City Council Meeting- packet
Monday, March 23, 2015, 7 p.m.
Personnel Board Meeting - agenda
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7 pm.
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!
Yard Waste site opens March 28
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, which is located at 14796 101st Ave. N., will open early this season on March 28. From Saturday, March 28, through Tuesday, March 31, the site will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular hours begin 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.
Metro spring load restrictions started 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 ten-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website - click here. (more...)
Council seeks applicants for city commissions
The New Hope City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Planning Commission and Human Rights Commission. Commission applications must be returned to the city clerk by Wednesday, April 15 to be considered. An application form is available on New Hope’s website at www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/commission_applicant or by calling the city clerk at 763-531-5117. (more...)
Council resolution urges Environmental
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.
Remodeling Fair is March 28
This year's Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair is Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive N. The event will feature about 80 local home improvement and landscaping businesses and about a dozen informative workshops. For a list of vendors and the workshop schedule, visit nwremodelingfair.com. (more)
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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)
City of New Hope thankful for support received
In the aftermath of the traumatic incident that took place at the New Hope City Hall on Monday evening, city staff are doing our best to try and get back to normal city operations. It is times like this that make you realize how fortunate we are to have a well trained, professional police department who acted in a heroic manner and saved the lives of others. I speak for all the staff and city council when I extend a heartfelt thanks to every New Hope police officer. We are hoping for a full recovery for the injured officers.
I also want to extend my thanks to the Hennepin County Sherriff’s Department, surrounding law enforcement agencies and the West Metro Fire-Rescue District for all the assistance they provided on Monday night and in the days that have followed.
Thanks also goes out to all the city staff and city council for the professional manner in which they handled the incident and showed their concern for one other.
There has been an outpouring of support from the New Hope community, including residents, business owners and others who have sent supportive messages, shared their concerns and gratitude, sent cards and flowers and dropped off food items for the police department and city employees. There has been an outpouring of support from all of our neighboring cities and from across the metro area and state who have offered assistance and support if it is needed.
The city is very appreciative of the support that has been received and extend our thanks to the community and others. Working together, we will all get through this incident and continue to strive to make New Hope a great community.
Elder and London take oath of office
Council members John Elder (left) and Jonathan London (right) were sworn into office at the council meeting on January 12. Council member Elder has been a member of the New Hope City Council since 2009. This is council member London's first term.
(Left) The contractor for Hy-Vee has been doing grading and foundation work on the site of the new 90,000 square foot grocery store, 4300 Xylon Ave. N. In late December installation of concrete wall panels began. Hy-Vee plans to open the store in fall 2015. (Right) Construction of the 68-unit Compass Pointe apartment complex at 6113 West Broadway is well underway. The developer plans to complete construction in July 2015. For more information about these and other development and planning projects in New Hope, click on the blue button above.
New Hope has outdoor rinks with warming houses at four 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. (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
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.
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