City Council Special Work Session - Agenda Packet
Thursday, August 6, 6 p.m.
New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N
RAVE! Award nonimation deadline is July 31
Does your neighbor have a beautiful garden or yard, or did they recently complete a nice home improvement project? Why not nominate them for a New Hope RAVE! Award?
Any residential property in New Hope is eligible to be nominated, and any resident can make a nomination. To make a RAVE! nomination, download a form from the city’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/rave, or call 763-531-5114. The deadline for nominations is July 31.
City seeks applicants for volunteer commissions
The New Hope City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Citizen Advisory and Human Rights commissions.
Commission applications must be returned to the city clerk by Friday, August 14 to be considered. An application form is available on the New Hope website at www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/commission_applicant or by calling the city clerk at 763-531-5117. Appointments will be made by the City Council following applicant interviews. (more...)
OBMT presents Oliver! beginning July 23
New Hope will again be offering musical theatre under the stars this summer when Off Broadway Musical Theatre presents Oliver! on three consecutive weekends beginning July 23. Oliver! is a boisterous musical adaptation by Lionel Bart of Charles Dickens’ book Oliver Twist. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, July 23 to August 8, beginning at 8 p.m.
Performances are free, but a donation of $4 per person is suggested. The New Hope Outdoor Theatre is located at 4401 Xylon Ave. N. (just west of City Hall). Visit obmt.org for more information.
City Center access:
The detours in the City Center construction area are as follows:
• Wells Fargo Bank customers are required to enter at the stoplight on 42nd and Xylon Ave. N. and exit onto 42nd
• Apartment residents in City Center are required to enter from either 45th or 46th avenues.
• City Hall, New Hope Pool, and Civic Center Park access is being provided along a temporary driveway on the east side of Zealand Ave. N. (between the tennis courts and playground in Civic Center Park). Xylon IS CLOSED from the north driveway of Wells Fargo Bank to just south of the Police Department entry.
For up-to-date information about the City Center construction project, click on the "Xylon Ave. Construction" button at right.
New Hope recreational fire ordinance amended
The New Hope City Council recently amended the ordinance in the New Hope City Code that regulates recreational fires (9-9(1)b.3) to conform with the Minnesota State Fire Code. The ordinance now stipulates that "Recreational fires shall be kept a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials." The amended code is effective immediately. City ordinance previously required that recreational fires be kept a minimum of 15 feet from structures and combustible materials. If you have questions about New Hope's recreational fire regulations and recommendations, please contact West Metro Fire Rescue at 763-230-7000.
North Memorial medical clinic approved
The New Hope City Council gave the final approvals required for Hy-Vee to begin construction of a 14,740 square foot primary care medical clinic for North Memorial at 8100 42nd Ave. N. The new clinic, which will be located on the southeast corner of Hy-Vee's site adjacent to 42nd Ave, meets all building setback requirements and will be constructed of building materials consistent with New Hope's design guidelines. North Memorial plans to complete construction of its new clinic this fall and open for business in February 2016. It will offer medical services inside the Hy-Vee grocery store beginning this fall.
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New Hope includes street improvements in property tax levy
When comparing the property taxes New Hope homeowners will pay in 2015 to comparably priced homes in eight nearby communities, the city's property taxes appear to be a bit higher than average. New Hope's total tax capacity in 2015 is sixth lowest of the nine communities. That ranking, however, does not take into account that New Hope is the only one of those communities that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. Removing New Hope's street infrastructure levy from the tax capacity rate comparison puts it on a level playing field with neighboring communities. In that comparison, New Hope ranks third lowest in total tax capacity rate for 2015 (more, including tables...)
New Hope receives grant for defibrillators from CenterPoint Energy
The New Hope City Council accepted a $2,100 Community Partnership Grant from CenterPoint Energy representative Dave Long at its meeting on June 22. Each year, CenterPoint Energy awards matching grants of up to $2,500 for eligible safety and emergency response equipment. The city, through the Parks and Recreation Department, applied for a $2,100 grant from CenterPoint to help with the purchase of two automatic external defibrillators and one wall storage cabinet for the New Hope Ice Arena. (more...)
New Hope K9 to receive donated body armor
The New Hope Police Department has been advised that its police K9, Gideon, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest from Massachusetts-based non-profit, Vested Interest in K9s. New Hope will receive the donated vest thanks to a donation from the New Hope Lions. The vest costs $950 and has a 5-year warranty. Vested Interest in K9s is a 501c (3) all‐volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. For more information about Vested Interest in K9s or to make a donation visit their website at www.vik9s.org or call 508‐824‐6978. (more...)
Zimmerman receives New Hope Good Citizenship Award
Zimmerman receives New Hope Good Citizenship Award
The New Hope City Council presented a New Hope Good Citizenship award to Phil Zimmerman at its meeting on June 22. Zimmerman, who is over 80, was nominated for the award by his neighbors Bob and Julie Reis. Residents from Zimmerman's neighborhood near Hidden Valley Park packed the council chambers and three neighbors got up to share a few his good deeds. "You've always been interested in everyone and everything in our neighborhood. You've done so many wonderful things for so many - including me," explained one woman. (more...)
New Hope pool is open for the season!
New Hope’s outdoor pool opens for the season on Saturday, June 6. Pool hours are 1 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 7 p.m. on weekends. Daily pool admission is $8 per person, $6 after 5 p.m., or a 10-admission coupon book is just $60. Season pool passes and swimming lessons are also available, call the New Hope Parks and Recreation office at 763-531-5151 for more information. (more...)
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
New Hope farmers market opened June 20
The New Hope Community Farmers Market returned for its seventh season on Saturday, June 20. The market has a new location for 2015, in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Church, 8701 36th Avenue N.
The market, which features about 80 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.
Market day is every Saturday through October 3. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through August 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the market closes for the season. For more information, visit www.newhopemarket.org.
Register soon for youth sports camps
New Hope Parks and Recreation is collaborating with Cooper High School on a wide variety of youth sports camps again this summer. The weeklong camps are designed to help young athletes build skills while having a lot of fun. This year’s camps are: boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, girls’ volleyball, soccer, track and tennis. The camps are led by Cooper coaches, assisted by their players. The camps are only $59 for residents. Several other camps including gymnastics, lacrosse, skateboarding, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, volleyball skills, strength and conditioning and football are also being offered. Call 763-531-5151 or visit RecExpress for details.
New Hope water tower
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is wrapping three area water towers with reproductions of images from the museum's permanent collection as part of its 2015 centennial celebration.
The New Hope south water tower, just east of Highway 169 near Medicine Lake Road, features "Under the Wave off Kanagawa, an 1830 woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The artwork, which depicts three boats tossed by the waves of a stormy sea, is one of a series of thirty-six pieces by Hokusai featuring Mt. Fuji. A water tower in Chisago City will feature "Olive Trees" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and one in Minnetonka will be adorned with Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II by American painter Frank Stella. The artworks will remain until the end of September.
Recreational fire ban ends
The ban on recreational fires in New Hope has ended.
It's important for residents who have backyard fires to follow the recreational burning rules, including:
- Recreational fires must be in an approved fireplace or pit located at least 15 feet from any structure.
- They may not be used to burn yard waste, construction materials, or household garbage.
- Fires are not permitted if winds exceed 7 miles per hour. (more...)
Parkview housing development moves forward in New Hope
At its meeting on April 27, the New Hope City Council approved a preliminary plat, rezoning from R-1 Single-Family Residential to R-2 Single/Two-Family Residential, and a Conditional Use Permit for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a new residential neighborhood proposed by Centra Homes on the former Winnetka Learning Center site at 55th and Winnetka avenues. The revised proposal for the development, which Centra Homes is calling "Parkview," includes 31 association-maintained single-family homes on the eastern portion and 29 traditional single-family homes on the western portion of the nearly 17-acre site. Centra Homes will return to the Planning Commission and City Council in May for final plat and development agreement approval. The city and the developer expect to close on the sale of property in late June, with construction to begin shortly thereafter. (more...)
Yard Waste site is open for season
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 is located at 14796 101st Ave. N. Regular hours began April 1 - 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.
Council urges Impact Statement for proposed railroad connection
On February 23, the New Hope City Council passed a resolution petitioning the federal Surface Transportation Board to require an Environmental Impact Statement related to the proposed construction of a railroad connector track in Crystal Minnesota. (more...)
The city of Crystal has much more information about the proposed rail connection and the response to the proposal, click here.
Ordinance amendment regulates portable storage units
On February 9, the New Hope City Council approved an amendment to section 4-2 of the New Hope Zoning Code to regulate temporary exterior storage units. The ordinance amendment recommended by the Planning Commission and approved by the City Council limits the time a portable storage unit may be placed on a residential property to no more than 30 consecutive days, or no more than 90 days if there is an active building permit for the property. The ordinance also requires that the temporary storage unit be placed at least 15 feet behind the curb of a public street and at least five feet from side property lines. (more)
Nextdoor.com launches in New Hope
The 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...)
Council approves 2015 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2015 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 8. The 2015 general fund budget is $12,066,631, which is an increase of $607,739 compared to 2014. The overall tax levy will increase by 3.95 percent in 2015. Due to increasing home values in New Hope, the average New Hope homeowner will actually pay 4 percent less in property taxes in 2015 compared to 2014. (more...)
2015 City of New Hope Budget