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City Events Scheduled for Next Week:

Parks and Trails Board Meeting                                              Wed.    Jan. 15   6:00 p.m.
Presidential Nomination Primary Early Voting Begins         Fri.       Jan  17

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Jim Eibensteiner

Public Works Superintendent Jim Eibensteiner Retiring

After almost 33 years of dedicated service to the City of Wayzata, Public Works Superintendent Jim Eibensteiner has decided to retire. Jim’s last day will be Friday, January 31, 2020. Jim has been instrumental in managing the maintenance of the City’s infrastructure, including sewer lining, water main breaks, street repairs, assistance with public events, and general customer service in dealing with resident issues as they arise. He has performed his work with efficiency, dedication, empathy, courtesy and respect. He will be truly missed.

For those residents, business owners, etc. that might want to offer their congratulations to Jim, please feel free to simply stop out at the Wayzata Public Works Building, before the end of the month. The address is 299 Wayzata Blvd West and office hours are Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Congratulations Jim!! The City of Wayzata thanks you for your service and wishes you all the best in your future endeavors!

Don Shelby & Will Steger

Chamber Hosts a Conversation on Global Warming & Climate Change

The Wayzata Area Chamber is hosting speakers Will Steger & Don Shelby to discuss Global Warming and Climate Change on Thursday, January 30 from 11:30 - 1 p.m. Will is best known for his legendary polar explorations, some of the most significant polar expeditions in history. Don has won three National Emmys and was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Don has now turned his investigative reporting skills to the big environmental questions. Tickets available at

Chilly Open

Wayzata Chilly Open

Minnesota golf in February? You betcha! The 36th annual Chilly Open is back with the theme of The Roaring 20s. The fun kicks off Friday, February 7, 6-9 p.m., at Cinema & Skates, a FREE family-friendly event. Bring your skates and glide around Wayzata Bay or watch a movie on the jumbo screen in the heated 19th hole tent.

The Chilly Open Golf Tournament on Saturday, February 8 consists of three, nine-hole courses plowed out on Wayzata Bay. After you’ve finished your round, head into the 19th hole tent to enjoy some of the best chili from local restaurants at the Wayzata Chili-Cook Off and dance to live music.  To purchase tickets and for more information visit:

Ask the Mayor

Ask the Mayor

Catch up on the latest in Wayzata by tuning in to watch the latest Ask the Mayor. Hear about the Wayzata Chilly Open, see some new menu items at Wayzata Bar & Grill, and learn about other City updates. You can watch this video online at

Hennepin County Library

Upcoming Wayzata Library Events

Family Storytime

For children of all ages and their caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Every Tuesday in January from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Nonfiction Book Club

Join a discussion of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry. Friday, January 10 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


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:



Absentee Voting Begins January 17, 2020

In 2016, new legislation established a presidential nomination primary. Registered voters can vote at their polling place on March 3, 2020, or vote early via absentee ballot starting January 17, 2020. You may vote early by absentee ballot in person at City Hall, online at, or call the Hennepin County Election office at 612-348-5151.

For more information regarding elections, visit


Renewals and Applications

Canoe, kayak and paddle board rack renewal applications for 2020 were mailed in November to current rack holders. Canoe, kayak and paddle board rack waiting list applications are due before the close of business on the first Tuesday in February. For more information, visit

Boat slip renewal applications for 2020 were also mailed in November to current slip holders. The deadline for boat slip renewal applications and boat slip lottery applications is the first Tuesday in February. The lottery drawing for the 2020 open boat slips will take place on the first Tuesday in March. Residents are strongly encouraged to submit their applications earlier than the advertised application deadline. Visit for more information about the application process and to obtain a boat slip lottery application.
For more information call Sharon at 952-404-5306.

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.

Passport Appointments

Traveling abroad in the new year? Check your passport expiration date! Passport applicants are encouraged to apply for or renew U.S. passports well ahead of planned travel, as it is peak time for passport processing. Passports processing typically takes 6-8 weeks while expedited processing typically takes 2-3 weeks to receive.
Schedule your passport appointment online, get the full list of availability, hours, and instructions at Contact the Wayzata Motor Vehicle Department directly at 952-404-5320 with any questions or concerns.



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.

Dog License

License Your Dog

Registration is underway for 2020 dog licenses. All dogs over the age of 6 months are required to be licensed through the City. Print out the Dog License Application Form and bring in the form to the Wayzata Police Department during regular business hours or mail in the form with payment and proof of rabies vaccines. The fee is $25 per dog for 1 year or $40 per dog for a 2-year license. A current rabies certificate must be presented at the time of submission. To download the Dog License Application form, go online to and click the application link.


Public Works

Wayzata Skating Rinks

Klapprich Park and Margaret Circle Park skating rinks have been flooded, and the Parks Department has been fighting hard to keep them open.  The recent warm temperatures have caused some troubles, but the Parks Department was able to reopen the Klapprich Park rink on Wednesday, January 8.  


2020 Construction Projects

Several projects are being planned in and around Wayzata, for 2020.  A summary of the larger activities follows:
  • Lake Effect – Lake Street (Broadway Ave to Ferndale Road) – This project will include the reconstruction of Lake Street E from Broadway Avenue to Ferndale Road.  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.  

  • 2020 Sanitary Sewer Lining - The City of Wayzata is planning to perform maintenance on several sewer mains throughout the City. The maintenance includes the lining of the existing sewer main with a Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) liner.  Sewer relining is a quick and economical process in lieu of replacing pipes by open excavation. This process prevents major traffic disruptions and health hazards from potential exposure to raw sewage.  The 2020 project proposes to line approximately 8,800 feet of sewer main in the following areas:  Harmony Circle, Rosswood Lane, Ridgeview Drive, Ridgeview Lane, Margaret Circle, and Shadyway Road, Barry Avenue North, and Gardner Street (east of Barry Ave).
  • 2020 Bituminous Seal Coat - A map of the streets proposed to be seal coated in 2020 can be found below.  Tree trimming may begin along these streets as early as February.
2020 Sealcoat Project Map

We encourage you to visit for the latest information about the projects. You can also sign up to receive text or email updates about the construction projects in the City.

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.

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

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 For information about water meters or utility billing, please contact Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5363.

Special Event Permits

Staff has processed or is processing the following Special Event permits.
(Staff is aware of a few more events that will require a permit but application has not yet been made)
        DATE OF EVENT                   NAME OF EVENT
  • Feb 7-8 (Fri-Sat)                       Wayzata Chilly Open
New Muni Menu

Wayzata Bar & Grill

New Year means New Menu at the Muni

As of January 2, the Wayzata Bar and Grill aka "The Muni" debuted its new menu. The revamped menu not only features an updated layout but more importantly, new menu options that we think you'll love!

Come by and visit to check the new menu out and tell us what you think. 

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