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City of New Hope
4401 Xylon Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5100
Fax: 763-531-5136
www.ci.new-hope.mn.us
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City Council Work Session - Council Packet

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m., New Hope City Hall

Progress continues on
Metro Blue Line LRT Extension

The Metro Blue Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension will begin operation as early as 2022. The 13-mile line will travel northwest from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park with stations in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and Crystal. Blue Line riders will also be able to transfer to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Connect Blue Line Now! LogoInternational Airport and the Green Line LRT for easy access to the University of Minnesota campus and downtown St. Paul. Design plans for the extension are currently 90 percent complete and the Metropolitan Council and Metro Blue Line Coalition are currently seeking federal funding to complete the project. A newsletter "Tracking the Blue Line Extension" is available here. The Metropolitan Council has also produced a virtual flyover tour of the Blue Line Extension here. Or, visit the coalition's "Connect Blue Line Now!" website for more information.

Council schedules special work session with garbage haulers

The New Hope City Council has scheduled a special work session for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 5, to meet with the city’s six licensed garbage haulers to discuss organized garbage collection in New Hope. (more...)

No on-street parking after snowfall

With wintertime here, it’s important for residents to remember New Hope’s on-street parking restrictions:

Vehicles violating the city’s parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.

City to maintain trails in three parks this winter

Some of the trails in New Hope's Hidden Valley, Lions and Northwood parks will be plowed this winter as time permits. (more...)

Did You Know Fun Fact - Jan 2018

 

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City breaks ground on new police station and city hall

City officials and members of the public participated in a groundbreaking event on Friday, January 5, to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new New Hope police station and city hall. The New Hope City Council approved a $14.8 million contract with Terra General Contractors and bonds to pay for the project at its meeting on December 11. Construction of the project is expected to begin in late January. (below - Mayor Kathi Hemken, council members Jonathan London, Andy Hoffe and John Elder, city manager Kirk McDonald, task force chair Roger Landy and police chief Tim Fournier joined architect Joel Dunning and Terra General Contractors representatives Jason Whiting and Mike Ellingson for a ceremonial ground breaking, click to view larger version)

Council members break ground on new police station and city hall

Council approves 2018 budget and tax levy

The New Hope City Council approved the 2018 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 11.
The 2018 general fund budget is $13,737,762, which is an increase of $172,286, or 1.3%, compared to 2017.
The overall 2018 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $12,912,742, which is $945,341 or 7.9% higher than 2017. The estimated impact of the city tax levy on residential properties ranges from $48 to $90 per year for market values between $150,000 and $250,000. (more...)

2018 City of New Hope Budget
2018 Budget and Tax Levy Powerpoint Presentation

New police officers and 2017 police awards

Officer Collier is Sworn InNew police officers and 2017 police awards

Three New Hope police officers - Bradley Kallio, Daniel Fitzmaurice and Matthew Collier - recently completed their training and probation and were sworn in this week. Twelve officers and four citizens were recognized for their outstanding service in 2017. Five officers received star pins for completing three or more years of an extra duty assignment. Officers Miguel Robles and Josh Eernisse and citizens Troy Wilkerson and Ryan Spencer-Wilkerson were awarded Lifesaving Commendations. Officers James Bardon and Nadine Jacobs, detectives Tony Loser, Cheri Galli and Mike TenEyck, and community service officer Scott Anderson received Notices of Commendation, Mike and Allision Isenberg received a Citizen Commendation for their contribution to the annual toy drive, and Officer Andy Lamers was recognized for his work as a K-9 officer. Click here to view photos of the swearing in and awards presentation.

New police station and city hall receive final approval

Proposed Police Station and City Hall Elevation from NE

The New Hope City Council approved the low base bid of $14,780,000 from Terra General Contractors to construct a new police station and city hall on a 4-1 vote at its meeting on December 11. The City Council approved three of eight alternate bids for a total contract of $14,792,500. The Council also authorized Wold Architects to proceed with the construction services phase of their five-phase contract. (more...)

Council approves bond sale for police station and city hall project

A majority of the New Hope City Council approved the sale of $18,435,000 in general obligation capital improvement plan bonds, series 2017A at its meeting on December 11. The bonds will fund construction of a new police station and city hall. Because of New Hope's excellent bond rating, there were five bids for the city's bonds. New Hope received a low bid, with an interest rate of 2.6339%, from Robert W. Baird and Co. (more...)

Council recognizes In Focus photo contest winners

Reflecting on Spring by Michael Wheeler

At their meeting on Monday, November 27, the New Hope City Council recognizedthe winners of the 2017 New Hope In Focus photocontest.This year 34 photographers entered 78 photos in the contest, including 13 images by youth ages 16 and under. A group of volunteer judgest selected the winning photos in three main categories -- People, Places and Nature, and a Youth category. The public chose both online and in-person People's Choice Award winners earlier this fall. Click on the pdf link below to see all of the winning photos and the winning photographers! RIGHT: Nature category winner:" Reflecting on Spring" by Michael Wheeler. ABOVE: In Focus winners (left to right) Diane Runkle (In-Person People's Choice), Michael Wheeler (Nature), Aaron Lewis (Youth), Mike Zinner (Places and Honorable Mention), Evelyn Neese (Online People's Choice), Dack Nehring (People), Marti Christensen (Honorable Mention) and Tom Christensen (Honorable Mention). Click photos for larger version.

Winning photos and photographers PowerPoint

2018-2027 New Hope Pavement Management Plan

The New Hope city engineer presented the updated 2018-2027 Pavement Management Plan to the City Council at its November work session. In 2014, the director of public works and the city engineer formulated a pavement management strategy to advance the pavement surface replacement program beyond the system that was previously developed. The pavement management strategy identifies and prioritizes street maintenance activities based on pavement rating index (PRI) and other factors to maximize the return on each dollar invested. Depending on roadway and underlying maintenance conditions, maintenance strategies are identified as edge mill and overlay, full mill and overlay, or full reconstruction. The updated Pavement Management Plan forecasts street improvement projects through 2027.

2018-2027 Pavement Management Plan

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visits New Hope

Holiday Train Arrives in New Hope

A nice crowd showed up to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train when it stopped at the railroad crossing near the New Hope Ice Arena on Sunday, December 10. The stop featured a musical performance by recording artists Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Dallas Smith. The event also raised food and cash donations for The Food Group, which is based in New Hope.Several local businesses donated to the event. To watch video of the event produced by CCX Create click on the link below at left.

Photos of the 2017 Holiday Train Stop in New Hope

Commissioner Bus Tour Guide

New Hope city commissioners, council members and city staff took a tour of recent city projects on a bus tour in mid-September. The guide below includes information about the 28 projects that were included in that bus tour.

Commissioner Bus Tour - September 2017

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast - A Tapestry of Color

2017 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

The New Hope Community Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was Friday, October 27, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s event is “New Hope: A Tapestry of Color.” The event included reflections by leaders from many local faith communities and music.

A photo gallery of the event, in pdf format, is available here.

A video of the event will be rebroadcast on CCX Ch. 20 on 11/1 at 4 p.m., 11/2 at 8 a.m., 11/4 at 8:30 p.m. and 11/5 at 12:30 p.m.

2040 New Hope Comprehensive Plan update

The city of New Hope has begun work on the 2040 update of the New Hope Comprehensive Plan. The updated plan will provide New Hope with an outline for future development and redevelopment through the year 2040. More information about the New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan update is available here.

Performance Measurement Report

The City Council reviewed an updated version of the City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its September 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 - September 2017

Council accepts 2016 Annual Financial Report

The New Hope City Council reviewed the 2016 Annual Financial Report at the work session on May 15 and formally accepted the audit at the Council meeting on May 22. Bill Lauer from the audit firm Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich and Co. gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, MMKR's findings and opinion of the city records and financial data, and presented an overview of the city's financial status at Council meeting. MMKR did not identify any deficiencies in internal controls that they consider to be material weaknesses, they found no instances of noncompliance, and they encountered no significant difficulties in dealing with management in performing and completing the audit. To learn more details about the 2016 New Hope Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), view the documents below:

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...)

2017 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.

2017 New Hope Economic Development Report

2016 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 2016 report, click on the link below.

2016 Water Quality Report