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<data> <child> <title>New Hope Council Adopts 2040 Comprehensive Plan</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2020/10 - October 2020/2040 Plan.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope City Council approved a resolution adopting the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan and placing it into effect at its meeting on Sept. 12. </summary> <published_date>2020/10/15</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/2040_comprehensive_plan</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>2040 Comprehensive Plan</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2020/10/15 17:11:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope City Council approved a resolution adopting the city&amp;rsquo;s 2040 Comprehensive Plan and placing it into effect at its meeting on Sept. 12. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The City of New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a planning tool intended to guide the future growth and development of the city in a way that conforms to metropolitan system plans and complies with the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and other applicable planning statutes. The plan outlines New Hope&amp;rsquo;s long-range strategies for addressing housing, businesses, transportation, community parks and facilities within New Hope. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; All cities, counties and townships within the seven-county metropolitan region are required to prepare a comprehensive plan and update the plan every ten years. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The complete City of New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan is available at &lt;a title="Link to the New Hope 2040 Comprehensive Plan" href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/comprehensiveplan" target="_self"&gt;newhopemn.gov/comprehensiveplan&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>NHPD Launches Community Engagement App </title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/02-February/tip411.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope Police Department is increasing community engagement efforts with a new app, helping residents connect with the police department, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their mobile device or computer.</summary> <published_date>2021/02/22</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/n_h_p_d_launches_community_engagement_app</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>NHPD Launches Community Engagement App </pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/02/22 12:51:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The New Hope Police Department is increasing community engagement efforts with a new app, helping residents connect with the police department, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their mobile device or computer. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Developed by tip411, the City of New Hope App puts a powerful new engagement tool into community members' hands. The app enables the public to share public safety information entirely anonymously. Tipsters can send a message about crime, suspicious activity or additional concerns via the free smartphone app, by text or online. Once the message is sent, the police department can respond- creating a completely anonymous two-way conversation. The City of New Hope App is available for free download via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store or at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/tip411" target="_self" title="Link to tip411 page on New Hope website. Opens in same window. "&gt;newhopemn.gov/tip411&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Those without a smartphone can share information with the city by sending a text tip via their mobile phone to 847411. Tipsters will type the keyword NHPD, then a space followed by their message. Information may also be sent via a form found at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/tip411" target="_self" title="Link to tip411 information on New Hope website. Opens in same window. "&gt;newhopemn.gov/tip411&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; "One of the goals of the New Hope Police Department is to provide as many avenues as possible for our community to reach out and engage with us," said Brad Kallio, Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer for the New Hope Police Department. "tip411 is a great way for people to communicate with us when maybe they normally wouldn't have. This technology ensures your anonymity and safety while giving you a direct line to a police officer." &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The City of New Hope App and tip411 text and website system are entirely anonymous unless users elect to provide their contact information. The technology removes all identifying user information. &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;&lt;em&gt;&lt;br&gt; Tip411 is not monitored 24/7. Always call 911 in an emergency or when immediate assistance is required.&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>MN Department of Health Launches Vaccine Connector</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/03-March/Roll Up MN.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The Minnesota Department of Health recently launched the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. The tool connects Minnesotans who want to receive the vaccine with details about when, where and how to receive one.</summary> <published_date>2021/03/05</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/department_of_health_launches_vaccine_connector</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Department of Health Launches Vaccine Connector</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/03/05 08:44:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The Minnesota Department of Health recently launched the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. The tool connects Minnesotans who want to receive the vaccine with details about when, where and how to receive one. By signing up, users will be alerted when they are eligible to receive a vaccine and be connected to resources to schedule an appointment. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; All Minnesotans who want to be vaccinated and who have not yet been vaccinated and want to be should sign up, no matter their current eligibility status.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Learn more about Vaccine Connector on the &lt;a href="https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/index.jsp" target="_blank" title="MN Department of Health's Website"&gt;Minnesota Department of Health&amp;rsquo;s website&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Get Carried Away with Organics, New Hope Adopts Organics Collection Ordinance</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/03-March/organics-4.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Licensed haulers are required to offer the service to customers beginning Jan. 1, 2022. </summary> <published_date>2021/03/25</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_adopts_organics_collection_ordinance</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Adopts Organics Collection Ordinance</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/03/25 11:12:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope City Council has adopted an ordinance amendment requiring all licensed refuse haulers to offer curbside organics collection services to their customers, effective Jan. 1, 2022. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Work on the initiative began following a Hennepin County Board mandate made in 2018 that all cities within the county must provide curbside organics collection by January 2022. After discussion with the Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG), consisting of the cities of New Hope, Crystal and Brooklyn Center, it was decided the best approach to fulfill the county requirement is amending garbage and recycling code to require all licensed haulers to provide the service as an option to their customers. City staff worked closely with HRG Administrator Tim Pratt to drafting the ordinance amendment. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; At the city council meeting of March 22, Community Development Assistant Brandon Bell outlined the ordinance amendments for the New Hope City Council. In addition to requiring all licensed refuse hauler to offer source-separated organics recycling service effective Jan. 1, 2022, the amendment also updates outdated language, establishes that pricing of organics collection is up to the individual hauler, participation in the program is up to the individual customer and that the city cannot require the hauler to utilize one truck for collection of both refuse and organics at the same time. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; New Hope currently operates with an open garbage collection system, allowing individuals to select their hauler. The city requires haulers to be licensed with the city with curbside collection be provided at least once per week. All currently licensed haulers have been notified of the ordinance amendment. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope's Tax Capacity Rate Explained</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/03-March/Road.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Many residents wonder why New Hope's tax capacity rate is higher when compared to neighboring communities. There's more to the number. Here's an explanation of how it works.</summary> <published_date>2021/03/26</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_s_tax_capacity_rate_explained</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope's Tax Capacity Rate Explained</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/03/26 11:18:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The city of New Hope often gets questions from residents and potential residents about the property tax rate. This is because when comparing the property taxes New Hope homeowners pay yearly, New Hope's rate appears to be higher than neighboring communities. In 2021, New Hope's total tax capacity rate is 63.963%. This percentage, however, does not take into account that New Hope is one of the only communities in the area that does not levy special assessments for street infrastructure improvement projects. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; In most communities, when a street project is done adjacent to a property owner's home, the property owner is billed for at least a portion of the project's cost. New Hope funds these projects through the city's annual street infrastructure levy. As a result, the cost of street improvements in New Hope is spread across all tax-paying properties without singling out individual properties for special assessments. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Removing New Hope's street infrastructure levy from the tax capacity rate comparison puts it on an equal playing field with neighboring communities. In that comparison, the total tax capacity rate for New Hope in 2021 decreases to 55.734%. The tables below illustrate the difference.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;img src="/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City%20Hall/Communication/2021%20Tax%20Capacity%20Comparison.png" alt="Tax Capacity Rate Comparison Grid" title="Tax Capacity Rate Comparison Grid" style=""&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Maple Grove Yardwaste Site</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/04-April/19_10_20_maple_grove_yard_waste_54.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title>Photo provided by Maple Grove Yardwaste Site</image_title> <summary>The site is open for the season and ready to accept lawn and garden waste. </summary> <published_date>2021/04/02</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/maple_grove_yardwaste_site</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Maple Grove Yardwaste Site</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/04/02 10:25:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>As you begin to spruce up your lawn and landscaping after its long winter nap, remember that the Maple Grove Yardwaste Site accepts and recycles yard and garden waste items, many at no charge, for New Hope residents. The site is located at 10300 Maple Grove Parkway, just east of the Maple Grove Super Target.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Accepted items include leaves, grass and brush, logs and tree waste up to 10 inches in diameter. Also accepted is garden waste including apples, cornstalks, pumpkins and straw, along with small quantities of sod, dirt, sand and gravel. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Visit &lt;a href="http://www.mgyardwaste.com" target="_blank" title="Link to Maple Grove Yardwaste Site's Website, Opens in New Window"&gt;mgyardwaste.com&lt;/a&gt; or call 763.420.4886 for hours, directions and details about accepted materials. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>City Council Adopts State Performance Measures</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2020/11 - November 2020/Survey Taking (2).jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>At its meeting of April 26, New Hope City Council adopted a resolution implementing the state performance measures and corresponding New Hope City Services Survey for 2021. </summary> <published_date>2021/04/28</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/city_council_adopts_state_performance_measures</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>City Council Adopts State Performance Measures</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/04/28 13:46:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p class="MsoNormal"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black"&gt;At its meeting of April 26, New Hope City Council adopted a resolution implementing the state performance measures and corresponding New Hope City Services Survey for 2021.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class="MsoNormal"&gt;&lt;span style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black"&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt;"&gt;In 2011, the Minnesota Legislature&amp;rsquo;s Council on Local Results and Innovation released a standard set of ten performance measures for cities. The markers aid in measuring the public perception and effectiveness of services provided by the city. New Hope has participated in the program since its inception through the city&amp;rsquo;s annual survey.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class="MsoNormal"&gt;&lt;span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt;"&gt;At the April city council work session, New Hope City Council supported the addition of three new questions to upcoming 2021 survey related to the New Hope Aquatic Park and Civic Center Park, city information consumption and the COVID-19 pandemic.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class="MsoNormal"&gt;&lt;span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt;"&gt;City staff intends to begin distribution of the annual survey in July.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Council Approves Conditional Use Permit for Charter School</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/05-May/Escuela.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>At its April 26 meeting, the New Hope City Council passed a resolution approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a charter school at 4741 Zealand Ave N. </summary> <published_date>2021/05/05</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/council_approves_c_u_p_for_charter_school</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Council Approves CUP for Charter School</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/05/05 10:48:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>At its April 26 meeting, the New Hope City Council passed a resolution approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a charter school at 4741 Zealand Ave N. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; CSDC Facilities Corporation submitted an application for the (CUP) to allow for the charter school to be located at 4741 Zealand Ave N. Escuela Exitos (&amp;ldquo;School of Successes&amp;rdquo;) will rent the building from CSDC Facilities Corporation and operate a kindergarten through eighth grade, two‐way dual language Spanish/English immersion school at the location. The property is currently owned by New Hope Church and is used for youth ministry and auxiliary church functions.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Plans for the school were initially reviewed by the New Hope Planning Commission at its April 6 meeting and public hearing. The commission unanimously recommended approval, subject to conditions related to fire lanes, signage, snow storage, ADA accessibility, fencing, trash enclosure materials, tree preservation measures, lighting, and grading, drainage and storm water plans. The resolution approved by the City Council accounts for the conditions. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The planned redevelopment of the property includes predominantly interior renovations of the existing 31,500 square-foot structure. The plans involve enlarging the parking lot to the north and east of the existing building and constructing a bus access lane along the north side of the site from Boone Avenue North. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Escuela Exitos intends to serve 165 students during the 2021‐2022 school year with enrollment increasing to 390 students by the 2023‐2024 school year. According to the applicant, the school model meets &amp;ldquo;a growing demand of families in New Hope and surrounding communities that currently sit on long waitlists for immersion school options.&amp;rdquo;&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>HRG Launches New Recycling App, Website Features</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/05-May/HRG App.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The Hennepin Recycling Group has launched a mobile app, Brooklyn Park HRG Recycling, to make it even easier for residents to stay connected about recycling collection programs.</summary> <published_date>2021/05/07</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/h_r_g_launches_new_recycling_app__website_features</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>HRG Launches New Recycling App, Website Features</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/05/07 12:07:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The Hennepin Recycling Group has launched a mobile app, Brooklyn Park HRG Recycling, to make it even easier for residents to stay connected about recycling collection programs.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Residents can download the Brooklyn Park HRG Recycling app for &lt;a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1557541608" target="_blank" title="Link to Brooklyn Park HRG Recycling on iTunes Store. Opens in new window."&gt;Apple iPhone&lt;/a&gt; or &lt;a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.brooklynpark.recollect.waste" target="_blank" title="Link to Brooklyn Park HRG Recycling App on Google Play Store. Opens in new window. "&gt;Android smartphones&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; In the mobile app, users will find the recycling and special pickup collection schedule specific to their address. The mobile app can also remind users of collection day, so it will never be forgotten! &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Users can also use the app&amp;rsquo;s Waste Wizard to search by material and find out if it can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Those not using an Apple or Android smartphone may visit &lt;a href="https://www.hrg-recycling.com/index.asp?SEC=80441383-E73D-40E7-A10F-0E12901BE196&amp;amp;Type=B_BASIC" target="_blank" title="Link to Hennepin Recycling Group's Curbside Recycling Page. Opens in new window."&gt;Hennepin Recycling Group&amp;rsquo;s Curbside Recycling page&lt;/a&gt; and search by home address in the My Schedule tool. While there, residents can also:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;Sign up for waste collection reminders by email, phone call or text message.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Download the collection schedule into iCal, Google or Microsoft Outlook calendars.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Print a collection schedule.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Use the Waste Wizard to learn how to properly recycle or dispose of materials.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;Learn more at &lt;a href="http://www.hrg-recycling.com" target="_blank" title="Link to Hennepin Recycling Group's Website, Opens in New Window"&gt;hrg-recycling.com&lt;/a&gt; or by calling 763.493.8006.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Assistance</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/05-May/ebbwifiletteringlogo.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched an emergency broadband benefit to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.</summary> <published_date>2021/05/13</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/f_c_c_launches_emergency_broadband_assistance</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Assistance</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/05/13 10:01:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The city of New Hope is working to help build community awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;Has an income that is at or below 135% of the &lt;a href="https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines" target="_blank" title="Link to poverty guidelines on US Dept. of Health and Human Services website. Opens in new window. "&gt;Federal Poverty Guidelines&lt;/a&gt; or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC&amp;rsquo;s &lt;a href="https://www.fcc.gov/lifeline-consumers" target="_blank" title="Link to Lifeline information on FCC website, opens in new window. "&gt;Lifeline&lt;/a&gt; program;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider&amp;rsquo;s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment opened on May 12, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a &lt;a href="https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers" target="_blank" title="Link to participating broadband providers on FCC website. Opens in new window. "&gt;participating broadband provider&lt;/a&gt; or directly with the &lt;a href="http://www.getemergencybroadband.org/" target="_blank" title="Link to FCC online application. Opens in new window. "&gt;Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)&lt;/a&gt; using an online or mail-in application. Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at &lt;a href="http://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit" target="_blank" title="Link to broadband benefit information on FCC website. Opens in new window. "&gt;fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit&lt;/a&gt;, or by calling 833.511.0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope City Council Accepts 2020 Audit Report</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/05-May/Audit Report.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope City Council formally accepted the 2020 Financial Audit Report at its meeting of May 24. </summary> <published_date>2021/05/27</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_city_council_accepts_2020_audit_report</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope City Council Accepts 2020 Audit Report</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/05/27 16:02:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The New Hope City Council formally accepted the 2020 Financial Audit Report at its meeting of May 24. Bill Lauer, from the certified public accounting firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich, and Co. (MMKR) provided an overview of the scope of the audit, findings and opinions of the city&amp;rsquo;s records and financial data. MMKR did not identify any deficiencies in internal controls considered to be material weaknesses, there were no instances of non-compliance, they reported no findings, and they encountered no difficulties in dealing with management in performing and completing the audit. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; New Hope&amp;rsquo;s total general fund expenditures were under budget by $1,279,561 in 2020, primarily due to the delayed opening of the New Hope Aquatic Park and open positions within the police department. Total general fund revenues were over budget by $506,822, primarily due to Federal CARES funding received. The total fund balance of the City&amp;rsquo;s General Fund increased by $1,786,383 in 2020. The unassigned fund balance was $8,901,587, representing approximately 63 percent of annual expenditures and transfers out based on 2020 levels. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The full Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, 2020 Financial Audit Report and the presentation given to the New Hope City Council on Monday, May 24 can be found at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/finance" target="_self" title="Link to finance page of New Hope website, opens in same window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/finance&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Ribbon Cut at New Hope Aquatic Park</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/06-June/2.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Wednesday was a pristine evening for a ribbon cutting event at the New Hope Aquatic Park. Local legislators, government officials and project team members joined New Hope City Council, staff and commission members for the celebration of the city’s new facility. </summary> <published_date>2021/06/04</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/ribbon_cut_at_new_hope_aquatic_park</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Ribbon Cut at New Hope Aquatic Park</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/04 14:18:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>Wednesday was a pristine evening for a ribbon cutting event at the New Hope Aquatic Park. Local legislators, government officials and project team members joined New Hope City Council, staff and commission members for the celebration of the city&amp;rsquo;s new facility. Originally scheduled to open last year, the pool&amp;rsquo;s opening was delayed due to COVID-19.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; City Manager Kirk McDonald welcomed attendees to the event, thanking the many individuals and groups who were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition. McDonald was then joined by Mayor Kathi Hemken and a number of legislators, engineers, contractors and recreation organizations who all played critical roles in the planning, funding and construction of the aquatic park. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Attendees were invited to explore the aquatic park&amp;rsquo;s many features and visit informational stations along the way. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Following the ribbon cutting event, New Hope Aquatic Park season passholders were invited to a &amp;ldquo;sneak peak&amp;rdquo; open house event. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The New Hope Aquatic Park opens on Saturday, June 5 for the season. For facility hours and information, visit &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/aquatics" target="_self" title="Link to New Hope Aquatic Park on city website, opens in same window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/aquatics.&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/ribbon_cut_at_new_hope_aquatic_park</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Ribbon Cut at New Hope Aquatic Park</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/04 14:10:00</pageLastModified> <image_1>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/1.jpg</image_1> <caption_1 /> <image_2>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/2.jpg</image_2> <caption_2 /> <image_3>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/3.jpg</image_3> <caption_3 /> <image_4>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/4.jpg</image_4> <caption_4 /> <image_5>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/5.jpg</image_5> <caption_5 /> <image_6>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/6.jpg</image_6> <caption_6 /> <image_7>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/City Hall/Communication/Aquatic Park Ribbon Cutting/7.jpg</image_7> <caption_7 /> <image_8 /> <caption_8 /> <image_9 /> <caption_9 /> <image_10 /> <caption_10 /> <image_11 /> <caption_11 /> <image_12 /> <caption_12 /> <image_13 /> <caption_13 /> <image_14 /> <caption_14 /> <image_15 /> <caption_15 /> <image_16 /> <caption_16 /> <image_17 /> <caption_17 /> <image_18 /> <caption_18 /> <image_19 /> <caption_19 /> <image_20 /> <caption_20 /> <image_21 /> <caption_21 /> <image_22 /> <caption_22 /> <image_23 /> <caption_23 /> <image_24 /> <caption_24 /> <image_25 /> <caption_25 /> </child> <child> <title>Chat with the Chief</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/06-June/Chat with the Chief.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope Police Chief Tim Hoyt recently sat down with CCX Media’s Dave Kiser to kick of Chat with the Chief - an in-depth conversation about the department’s community policing and community engagement efforts.</summary> <published_date>2021/06/12</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/chat_with_the_chief</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Chat with the Chief</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/11 15:29:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope Police Chief Tim Hoyt recently sat down with CCX Media&amp;rsquo;s Dave Kiser to kick off Chat with the Chief - an in-depth conversation about the department&amp;rsquo;s community policing and community engagement efforts. Watch the full segment below.&amp;nbsp;&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;iframe width="400" height="300" title="Embed Video" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/TbBhkfnIgmI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" webkitallowfullscreen=""&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>2020 Water Quality Report</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/06-June/2020 Water Quality.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope’s annual water consumer confidence report for 2020 is now available.</summary> <published_date>2021/06/21</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/2020_water_quality_report</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>2020 Water Quality Report</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/21 12:33:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The city of New Hope works hard to provide safe and reliable drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements. To do so, city staff works with the Minnesota Department of Health to test the water for more than 100 contaminants. The results of these tests are published in the annual water consumer confidence report, which outlines details about the water quality for the previous year.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; New Hope's 2020 report is available below:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/File/City Hall/Public Works/Water/New Hope 2020 Drinking Water Report.pdf" target="_self" title="2020 Water Quality Report"&gt;2020 Water Quality Report&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;Questions? Contact New Hope Public Works at 763.592.6777.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Safe Exchange Zone</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/06-June/Safe Exchange Zone.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope Police Department encourages the community to use the location when conducting transactions for online sales, child custody exchanges or when conducting any transaction with someone you may not know or feel comfortable meeting at a private location.</summary> <published_date>2021/06/22</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/safe_exchange_zone</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Safe Exchange Zone</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/22 15:32:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The New Hope City Hall/Police Department parking lot now has a designated safe exchange zone for public transactions. The New Hope Police Department encourages the community to use the location when conducting transactions for online sales, child custody exchanges or when conducting any transaction with someone you may not know or feel comfortable meeting at a private location. The zone is not monitored at all times, however, it is well-lit and under 24/7 video surveillance. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The safe exchange zone is located in the west parking lot of New Hope City Hall and is identified by safe exchange signage.</body> </child> <child> <title>Is Your Home Lead Safe?</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/06-June/Paint.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Hennepin County offers funding assistance to fix lead paint hazards.</summary> <published_date>2021/06/28</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/is_your_home_lead_safe_</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Is Your Home Lead Safe?</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/28 09:29:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>June is National Healthy Homes Month. One way to keep your home healthy is to keep it lead-safe. If you are the owner or landlord of a home build before 1978, you may qualify for free lead testing and grants of up to $12,000 for lead abatement work through Hennepin County.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Learn more and find out if you qualify at &lt;a href="http://www.hennepin.us/leadcontrol" target="_blank" title="Lead Control Information on Hennepin County's Website, Opens in New Window"&gt;hennepin.us/leadcontrol&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Receives CenterPoint Energy Safety Grant</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/06-June/CenterPoint Grant.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>CenterPoint Energy has awarded the City of New Hope with a 2021 Community Safety Grant. The grant was accepted by New Hope City Council at its June 28 meeting.</summary> <published_date>2021/06/30</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_receives_center_point_energy_safety_grant</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Receives CenterPoint Energy Safety Grant</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/06/30 13:52:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>CenterPoint Energy has awarded the City of New Hope with a 2021 Community Safety Grant. The grant was accepted by New Hope City Council at its June 28 meeting.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The $2,500 grant will be spilt, with West Metro Fire-Rescue District receiving $1,500 for its home safety survey program and the New Hope Aquatic Park receiving $1,000 for safety equipment purchases.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The Community Safety Grant is an annual program administered by CenterPoint Energy that awards matching grants up to $2,500 for eligible safety and emergency response equipment. Since 2003, the program has awarded more than $2.3 million in grants. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>2021 Crack Repair and Seal Coat Project</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/07-July/Fog_Pic-web.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The project includes crack repair, seal coat and fog seal of several areas across the city.</summary> <published_date>2021/07/06</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/2021_crack_repair_and_seal_coat_project</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Crack Repair and Seal Coat Project Contract</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/07/06 16:08:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>At its meeting of June 28, New Hope City Council awarded the 2021 Crack Repair and Seal Coat Project contract to Allied Blacktop Company in the amount of $137,563.87. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The project scope includes crack repair, seal coat and fog seal of the neighborhood surrounding Civic Center Park including Zealand Avenue near Cooper High School, the south Meadow Lake neighborhood, the Hidden Valley Park parking lot, and the industrial and business park area to the east of State Highway 169 Service Drive between 50th and 52nd avenues. Additional crack repair work will be performed on portions of Winnetka and Gettysburg avenues north of Bass Lake Road. Work also includes repair of the failing joints on Boone Avenue between 49th and 42nd avenues. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The project areas for 2021 were selected based upon New Hope&amp;rsquo;s pavement management plan and current street conditions. The plan identifies and prioritizes street maintenance activities to maximize the return on each dollar invested in maintenance. The city&amp;rsquo;s current pavement management plan has all reconstructed roads being crack filled approximately every three years and seal coated and fog sealed every six to eight years. This process keeps moisture out of the roadbed and keeps the roadway in a smooth, drivable condition for a longer period. In addition to maintenance on fully reconstructed roads, this process is used on city streets to help extend pavement life until funds are available for a full pavement removal or reconstruction project&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Project work is scheduled to be completed between July and September. Additional information can be found by visiting &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/2021seal" target="_self" title="Link to project page on city's website. Opens in same window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/2021seal&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope’s Scattered Site Housing Program Expands</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/07-July/5213.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope’s Scattered Site Housing Program has expanded, with the approval of two new purchase and redevelopment agreements by the New Hope Economic Development Authority (EDA). </summary> <published_date>2021/07/08</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_s_scattered_site_housing_program_expands</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope’s Scattered Site Housing Program Expands</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/07/08 14:12:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope&amp;rsquo;s Scattered Site Housing Program has expanded, with the approval of two new &lt;br&gt; purchase and redevelopment agreements by the New Hope Economic Development Authority (EDA). &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The homes, located at 5213 Pennsylvania Avenue North and 4637 Aquila Avenue North are the latest properties acquired as part of the program, which focuses on targeting distressed single-family properties throughout the city for demolition and redevelopment or rehabilitation. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The city sent requests for proposals to more than 30 builders for each property, with the stipulation that each proposed house must be an owner-occupied, single family home. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; New Hope&amp;rsquo;s Economic Development Authority (EDA) acquired the property located at 5213 Pennsylvania Avenue North earlier this year. The house, identified as one of the lowest valued single-family homes in the city, was demolished in May. Five builder proposals were received for the property, and after review, the two-story design submitted by Donnay Homes was identified as the preferred proposal. The 2,747 square-foot home will feature four bedrooms, with potential for a fifth; three bathrooms and a three-stall garage. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The property located at 4637 Aquila Avenue North was acquired in March, following a tragic fire in spring of 2020. The home was destroyed beyond repair and demolished earlier this month. The EDA received three proposals for the property, with Great Buy Homes&amp;rsquo; proposal selected as the preferred design. The proposed split-level design will feature five bedrooms, three bathrooms and just over 2,500 square-feet of living space with a three-stall garage. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The city budgets funding for scattered site projects each year in the EDA budget. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Construction on both homes is anticipated to begin this summer with completion by Jan. 1, 2022.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope’s Newly Appointed Police Chief, Sergeants Take Oath of Office</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/07-July/Oaths of Office.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope’s recently appointed police chief, Chief Tim Hoyt took the oath of office Monday night at the New Hope City Council Meeting. Newly promoted Sergeant Mike TenEyck and Sergeant Chris Cazin also took the oath. The ceremony was previously delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</summary> <published_date>2021/07/27</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/police_chief__sergeants_take_oath_of_office</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Police Chief, Sergeants Take Oath of Office</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/07/27 14:57:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope&amp;rsquo;s recently appointed police chief, Chief Tim Hoyt took the oath of office Monday night at the New Hope City Council Meeting. Newly promoted Sergeant Mike TenEyck and Sergeant Chris Cazin also took the oath. The ceremony was previously delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The ceremony took place at the beginning of the meeting and, in addition to New Hope City Council and city staff, was attended by family, friends and current and past members of the New Hope Police Department (NHPD). &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Hoyt moved into his role as police chief in November. Since beginning in his new role, Hoyt has implemented the department&amp;rsquo;s community engagement and officer wellness programs and is currently instituting the department&amp;rsquo;s body-worn cameras. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Hoyt has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. After joining the NHPD in 2006, he was promoted to sergeant in 2011. In addition to his duties as sergeant, Hoyt has overseen the field training program, K-9 program and served on the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force. Before joining the NHPD, Hoyt served with the Eau Claire, Augusta and Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, police departments. Hoyt has an associate degree in law enforcement, a bachelor&amp;rsquo;s degree in criminal justice studies and a master&amp;rsquo;s degree in criminal justice leadership. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Sergeant Mike TenEyck was promoted to sergeant in October. Teneyck joined the NHPD in 2008 and has served in a number of roles including field training officer, defensive tactics trainer, use of force trainer, school resource officer and investigator. He&amp;rsquo;s also served as a member of the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force and SWAT team. Before joining the NHPD he served as an intern with the Carver County Sherriff&amp;rsquo;s Office and worked in private security. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Sergeant Chris Cazin was promoted to Sergeant in November. He began his career with the NHPD in 2014, serving in a variety of roles including DARE, school resource officer, firearms instructor, field training officer, team leader on the SWAT team and acting sergeant while the role was vacant. Cazin previously served with the Hoyt Lakes, Biwabik, Eveleth and Breitung Township police departments as well as the St. Louis County Sherriff&amp;rsquo;s Department.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Board and Commission Openings</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/DSC_2794-2.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope Planning Commission and West Metro Fire-Rescue District Board of Directors are currently accepting applications to fill vacancies.</summary> <published_date>2021/08/02</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/board_and_commission_openings</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Board and Commission Openings</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/02 09:17:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;Insights and recommendations from several advisory boards and commissions help bring a communitywide perspective to New Hope policy discussions. Advisory and board members serve the community as volunteers. The New Hope Planning Commission and West Metro Fire-Rescue District Board of Directors are currently accepting applications to fill vacancies.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;New Hope Planning Commission&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br&gt; The New Hope Planning Commission is accepting applications to fill one commissioner role. The New Hope Planning Commission consists of nine members who serve three-year terms. The commission makes recommendations to the New Hope City Council on matters affecting zoning, platting, residential, commercial and industrial expansions and redevelopment, and public improvements. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;West Metro Fire-Rescue District Board of Directors&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;br&gt; The West Metro Fire-Rescue District (WMFRD) Board of Directors is seeking one Crystal or New Hope resident with financial management background to serve as a trustee on the West Metro Firefighters Relief Association. Appointments are one year. Firefighters and elected officials are excluded.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The West Metro Fire-Rescue District provides fire services to the cities of Crystal and New Hope through response, prevention and education. The West Metro Fire Relief Association oversees its membership&amp;rsquo;s monthly benefit service pension and is managed by a board of nine trustees.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Submit Completed Applications by Aug. 8&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br&gt; Applications for both vacancies may be found online at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/boardsandcommissions" target="_self" title="Link to boards and commissions page of city website. Opens in same window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/boardsandcommissions&lt;/a&gt; and will be accepted through&lt;strong&gt; Aug. 8&lt;/strong&gt;. For more information about the New Hope Planning Commission, contact New Hope City Clerk Valerie Leone at &lt;a href="mailto:vleone@newhopemn.gov" class="ApplyClass"&gt;vleone@newhopemn.gov&lt;/a&gt; or 763.531.5117. For more information about the WMFRD Board of Directors, contact Crystal City Manager and WMFRD Board Secretary Anne Norris at &lt;a href="mailto:anne.norris@crystalmn.gov" class="ApplyClass"&gt;anne.norris@crystalmn.gov&lt;/a&gt; or 763.531.1140.&lt;/p&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Enter Your Best Shot in the 2021 In Focus Photo Contest!</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/2020 In Focus.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope’s In Focus Photo Contest is back! The annual competition gives community members an opportunity to showcase their photography skills while exploring what makes New Hope a great community to live, work and play.</summary> <published_date>2021/08/03</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/2021_in_focus_photo_contest</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>2021 In Focus Photo Contest!</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/03 12:45:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope&amp;rsquo;s In Focus Photo Contest is back! The annual competition gives community members an opportunity to showcase their photography skills while exploring what makes New Hope a great community to live, work and play. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Photographs may be entered in one of three categories: People &amp;amp; Families, City Landmarks and Wildlife &amp;amp; Nature. Photos entered must be taken somewhere in New Hope and contestants who live, work or study may submit one photo each. Entries may be submitted by email to &lt;a href="mailto:communications@newhopemn.gov?subject=In Focus Photo Contest" class="ApplyClass"&gt;communications@newhopemn.gov&lt;/a&gt; or to New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue North. All entries must be received by Friday, Oct. 15. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; A panel of judges will evaluate entries on visual appeal, pictorial composition and originality and select winners in each of the three categories, as well as a special youth category for photographers under age 18. Community members will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite beginning in late October. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Contest winners will be recognized at a future New Hope City Council meeting and will receive an award plaque commemorating their achievement. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; A complete list of contest rules and an entry form may be found at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/infocus" target="_self" title="Link to In Focus Contest Rules and Entry Form. Opens in Same Window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/infocus&lt;/a&gt; or requested by contacting &lt;a href="mailto:communications@newhopemn.gov?subject=In Focus Photo Contest" class="ApplyClass"&gt;communications@newhopemn.gov&lt;/a&gt; or 763.531.5103.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Home Energy Squad Helps Save Year Round</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/HES.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>To help homeowners increase energy savings and comfort throughout the year, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy offer Home Energy Squad.</summary> <published_date>2021/08/16</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/home_energy_squad_helps_save_year_round</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Home Energy Squad Helps Save Year Round</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/16 13:13:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;Minnesota is known for its frigid winters but the state also experiences hot, humid summers. As a result, residents see seasonal spikes in their utility bills and may be looking for solutions to save energy and improve comfort. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; To help homeowners increase energy savings and comfort throughout the year, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy offer Home Energy Squad. During a two-hour visit a crew of two energy experts will conduct an assessment to reveal opportunities for energy savings and the install energy saving products such as LED bulbs, door weather-stripping, water savers and a programmable thermostat, at no extra cost. There is also the option of a no-cost virtual consultation.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; As an incentive the City of New Hope will buy down the cost of the following in-person visit types for residents:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Energy Saver Visit&lt;/strong&gt;: install energy-saving materials such as LED bulbs, door and attic hatch weather-stripping, programmable thermostat and efficient water fixtures. Normally $70 but the city pays half the cost, which means residents only pay $35.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Energy Planner Visit&lt;/strong&gt;: includes the installed items listed above plus a comprehensive energy audit with a blower-door test to measure for air leaks, insulation inspection, safety check on heating system &amp;amp; water heater, recommendations for next steps. Normally $100 but the city pays half the cost, which means residents only pay $50.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Free in-person visits are available to income-qualified households.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;To schedule an appointment with the Home Energy Squad, call 651.328.6220 or visit &lt;a href="http://www.mncee.org/hes" target="_blank" title="Link to Home Energy Squad details on CEE website. Opens in new window. "&gt;mncee.org/hes&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Just Because You Can Water Your Lawn, Doesn’t Mean You Should</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/Sprinkler.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Every day without rain puts the State of Minnesota further into a drought, and every time residents use water unnecessarily it pushes the City of New Hope closer to imposing more water use restrictions.</summary> <published_date>2021/08/19</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/just_because_you_can__doesn_t_mean_you_should</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/19 15:55:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;Every day without rain puts the State of Minnesota further into a drought, and every time residents use water unnecessarily it pushes the City of New Hope closer to imposing more water use restrictions. Although residents can sprinkle their lawn on an odd/even schedule, based on their house number, it doesn&amp;rsquo;t mean they have to. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; So far in 2021, the Minneapolis area has received 15.4 inches of precipitation compared to a year-to-date average of 21.4 inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. And according to the National Integrated Drought Information System, Minnesota experienced its seventh driest July and is experiencing the ninth driest year in the last 127 years.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; In addition to the lack of rainfall, Minnesota is also experiencing a historically warm summer. The Twin Cities National Weather Service ranks 2021 as the third warmest meteorological summer on record for Minnesota through July. In the Twin Cities, June was 7.1 degrees warmer than average and July was 1.7 degrees warmer than average. Twenty-two days have pushed 90 degrees, while the 30-year average is just 11 days.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; While 2021 hasn&amp;rsquo;t turned out to be a good year to grow a garden or achieve the goal of a perfectly green lawn, if New Hope residents can band together to conserve water wherever they can, it will only benefit you, your neighbors and the environment.&lt;br&gt; For more information about the drought, what you can do to help, and what the City&amp;rsquo;s next steps will be, read the recent drought stories linked below.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.newhopemn.gov/news___features/water_sprinkling_restrictions" target="_self" title="Link to previous drought article on city website, opens in same window. "&gt;City Implements Even-Odd Water Sprinkling Restrictions In Response to Drought&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.newhopemn.gov/news___features/new_hope_following_state_plan_to_navigate_drought" target="_self" title="Link to drought article on city website, opens in same window."&gt;New Hope Following State Plan to Navigate Drought&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.newhopemn.gov/news___features/u_s_g_s_data_determines_required_drought_action" target="_self" title="Link to drought article on city's website, opens in same window."&gt;USGS Data Determines Required Drought Action&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Website Connects Young Families to Services</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/helpmeconnect mobile.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Pregnant and parenting families with children from birth to 8 years of age now have a new tool to connect to services in the community that support healthy child development and family well-being.</summary> <published_date>2021/08/23</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/website_connects_young_families_to_services</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Website Connects Young Families to Services</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/23 11:18:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;Pregnant and parenting families with children from birth to 8 years of age now have a new tool to connect to services in the community that support healthy child development and family well-being.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Help Me Connect is a website designed to help Minnesota&amp;rsquo;s families navigate local community, county and state resources. Families and those that support families, such as preschool teachers, child care providers and pediatricians, can use Help Me Connect to find services such as:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;Healthy development and screening&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Developmental and behavior concerns&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Disability services and resources&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Early learning and child care&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Family well-being and mental health&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Tribal and American Indian resources&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Dental care&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Basic needs&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Legal services&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Peacetime emergency resources&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;Help Me Connect is an interagency collaboration between Minnesota&amp;rsquo;s Departments of Education, Health and Human Services. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Care providers and families can access Help Me Connect by visiting &lt;a href="http://www.helpmeconnectmn.org" title="Link to Help Me Connect website. Opens in new window."&gt;HelpMeConnectMN.org&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Announces 2021 RAVE! Award Winners</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/Group Shot_Edited.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title>2021 RAVE! Award Recipients</image_title> <summary>New Hope’s 2021 RAVE! Award winners were announced and recognized by the New Hope City Council at its Aug. 23 meeting. </summary> <published_date>2021/08/24</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_announces_2021_r_a_v_e__award_winners</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Announces 2021 RAVE! Award Winners</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/24 16:13:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;New Hope&amp;rsquo;s 2021 RAVE! Award winners were announced and recognized by the New Hope City Council at its Aug. 23 meeting. 2021 RAVE! Award recipients are:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Outstanding Curb Appeal&lt;/strong&gt;: Joel and Karen Latterell, 8000 37th Avenue North&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Environmentally Sensitive Design&lt;/strong&gt;: Brian and Sarah Sobas, 8300 40th Avenue North and Ginger Sisco, 8308 40th Avenue North&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Outstanding Gardens&lt;/strong&gt;: Barb Kuchenbecker, 4072 Gettysburg Avenue North&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Outstanding Interior Remodel&lt;/strong&gt;: Adam and Heather Swierczek, 8508 50th Avenue North&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Outstanding Landscape Feature&lt;/strong&gt;: Raul and Carolina Rojas, 5785 Yukon Avenue North&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;O&lt;strong&gt;utstanding Property Maintenance&lt;/strong&gt;: Jean Ann and Richard Buller, 5837 Meadow Lake Road West&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;The RAVE! residential property recognition program was developed in 2006 as a way for the City to acknowledge outstanding property maintenance and improvements completed by New Hope residents. The program allows the New Hope City Council to formally recognize and thank residents who have accomplished outstanding property maintenance and improvements, while highlighting methods that can be used to enhance and improve properties within the city. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Nominations were accepted through July 23 and 12 properties were nominated. On July 27, a volunteer panel of three judges, consisting of city commission members, toured the nominated properties. The panel then met to review the nominations and select the winners.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; RAVE! Award winners received an engraved stone commemorating the accomplishment.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a title="Link to photos of 2021 RAVE! Award Winning Properties" href="/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/File/Live/2021 RAVE! Winners.pdf"&gt;2021 RAVE! Awards Winning Properties&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/NHPD Crime Alert.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope Police Department has received several reports from community members who have been contacted by scammers posing as Social Security government employees. Often times they use threats and demand immediate payment to avoid being arrested or additional legal action being taken. Don’t be fooled – these are just attempts to intimidate you into providing payment or personal information. </summary> <published_date>2021/08/26</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/protect_yourself_from_social_security_scams</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/08/26 15:41:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The New Hope Police Department has received several reports from community members who have been contacted by scammers posing as Social Security government employees. Often times they use threats and demand immediate payment to avoid being arrested or additional legal action being taken. Don&amp;rsquo;t be fooled &amp;ndash; these are just attempts to intimidate you into providing payment or personal information. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The following tips from the Social Security Administration will help protect you, your friends and your family.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Be Alert&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br&gt; Social Security may reach out by phone in some situations but will NEVER:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;Threaten you.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Suspend your Social Security number.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Demand an immediate payment from you.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;Social Security may email or text you about programs and services, but will never ask for a return call to an unknown number. Social Security only sends emails or text messages if you have opted in to receive them and only in limited situations, including the following:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;When you have subscribed with Social Security to receive updates and notifications by text or email.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;As part of Social Security&amp;rsquo;s enhanced security when accessing your personal my Social Security account.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;What to Look For&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;The caller or sender says there is a problem with your Social Security number or account.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Any call, text or email asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency or by mailing cash.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Scammers pretend they are from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID, texts or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Callers threaten you with arrest or other legal action.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;If you receive a suspicious call, text or email:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;If you receive a call, text or email that you believe to be suspicious, about a problem with your Social Security number or account, do not respond or engage with the caller or sender.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;Hang up.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Do not return unknown calls, texts or emails.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Do not give money or personal information.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Report Social Security phone, email and text scams to the Social Security Administration&amp;rsquo;s Office of the Inspector General at &lt;a href="https://oig.ssa.gov/" target="_blank" title="Link to Social Security Administration's website. Opens in new window."&gt;oig.ssa.gov&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>City Council Approves Preliminary 2022 Budget</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/09-September/2022 Budget2.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope City Council approved the 2022 New Hope preliminary budget and maximum tax levy at its meeting on Sept. 13 and they were certified to the Hennepin County auditor. </summary> <published_date>2021/09/14</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/city_council_approves_preliminary_2022_budget</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>City Council Approves Preliminary 2022 Budget</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/09/14 16:04:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The New Hope City Council approved the 2022 New Hope preliminary budget and maximum tax levy at its meeting on Sept. 13 and they were certified to the Hennepin County auditor. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The proposed 2022 general fund budget is $16,179,193, which is an increase of $242,216, or 1.5%, over the 2021 budget. Major changes in the 2022 budget include:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;An increase of $281,056 for wage and benefit increases, a 3% cost of living adjustment and an increase in the city&amp;rsquo;s share of health insurance coverage and a comparable cities adjustment. A 3% increase in City Council salaries is also included in the budget. &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;An increase of $105,000 in IT charges. &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;An increase of $65,859 in the budget for West Metro Fire‐Rescue District due to a 4.9% increase in New Hope&amp;rsquo;s share of the joint powers agreement. &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;A $50,000 increase for the Emerald Ash Borer Removal/Replacement Program on public property (city right‐of‐ways, parks, etc.) due to the increasing occurrence of the disease in the northwest metro area. &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;A $39,000 increase in the budget for election costs, due to the gubernatorial election in 2022. &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;A $315,454 decrease in central garage charges primarily in the police department (for leasing vehicles) and the street department (reduced equipment purchases). &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;New Hope is scheduled to receive $866,642 in LGA (local government aid) in 2022, which is a $4,916 increase over 2021. The revenue will be utilized in the general fund to offset central garage equipment and building replacement charges; it is not used for general operations. &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;A decrease of $130,000 in building permit and related revenue, as the Windsor Ridge single-family home development will be completed at the end of 2021.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;The preliminary tax levy for the entire 2022 budget is $18,231,011, which represents a 4.67% increase over the 2021 levy of $17,417,601. The total levy includes a 5% increase in the street and park infrastructure levies to support long-term funding plans for street and park improvements. Three bond debt tax levies are increasing in 2022 while another three are decreasing, resulting in overall combined debt tax levies decreasing by $1,797 in 2022. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Also included in the preliminary 2022 budget is a new Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) tax levy of $417,000 to be used to help fund redevelopment activities, including the Scattered Site Housing Program. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) tax levy is reduced by $212,000 in 2022 to offset the overall increase. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; According to the Hennepin County Assessor, the median home value for taxes payable in 2022 is $275,000, a 7% increase from 2021. Per updated information recently received from the County, the estimated impact on residential homes based on the proposed 4.67% increase in the city tax levy is 7%. For homes valued between $150,000 and $400,000, the tax increase amounts to a property tax increase of between $57 and $180 per household. The city tax rate is project to slightly increase from 62.59% in 2021 to 62.719% in 2022. Although New Hope&amp;rsquo;s property tax rate appears higher than neighboring communities, approximately 13% of the rate accounts for the street infrastructure levy. This levy funds street infrastructure projects and spreads the cost of the improvements across all tax-paying properties in the community rather than assessing project-adjacent properties. More information on the proposed impact will be available after the final tax capacities are certified with Hennepin County. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; City Council will continue to refine the budget and tax levy over the next few months. The final budget and levy numbers may decrease, but they cannot increase. The complete proposed 2022 budget may be found at &lt;a title="Link to finance page on City of New Hope website. Opens in same window." href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/finance" target="_self"&gt;newhopemn.gov/finance&lt;/a&gt;. The proposed 2022 budget and tax levy will be presented at a public hearing at New Hope City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Interested residents are invited to attend the public hearing and ask questions. The New Hope City Council will consider the final 2022 budget and tax levy for approval by mid-December. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Parks &amp; Recreation Receives Award of Excellence</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/09-September/Parks and Rec Award.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title>Alyssa Fram, MRPA Awards Committee Co-Chair presents New Hope Recreation Supervisor Aaron Thelen with the award.</image_title> <summary>New Hope Parks and Recreation has received an Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) for its 2020 Virtual Bike Rodeo in the organization’s “Programming and Events” category. </summary> <published_date>2021/09/15</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/parks___recreation_receives_award_of_excellence</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Parks &amp; Recreation Receives Award of Excellence</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/09/15 08:36:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope Parks and Recreation has received an Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) for its 2020 Virtual Bike Rodeo in the organization&amp;rsquo;s &amp;ldquo;Programming and Events&amp;rdquo; category. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The MRPA Award of Excellence program recognizes agencies or organizations in Minnesota for outstanding achievements in parks, recreation and leisure services. A primary goal of the program is to increase public awareness and appreciation for the excellent parks, trails, recreation and leisure services available throughout Minnesota. Alyssa Fram, MRPA Awards Committee Co-Chair, presented the award at the Sept. 13 New Hope City meeting. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The Bike Rodeo is an annual cooperative event held in May each year between the cities of New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale. The event educates community members about the importance of bike safety typically through hands-on activities including a bike safety course, helmet fittings, bike tune-ups and raffle drawings. During the pandemic the cooperative cities moved the event to a virtual format, ensuring community members could attend safely. The virtual event included bike safety videos, interactive materials and worksheets and concluded with a livestream event and bicycle raffle, hosted by CCX Media. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; New Hope Parks and Recreation has received several MRPA Awards of Excellence over the years, most recently for the 2019 New Year&amp;rsquo;s Eve Movie at the Arena and the urban orchard at Little Acre Park. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/09-September/DEED.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The application process begins Sept. 20 for businesses experiencing financial hardship to the COVID-19 pandemic. </summary> <published_date>2021/09/16</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/c_o_v_i_d_relief_grants_program</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>COVID Relief Grants Program</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/09/16 10:50:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will accept applications for the &lt;a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA5MDIuNDU0MTQ5NzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21uLmdvdi9kZWVkL2J1c2luZXNzL2ZpbmFuY2luZy1idXNpbmVzcy9kZWVkLXByb2dyYW1zL2VtZXJnZW5jeS1wcm9ncmFtcy9tYWluLXN0cmVldC8ifQ._3mp56bPIKXBGPBycDFqWLeFtQsN1EJ18208spWJmcI/s/231452557/br/111817886809-l" target="_blank" title="Link to Main Street Covid Relief Grants Program information, opens in new window."&gt;Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program&lt;/a&gt; from Monday, Sept. 20 through Wednesday, Sept. 29. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesota owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and meet other eligibility criteria. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Grant amounts range between $10,000 and $25,000 for qualifying businesses.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Learn more&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/emergency-programs/main-street/" target="_blank" title="DEED's Main Street Covid Relief Grants webpage. Opens in new window."&gt;Visit the webpage on DEED's Main Street COVID Relief Grants&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;View &lt;a href="https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/emergency-programs/main-street/#3" target="_blank" title="Link to FAQs on DEED webpage. Opens in new window."&gt;Frequently Asked Questions&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Find translated program information on the website in &lt;a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDUsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA5MDIuNDU0MTQ5NzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21uLmdvdi9kZWVkL2Fzc2V0cy9tYWluLXN0cmVldC1jb3ZpZC1yZWxpZWYtZ3JhbnRzLWhtbl90Y20xMDQ1LTQ5NTc1MC5wZGYifQ.qjRgbJTpLUvDTnq5TVuKnkHoqO9FG4tR3uDgGlR3wVI/s/231452557/br/111817886809-l" target="_blank" title="Link to program information in Hmong. Opens in new window."&gt;Hmong&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDYsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA5MDIuNDU0MTQ5NzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21uLmdvdi9kZWVkL2Fzc2V0cy9tYWluLXN0cmVldC1jb3ZpZC1yZWxpZWYtZ3JhbnRzLXNvbV90Y20xMDQ1LTQ5NTc1MS5wZGYifQ.xXMfxPy3FOCu190isFJOZ64RkX92Fa4G7xfapKrULKI/s/231452557/br/111817886809-l" target="_blank" title="Link to program information in Somali. Opens in new window."&gt;Somali&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDcsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA5MDIuNDU0MTQ5NzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21uLmdvdi9kZWVkL2Fzc2V0cy9tYWluLXN0cmVldC1jb3ZpZC1yZWxpZWYtZ3JhbnRzLWVzX3RjbTEwNDUtNDk1NzQ5LnBkZiJ9.Tuc4EqgFNM3EsGacsHBFnpJF_VuCVKC-bwoumSeS0AM/s/231452557/br/111817886809-l" target="_blank" title="Link to program information in Spanish. Opens in new window."&gt;Spanish&lt;/a&gt;, and &lt;a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDgsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA5MDIuNDU0MTQ5NzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL21uLmdvdi9kZWVkL2Fzc2V0cy9tYWluLXN0cmVldC1jb3ZpZC1yZWxpZWYtZ3JhbnRzLXZpZV90Y20xMDQ1LTQ5NTc1Mi5wZGYifQ.YuMkSYrTzrfLtiv4ooCi2QA3SlAJFzT2kKRD2Nk2m4E/s/231452557/br/111817886809-l" target="_blank" title="Link to program information in Vietnamese. Opens in new window."&gt;Vietnamese&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Attend an information sessions hosted by DEED: &lt;a href="https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA5MDIuNDU0MTQ5NzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3RlYW1zLm1pY3Jvc29mdC5jb20vbC9tZWV0dXAtam9pbi8xOSUzYW1lZXRpbmdfWVRKbU1HUTJOalF0T1RNNE55MDBaR1kzTFdFMlkyRXRaRE0xTnpBeE16ZGxaV0k1JTQwdGhyZWFkLnYyLzA_Y29udGV4dD0lN2IlMjJUaWQlMjIlM2ElMjJlYjE0YjA0Ni0yNGM0LTQ1MTktOGYyNi1iODljMjE1OTgyOGMlMjIlMmMlMjJPaWQlMjIlM2ElMjJjMTJmZmQ1YS01NzhlLTQ2OTQtODg5Mi02MTJiZGYyZTczMmIlMjIlMmMlMjJJc0Jyb2FkY2FzdE1lZXRpbmclMjIlM2F0cnVlJTdkJmJ0eXBlPWEmcm9sZT1hIn0.ip5Dzb1bZmhcnlZr1A5YMxseiujTatHazHaH4gUyPs4/s/231452557/br/111817886809-l" target="_blank" title="Link to information session information. Opens in new window. "&gt;Monday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;If you have additional questions not addressed by the FAQ, email &lt;a href="mailto:MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us" class="ApplyClass"&gt;MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>In the Pipeline: October 2021</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/ITP October.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The latest issue of In the Pipeline is available online.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/01</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/in_the_pipeline__october_2021</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>In the Pipeline: October 2021</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/01 13:33:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The latest issue of In the Pipeline is available online. This news brief can also be found in the monthly New Hope utility bill and contains details about upcoming events, important reminder and news tidbits. The October issue, as well as past issues, are available at the link below:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="http://image.ci.new-hope.mn.us/WebLink/browse.aspx?id=168754&amp;amp;&amp;amp;cr=1" target="_blank" title="Link to In the Pipeline Issues, Opens in New Window"&gt;In the Pipeline &amp;ndash; October 2021&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/Fire Prevention Week.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021. This year’s theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/04</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/learn_the_sounds_of_fire_safety</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/04 09:04:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021. This year&amp;rsquo;s theme, &amp;ldquo;Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,&amp;rdquo; works to educate everyone about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises &amp;ndash; a beeping or a chirping sounds &amp;ndash; you must take action. What is your alarm telling you?&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Smoke Alarms&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;A continued set of three loud beeps (beep, beep, beep) means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1 and stay out.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;A single &amp;ldquo;chirp&amp;rdquo; every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;A continuous set of four loud beeps (beep, beep, beep, beep) means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1 and stay out.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;CO alarms also have &amp;ldquo;end of life&amp;rdquo; sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it&amp;rsquo;s time to get a new CO alarm.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of everyone in your home, including those with sensory of physical disabilities.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;Install a bedside alert device that responds to the sound of the smoke and CO alarms. Use of a low frequency alarm can also wake a sleeping person with mild to severe hearing loss.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Sleep with your mobility device, glasses and phone close to your bed.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Keep pathways like hallways lit with night lights and free from clutter to make sure everyone can get out safely.&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;And remember &amp;ndash; hear a beep, get on your feet! Get out and stay out! Call 9-1-1 from outside.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Learn more fire safety tips at &lt;a href="http://www.firepreventionweek.org" target="_blank" title="Link to fire prevention website. Opens in new window."&gt;firepreventionweek.org&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Watering Restrictions Lifted</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/08-August/Sprinkler.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Based on data received by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), New Hope has lifted all watering restrictions.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/14</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/watering_restrictions_lifted</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Watering Restrictions Lifted</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/14 15:39:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>Based on data received by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), New Hope has lifted all watering restrictions. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The DNR encourages residents to continue general water conservation methods as they are able. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Additional information about drought status may be found on the &lt;a href="https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/drought/index.html" target="_blank" title="Link to drought information on MN DNR website. Opens in new window. "&gt;DNR&amp;rsquo;s website&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Winter Coat Drive</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/129957656_10159124302853573_4562063147859548156_n.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope Police Department is collecting winter coat donations through Nov. 15.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/21</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/winter_coat_drive</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Winter Coat Drive</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/21 13:59:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The New Hope Police Department is collecting new and gently used winter coats in all sizes. Collected coats will be delivered to the Salvation Army for distribution. Coat donations may be dropped off through Nov. 15 in the police department lobby. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Holiday Lights Map</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/Holiday Lights Map Website Image.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Have a holiday light display that makes your neighbors “ooh” and “ahh”? Enter your address for inclusion on New Hope’s Holiday Lights Map.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/15</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_holiday_lights_map</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Holiday Lights Map</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/15 10:58:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>Have a holiday light display that makes your neighbors &amp;ldquo;ooh&amp;rdquo; and &amp;ldquo;ahh&amp;rdquo;? Enter your address for inclusion on New Hope&amp;rsquo;s Holiday Lights Map.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; To enter your display, fill out the &lt;a href="https://forms.gle/bVicxAGyQrmnXLrZ8" target="_blank" title="Link to Holiday Lights Map registration form. Opens in new window."&gt;online entry form&lt;/a&gt;. Display should be complete and ready for viewing by Dec. 13 and remain up through Dec. 27.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The New Hope Holiday Lights Map will be available Dec. 10. Tour the map and vote for your favorite by Dec. 27!&lt;br&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://forms.gle/bVicxAGyQrmnXLrZ8" target="_blank" title="Link to New Hope Holiday Lights Map entry form. Opens in new window. "&gt;New Hope Holiday Lights Map Online Entry Form&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;iframe src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/WTJgzbJDNrQ" title="Embed Video" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Turn Pumpkins into Compost</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/Pumpkins.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Give your Halloween and autumnal pumpkins a second life as compost.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/25</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/turn_pumpkins_into_compost</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Turn Pumpkins into Compost</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/25 17:19:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;Give your Halloween and autumnal pumpkins a second life as compost. Pumpkins may be placed in your compost bin at home. If you don&amp;rsquo;t compost at home, use the free drop-off container at Brooklyn Park&amp;rsquo;s Central Park (across from 8300 Noble Ave N) between Nov. 1 and 7.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Pumpkins will be taken to a compost facility and turned into dirt to make new pumpkins next year. Be sure to remove all candles, wax and decorations!&lt;/p&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Police Department Seeking Volunteers</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/NHPD Patch.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The City of New Hope is seeking individuals to serve as police reserve officers. Police reserve officers are non-sworn volunteers who assist the police department in a variety of functions.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/26</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_police_department_seeking_volunteers</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Police Department Seeking Volunteers</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/26 14:20:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The City of New Hope is seeking individuals to serve as police reserve officers. Police reserve officers are non-sworn volunteers who assist the police department in a variety of functions. Unlike sworn peace officers, reserve officers are not licensed by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (MN POST) to enforce the criminal laws of the state of Minnesota and are not compensated for their time. Reserve officers wear uniforms that are slightly different from the licensed police officers and are not allowed to carry firearms. The police reserve unit provides a variety of services such as patrolling the community, assisting at community functions and responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Most reserve officers are community-minded adults with careers in fields other than law enforcement. They come from a variety of backgrounds and age groups. They find police reserving a challenging experience that provides an opportunity to be involved in the community as well as develop leadership and skills that carry over to their personal and professional lives.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Joining the reserves is an excellent way to gain knowledge and insight into many aspects of police work. No prior police experience is required &amp;ndash; just a desire to help your community. Uniforms and full training are provided to qualified candidates.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Additional details and an application are available at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/policereserve" target="_self" title="Link to police reserve page on city website. Opens in same window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/policereserve&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Questions? Contact Reserve Captain Todd Hesemann at&lt;a href="mailto: thesemann@newhopemn.gov" class="ApplyClass"&gt; thesemann@newhopemn.gov&lt;/a&gt; or Sergeant Chris Swaja at &lt;a href="mailto:cswaja@newhopemn.gov" class="ApplyClass"&gt;cswaja@newhopemn.gov&lt;/a&gt; or 763.531.5170.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Joins Opioid Class Action Settlements</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/meds (2).jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope City Council voted unanimously in favor of participation in two national class-action lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The motion was passed at the Oct. 25 New Hope City Council meeting.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/27</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_joins_opioid_class_action_settlements</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Joins Opioid Class Action Settlements</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/27 16:13:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope City Council voted unanimously in favor of participation in two national class-action lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The motion was passed at the Oct. 25 New Hope City Council meeting. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Deaths resulting from opioid overdoses have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary reports indicate 654 opioid-involved deaths in Minnesota in 2020, a 59% increase from 2019. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The Minnesota Attorney General&amp;rsquo;s Office joined the multi-state settlement agreements in August against pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen and opioid manufacturer Johnson &amp;amp; Johnson. The maximum amount Minnesota is eligible to receive in the settlements is more than $300 million, dependent on participation by cities and counties. Any funds received will be used toward the abatement of the opioids epidemic.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; At this time, cities are only required to sign on to join the settlements. Adoption of a formal resolution may be required at a later date. The deadline for city and county participation in the settlements is Jan. 2, 2022. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Additional information is available at &lt;a href="http://www.nationalopioidsettlement.com" target="_blank" title="Link to information about opioid settlement. Opens in new window."&gt;nationalopioidsettlement.com&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Meadow Lake Drawdown Project Moves Forward</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/DSC_3208.JPG</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The New Hope City Council has approved a contract and cooperative and subgrant agreement for the Meadow Lake drawdown project. The multistep project entails the drawdown of Meadow Lake followed by monitoring, chemical treatment of invasive plant and fish species and eventual alum treatment.</summary> <published_date>2021/10/28</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/meadow_lake_drawdown_project_moves_forward</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Meadow Lake Drawdown Project Moves Forward</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/27 16:29:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The New Hope City Council has approved a contract and cooperative and subgrant agreement for the Meadow Lake drawdown project. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The $59,340 contract, awarded the Oct. 25 New Hope City Council meeting to West Central Environmental Consultants (WCEC), includes the drawdown as well as additional pumping of the lake following the initial drawdown.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Per the cooperative and subgrant agreement, also approved at the meeting, the city will be reimbursed by the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission (SCWMC) through grant funds.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The multistep project entails the drawdown of Meadow Lake followed by monitoring, chemical treatment of invasive plant and fish species and eventual alum treatment. The project also includes the drawdown of the connected equalizing pond at New Hope Village Golf Course. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The drawdown required sign off by 75% of the lakeshore property owners supporting the project to proceed. This sign off was obtained in 2020. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit was approved in late September. The DNR will also provide training and guidance on turtle relocation. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Project discussion began in 2019, when SCWMC engineers met with the Meadow Lake Watershed Association (MLWA) to discuss the overall status and health of the lake. Subsequently, the Meadow Lake Management plan was developed, targeting the reduction of internal phosphorus in Meadow Lake, the drawdown and future alum treatment. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Over the past two years the SCWMC and city staff have worked closely with area residents to develop the Meadow Lake Community Action plan which identifies ways both the City and residents can help improve water quality in Meadow Lake through the reduction of external phosphorus in Meadow Lake. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The Meadow Lake project is scheduled to begin in November.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>New Hope Receives AKC Reunite K-9 Grant</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/10-October/DSC_8553.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title>New Hope's current K-9, Drago, pictured with his handler, Officer Robles.</image_title> <summary>Formally accepted by New Hope City Council at its Oct. 25 meeting, the funds will be used toward the purchase of the department’s second K-9. </summary> <published_date>2021/10/29</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/new_hope_receives_a_k_c_reunite_k-9_grant</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>New Hope Receives AKC Reunite K-9 Grant</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/10/28 08:44:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The New Hope Police Department is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from AKC Reunite. Formally accepted by New Hope City Council at its Oct. 25 meeting, the funds will be used toward the purchase of the department&amp;rsquo;s second K-9. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; AKC Reunite, established by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as an affiliate organization, is the nation&amp;rsquo;s largest non-profit pet microchip and recovery service. Through its Canine Support and Relief Fund, AKC Reunite works with AKC Clubs to donate police dogs to departments across the country. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The New Hope Police Department currently has one K-9, Drago, who works alongside Officer Miguel Robles. The department&amp;rsquo;s former second K-9, Dex, was retired when his handler left the department. The newest K-9 will be purchased in spring of 2022 and assigned to Officer Matt Collier. &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Vote for Your Favorite Photo!</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/11-November/2021 In Focus Peoples Choice Award Voting.png</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Cast a vote for your favorite photo in the 2021 In Focus Photo Contest. Voting is open through Nov. 19.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/01</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/vote_for_your_favorite_photo_</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Vote for Your Favorite Photo!</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/01 09:37:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The 2021 In Focus Photo Contest is filled with amazing photo entries displaying what make New Hope a wonderful community.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Now it&amp;rsquo;s time to cast a vote for your favorite photo for the &amp;ldquo;People&amp;rsquo;s Choice&amp;rdquo; award. Vote through Nov. 19 online (linked below) or in-person at New Hope City Hall. Please vote only once.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Winners will be announced at the New Hope City Council meeting in December.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="https://forms.gle/VwfSjLGjgLE6zUF87" target="_blank" title="Link to In Focus Photo Contest online voting. Opens in new window."&gt;2021 In Focus Photo Contest - People&amp;rsquo;s Choice Online Voting&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>In the Pipeline: November 2021</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/11-November/ITP Nov.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The latest issue of In the Pipeline is available online and will be arriving with the November utility bill mailing.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/01</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/in_the_pipeline__november_2021</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>In the Pipeline: November 2021</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/01 11:19:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The latest issue of In the Pipeline is available online. This news brief can also be found in the monthly New Hope utility bill and contains details about upcoming events, important reminder and news tidbits. The November issue, as well as past issues, are available at the link below:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;&lt;a href="http://image.ci.new-hope.mn.us/WebLink/browse.aspx?id=168754&amp;amp;&amp;amp;cr=1" target="_blank" title="Link to In the Pipeline Issues, Opens in New Window"&gt;In the Pipeline &amp;ndash; November 2021&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Fall Street Sweeping</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/IMG_0059.JPG</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>Sweeping is expected to begin Thursday, Nov. 4 and will take approximately one week to complete.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/03</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/fall_street_sweeping</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Fall Street Sweeping</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/03 15:30:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>Each spring and fall, New Hope Public Works contracts with a sweeping company to sweep New Hope&amp;rsquo;s streets. This effort helps keep neighborhoods clean and protects waterways. Leaves and other debris found on the streets and in the gutters can clog storm drains and pollute our lakes and rivers.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Fall street sweeping is anticipated to begin Thursday, Nov. 4, and takes approximately one week to complete. If possible, residents are asked avoid parking on the street while sweeping is underway.</body> </child> <child> <title>City Sponsors Holiday Food and Toy Drives</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/11-November/Food and toy drives.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope city employees are sponsoring food and toy drives to help local families in need this holiday season.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/10</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/city_sponsors_holiday_food_and_toy_drives</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>City Sponsors Holiday Food and Toy Drives</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/10 09:25:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>New Hope city employees are sponsoring food and toy drives to help local families in need this holiday season. Unopened, nonperishable food items or monetary donations will be accepted at the food drive. Please make sure that donated food items are not beyond their &amp;ldquo;use by&amp;rdquo; date. Donations may be dropped off at New Hope City Hall Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Non-perishable food items are collected all year long, but items collected by Dec. 16 will be delivered to NEAR (North Suburban Emergency Response) for distribution to local families before the holidays. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages, as well as donations by cash, check and gift card; will be accepted for the holiday toy drive sponsored by the New Hope Police Department. Items may be dropped off through Dec. 16 in the police department lobby. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donated items will be delivered to NEAR, PRISM and Toys for Tots.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Drive-up drop off for both drives is available on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at New Hope City Hall.&amp;nbsp;&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>City Services Survey Sees Positive Results</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/11-November/209975806_10159651038558573_1647837485438379230_n.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>The results are in. New Hope received 663 responses to the City Services Survey in 2021, and upon examining the results, city staff feels very positive about the feedback they received.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/17</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/city_services_survey_sees_positive_results</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>City Services Survey Sees Positive Results</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/17 13:04:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>&lt;p&gt;The results are in. New Hope received 663 responses to the City Services Survey in 2021, and upon examining the results, city staff feels very positive about the feedback they received.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The survey is conducted annually as part of New Hope&amp;rsquo;s participation in the State of Minnesota&amp;rsquo;s Performance Measurement Program. Since 2011, New Hope has asked its residents to complete this short survey to help gauge areas where the city is meeting or surpassing expectations, and where residents see room for improvement. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The 2021 survey featured 21 questions on core city services, including: safety, streets, sewer and water, and city parks. Three new questions were added to the 2021 survey related to the New Hope Aquatic Park and Civic Center Park, distribution and consumption of city-related information and the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was mailed to residents with their July utility bills and was also available online.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Here are the city&amp;rsquo;s key takeaways from this year&amp;rsquo;s survey:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li&gt;82% rated the overall quality of city services as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;79% rated the overall appearance of the city as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;82% rated the overall appearance and function of Civic Center Park, including the new aquatic park, as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;88% responded that they feel &amp;ldquo;very safe&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;somewhat safe&amp;rdquo; living in the city&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;87% rated the city&amp;rsquo;s water supply as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;83% rated sanitary sewer services as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;82% rated snowplowing as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p&gt;The largest improvement in ratings this year was in the condition of city streets and county roads. In 2020, 64% rated the condition of city streets as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good.&amp;rdquo; In 2021, this increased to 72%. 53% of respondents rated the condition of county roads as &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo; in 2020. In 2021, &amp;ldquo;excellent&amp;rdquo; or &amp;ldquo;good&amp;rdquo; ratings for county roads jumped to 69%. New Hope staff attributes the increases to railroad crossing repairs completed over the summer as well as ongoing infrastructure improvements. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Residents were invited provide additional open-ended feedback, questions or concerns and could also request a call from city staff related to their submission. City staff followed up with each individual accordingly. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Full results of the 2021 New Hope City Services Survey can be viewed at &lt;a href="http://www.newhopemn.gov/survey" target="_self" title="Link to City Services Survey results page. Opens in same window."&gt;newhopemn.gov/survey&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Yard Waste Site Closes for Season Nov. 30</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2021/11-November/19_10_20_maple_grove_yard_waste_54.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>True</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>It's the last call for yard waste. The Maple Grove Yard Waste Site closes for the season on Nov. 30. </summary> <published_date>2021/11/22</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/yard_waste_site_closes_for_season_nov__30</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Yard Waste Site Closes for Season Nov. 30</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/22 10:25:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>The Maple Grove Yard Waste Site closes for the season on Nov. 30. New Hope residents can dispose of leaves, grass, brush and tree waste up to 10-inches in diameter free of charge with a valid photo ID. Other items are accepted for a fee. &lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; The site is located at 10300 Maple Grove Parkway. For directions, hours of operation, items accepted and other details, visit &lt;a href="http://www.mgyardwaste.com" target="_blank" title="Link to Maple Grove Yardwaste Site's Website, Opens in New Window"&gt;mgyardwaste.com&lt;/a&gt; or call 763.420.4886.&lt;br&gt;</body> </child> <child> <title>Mayor's Minutes: Nov. 22, 2021</title> <featured_image>/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9826625/Image/News_and_Features/2020/12 - December 2020/MM.jpg</featured_image> <display_featured_image>False</display_featured_image> <image_title /> <summary>New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken provides an update on city projects, events and happenings.</summary> <published_date>2021/11/23</published_date> <link_of_current_page>/news___features/mayor_s_minutes__nov__22__2021</link_of_current_page> <pageTitle>Mayor's Minutes: Nov. 22, 2021</pageTitle> <pageLastModified>2021/11/23 15:11:00</pageLastModified> <article_option /> <external_link /> <button_caption /> <body>It&amp;rsquo;s time for another Mayor&amp;rsquo;s Minutes episode. New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken provides an update on city projects, events and happenings.&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; &lt;iframe src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/MwINIMwtQIk" title="Embed Video" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;br&gt; &lt;br&gt; Past episodes are always available by visiting &lt;a href="https://ccxmedia.org/?post_type=cities&amp;amp;city=new-hope&amp;amp;city_programs=mayors-minutes" target="_blank" title="Link to Mayor's Minutes on CCX Media's Website, Opens in New Window. 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