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City Council Work Session- Packet

Monday, June 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 6 p.m. Council meal

Personnel Board Meeting - Agenda

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7 p.m.

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 and City Hall Construction

Development and Planning Update

Pool and Park Planning

Two candidates file for New Hope City Council

Two candidates filed for the two open council member seats on the New Hope City Council before the filing period ended on June 5. John Elder and Jonathan London, the incumbents, will be the only two residents on the ballot for those seats. Because there are not more than four candidates for the two council seats, those positions will not be on the ballot for the primary election on Tuesday, August 14. Click here for more election information.

New Hope Council accepts 2017 audit report

The New Hope City Council formally accepted the city of New Hope 2017 Audit Report at its May 29 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. MMKR did not identify any deficiencies in internal controls that they consider to be material weaknesses, they reported no findings, and they encountered no significant difficulties in dealing with management in performing and completing the audit.

The MMKR PowerPoint presentation, audit management report and special purpose audit report are available for review below.

2017 Audit Powerpoint Presentation
2017 Audit Management Report and Special Purpose Audit Report

2017 New Hope Drinking Water Report

The Minnesota Department of Health requires water suppliers, including the city of New Hope, to prepare an annual water Consumer Confidence Report to provide details about the water quality for the previous year. To read New Hope's 2017 report, click on the link below.

2017 Water Quality Report

Comprehensive Plan update

The city is near the end of preparing its 2040 Comprehensive Plan update which impacts all the properties, neighborhoods, and businesses in the city.  The Comprehensive Plan outlines New Hope's long-range strategies for addressing housing, businesses, transportation, and community parks and facilities within New Hope.

An open house was held on May 30 to give residents a chance to view the plan and talk to staff if you have questions or concerns regarding the plan or your neighborhood. A public hearing on the draft New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan was conducted by the New Hope Planning Commission on June 5. 

To view the current draft fo the New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan, click here.

New Hope Village Golf Course is Open!

New Hope's beautiful par 3 golf course is open for the season. Open golf, leagues and lessons are available for all ages. Call 763-531-5178 to reserve a tee time today! The course is located at 8130 Bass Lake Road.

New Hope Golf Leagues, Lessons and Open Golf Flyer

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 www.mgyardwaste.com or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.

Construction Frame Grab 053118Construction 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 19 through June 1, 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

 

For additional stories click on a headline below or go to the Media Releases page.

 

Thank you Back Acres Garden Club!

The Back Acres Garden Club has been helping to make New Hope a more beautiful place to live for more than 50 years. More than half of the club’s 15 members have been involved in the group since the beginning. The club started out by planting flowers at city hall and in Northwood Park. As the original group members have gotten older, it’s gotten more difficult for them to kneel. Consequently, the group gave up planting flowers at Northwood Park two years ago, but continues to plant flowers at city hall and in planters along 42nd Avenue, and at several locations throughout the city.

Garden Club Ladies

City Council resolution supports pollinators

Bee Pollinating Flower

The New Hope City Council adopted a “Bee-Safe City” resolution supporting pollinators and pollinator habitat in the city of New Hope at its meeting on April 23. The “Bee-Safe City” proclamation stipulates that the city of New Hope will follow best management practices in the use of plantings and pesticides on all of the public lands within the city. The resolution also calls upon the city to encourage New Hope residents to create and maintain pollinator-friendly habitats, avoid planting flowering plants that have been treated with systemic insecticides, and follow pollinator-friendly lawn and landscaping practices. (more...)

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.

New Hope Explorers compete at state conference

New Hope Explorers and Advisors

New Hope's Police Explorers were among the 48 explorer posts from Minnesota and North Dakota who participated in the 43rd annual Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Association state conference in Rochester. The New Hope group competed in practical exercise events including: Crime Prevention, Domestic Crisis, Emergency First Aid and Witness Interview/Interrogation. The also participated in two academic sessions including Defensive Tactics and Dark Web. New Hope's first year Explorers brought home a first place trophy in the Dark Web academic session. New Hope's Explorers and their advisors are pictured at right (click the small image to view a larger version).

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.

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

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.

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