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Fall 2010 Number 179 A publication of the city of New Hope, Minnesota e Elder and Stauner Council presents RAVE Awards to four New Hope residential property owners reelected to Council Some highlights of this issue include: 2011 Budget and Tax Levy Overview of 2011 budget preparation New Hope In Focus Winners Photo contest winners selected 45th Avenue Pond Improvements Project will improve water quality In Business North Central Builders named Outstanding Business, Can Do Canines is New In Town, and new banners on 42nd Avenue 2 2 2 3 of the Quarter 4 Employees Penny Spitzer and Jann Widseth 4 recognized Planning For Arena Improvements Engineering firm will help city define ice arena improvement project City supports Highway 169 noise wall project I n late September, the New Hope City Council passed a resolution in support of a noise wall project by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) planned for 2011. MnDOT plans to construct a new section of noise wall on the east side of Highway 169 from approximately 36th Avenue north to near 42nd Avenue. The new noise wall will be located just north of a segment MnDOT constructed in 2003, from approximately Medicine Lake Road to 36th Avenue. In June, MnDOT advised the city that construction of a section of noise wall in New Hope was on the state’s priority list for 2011. In August, representatives from MnDOT made a presentation to the City Council about the proposed project. MnDOT staff was very interested in getting feedback from property owners from the neighborhood abutting the proposed project, and held an open house on September 9 to share (continued on page 4) City of New Hope M any New Hope homeowners spend a lot of time and energy to make their homes, yards and gardens something special. In 2006, the City Council established an award program to recognize excellence in residential properties each year. When residents take pride in their properties it makes their neighborhoods Robin Majestic and Dan Rudie's remodeled kitchen and dining room a better place to live, and it encourages others to make their Council presented awards to the properties just a little bit better as well. following homeowners… In 2010, nine properties were nomiInterior Renovation: nated for a RAVE! Award. In late July, Robin Majestic and Dan Rudie five volunteer judges evaluated the Majestic and Rudie’s split-level home at nominees and recommended award 8009 38½ Avenue had a modest-sized winners in four categories to the City kitchen that was walled off from the Council – Garden, Landscaping, Inliving and dining room areas of the terior Renovation, and Exterior Renohome. It didn’t really fit their lifestyle vation. While it was difficult for the – they love to cook and entertain, and volunteer judges to choose among the impressive collection of properties that their home simply didn’t have the space to do it comfortably. They considered were nominated, on August 9, the City moving to an outer-ring suburb where homes were available that had the type of space for entertaining they yearned for, but were deterred by home prices in those areas and they like their New Hope neighborhood. Instead, they decided to stay in New Hope, remove a wall, and remodel. Their new kitchen/ dining great room has a bright, modern, and open Tom Christensen's new workshop feel, with lots of counter and cabinet space, an expansive cooking island equipped with a hood and tall Prsrt Std stools, and cutting-edge appliances. U.S. Postage Majestic and Rudie are very happy with their “new” home. PAID Minneapolis, MN Permit No. 2330 A great place to grow! 4401 Xylon Avenue North New Hope, MN 55428 Current resident or Exterior Renovation: Tom Christensen Tom Christensen’s passion is woodworking. Since retiring, Christensen has more time to spend on his favorite hobby, but the old shed, behind the family home at 3639 Jordan Circle, didn’t provide all that pleasant a place to wile away the hours – particularly in the wintertime, when it got mighty cold. Christensen decided to build a new, larger workshop that matched the appearance of the house as closely as possible. (continued on page 4) C ongratulations to John Elder and Daniel Stauner who were reelected as New Hope City Council members on November 2. Council member John Elder was appointed to the City Council in May 2008 to fill an unexpired term. He was elected to a two-year term in November 2008. Elder has been a resident of New Hope for 22 years. A former police officer, D.A.R.E. officer, and detective with the New Hope Police Department, Elder currently works in sales. He represents New Hope on the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission and is a board member for the New Hope Community Farmers Market. Council member Daniel Stauner was elected to the City Council in 2006. He is a self-employed attorney who has been a resident of New Hope for 21 years. Stauner represents the city on the West Metro Fire Rescue District Board, serves on the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission, and served as mayor pro tem (acting as mayor in the mayor’s absence) for 2010. The vote totals for New Hope City Council members were 3,436 for John Elder, 2,068 for Daniel Stauner, 1,849 for William Smith, and 1,582 for Wayne Detzler. New Hope’s voter turnout was 60.5 percent of registered voters. Statewide turnout in Minnesota was higher than any other state in the union, with 55.4 percent of eligible voters heading to the polls. When it starts snowing, the plows get going P ublic Works maintenance crews work throughout the winter months to remove snow and ice from New Hope city streets. Residents can help the process work a bit more smoothly by following a few simple tips: Street Plowing and Driveways v Community collector streets such as 36th and 49th avenues are plowed and sanded first, followed by residential streets and cul-de-sacs. v Thoroughfares including 42nd Avenue and Bass Lake Road are maintained by Hennepin County. Call the county at 612-596-0299 if you have maintenance concerns about these streets. v The city uses a mixture of coarse sand – to provide traction, and rock salt – to melt ice and hard packed snow. Unfortunately, rock salt starts to lose its melting ability when the temperature falls below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. v Snow from snowplows often obstructs mailboxes located in the boulevard. Residents are responsible for keeping their own mailbox clear of snow. 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