Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is recommending $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 Lake Effect project.
This is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects.
In November, City Manager Jeff Dahl stated that he and other city officials met with the Governor’s office to discuss bonding bill funding for the Lake Effect Project.
“This is all in preparation for our ask of $10 million to help with this overall project,” said Dahl at a city council meeting in November. “In late winter, early spring we will be active again in trying to leverage our community support in getting regional support. While it’s for the residents of the city of Wayzata, certainly people come from outside Wayzata and we think it’s appropriate the state pay its fair share.”
On Nov. 14, The City of Wayzata hosted the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee to learn about the Lake Effect Project.
The state portion would come from an upcoming legislative bonding bill.
Now, state legislators in St. Paul will review the Governor’s recommendations when the next legislative session begins next month.
The $10 million ask of the state is to fund later stages of the Lake Effect Project. The initial phase will be paid for by the city.
A groundbreaking is scheduled for March.