Devils Lake Sewer – Step One

The City of Lincoln City has been working on planning to bring sewer service to the East side of Devils Lake.  The city has shared the first draft of the Devils Lake Sewer System Pre-Design Report with the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association.  The DLNA is looking for interested members who are interested in working with the City and the Devils Lake Water Improvement District on this important project; let us know if you would like to be involved.  This report is step one of the project and the City is providing us the opportunity for input, day one.  The report contains a great deal of valuable information, we encourage all to download and review the material. Let us know your thoughts and comments and we’ll pass it along, or feel free to contact the City directly.  While we don’t know much at this point about the possible timelines we do know from the report that it will take in excess of $7 million to construct the system.

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According to the report…

The project entails the extension of sewerage to the currently un-sewered area located north and east of Devils Lake in the City of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, Oregon. Within this area, the City provides water to 442 predominantly single family residential accounts. Each of these accounts is associated with an on-site wastewater system (typically a septic tank and drain field). Each of these systems will be eliminated once the connection is made to the new sewer. The new collection system will connect to the City’s wastewater collection system where there is adequate capacity to convey, treat, and dispose of wastewater from the project area.

The selected type of collection system is a low-pressure sewer also known as a grinder pump system. A house’s building sewer is connected to a buried tank that houses the grinder pump which reduces the size of any solids present and pumps the wastewater through a relatively small diameter service line to the mainline sewer in the public right-of-way. The collective operation of the individual pumps pressurizes the mainline system and conveys flow to the City’s existing West Devils Lake Road & 101 Pump Station and from there to the City’s existing gravity sewer system. Since the grinder system is pressurized, the mains can be smaller and shallower than typical gravity sewer construction thereby minimizing the construction effort and impact and reducing associated costs.

The City selected the low-pressure sewer alternative after consideration of other systems and their suitability for the area and compatibility with the City’s existing system and overall objectives.

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Severe Event Training Scheduled

Taft Fire Station – October 10, 2015, 10 a.m.

SET

Devil’s Lake residents and surrounding neighbors: A Severe Event Training (SET) has been scheduled for October 10, 2015, 10 a.m. at the Taft Fire Station. Jim Kusz, District Captain of North Lincoln Fire and Rescue will present an in-depth 60-90 minute presentation to assist us in planning for what mother nature may have in store for us in our future.

SET was developed to assist the general public in case of severe events such as storms, wild fires, floods, earthquakes or tsunamis. Join your lakefront and surrounding area neighbors on October 10th. Begin to address the issue by starting the conversation and organizing a neighborhood plan to survive one of these major events.

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Sixth Annual Potluck on the Point

2014-08-02 19.40.53Please join us Saturday August 1st at 6:00 pm for our Sixth Annual Potluck on the Point.  Last year was a great success with over seventy residents of Devils Lake in attendance. Come share some great food and fun with your lakeside neighbors.  The get together will be hosted by Mitch and Dana Moore at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point.

Plan to bring your favorite dish, appetizer, main dish or casserole and join us, with your neighbor and friends for an afternoon of fun. Be sure to mark your calendar today!

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DLNA Sues Water District

On April 9th, 2015, the DLWID Board voted 4-1 to abandon one third of the volume (147 million gallons) and 2 months of the duration of the District’s valuable water right. The Board also voted 4-1 to begin the permitting process for the removal of the D-River dam that is used to exercise that water right. In response to this action the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association filed a Petition for Judicial Review and Complaint for Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Lincoln County court.  The goal of this action was to reverse the board’s action and we are very pleased that we were able to reach a settlement, with DLWID that accomplished our goal. The lawsuit has now been dismissed and our water right has been preserved.  While necessary to protect your interest, this legal action was also expensive with costs in excess of $20,000 which we are currently seeking donations.  You can help by clicking the donate button or mailing a check to DLNA, 2941 NE Loop Drive, Otis, OR 97368

The details of the lawsuit were as follows.

The case was titled, Devils Lake Neighborhood Association & Mitchell Moore vs Devils Lake Water Improvement District, Kip Ward, Randy Weldon, Brian Green, Kent Norris etal which was filed May 13, 2015 as Case 15CV12185.

The case existed because of the actions of the DLWID Board on April 9, 2015, specifically their Board Resolution  (Return of Water Right) which read,

“I move that we modify all of our existing water rights and water right certificates and permits so that we are. . . ah . . . entitled to impound to an elevation of 9.0 feet above mean sea level which . . . I. . . ah . . . equates to approximately 998.5 acre feet of storage and impounding water no earlier than June first, and then only if the lake level is below 9.0 msl on June first, otherwise to begin  impoundment by June fifteenth, and impounding water only through October fifteenth at the latest with accommodation of water drawdown in August and September as required by the . . . uh . . . water rights.”

In the lawsuit the DLNA and Mitchell Moore seek the judicial examination and judgment of the court as to the regularity and legality of the District’s actions and to declare one or more of the following. That,

  1. The District failed to publish proper notice of its intent to voluntarily abandon is water rights;
  2.  The District’s resolution to abandon its water rights is a part of its engineering plan as defined in ORS 552.013(4) as part of the continued plan to replace the impoundment structure and the District failed to give this 20 days’ notice as required by ORS 552.418(2).
  3. The District lacked the authority to pass the April 9, 2015 resolution to abandon its water rights;
  4.  The District breached its fiduciary duty to maintain the water rights of the District for the benefit of the Plaintiffs as District landowners; and
  5. The District’s April 9, 2015 resolution to abandon its water rights is void.

In an effort to resolve the lawsuit without going to the courtroom our strategy was to present a settlement proposal which we felt after the May election would be viewed favorably by the new Board of Directors.  This did occur in the May meeting when the DLWID Board passed the following resolution.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that:

  1. The motion made and passed on April 9, 2015 to modify the District’s water right Certificates 89980 and 69267 and Permit S-52672 is hereby rescinded and made null and void effective immediately;
  2.  The District has a facility capable of handling the entire rate and duty authorized under certificates 9980 and 69267 and Permit S-52672;
  3. The District is otherwise ready, willing, and able to make full use of the rights under Certificates 89980 and 69267 and Permit S-52672; and
  4. The District will transmit a copy of this signed resolution by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Oregon Water Resour

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DNLA 3rd of July – Spectacular!

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. The Association is working with Western Fireworks who will come to Devils Lake just prior to the Fort Vancouver fireworks display on the 4th.  Our show will kick off the holiday weekend and be held on Friday July 3rd beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays.

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.

We are gathering donations for this spectacular fireworks show and are looking for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. (Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250)  Please contact Max Hanson at maxh@siskiyouins.net or with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

 

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3rd of July Boat Parade

Raise Your Patriotic Spirit Prior to the Fireworks

In the past a few lake residents have attempted to get the community in the mood for the upcoming July 4th weekend celebrations a small group of determined boaters took a lap around the lake sporting patriotic decor.  Long time residents on the lake remember 4th of July boat parades drawing large numbers.  We’ve decided to make this a formal annual tradition, so please join us for this fun neighborhood event!

Boat Parade
Date: Friday July 3rd
Time: 7:00 PM
To make the weekend complete the DLNA will be leading a Boat parade on the 3rd of July beginning in front of Regatta Park at 7pm.  Deck you boat with patriotic fare and gather at Regatta Park and take a lap around the lake to celebrate this great country.

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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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