49th Avenue Infrastructure Project meeting is October 6
A street improvement project is being planned along 49th Avenue in 2016. The city's engineering consultant, Stantec, Inc., will be making a formal presentation on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the New Hope Public Works Facility, 5500 International Parkway. Following the presentation, residents will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by engineers and city staff. If you have questions regarding this upcoming meeting, please contact Chris Long, City Engineer, at 651-492-7747 or New Hope Public Works at 763-592-6777.
Special materials drop-off is October 10
The Hennepin Recycling Group, which includes the city of New Hope, will hold a drop-off event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. The drop-off site is located at the Brooklyn Park maintenance facility, 8300 Noble Ave. N. Please note: this is the last year the HRG will be able to accept electronics items, such as computers and TVs, for no charge. (more...)
Business recycling requirements begin January 1
Nearly two-thirds of the waste created by businesses is recyclable. Beginning January 1, 2016, many New Hope businesses (those that generate four cubic yards of solid waste per week or more) must begin recycling at least three materials - such as paper, glass, plastic and metal. If your business needs free assistance setting up or expanding a recycling program, visit www.hennepin.us/business/recycling-hazardous-waste/business-recycling.
New Hope Council approves
landscaping project at Fred Sims Park
The New Hope City Council approved the design for a landscaping project to be completed in the northwest corner of Fred Sims Park and authorized the expenditure of $10,000 to implement the project at its meeting on September 14.
The project is a collaboration with an instructor and students from Hennepin Technical College. The city will pay for plant materials, students from the college will donate their time, and the college will provide the instructor to supervise the project and donate use of the equipment required to install the landscaping. Hennepin Tech students did a similar landscaping project at New Hope City Hall in 2011 (photo at left). more...
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Leave your leaves at 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- 886, or visit the facility’s website at www.mgyardwaste.com.
Council approves 2016 preliminary budget and tax levy
The City Council adopted the 2016 New Hope preliminary budget and tax levy and they will be certified to the Hennepin County Auditor by the end of September. The 2016 preliminary general fund budget is $12,865,300, which is an increase of $798,669 over 2015. The total preliminary tax levy is $10,813,014, which is a $710,847 or 7.04% increase over 2015. The estimated overall impact of the city tax levy on residential properties ranges from $52 to $96 per year for market values between $150,000 and $250,000.
2016 City of New Hope Preliminary Budget
2016 Preliminary Budget Powerpoint Presentation
City Center detour changed effective August 25:
Effective at 1 p.m. on August 25, access to Xylon Avenue has changed.
- Wells Fargo customers should now enter and exit at the stoplight on Xylon and 42nd avenues. There is no access from 45th Avenue.
- Access for City Hall and Civic Center Park visitors is available along a temporary road off of Zealand. The driveways on Xylon will remain closed for the next 3-4 weeks or longer to allow the contractor to complete all necesary road work without traffic constraints.
- All apartment resident on 45th Avenue can continue to enter on 45th or 46th avenues.
- 45th Avenue is closed to through traffic. Motorists other than apartment visitors and guests should take alternate routes. Utility and road work will begin on 45th Avenue in the next few weeks and access will be restricted. Access will be maintained whenever possible for apartment buildings.
- HyVee gas customers can enter either from the HyVee turn lane on 42nd or the entrance off of Xylon Avenue north of 42nd Avenue. There is no access to the gas station from 45th avenue.
For up-to-date information about the City Center construction project, click on the "Xylon Ave. Construction" button at right.
Tickets available for Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
Tickets will be available for the annual New Hope Community Mayor's Prayer Breakfast beginning mid-September. The event includes reflections by leaders from many local faith communities and music. The theme of this year's event, which is scheduled at 7 a.m. on October 23, is "Gifts Galore! Artists Next Door". The breakfast will be held in the New Hope Community Gyms at Cooper High School. Single tickets are $10, or a table of eight is $80, which includes a continental breakfast. Call 763-531-5117 for an invitation.
North Memorial medical clinic approved
The New Hope City Council gave the final approvals required for Hy-Vee to begin construction of a 14,740 square foot primary care medical clinic for North Memorial at 8100 42nd Ave. N. The new clinic, which will be located on the southeast corner of Hy-Vee's site adjacent to 42nd Ave, meets all building setback requirements and will be constructed of building materials consistent with New Hope's design guidelines. North Memorial plans to complete construction of its new clinic this fall and open for business in February 2016. It will offer medical services inside the Hy-Vee grocery store beginning this fall.
New Hope recreational fire ordinance amended
The New Hope City Council recently amended the ordinance in the New Hope City Code that regulates recreational fires (9-9(1)b.3) to conform with the Minnesota State Fire Code. The ordinance now stipulates that "Recreational fires shall be kept a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials." The amended code is effective immediately. City ordinance previously required that recreational fires be kept a minimum of 15 feet from structures and combustible materials. If you have questions about New Hope's recreational fire regulations and recommendations, please contact West Metro Fire Rescue at 763-230-7000.
New Hope includes street improvements in property tax levy
When comparing the property taxes New Hope homeowners will pay in 2015 to comparably priced homes in eight nearby communities, the city's property taxes appear to be a bit higher than average. New Hope's total tax capacity in 2015 is sixth lowest of the nine communities. That ranking, however, does not take into account that New Hope is the only one of those communities that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. Removing New Hope's street infrastructure levy from the tax capacity rate comparison puts it on a level playing field with neighboring communities. In that comparison, New Hope ranks third lowest in total tax capacity rate for 2015 (more, including tables...)
New Hope farmers market opened June 20
The New Hope Community Farmers Market returned for its seventh season on Saturday, June 20. The market has a new location for 2015, in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Church, 8701 36th Avenue N.
The market, which features about 80 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.
Market day is every Saturday through October 3. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through August 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the market closes for the season. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.
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...)
2014 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 2014 report, click on the link below.
2014 Water Quality Report
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