City Council Work Session - Packet
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7 p.m.
New Hope City Hall
New Hope In Focus People's Choice voting
New Hope photographers entered 69 photos in the 2014 In Focus photo contest. A panel of volunteer judges will choose winners in four categories: people, places, nature, and youth. You can also vote for your favorite, and help choose a winner in the People’s Choice category.
Voting for the People's Choice Award has begun and will continue through September 30. You can vote online by following the link below. Or, vote in person at City Hall, the golf course clubhouse, the Farmers Market, and possibly other locations.
However you choose to vote, please vote only once. The winning photos will be announced at a City Council meeting in October.
Link to online gallery and ballot
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.
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
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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...)
Ron Clark Construction breaks ground on Compass Pointe apartments
Representatives from Ron Clark Construction, the city of New Hope and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency broke ground on Compass Pointe, a 68-unit apartment complex on the southwest corner of 62nd and West Broadway on Friday, June 26. The project, which is being built on formerly city-owned property with federal tax credits obtained through the MHFA, will have a total value of about $13 million.
New Hope EDA approves Hy-Vee term sheet
In late June, the New Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved a term sheet with Anderson-KM Builders, LLC and Hy-Vee Inc. for the sale of the 13.3 acres of city-owned property at 4200/4300 Xylon Avenue N. The EDA also authorized the preparation of a purchase and development agreement. In a related action the New Hope City Council passed a resolution formally supporting the inclusion of a gas station and convenience store as part of the Hy-Vee master plan.
The term sheet specifies that Hy-Vee will purchase the former Kmart site, Wells Fargo drive-through site and parking lot site at 4200/4300 Xylon Avenue N. for $3,725,000. The city will retain a small, .052 acre parcel at the corner of Xylon Avenue and 42nd avenues for use as a public plaza. The term sheet calls for the closing on the sale of the property to occur by September 30, 2014. (more...)
Four candidates file for New Hope City Council
Four candidates filed for city council member in the city of New Hope by the filing deadline on June 3. The candidates for city council are:
- John A. Elder
- Jonathan D. London
- Louis D. Oswalt
- Daniel Stauner
Because fewer than five candidates filed for the two open city council seats, there is no need for a local primary election. Candidates for federal, state and district court offices will be on the primary election ballot on
August 12. A sample ballot for the primary is available online at mnvotes.org.
New Hope outdoor pool is open
New Hope’s Milton C. Honsey outdoor pool is open for the season through Sunday, August 17. Pool hours are 1 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 7 p.m. on weekends and July 4. Daily pool admission is $8 per person, $6 after 5 p.m., or a 10-admission coupon book is just $60. Season pool passes are available that are also good at the Crystal pool. The final session of Red Cross certified swimming classes for age 3 through level 6 begin on July 28. The New Hope pool is located just south of New Hope City Hall at 4301 Xylon Avenue North. Call the New Hope Parks and Recreation office at 763-531-5151 for more information.
Yard waste site is open
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 14796 101st Ave. N., opens 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. Visit www.mgyardwaste.com or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.
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:
Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
The New Hope Community Farmers Market season is from June 21 to October 4. The market, which features about 70 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.The market will again be held in the former Kmart lot, across from New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue N. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.
State of the City Presentation
The city of New Hope, in cooperation with the Twin West Chamber of Commerce, held a State of the City event on Thursday, February 13. City manager Kirk McDonald provided highlights of City activities in 2013 and looked forward to significant projects in 2014. The presentation is available for on demand online viewing here. The presentation will also be rebroadcast following the February city council meetings on Comcast cable channel 16. To view the Powerpoint presentation (in pdf format), follow the link below.
State of the City Powerpoint
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