Monday, June 27, 2016 - 7 p.m.
Movies in the Park returns June 24 with "Enchanted"
The city of New Hope is again offering a series of fun family movies in Civic Center Park this summer with the help of several community organizations. Movies in the Park will kick off on Friday, June 24, with “Enchanted.” Movies in the Park will be shown at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre, just west of City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The movies are free, and begin at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase (provided by New Hope Dance). Bleacher seating is available with limited space for lawn chair seating. Special thanks to the movie sponsors!
Luchsinger receives New Hope Good Citizenship Award
The New Hope City Council presented a New Hope Good Citizenship Award to Linda Luchsinger at its meeting on June 13. Luchsinger was nominated for the award by council member Jonathan London, who noted, “Linda keeps New Hope clean! She takes regular walks early in the mornings and picks up and bags trash and recyclable items along her route.” (more...)
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New Hope receives matching grant from CenterPoint Energy
The New Hope City Council accepted a $556 Community Partnership Grant from CenterPoint Energy representative Dave Long at its meeting on June 13. Each year, CenterPoint Energy awards matching grants of up to $2,500 for eligible safety and emergency response equipment. (more...)
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New Hope Pool Pass today!
A New Hope/Crystal pool pass provides unlimited access to both the New Hope pool (located at 44th and Xylon, just south of city hall) and the Crystal Community Center at 4800 Douglas Drive. Pool pass rates range from just $59 for an individual to $134 for a family of four for an entire summer of swimming. Call 763-531-5151 to get your pool pass today.
Farmers Market season began June 18
The New Hope Community Farmers Market returned for its seventh season on Saturday, June 18. The market is again being held in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Church, 8701 36th Avenue N.
The farmers market features about 80 vendors and is a great place to get farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. It’s also a good place to browse the handiwork of local artists and crafters, discover some locally prepared foods, and listen to home-spun entertainment.
Market day is every Saturday through October 1. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the market closes for the season. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.
Recreational fires are permitted, but regulated, in New Hope
Follow these basic rules when burning a recreational fire in New Hope
- Recreational fires may not be used to burn trash, yard waste or other debris.
- All fires must be in an approved outdoor fireplace or pit.
- Recreational fires in New Hope must be kept at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials.
- Fires are not allowed if the wind exceeds 7 mph, if the DNR has burning restrictions in place, or if directed by a fire official.
- Recreational fires must be constantly attended by the property owner or a designated adult until the fire is extinguished. A garden hose must be available within 15 feet of the fire.
- All fires must be extinguished by 11 p.m.
For additional details visit the West Metro Fire website at wmfrd.org.
Crime Alert - Residential Burglaries
Between May 1, 2016 and June 2, 2016, the New Hope police department has responded to six residential home burglaries. Residents were in the home during five of the six reported incidents. Access has been gained using garage door openers from unlocked vehicles, an unlocked front door, or through an open overhead or unlocked side access garage doors. Residents are strongly encouraged to remove valuables, including garage door openers, from vehicles parked outside of the home, and to close and lock all access doors that lead in to the home. (more...)
Register today for National Night Out in New Hope
National Night Out, New Hope's Night to Unite is Tuesday, August 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The purpose of the event is to focus on crime prevention and fight back against crime as a community. It's also a great opportunity for police personnel to have positive interactions with residents out in their neighborhoods
--,answering their questions and discussing their concerns.
It's not too early to register your neighborhood to participate in this year's National Night Out. For more information or to register visit www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/nno or call Officer Nichole Korth at 763-531-5140. (more...)
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New Hope Council accepts 2015 annual financial report
The New Hope City Council formally accepted the city of New Hope 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at its May 23 meeting. Bill Lauer, from the certified public accounting firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich, and Co., gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, their findings and opinions of the city’s records and financial data, and presented an overview of the city’s financial status compared to state-wide averages for cities its size. Lauer noted that the 2015 audit was “very positive.” The MMKR Powerpoint presentation, the audit reports, and the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available for review in the finance section of the city of New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.
2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement
2015 Auditor's Management Report
Auditor's Powerpoint Presentation
Highway 169 ramps will be closed as part of noise wall construction
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be extending the noise wall along the east side of Highway 169 from 42nd to 49th avenues in New Hope this summer. Construction on that project is expected to begin on May 2 and continue through mid-July. The northbound entrance ramp from 42nd Avenue onto Highway 169 and the northbound exit ramp from Highway 169 to 49th Avenue is scheduled to be closed throughout construction of the noise wall. Follow the marked detour routes.
MnDOT Detour Map
Vehicle Fair - cool, but well attended
About 700 people attended the Vehicle Fair on Saturday, May 14, between 10 a.m. and noon at Crystal Communtity Center. The event, which was sponsored by the cities of New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale, featured a wide assortment of about 30 vehicles. Click on the link below to see photos of the event.
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New Hope recognizes human rights essay contest winners
The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2016 New Hope Human Rights Essay Contest at its May 9 meeting. More than 200 eighth grade students from Plymouth Middle School wrote essays on the theme “If you could vote in the upcoming 2016 national Presidential election, what do you feel are the most important human rights issues facing America today? The winners of the contest were Sophia Vento, first place; Jessica Hanely, second place; and Sierra McCoy, third place. Honorable Mentions were presented to Natalie Anderson, Lydia LeMoine and Matt Rader. All of the winners received a certificate from the New Hope Human Rights Commission, and the first through third place winners read their essays for the City Council. Click on thumbnail to view a larger image. (more...)
Council recognizes New Hope Police Explorers
The New Hope City Council recognized members of the New Hope Police Explorers for their performance at the 2016 Minnesota State Explorer Conference at the council meeting on May 9. Members of the New Hope Explorer Post, their families, and advisors were invited to attend the council meeting. This year, three New Hope Police Explorers joined more than 500 explorers from 43 posts to compete at the state conference in Rochester in April. The New Hope Explorers took home several awards including second place for hostage negotiation, fourth place in timed fire pistol shoot, and the coveted “Don Cup.” For more information about becoming a New Hope Police Explorer, call 763-531-5170. (more...)
Performance Measurement Report
The City Council reviewed the 2015 City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its April work session. The report is a cumulative summary compiled from various sources, primarily the City Services Survey, an annual paper and web-based survey, and the Morris Leatherman Company Survey, an extensive professional community-wide phone survey.
2015 City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report
Council accepts scoreboard donation from Hy-Vee
The New Hope Hy-Vee grocery store presented the New Hope City Council with a check for $6,666, at its meeting on April 25, to be used toward the purchase price of a new scoreboard for the north rink at the New Hope Ice Arena. The check is the first of three annual donations Hy-Vee has committed to, totaling $20,000, that will cover nearly two-thirds of the $32,0000 cost of the scoreboard. The mayor and City Council thanked New Hope Hy-Vee's director, Tony Taylor, for the generous donation. (more...)
Council accepts teddy bear donation
Nationwide Housing Corporation representative Debra Godtland presented 70 teddy bears to Mayor Kathi Hemken and the New Hope City Council at the council meeting on April 25. In December 2015, the management company hosted a "Teddy Bears in Time of Need" campaign. They encouraged employees, residents and the community to donate teddy bears to help bring comfort to children during difficult times. The generous donation will be shared among three local organizations -- HomeFree, NEAR, and Robbinsdale School District. (more...)
Spring load restrictions end in Metro Zone on April 15
Spring load restrictions end in the Metro Frost Zone on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. starting date for Spring load restrictions in the Metro on February 29. Road restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routs and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website. Load restriction information is available on MnDOT's automated message center at 651-366-5400 or on the MnDOT website.
New Hope police officers sworn in
Police officers Chris Cazin (left) and Justin Janson (right) were sworn in by city clerk Valerie Leone at the City Council meeting on April 11. The two officers recently passed their one year probation. Click thumbnail to see larger image.
Council approves Bassett Creek Trail extension through Northwood Park
The New Hope City Council entered into a Trailway Cooperative Agreement with Three Rivers Park District on April 11 to extend the Bassett Creek Regional Trail through New Hope.
The Bassett Creek Regional Trail is an eight to 10 foot wide paved, multi-use trail that extends from French Regional Park in Plymouth and will eventually connect to the Grand Rounds regional trail at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.The new segment will connect the existing trail at 36th and Boone avenues with another segment on 32nd Ave just west of Hwy. 100. Construction of the portion of the trail through Northwood Park will begin after Duk Duk Daze in mid-July. (more...)
New Hope police officers sworn in
Yard waste site is open
As you begin to spruce up your lawn and landscaping after its long winter nap, remember that the Maple Grove yard waste site accepts and recycles leaves, grass, brush and branches. The site, located at 14796 101st Ave. N., opens for the season on April 1. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m., through November 30. New this spring – the entrance has moved to the west side of the site off Maple Grove Parkway.Visit www.mgyardwaste.com or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.
Yard Waste Site Directions and Map
Alatus luxury apartment project moves forward in New Hope
The New Hope City Council took several actions at its meeting on March 28 related to a proposal by Alatus LLC to construct a luxury apartment building on the city-owned site at 8400 Bass Lake Road, just west of New Hope Village Golf Course. The Council approved a preliminary plat, rezoning of the site from R-4 High Density Residential to Planned Unit Development (PUD), and a development stage site plan. The Council, acting as the Economic Development Authority, also approved the sale of the 3.53 acre property to the developer contingent upon the execution of a final development agreement.
Honest-1 Auto Care receives Outstanding Business Award
The New Hope City Council recently awarded Honest-1 Auto Care the Winter 2016 New Hope Outstanding Business Award. Honest-1 Auto Care is a full-service auto repair company with 56 locations nationally, including 15 stores in Minnesota. New Hope Honest-1 owner, Randy Rada, purchased the former automotive business at 7140 42nd Avenue three years ago. Rada and his wife completely remodeled both the interior and exterior of the building. Honest-1 gives back to the community by supporting local schools and churches with cash donations and fundraising support. The New Hope store has also been recognized as the Honest-1 with the highest sales volume in the nation for 2015. (more...)
New Hope Council approves 2016 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2016 utility rates at its meeting on December 14. The base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer and water will increase by 5 percent, the storm drainage fee, which funds New Hope's storm sewer system, will increase 5 percent, and the street light fee will increase 4 percent to cover increased costs from Xcel Energy. When added together, the 2016 utility rate increases will add a little more than $3 a month to an average New Hope utility customer's bill. (more...) (2016 rates...)
West Metro offers free home safety survey
West Metro Fire-Rescue District offers a Home Safety Survey program that strives to prevent house fires by teaching residents how to identify potential safety hazards in their homes and suggesting solutions to help alleviate those hazards. The surveys are free and generally take about an hour.The Home Safety Survey team will do a walkthrough with the homeowner of both the exterior and interior of their home to identify concerns. To request a free home safety survey, contact Shelby Wolf, deputy fire marshal, at 763-230-7006. (more...)
New Hope Council approves 2016 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2016 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 14. The 2016 general fund budget is $12,865,300, which is an increase of $798,669 compared to 2015. The overall 2016 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $10,813,013, which is $710,847 or 7.04 percent higher than 2015. The estimated tax impact of the levy increase on a median-value, $185,000 New Hope home is about $70. (more...)
City survey results are very favorable
Morris Leatherman presented a summary of the results of a recently completed city survey to the New Hope City Council at its meeting on November 9. Leatherman's opinion research firm completed a 134-question telephone survey with 400 randomly selected New Hope residents in late July and early August. The results of the survey were very favorable.
Ninty-eight percent of respondents rated the quality of life in New Hope as "excellent" or "good;" a high 92% endorsed the direction in which New Hope is headed; and 87% felt the value of city services for the tax money paid were excellent or good. Fourteen percent of respondents mentioned that "street maintenance" was the most serious issue facing the city of New Hope, while 34 percent reported there is "nothing" they see as a serious issue.
2015 Water Quality Report
The Minnesota Department of Health requires water suppliers, including the city of New Hope, to prepare annual water Consumer Confidence Reports to report the water quality for the previous year. To read New Hope's 2015 report, click on the link below.
2015 Water Quality Report