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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.

Wayzata Public Schools named a 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll District


Wayzata Public Schools is one of 367 districts in the nation, and one of 11 districts in Minnesota being honored by the College Board with a place on the second annual AP Honor Roll, for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams.

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. Since 2009, Wayzata Public Schools increased the number of students participating in AP exams from 683 to 775 while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher at 86 percent. The majority of U.S. Colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of three or above on AP exams.

Inclusion on the second annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
  • Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;
  • Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2011 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2009, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

City seeks applications for Commissions and Boards

Dear Interested Citizens:

As you may know, with December rapidly approaching, a number of the City’s Commission and Boards will have open positions available for appointment to the following Committees and Commissions:
3 Planning Commission seats (3-year terms expiring December 31, 2014)
1 Housing & Redevelopment Authority seat (5-year term expiring December 31, 2016)
1 Housing & Redevelopment Authority seat (2-year term expiring December 31, 2013)
2 Heritage Preservation Board seats (2-year terms expiring December 31, 2013)
5 Charter Commission seats (4-year terms expiring December 31, 2015)

The City is still accepting applications for these positions. If you are or if you know of anyone who is interested in serving on any of these City committees and commission, please direct them to the City’s website for additional information. Applications for the various positions are located as a downloadable PDF document on the City’s website and can also be picked up in person at City Hall.

The deadline for receiving applications is 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Applicant interviews before the City Council will be scheduled for December 20th.

Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to Becky Malone, Deputy City Clerk, at 952-404-5303 or becky@wayzata.org.

You may receive duplicate copies of this email if you are subscribed to different email groups.

Sincerely,

Becky Malone, MCMC
Deputy City Clerk/Office Manager
City of Wayzata
600 Rice Street E
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-404-5303

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Prep Bowl XXX: Wayzata 3, Eden Prairie 13

Your Wayzata Trojans were defeated tonight short of a perfect season by the Eden Prairie Eagles in the Class AAAAA Prep Bowl.  Read the full write-up here: Prep Bowl XXX: Eden Prairie 13, Trojans 3

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Catching up with the Tarpleys

Head over to WayzataFootball.net to read the first of a 3 part series on the Tarpley family.  Audie, Karen, Matt and AJ have played a large part of the Wayzata Football program, with both boys playing on the 2008 State Championship team.

Now the family talks with Wayzata.com about the level of commitment to play football at this level, and both Matt and AJ will talk about their experiences at Ole Miss and Stanford respectively.

Read the first installment here: Catching up with the Tarpleys (part 1)

Trojans headed to State Quarterfinals in football

Your Wayzata Trojan football team is headed to state, and will take on the Moorhead Spuds Saturday night at St. Cloud State.  Catch all the action on www.WayzataFootball.net.

The Wayzata / Moorhead football game is scheduled for 8 pm.  Tix are available from the Wayzata Athletic Department or at the door.

2011 Wayzata School Board election results

Click this image to view the results.
The Wayzata School board election results are as follows:

Linda A. Cohen: 1576
Cheryl Polzin: 1500
Carter Peterson: 1444
Jay Hesby: 1279
Gregory Baufield: 1019
Joan Curtiss: 999
Nick Roehl: 857

Yellow highlighting indicates the candidate was elected.

Brigadoon theater production at Wayzata High School


Wayzata High School Players present the musical Brigadoon, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

Based on the German story Germelshausen by Friedrich Gerstacker, Brigadoon revolves around two American tourists, who stumble upon a misty little Scottish town that only awakens for one day every one hundred years. Accompanied by a beautiful musical score (Heather on the Hill, It’s Almost Like Being in Love), romantic bagpipes, and knock your socks off dancing. Brigadoon promises an unforgettable evening of romance and adventure!

W h e r e :  Wayzata High School Auditorium 4955 Peony Lane, Plymouth
W h e n :   7 : 3 0   p . m .  November 10-12, 17-19 (2:00 p.m. on November 19th)
T i c k e t s :  $10 - $15
F o r   m o r e   i n f o r m a t io n :  Call the Fine Arts Office at 763-745-6907 or visit www.wayzata.k12.mn.us

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Veterans Day Ceremony scheduled for 11 am

11-11-11.
The public is invited to join volunteer organizers at Heritage Park on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. to recognize and pay tribute to our community’s many local veterans. A brief ceremony, sharing of stories, and music will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. Please join residents, families and the community to honor those who’ve served our country. For more information go to Wayzata.org or call Eunice Golfis at 763-553-7818. The Community Room at City Hall will be the back up location in case of bad weather.