Carlson and Opat Recognized for Service to City

Carlson and Opat Recognized for Service to City
Posted on 11/10/2020

The New Hope City Council recognized and thanked Representative Lyndon Carlson, Sr. and Commissioner Mike Opat for their service to the Minnesota House of Representatives and Hennepin County, respectively, and contributions to the betterment of the community.

Representative Lyndon Carlson, Sr. has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing districts that have included the city of New Hope, since 1972. He is the longest‐serving Minnesota legislator and longest‐serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Throughout his tenure, Representative Carlson has supported the betterment of the New Hope community and was instrumental in New Hope’s 2018 state bonding bill request for the construction of the new aquatic facility, for which the city received $2 million for the construction of the 50-meter pool. He also assisted the city in securing funds for improvements to the New Hope Ice Arena through the Mighty Ducks Grant Program. Representative Carlson has been a strong proponent of funding Local Government Aid (LGA) to assist in providing property tax relief for residents of the city.

Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat has represented Hennepin County District 1, including the city of New Hope, since 1993. He was elected to the board nine times and served as board chair for nine years. Throughout his tenure, Commissioner Opat has supported the betterment of the New Hope Community. Commissioner Opat assisted the city in securing more than a dozen grants through the Hennepin Youth Sports Program, including $275,000 for the New Hope Ice Arena energy improvements, $250,000 for the New Hope Aquatic Park construction, $50,000 for Lighted Field improvements and a combined $117,000 for additional equipment and playground improvements. Commissioner Opat has been a strong supporter of county road infrastructure and stormwater improvement projects within the city. Opat led the county’s effort to build the Metro Blue Line light rail extension project, connecting downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park while traveling through three cities bordering New Hope.

Both Representative Carlson and Commissioner Opat were in attendance at the meeting, and presented with official proclamations by New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken.