City Council 2016 Budget Hearing - Packet
Monday, November 30, 2015,
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave N
Thanksgiving Observance - city offices closed
Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27
2015 New Hope In Focus Photo Contest Winners
The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2015 New Hope In Focus photo contest at its meeting on November 23. A panel of nine judges selected the winners in three main categories: Dack Nehring earned first place in the People category and received the highest overall score for "Autumn Comfort," Derek Bjoraker received first place in the Places category for "Dandelion," Marti Christensen finished first in the Nature category for "Gossamer Wings at Rest," and 15-year-old Jenna Geier won the Youth category for "Look Up, Not Away." Community members chose Jennifer Schmidt's photo,"Colorful Fall," as the winner of the People's Choice Award. View the winners and all of the entries in this year's photo contest HERE (more...)
New Hope 2016 budget hearing scheduled for November 30
The New Hope City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 30, to present the proposed 2016 budget and tax levy to the public. The total proposed 2016 general fund budget is $12,865,300, which is an increase of $798,669 compared to the 2015 budget. If the proposed budget is approved, the 2015 New Hope tax levy would increase 7 percent. The impact of the proposed 2016 budget and tax levy on a median value, $185,000 New Hope home would be a city property tax increase of about $68. (more...)
Council seeks community input on Space Needs recommendations
The New Hope City Council and the Space Needs Task Force held an open house on November 17 to provide information to interested residents about the condition of the city’s existing municipal building, the space needs of the police department and city hall, and the recommendations of a recent citizen task force.
For those who were unable to attend the open house, links to the display boards from the open house, the Powerpoint presentation, a video of the presentation, the task force report, and a brief survey are provided below:
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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 of New Hope 2014-15 Project Summary
As part of an annual bus tour for the City Council and city commissioners, staff prepares a booklet that summarizes projects throughout the city during the past year. Click on the link below to view that booklet in pdf format
City of New Hope 2014-15 Project Summary
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.
Mayors Prayer Breakfast - "Gifts Galore-Artists Next Door!"
Two Hundred Seventy community members attended the 24th Annual New Hope Community Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. on October 23. This year's theme was "Gifts Galore-Artists Next Door." A collection of photos from the event are available on Photobucket by clicking on the link below.
2015 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Photos
New Hope Sparkles Holiday Lighting Contest
Do you or someone in your neighborhood have an outstanding display of holiday lights? Nominate your favorite outdoor holiday display in the New Hope Sparkles contest and let the rest of the community know about it! Judges will pay close attention to creativity, artistic design, and visual effect, but not necessarily the size of the display.
Please return your nominations to New Hope Parks and Recreation by Thursday, December 9. Judging will take place later that week and winners will be recognized at the New Hope City Council meeting on January 11. Prizes are awarded for both single-family and commercial displays.
New Hope amends code to require commercial recycling
The New Hope City Council adopted an ordinance amendment on October 26 that adds recycling requirements for businesses. The revised ordinance reflects a recently adopted state statute. The new state law requires commercial buildings that contain one or more businesses, are located in the seven county Twin Cities metro, and generate four cubic yards of trash each week (one dumpster about 6'x4'x5' high) to recycle. The city's current ordinance requires multifamily dwellings (containing more than eight dwelling units) and commercial buildings (as defined by state statute) to either contract directly with a recycling hauler or privately provide recycling collection services to its residents or tenants. The recycling services must be provided at least twice a month. (more...)
City changes temporary sign permit requirements for businesses
The New Hope City Council approved an ordinance amendment that implements ʺbusiness‐friendlyʺ changes to the temporary sign permit requirements for businesses at its meeting on September 28. The revised ordinance reduces the suspension period for businesses that violate the city's temporary sign regulations and establishes a procedure for how warnings and suspensions are issued. The revised ordinance also offers businesses more flexibility through changes to temporary sign permit requirements. (more...)
Council adopts a Tree Replacement Policy
The New Hope City Council adopted a Tree Replacement Policy and approved an ordinance amendment adding it to the New Hope City Code at its meeting on September 28. The new policy requires replacement of any significant tree lost due to building construction, site grading, parking lot construction, loadking areas, outdoor storage areas, or stormwater management features. The policy also requires that replacement trees remain alive or healthy (as determined by the city forester) for a period of two years following completion of a project Building permit applicants will now be required to prepare a landscape plan detailing on‐site tree preservation measures before a building permit can be approved. (more...)
New Hope applies for grant for arena HVAC improvements
On September 28, the New Hope City Council approved a resolution supporting a staff recommendation to apply for a Mighty Ducks Grant to help pay for the second phase of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements at the New Hope Ice Arena. The city completed the first phase of the improvements in summer 2015 with the assistance of a $98,799 Mighty Ducks Grant. The second phase of the arena HVAC project involves replacing two additional makeup air units with a single new unit. Those makeup air units provide heat and ventilation to heavily‐used areas of the arena including the lobby, bathrooms, and office areas. The total projected cost of the second phase of HVAC improvements at the New Hope Ice Arena is $247,900. New Hope is applying for a Mighty Ducks grant of $123,900 and will also be applying for additional rebates from Xcel Energy. (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.
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.
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