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.