Personnel Board - Agenda
May 3, 2016, 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall
April 25, 2016, 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall
Special Material Drop Off Day is April 30
The Hennepin Recycling Group’s (HRG) Special Material Drop-off Day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, is your “one stop drop” for hard to recycle items.The HRG drop-off event is being held at the Brooklyn Park operations and maintenance facility, 8300 Noble Ave. N. For more information, call HRG administration at 763-493-8006 or visit hrg-recycling.com. (more...)
Council accepts scoreboard donation from Hy-Vee
The New Hope Hy-Vee grocery store presented the New Hope City Council with a check for $6,666, at its meeting on April 25, to be used toward the purchase price of a new scoreboard for the north rink at the New Hope Ice Arena. The check is the first of three annual donations Hy-Vee has committed to, totaling $20,000, that will cover nearly two-thirds of the $32,0000 cost of the scoreboard. The mayor and City Council thanked New Hope Hy-Vee's director, Tony Taylor, for the generous donation. (more...)
Council accepts teddy bear donation
Nationwide Housing Corporation representative Debra Godtland presented 70 teddy bears to Mayor Kathi Hemken and the New Hope City Council at the council meeting on April 25. In December 2015, the management company hosted a "Teddy Bears in Time of Need" campaign. They encouraged employees, residents and the community to donate teddy bears to help bring comfort to children during difficult times. The generous donation will be shared among three local organizations -- HomeFree, NEAR, and Robbinsdale School District. (more...)
Highway 169 ramps will be
as part of noise wall construction
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be extending the noise wall along the east side of Highway 169 from 42nd to 49th avenues in New Hope this summer. Construction on that project is expected to begin on May 2 and continue through mid-July. The northbound entrance ramp from 42nd Avenue onto Highway 169 and the northbound exit ramp from Highway 169 to 49th Avenue is scheduled to be closed throughout construction of the noise wall. Follow the marked detour routes.
Performance Measurement Report
The City Council reviewed the 2015 City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its April 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.
2015 City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report
Thank you to Shingle Creek Cleanup
Thanks to the more than 20 residents, including members of Boy Scout Troop 3724, park neighbors and others, who participated in the Shingle Creek Cleanup event at Meadow Lake Park on Saturday, April 16. The group picked up litter, planted shrubs and trees and raked the park. (click on thumbnail to see larger image)
Lane closure on Boone Ave near Northwood Park - expect delays
Southbound traffic on Boone Ave will shift to the east from 40th Ave N to just south of Ensign Ave N beginning the week of April 18. The city's contractor will be replacing a section of storm sewer beneath the southbound lane as part of the storm water and park improvement project at Northwood Park. Traffic lanes will narrow, but the plan is to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction during the lane closure, which is expected to last about one week.
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Spring load restrictions end in Metro Zone on April 15
Spring load restrictions end in the Metro Frost Zone on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. starting date for Spring load restrictions in the Metro on February 29. Road restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routs and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website. Load restriction information is available on MnDOT's automated message center at 651-366-5400 or on the MnDOT website.
New Hope police officers sworn in
Police officers Chris Cazin (left) and Justin Janson (right) were sworn in by city clerk Valerie Leone at the City Council meeting on April 11. The two officers recently passed their one year probation. Click thumbnail to see larger image.
Council approves Bassett Creek Trail extension through Northwood Park
The New Hope City Council entered into a Trailway Cooperative Agreement with Three Rivers Park District on April 11 to extend the Bassett Creek Regional Trail through New Hope.
The Bassett Creek Regional Trail is an eight to 10 foot wide paved, multi-use trail that extends from French Regional Park in Plymouth and will eventually connect to the Grand Rounds regional trail at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.The new segment will connect the existing trail at 36th and Boone avenues with another segment on 32nd Ave just west of Hwy. 100. Construction of the portion of the trail through Northwood Park will begin after Duk Duk Daze in mid-July. (more...)
New Hope police officers sworn in
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
New Hope Village Golf Course is open!
The New Hope Village Golf Course is open! Why not take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and play a round or two? With mature trees, sand traps and water hazards, golfers of all skill levels are sure to be challenged on this beautiful nine-hole course. The Golf Course is located at 8130 Bass Lake Road. Opening Special: Only $10 per round!
Join a New Hope adult golf league
The New Hope Village Golf Course offers golf leagues for women, men, couples and seniors. League play begins the week of April 18 and concludes the week of August 22. Golfers may register by phone with a major credit card by calling 763-531-5178, or stop by the golf course at 8130 Bass Lake Road. (more...)
New Hope accepts Lions Club donation
At the March 28 council meeting, the New Hope Lions presented a check for $12,000 to the New Hope City Council as a second donation to be used toward the purchase of the new electronic sign board at the New Hope Village Golf Course. The Lions initially donated $36,000 for the sign in February 2015. These generous donations have covered almost the entire cost of the new golf course sign. (more...)
Register today for Step to It Challenge
The 2016 Step To It Challenge will begin on Sunday, May 1 and continue through Saturday, May 28. It is a free fitness challenge sponsored by Hennepin County, the Minnesota Twins, and the city of New Hope.
Participants record their steps or use an activity conversion chart to log other activities. The step log and activity conversion chart can be found at www.steptoit.org (Click on tracking steps on the top of the page, then the log and chart will be found on the left side of the page).
Registration began April 1. To register, visit www.steptoit.org. If you have done the challenge before, You will need to create a new account, even if you have done the challenge before. Sorry, information is not saved year to year. Once you have created your account, you can search groups.
T-shirts, lanyards, and flashers are available for participant at the New Hope Parks and Recreation office (shirt sizes limited- adult small, adult medium, and youth large). Minnesota Twins tickets will be awarded throughout the challenge. You will get a weekly email from the city with progress updates that will include the awarding of Twins tickets.
Open auditions for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"
Open auditions for Off Broadway Musical Theatre's (OBMT) production of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown ," are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29 or 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, with call backs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The auditions are open to anyone ages 16 or older who is interested in being involved in the show. The auditions are being held at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. (more...)
Part of Northwood Park is closed during construction
The northwest corner of Northwood Park closed on Wednesday, March 16, and will remain closed throughout the spring and summer of 2016. The portion of the park involved in the closure is on the west side of Boone Avenue, from the entrance to the playground parking lot north to Ensign Avenue and west to Northwood Lake. The park is being closed due to construction of storm water improvements, the installation of new play equipment, trail improvements, and other improvements in Northwood Park.
49th Avenue closed from Boone to Winnetka
49th Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Boone to Winnetka avenues throughout the spring and summer of 2016. That portion of 49th Avenue is being reconstructed this summer as part of New Hope's 2016 Minnesota State Aid (MSA) Infrastructure Project. Traffic will be detoured to Bass Lake Road on the north and 42nd Avenue on the south.
Alatus luxury apartment project moves forward in New Hope
The New Hope City Council took several actions at its meeting on March 28 related to a proposal by Alatus LLC to construct a luxury apartment building on the city-owned site at 8400 Bass Lake Road, just west of New Hope Village Golf Course. The Council approved a preliminary plat, rezoning of the site from R-4 High Density Residential to Planned Unit Development (PUD), and a development stage site plan. The Council, acting as the Economic Development Authority, also approved the sale of the 3.53 acre property to the developer contingent upon the execution of a final development agreement.
Honest-1 Auto Care recieves Outstanding Business Award
The New Hope City Council recently awarded Honest-1 Auto Care the Winter 2016 New Hope Outstanding Business Award. Honest-1 Auto Care is a full-service auto repair company with 56 locations nationally, including 15 stores in Minnesota. New Hope Honest-1 owner, Randy Rada, purchased the former automotive business at 7140 42nd Avenue three years ago. Rada and his wife completely remodeled both the interior and exterior of the building. Honest-1 gives back to the community by supporting local schools and churches with cash donations and fundraising support. The New Hope store has also been recognized as the Honest-1 with the highest sales volume in the nation for 2015. (more...)
New Hope Council approves 2016 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2016 utility rates at its meeting on December 14. The base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer and water will increase by 5 percent, the storm drainage fee, which funds New Hope's storm sewer system, will increase 5 percent, and the street light fee will increase 4 percent to cover increased costs from Xcel Energy. When added together, the 2016 utility rate increases will add a little more than $3 a month to an average New Hope utility customer's bill. (more...) (2016 rates...)
Council approves next step in planning
for potential new police station/city hall
The New Hope City Council approved a $42,500 proposal from Wold Architects to develop site plan options for a new police station and city hall facility on New Hope's civic center campus.
In September 2015, the New Hope Citizen Task Force to Study Space Needs recommended to the City Council that a new police station and city hall facility be built on the civic center site. The city 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 the task force.
During this next phase, Wold Architects will begin the site planning process to develop options for where a new facility could be located on the existing city hall/Civic Center Park site. (more...)
West Metro offers free home safety survey
West Metro Fire-Rescue District offers a Home Safety Survey program that strives to prevent house fires by teaching residents how to identify potential safety hazards in their homes and suggesting solutions to help alleviate those hazards. The surveys are free and generally take about an hour.The Home Safety Survey team will do a walkthrough with the homeowner of both the exterior and interior of their home to identify concerns. To request a free home safety survey, contact Shelby Wolf, deputy fire marshal, at 763-230-7006. (more...)
New Hope Council approves 2016 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2016 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 14. The 2016 general fund budget is $12,865,300, which is an increase of $798,669 compared to 2015. The overall 2016 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $10,813,013, which is $710,847 or 7.04 percent higher than 2015. The estimated tax impact of the levy increase on a median-value, $185,000 New Hope home is about $70. (more...)
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.
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