Planning Commission Meeting - Agenda Packet
Tuesday, December 3, 7 p.m.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N
City Council Meeting
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N
City Council selects developer
for former Winnetka Learning Center site
The New Hope City Council selected Centra Homes as the preferred developer for the former Winnetka Learning Center site at its meeting on November 25. In related action, the Council approved plans and specifications for demolition of the building on the site.
The city of New Hope finalized the purchase of the nearly 17-acre Winnetka Learning Center site at 7940 55th Avenue N on November 6. Two residential developers -- Centra Homes and Pulte Homes -- presented redevelopment proposals to the City Council in late May. In selecting Centra Homes as the preferred developer, the Council noted that its concept plan includes both step-up single family homes and a housing type not previously available in New Hope -- high quality detached townhomes. The Council also appreciated some of the proposed amenities, including two ponds to handle groundwater runoff from the site and a central green in the townhome area. (more...)
Centra concept plan
City Council to approve 2014 Budget on December 9
The New Hope City Council presented the proposed 2014 City Budget and Tax Levy to the community at a public hearing on December 2. The Council is proposing a levy increase of 1.54 percent to $9,717,970. The proposed 2014 general fund budget is $11,458,892, which is an increase of $690,847 from the 2013 adopted budget. Although the tax levy is proposed to increase slightly, the county estimates that residential homeowners will pay about 2 percent less in property taxes for city services in 2014 due to other factors. The City Council is scheduled to approve the final 2014 budget and tax levy on December 9. The New Hope preliminary 2014 budget and the Powerpoint presentation from the budget hearing are available for review by clicking on the links below, or at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N.
CenterPoint Energy thanks New Hope for its cooperation
On November 25, a representative for CenterPoint Energy presented the New Hope City Council with a certificate of appreciation for the city's cooperation during CenterPoint's 2013 gas pipeline replacement project in New Hope.
While a late spring and heavy rains during the construction caused some delays, both CenterPoint Energy's project manager, Roger Brandel and the City Council felt that, because of the close coordination between the city and CenterPoint, the project went quite smoothly. Brandel noted that the pipeline replacement work caused some disruption and delays for local residents, businesses, shoppers and commuters, but added, "All-in-all, this project went very well, and it really could not have happened without the cooperation of the New Hope City Council, city staff, and officials from Hennepin County." (more...)
ARC Value Village celebrates expansion project
ARC Value Village had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 15 to celebrate the completion of an 8,700 square foot expansion of its store at 2717 Winnetka Avenue N in the Midland Hills Shopping Center. The expansion provides lots of additional sales floor area, a new production room, additional outside storage, and a drop off service lane. The mall's owner, Krause Anderson, is also putting the finishing touches on a new facade for the entire mall. (click thumbnail for larger version of photo).
New Hope Sparkles holiday lighting contest
Does someone in your neighborhood have a really nice display of holiday lights this year? Why not nominate them for the second annual New Hope Sparkles holiday lighting contest. The contest, which has categories for single family residences and businesses, is sponsored by the West Metro Fire-Rescue District Auxiliary.
A nomination form is available below, or at City Hall. Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, December 12. The property owner being nominated must consent to participate in the contest.
Judging for New Hope Sparkles will take place on Sunday, December 15. The winners will be recognized at the January 13 City Council meeting. Photo at left is one of the 2012 residential winners.
2013 New Hope Sparkles Flier and Nomination Form
New Hope kids can write a letter to Santa
Santa Claus will once again have a special mailbox at the new Hope Parks and Recreation Department this Christmas season. Children can drop off letters to Santa in his mailbox through Friday, December 13. Santa requests that letters include the full name and address of the child sending the letter so that he and his elves can answer each one. This special mailbox is only for New Hope children.
No on-street parking after snowfall
With wintertime here, it’s important for residents to remember New Hope’s on-street parking restrictions:
- On-street parking is prohibited year-round in New Hope between 2 and 6 a.m. On-street parking is also prohibited as soon as 1½ inches of snow has fallen.
- Vehicles must remain off the street until the pavement has been plowed to full width. If possible, residents are encouraged to avoid parking on the street for 24 hours after a snowfall.
- Vehicles violating the city’s parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.
City sponsors holiday food and toy drives
The city is sponsoring holiday food and toy drives from November 22 through December 18. Unopened, nonperishable food items or checks will be accepted for the two food drives, sponsored by city employees. Please make sure that canned items are not beyond their “Use By” date. Food drop-off sites are located in the upper level of New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N., and the New Hope public works maintenance facility, 5500 International Parkway. Drop-off site hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donated food will be delivered to NEAR (North Suburban Emergency Response) for distribution to local families in need before the holidays. New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages as well as donations by cash or check will be accepted for the holiday toy drive sponsored by the New Hope Police Department. Items may be dropped off 24 hours a day in the Police Department lobby, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. (lower level). Donated items will be delivered to NEAR and Toys for Tots.
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2012 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 2012 report, click on the link below.
2012 Water Quality Report
Larson sworn in as chief of West Metro Fire-Rescue
The board of directors of the West Metro Fire-Rescue District unanimously selected Sarah Larson as the new fire chief for the district in May. Larson was sworn in at the board meeting on June 5. The district serves the communities of New Hope and Crystal. Larson had been serving as acting chief since June 2012.
Larson has 17 years of experience in the fire service including as a firefighter at Golden Valley and St. Louis Park fire departments, as training coordinator at Golden Valley Fire Department, as a fire inspector at city of Maple Grove, and as administrative captain and deputy chief at West Metro before becoming acting chief. Click on the photo at right to see additional photos from the swearing in ceremony on June 5.
Maple Grove 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.
New CEE programs approved
The New Hope City Council recently approved a contract with Center for Energy and Environment to administer three new home improvement loan programs and a home energy visit program to New Hope homeowners.
- The New Hope Revolving Loan Program will provide loans of from $1,500 to $5,000 to finance most interior and exterior home improvements that improve basic livability.
- The New Hope Interest Subsidy Loan Program provides somewhat larger loans. City funds are used to “buy down” the current Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Community Fix-up Fund interest rate.
- The New Hope Emergency Deferred Loan Program makes loans available to homeowners who have an emergency home improvement need and who do not qualify for other home improvement loan or grant programs.
- The New Hope Home Energy Squad Enhanced Visit Program involves an extensive home energy visit by a qualified CEE inspector, with the homeowner paying only $50 of the visit’s cost.
For more information about these and other programs visit CEE's website at mncee.org.
Severe weather awareness information
Take a few minutes to read about weather topics that can impact Minnesota in the spring and summer.
Links to information from Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management are provided below:
Developers present proposals to City Council for 55th and Winnetka site
New Hope is the the process of purchasing the former Winnetka Learning Center site and adjacent playfields from Robbinsdale Area Schools (the sale is scheduled to close in July). On May 29, the City Council listened to presentations from two housing developers - Centra Homes and Pulte Homes - who are interested in redeveloping the 17-acre site. A link to a video of that presentation, the PowerPoint presentation, and supporting information provided in the City Council's agenda packet are provided below. The City Council will discuss the preliminary proposals in more detail at their June 17 work session.
If you would like to share your thoughts about the preliminary proposals for 55th and Winnetka with the City Council, click on Contact (on the top right of this page) and "Contacts for New Hope City Council" to send a council member an email.
Metro Transit routes 755 and 756
detoured during Boone Ave. construction
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-April on Boone Ave. between Bass Lake Road and 54th Ave. N. and on East Research Center Road. For approximately two months, there will be no buses on East Research Center Road between Boone Ave. and International Pkwy or on Boone Ave. between 54th Ave N and Bass Lake Road. (more...)
2012 City Services Survey Results
In 2012, New Hope's City Services Survey was conducted both online and with paper surveys from August through November.
The city coordinated its survey preparation with the League of Minnesota Cities. The League posted the online survey on Survey Monkey and sent the results along to the city.
This year's survey included 15 multiple choice. Most of the questions were about core city services. The city did add a few questions about recreation facilities, redevelopment and fiscal management. A total of 189 residents participated in the survey in 2012.
Click on the link below to see a summary of the 2012 New Hope City Services Survey results.
2012 New Hope City Services Survey
Alarm systems must be registered
New Hope city ordinance requires that all business and residential property owners register their alarm systems. Businesses are required to reregister their alarm systems annually and pay a $25 fee. Residential alarm owners are only required to register their system once and pay a one-time fee of $25 unless they drop and reinstate service, change service providers, or sell their property. Residential alarm users should contact the city promptly if their contact or keyholder information changes.
The alarm ordinance limits alarm users to three false alarms within a 12-month period without penalty. An alarm user who has not registered their alarm system and has a false alarm, however, is charged $100 per false alarm until they register their system.
Residential alarm registration forms are available by following the link below or by calling the Finance Department at 763-531-5130.
Registration alarm registration form
Residents can now manage and pay their utility bill online
The city is now offering a feature called eUtilityBilling. Utility customers can pay their bill online with a credit card 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers are also able to create an online account to receive their monthly utility bill by email instead of receiving a paper copy.For more information about about eUtilityBilling watch the video at left or call the utility billing clerk at 763-592-6760.To register, click on the eUtilityBilling button at left.
Utility service line insurance caution
It has come to the city of New Hope’s attention that a company has been aggressively promoting exterior sewer line and water line insurance coverage to New Hope residents. The company appears to have targeted older residents. The company’s claims that repairs to the water and sewer line from a resident’s home to the city main in the street are the homeowner’s responsibility and that replacement of that service line can be expensive are correct. What the company fails to explain is that it is extremely rare for a resident to need to replace an entire water service line (it’s only happened twice in 25 years in New Hope), and is also uncommon for sewer service lines to need complete replacement. If a resident is concerned about their sewer service line, many homeowner insurance providers have insurance riders available.