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Sunday, August 31, 2014

WAYZATA FOOTBALL: Clarke and Trojans run past Farmington 55-7

Senior running back Anthony Clarke scored 4 rushing TD's in the first half against Farmington.
Photo copyright Grant Hill Photography - photography.wayzata.com
The Wayzata Trojans football team was back in action Thursday evening against Farmington.  The Trojans overpowered the Tigers, as Anthony Clarke scored 4 rushing TD's in the first half.

Wayzata.com's Grant Hill was there to photograph all the action.  View his photo gallery here: http://photography.wayzata.com/Wayzata-Sports/Football-1/2014/Farmington

CITY OF WAYZATA: Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMENDED - WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
Wayzata City Hall Community Room, 600 Rice Street
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

4:30 PM - DINNER AVAILABLE FOR WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL
WORKSHOP TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
1.  240 MINNETONKA CONCEPT (APPROX. 5:00 PM)
6+666362.  BUDGET WORKSHOP (APPROX. 5:30 PM)
7:00 PM - CITY COUNCIL MEETING
1 Roll Call
2 Approve Agenda
3 Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)
a. Wayzata High School Football Presentation - Coach Anderson
b. JJ Hill Days Presentation - Becky Pierson
4 Consent Agenda
2
a. Approval of Minutes of August 19, 2014
b. Approval of Check Register
c. Approval of Contract for Watermain Crossing Replacement Project
d. Approval of Municipal Licenses
e. Municipal Licenses Which Received Administrative Approval (Informational Only)
5
New Business
a. Consider 1st Reading of Ordinance No. 746 Zoning Ord Amendment - Micro-brewery and Taproom
b. Consider 1st Reading of Ordinance No. 747 Authorizing the Issuance of Licenses for Off-Sale Brewpubs, Off-Sale Micro-Breweries, and On-Sale Taprooms
c. Consider Resolution 23-2014 Boatworks PUD Amendment, CUP, and Site Plan
d. Consider Parking Structure Request for Proposals
6
City Manager's Report and Discussion Items
2a. Strategic Plan Progress Report Update
7 Public Forum (as necessary)
8 Adjournment

Meeting Rules of Conduct:
Turn in white card for public forum and blue card for agenda item
Give name and address
Indicate if representing a group
Limit remarks to 3 minutes
Upcoming Meetings:
City Council - September 16 & October 7, 2014
Planning Commission - WEDNESDAY, September 3 & Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

TWELVETV: Trojans swim past Falcons

Defending state girls' swimming and diving champion Wayzata defeated Armstrong 98-80 in the first dual meet of the season for both teams. Madison Preiss of Wayzata won both the 100 backstroke and the 200 Individual Medley and broke the pool record in the 200 IM.

 

Wayzata Planning Commission Workshop Agenda - Wed. September 3, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Community Room,
600 Rice Street East,
Wayzata, Minnesota

7:00 p.m. 
1. Call to Order and Roll Call, and Approval of Minutes
2. Workshop Items:
a. Discussion of Potential Workshop Items/Ordinance Updates
3. Other Items:
a. Review of Development Activities
b. Other items
9:00 p.m. 
4. Adjournment

NOTES: 

 1.  Time(s) are estimated and provided for informational purposes only.

2.   Members of the Planning Commission and some staff may gather at the Wayzata Bar and Grill immediately after the meeting for a purely social event. All members of the public are welcome.

2014 James J. Hill Days schedule

The 40th Annual James. J. Hill Days is scheduled for September 5, 6, & 7th.  Highlights this year include the Lake Minnetonka Carnival, a Music & Beer Garden, fan favorite Dachshund Races, a water-ski show, a concert by the Goo Goo Dolls, and a Fireworks Show.  Come on out and join the fun!

 

iPad for every student in the Wayzata School District

WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: We are Wayzata Welcome Back Video

This year’s Back-to-School video features students who have been inspired by Wayzata Public Schools’ teachers and staff. See for yourself how Wayzata staff members have inspired students to find their passions and give back to others.

Wayzata couple guilty of five counts of theft by swindle

Philip and Virginia Carlson were each found guilty of five counts of theft by swindle in which they took hundreds of thousands of dollars from an office development project in Orono that was never completed, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Philip & Virginia Carlson. Images courtesy Hennepin
County Sheriff.
The Hennepin County District Court jury returned the verdict Wednesday morning after less than five hours of deliberation. Sentencing for Virginia, 62, and Philip, 58, was set for Oct. 30 and prosecutors will be seeking about four years in prison for the Wayzata couple.

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” Freeman said. “They were able to see that this couple stole money for the project to buy themselves expensive cars, snowmobiles and to keep up two homes. They did it by funneling money through a company they owned which wasn’t doing work on the project while failing to pay the companies that had done work on the development. Their theft also played a role in the demise of First Commercial Bank of Bloomington.”

The couple was each charged in 2011 with five counts of theft by swindle over $35,000 for crimes that occurred from October 2007 through May of 2008. According to the criminal complaint and testimony during the trial, Philip and Virginia Carlson were the developers and general contractors of the Amber Woods commercial office building development at 2060 Wayzata Blvd. W. in Orono.

First Commercial Bank agreed to loan $6.4 million and nearly half of that was loaned out before the project came to a halt in 2008.

Work began on the Amber Woods project in 2007, as did the swindle. For instance, in Oct. 2007, the Carlsons, through their general contractor company, submitted an invoice and a lien waiver from Sundblad Construction for nearly $174,000 in order for the Carlsons to access the loan money to pay the subcontractor.  However, the invoice was not prepared by Sundblad, nor was the lien waiver. Testimony showed they were prepared by Virginia Carlson. Likewise, the signatures on both documents were not those of the owner of Sundblad Construction.

That scam was repeated several times. However, when subcontractors started to complain about not being paid, the bank told the Carlsons that from now on the checks from the loan would no longer be made out to Carlson’s company and the subcontractor, but just the subcontractor.

So, the Carlsons began submitting invoices for work done by Logan Ryan. What no one knew was that Logan Ryan was a company owned by the Carlsons that performed no work on the project.

“So they came up with a new scheme,” Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Emery Adoradio said in his closing argument Tuesday. “They had false invoices to Logan Ryan saying they did the framing… In short, Logan Ryan in the Amber Woods project was a sham. It was concealed from their (the Carlsons’) partners, it was concealed from the bank. Logan Ryan did not do any work. Philip and Virginia Carlson used Logan Ryan to steal from the bank. It was an artifice, a trick.”

Compiled from Hennepin County Attorney.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lake Minnetonka “Emergency High Water Declaration” Terminated

At their July 23rd meeting, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) Board of Directors terminated the “Emergency High Water Declaration” effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 25th. This Declaration required all boaters to traverse the entire Lake at minimum wake speed. Based on today’s water level reading of 930.22 feet, this action will immediately revert back to the previously enacted “High Water Declaration” (speed restrictions within specifically designated areas outlined below) until the LMCD receives three consecutive water level readings below 930.0 feet.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Gone fishing

Gone fishing.
Hey Wayzata.com reader! Thanks for stopping by. Elisha, Nicole and I have decided to take a break from reporting the news in Wayzata for a while.

Thanks for all your support over the years!

Trolley runs out of gas

One of Wayzata's icons will not be back on the street next year, according to Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Suzanne Grandchamp. The Wayzata Towne Trolley has come to an end for this season and effective November 8th the Chamber Board of Directors voted to suspend operations for the 2012 season. The trolley, owned by the Greater Wayzata Community Foundation and operated by the Chamber, and its predecessor has served Wayzata since 1989.

Board Chair Suzanne Grandchamp stated that "it was a difficult decision for our Board of Directors as the trolley has been a popular means of transportation and entertainment". Over the past three years, there have been a number of initiatives and volunteer efforts to try to sustain the trolley for the long term, according to Jeff Lambert, president of the Wayzata Community Foundation and Task Force Chair.

"We spent the past year reviewing options and ultimately recommended the suspension as the only viable option with the existing trolley."

According to Grandchamp, the economic downturn in 2008 had a direct impact on revenues to support the operation. Advertising revenue, the primary source of income, declined 33% in 3 years while private rentals declined over 50%. Also, riders were putting less money in the donation box. In addition to the loss of revenue, the cost of maintenance continues to increase and parts are getting more difficult to obtain due to the age of the 1995 vehicle. Replacement with a newer model could cost up to $100,000. "In this economy, it is difficult to raise that kind of money" said Grandchamp "and we cannot afford to lose money on the operation. Without the generosity of the Wayzata Lions Club, the bottom line results would have been even worse."

The Chamber Board of Directors voted to suspend operations in 2012 and for the foundation to sell the trolley. The proceeds from the sale will be held by the Wayzata Community Foundationfor up to three years. "If there is sufficient interest and the economy improves enough to support a new trolley, the funds would become available as seed money for a new vehicle," reports Lambert.

"It seems that we have all had to make adjustments in this challenging economy. We hope that people will understand our decision. It was not an easy one for us" said Grandchamp.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

OBITUARY: Doris Marie Phelps

Phelps, Doris Marie (Maiser) Age 91 of Minnetonka, passed away November 25, 2011.

Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Flora Maiser and sister, Ethel Wilson (Maiser).

Survived by son, James (Nancy) Phelps; daughter, Peggy (Steve) Gonter; son, Edward (Josie) Phelps, and grandchildren, Carolyn Gonter and Annalise and Thomas Phelps. Doris was born and raised in Waconia. Her childhood love and enjoyment of Lake Waconia drew her to Lake Minnetonka where she was a long time resident.

She was a dedicated loving mother and friend. Doris loved all sports, was an avid golfer, swimmer and a tennis player and was a passionate and accomplished bridge player.

The family wants to thank Bev Miller and Susan Danzeisen for their dedicated and loving care of their mother.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Thursday, December 1, at the Church of St Therese, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd, Deephaven. Visitation one hour before Mass.

Interment St. Joseph Cemetery in Waconia.

Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society .

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577
www.davidleefuneralhome.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wayzata Police Blotter November 15 - 28, 2011


Theft Report Reported: 11-27-2011  1555
Theft of clothing from retail store / approx. loss $3000 / under investigation
Addresses Involved
848 Lake St E, Wayzata

Damage Prop-Mailbox Reported: 11-26-2011  1651
Mailbox smashed / unknown value
Addresses Involved
6XX Harmony Cir , Wayzata

 DWI Reported: 11-26-2011  0353
Male, 24 yr old from Sparta, WI, arrested for 3rd degree DWI / tested .14 BAC
Addresses Involved
1905 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake

Unwanted Person / domestic Reported: 11-25-2011  1154
Charges pending of 5th degree domestic assault against male, 50 yr old from Minnetonka for assaulting brother.
Addresses Involved
14XX Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Malicious Mischief Reported: 11-24-2011  0400
Malicious Mischief-on patrol -noticed items in work area out of place-moved a small cone out of the roadway-put a sign (sand bags) that had been moved back in place-const sign on its side (Lake St. E./Ferndale Rd S.)-move sign upright-plastic const. barrel on side of road with sand bag-unknown if damage old or new-unknown if it was supposed to be on road somewhere-unknown if it is still usable-information
Addresses Involved
200 block of Ferndale Road S, Wayzata

Theft of Christmas Tree   Reported: 11-23-2011  1453
Theft of decorated Christmas tree in a pot / loss approx. $50
Addresses Involved
1421 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata

Domestic Reported: 11-20-2011  0923
Male, 54 yr old from Long Lake, and Female, 51 yr old from Mpls, to be charged with 5th degree domestic assault and disorderly conduct after altercation that occurred in parking lot.
Addresses Involved
1865 Wayzata Blvd W, Long Lake
Theft (Under $500.00) Reported: 11-17-2011  1458
Theft of coins / amount to be determined / under investigation
Addresses Involved
163 Wayzata Boulevard W, Wayzata

Theft/Rpt Reported: 11-16-2011  1100
Theft of $120 cash from apartment
Addresses Involved
163 Wayzata Blvd W, Wayzata

No Pay Reported: 11-15-2011  1818
No Pay for gas / loss $50
Addresses Involved
1325 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata


FOUND PROPERTY 3
PIMV 3
PI INVOLVING BICYCLE/PED 1
PDMV 12
PDMV & DEER 1
Other Fire/Smoke 2
Single Family Home Fire 1
FIRE ALARM 3
GAS LEAK/SMELL 2
HAZ ROAD CONDITION 1
OTHER MEDICAL 15
72 Hour Hold/Emergency Admission 4
WELFARE CHECK - ADULT 4
INFO REC'D 8
DOMESTIC 3
CIVIL MATTER 3
DISTURBANCE/FIGHT/LOUD PARTY 3
RECEIVE COURT ORDER/OFP 1
SUSPICION 11
OPEN DOOR/WINDOW 2
BURNING COMPL 1
MISC. JUVENILE PROBLEM 1
LEAKY LOAD/DUMPING 1
DRIVING/TRAFFIC COMPLAINT 10
PARKING COMPL 1
BURNING VIOLATION - Verbal Warning 1
ANIMAL COMPLAINT/CHECK 9
DISPATCH ANIMAL 2
PATROL REQUEST 2
ADULT PROTECTION ASSIST 1
FINGERPRINTS 5
ASSIST CHILD PROTECTION 1
MOTORIST ASSIST/STALL 13
PUBLIC ASSIST 6
LOCKOUT 5
BUSINESS ALARM 4
HOME ALARM 3
911 HANG-UP 1
ASSIST OTHER DEPT 1
WARRANT/ATTEMPT/ARREST 1
CASE FOLLOW UP 2
Cancel/No Contact 2
DOM ASLT-MS-INFLT BODILY HARM-HANDS-AD-FAM 1
ASLT-DOMESTIC-MS-INFLT BODLY HRM-HNDS-ADLT-AC 2
TRAF-AC-GM-3RD DEG DWI-UI ALCOHOL-MV 1
TRAF-AC-GM-3RD DEG DWI-08 OR MORE -MV 1
JUVENILE-CURFEW 1
DISTURB PEACE-MS-DISORDERLY CONDUCT 2
PROP DAMAGE-MS-PRIVATE-OTHER INTENT 2
THEFT-1001-5000 DLRS FE-BLDG-OTHER PROPERTY 1
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-BLDG-MONEY 3
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-YARDS-OTH PROP 1
THEFT-500 OR LESS MS-SELF SERVE GAS-GAS ONLY 1
CRIM AGNST ADM JUST-GM-GIVE FLSE NAM-POL 2


Crime Alert: Vandalism

Over the course of the past month, we have taken several reports of vandalism and theft from vehicles in the northeast portion of the city (Harmony Circle north of Highway 12). Many of these cases went unreported until neighbors began talking to one another.

If you should be the victim of vandalism or theft, or any other crime for that matter, the Wayzata Police Department would like to know about it in a real time manner. Information from one victim may assist in solving other reported crimes. We would also encourage you to contact Wayzata PD should you see anything that might appear to be suspicious by dialing 911.

Dick Osgood: Decontamination, gates and fees, oh my!

There is now a gate installed at the Christmas Lake access. Carver County Parks has approved a plan and recommended funding for mandatory inspections for all boats entering Lake Minnewashta. This plan calls for turning boats away or requiring them to be decontaminated should they fail the inspection. Other area lake associations, such as Lotus Lake, Fish Lake, Medicine Lake, are arguing for similar protections.

Too much? No. Not if we are serious about protecting our lakes.

Unfortunately (for Lake Minnetonka), a zebra mussel infestation in Lake Minnetonka seems to have been a wake up call for others. For the sake of other lakes, we sincerely hope it is not too late. For the sake of Lake Minnetonka, let’s pay attention because we remain exposed to quagga mussel, spiny waterflea, hydrilla, etc.

Why is this happening? Simply, the state’s rules and authorities are not adequate and nearby lake association are rightfully concerned their lake will be next. The state bureaucracy is not as nimble as aquatic invasive species (AIS) and therefore the state response has been too slow. As well, AIS pose a huge challenge on many levels and there are competing and conflicting interests. In addition, the state’s AIS protection system has evolved piecemeal and lawmakers have approached the AIS crisis too timidly. We must now either play catch up or bear the consequences.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging more efforts from local partners. However, they want consistency throughout the state, which is reasonable. Unfortunately, guidelines for local authorities that could provide this consistency are not at hand. This is creating great frustration. Encouraging local initiatives and partnerships on one hand, yet not allowing them to become unshackled from the inadequate protective state overlay on the other hand is a formula for frustration. It is also a formula for failure.

In a newspaper article, a DNR official is quoted as saying, “the DNR is studying whether it can delegate inspection authority to cities, counties or watershed districts, and is working on a "package" of changes that will be announced next spring.” If we wait for this, we will have lost another year. Again, more frustration.

Underlying all of this is the inability to reconcile the state’s long-standing tradition of allowing open access to lakes with the ability of AIS to exploit this open access. This must be confronted and reconciled if we are to be serious about protecting lakes. The Lake Minnetonka Association believes Lake Minnetonka and all Minnesota lakes are public resources that should be available for all to use and enjoy. We also believe that aggressive protection measures, such as those mentioned above, can be implemented in an equitable manner to better protect the lake without unreasonably affecting public access. In the meantime, we remain exposed.

We sometimes hear that the state constitution prohibits this kind of aggressive protection. I have asked both of my state legislators to provide an assessment of this question so we are all starting on the same page, but as of yet no answer. Until we learn otherwise, I think we should proceed in a manner that is more protective of our lakes. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is proposing to amend its management plan along these lines. The Lake Minnetonka Association supports this.

What next? We applaud these local initiatives and encourage their implementation. The Lake Minnetonka Association urges the local agencies responsible for protecting Lake Minnetonka to be similarly bold. Lacking this, Lake Minnetonka remains exposed to new and more AIS.