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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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Photos from Wayzata Girls Basketball Association 3-2 Travel

Nikki Gustafson goes in for two in the Wayzata Girls Basketball Assocation 3-2 Travel Grade State Championship appearance. Photo copyright Wayzata Photography. All rights reserved.
Fun pics from the Wayzata Girls Basketball Association 3-2 Travel Team's appearance at Grade State:

WayzataPhotography.com/Wayzata-Trojan 

Sponsor: LakeMinnetonkaRealEstate.com

For more info on the Wayzata Girls Basketball Association, visit WGBA.net.

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) .

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Wayzata Walgreens Closed, Team Member Presumed To Have COVID-19

The Walgreens in Wayzata is temporarily because a team member has a presumed case of COVID-19.


In a statement released by the company, it explains that it was notified Friday, March 20 that a team member has a presumed case of COVID-19.

Walgreens said the store will be closed until Monday in order to properly clean and disinfect.

It stated that it has contacted impacted individuals who may be at risk and they are self-quarantined.

Catherine Parker of Plymouth was in the store last week and said she has been advised to self quarantine for two weeks.

She says she is praying for good health of everyone in the store who might have been exposed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wayzata Declares Local Emergency

The City of Wayzata has declared a local emergency.


This is to respond  to the threat of COVID-19.

The declaration allows the Mayor and City Manager to request and coordinate appropriate aide and resources from surrounding jurisdictions and the State of Minnesota as needed.

It will also allow for greater flexibility to support Wayzata residents.

“The safety of our staff and residents of Wayzata is the ultimate goal,” said Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox.




Monday, March 16, 2020

City of Wayzata Making Operational Changes To Fight Coronavirus

The City of Wayzata will be making several operational changes to reduce the risk of city staff and the public to Coronavirus.

Some events impacted include the Mayor’s State of the City Address, a Planning Commission meeting,  the Panoway Kickoff Celebration and Wayzata Bar & Grill dining.

Read the full update here:

www.wayzata.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=596

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Gov. Walz Orders K-12 Minnesota Public Schools Temporarily Closed To Battle Coronavirus

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered all Minnesota K-12 public schools temporarily closed to battle Coronavirus using Executive Order 20-02.

He made this announcement during a news conference Sunday morning.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

The order is to last from Wednesday, March 18 until Friday, March 27.

In addition, Wayzata Public Schools will be closer Monday, March 16 and Tuesday March 17, and March 30 through April 6 due to the previously scheduled spring break.

“My top priority as Governor is the safety of Minnesotans. As a former teacher, and father of two teenage kids, I’m especially focused on the safety of our children.” said Governor Walz. “I am ordering the temporary closure of schools so educators can make plans to provide a safe learning environment for all Minnesota students during this pandemic. Closing schools is never an easy decision, but we need to make sure we have plans in place to educate and feed our kids regardless of what’s to come.”

Executive Order 20-02 requires schools to provide care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers during previously planned school days to ensure Minnesota’s first line of defense against COVID-19 can stay on the job.

“There is nothing more important than the health, safety, and well-being of Minnesotans,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “This decision was made with children and families in mind, as well as our educators, to best support our schools and educational system in the weeks and months ahead and make sure that we have a plan in place for our kids who rely on school for meals and other critical needs.”

Here's a link to Wayzata Public School's Coronavirus web page.

Here's a link to what the City of Wayzata is doing to combat Coronavirus.

RELATED CONTENT: Wayzata Schools Cancel Evening, Weekend Events Through Apr. 6 Due To Coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Wayzata Schools Cancel Evening, Weekend Events Through Apr. 6 Due To Coronavirus

In an email sent to parents of students in the Wayzata School District, officials announced the cancellation of all evening and weekend school-sponsored activities.

This is in response to more Coronavirus cases in Minnesota.



All field trips and other off-campus learning experiences are also canceled through Apr. 6.

The district stated that as long as school remains open, Wayzata Kids (Home Base), WISHES youth classes, high school and middle school practices, and other after-school programs will remain open.

You can find the latest information on the Coronovirus and its impact on Minnesota here.

State Of The City Mar. 18

Wayzata mayor Ken Willcox will deliver the state of the city address Wednesday, March 18.

The luncheon will be held at the Wayzata Country Club beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The country club is located at 200 Wayzata Blvd West.

The cost for the luncheon event is $25 for Wayzata Chamber members and $40 for non-members.

Monday, March 02, 2020

Wayzata Grad, Sen. Amy Klobuchar Ends Presidential Campaign

The Associated Press is reporting Wayzata High School grad Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has ended her Democratic presidential campaign.

The news comes one day before Minnesota’s primary.