After years of back and forth with the neighbors on the city side of Devil’s Lake, Lincoln City City Hall has successfully shepherded new sewer hookups for homes on a portion of the west side of the lake. And construction will begin shortly.
The new system, starting with residents along SW Voyage, Lake and 15th, is expected to begin to snowball over time to get the whole lake onto city sewer so that aging, failing and failed septic tanks are taken out of service – no longer polluting the lake with sewage nutrients that feed algae blooms that make the surface look icky and hurt property values and interrupt special events. It’s also harmful to humans and especially their dogs.
There is also some paving involved in specified areas. The city is fronting the cost of the project with the debt being paid back through special low interest loans to homeowners brokered by the city. Again, it’s hoped that when the rest of the residents around the lake see that “the fix” is working, they’ll sign up as well – part of the costs being deferred by the rising value of their homes as the result of city sewer and being on a lake that doesn’t get sick with thick algae blooms during the year.
Other projects: Harbor Avenue street upgrades and Cutler City water line replacement
The city council also approved the go ahead to start constructing improvements to the Harbor Avenue neighborhood which was suffering a parking shortage and impassible ADA barriers to the beach. Improvements will involve Harbor from NW 15th to NW 18th. A second phase that extends the project northward is next with street, sidewalk and ADA improvements up to and including 21st Street.
And the city council told staff to move ahead with the replacement of the water supply line from Cutler City up to the Schooner Creek Bridge where it ties into the line that reaches the water treatment tank east of there. The current line is quite old and is likely to fail some day. Once the line reaches the Schooner Creek Bridge it’ll drop down and be fed through a hole bored under Schooner Creek which public works officials say will preserve it better in an earthquake than if it’s simply tied to the bridge.