President's Day - City offices closed
Monday, February 20
City Council Work Session- Packet
February 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m., New Hope City Hall
Outdoor rinks closed for the season
The outdoor rinks and warming houses at Civic Center, Liberty, Lions and Hidden Valley parks were scheduled to close on Monday, February 20. Due to the unseasonably warm weather, the rinks are in very poor condition and are now closed for the season.
Recycle clothing and home goods at curbside
Beginning February 14, New Hope residents can recycle unwanted clothing and certain home goods for free, at curbside, on their regular recycling collection day. Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG) is coordinating the service with the company
Simple Recycling. For more information or to receive additional bags, visit www.simplerecycling.com, call 866-835-5068, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (more...)
Seasonal load limit notification
On February 13, MnDOT announced that the ending date for Winter Load Increases and the starting date for Spring Load Restrictions in the Metro Frost Zone is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions (SLR).”
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...)
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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 their 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
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.
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.
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
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)
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...)
Outdoor rinks 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...)
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...)
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 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
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...)
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