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January 16, 2017 - City offices closed
City Council Work Session- Agenda Packet
January 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m., New Hope City Hall
Hemken, Hoffe and Lammle take oath of office
Mayor Kathi Hemken and council member Andy Hoffe and Eric Lammle each took the oath of office before the City Council meeting on January 9. Mayor Hemken and council member Lammle are beginning thier third terms, council member Hoffe is beginning his fourth term. All three ran unopposed in November. (click thumbnail for larger image)
Council members Eric Lammle (left) and Andy Hoffe
Officer Anthony Gust sworn in January 9
Anthony Gust was sworn in as a police officer on the New Hope Police Department at the City Council meeting on January 9, 2017. Gust began working with the department in December 2014 as a part-time community service officer (CSO). In May 2015, he became a full-time CSO. In January 2016 he was appointed as a police officer and began is 12-month probationary period. (click thumbnail for larger image)
2016 police awards ceremony
At the January 9 City Council meeting, New Hope Police Chief Tim Fournier presented police personnel and citizens with commendations for their actions related to seven police incidents that occurred over the past year. (more...)
New Hope Dunkin' Donuts has ribbon cutting
The Dunkin' Donuts, at 7820 42nd Avenue N in New Hope, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Friday, January 13. The New Hope location, which opened for business on December 5, was the first Dunkin' Donuts in the Twin Cities after an absence of more than 10 years.Mayor Kathi Hemken joined several Dunkin' Donut representatives for the ribbon cutting. The owner of the New Hope store, Kod Kod Enterprises, has the franchise rights to open 12 stores in the north metro. In total, about 50 new Dunkin' Donut stores are planned across the Twin Cities metro. As part of the grand opening celebration, Dunkin' Donuts donated $500 dollars to Can Do Canines and $500 to The Food Group.
Council approves design and engineering contracts
for proposed municipal building, pool and park improvements
A majority of the New Hope City Council approved a contract proposal from Wold Architects and Engineers on January 9 to provide architectural and engineering consulting services for a proposed new police station and city hall. A Council majority also approved a proposal from Stantec Consulting Services for civil engineering and landscape design work for the proposed building and a second proposal to work with two resident committees to develop concepts for a new outdoor pool and updated amenities in Civic Center Park to complement the new municipal building. (more...)
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.
are open in four New Hope 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. Each park has a rink for leisure skating and a separate rink, surrounded by boards, for hockey. Each park also have a warming house. (warming house info...)
Council approves bond sale for Northwood North project
The New Hope City Council recently approved the sale of $4.855 million in general obligation street reconstruction bonds, series 2016A, to fund a majority of the infrastructure and street improvements planned for the Northwood North neighborhood in summer 2017. New Hope's AA bond rating enabled the city to receive a highly-competitive interest rate for the bonds. (more...)
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2016 City of New Hope Economic Development Report
The city of New Hope Economic Development Report highlights redevelopment projects throughout the city from the previous year and the tools that are in place to promote development activity. The city’s Economic Development Authority promotes and facilitates business development and housing redevelopment activities.
2016 New Hope Economic Development Report
Go skating at the New Hope Arena
Would you like to go for a leisurely indoor skate on a cold winter evening? The New Hope Ice Arena offers regular open ice skating on Fridays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 4 to 6 p.m. (closed Dec. 25, open Jan. 1), unless there is a tournament scheduled. The cost for open skating is just $4 per person. For those who are interested in skating but don't have skates of their own, the arena now has a good selection of new skates available to rent for $3 a pair. (more...)
Winners selected for New Hope Sparkles holiday lighting contest
The West Metro Fire-Rescue District Auxiliary has named the winners of this year's holiday lighting contest. The Larson family at 3549 Ensign Avenue N received first place and the Setten family at 8717 Northwood Parkway received second place. The winners will be recognized at a City Council meeting in January.
Council approves 2017 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2017 utility rates at its meeting on December 12. New Hope’s base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer will increase by 7.5 percent in 2017. The base fee and volume rate for water and the fee for storm drainage will increase by 5 percent next year. And the recycling fee will increase by 2.8 percent. The total impact of the utility fee increases on an “average” residential utility customer (who uses 5,000 gallons of water a month) will be $4.18 per month. (more...)
Council approves 2017 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2017 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 12. The 2017 general fund budget is $13,565,476, which is an increase of $700,176 compared to 2016. The overall 2017 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $11,967,401, which is $1,154,388 or 10.68 percent higher than 2016. The estimated impact of the city tax levy on residential properties ranges from $74 to $139 per year for market values between $150,000 and $250,000. (more...)
New Hope In Focus photo contest winners announced
The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2016 New Hope In Focus photo contest at its meeting on November 28. (more...) The winners are:
- Nature - Tom Christensen for "New Hope's Night Light"
- People - Molly Sanborn for "Bath Time Reflections"
- Places - Dack Nehring for "Running Free"
- Youth - Joshua Englert for "Bumblebee"
- People's Choice - Marguerite Winker for "Our Momma Duck"
Hockey association makes donation
The Armstrong Cooper Youth Hockey Association (ACYHA) presented the New Hope City Council with a check for $5,000 recently to be used toward improvements at the New Hope Ice Arena. The New Hope Arena is home ice for the ACYHA. The association has donated nearly $47,000 to the city of New Hope over the last five years. (more...)
Council approves luxury apartment project west of golf course
The New Hope City Council, acting as the city’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), approved a purchase and development agreement with Alatus New Hope LLC for the construction of a 182-unit luxury apartment complex at 8400 Bass Lake Road at its meeting on November 28. (more...)
New Hope Space Needs
Citizen Task Force recommendations
The New Hope Space Needs Citizens Task Force has recommended to the City Council that a new police station and city hall be built to replace the existing facility and that the new municipal building be built on the civic center site in the current location of the swimming pool.
Don't be a victim of mail theft
The New Hope Police Department has received at least four reports of stolen mail that led to the creation of fraudulent checks that were cashed against a victim's bank account, and a few others where checks or money orders were stolen, washed and re-written.
This is not a new crime, but unfortunately it has become easy for a thief to create fake checks using the information found on a victim's checks.(more)
New Hope Police Department 2015 Annual Report
The New Hope Police Department recently completed and published its 2015 Annaul Report. The report includes a summary of department activities and crime statistics.
New Hope Police Department 2015 Annual Report
New Hope's dog parks have closed for the season
Now that the weather has turned, New Hope maintenance staff has begun the process of converting the city's three off-leash dog parks to outdoor ice hockey rinks. Locations affected by this changeover include Civic Center Park (44th and Xylon), Liberty Park (60th and Gettysburg), and Lions Park (38th and Oregon).
Street Infrastructure Levy
Unlike neighboring communities, New Hope includes street improvements in property tax levy. When comparing the property taxes New Hope homeowners will pay in 2016 to comparably priced homes in nearby communities, the city's property taxes appear to be a bit higher than average. New Hope's total tax capacity rate in 2016 is 57.405%, or seventh lowest of the nine communities. That ranking, however, does not take in to account that New Hope is the only one of those communities that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. (more...)
Council accepts feasibility report for 2017 Northwood North project
On September 26, the City Council accepted a feasibility report from Stantec, the city engineer, for a street and infrastructure project being considered north of Northwood Lake in 2017. That project would involve reconstruction or full-depth reclamation of about 1.6 miles of street and mill and overlay of about 0.8 miles of street. The city plans to issue general obligation bonds before the end of 2016 to fund the project.
Stantec Northwood North Feasibility Report
New Hope Council approves utility franchise fee increase
The New Hope City Council approved an ordinance amendment at its meeting on August 22 to increase the city’s gas and electric franchise fees for 2017. The city of New Hope first implemented a utility franchise fee in 2003. The residential franchise fee, at that time, was $1.50 per month, per utility for each customer.
New Hope had not increased its utility franchise rates since 2003.
The Council approved amended utility franchise fees that are equivalent to the average rates currently charged by other cities in Hennepin County. The residential gas and electric franchise fees will double to $3 per month, per utility for each customer. New Hope will use the additional revenue generated by the higher franchise feesto help fund the city’s pavement management program. (more...)
New Hope Council accepts 2015 annual financial report
The New Hope City Council formally accepted the city of New Hope 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at its May 23 meeting. Bill Lauer, from the certified public accounting firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich, and Co., gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, their findings and opinions of the city’s records and financial data, and presented an overview of the city’s financial status compared to state-wide averages for cities its size. Lauer noted that the 2015 audit was “very positive.” The MMKR Powerpoint presentation, the audit reports, and the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available for review in the finance section of the city of New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.
2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement
2015 Auditor's Management Report
Auditor's Powerpoint Presentation
Performance Measurement Report
The City Council reviewed an updated version of the City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its June 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. The latest version also incorporates SMART goals (Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Realistic-Timely).
City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report
2015 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 2015 report, click on the link below.
2015 Water Quality Report