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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.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Governor Extends Stay At Home Order Until May 18

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the Stay At Home order in Minnesota will be extended to May 18.


A previous order was set to expire Monday.

From building out critical hospital capacity to launching a landmark testing strategy, Minnesota has made meaningful progress in preparing for the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Walz said. “Minnesotans have made this possible by staying home and holding down the rate of infection. But now is not the time for sudden movements. There’s more work to be done, and we need to keep this virus at a simmer, not a boil. Our action today prioritizes the safety of Minnesotans while taking cautious, strategic steps toward getting people safely back to work.”

It was also announced that starting May 4, retail businesses and other non-critical businesses may begin offering curbside pick-up.

Community Conversations - Melissa Turtinen Editor, Lakeshore Weekly News


Wayzata.com Community Conversations host Dan Gustafson interviews the last Editor of the Lakeshore Weekly News: Melissa Turtinen. The newspaper ceased publication during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 which added to the problem of falling ad revenues for the traditional print news organization.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

City Of Wayzata Curbside Household Pickup Saturday

The  City  of  Wayzata  will  provide  a  curbside  household  pick  up  for  residential  customers  who  pay  for  recycling,  organics,  and  garbage  service  on  their  monthly  utility  bill.
The  pickup  is  scheduled  for  Saturday,  May  2.   

Each  item,  bag  or  box  must weigh  less  than  40  lbs.,  and  debris  must  be  bundled for easy pickup and under one (1) cubic yard in quantity.

Items that WILL be taken:  

  • Small carpet pieces–rolled and tied with twine and no larger than 4’ long and 12” in diameter
  • Chairs
  • Grills-gas tanks removed
  • Exercise equipment
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Lawn mowers-drain gas and oil  Mattresses  and  box  springs  $50 each
  • Couch  $30 
  • Hide-a-bed  $40

*Call  Randy’s  Environmental Services at 763-972-3335 before 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 30th to arrange for pick up and payment.

Items NOT taken: 

  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Rock
  • Batteries
  • Tires
  • Concrete
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Waste oil
  • Shingles
  • Smoke detectors
  • Construction debris
  • CO detectors
  • Yard waste and brush
  • Propane gas tanks
  • Paint cans

Burlington Northern Sante Fe video

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Wayzata’s Meridian Manor Will Not Reopen Following COVID-19 Outbreak

Wayzata’s Meridian Manor will not reopen according to the company that owns the facility.


A total of 59 residents living there were moved from there earlier this month after an outbreak of COVID-19.

Read Wayzata.com’s previous story on Meridian Manor here.

Below is a statement from Transforming Age, the company that owns Meridian Manor:

Transforming Age to Close Meridian Manor, Relocate Residents

WAYZATA, Minn. – Transforming Age, a nonprofit organization providing high quality housing, services and healthcare for older adults, today announced to residents, family members, and team members that the organization has made the difficult decision to not reopen the assisted living facility as a result of multiple negative impacts of COVID-19.

As a mission-focused nonprofit organization, Transforming Age, which owns and operates Meridian Manor, is prioritizing the health and safety of residents and team members.
“Our mission is first and foremost to serve seniors, and the multiple impacts of COVID-19 has made it impossible for our team at Meridian Manor to continue our mission at that community,” said Torsten Hirche, President and CEO of Transforming Age. “We are doing our utmost to help our residents, families and team members make the transition.”

On April 18, the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency COVID-19 task force directed Meridian Manor to transition all residents to other providers. The decision to relocate residents was made to protect their health and safety. At the time, Meridian Manor was facing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among residents and team members. Ultimately, the relocation was intended to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.

Transforming Age continues to support the residents, families, and team members by providing case management services and sponsoring refunds of rent and providing moving services.

“Ultimately, we need to do what is best for our residents, so they can enjoy a high quality of life,” said Hirche. “Meridian Manor and the Transforming Age Transition Team are working with residents, families, and team members to minimize the impact of the closure and ensure the transition is as comfortable as possible.”

Meridian Manor is providing professional moving services to all residents, at no cost. Residents are also being offered complimentary rent at other communities within Transforming Age that have no known cases of COVID-19 and special consideration is being given to keep neighbors and friends together. The Transforming Age human resources team is working with team members individually to assist with options and next steps.

As of Monday April 27, a total of 21 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, out of the 59 residents among the Meridian Manor family. Two residents have passed away due to complications with COVID- 19. Thirteen team members have also tested positive and are quarantining at home. Meridian Manor continues to cooperate with MDH and the team is humbled by the support of neighboring providers who are providing temporary lodging and care for residents.

“We express our deepest gratitude to our heroic team members and our partners for keeping our residents safe,” said Hirche. “We thank the Minnesota Department of Health for their vital assistance. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Meridian Manor community, our residents and their families.”

Wayzata Live HD cameras announced

You are cordially invited to view WayzataLive.com by Wayzata.com. The only HD web cams in downtown Wayzata!!! Broadcasting live from Marquee Place on the corner of Lake Street and Broadway.

The mission of Wayzata.com's live web cam is to capture the activities of Lake Minnetonka, including sailing regattas, weather events, sunrises and sunsets. It's also a great way to track construction happening on Lake Street.

http://www.wayzatalive.com

http://www.wayzatalive.com



Spring Rain on Wayzata Bay

Photojournalist Dan Gustafson captures the Spring Rain.

Solicitors are out again in Wayzata

It's that time of year again where solicitors are out and about in Wayzata. 

Remember, solicitors must have an active permit from the City of Wayzata. Should a solicitor come to your home without an active permit/badge, call 911 so that the police department can deal with them.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Wayzata Live with Dan Gustafson: Lambert & Lindsay Brown discuss Coronavirus


Lambert Brown & Lindsay Brown check in with Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on Wayzata Football, their studio Dance Esteem, the Wayzata business community, and more.

Sponsor: WayzataRealEstate.com

Thursday, April 23, 2020

2nd Grade Hip Hop Read Aloud by Wayzata Schools Mr. Benesh


A twist on the average read aloud to keep distance learning fresh. Book rights: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler with Beat by Dr.Dre purchased on ITunes

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wayzata City Council Approves Lake Street Heated Sidewalk Proposal 3-2

The Wayzata City Council approved a proposal from a local business owner to install heated sidewalks along the 600 block of Lake Street by a vote of 3-2.

Marquee Place in Wayzata. Image courtesy Hennepin County.

Stacy Carisch of the Marquee Place, LLC requested to be allowed to install a heated sidewalk system in the public right-of-way along Lake Street as part of Phase I of the Panoway Project.

At the April 21 city council meeting, council members Jeff Buchanan, Dan Koch and Alex Pleschash voted for the project. Council member Johanna McCarthy and Mayor Ken Willcox voted against it.


April 21, 2020 Wayzata City Council Meeting

"I don't think the benefits to the city are all that great," said Willcox. "Would it be nice to have? Yes, but I think the benefit of the heated sidewalk in this case is almost entirely to the benefit of the building (Marquee Place) not to the city at large."

Council member Plechash took a different view.

"I actually differ with you Mr. Mayor, if I may," said Plechash. "I do believe that part of this sidewalk is that is for the benefit of the city overall. I would agree that most of the benefit is for the block, but the Panoway Project itself also benefits more to that block than the rest of the city, so to does it benefit the city. I believe there is a portion of this that benefits the city and not just that block."

RELATED CONTENT: City Council Discusses Panoway Business Mitigation During Workshop Meeting 

Carisch originally requested the city pay for half of the roughly $400,000 cost.

"The heated sidewalk is perfect," said Carsich.  "It is right to do it."

Carisch admitted she is struggling with the economics of the project especially now. She said that
the building's (Marquee Place) margins have always been tight.

In general, city council members saw the public benefit of heated sidewalks given that the system would cut down on the use of salt and sand and be safer for pedestrians during the winter months.

There was concern about the cost as it was not budgeted and the delay in the construction project.

City staff recommended the council authorize a 25% contribution up to $100,000 toward the heated sidewalk project.

City staff noted that there is $100,000 in a construction cost contingency.

"We don't just want to do this for Marquee Place, we want to do this for the community," said Carisch.

You can read more about the project here beginning on page 164 of the City Council Meeting agenda.

600 block of Lake Street is pictured. Image courtesy City of Wayzata.




Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lake Street Heated Sidewalk Project On City Council Docket

At Tuesday's Wayzata City Council meeting, officials will review a proposal from a local business owner to install heated sidewalks along the 600 block of Lake Street.

600 block of Lake Street is pictured. Image courtesy City of Wayzata.

At the April 7 City Council Workshop Meeting, Stacy Carisch of the Marquee Place, LLC requested to be allowed to install a heated sidewalk system in the public right-of-way along Lake Street as part of Phase I of the Panoway Project.

RELATED CONTENT: City Council Discusses Panoway Business Mitigation During Workshop Meeting 

She also requested the city pay for half of the roughly $400,000 cost.

"The heated sidewalk is perfect," said Carsich.  "It is right to do it."

Carisch admits she is struggling with the economics of the project especially now. She said that
the building's (Marquee Place) margins have always been tight.

In general, city council members saw the public benefit of heated sidewalks given that the system would cut down on the use of salt and sand and be safer for pedestrians during the winter months.

There was concern about the cost as it was not budgeted and the delay in the construction project.

City staff is recommending the council authorize a 25% contribution up to $100,000 toward the heated sidewalk project.

City staff noted that the $100,000 is a construction cost contingency.

"We don't just want to do this for Marquee Place, we want to do this for the community," said Carisch.

You can read more about the project here beginning on page 164 of the City Council Meeting agenda.

Marquee Place in Wayzata. Image courtesy Hennepin County.
 The meeting will be shown on Channel 8, WCTV, and streamed on the City's website at www.wayzata.org. 

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agenda in advance by   emailing PublicComment@wayzata.org, calling City staff at 952­ 404-­5300, or mailing comments to Wayzata City Hall at 600 Rice St E, Wayzata, MN 55391 (Attn: Public Comment). 

To speak during the Public Forum and/or Public Hearing portions of the meeting, you may call 312.­626­.6799, enter Zoom Meeting ID 963 1094 4756, and press *9 to speak. You will be placed on hold and muted until you have been recognized and invited to speak.






Community Conversations: Bharat Pulgam, CEO of Pikup.io

Wayzata High School grad Bharat K Pulgam joins Wayzata.com's Dan Gustafson to discuss the idea behind Pikup.io, dropping out of the University of Minnesota, and his neighorhood delivery app during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sponsor: WayzataRealEstate.com




Monday, April 20, 2020

Wayzata Photography: Chilly April sunset

A chilly stroll. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

Lake Street in Wayzata. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography.

The Great Lawn. Copyright Dan Gustafson & Wayzata Photography..

Lake Street Construction Drone Video 4/18/2020

Here's a bird's eye view of Wayzata's Lake Street on April 18, 2020.

Wayzata.com will track the construction changes along Lake Street throughout 2020.



Lake Street Drone Videos Series:

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Meridian Manor Residents in Wayzata Transported To Other Facilities Due To COVID-19

Wayzata.com has learned that Meridian Manor residents are being transported away from the facility.

Meridian Manor, Wayzata/Submitted Photo

One woman, whose father lives at the facility, said that some of the residents were being taken to the hospital while others are going to another care facility.

She said that the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 are the ones taken to the hospital.

North Memorial ambulances could be seen outside of Meridian Manor.

Meridian Manor describes itself as an assisted living senior community.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 40 residents were moved to other facilities after residents and staff became ill this week with COVID-19.

The main reason reason the residents were moved is because the majority of staff are ill and unable to care for residents.

If you have information about this developing story, please email nate@wayzata.com.

Wayzata.com obtained an email sent to family members of residents:

Subject: Meridian Manor Update 4.18.20

To our faithful supporters,

Today’s daily update is heartbreaking but not unexpected.  We’ve been desperate to get answers about our residents and their exposure to COVID.  Screening is the best way to protect. We are glad that we are finally getting the answers and knowledge we need to protect everyone.  

We are receiving lab results from this week’s testing in batches.  So far we know that 5 of 21 have tested positive for COVID.  We have notified all residents and called all families and responsible parties to personally notify each family of the results. We are still awaiting test results on an additional 8 screenings.

Since word of Meridian Manor’s first positive case, our practice has been to strive for early detection and to seek hospitalization so that residents can receive the medical evaluation and treatment required to aid in recovery.  In continuation with this practice, we are partnering with emergency services to ensure all 5 residents with positive results are transported to the hospital.  We must also emphasize that the test results only reflect one’s status as of Thursday April, 16.  Due to the potential for exposure and unpredictable nature of this relentless virus, we must still take precautions knowing the risk remains. 

We have resumed use of the Skytron 22 UVC disinfecting robot to sanitize individual resident apartments and hope to disinfect all occupied and unoccupied apartments in the next 4-6 days.

I am deeply saddened to share that on Friday, one of our beloved residents passed away due to complications with COVID.  My heart goes out to the family, friends, fellow residents, and team members that are grieving this loss.  This is a terrible reminder of the cruelty of this virus.

Stay with Wayzata.com for the latest on this developing story.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Historical Perspective During Current Lake Street Construction

Construction along Wayzata's Lake Street has begun in earnest.

It's a part of the Panoway Project Phase I.

Lake Street & Barry Avenue, Wayzata
The initial phase includes Lake Street, Lake Street Plaza, and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Courtesy City of Wayzata
Lake Street is changing as it has through the decades.

Imagine Wayzata 100 years ago and you’re strolling down the street and come to the intersection of Lake Street and Barry Avenue. What would you observe?

Lake Street, Wayzata | Courtesy Wayzata Historical Society
You may hear a train coming in from the west to pick up passengers with destinations to the east like St. Paul, Chicago and points beyond. You may hear one of those Model T cars rolling down the street with its unique engine rattle and telltale “ah-ooh-gah” horn sound.

Men would have been dressed in wool sweater vests or tweed suits complete with a derby, bowler or homburg hat. Women would have been clad in elegant dresses and hats – some clad in coveralls, blouses and skirt suits a product of entering the workforce while the men fought the war in Europe.

Much has changed through the years at the corner of Lake and Barry – particularly the businesses that occupied that part of Wayzata.

According to the Wayzata Historical Society records, the Wayzata State Bank opened for business in 1909 on the northeast corner of Lake and Barry. It was the first financial institution on Lake Minnetonka that focused exclusively on banking.

The bank continued operation in this structure until 1950 when operations were moved slightly to the east, but still on Lake Street.

Next to the original bank location stood a building built in 1910 by Harry Pettit. It housed the Pettit & Kysor grocery store. Wayzata residents could purchase food from that building until 1974, under its more recent name Waytonka Market. The store prided itself on home deliveries and was famous for its bakery goods and homemade ice cream.

Next door, Rettinger Motor Company opened for business on Lake Street in the early 1920s. The business sold Model Ts in the early days. Unfortunately, in December of 1949, a fire destroyed the building. According to local newspaper accounts, damage was estimated up to $75,000 – around $750,000 in today’s dollars.

In 1927, Dr. Carl J. Martinson opened his business on Lake Street just west of Barry Avenue. Martinson converted the old Manning Drug Store into his medical offices. Martinson and Edward E. Mitchell of Mound founded the Minnetonka Hospital in 1928. The Martinson name continues to be a big part of Wayzata today – his grandson, Dr. Bruce Martinson operates a dental clinic in town.

On the northwest corner of Lake and Barry stood Wayzata Pharmacy, a.k.a. “The Old Drug”. It was run by Bob and Ruth Connelly. It later became Ted’s Drug and most recently carried the name of Candlelight Floral – a business that has served Wayzata since the late 1960s. The florist business no longer operates out of the building on Lake and Barry – it has moved making room for another condominium development.

These are just a few of the businesses that occupied this part of Wayzata through the years. Next time you find yourself at the corner of Lake and Barry, imagine what life was like some decades ago – there are a few reminders still standing to fuel your imagination. Can you hear the “ah-ooh-gah” horn sound of one of those old Model Ts?

Monday, April 13, 2020

Wayzata Police: No Fishing At Marina Or Docks

The Wayzata Police Department has ordered that no fishing is allowed at the Wayzata Marina or docks until further notice. The department cited public health as the reason.

The following was posted on the Wayzata Police Department Facebook Page:

"In the interest of public health, the City of Wayzata closed its public docks to fishing. The Governor's Stay at Home Order allows for fishing, as long as 6' social distancing is practiced. With the numbers of people using the docks since the order went into effect on March 28th, that has not been possible. People can fish from shore, boats, or other public areas while adhering to the 6' social distancing guidelines. Because the docks attract so many people, the city closed them to fishing on behalf of public health. Many cities, including Wayzata, are taking extra measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some include restricting use of playground equipment, tennis courts, and other public facilities. These are difficult things to do in difficult times, but they are done with the public's interest and health in mind."

You can review Wayzata City Ordinance 309.06 regarding fishing from docks here.

According to the ordinance, fishing is allowed on the Wayzata Depot docks from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Fishing is not prohibited on the easterly extension from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The ordinance states that fishing is allowed on the Broadway Dock from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily.

Fishing from the Wayzata Municipal Marina is normally allowed this time of year  from the three loading platforms.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Lake Street Construction Drone Video 4/11/2020



Here's a bird's eye view of Wayzata's Lake Street on April 11, 2020.

Wayzata.com will track the construction changes along Lake Street throughout 2020.

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

Wayzata.com is committed to keeping the community informed about COVID-19. This page is dedicated to that mission. We will post new articles and information here as they are available. Stay safe everyone.


2020 Census Participation Available Online

Today is Census Day Wayzata! Complete the Census and help spread the word about the importance of the #2020Census. The Census determines seats in the U.S. House, congressional boundaries, funding for local communities like Wayzata. Visit 2020census.gov to participate.

http://2020census.gov