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Monday, October 13, 2014, Council meal at 6 meeting at 6:30 p.m.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N

City of New Hope
4401 Xylon Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5100
Fax: 763-531-5136

Development and Planning Updates

Hy-Vee Store Front Elevation


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...)

In Focus photo contest winners recognized

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


Back Acres Garden Club

Council recognizes Back Acres Garden Club 50th Anniversary

The New Hope City Council approved a resolution recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Back Acres Garden Club at its meeting on October 13. The resolution noted many of the club's accomplishments and contributions to the community over the years. The proclamation concluded that "The city of New Hope is fortunate to have a dedicated, longstanding garden club within the community," and that "The New Hope City Council expresses it gratitude to the Back Acres Garden Club and recognizes the club's 50th Anniversary." (more...)

Photo (left to right) Back Acres Garden Club founding member Kathy Anderson and president Nancy Priess receive the proclamation from Mayor Kathi Hemken. (click thumbnail for larger version)

Students participate in prayer breakfast poster contest

Students from Plymouth Middle School submitted posters to the 2014 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast poster contest. The theme for this year’s poster contest and the prayer breakfast is “Embracing the Fullnes of Life...Dive In! We're not done yet.” The poster contest winners were chosen by representatives from Robbinsdale Area Schools, Channel 12, and the New Hope City Council and recognized at the October 13 New Hope City Council meeting. The winners were: Chloe Millard, first place; Angela Thaylan, second place; and Ani Tonoyan, third place. Honorable mentions went Melanie Yang, Elizabeth Mattila and Emily Lind. The winning posters will be displayed at the prayer breakfast on October 24 and included in the prayer breakfast program.

First Place Second Place Third Place Honorable Mention Yang Honorable Mention Mattila Honorable Mention Lind


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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

Crime Alert -- 4500-4700 Block of Oregon Ave. N.

During the past few weeks the New Hope Police Department has responded to one residential burglary (10/1 – 4700 Block of Oregon) and one attempted residential burglary (9/17 – 4700 Block Oregon), one tampering with a motor vehicle, and the theft of a skateboard (item recovered before police were called). The Police Department needs your help to solve these crimes and prevent future crimes in your neighborhood. (more...)

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.

Expect traffic delays on Xylon Avenue near City Hall

It's currently a little difficult to get to New Hope City Hall, due to utility work being done along Xylon Avenue. The sanitary sewer pipes beneath Xylon are being replaced and upsized in preparation for construction of the new Hy-Vee store and anticipated future development in the City Center area. (more...)

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...)

Four candidates file for New Hope City Council

Four candidates filed for city council member in the city of New Hope by the filing deadline on June 3. The candidates for city council are:

  • John A. Elder
  • Jonathan D. London
  • Louis D. Oswalt
  • Daniel Stauner

Because fewer than five candidates filed for the two open city council seats, there is no need for a local primary election. Candidates for federal, state and district court offices will be on the primary election ballot on August 12. A sample ballot for the primary is available online at mnvotes.org.

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.

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:

Farmers Market on Saturday mornings

The New Hope Community Farmers Market season is from June 21 to October 4. The market, which features about 70 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.The market will again be held in the former Kmart lot, across from New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue N. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.

State of the City Presentation

The city of New Hope, in cooperation with the Twin West Chamber of Commerce, held a State of the City event on Thursday, February 13. City manager Kirk McDonald provided highlights of City activities in 2013 and looked forward to significant projects in 2014. The presentation is available for on demand online viewing here. The presentation will also be rebroadcast following the February city council meetings on Comcast cable channel 16. To view the Powerpoint presentation (in pdf format), follow the link below.

State of the City Powerpoint

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