Monday, February 8, 2016, 7 p.m.
City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave N
Outdoor rinks are open! -
The outdoor rinks and warming houses at Civic Center, Hidden Valley, Liberty and Lions parks are open. Warming house hours are Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
State of the City presentation is Feb. 18
The City Council and city staff invite members of the local business community and residents to attend the 2016 State of the City at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 18. The presentation will highlight city of New Hope projects and activities during 2015.
The event, which will be held at New Hope City Hall, is sponsored by the Twin West Chamber of Commerce.
Free tax preparation assistance
CAPSH and AARP offer free tax clinics to eligible residents through tax day. Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is offering free tax preparation and e‐file services to individuals with an annual income of $35,000 or less and families with an income of $50,000 or less. AARP Foundation Tax‐Aide also offers free tax preparation to low to moderate‐income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. (more...)
West Metro offers free home safety survey
West Metro Fire-Rescue District offers a Home Safety Survey program that strives to prevent house fires by teaching residents how to identify potential safety hazards in their homes and suggesting solutions to help alleviate those hazards. The surveys are free and generally take about an hour.The Home Safety Survey team will do a walkthrough with the homeowner of both the exterior and interior of their home to identify concerns. To request a free home safety survey, contact Shelby Wolf, deputy fire marshal, at 763-230-7006. (more...)
Council approves next step in planning
for potential new police station/city hall
The New Hope City Council approved a $42,500 proposal from Wold Architects to develop site plan options for a new police station and city hall facility on New Hope's civic center campus.
In September 2015, the New Hope Citizen Task Force to Study Space Needs recommended to the City Council that a new police station and city hall facility be built on the civic center site. The city held an open house on November 17 to provide information to interested residents about the condition of the city's existing municipal building, the space needs of the police department and city hall, and the recommendations of the task force.
During this next phase, Wold Architects will begin the site planning process to develop options for where a new facility could be located on the existing city hall/Civic Center Park site. (more...)
Parking and snow removal tips in New Hope
- 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.
City ordinance prohibits shoveling or plowing of snow into the street, across the street, or onto an adjacent neighbor’s property.
- Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property and clearing their mailbox. The city does plow sidewalks as time and resources allow, but not on weekends and not on an overtime basis. (more...)
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New Hope Council approves 2016 utility rates
The New Hope City Council approved 2016 utility rates at its meeting on December 14. The base fee and volume rate for sanitary sewer and water will increase by 5 percent, the storm drainage fee, which funds New Hope's storm sewer system, will increase 5 percent, and the street light fee will increase 4 percent to cover increased costs from Xcel Energy. When added together, the 2016 utility rate increases will add a little more than $3 a month to an average New Hope utility customer's bill. (more...) (2016 rates...)
New Hope Sparkles winners recognized
The winners of the 2015 New Hope Sparkles Holiday Lighting Contest were recognized at the January 11 meeting of the New Hope City Council. First place in the single-family residential category was awarded to the Larson family, 3549 Ensign Ave. N. Second place was awarded to the Drinkwine family, 7801 47½ Ave. N. The commercial property winner this year was Emerald Pointe, 7601 36th Ave. N. New Hope Sparkles is sponsored by the West Metro Fire-Rescue District Auxiliary (more...)
New Hope Council approves 2016 budget and tax levy
The New Hope City Council approved the 2016 city of New Hope budget and tax levy on December 14. The 2016 general fund budget is $12,865,300, which is an increase of $798,669 compared to 2015. The overall 2016 tax levy including general fund, street and park infrastructure fund, economic development authority (EDA), and debt service is $10,813,013, which is $710,847 or 7.04 percent higher than 2015. The estimated tax impact of the levy increase on a median-value, $185,000 New Hope home is about $70. (more...)
City survey results are very favorable
Morris Leatherman presented a summary of the results of a recently completed city survey to the New Hope City Council at its meeting on November 9. Leatherman's opinion research firm completed a 134-question telephone survey with 400 randomly selected New Hope residents in late July and early August. The results of the survey were very favorable.
Ninty-eight percent of respondents rated the quality of life in New Hope as "excellent" or "good;" a high 92% endorsed the direction in which New Hope is headed; and 87% felt the value of city services for the tax money paid were excellent or good. Fourteen percent of respondents mentioned that "street maintenance" was the most serious issue facing the city of New Hope, while 34 percent reported there is "nothing" they see as a serious issue.
2015 New Hope In Focus Photo Contest Winners
The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2015 New Hope In Focus photo contest at its meeting on November 23. A panel of nine judges selected the winners in three main categories: Dack Nehring earned first place in the People category and received the highest overall score for "Autumn Comfort," Derek Bjoraker received first place in the Places category for "Dandelion," Marti Christensen finished first in the Nature category for "Gossamer Wings at Rest," and 15-year-old Jenna Geier won the Youth category for "Look Up, Not Away." Community members chose Jennifer Schmidt's photo,"Colorful Fall," as the winner of the People's Choice Award. View the winners and all of the entries in this year's photo contest HERE (more...)
Police station and City Hall Space Needs recommendations
Council seeks community input on Space Needs recommendations
The New Hope City Council and the Space Needs Task Force held an open house on November 17 to provide information to interested residents about the condition of the city's existing municipal building, the space needs of the police department and city hall, and the recommendations of a recent citizen task force.
For those who were unable to attend the open house, links to the display boards from the open house, the Powerpoint presentation, a video of the presentation and the task force report are provided below. An online survey about the recommendations closed on December 13, 2015:
City of New Hope 2014-15 Project Summary
As part of an annual bus tour for the City Council and city commissioners, staff prepares a booklet that summarizes projects throughout the city during the past year. Click on the link below to view that booklet in pdf format
City of New Hope 2014-15 Project Summary
Mayors Prayer Breakfast - "Gifts Galore-Artists Next Door!"
Two Hundred Seventy community members attended the 24th Annual New Hope Community Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. on October 23. This year's theme was "Gifts Galore-Artists Next Door." A collection of photos from the event are available on Photobucket by clicking on the link below.
2015 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Photos
Business recycling requirements begin January 1
Nearly two-thirds of the waste created by businesses is recyclable. Beginning January 1, 2016, many New Hope businesses (those that generate four cubic yards of solid waste per week or more) must begin recycling at least three materials - such as paper, glass, plastic and metal. If your business needs free assistance setting up or expanding a recycling program, visit www.hennepin.us/business/recycling-hazardous-waste/business-recycling.
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...)
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...)
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