History of the Lake Management District #1
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The Lake Osoyoos Association and the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Board obtained grants from the Department of Ecology to control milfoil and other invasive species on Lake Osoyoos. The program achieved measurable success but, funding from the grants has been expended and further grant funding is not available.
The Lake Osoyoos Association gathered the signatures of landowners, along and in the vicinity, of Lake Osoyoos who favor the formation of a Lake Management District and the collection of a special assessment on property contained therein to fund further milfoil control measures. RCW 36.61.020 allows the Board of County Commissioners by resolution to announce its intent to place before the property owners a ballot measure to form and finance a lake management district. Members of the Lake Osoyoos Association and other interested parties met and developed recommended boundaries for the Lake Management District, which included adjoining properties and others in the vicinity of Lake Osoyoos that they believed would benefit from inclusion in the district
The BOCC determined that the property owners should have the opportunity to consider forming and financing a Lake Management District within the proposed boundaries. A Resolution of Intent was adopted and a public hearing was scheduled.
The BOCC conducted public hearings on July 31, 2017 and August 29, 2017 to take public testimony and consider the proposed Lake Management District. After considering written comments and public testimony the BOCC determined that additional review of the proposal was necessary to:
1) Evaluate the potential impacts of the Aquatic Weed Abatement Program to agricultural activities;
2) To determine if land in agricultural production should be excluded from the district;
3) To determine if parcels identified as secondary property would benefit from inclusion in the district;
4) To determine if the boundaries of the district should be extended to the dam.
A work group consisting of county staff, farm bureau representative, Lake Osoyoos Association representative, and City of Oroville staff met in a public meeting in Oroville on October 10, 2017 to discuss revisions to the boundaries of the Lake Management District proposal. The work group decided to recommend that the boundary should be moved down lake to the dam and only parcels adjoining the lake should be included except for the common lake front lot in Veranda Beach and parcels in agriculture without residential structures. Based on the recommendations of the work group a revised Lake Management District map and parcel owners list was created.
The BOCC scheduled a public hearing for July 10, 2018 in Oroville Washington to take public testimony regarding the revised boundaries of the proposed Lake Management District. The BOCC heard public testimony and considered all information submitted for the record. The BOCC continued the public hearing to July 16, 2018 in the Commissioners Auditorium in Okanogan Washington for further deliberation, closing the record to further public verbal testimony but leaving the record open for written comments. After further review of all materials submitted for the record and additional information provided by staff, the BOCC found it was in the best interest of the public to move ahead with forming Lake Management District #1 and levying a special assessment against the properties therein by putting the question to the landowners within the proposed district in accordance with Revised Code of Washington 36.61.070.
The BOCC conducted a public hearing on December 18, 2018 in the Oroville City Council chambers to take public testimony regarding the revised proposal to form Lake Management District #1. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Commissioners determined that the Veranda Beach Homeowners Association should be contacted regarding their position on being included in the district and additional information regarding what weed control measures could be used in the buffer zone along the border with Canada. Following outreach by the Director of Planning and the Director of the Noxious Weed Board, the Veranda Beach HOA decided they were opposed to being included in the district because they fund their own weed management program. In addition, information was gathered which determined that weed control procedures were available that could be utilized in the buffer zone along the border with Canada
The majority of the ballots returned were marked in favor of forming the LMD#1. The BOCC adopted Ordinance 2018-14 on August 28, 2018 authorizing the formation of Lake Management District #1. On September 5, 2018 and September 6, 2018, a Notice of Final Decision was published in the official county newspaper starting a 40-day appeal period. No appeals were filed.
The BOCC adopted resolution 154-2018 which certified the special assessment roll for Lake Management District #1 on December 24, 2018.
PROCESS for submitting OBJECTIONS:
OBJECTIONS may be filed in writing or electronically to:
Lalena Johns, Clerk of the Board, at 123 5th Ave N Suite 150, Okanogan, WA 98840 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Objections to the proposed special assessment roll must be made in writing, shall clearly state the grounds for objections, and shall be filed with the governing body (BOCC) prior to the public hearing. Objections to a special assessment or annual special assessments that are not filed in writing as required shall be deemed waived and shall not be considered by the governing body or a court on appeal.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okanogan Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on December 4, 2023 to take public testimony regarding the Board of County Commissioners resolution of intent (142-2023) to re-form a Lake Management District on Lake Osoyoos in accordance with RCW 36.61. Following the public hearing regarding the adoption of the resolution of intent (142-2023) for the formation of the district a mailed ballot will be issued for the property owners within the proposed district boundaries to determine if the district should be formed. The public hearing will review the boundaries of the proposed district and the assessments to be collected on an annual basis. The proposed district boundary includes property adjacent to Lake Osoyoos. There are 308 parcels owned by 238 owners within the boundaries of the proposed district.
If approved by a simple majority of the property owners the district will conduct control measures for milfoil and other invasive species for 5 years at which time the district will dissolve. An annual assessment of 160.00 dollars per parcel on all properties included in the district will be collected every year for 5 years. Total collections in 5 years will be approximately $244,000.00.
The SEPA Responsible Official has determined this proposal is categorically exempt from environmental review in accordance with WAC 197-11-800 (16).
The public hearing will be conducted on December 4, 2023 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Oroville City hall. Verbal testimony will be taken with a time limit of 3 minutes per speaker. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing. Written comments will be accepted prior to the hearing and may be submitted in writing or electronically to: Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, Pete Palmer, Director of Planning, 123 5th Avenue North, Suite 130 Okanogan, WA 98840 or emailed to email@example.com.
You may attend the hearing in person or you may join via zoom using the following link:
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Date of publishing is November 16 & 17, 2023 and November 21 & 22, 2023.
Maps of the proposed district boundary may be viewed on the Okanogan County Planning Department website at www.okanogancounty.org/planning.
Information regarding this proposal can be obtained from: Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, Pete Palmer, Director of Planning, 123 5th Avenue North, Suite 130 Okanogan, WA 98840 (509)422-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be conducted by the Okanogan Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), acting as a Board of Equalization, to hear objections against the special assessment levied by Lake Management District #1 formed on August 28, 2018 by Ordinance 2018-14 around Lake Osoyoos near Oroville WA.
The public hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Auditorium in the Virginia Grainger Building at 123 5th Ave N in Okanogan Washington. Objections to the proposed special assessment roll must be made in writing, shall clearly state the grounds for objections, and shall be filed with the governing body (BOCC) prior to the public hearing. Objections to a special assessment or annual special assessments that are not filed in writing as required shall be deemed waived and shall not be considered by the governing body or a court on appeal.
You may attend the meeting in person or you can join the meeting by going to the following link:
Meeting ID: 852 4301 9263
Objections may be filed in writing or electronically to:
Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, Pete Palmer, Director, 123 5th Avenue North, Suite 130 Okanogan, WA 98840 (509)422-7218 or email@example.com.
The special assessment roll for Lake Management District #1 is available for public inspection on the Okanogan County Planning Department website at www.okanogancounty.org/planning and on the City of Oroville website. A paper copy of the assessment roll is available for inspection at the following locations during the hours noted:
1) Okanogan County Office of Planning located at 123 5th Ave North Suite 130, Okanogan WA between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
2) Board of County Commissioners Office at 123 5th Ave N Suite 150, Okanogan WA between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
3) Oroville City Hall located at 1308 Ironwood Street in Oroville, WA between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Questions regarding the special assessment roll and public hearing should be directed to: Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, Pete Palmer, Director, 123 5th Avenue North, Suite 130 Okanogan, WA 98840 (509)422-7218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date of Publishing is: November 16 & 17, 2023 and November 21 & 22, 2023.
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