Planning Commission Meeting - broadcast
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
City Council Meeting - packet
EDA Meeting - packet
Monday, March 9, 2015, 7 p.m.
Firefighters Fighting Hunger
The West Metro Fire-Rescue District’s “Firefighters Fighting Hunger!” food drive continues through March 21. The firefighters are collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to benefit The Food Group (formerly the Emergency Foodshelf Network). Items can be dropped off at Station 3 in New Hope, 4251 Xylon Ave. N. on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at all three West Metro fire stations anytime that crews are present.
The food drive will culminate on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. West Metro will have fire vehicles at several local grocery stores including Almsted’s Fresh Market, Crystal Aldi, Crystal Target, and the Cub Foods on 36th Ave. N. in Crystal and 42nd Ave. N. in Plymouth. For more information, visit www.wmfrd.org or call 763-230-7007.
regulates portable storage units
On February 9, the New Hope City Council approved an amendment to section 4-2 of the New Hope Zoning Code to regulate temporary exterior storage units. The ordinance amendment recommended by the Planning Commission and approved by the City Council limits the time a portable storage unit may be placed on a residential property to no more than 30 consecutive days, or no more than 90 days if there is an active building permit for the property. The ordinance also requires that the temporary storage unit be placed at least 15 feet behind the curb of a public street and at least five feet from side property lines. (more)
IT Services Request for Proposals
The city of New Hope is accepting Requests for Proposals for IT Services. For more information, please click on the link below
Request for Proposals
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New Hope becomes a Minnesota GreenStep City
The New Hope City Council passed a resolution to participate in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at its meeting on January 12.
Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality of life goals. The free program is based upon 28 best practices developed by experts in the field. GreenStep Cities is a public-private partnership which began in 2010. Partners include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, League of Minnesota Cities, Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Minnesota Department of Commerce and others. Seventy-seven cities throughout the state of Minnesota participate in the program. (more...)
City of New Hope thankful for support received
In the aftermath of the traumatic incident that took place at the New Hope City Hall on Monday evening, city staff are doing our best to try and get back to normal city operations. It is times like this that make you realize how fortunate we are to have a well trained, professional police department who acted in a heroic manner and saved the lives of others. I speak for all the staff and city council when I extend a heartfelt thanks to every New Hope police officer. We are hoping for a full recovery for the injured officers.
I also want to extend my thanks to the Hennepin County Sherriff’s Department, surrounding law enforcement agencies and the West Metro Fire-Rescue District for all the assistance they provided on Monday night and in the days that have followed.
Thanks also goes out to all the city staff and city council for the professional manner in which they handled the incident and showed their concern for one other.
There has been an outpouring of support from the New Hope community, including residents, business owners and others who have sent supportive messages, shared their concerns and gratitude, sent cards and flowers and dropped off food items for the police department and city employees. There has been an outpouring of support from all of our neighboring cities and from across the metro area and state who have offered assistance and support if it is needed.
The city is very appreciative of the support that has been received and extend our thanks to the community and others. Working together, we will all get through this incident and continue to strive to make New Hope a great community.
Elder and London take oath of office
Council members John Elder (left) and Jonathan London (right) were sworn into office at the council meeting on January 12. Council member Elder has been a member of the New Hope City Council since 2009. This is council member London's first term.
(Left) The contractor for Hy-Vee has been doing grading and foundation work on the site of the new 90,000 square foot grocery store, 4300 Xylon Ave. N. In late December installation of concrete wall panels began. Hy-Vee plans to open the store in fall 2015. (Right) Construction of the 68-unit Compass Pointe apartment complex at 6113 West Broadway is well underway. The developer plans to complete construction in July 2015. For more information about these and other development and planning projects in New Hope, click on the blue button above.
New Hope has outdoor rinks with warming houses at four parks
Lace up your skates and get out and enjoy some clear, crisp winter weather on an outdoor ice rink at one of four New Hope parks this winter.
Parks maintenance staff has flooded rinks in Liberty Park at 60th and Gettysburg avenues, Civic Center Park at 44th and Xylon avenues, Lions Park at 38th and Oregon avenues, and Hidden Valley Park at 32nd and Boone avenues. (more...)
Council approves 2015 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2015 utility rates at its meeting on December 8. The base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer and water will increase by 3 percent next year. The sewage treatment charge from the Met Council will increase in 2015, but that increase will not be passed along to New Hope utility customers. (more...)
Council approves 2015 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2015 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 8. The 2015 general fund budget is $12,066,631, which is an increase of $607,739 compared to 2014. The overall tax levy will increase by 3.95 percent in 2015. Due to increasing home values in New Hope, the average New Hope homeowner will actually pay 4 percent less in property taxes in 2015 compared to 2014. (more...)
2015 City of New Hope Budget
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 1½ 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.
- Vehicles violating the city’s parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.
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
Nextdoor.com launches in New Hope
The 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