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City of New Hope
4401 Xylon Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5100
Fax: 763-531-5136

Police Station and City Hall Construction

Development and Planning Update

Pool and Park Planning


City Council Work Session- Packet

Monday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., New Hope City Hall

Council approves contracts for
improvements at Sunnyside and Begin parks

The New Hope City Council approved two contracts totaling $264,250 to replace the playground in Sunnyside Park and the basketball courts in both Sunnyside and Begin parks at its meeting on April 9. Click here for more information.

Council proclaims April 15-21
"Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week"

On April 9, the New Hope City Council proclaimed April 12-15, 2018 "Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week." The proclamation notes "the city of New Hope is dedicated to preserving and protecting the water resources in our watershed" and that "litter and trash can be washed into our lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams, polluting the water and blocking our storm sewers and storm drains." The proclamation goes on to encourage residents to "take an active role in protecting our water resources by picking up litter and trash and keeping our streets, parks, neighborhoods and community clean." New Hope will hold a cleanup and tree planting event in Meadow Lake Park later this spring to mark the Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup event.

Yard waste site is open for the season

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 2. 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 or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.

Step To It Challenge

Do you have a competitive spirit? Do you want a fun and easy way to get in shape this spring? Then the Step To It Challenge, from May 1-27, might be for you! The Step To It Challenge is a four-week physical activity campaign intended to motivate people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active. Registration begins April 1.

Twenty-four communities will compete to see who has the most active residents. Participants log time spent walking or doing other activities (there’s a convenient conversion chart) ...every activity counts toward the total. For more information or to register, visit

Construction Framegrab from April 5, 2018Construction timelapse for
new police station and city hall

Construction of New Hope's new police station and city hall has begun with the demolition of the exising outdoor pool. Click on the image, at right, to view a timelapse of construction progress for February 18 through April 6, 2018. To view weekly construction timelapse and other information about construction of the new building, click on "Police Station and City Hall Construction" at right.

Did You Know Fun Fact - Jan 2018


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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 2 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.
  • On-street parking is prohibited year-round from 2 to 6 a.m.

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

Cooper Hawks' Day in New Hope

The Cooper High School girls basketball team won their first ever state championship on Saturday, March 17 by defeating Northfield 49-37 in the 3A final of the girls state basketball tournament. The New Hope City Council has issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, March 20 to be "Cooper Hawks' Day" in the city of New Hope. Mayor Kathi Hemken will share the proclamation at a pep fest at Cooper on Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks coach and players have been invited to attend the council meeting on Monday, March 26 to be recognized by the New Hope City Council.

Council with Cooper Hawks 2018 Girls Basketball Players

Cooper Hawks' Day Proclamation

Council recognizes snowman contest winners

The two Donnay children and their snowmanThe New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the first annual New Hope Snowman/Snow Sculpture Contest at its meeting on March 12. The winning entry was “Minneapolis Miracle,” made by Caroline and Isaac Donnay. The happy snowman commemorates the game-winning catch by Stephon Diggs during the 2018 playoffs. The snowman is “catching” a football and is emblazoned with the number “14” and the word “SKOL” in bright purple. The second place winner was “Hue Pumpernikle” made by teen friends Jenna Geier, Kaitlin Odell and Kaylee Hanson. Hue is a dignified-looking fellow with a hat and scarf.

The New Hope Snowman/Snow Sculpture Contest was sponsored by the New Hope Citizen Advisory Commission. The contest was open to New Hope residents – either individuals, families, neighborhoods or groups. Both snowman and snow sculpture entries were welcome. The winners received a certificate and a choice of either a cash prize or a gift card good toward a future park and recreation program.

View both award-winning entries and their designers here.

Spring road restrictions began March 5

The starting date for Spring Load Restrictions in the metro frost zone will be Monday, March 5, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at

2018 State of the City Presentation

Mayor Kathi Hemkin and city manager Kirk McDonald made a State of the City presentation to members of the local business community and residents in late February. The presentation highlights some of the more significant projects and activities the city of New Hope was involved in 2017 and that will be occurring in 2018. Click here to view a pdf version of the 2018 State of the City Powerpoint.

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, April 2, to meet with the city’s six licensed garbage haulers to discuss organized garbage collection in New Hope. (more...)

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.

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