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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.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Construction Work Begins On Wayzata’s Lake Street

Construction work on Lake Street as a part of Panoway Phase I is underway.



The initial phase includes Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza, and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.



The Wayzata City Council decided to continue moving forward with the Panoway Lake Street construction project at a special emergency workshop meeting on Thursday, March 26.


At last week’s meeting, the  council received an update on the Panoway on Wayzata Bay Phase I reconstruction project from city staff and Stahl Construction President Jessie Houlihan.

Members of the City Council participated by conference call. Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the closure of city facilities, City Hall was closed to public and media access.

The city council weighed a number of options with the project considering the current health and economic concerns:

1. Start construction now assuming public health concerns can be addressed. 

2. Delay project until fall or spring of 2021. . 

3. Indefinitely cancel project. 

City staff addressed the feedback of Lake Street businesses. 

"All but one (Lake Street business) supported moving forward (now)," said Wayzata Community Development Director Emily Goellner. "They were very concerned about a Fall project or a summer 2021 project."

Goellner added that the businesses were interested in a waiver of city fees during construction.

Houlihan said that overall, at other Stahl construction sites, crews have increased hand washing, social distancing, and increased the cleaning of construction trailers.

Mayor Ken Willcox expressed concerns about moving forward with a $9 million dollar project during very uncertain economic times with citizens facing job layoffs, etc.

The Panoway Project is a part of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as its own fund (officially named the Lakefront Improvement Fund).

Overall construction cost is projected at $9,049,790. 

At the Nov. 19 city council meeting (Nov. 19), a professional services agreement with Stahl Construction for construction management services for Lake Effect’s first phase was approved.

The agreement includes $25,200 pre-construction services, approximately $100,000 for construction management, $50,000/month for construction services and $4,260/month for reimbursable expenses.

The expectation is that the Stahl expenses will decrease the overall project costs.

Lake Effect’s first phase essentially consists of Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail Extension.

 Stahl was brought in after bids for the first phase came in double the estimated costs earlier this year. The city council rejected those bids in July.

Stahl has been gathering feedback from Lake Street businesses and other stakeholders that will be impacted by the construction which is expected to last from March until September.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recommended a $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata for a boardwalk and for ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of the Panoway Project’s Phase 2.

The money is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects.


The new Minnesota legislative session is scheduled to go through mid-May. 
  
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Wayzata Athletics and Activities remain suspended during school closures

Spring athletics and activities such as baseball have been put on hold during the Coronavirus epidemic. Photo Copyright Wayzata Photography and Dan Gustafson. All rights reserved.
In the wake of the Coronavirus school closings ordered by the Governor, Wayzata School District #284 athletics and activities remain suspended.

The Minnesota State High School League issues the following release recently:

The Minnesota State High School League continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Office of the Governor. The MSHSL supports the efforts of all students, staff and communities in limiting the spread of COVID-19. The goal of the MSHSL is to be responsive to member schools and keep future participation options open for the spring activity season.

Effective immediately and continuing until the Governor of Minnesota has lifted his school closure declaration:

  • All participation in MSHSL spring activities at all member schools is suspended.
  • Participation includes, but is not limited to, competitions, training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
Pending a reopening of schools by the Governor, return to participation protocols will be determined and communicated by the MSHSL Board and MSHSL staff.

No decisions regarding the cancellation of spring activities have been made at this time.
The suspension of participation includes fine arts activities and athletics and the following events remain suspended indefinitely:

  • Speech Section and State Tournaments
  • Music Contests
  • Visual Arts Competitions and State Festival
  • MSHSL State Robotics Tournament
  • MSHSL Clay Target State Tournament
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available and as decisions are made.
 

For clarification on Participation Limitations during this time, refer to the Directive from March 17, 2020. Previous COVID-19 Related Updates can be found at the top of the MSHSL website.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wayzata City Council Moving Forward With Panoway Lake Street Project, Construction Begins Monday

The Wayzata City Council decided to continue moving forward with the Panoway Lake Street construction project at a special emergency workshop meeting on Thursday, March 26.


Construction will begin Monday, March 30.

The council received an update on the Panoway on Wayzata Bay Phase I reconstruction project from city staff and Stahl Construction President Jessie Houlihan.

Members of the City Council participated by conference call. Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the closure of city facilities, City Hall was closed to public and media access.

The city council weighed a number of options with the project considering the current health and economic concerns:

1. Start construction now assuming public health concerns can be addressed. 

2. Delay project until fall or spring of 2021. . 

3. Indefinitely cancel project. 

City staff addressed the feedback of Lake Street businesses. 

"All but one (Lake Street business) supported moving forward (now)," said Wayzata Community Development Director Emily Goellner. "They were very concerned about a Fall project or a summer 2021 project."

Goellner added that the businesses were interested in a waiver of city fees during construction.

Houlihan said that overall, at other Stahl construction sites, crews have increased hand washing, social distancing, and increased the cleaning of construction trailers.

Mayor Ken Willcox expressed concerns about moving forward with a $9 million dollar project during very uncertain economic times with citizens facing job layoffs, etc.

The city will now communicate with local businesses that the project is moving forward as planned.

Signage about the project will be installed this week.

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 30.

The initial phase includes Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza, and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.


The Panoway Project is a part of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as its own fund (officially named the Lakefront Improvement Fund).

Overall construction cost is projected at $9,049,790. 

At the Nov. 19 city council meeting (Nov. 19), a professional services agreement with Stahl Construction for construction management services for Lake Effect’s first phase was approved.

The agreement includes $25,200 pre-construction services, approximately $100,000 for construction management, $50,000/month for construction services and $4,260/month for reimbursable expenses.

The expectation is that the Stahl expenses will decrease the overall project costs.

Lake Effect’s first phase essentially consists of Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail Extension.

 Stahl was brought in after bids for the first phase came in double the estimated costs earlier this year. The city council rejected those bids in July.

Stahl has been gathering feedback from Lake Street businesses and other stakeholders that will be impacted by the construction which is expected to last from March until September.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recommended a $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata for a boardwalk and for ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of the Panoway Project’s Phase 2.

The money is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects.


The new Minnesota legislative session is scheduled to go through mid-May. 
  
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Governor Issues Stay Home Executive Order

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered a shelter-in-place order effective Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

He made this announcement during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.


The order ends Friday, April 10.


Special Emergency Workshop to Discuss Panoway Phase I Construction


The Wayzata City Council will be holding a special emergency workshop meeting on March 26, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.


The council will receive an update on the Panoway on Wayzata Bay Phase I reconstruction project.

Members of the City Council will participate by conference call.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the closure of City facilities, City Hall is closed to public and media access.

Public comment on agenda items is encouraged by submitting written comment to jdahl@wayzata.org prior to the meeting. 

You can review the meeting's agenda here:
https://www.wayzata.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03262020-879

The public is encouraged to watch or listen to the meeting online at www.wayzata.org/wctv or by tuning into Channel 107-1 (HD) or 107-2 (SD) .