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City Council Work Session - Council packet
Monday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall

City of New Hope
4401 Xylon Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5100
Fax: 763-531-5136
www.ci.new-hope.mn.us
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Development and Planning Updates

Skating SantaSkate with Santa
at the New Hope Arena

Santa is coming back to the New Hope Ice Arena for a visit! Come skate with Santa on Friday, December 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission to this special open skating session is only $3.50 per person. A limited selection of skates will be available for rental. Bring a canned food donation and enjoy some hot chocolate and a cookie. The New Hope Ice Arena is located at 4949 Louisiana Avenue N.

New Hope has outdoor rinks with warming houses at four parks

Lace up your skates and get out and enjoy some clear, crisp winter weather on an outdoor ice rink at one of four New Hope parks this winter.

Parks maintenance staff has flooded rinks in Liberty Park at 60th and Gettysburg avenues, Civic Center Park at 44th and Xylon avenues, Lions Park at 38th and Oregon avenues, and Hidden Valley Park at 32nd and Boone avenues.

Update: Rinks at Liberty Park and Civic Center Park will open for the season on December 20 at 11 a.m. However, due to poor ice conditions, rinks at Hidden Valley Park and Lions Park will remain closed. (more...)

Sparkles 2013New Hope Sparkles winners selected

The judges have named the winners of the 2014 New Hope Sparkles holiday lighting contest. The winners are:

Council approves 2015 utility rates

The New Hope City Council approved 2015 utility rates at its meeting on December 8. The base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer and water will increase by 3 percent next year. The sewage treatment charge from the Met Council will increase in 2015, but that increase will not be passed along to New Hope utility customers. (more...)

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...)

Holiday food and toy drives

City employees are collecting food items and the New Hope Police Department is collecting toys for local families in need until December 15. (more...)

Citizen Advisory Commission vacancies

The City Council is currently accepting applications for openings on the New Hope Citizen Advisory Commission.

For additional stories click on a headline below or go to the Media Releases page.

 

Elder and London elected to City Council

A total of 7,467 New Hope voters, Or 58 percent of registered voters, voted in the mid-term election on Tuesday, November 4. John A. Elder and Jonathan D. London were elected to the New Hope City Council. Council member Elder and London will be sworn into office on January 12.

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 in New Hope as soon as 1½ inches of snow have 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.

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

About 300 community members attended the annual New Hope Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, which was held on Friday, October 24, from 7 to 9 a.m. The event featured inspirational words from local clergy of many faiths, music and a continental breakfast. The theme of this year's event was "Embracing the Fullnes of Life - Dive In! Were not done yet!" Click of the link below to view a slideshow of photos from the event.

2014 Prayer Breakfast photo gallery

New Hope In Focus photo contest winners

The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2013 New Hope In Focus photo contest at its meeting on October 13.

After a month of voting, community members chose “Eat at Brueggers,” by 12-year-old D. Williams, as the winner in the People’s Choice category. More than 650 people cast ballots, both in person and online. A panel of seven volunteer judges with expertise in photography or visual communications picked the winners in three main categories – People, Places and Nature. “Circles,” by Dack Nehring, won the People category and had the highest overall score. “Night Light,” also by Dack Nehring, won the Places category. “Prairie Flower Monarch,” by Michael Powell, won the Nature category. And, "Eat at Brueggers," by D. Williams, won the Youth category. Three photographers also received Honorable Mention awards: Catherine Burbank for “Puddle Lovin',” Amos Vodis for “Bolts,” and “238,900 Miles Above New Hope," by Tom Christensen.

Click on the thumbnails below to see a larger version of each photo. A gallery with all of this year's entries is located here. (more...)

Circles by Dack Nehring Night Light by Dack Nehring Prairie Flower Monarch by Michael Powell Eat at Brueggers by D. Williams Puddle Lovin' by Catherine Burbank Bolts by Amos Vodis 238,900 Miles Above New Hope by Tom Christensen

New Hope Council gives final approval to Hy-Vee

The New Hope City Council approved a purchase agreement to sell the former Kmart and Wells Fargo Bank site at 4200-4300 Xylon Ave. N. to Hy-Vee Inc. at its meeting on September 22. Hy-Vee will pay the city $3,725,000 for the 13.3 acre site. The Council also approved Hy-Vee's final development plan for a 90,000 square foot grocery store and additional improvements on the site.

The closing on the property is scheduled before the end of September, with site preparation work expected to begin shortly thereafter. The city of New Hope plans to make utility improvements, reconstruct the streets, and install streetscape amenities next spring.Hy-Vee plans to open their New Hope grocery store in fall 2015. (more...)

Hy-Vee Store Front Elevation

Council adopts 2015 Preliminary Budget and Tax Levy

The City Council adopted the 2015 Preliminary Budget and Tax Levy at its meeting on September 8. The preliminary 2015 General Fund Budget is $12,066,631, which is an increase of $607,739 over the 2014 budget of $11,458,892. The general fund levy would increase by 4.26 percent and the overall levy would increase by 3.95 percent. The impact of the budget and levy would result in a 2 percent decrease to the average homeowner due to property valuation increases.

Two major increases in the preliminary budget are:

  • about $350,000 to fund 50 percent of the cost of central garage replacement charges (100% of operational costs are budgeted).
  • about $277,500 has been included for increases in wages and benefits, including union contracts, continued implementation of the compensation study and step increases, a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for employees and the city council, additional IT resources, a crime analyst position, and a storm water position budgeted in the storm water fund.

The preliminary budget and tax levy will be sent to the state auditor's office. The 2015 final budget and tax levy, which will be approved in December, may be lower than the preliminary numbers but they may not be higher.

Proposed 2015 New Hope Preliminary Budget

Powerpoint presentation for 2015 Preliminary Budget and Levy

New Hope Council recognizes RAVE! Award winners

Tangen RAVE! Award WinnerThe New Hope City Council recognized the four winning property owners in the 2014 RAVE! Awards on September 22. Arnold and Marlene Tangen, 7316 39th Ave. N, received an award for "Outstanding Property Maintenance" and were also recognized as "Best in Show (see photo above)." Duane and Patty Reynolds, 7116 39th Ave. N., won in the "Outstanding Landscaping" category. Filipina and James Berry, 4816 Ensign Ave. N, won for "Outstanding Gardens." And, MaryAnne and Kenneth Frantz, 4738 Decatur Place, were recognized in the "Environmentally Sensitive" category.

Summary of 2014 projects in New Hope

In late September, members of the New Hope City Council and city commissioners toured many of the projects going on in New Hope. Click on the link below to read an informative summary of those projects.

City of New Hope 2014 Projects

Maple Grove 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 763-420-4886, or visit the facility’s website at www.mgyardwaste.com.

Nextdoor.com launches in New Hope

Nextdoor LogoThe 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...)

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Management Report

The 2013 City of New Hope Audit will be officially presented at the Council meeting on May 27. Once the audit is accepted by the Council, it will be forwarded to the state.
The city received a clean audit opinion. Links to amanagement report on the audit and the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) are provided below:

2013 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 2013 report, click on the link below.

2013 Water Quality Report

 

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