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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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Police Station & City Hall Planning

Development and Planning Update

Pool and Park Planning

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City Council Work Session - Packet

Monday, December 18, 2017,6:30 p.m.

ALERT -- Ice rink opening delayed

Although New Hope's park crew has been working for the last couple weeks to flood the outdoor ice rinks in Hidden Valley, Lions, Civic Center and Liberty parks, warmer than expected weather and a delay in the ground freezing means that it will not be possible for the city to open the rinks on Saturday, December 16, as originally scheduled. Crews will continue to work on the ice and monitor its condition. Rinks will open and warming house hours will begin as soon as conditions are right.

New police station and city hall receive final approval

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...)

Proposed Police Station and City Hall Elevation from NE

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...)

Holiday Train Arrives in New HopeCanadian Pacific Holiday Train visits 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

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

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

Holiday food and toy drives

City employees are sponsoring holiday food and toy drives again this year. Unopened, nonperishable food items will be accepted at drop-off sites at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. Drop-off site hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The New Hope Police Department is sponsoring a holiday toy drive. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off 24 hours a day in the lobby of the New Hope Police Department, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. (lower level). Donations to either drive may also be made by cash or check. Food and toys will be accepted until December 15.

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...)

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Human Rights Commission vacancy

The New Hope City Council is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission advises the City Council on human relations and civil rights issues. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Members serve two-year terms. An application form is available here, or by calling the city clerk at 763-531-5117. Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 29.

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

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.

CenterPoint Energy gas main project on Winnetka Avenue

CenterPoint Energy is replacing large diameter gas main in Brooklyn Park and New Hope this summer. Work on the New Hope portion of the project began on August 21, resulting in road closures on Winnetka Avenue between 63rd Ave. N. and Bass Lake Road. For updated information on the project, visit CenterPoint's project website.

Planning for proposed police station and city hall moves to next phase

On August 28, a majority of the New Hope City Council approved design development phase plans from Wold Architects and Engineers for a proposed new police station and city hall and authorized Wold to proceed to the next phase of the design process – the preparation of construction documents. To view the design development phase plans and other information about the proposed project, click on “Police Station and City Hall Planning” above on the right.

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

New Hope Farmers Market

The New Hope Community Farmers Market returned to City Center on Saturday, June 17. After two years at a different location, the market will be located in Xylon Avenue, just north of 42nd Avenue, between New Hope City Hall and Hy-Vee. The market, which features about 80 vendors, 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. Fall market hours are every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 7. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.

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:

Yard waste site is open

Dumping yard waste

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 10300 Maple Grove Parkway, opened 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. The site is located just east of The Grove Super Target. Visit www.mgyardwaste.com or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.

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...)

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

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