April 27, 7 p.m., New Hope City Council Chambers
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...)
Spring load restrictions ended April 22
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the ending date for Spring Load Restrictions in the Metro, Southeast and South zones will be Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. For more information visit www.dot.state.mn.us/materials.
Park cleanup event on April 25
The city of New Hope is holding an event at Meadow Lake Park on Saturday, April 25 as part of the Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup. Everyone is invited to participate. Activities will include litter pickup, landscaping, and tree and shrub planting. Volunteers will meet at Meadow Lake Park, Meadow Lake Road and Yukon Ave. N., at 9 a.m. Trash bags and tools will be provided, but participants will want to wear boots and bring gloves. For more information, call city forester Shawn Markham at 763-582-6763.
HRG Special Materials Drop Off event is April 25
The Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG), which includes New Hope, is hosting a special material drop off day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The event will be at the Brooklyn Park Operations and Maintenance Facility, 8300 Noble Ave. N.
Residents may dispose of many items for free, including: paper, cardboard, oil, oil filters, antifreeze, scrap metal, bicycles and electronics such as computers, monitors, televisions, mobile phones, etc. Other items, including appliances, carpet, mattresses, and tires can be dropped off for a small fee. For more information, check out the HRG flier or visit HRG’s website at www.hrg-recycling.com.
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...)
Village Golf Course is open
The New Hope Village Golf Course opened on Saturday, March 14. That's the earliest opening date since 2000! Just drop in, no tee time reservations needed!
For additional stories click on a headline below or go to the Media Releases page.
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.
New Hope encourages residents to Step To It
The Step To It Challenge is a fun, light-hearted way to join with other New Hope residents to get out and get active. This year's event is scheduled from May 3 to 30.
For more information or to register, visit www.steptoit.org. Online registration began April 1.
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.
Metro spring load restrictions began March 11
The spring load restrictions in the Metro Frost Zone are currently in effect.
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 - click here. (more...)
New Hope becomes a Minnesota GreenStep City
The New Hope City Council passed a resolution to participate in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at its meeting on January 12.
Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality of life goals. The free program is based upon 28 best practices developed by experts in the field. GreenStep Cities is a public-private partnership which began in 2010. Partners include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, League of Minnesota Cities, Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Minnesota Department of Commerce and others. Seventy-seven cities throughout the state of Minnesota participate in the program. (more...)
New Hope accepts Lions Club donation
At the February 23 council meeting, the New Hope Lions presented a check for $36,000 to the New Hope City Council to be used toward the purchase of an electronic sign board at the New Hope Village Golf Course. The donation was the first of four yearly donations, totaling $48,000, that the Lions will make to cover almost the entire cost of the new golf course sign. Click on image at left to view larger version. (more)
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)
Council approves 2015 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2015 utility rates at its meeting on December 8. The base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer and water will increase by 3 percent next year. The sewage treatment charge from the Met Council will increase in 2015, but that increase will not be passed along to New Hope utility customers. (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
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
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...)
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:
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