board in general, as well as the new elected candidates, have the same goals in mind to make sure the lake is at its best,” Norris said. “It’s just that we all have a different approach to things. I hope to move forward with those different approaches and engage the board in a way we can all cooperate to do some positive things for the lake and its people.”

Sexton said his “first and foremost” goal is to establish a positive direction for the lake’s future.

“In the past we have had some difficulty seeing that positive direction, but hopefully with this new addition to the board we can accomplish that relatively easily with the community’s support,” Sexton said. “It’ll be interesting to see where this will take us from here.”

Ultimately, the new elections to the board — with commanding vote differentials — show that the public is making their voices heard, French said.

It’s now time for the elected officials to listen to their constituents, she said.

“We want to listen to the people, but I feel like the current board wants to exclude the homeowners on Devils Lake from that discussion,” French said. “They should have a voice, and it does need to be considered with the environmental, recreational and economical factors.

“That’s what we all love about Devils Lake,” she said. “It’s a great environmental body of water that provides recreational opportunities and millions of dollars to the community. We have to proceed from here by taking all those things into considerations before we make any decisions.”

All the elected candidates said they plan to get to work cleaning up the algae blooms and sludge from Devils Lake when they take office July 1.

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DLWID Candidates Announce

The Race for DLWID Board Begins

There are three positions up for election on May 19.  DLWID Board positions 1,2, and 3 are available.  As of this writing three candidates are hoping to change the current board with Bill Sexton, Tina French and Kent Norris who recently was appointed. Several of the candidates provided us an introduction to their campaign, we still await a response from others. So we have provided what we could while we wait for a response from each candidate.

Bill Sexton

donate-2Bill Sexton has been working on Devils Lake since 1985.   That’s 35 years of navigating and coming to know this lake since the days when it was choked with weeds. With his work experience he knows and has worked with all the agencies involved with its management, from federal level on down; all of their requirements and permitting processes. Bill has also been a volunteer firefighter for Lincoln City for the past 18 years,  3 years serving as Association president. Bill states that his primary goal in becoming a candidate for a board position on the DLWID is to see that the mission statement written in its by-laws is fulfilled as originally intended.
Kent Norris

Kent-Donate-2Kent is a recently retired science educator that understands the science of the lake and how to apply this to the analysis and decision making of the Board.  He has the collaborative experience to engage residents, regulatory agencies, and the business community to achieve a balanced set of goals for Devils Lake.  Kent recently brought state and federal regulatory agencies together, in a joint effort with his neighbor, on their lakefront properties to reach agreement on their waterfront restoration, protection, and enhancement project prior to the permitting process. Kent feel that the DLWID Board should be a resource for its users and residents.

 Tina French

Tint-DonateTina was born and raised in Lincoln City.  Devils Lake was her playground every summer.  She had every birthday party at Sand Point Park until she was 14 years old.  After college she moved back to Lincoln City.  She and husband Lonnie now have two children who love the lake as much as she did as a child. Tina assumed leadership as president of North Lincoln Sanitary Service in 1991 and looks forward to applying her experience in environmental management  through her service on the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board.  Tina feels that taking care of our lake is a natural extension of good ecological stewardship of our community.

Randy Weldon Currently serves on the Devils Lake Water Improvement District board. Current proposals include lifejacket station, and removal of the D-River dam.

Susan Russo campaign-statement-photo-susan-russo-(1)Susan has lived in Lincoln City since 1996 with her husband Rob Russo and daughter Savannah. They have enjoyed many of the water activities that D-Lake has to offer, such as jet skiing, wake boarding, tubing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Susan has worked as a Salem Hospital nurse for the past 20yrs and has a Bachelors of Science in both Microbiology and Nursing. Her initiative to run for the DLWID Board stems from her desire to maintain and improve the quality of Devils Lake for all community members, wildlife and the environment. She feels that she will bring a nice balance to the Board, as a non-lakefront property owner that has a strong science background. She is known as someone who is not set in her ways, a problem solver, finds creative ways to get things done, thinks outside the box and is willing to listen to and consider all options and opinions. She looks forward to focusing her time and energy on the DLWID Board and the community needs. Her goal is to honor the mission statements of the DLWID.

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DLNA 3rd of July Fireworks Spectacular!

Here We Go Again!

Announcing the Second Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display.

Fireworks Display
Date: Friday July 3rd
Time: 9:30 PM

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the Second Annual DLNA fireworks display. Mark your calendar and begin making big plans. The Association is once again working with Western Fireworks who will come to Devils Lake and put on a spectacular show.  Our show will be held on Friday July 3rd beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays. Of course we’ll have another boat parade prior the evening’s big display!

This spectacular show will be launched off a barge centrally located on the lake near Brown Bear Park, and will be clearly visible from D River Wayside, Regatta Park and Sand Point Park.

Please contact Max Hanson at maxh@siskiyouins.net or 541 994-7771 with your interest in helping out with this fun event.

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Attend DLWID January Board Meeting

Board Meets January 8th, 2015 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday January 8th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. We need you, the homeowners, to attend once again to make it clear to the DLWID Board that the District needs to involve the community in their decision making process.

As predicted there is one very critical item on the Board’s agenda  this month that we would like to call to your attention. The last item in unfinished business is the replacement of the water impoundment devices (the dam).   The full documentation for the meeting can be found at the following links.

Director Randy Weldon’s report to the board states that “At our November 2014 meeting, my proposal to the board was to explore the idea of removing the concrete foundation of the current dam and using a different type of impoundment device in the summer. I suggested that we use sandbags or water-filled flood control tubes during the short recreational impoundment period instead of our current structure.”

There is additional information in last month’s article on the dam removal.  If you cannot attend the meeting please use the additional information provided to let the board know of your concerns.

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2014 in Review

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Garage Sale Fundraiser

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