City Council Work Session -
Monday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N
Outdoor Ice Rinks and Warming Houses Open for the Season
Saturday, December 21 (more)
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. 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. (more)
City Council approves 2014 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the final 2014 budget and tax levy at its council meeting on December 9. The approval followed a special public hearing to present the budget and levy to the public on December 2. The 2014 tax levy will increase 1.54 percent to $9,717,970. The total 2014 general fund budget is $11,458,892, which is an increase of $690,847 compared to the 2013 adopted budget. Budget priorities for 2014 include public safety, redevelopment, technology upgrades, community engagement, and elections. (more)
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New Hope Domino's building renovation receives Council approval
The New Hope City Council approved the site plan and comprehensive sign plan for renovation of the commercial building at 2720 Winnetka Avenue N. The Domino
s Pizza franchise, which is currently located in Midland Center, recently purchased the building at 2720 Winnetka and plans to move its store to that location. Domino
s will occupy the southern one-third of the building and will create two for-lease tenant spaces in the building. As part of the relocation, they will be making both interior and exterior improvements to the property. (more)
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. (more...)
Centra concept plan
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.
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
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.