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Options for tackling pollution in Devils Lake include a City fee on nearby septic tank owners, with the proceeds going toward installation of sewers around the lake, local officials say.
Meeting on Nov. 7, members of Lincoln City Council and the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) heard such a fee could help the City afford the ambitious project, which has an estimated cost of $30 million.
The group also discussed the prospect of DLWID asking voters to approve a property tax increase to fund the work.
City Manager David Hawker said previous efforts to install sewer in areas including Neotsu and East Devils Lake Road have stalled due to the high cost estimates. Continue reading
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday November 3rd at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall. There was a mix up preventing this District Board meeting from appearing on Charter Channel 4.
Public Comment: There were 3 interested parties in attendance. One public comment related to the upcoming sewer/septic workshop to be held by the city. It was suggested that the District should attend the workshop and gather information to report to the board so they may carefully consider how to address the issue. Concerns were expressed that this would be an unpopular time to pursue construction of a sewer system that could bring, annexation, city taxes, LID assessments and monthly bills to homes that received the new service. Continue reading
Long Time Lake Supporter Will Be Missed
Thomas A. “Al” Rice of Lincoln City died of complications from liver disease in Portland on Oct. 8, 2011. He was 87.
Al was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Toledo, Ore., to Thomas Alfred Rice and Ruth Larson Rice. When he was 8, the family moved to Redmond, then to Baker, and finally to Portland, where he graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1942. Continue reading
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One option for tackling pollution, officials say
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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
City’s water demands decried as ‘hostage’ tactics
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After several false starts, Lincoln City is set to proceed with the final phase of its effort to gather enough annexation consents from Roads End property owners to bring the area inside the city limits.
At its Oct. 24 meeting, Lincoln City Council directed staff to send letters to all Roads End property owners who have not yet consented to annexation, giving them 60 days to do so or face having their water shut off. Continue reading
Erosion Study Presentation, POSTPONED
This notice is a correction to our previous report that the Erosion Study would be presented in the November meeting. Due to staff conflicts, Tetra Tech will be unable to provide a presentation on the erosion study at the November meeting. Tetra Tech staff has been confirmed and will present at the District’s December 1 meeting. The District has posted the meeting documents, the links below will allow you to view them.
Residents Resist; City Ratchets Water Service
The residents of Roads End recently received a positive Initial Review of their application to drill six wells which will become the new source of water for the reformulated Roads End Water District (REWD). Also this week Lincoln City Council passed a resolution to direct the city manager to send 60-day notices to Roads End area residents requiring signed agreements consenting to annexation in order to receive continued water service. Continue reading
Summer has passed and life on the lake is running at a little slower pace. It is a little rarer to wave at a friend zooming by in their boat or engage in a neighborly conversation during that morning walk. With that in mind, we thought that we would invite you to, “Coffee on the Point”.
Nothing fancy just stop by on Sunday October 30th between 10:00am and noon for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat and say hello to a few of your neighbors. We have had so much fun with Potluck on the Point that a little get together a few times during the year didn’t seem like such a bad idea. The coffee will be at Mitch and Dana Moore’s; the A-frame at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point. Come on by!
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Erosion Study To Be Presented
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District has conducted an erosion study to determine if and how the lake level impacts erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. Tetra Tech will be presenting their evaluation of the lake resulting from the fieldwork that occurred this spring at this month’s DLWID Board meeting on Thursday November 3rd at 6:00pm. Please note that these meetings have moved to City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall.
The presentation that will be made by Tetra Tech is very important because by design, it should address key issues such as the loss of shoreline to inundation, loss or change in plant community along the shore which may lead to erosion or shoreline loss, impacts to wetlands and wetland hydrology, impacts to structures, direct erosion of the shoreline, plus others. The District specifically requested that the study consider how wave energy, both natural and man made, impact the shoreline as a result of having the lake held at 9.53’ (full exercise of water right), at 9.0’ (partial exercise of water right), and if the lake was to be allowed a natural hydrology without impoundment.
Over the coming months the District will use this study to determine how to manage, lake level and shoreline development including restorations projects and potential restrictions on development as contemplated in the Devils Lake Plan. This will be an important presentation for individuals interested in Devils Lake.
If you cannot attend this month’s meeting; it will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times. The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.
There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. Due to the importance of this month’s meeting we sent this notice prior to the District posting the meeting documents, the links should function once the documents have been uploaded.
Lake resident Mark Christie posted this comment on his Facebook page this weekend, “Wow. 29″ from my floating temporary dock to my fixed deck. Who pulled the plug out of D Lake?” Those of you who have been to the lake in recent weeks know that the lake is very, indeed it is at its lowest point all year. The unofficial gauge installed at my dock reads 8.8’ and I have exposed lakebed all the way around my seawall.
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District removed the D River dam on October 12th, at which time the lake had already dropped to 9.0’. In October there was just 2.05” of precipitation prior to the dam removal and since that time, there have been 5 days of rain, registering a total .03” of precipitation. Historically, October will provide many very nice days to enjoy but it does generally provide much more rain with a monthly average of 7.5”. Not to worry, you can double that figure for each of the months of November, December and January, so I would not bet on the lake staying this low for too much longer.