Roads End Annexation

Police Presence

By: PATRICK ALEXANDER
The News Guard

Public safety has become a central topic in arguments concerning Lincoln City’s efforts to bring the Roads End area inside the city limits.

City officials have said Roads End residents benefit from Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) without contributing toward its costs, adding that the area stands to benefit further from the increased coverage that would come with annexation.

Some Roads End residents have rejected that argument, saying they seldom see Lincoln City officers on their streets and do not require much in the way of law enforcement anyway. Continue reading

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Water Rights Update

Draft Preliminary Determination Completed

According to the Oregon Water Resources Department database the Preliminary Determination for Transfer Application T-11116 for Lincoln City’s change in the Point of Diversion (P.O.D.) of their existing Rock Creek water right was drafted today.  From reviewing other applications it appears that it can generally take 3-4 weeks from the time the draft is written to the time it is issued in the OWRD Weekly Notice.

Interested parties can easily follow the process;  you should download the Weekly Notice and scroll down to the section titled “Transfer Preliminary Determinations” to view the information related to Application T-11116. A Preliminary Determination provides the Department’s conclusion as to whether a proposed change in place of use, point of diversion or appropriation, or character of use of an existing water right should be approved.  Please see “How to Participate in a Water Rights Proceeding” for a detailed description of the remaining steps in this process.

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2010 Hydroplane Race Gets A Rockey Start

Rain and Wind Call Day One of Annual Event

Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association made their first attempt to set world record times in the 2010 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos Saturday, October 9th.  The race course was set up in a straight line from East Devils Lake State Park to Sand Point; a total length of one “Kilo” or kilometer (5/8 mile).  Day one brought wind and rains that plagued their attempts to set new world records.  The Hopp Racing Team didn’t let the bad weather stand in their way with a record setting run of 165 mph.  Take a look at the video to see the action. The weather caused event officials to call the race for the rest of the day.

In a Kilo event each driver competes against the clock, and gets six runs, three in each direction.  The final speed is the average of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The driver can take all of his runs at one time or delay the balance after one run waiting for better conditions. The Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos began in the 1950’s and have run annually as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event. All involved are hoping for better weather for day two.  Please take a look at our photo gallery of the event.

Day two did bring better weather but the race field was reduced to three participants.  The race crews tried to extract every ounce of speed our of their machines.  With such a narrow field this made the wait between runs quite long.  The pay off was a couple of really great runs.  For race results check in with the Columbia Outboard Racing Association. To witness two of the second day’s runs follow these links the 153 mph run and 155 mph run.

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Weather Stymies Kite Festival

32 Year Old Event Cancelled by Weather

This weekend should have seen the return of the 32nd annual Fall Kite Festival at the D River Wayside.  The skies should have been filled with giant kites as well as the very maneuverable quad-line kites.  Unfortunately, the skies were filled with drops of moisture in the form of unrelenting rains.  Plans for the event included the popular giant kites, rokkaku kites, and a kid’s parade, but instead there was just wet sand.  For the first time some of the events were planned to occur in the Lincoln City Cultural Center such as kite making demonstrations, kite displays and miniatures kites.  This part of the day was not impacted by the inclement weather. We have a few pictures of this wet event.

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Harvest Festival A Success

Neskowin Valley School Annual Gathering

The weather did not dampen the fun to be had at the Neskowin Valley School Harvest Festival.  The Harvest Festival is an important annual celebration and fundraising event planned by the parents and staff of the school. This year’s Harvest Festival included a silent auction, wine auction, quilt raffle, arts and crafts vendors, music, entertainment, and food.

On the main stage was juggler Charlie Brown from the Flying Karamozov Brothers and attendees were treated to the sounds of Donna and the Side Effects. There was more than more than one opportunity to go home with a special treat.  The wares of artisans, fresh baked goods, and many wonderful silent auction items were available for right price.  The Harvest Festival brings more than 1,000 people to the valley and helps to raise a significant portions of the funds required to operate the school.  If you missed it this year make sure you stop in next year.  Be sure to take a look at our photo gallery.

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October DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its October board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, October 7th, 2010.  The meeting was attended by approximately 7 interested parties.

Robo News October 2010

Hot Topics.

Executive Session of the Board: The Board of Directors held an Executive Session preceding their regularly scheduled meeting.

New Meeting Date: The Board passed a resolution to move the next meeting to Thursday, November 11, 2010 due to conflicts of the Board and staff.

Public Comment: Members of the public provided comments on several items.  These included; an expression of appreciation of the efforts that have been  made by the district to enhance communications to the public including the Clearwater newsletter, direct mail, brochures, booklets, improvements to the website and the addition of Facebook and Twitter accounts. There was an expression of concern about why we are proceeding with the septic program based on the results of this summer’s Ecoli monitoring. One party was concerned about the current level on spending by the District. There was also one comment about the hydroplane races being two full days long last year. Several came to the meeting to inform the Board that the Union 50 Club is for sale. There was an expression that it would be a great opportunity for development by DLWID or others in the community. Continue reading

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Attend the October DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday October 7th at 6:00pm.  There is an Executive Session planned from 5:30 to 6:00 before the regular meeting.  The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are many topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda.  These discussions include; an update on the lake level and need to lower the lake levels through the month of October to comply with the requirements of the impoundments permit, some rain recent rain events have challenged lake level management, a report on the availability of the Native Vegetation Guide, and an open discussion on modifications to the Devils Lake Plan. The board will make a final decision related to the RFP for an erosion study and provide updates on the Save or Shoreline program as well as efforts to determine the source of Ecoli on Thompson Creek.

Please follow the links below to access the latest agenda, staff reports and meeting minutes:

Agenda

Staff Reports

Minutes

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Lake Level: October Update

Rain Event Adds Complexity to Management Plan

This is the first year that the DLWID has defined a method to comply with the requirements of their water impoundment permit and recent rain events have added a new level of complexity. This month’s DLWID Manager report provides a description of what to expect.

Except from DLWID Manager Report (10-07-2010)

We have had significant rains this month and as a result managing the lake level has increased in complexity. This is the first year that we have had to account for the evaporation, and thus our methodology is a bit experimental. Obviously we are widely impacted by large rain events such as we had in mid September. In the five days starting on the 15th, we had nearly 4” or rain, with a full 1.7”
recorded the first day. In response the Lake Contractor pulled 2 north boards on 9-17-10 and pulled 4  boards north to south on 9-19-10. Overtime this appears to have compensated for the heavy rains as the most recent value sits very near the theoretic value.

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Annexation-consent resolution approved for Roads End

City to begin sending out letters
STAFF REPORT The News Guard

Lincoln City Council has approved a resolution aimed at gathering enough consents from Roads End residents to allow the area to be brought within the city limits.

The resolution, approved unanimously at Council’s Monday, Sept. 13, meeting, comes five weeks after the passage of an ordinance that gives Council the power to designate any area within the urban growth boundary (UGB) an annexation target.

City Manager David Hawker said Roads End is at the top of the City’s list of areas from which it wants to gather consents because the area is the largest developed neighborhood within the UGB but outside the city limits.

He said Roads End already benefits from City services without paying for them, a claim denied by some Roads End residents and examined in detail in the Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 editions of The News Guard.

A recent economic analysis commissioned by the City says annexing the Roads End area would result in a net gain of $606,849 per year for the City once additional revenue in the form of property taxes, franchise fees and state revenue sharing is balanced against the increased costs of extending services such as police protection and road maintenance to the area. Continue reading

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Sprint Triathlon Lures 146 Athletes

Rich Shimer Wins Race

As reported in The News Guard the 20th Annual Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon was run on September 12, 2010.  The full race results are available online, you can view our photo gallery as well.

JIM FOSSUM The News Guard

For someone competing in their first triathlon, Adam Shimer produced some pretty gratifying results.

Shimer, an Oregon State trooper stationed in Depoe Bay, won the 20th annual Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon at Regatta Grounds Park on Devils Lake on Sunday, Sept. 12, after borrowing his dad’s road bike and training for just two weeks.

“Definitely the run,” Shimer said when asked what phase of the race he performed best in. “I was 10th going into the run, but took the lead at about one mile and never looked back.” Continue reading

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