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City Events Scheduled for Next Week:


Toys for Tots Collection Deadline                Wed.    Dec. 11       4:30 p.m.

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2020 Budget Approved

On December 3, the Wayzata City Council approved the 2020 General Fund Operating Budget and Property Tax Levy which included a 3.92% property levy increase. While the budget features a levy increase, most residents are estimated to see a slight decrease in their city portion of property taxes as the increased budget is balanced by growth in Wayzata’s tax base.
 
The graphic below displays the breakdown of how City tax dollars are spent on local public services. To view the 2020 budget in full, visit www.wayzata.org/finance.

2020 Budget Expense Chart

Light up the Lake Celebrations Continue 

Santa & his reindeer will be in Colonial Square on December 7th from 2-4 p.m. and December 21st from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Brunch with Santa & Live Music at ninetwentyfive on December 8th from 10-2 p.m.
Hurst Family Experience - Live Music at the Hotel Landing on December 6th from 6-8 p.m. and December 13th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Shop with a Purpose will be all day on December 20th, benefiting Interfaith Outreach. 

toys for tots

Toys for Tots Collection

Starting your holiday shopping? Don't forget to pick up an extra gift for Toys for Tots!

The Wayzata Police Department is working with Toys for Tots to spread Christmas joy to needy children by collecting new and unwrapped toys, books, and other gifts. Donations can be dropped off at the Wayzata Police Department and Wayzata City Hall. The deadline for the Wayzata Police Toys for Tots collection is December 11.

Rider Alerts for Route 672 & 674 Changes

Effective Monday, Dec. 9, Route 674 will be consolidated with Route 672. Route 672 will remain the route number. Riders can expect minor trip time adjustments on most trips to accommodate the following changes:
  • One additional eastbound morning trip and westbound afternoon trip will be added to travel non-stop between Wayzata Park & Ride and downtown.
  • Two eastbound morning and two westbound afternoon trips will be extended to Maple Plain via Long Lake, Orono.
  • Eastbound morning and westbound afternoon Route 672 reverse-commute schedule between Wayzata and Minneapolis will be reduced to three trips in each direction.
  • Eastbound trip departing Wayzata Park & Ride at 4:45 p.m. will be eliminated.
  • The Carlson Center loop is discontinued. Buses will stay on Carlson Pkwy.
  • Westbound reverse commute trips will no longer travel via General Mills Blvd.

Go to https://www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts for more information about the changes and to view the updated schedule. 

Ask the Mayor

Ask the Mayor

The December edition of Ask the Mayor is now available. In this show, we’ll hear from Wayzata West Middle School about their recent award as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, meet a new city staff member, and hear about all the updates from the City Manager regarding the Lake Effect, 2020 Budget, and much more. You can watch it at www.wayzata.org/wctv.

Hennepin County Library

Upcoming Wayzata Library Events

Crafternoons

Bring your knitting, sewing, cross-stitch or other projects to work on and meet other local crafters. Share in the joy of making cool things. Drop in or stay the entire time.
Every Wednesday at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Department Updates:

Administration

New Hours for Motor Vehicles in 2020

Starting in January 2020, the Wayzata Motor Vehicle Department’s hours of operation will change to the following:

Monday – Thursday                7:00 a.m. -   4:30 p.m.
Friday                                      7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 
The new hours will match that of City Hall so you can access more of your city services in the same place at the same time.

Community Development

A building permit has been issued for a new home located at 335 Broadway Ave N.
A building permit been issued for the buildout of Golden Veterinary Care located at 1131 Wayzata Blvd E.

Fire

The Wayzata Fire Department responded to 14 calls for service for the month of November.
Deputy Chief Schultz Swearing In

Police

Welcome to Wayzata, Deputy Chief Schultz!

Deputy Chief Marc Schultz started with the City on November 18th and was officially sworn in at the December 3rd City Council meeting. 

New Hours for Police in 2020

As part of the City’s effort to standardize hours of operations across the organization, the Police Department’s hours will change in January 2020 to match City Hall. The new hours will be:

Monday – Thursday                7:00 a.m. -   4:30 p.m.
Friday                                      7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Public Works

Winter Snow Removal

The Public Works Department would like to provide a reminder of a few snow removal responsibilities that Wayzata residents and property owners have.

  1. Snow from privately owned property may only be placed upon boulevards adjacent to said property.  This means that snow can only be placed adjacent to your own property, when clearing your driveway.  It cannot be pushed across the street and it may not be deposited down the street.  Please pass this on to anyone that may performing snow removal duties for your property.
  2. Section 305 of the Wayzata City Code details additional requirements for the cleaning of sidewalks
A copy of the City code provision is detailed below.
 
305.01 - Cleaning of Sidewalks.
The owners or occupants of all buildings and grounds within the City shall remove all snow, ice, and other debris from the public sidewalks adjacent thereto as follows:
A. The owner or occupant of any building or lot (except one- and two-family dwellings) shall, within the first four hours of daytime after the ceasing to fall of any snow, cause the snow and/or ice to be removed from the public sidewalk adjoining said building or lot.
"Daytime," for the purposes of this Section, shall be the period of time from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
B. The owner or occupant of any building that is a one- or two-family dwelling shall, within the first 24 hours after the ceasing to fall of any snow, cause the snow and/or ice to be removed from the public sidewalk adjoining the lot upon which such building is situated.
C. Except as provided above, the owner or occupant of any building or lot shall keep and maintain the public sidewalk adjoining said building or lot free and clear of all snow, ice and other debris.
D. In the event the snow or ice cannot be removed by reasonable efforts, the owner or occupant shall take whatever action is necessary to eliminate hazardous conditions on said public sidewalk.
E. At the discretion of the City Manager, the City may remove snow from sidewalks located immediately adjacent to the street curbs on Central Avenue North and on Wayzata Boulevard. At the discretion of the City Manager, residential properties on the above streets may be exempted from this Chapter.
 
If residents or property owners have questions regarding snow removal, please contact Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5360. Sign up for text and email alerts for future Snow Emergency Parking Bans under the “Notify Me” link on the website.


Lake Effect – Lake Street (Broadway Ave to Barry Ave)

While the 2019 construction season is over, this project which includes the reconstruction of Lake Street E from Broadway Avenue to Barry Avenue is planned for 2020. The project will include the replacement of the roadway and sidewalks, the addition of a dedicated bike trail, the replacement of watermain from Broadway Ave to Manitoba Ave, and the construction of a park/plaza in the location of the existing municipal parking lot. 
 
We encourage you to visit NavigateWayzata.com for the latest information about the project. You can also sign up to receive text or email updates about the construction projects in the City.

 
Utility Bill Auto Pay

You can pay your utility bill from your checking account automatically - no checks to write, no stamps to buy, and no late payments. It’s free, fast and easy! Simply complete and return the authorization form with a voided check. Download the form at www.wayzata.org/utilitydirectpay


Water Sewer Rates Increase

Based on a previous conducted study, the water and sewer rates will again increase in 2020. These rates will go into effect on the first bill in 2020. See below example of average user rate increase.
projected costs
For more details on water and sewer rates, visit www.wayzata.org/utilityrates. For information about water meters or utility billing, please contact Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5363.

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