October 24, 2016, 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall
Vote on November 8
The General Election is on Tuesday, November 8. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Those who need to vote by absentee ballot may do so during normal business hours at city hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N through November 7. Extended hours for absentee voting are also available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.
For additional information visit mnvotes.org or www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/vote.
for 2017 Northwood North project
On September 26, the City Council accepted a feasibility report from Stantec, the city engineer, for a street and infrastructure project being considered north of Northwood Lake in 2017. That project would involve reconstruction or full-depth reclamation of about 1.6 miles of street and mill and overlay of about 0.8 miles of street. The city plans to issue general obligation bonds before the end of 2016 to fund the project.
Stantec Northwood North Feasibility Report
Task force recommends site
for new police station and city hall --
Open House is November 2
A citizen task force has been studying the space needs of the police department/city hall complex for the past few years. The task force reviewed four site options and presented a recommendation to the City Council at a work session on September 19. An open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on November 2 to present the task force's recommendations to the public. (more...)
New Hope Council approves 2017 Preliminary Budget and Tax Levy
The New Hope City Council adopted the 2017 New Hope preliminary budget and tax levy at its meeting on September 12 and they were certified to the Hennepin County Auditor. The preliminary 2017 general fund budget is $13,565,476, which is an increase of $700,176 over the 2016 budget.
The preliminary tax levy for the general fund is $9,547,357, which is an increase of $648,703, or 7.29 percent higher than 2016.(more...)
2017 City of New Hope Preliminary Budget
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Street Infrastructure Levy
Unlike neighboring communities, New Hope includes street improvements in property tax levy. When comparing the property taxes New Hope homeowners will pay in 2016 to comparably priced homes in nearby communities, the city's property taxes appear to be a bit higher than average. New Hope's total tax capacity rate in 2016 is 57.405%, or seventh lowest of the nine communities. That ranking, however, does not take in to account that New Hope is the only one of those communities that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. (more...)
New Hope Council approves utility franchise fee increase
The New Hope City Council approved an ordinance amendment at its meeting on August 22 to increase the city’s gas and electric franchise fees for 2017. The city of New Hope first implemented a utility franchise fee in 2003. The residential franchise fee, at that time, was $1.50 per month, per utility for each customer.
New Hope had not increased its utility franchise rates since 2003.
The Council approved amended utility franchise fees that are equivalent to the average rates currently charged by other cities in Hennepin County. The residential gas and electric franchise fees will double to $3 per month, per utility for each customer. New Hope will use the additional revenue generated by the higher franchise feesto help fund the city’s pavement management program. (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
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