City Council Meeting - Packet
Monday, August 22, 2016, 7 p.m.
City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave N
Final summer outdoor movie
is "The Avengers" on August 26
The city of New Hope will present "The Avengers," on Friday, August 26, to conclude the third season of the Movies in the Park program. Movies in the Park are shown outdoors at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre, just west of City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The movies are free, and begin at dusk (about 8:15 p.m. for The Avengers). Refreshments are available for purchase and benefit the New Hope Dance Competition Line.
Help choose the People's Choice Award winner
Forty-eight photos were submitted to this year’s New Hope In Focus photo contest. A panel of judges will select winners in three categories: People and Places, Nature, and an open category for photographers age 16 and under. Now it's time for community members to choose the winner of the In Focus People's Choice Award. To vote for your favorite photo, simply follow the link below to the photo gallery and ballot on SurveyMonkey.com. Or, you can vote in person. A gallery of this year’s photos and ballots will be on display at a variety of locations around town in the coming weeks. However you choose to vote, please vote only once. People’s Choice ballots will be accepted until September 15. The New Hope City Council will recognize the award-winning photographers in October.
2016 New Hope In Focus Photo Gallery and People's Choice Award Ballot
What do you think of New Hope city services?
New Hope is conducting an informal city services survey again this year to gauge resident satisfaction with a broad range of city services. The survey is available on Survey Monkey by clicking on the link below. A copy of the city services survey was also included in the utility bill mailed at the end of June. However you choose to complete it, only one survey per adult resident, please.
2016 New Hope City Services Survey
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Farmers Market season continues through Oct. 8
The New Hope Community Farmers Market returned for its seventh season on Saturday, June 18. The market is again being held in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Church, 8701 36th Avenue N.
The farmers market features about 80 vendors and 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 8. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the market closes for the season. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.
National Night Out a big success in New Hope!
Ninety New Hope neighborhoods participated in National Night Out – New Hope’s Night to Unite on Tuesday, August 2. The purpose of the event is to strengthen ties between community members and the New Hope Police Department and to spend a night to focus on crime prevention. Activities included live music, balloon art, bounce castles, conversation and, of course, lots of good things to eat. Police officers, K9 teams, SWAT, Police Explorers, Police Reserves, Animal Control and McGruff participated from the New Hope Police Department and firefighters from West Metro Fire-Rescue District were also out in large numbers. The mayor and several council members, North Ambulance, and Public Works staff were also out visiting with residents. A number of neighborhoods participated in the first ever NNO Chalk Art Contest. And, residents collected about 1,400 pounds of food for the local food shelf and a van load of school supplies for local schools. Click here to see more pictures!
New Hope Hy-Vee dedicates new community garden
New Hope Hy-Vee dedicated their new community garden on Tuesday, August 9. The garden, which is located just beyond the patio for the Market Grille on the east side of the store, was dedicated in memory of Twin Cities area nutritionist and educator Mabel Hyde Curry, who was also the daughter of Hy-Vee co-founder Charles Hyde. A plaque and bench near the entrance to the garden serve as a tribute to Hyde Curry's memory. The community garden will be used to teach young people the importance of nutrition and health. More photos
Council proclaims Diaper Need Awareness Week
The New Hope City Council proclaimed the week of September 26 through October 2, 2016 as "Diaper Need Awareness Week in the city of New Hope" at its meeting on August 8.
The city of New Hope began supporting a bi-annual diaper drive by Helping Us Grow (HUG), a program coordinated by Robbinsdale Area Redesign and Robbinsdale Area Schools, in January 2016. Community members interested in participating in the HUG Diaper Drive may drop off new packages of diapers, open packages of diapers (if a child outgrew a size), or new packages of wipes at New Hope City Hall during August and September. Click thumbnail to view larger photo. (more...)
New Hope receives Minnesota GreenStep Cities recognition
City staff presented the New Hope City Council with a “Step 3” award from the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at its June 27 meeting. New Hope began participating in the program in January 2015. New Hope was recognized as a “Step 2” GreenStep City in June 2015. In order to reach “Step 3” status, a city needs to complete 16 or more Best Practices including some specific Best Practice Actions. New Hope is one of only 23 cities that has achieved the “Step 3” level. Photo is Mayor Hemken and community development assistant Jeff Alger who coordinates New Hope's GreenStep Cities effort. (more...)
Recreational fires are permitted, but regulated, in New Hope
Follow these basic rules when burning a recreational fire in New Hope
- Recreational fires may not be used to burn trash, yard waste or other debris.
- All fires must be in an approved outdoor fireplace or pit.
- Recreational fires in New Hope must be kept at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials.
- Fires are not allowed if the wind exceeds 7 mph, if the DNR has burning restrictions in place, or if directed by a fire official.
- Recreational fires must be constantly attended by the property owner or a designated adult until the fire is extinguished. A garden hose must be available within 15 feet of the fire.
- All fires must be extinguished by 11 p.m.
For additional details visit the West Metro Fire website at wmfrd.org.
New Hope Council accepts 2015 annual financial report
The New Hope City Council formally accepted the city of New Hope 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at its May 23 meeting. Bill Lauer, from the certified public accounting firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich, and Co., gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, their findings and opinions of the city’s records and financial data, and presented an overview of the city’s financial status compared to state-wide averages for cities its size. Lauer noted that the 2015 audit was “very positive.” The MMKR Powerpoint presentation, the audit reports, and the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available for review in the finance section of the city of New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.
2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement
2015 Auditor's Management Report
Auditor's Powerpoint Presentation
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
Council approves Bassett Creek Trail extension through Northwood Park
The New Hope City Council entered into a Trailway Cooperative Agreement with Three Rivers Park District on April 11 to extend the Bassett Creek Regional Trail through New Hope.
The Bassett Creek Regional Trail is an eight to 10 foot wide paved, multi-use trail that extends from French Regional Park in Plymouth and will eventually connect to the Grand Rounds regional trail at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.The new segment will connect the existing trail at 36th and Boone avenues with another segment on 32nd Ave just west of Hwy. 100. Construction of the portion of the trail through Northwood Park will begin after Duk Duk Daze in mid-July. (more...)
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. New this spring – the entrance has moved to the west side of the site off Maple Grove Parkway.Visit www.mgyardwaste.com or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.
Yard Waste Site Directions and Map
City survey results are very favorable
Morris Leatherman presented a summary of the results of a recently completed city survey to the New Hope City Council at its meeting on November 9. Leatherman's opinion research firm completed a 134-question telephone survey with 400 randomly selected New Hope residents in late July and early August. The results of the survey were very favorable.
Ninty-eight percent of respondents rated the quality of life in New Hope as "excellent" or "good;" a high 92% endorsed the direction in which New Hope is headed; and 87% felt the value of city services for the tax money paid were excellent or good. Fourteen percent of respondents mentioned that "street maintenance" was the most serious issue facing the city of New Hope, while 34 percent reported there is "nothing" they see as a serious issue.
2015 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 2015 report, click on the link below.
2015 Water Quality Report