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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

City Council Discusses Panoway Business Mitigation During Workshop Meeting

The Wayzata City Council hosted a workshop and city council meeting Tuesday, April 7 via video conference as a safety protocol considering the spread of COVID-19.

You can watch a portion of the workshop pertaining to mitigation efforts for businesses impacted by Panoway Phase 1 construction below: 



Tuesday, April 7 Wayzata City Council Workshop Meeting

On March 30, Lake Street construction began for Phase I of the Panoway Project.



The current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes $200,000 for business impact mitigation tactics.

City staff met with business owners to discuss specific tactics including “open for business” signage as well as complimentary valet services for the downtown area.

But considering the COVID-19 outbreak, the city is looking at different ways to allocate the funds.
Executive orders from the governor, have greatly impacted how local businesses operate and have created a very quiet Lake Street.

The city is now looking at waiving or reducing liquor licenses, health licenses, and sidewalk café permit fees.

As the city runs a cost analysis and gathers more input from businesses, it is looking at two distinct groups of businesses – those whose front door is directly on the street closure and those whose front door is within a certain proximity of the street construction.

Due to the virus pandemic, the city cancelled a Lake Street construction groundbreaking event and is considering using those funds for a “Back in Business” community event once businesses fully open their doors again.




Monday, April 06, 2020

Civic Engagement Has Never Been Easier

COVID-19 has turned everything upside down.

It has changed the way we do virtually everything.

We view most of these changes as inconveniences - or worse.

But one change might be a tremendous opportunity.

It has never been easier to participate in local government.

The Wayzata City Council will host a workshop and city council meeting Tuesday, April 7 via video conference.

The workshop is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. The city council meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m.

You can participate from the safety of your own home. There's no excuse not to be dialed in and have your voice heard.

Of  course, the video conference method is a precaution due to the concern about the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agendas in advance by various means:




The meeting is available for members of the public to listen via phone by calling 312­.626.­6799 and entering Zoom Meeting ID 267 452 146.

You can review the city council workshop agenda here.

The city council meeting is slightly different because you can actually watch on Channel 8, WCTV and stream it on the city's website at wayzata.org.

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agendas in advance by various means (see above).

To speak during the Public Forum and/or Public Hearing portions of the city council meeting, you may call 312­.626.­6799, enter Zoom Meeting ID 197 594 897, and press *9 to speak.

You will be placed on hold and muted until you have been recognized and invited to speak.

You can review the city council meeting agenda here.

Well, there you have it, there's really no reason not to take part in some fashion.

Civic participation is the backbone of a democracy.

You don't even need to get off your couch!


Saturday, April 04, 2020

City Council Workshop Features Plan To Help Lake Street Businesses Amid Construction, COVID-19

The Wayzata City Council will host a workshop and city council meeting Tuesday, April 7 via video conference. The workshop is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.


The video conference method is a precaution due to the concern about the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agenda in advance by various means:
Call – City staff at (952) 404-5300
Mail – Wayzata City Hall 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, MN 55391 (Attn: Public Comments)

The meeting is available for members of the public to listen via phone by calling 312­.626.­6799 and enter Zoom Meeting ID 267 452 146.

                    WayzataRealEstate.com

One of the workshop agenda items is the discussion of how the mitigation plan for Panoway Project Phase I will play out. You can review the workshop agenda here beginning on page 9.

On March 30, Lake Street construction began for Phase I of the Panoway Project.


The current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes $200,000 for business impact mitigation tactics.

City staff met with business owners to discuss specific tactics including “open for business” signage as well as complimentary valet services for the downtown area.

But considering the COVID-19 outbreak, the city is looking at different ways to allocate the funds.
Executive orders from the governor, have greatly impacted how local businesses operate and have created a very quiet Lake Street.

The city is now looking at waiving or reducing liquor licenses, health licenses, and sidewalk café permit fees.

As the city runs a cost analysis and gathers more input from businesses, it is looking at two distinct groups of businesses – those whose front door is directly on the street closure and those whose front door is within a certain proximity of the street construction.

Due to the virus pandemic, the city cancelled a Lake Street construction groundbreaking event and is considering using those funds for a “Back in Business” community event once businesses fully open their doors again.

During the workshop, the city council will also be addressing business owner Stacy Carisch's proposal to construct heated sidewalks in the public right-of-way along the 600 block of Lake Street East.
Carisch owns the Marquee Building.

Carisch is proposing the city pay half of the approximated $415,000 project.

You can review the heated sidewalk workshop agenda here beginning on page 2.




Thursday, April 02, 2020

Despite COVID-19 Expenses, State Bonding Bill Moving Forward, Wayzata's $10M Ask Still On Table

It wasn't that long ago, late October in fact, that Wayzata city officials hosted the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee to educate them on the importance of a boardwalk and ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of  Panoway's (formerly Lake Effect) Phase II.



Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ultimately recommended $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata.

The money is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects which is part of the 2020 bonding bill.



Phase II includes the restoration of the Section Foreman House, building a boardwalk along the lakefront, and restoring the Lake Minnetonka shoreline.

Phase I is already underway – reconstructing Lake Street from Barry Avenue to Broadway Avenue, creating a multi-use park, and extending the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.


Of course, virtually everything in our lives have changed the past few months. The COVID-19 outbreak has shifted the way we live, the way we work. Stay home is the new norm.

But one thing hasn't changed since late October; the bonding bill being discussed at the Capital is still alive.

You see, the hundreds of millions of dollars the state is spending to battle COVID-19 comes from a different pot.

"In government, there are different buckets of money concerning state finances," said Rep. Jerry Hertaus (Greenfield) who represents Wayzata at the Capitol. "Revenues are going to be greatly and negatively affected resulting from COVID-19 resulting from shutting down so much of our private sector economy."

But the bonding bill is a different story.

"Bonding is borrowed money aside from the general fund. In light of an economy needing to be kick started again, public spending is often helpful for the near term," added Hertaus.

"The legislature is focused, at the moment, on addressing the emergency needs and overall situation with the COVID-19 pandemic," said Sen. Paul Anderson (Plymouth) who has co-authored the Senate bill with Sen. David J. Osmek (Mound) seeking money for the Wayzata project. "Although we haven’t lost sight of the importance for passing a bonding bill this session, we do need to put the safety and well-being of Minnesotans ahead of those discussions at this time."

Much like the state legislature, the immediate focus for the City of Wayzata is the community's safety.

"All bonding-related efforts have ceased in order to give the needed attention to addressing public health and the COVID-19 pandemic," said Wayzata City Manager Jeff Dahl.

As things unexpectedly changed in the past couple of months in Wayzata, the state and the nation as a whole, it's impossible to predict what will happen between now and the end of the legislative session in mid-May.

But we do know that, for now, the $10 million for Panoway Project's Phase II is still on the table.

A bill has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. The House bill is HF 3381. The Senate Bill is SF 3096. You can track the progress of both bills here.

"I would expect there to be a bonding bill this year," said Sen. Hertaus.  "The size of it is yet to be determined and the challenge will be to define those projects that would provide the greatest amount of benefit. Some would say separating the local needs from the wants. Whether or not the Lake Effect (Panoway) project in Wayzata is to be included is not certain. We will have to wait and see."

"While the City's focus right now is primarily on addressing the public health crisis, we are in full support of bonding dollars for Phase II if a bonding bill should move forward," said Dahl.

"When the bonding bill comes back into the conversation in the weeks to come, rest assured we will be advocating strongly for the Lake Effect (Panoway) project to be included," said Anderson.

Wayzata.com will continue to track the bonding bill progression and the status of the bills directly related to Wayzata's project.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wayzata.com Committed To Keeping Community Informed About COVID-19

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