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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, May 06, 2009

WAYZATA CITY COUNCIL RECAP: May 5th, 2009

Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice Street
Tuesday, May 5, 2009



7:00 PM

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

1. Roll Call

All members present.


2. Public Forum - 15 Minutes (3 min/person)

Irene Stemmer from the Heritage Preservation Board spoke about National Heritage Preservation Month, celebrated nationwide. Pick up a pamphlet for a Heritage Tour for a number of 100 year old homes throughout the city.


3. Approval of Minutes: Minutes of April 21, 2009

A couple of minor changes. Motion by by Amdal, second by Bader, approved with Bangert abstaining.


4. NEW BUSINESS

a. Consider authorizing ad for bid for Barry Avenue Stormsewer project - Kelly

Mike Kelly, City Engineer made a presentation about storm water conveyance needs. Each property owner will be contributing a proportionate amount:

$25,000 - Owner of 305-309 Lake Street East
$35,000 – Owner of 304, 312, & 318 Barry Ave. S.
$12,000 – Owner of 328 Barry Ave. S.
$38,000 – City Storm Water CIP
$110,000

The city has also been working with the West Lake Street Townhome Association to make improvements in the amount of $23,000. The West Lake project costs will be funded with the remaining TIF dollars from the West Lake Street district.

Motion to approve advertisements for bids with an opening date of May 28, 2009 made by Bangert, second by Amdal. Passes unanimously.

b. Discuss review of survey results of East Neighborhood

East Neighborhood traffic study results. On April 7th, 2009, the Wayzata City Council instructed Ctiy Staff to survey the East neighborhood The survey was returned by 60 residents with answers to the following questions:

Do you believe that there is a cut-through traffic problem in the East Neighborhood?

Yes 46, No 12, No Opinion 2

Do you believe that there is a speeding problem in the East Neighborhood?

Yes 47, No 13

Would you support the experimental closure at the Arlington Circle/Lake Street intersection?

Yes 39, No 15, No Opinion 6

There was a substantial discussion about traffic counts, consulting fees, barricade rentals, sign rentals.

In the end, cost was the most important factor and ultimately caused a delay in the time line. A motion to move it to the 2010 budget was made by Bader, and seconded by Amdal. Passes 4-1 with Mullin saying no.

c. Resolution No. 9-2009 Setting Times and Places of Meetings of the Wayzata Council

Al Orsen indicated that all meetings must be scheduled by resolution, and that this was merely a housekeeping item. Motion by Bangert, second by Mullin. Passes unanimously.

d. Resolution No. 11-2009 Relating to $3,870,000 GO Water Revenue Bonds, Series 2009A; Awarding the Sale, Fixing the Form and Details and Providing for the Execution and Delivery thereof and Security therefor

Jeanie Vonda from PFM made a presentation indicating that Bonds sold today priced substantially better than projected. PFM received 8 bids, and Piper Jaffrey was the winning bidder. Motion for approval by by Bader, second by Bangert. Passes unanimously.

e. Resolution No. 12-2009 Relating to $370,000 GO Street Reconstruction Bonds, Series 2009B; Awarding the Sale, Fixing the Form and Details and Providing for the Execution and Delivery thereof and Security Therefor and Levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the Payment therefor

Also priced better than expected. Motion to approve by Amdal, second Bader. Passes unanimously.

f. Resolution No. 13-2009 Relating to $865,000 GO Tax Increment Refunding Bonds, Series 2009C; Authorizing the issuance, Awarding the Sale, Fixing the Form and Details, and Providing for the Execution and Delivery Therefor and the Security therefor

Motion to approve by Bangert, second Bader. Passes unanimously.

g. First Reading of Ordinance No. 697 Amending Ordinance 310. Muncipal Beaches

Tabled.

h. Resolution No. 10-2009 2009 Budget Adjustment

Mayor Willcox indicated that there was a $311,200 budget shortfall. The following are City Manager Al Orsen's recommendations

1.Eliminate position of Parks Superintendent for savings of $31,500
2.Eliminate position of Motor Vehicle Supervisor $21,000
3.Eliminate one police officer position (most recent union hire) $30,000
4.Reduce the hours of the building inspector/housing inspector to half time $15,000
5.Assign the City Clerk additional duty of overseeing Motor Vehicle, reduce hours to 4/5 $17,200
6.Reduce the hours of new engineer position to part time $15,000
7.Cut half of the flower gardens and save the materials, seed, fertilizer $6,500
8.No hiring back of two seasonal gardeners $35,000
9.Suspend publication of the Bay Window for the remainder of the year $10,000
10.Cut the number of WCTV programs $15,000
11.No seasonal hiring of lifeguards for the municipal beach $24,000
12.No hiring back of community service officer $21,000
13.Borrow $35,000 from the scheduled CIP Transfers
14.Borrow $35,000 from the unallocated emergency funds

Total projected savings: $311,200

Greg Rye gave a passionate speech that the Council found quite persuasive, indicating that the City needs to engage the community about the funding shortfall.

The Council agreed to allow Rye to coordinate with Orsen and a number of others to brainstorm how to raise the funding, and discuss it at the next council meeting.

A number of other community members voiced their concerns.

The Council voted to cut the following items:

  • Cut half of the flower gardens and save the materials, seed, fertilizer $6,500
  • No hiring back of two seasonal gardeners $35,000
  • Suspend publication of the Bay Window for the remainder of the year $10,000
  • Cut the number of WCTV programs $15,000
  • A reduction in hours by 2 hours per day for lifeguards $5,000
  • No hiring back of community service officer $21,000
  • Borrow $35,000 from the scheduled CIP Transfers
  • Borrow $35,000 from the unallocated emergency funds
  • Reduce the hours of the building inspector/housing inspector to half time $15,000
  • Reduce the hours of new engineer position to part time $15,000
This put the budget shortfall at right about $100,000, with a planned discussion at the next City Council meeting.

Mullin suggested selling or renting the Roadmaster's cottage. He also suggested capping legal fees—and indicated that the citizens priority was public safety.

i. Consider and approve Municipal Licenses

Approved unanimously.

5. CITY MANAGER'S REPORT AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

Next time.

6. Public Forum (As Necessary)

7. ADJOURNMENT from regular meeting

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 - May 19 & Jun 2
Planning Commission - May 18 & Jun 1


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