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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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Development and Planning Updates

City Council - Agenda Packet
Monday, November 24, 2014, 7 p.m.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N

Economic Development Authority - Agenda Packet
Monday, November 24, 2014, after Council meeting.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N

No on-street parking after snowfall

With wintertime here, it’s important for residents to remember New Hope’s on-street parking restrictions:

New Hope Sparkles holiday lighting contest

West Metro Fire-Rescue District Auxiliary is sponsoring the third annual New Hope Sparkles holiday lighting contest. Winners will win cash prizes in residential and business categories. The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 11. (more...)

Elder and London elected to City Council

A total of 7,467 New Hope voters, Or 58 percent of registered voters, voted in the mid-term election on Tuesday, November 4. John A. Elder and Jonathan D. London were elected to the New Hope City Council. For additional election results, visit the Secretary of States Election Results page.

  PCT 1
PCT 2
PCT 3
PCT 4
PCT 5
PCT 6
PCT 7
PCT 8
TOTAL
John A. Elder
337
506
606
543
320
143
648
396
3,499
Jonathan D. London
221
386
525
362
182
95
407
239
2,417
Louis D. Oswalt
119
199
234
212
148
74
297
192
1,475
Daniel Stauner
159
308
316
352
164
121
473
216
2,109
Write-ins
7
9
12
10
6
1
19
7
71

 

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

About 300 community members attended the annual New Hope Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, which was held on Friday, October 24, from 7 to 9 a.m. The event featured inspirational words from local clergy of many faiths, music and a continental breakfast. The theme of this year's event was "Embracing the Fullnes of Life - Dive In! Were not done yet!" Click of the link below to view a slideshow of photos from the event.

2014 Prayer Breakfast photo gallery

New Hope In Focus photo contest winners

The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2013 New Hope In Focus photo contest at its meeting on October 13.

After a month of voting, community members chose “Eat at Brueggers,” by 12-year-old D. Williams, as the winner in the People’s Choice category. More than 650 people cast ballots, both in person and online. A panel of seven volunteer judges with expertise in photography or visual communications picked the winners in three main categories – People, Places and Nature. “Circles,” by Dack Nehring, won the People category and had the highest overall score. “Night Light,” also by Dack Nehring, won the Places category. “Prairie Flower Monarch,” by Michael Powell, won the Nature category. And, "Eat at Brueggers," by D. Williams, won the Youth category. Three photographers also received Honorable Mention awards: Catherine Burbank for “Puddle Lovin',” Amos Vodis for “Bolts,” and “238,900 Miles Above New Hope," by Tom Christensen.

Click on the thumbnails below to see a larger version of each photo. A gallery with all of this year's entries is located here. (more...)

Circles by Dack Nehring Night Light by Dack Nehring Prairie Flower Monarch by Michael Powell Eat at Brueggers by D. Williams Puddle Lovin' by Catherine Burbank Bolts by Amos Vodis 238,900 Miles Above New Hope by Tom Christensen

 

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New Hope Council gives final approval to Hy-Vee

The New Hope City Council approved a purchase agreement to sell the former Kmart and Wells Fargo Bank site at 4200-4300 Xylon Ave. N. to Hy-Vee Inc. at its meeting on September 22. Hy-Vee will pay the city $3,725,000 for the 13.3 acre site. The Council also approved Hy-Vee's final development plan for a 90,000 square foot grocery store and additional improvements on the site.

The closing on the property is scheduled before the end of September, with site preparation work expected to begin shortly thereafter. The city of New Hope plans to make utility improvements, reconstruct the streets, and install streetscape amenities next spring.Hy-Vee plans to open their New Hope grocery store in fall 2015. (more...)

Hy-Vee Store Front Elevation

Council adopts 2015 Preliminary Budget and Tax Levy

The City Council adopted the 2015 Preliminary Budget and Tax Levy at its meeting on September 8. The preliminary 2015 General Fund Budget is $12,066,631, which is an increase of $607,739 over the 2014 budget of $11,458,892. The general fund levy would increase by 4.26 percent and the overall levy would increase by 3.95 percent. The impact of the budget and levy would result in a 2 percent decrease to the average homeowner due to property valuation increases.

Two major increases in the preliminary budget are:

  • about $350,000 to fund 50 percent of the cost of central garage replacement charges (100% of operational costs are budgeted).
  • about $277,500 has been included for increases in wages and benefits, including union contracts, continued implementation of the compensation study and step increases, a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for employees and the city council, additional IT resources, a crime analyst position, and a storm water position budgeted in the storm water fund.

The preliminary budget and tax levy will be sent to the state auditor's office. The 2015 final budget and tax levy, which will be approved in December, may be lower than the preliminary numbers but they may not be higher.

Proposed 2015 New Hope Preliminary Budget

Powerpoint presentation for 2015 Preliminary Budget and Levy

New Hope Council recognizes RAVE! Award winners

Tangen RAVE! Award WinnerThe New Hope City Council recognized the four winning property owners in the 2014 RAVE! Awards on September 22. Arnold and Marlene Tangen, 7316 39th Ave. N, received an award for "Outstanding Property Maintenance" and were also recognized as "Best in Show (see photo above)." Duane and Patty Reynolds, 7116 39th Ave. N., won in the "Outstanding Landscaping" category. Filipina and James Berry, 4816 Ensign Ave. N, won for "Outstanding Gardens." And, MaryAnne and Kenneth Frantz, 4738 Decatur Place, were recognized in the "Environmentally Sensitive" category.

Summary of 2014 projects in New Hope

In late September, members of the New Hope City Council and city commissioners toured many of the projects going on in New Hope. Click on the link below to read an informative summary of those projects.

City of New Hope 2014 Projects

Maple Grove Yard Waste Site

The Maple Grove yard waste site is a great place to dispose of leaves, garden waste, branches, grass clippings and small quantities of sod or dirt. The site, which is located at 14796 101st Ave. N., is free for residents of New Hope to use with proof of residency. The site is for bulk waste only. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays, through November 30.
For more information about the yard waste site, including directions, listen to the recorded message at 763-420-4886, or visit the facility’s website at www.mgyardwaste.com.

Nextdoor.com launches in New Hope

Nextdoor LogoThe city of New Hope is working in partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to help improve neighbor-to-neighbor communications and communications between the city and its neighborhoods.

With Nextdoor, New Hope residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information. Neighbors can use their Nextdoor website to share recommendations for a babysitter or a plumber, ask to borrow a ladder, organize a neighborhood gathering, find a lost pet, or share information about suspicious activity in the neighborhood. (more...)

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Management Report

The 2013 City of New Hope Audit will be officially presented at the Council meeting on May 27. Once the audit is accepted by the Council, it will be forwarded to the state.
The city received a clean audit opinion. Links to amanagement report on the audit and the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) are provided below:

2013 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 2013 report, click on the link below.

2013 Water Quality Report