By City of Wayzata
Mayor MinutesAug 31, 2023
Improving Wayzata Boulevard
Residents, those who work in town, and those who visit to play, all have a relationship with Wayzata Boulevard. Listen to learn about the Wayzata Boulevard Corridor study and the key priorities that have been developed after extensive community engagement and review.
A Closer Look at Joining the Fire Department
Tune in to hear from John Berns, a Wayzata Firefighter, who has been with the department since 2003! Topics include recruitment, qualifications, greatest rewards and challenges, and a close look at what it takes to become a paid-on-call member of the Wayzata Fire Department.
Let's Talk About Trees
Tune in to hear from our City Forester, Bennett Myhran! Topics include Wayzata's tree canopy analysis, diversification of the tree canopy, Emerald Ash Borer and more.
2022: A Year in Review
In this episode, City Manager Jeff Dahl stops by to talk about City initiatives and successes in 2022 and what is to come in 2023!
Read the full Annual Report at Wayzata.org/AnnualReport
Delivering Services that Touch Residents
An "over the fence" conversation with former Mayor Ken Willcox years ago led Wayzata resident, Jeff Buchanan, to apply to be a City volunteer. Jeff then served two years on the Planning Commission and ultimately ran for a seat on the Wayzata City Council. Tune in to hear Council Member Jeff Buchanan reflect on his years of service and discuss initiatives he is most passionate about including environmental focuses.
The Quality of Life in Wayzata is GOOD!
Tune in to this episode to hear from special guest Aurora Yager, Deputy City Manager at City Hall. Listen to learn about the results of the first ever Quality of Life Survey in Wayzata and how the City plans to use this valuable resident feedback.
The Section Foreman House - Past, Present & Future!
As a central and pivotal building for the City, the Section Foreman House will be rehabilitated for reuse as a new vibrant lakefront learning center providing indoor and outdoor classroom and community space as part of the new Eco Park! Tune in to this episode to hear from special guests Quentin Collette, Director of New History, and Parks Planner Nick Kieser. This episode will cover what the Section Foreman House was in the past, where it stands now and details of the rehabilitation and restoration of the home.
Badge #6.5, Wayzata's First SAR Dog!
The Wayzata Police Department is implementing a new K9 Program! This program was created with the idea of placing two well trained and certified dogs on patrol to enhance the abilities of patrol officers and also increase the services the City and department can provide to members of the community. The first phase of this includes welcoming Sergeant Jason Gehrman’s dog, Loki, an 18 month old Belgian Malinois.
Loki is the only on duty search and rescue dog with a police department in the state of Minnesota and is specifically trained in tracking and trailing for a specific live scent. He has been specially trained over a vast period of time in order to intake a specifics person’s scent, in which he was in contact with, and locate the subsequent scent trail left by that individual. Listen to learn more about Loki!
Meeting the Needs of the Community
In this episode, City Manager Jeff Dahl stops by to talk about City initiatives and successes in 2021 and what is to come in 2022!
Making a Lasting Impact in Wayzata
Listen to hear from Tory Schalkle, a resident of Wayzata and an active and valuable member of our Parks & Trails Board. Tory, like many others, volunteers his time each month to make a lasting impact on the community as a boards and commissions volunteer. Tory has spent time as a management consultant and on different strategy teams, and his ability to help solve ambiguous problems has served him well as a City volunteer. Volunteers are truly the anchor of the City! Listen to learn about our Boards, Commissions and Authorities and how YOU can make a difference.
Four Generations of Service
Listen this month to hear from Kevin Klapprich, a Wayzata Fire Fighter for the last 42 years and the chief of our highly respected department for 15 years. For those that don’t know him, Kevin is a part of many generations of service (he and his brother Kurt are both 4th generation fire fighters) at the Wayzata Fire Department, with a long family history of giving back to the community. Learn about Kevin's history, fire safety tips, how to become a firefighter and dive deeper into how Mayor Mouton was the first woman fire fighter at the Wayzata Fire Department.
Panoway: A Look Forward at Phase II
In this episode, hear from Andrew Mullin, the current Chair of the Wayzata Conservancy, to look ahead at Phase II of the Panoway project and to dive deeper into the new 9/11 Memorial coming to Lake Street in September. Discussion topics include the boardwalk, the Section Foreman House, the environmental focus of Phase II and more.
Public Safety in Wayzata
Tune in to hear from Interim Chief of Wayzata Police, Marc Schultz, about how Panoway safety concerns are being addressed, the new bike patrol, the Embedded Social Worker Program and more.
Panoway: A Look Back on Phase I
In this episode, hear from special guest Jessie Houlihan, President of Stahl Construction, to discuss, celebrate and reflect on Phase I of the Panoway on Wayzata Bay project. Panoway on Wayzata Bay is an initiative to restore, protect and enhance a treasured asset for our community and broader region: Wayzata’s downtown lakefront. The multi-phase project will transform the public shoreline on Lake Minnetonka, enhancing the lakefront experience and preserving it for years to come.
Reducing Wayzata's Energy Use
In this episode, hear from Nick Kieser, the Assistant Planner for the City of Wayzata and Deirdre Coleman, a Partners In Energy Community Facilitator at the Center for Energy and Environment as they discuss the City’s Energy & Environment Committee, the creation of Wayzata’s Energy Action Plan and the Partner’s in Energy Program. Part of the conversation includes ways for both businesses and residents to be involved in taking action.
Wayzata Women in Leadership
As a celebration of International Women's Day, tune in for a conversation with women on the leadership team at City Hall featuring Administrative Services Director Aurora Yager, the first woman in her role, and Emily Goellner, Community Development Director for the City of Wayzata.
Farewell to the Chief
Tune is as retiring Wayzata Police Chief, Mike Risvold, reflects on his career in law enforcement with stories and conversation.
Passing the Baton
A conversation with Ken Willcox, former Mayor of Wayzata.