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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 Updates

2017 Street & Park Projects

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City Council and EDA Meetings - Council Packet, EDA Packet

June 26, 2017, 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall

Police Station & City Hall Design Open House

June 27, 2017, 5-8 p.m., New Hope City Hall

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.

The Secret Life of Pets"The Secret Life of Pets" at the Outdoor Theatre on June 23

Movies in the Park will kick off on Friday, June 23, with “The Secret Life of Pets” sponsored by West Metro Fire Rescue Auxiliary. Two mismatched mutts get lost in New York City and must find their way home. The film will be shown at New Hope Outdoor Theatre, just west of City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The movie is free, and will begin at dusk (about 9:15 p.m.). The seating is in bleachers, with  limited space for lawn chairs. Concessions are available for purchase, provided by New Hope Dance Competition Line.

Healthy Living Fair ArtNew Hope Healthy Living Fair is June 24

The city of New Hope is sponsoring the first New Hope Healthy Living Fair on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at West Metro Fire-Rescue Station 3, 4251 Xylon Avenue N. North Memorial Clinic will be offering several free health screenings, a Hy-Vee nutritionist and the Hy-Vee Wellness Bus will be on site with lots of health information, and Northwest YMCA will present exciting fitness demos. Perhaps best of all, everything is free!

Design open house for proposed police station/city hall, pool and park concepts is June 27

A majority of the New Hope City Council recently 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.

Those schematic design plans and preliminary concepts for a new pool and park improvements will be presented to the community at an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at New Hope City Hall. There will be presentations at 6 and 7 p.m.

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.

Tree damage?

If your had tree damage due to Sunday's storm, remember that the Maple Grove yard waste site is open seven days a week to accept leaves, branches and other tree debris. For more information, visit mgyardwaste.com.

TomatoesFarmers Market returns to City Center

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. Market day is every Saturday through October 7. Market hours are 7 a.m. to Noon through September 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from September 9 to the end of the season. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.

Talkin' Trash --
Council discusses organized garbage collection, seeks feedback

Due to concerns about the impact that garbGarbage Truckage 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.

(read the brochure and take the survey...)

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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:

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

Eight 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.

Northwood Park Celebration

Northwood playground ribbon cutting

 

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).

Construction of Alatus luxury apartments expected to begin soon

Alatus illustration

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.

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:

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 - June 2017

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