City Council Meeting - Packet
March 27, 2017 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall
Council approves Northwood North contract
The New Hope City Council approved a contract with Valley Paving, Inc. for $4,258,214 to construct street and utility improvements in the 2017 Northwood North Infrastructure Improvement Project. The project involves improvements to about three miles of city streets from Northwood Parkway south to 36th Avenue, between Boone Avenue and Highway 169. About two-thirds of the streets will be fully reconstructed.The remaining streets will receive a two-inch mill and overlay. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin in mid-April and should be substantially completed this fall. (more...)
New Hope includes street
improvements in property tax levy
New Hope property tax rate appears to be a bit higher than those of eight surrounding communities. New Hope's tax capacity rate in 2017 is 59.931%, or third highest of the nine communities. That ranking, however, does not factor in that New Hope is the only one of those cities that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. New Hope funds those projects through an annual street infrastructure levy. Removing New Hope's street infrastructure levy from the tax capacity comparision puts it on an equal playing field with neighboring communities. In that comparison, New Hope ranks fifth in total tax capacity rate for 2017, at 50.984% (more...)
Council approves restrictions for dumpster bags
The New Hope City Council amended the New Hope City Code to require residential dumpster bags to comply with the same restrictions as temporary storage units.The amended ordinance allows residential dumpster bags and temporary storage units to be located on a property for no more than 30 consecutive days in one calendar year (unless there is an active building permit). The dumpster ags and storage units must be set back a minimum of 15 feet behind the curb of a public street, must be located at least 5 feet from side property lines, and may not obstruct a sidewalk. (more...)
Planning Commission applicants sought
The New Hope City Council is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Planning meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Commission members serve three-year terms. Interested New Hope residents and business people are encouraged to apply. An application form is available here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 28.
CenterPoint Energy to replace gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue
A contractor for CenterPoint Energy will be replacing existing natural gas distribution and transmission mains along Winnetka Avenue north beginning in August. The portion of the project in New Hope will be along Winnetka from 55th Avenue N to 63rd Avenue North. CenterPoint, in cooperation with the cities of New Hope and Crystal, is holding an open house at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at New Hope City Hall, to share details about the project and answer questions. CenterPoint also has also set up a project website for the Winnetka Pipeline Project.
Winnetka Pipeline project overview and open house announcement
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Council approves design and engineering contracts
for proposed municipal building, pool and park improvements
A majority of the New Hope City Council approved a contract proposal from Wold Architects and Engineers on January 9 to provide architectural and engineering consulting services for a proposed new police station and city hall. A Council majority also approved a proposal from Stantec Consulting Services for civil engineering and landscape design work for the proposed building and a second proposal to work with two resident committees to develop concepts for a new outdoor pool and updated amenities in Civic Center Park to complement the new municipal building. (more...)
Seasonal load limit notification
On February 13, MnDOT announced that the ending date for Winter Load Increases and the starting date for Spring Load Restrictions in the Metro Frost Zone is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions (SLR).”
Recycle clothing and home goods at curbside
New Hope residents can now recycle unwanted clothing and certain home goods for free, at curbside, on their regular recycling collection day. Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG) is coordinating the service with the company Simple Recycling. For more information or to receive additional bags, visit www.simplerecycling.com, call 866-835-5068, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (more...)
Call to report turf damage caused by snowplows
In spite of the best efforts of the city’s snowplow drivers, snow removal equipment occasionally tears up some turf. Public works staff typically begin repairing snowplow damage that occurred during the winter in early May. If your lawn was damaged by a snowplow this winter, please call the New Hope Public Works Department at 763-592-6777 as soon as possible. (more...)
No on-street parking after snowfall
With wintertime here, it’s important for residents to remember New Hope’s on-street parking restrictions:
- On-street parking is prohibited in New Hope as soon as 1½ inches of snow have fallen.
- Vehicles must remain off the street until the pavement has been plowed to full width. If possible, residents are encouraged to avoid parking on the street for 24 hours after a snowfall.
- Vehicles violating the city’s parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.
2016 City of New Hope Economic Development Report
The city of New Hope Economic Development Report highlights redevelopment projects throughout the city from the previous year and the tools that are in place to promote development activity. The city’s Economic Development Authority promotes and facilitates business development and housing redevelopment activities.
2016 New Hope Economic Development Report
Council approves 2017 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2017 utility rates at its meeting on December 12. New Hope’s base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer will increase by 7.5 percent in 2017. The base fee and volume rate for water and the fee for storm drainage will increase by 5 percent next year. And the recycling fee will increase by 2.8 percent. The total impact of the utility fee increases on an “average” residential utility customer (who uses 5,000 gallons of water a month) will be $4.18 per month. (more...)
Council approves 2017 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2017 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 12. The 2017 general fund budget is $13,565,476, which is an increase of $700,176 compared to 2016. The overall 2017 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $11,967,401, which is $1,154,388 or 10.68 percent higher than 2016. The estimated impact of the city tax levy on residential properties ranges from $74 to $139 per year for market values between $150,000 and $250,000. (more...)
New Hope Police Department 2015 Annual Report
The New Hope Police Department recently completed and published its 2015 Annaul Report. The report includes a summary of department activities and crime statistics.
New Hope Police Department 2015 Annual Report
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
Performance Measurement Report
The City Council reviewed an updated version of the City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its June 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. The latest version also incorporates SMART goals (Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Realistic-Timely).
City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report
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