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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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2017 Street & Park Projects

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Special City Council Work Session - Packet

June 1, 2017, 6 p.m., New Hope City Hall

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Memorial Day Event is May 29 at 3 p.m.

On behalf of the Quad Cities of New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale, a special Memorial Day Event will be held to honor those who have died serving in our country's armed forces. The ceremony will include performances by the Robbinsdale City Band, Lakeview Elementary Choir, and a Eulogy by Chaplain Chris Erickson. The event will take place at the Victory Flag Pole on Victory Memorial Drive. For a map of the event, click here.

 

Northwood playground ribbon cutting

 

Northwood Park Celebration

Smiling boy on ziplineAbout 80 people participated in the Northwood Park celebration and ribbon cutting from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 15. The event marked completion of the new playground and other improvements in Northwood Park. Kids played on the new play equipment and everyone enjoyed the warm, sunny spring weather. Friends of Northwood Lake provided hot dogs and Flagship Recreation, the contractor, provided ice cream for those in attendence. Mayor Kathi Hemken did a ribbon cutting, with help from park neighbors, at 5:30 p.m. (click thumbnails for larger photos).

 

Hy-Vee donation helps city add hanging baskets to City Center

City Center Flower BasketEight new hanging flower baskets will add beauty to the streetscape in New Hope’s City Center this summer. The New Hope City Council authorized the installation of hanger arms on eight of the streetlights along Xylon Avenue and the purchase of hanging baskets in February. The baskets include pink and purple petunias, yellow bidens, and vinca vines. The streetlights have built-in irrigation that will water the plants each morning. On May 22, the City Council expressed appreciation to Hy-Vee for its donation of $325 to cover half of the cost of the flower baskets.

 

New Hope City Day and West Metro Fire Open House are June 3

City Day Flyer IconNew Hope’s annual open house, City Day, is Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to Noon, in front of city hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The event is a great opportunity to have some fun and get a little better idea of what’s going on at New Hope City Hall. City Day is being held, once again, in collaboration with the West Metro Fire Open House, which will be going on at the same time right down the street, at Station 3, 4251 Xylon Ave. N.

The two open houses will feature a variety of fun activities for the entire family. Visitors will also have a chance to chat with members of the City Council and city staff to learn about city programs, services and current projects.

New this year, open house visitors can collect smiley face stickers on a “passport” card to receive a New Hope promotional item and be entered in a raffle for a family pool pass, golf passes, etc. Click on icon at right for flyer. (more...)

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:

Council approves schematic design for proposed police station and city hall

On May 22, a majority of the New Hope City Council approved schematic design 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 design development phase. The schematic design phase is the first of five phases in a design and construction services contract the city has with Wold. Council approval is required at the end of each phase before the architect can proceed to the next phase. To view the schematic design phase plans and other information about the proposed project click on “Police Station and City Hall Planning” above on the right.

2040 Comprehensive Plan update

The city of New Hope has begun work on the 2040 update of the New Hope Comprehensive Plan. New Hope's Comprehensive Plan defines the future land use, transportation, utilities, sustainability and resilience, and parks and trails goals of our community. The updated plan will provide New Hope with an outline for guture development and redevelopment through the year 2040. Community member will have an opportunity to participate in the process and share their thoughts about future planning issues in New Hope at three neighborhood meetings at City Hall, from 7 to 9 p.m., on June 14, 15, and 20. The 2030 New Hope Comprehensive Plan update is available here.

Alatus illustrationConstruction of Alatus luxury apartments expected to begin soon

The city has been working with Alatus LLC since fall 2015 on a proposal to construct a four-story, 182-unit luxury apartment building on the 3.35-acre city-owned site at 8400 Bass Lake Road (just west of the city golf course). The city and Alatus expect to close on the sale of the property within the next few weeks. Alatus will also begin driving pilings on the site soon. Due to poor soil conditions and a high water table on the site, more than 680 pilings will be needed to support the foundation of the building. Work on those pilings is expected to take about two months to complete.

Miguel Sano Swinging BatTake Dad out to the ball game!

New Hope Parks and Recreation has joined with other nearby recreation departments to offer group pricing on Field View seats to the Minnesota Twins game versus the Cleveland Indians schedulde for 1:10 p.m. on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18. Tickets are only $21. To register or for more information, call the recreation office at 763-531-5151 or visit webtrac.nhrecexpress.com.

 

Talkin' Trash --
Council discusses organized garbage collection, seeks feedbackGarbage Truck

Due to concerns about the impact that garbage trucks are having on the city’s streets, in April the City Council decided to study the merits of implementing an organized garbage collection system in New Hope. The Council will be talkin’ trash with residents at a listening session on August 7 to hear what residents think about the possibility of switching to organized garbage collection. (more...)

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Spring load restrictions ended April 14 in the Metro

On April 10, MnDOT announced that the ending date for Spring Load Restrictions in the Metro Frost Zone is Friday, April 14, 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).”

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.

Fred Sims playground equipment contract approved

Fred Sims Playground Equipt

The New Hope City Council approved a contract for $97,397 with Flagship Recreation/Landscape Structures for new playground equipment at Fred Sims Park. The play equipment will include a large assortment of climbers, bridges and ramps, swings, roller and double slides, and an innovative “Global Motion” rotating net climber – one of only a couple in the metro area. Construction of the new playground is expected to begin in April and be substantially completed by June. Click thumbnail to view larger image. (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...)

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 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...)

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

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...)

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...)

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