Attend the June DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday June 3rd at 6:00pm. 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; a specific proposal to lower summer time lake levels from 9’5.3″ to 9’0″, as well the impacts of a proposed contract between the City of Lincoln City and the Siletz Tribe to extract water from D-Lake to irrigate the golf course under an existing City water right on Rock Creek . The meeting will contain a a public hearing on the proposed 2010-2011 annual budget.  The board will discuss its new plans perform an erosion study in support of the lake level decsion and provide updates on the Septic Tank Revitalization program and the City’s effort to create a draft ordinance.

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

Agenda 2010-06-03
Agenda and Staff Report 2010-06-03
Meeting Minutes 2010-05-10
Meeting Minutes 2010-05-06

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City to fund Roads End water fix

Councilors direct staff to speed up annexation
PATRICK ALEXANDER

The News Guard

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

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Lake Level Update

We recently requested and the lake level measurements from DLWID since the installation of the dam.  It appears that the lake has maintained a level between  9′ – 3″ and 9 – 5.3″ as designated by the District.  The arrows in the diagram below indicated the following;

A. Currently designated summer lake level (After June 1st)

B. Minimum permissable interim lake level (April 15th – June 1st)

C. Proposed change to summer lake level (After June 1st)

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Alert: Lake Level May Be Lowered Again

Based on the recent actions of the  Devils Lake Water Improvement District at their May board meeting we received an email from concerned lakefront resident Mark Christie.  As outlined in the message you should note that the DLWID has determined that lake level should be re-visited in June.  We feel that the couple of proponents of lowering the lake have already won two concessions from residents who do not feel the lake should be lowered. Concession number one, the lake level was lowered for the 2009 summer season and the majority felt it to be a workable level.  Concession number two, in March 2010 residents were asked to defer the placement of the dam until June 1st; residents accepted the lower levels associated this this request.  Now we are being asked to live with these lower levels all summer.  The original request when this began was for the dam to be set to 8′-6″, is that the next request? We concur with Mark that residents should attend the June meeting and let your voice be heard.

Text of email from Mr. Christie sent 5/13/2010

URGENT ALERT !!!!! Lower Lake Level Likely – You Need To Act Now
I want to give you all a heads up! I am very concerned about the possibility of a lake level adjustment downward (as much as a  5.3” lower starting level than originally approved in March) that could be made at the June 3rd meeting of the DLWID Board. There was great discussion at the March board meeting around lake level and contracting with a new lake contractor (Bill Sexton) for installation of the dam boards and monitoring for the summer.
The Board took action at the March 4th 2010 DLWID meeting to set the lake level at a range between 9.3 feet and 9.53 feet between April 15th and June 1st  and at 9.53 for the balance of the summer season ending October 15th. The lake level last season was established by the Board to be at 9.53 feet after lengthy discussion at the May 7th 2009 Board meeting.  Based on 30 water depth measurements taken near the mooring slips of docks along the Eastern shore of the lake by Board members David Skirvin and Randy Weldon; they have concluded their research indicates that the concerns of unusable properties due to lower water levels were unfounded. Based on this conclusion the Board is considering lowering the 9.53 level to9.0 feet as a starting point for the season.
Just when you thought the lake level issue was put to bed for the season (March 3, 2010 meeting) the DLWID Board changes their minds and plans on re-visiting this important issue at their June 3rd meeting at 6 pm.: Physical Address: 820 SE Hwy 101, Suite D, Lincoln City, OR 97367.
I encourage you to come June 3rd and share your thought and concerns. In addition, I encourage you to send your communication to the Board: Board@DLWID.org.
Additional information about lake level and the current 2010 Budget proposal is available atwww.nosolarbees.com. Hope to see you June 3rd.
Mark R. Christie

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SolarBees have mixed effect on water quality at Blue Lake

By Matthew Preusch, The Oregonian

May 14, 2010, 7:33PM

Water clarity has improved at Blue Lake three years after Metro spent tens of thousands of dollars on algae-combating machines, but the devices may be abetting the spread of troublesome weeds.

“What we’ve found is that the pH has been a little bit worse, the water clarity has been a little bit better, and the toxic-algae problem has been about the same,” said Metro biologist Elaine Stewart.

The regional government and the solar-powered devices’ manufacturer say, however, that it’s still too early to render a verdict on whether the money was well spent.

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Matthew Preusch/The OregonianIn 2007, Metro and homeowners on Blue Lake invested in three SolarBee water mixers to try to combat blooms of blue-green algae at the lake east of Portland. The solar-powered machines churn the lake water to limit algae growth.

Metro manages the popular 130-acre park on the lake’s north shore and cooperates with homeowners on the south shore over lake regulations. It split the $150,000 cost for the three SolarBee water circulation devices with the homeowners Continue reading

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DLWID 2010-2011 Budget Committee Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its annual budget committee meeting in their offices on Monday, May 10th, 2010.

The meeting lasted 5 hours and was attended by DLWID staff, four board members, three budget committee members, and two observers.  The order of business was a presentation by the District Manager of the proposed 2010-2011 budget, followed by public comment and discussion by the budget committee.  Budget modifications were adopted by formal resolution of the budget committee.

For a complete description of the presentation made by the Lake Manger see the narrative in the 2010-2011 Proposed Budget.  The discussion that follows is presented by budget section and attempts to capture the discussions of the public, and budget committee. Also described are the proposed actions of the committee.  The next step in the budget process is to publish the modified budget by May 19th followed by a budget hearing and adoption on June 3rd. Continue reading

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May DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its May board meeting in their offices on Thursday, May 6th, 2010.  I was not able to attend this meeting and this account was created through discussions with third parties.

Lower Lake Level

According to the May Manager’s Report “the Lake Contractor installed the most of dam (sic) on April 19, 2010, raising the lake to 9.1.”  Continuing Mr. Robinson states that “through May we will strive to keep the lake at 9.3-9.5’ with pulsing beginning mid month through until (sic) the end of May”.  During the meeting board member, Randy Weldon raised concerns of an unidentified lake resident who felt that their property valuation should be lowered for tax purposes due to the loss of their shoreline due to erosion.  The district discussed whether they might be liable in this situation. This began a discussion related to the lake level resolution passed in the March board meeting.  The discussion continued reiterating the presentation made by David Skirvin during the April board meeting related to 30 water depth measurements taken by himself and Randy Weldon along the Eastern shore of the lake in the mooring slips of docks in an attempt to understand the impact on homeowners of various lake levels.

In recent years during lake level discussions it has been suggested by homeowners that lowering the lake level may impact navigation to their property.   Based on the presentation made at the April board meeting some members of the board felt that their research indicated that the concerns of unusable properties were unfounded.  It was suggested that the lake level set by board resolution in April should be amended to lower the dam to 9’.0” which is 5.3” lower than last year.  The board did not act on this suggestion, however they have decided to vote on the matter in the June board meeting.

Adjust 2010 Priorities

The board took some time to review the individual priorities selected in the April board meeting . In the original list, working toward obtaining a permit for limited re-stocking of grass carp was the number one priority.  After discussion, it was decided that this might be too limiting and that the goal should be expanded including the pursuit of grass carp and a review of the Devils Lake Plan. The revised list of 2010-2011 District goals were assigned a priority as follows:

  1. Control invasive aquatic vegetation
  2. Finish Septic
  3. Implement communications plan
  4. Ecoli Thompson
  5. Sewer planning for lake
Erosion Study Authorized

Most of the recent discussion by proponents of lowering the lake level has been justified through the suggestion that the current dam height of 9.53” is causing summer time erosion.  As a result of their discussion on lake level the board authorized a erosion study.  Few details were provided by the board.  We would suggest that an independent contractor with erosion expertise be selected who will design a study that will last at least 12 months to capture all lake levels both those created by the district’s impound activities and those controlled by natural processes.  We would anticipate that this study would be done while the lake is managed to the current height of 9.53”, otherwise you could not determine if that lake level had an impact on erosion.  That said the actual lake level decision will be made at the June board meeting and may not be in line with our suggestions.

There were several other interesting topics on the agenda for the meeting, which are described in detail in the April Managers Report.

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Summary 2010-2011 DLWID Budget

DLWID Board member Jack Strayer provided us this summary and commentary on the DLWID 2010-2011 proposed budget.

The 2010-2011 budget for DLWID just came out.   It is a tough 51 page read so I thought that you may appreciate learning about some of the high [or low] points.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Page 23[#19]:

The District recently formed a Communications Committee which has developed a Communications Plan currently under revision. Many aspects of this plan have already been implemented including new ideas developed such as the Listserv and a municipal water billing mailer. These items and more such as the website, sign kiosks, SOLV events, and the Lake Steward Award are all already funded through the General Fund. However, additional expenditures may be warranted from the Improvement Fund for non-reoccurring expenses. Continue reading

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DLWID Budget Committee Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District will hold their annual budget meeting in the District’s office on May 10, 2010 at 10:00 am, which will be your best opportunity to provide input. The draft 2010-2011 budget is now available for review; the Budget Committee will review the document at the May meeting.  The public will have an additional opportunity to comment at the budget hearing to be held on June 3, 2010 prior to adoption by the board at the same meeting.

Please follow the links below to access the budget committee agenda and draft 2010-2011 Budget:

Budget Committee Agenda 2010-05-10
DLWID Draft Budget, Fiscal Year 2010-2011

The 2010-2011 Budget is a very different budget from the previous year in that the board removed the SolarBees project, more specifically, -$26,821 from the General Fund expenditures and -$1,067,380 from the Improvement Fund expenditures.  There are several other differences in this budget driven primarily but the new set of objectives recently set by the DLWID board.  These include: Continue reading

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Attend the May DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday May 6th at 6:00pm. 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; a report on the performance of the D River dam recently placed on April 19th, continuing discussions on the Native Planting Guide as well as the Save our Shoreline workday which resulted in the planting of two showcase properties. The board will discuss plans to pursue the renewal of grass carp permits for Devils Lake, consider methods for identifying the source of high Ecoli levels on Thompson Creek and provide updates on the Septic Tank Revitalization program and the City’s effort to create a draft ordinance.

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

Agenda 2010-05-06
Agenda and Staff Report 2010-05-06
Meeting Minutes 2010-04-01

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