Residents and business in Long Lake are now able to pay their utility bills online. The portal is available to customers on the city’s website.

The city council also approved the ordinance creating a moratorium on the sewer and/or water connection applications for connections by properties outside the Long Lake city limits.

According to city staff, the moratorium would give the city a chance to look at the increase in waste management flows the city has experienced over the last four years. The charges for 2020 have increased about 11 percent, approximately $50,000 from 2019.

City staff are concerned with the increase over the past four years. The amount has gone up from $204,000 to $317,000 per year as well as an increase from 87 million gallons to 103 million gallons. The increase has caught the eye of the city and they would like to start researching the cause of the increases in order to bring those costs down.

In order to find out what is causing the increases, staff will have to find out what direction the water is coming from. The cause could be from private, public or from connections outside city limits. There are multiple possibilities according to the city.The projects will have to go to contractors but nothing has been decided or approved by the city currently.

The city also received a construction project update during the meeting on May 21.

The Wayzata Blvd construction and landscaping project is still moving along. Construction workers are working to jump into doing seeding as well as continuing to work on the walking trail near Greenhill East. They’re also working to clean up the shrubbery, keep the current trees while possibly adding a few along the walking trail. Additional updates will come at the next Long Lake council meeting.

Due to the Fourth of July Holiday, Long Lake city council meetings will be held July 9 and 23.

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