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Summer 2011 Number 180

A publication of the city of New Hope, Minnesota  www.ci.new-hope.mn.us

Celebrate summer at Duk Duk Daze

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Some highlights of this issue include: New Hope In Focus New Hope's annual photo contest National Night Out, Nite to Unite Register soon for August 2 event Seussical the Musical Outdoor theatre returns on July 21 Construction Projects Street, pond and noise wall projects in New Hope

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Ash Borer 6 Emerald City's EAB program continues Business 7 InOutstanding businesses, new CVS,

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City Day is a great opportunity to talk with members of the City Council and city staff, watch a K-9 demonstration, look at some city equipment, and see a dance or gymnastics performance.

TIF districts, and more 2010 Water Quality Report

City Day is a fun way to learn about city activities

Council adopts vision for City Center

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he New Hope City Council approved a City Center Vision at its June 13 meeting as part of the City Center Transit Oriented Development Study. A study group consisting of the New Hope City Council, Planning Commission and others has been working since spring 2010 to develop a comprehensive vision for the redevelopment of New Hope’s City Center. The City Center Vision document, which spells out a vision and guiding principles for the redevelopment of City Center as well as a strategy for implementation, is the culmination of that study. The report outlines redevelopment goals and principles for City Center relating to transportation, public and community gathering spaces, commercial opportunities, housing, environment, finances and government. The City Center Study began, with funding from Hennepin County, as a

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he second annual City Day, on Saturday, July 30, will be a great opportunity to have some fun and get a little better idea of what’s going on at New Hope City Hall. The open house event, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon, will provide residents with a chance to have an informal chat with members of the New Hope City Council and city staff. Staff members from each city department will be available to answer questions and share information about many of the city’s current programs and projects. City Day also features a variety of fun activities for the entire family. While details are still being worked out, planned activities include: ❖ Heavy equipment from the Public Works Department ❖ A new police squad car ❖ A new fire engine ❖ A bounce castle sponsored by New Hope Business Networking Group ❖ Twelve TV production truck ❖ Tours of the Police Department at 9, 9:30, 10, 11 and 11:30 a.m.

❖ Police K-9 demonstration at 10:30 a.m. ❖ Tumbling demonstrations by the New Hope Tumblers competitive gymnastics team at 9 and 9:30 a.m. ❖ Dance program sampler at 10 and 11 a.m. ❖ Highlights from Off-Broadway Musical Theatre’s performance of Seussical the Musical at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Across the street, the New Hope Community Farmers Market is having a Public Safety Day special event. Firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue District plan to bring the Fire Safety House and fire sprinkler trailer to teach kids important lessons about fire safety in dramatic fashion. And, as always, there will be all those awesome farm-fresh veggies, fruits, crafts, and other great items to enjoy at the market. Weather permitting, most City Day activities will be outside in front of City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. and at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre which is just west of City Hall. Don’t miss the fun! For more information, visit New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.

uk Duk Daze, New Hope’s annual community celebration, will be July 15 to 17. Most of the events will be in Northwood Park, 38th and Boone avenues. The festival will include a variety of fun activities for the entire family, many of which are free. Fair hours are Friday, July 15, 5 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, noon to 5 p.m. Everybody’s favorite, the Duk Duk Daze Gigantic Fireworks Display, has been moved this year from Saturday night to Friday at dusk. There will be so much going on at Duk Duk Daze again this year that Boone Avenue will be closed and activities will flood over into the street. Boone Avenue will be detoured between 36th and 42nd avenues from Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. until after the festival closes on Sunday evening. Visit the city’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us, for detour details. Duk Duk Daze 2011 will feature the return of many popular favorites including carnival games and rides, Lion’s Bingo, the Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Shoot-Out, a pizza eating contest, and a variety of fabulous fair food. And, of course, adults can also enjoy a little libation at the beer tent. The annual Kiddie Parade, for kids 0 to 12, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Under the Big Top.” For more information about the Kiddie Parade, call 763-553-7775. Sports lovers can participate in tournaments for mens' softball, tennis, or bean bag toss. The championship games for each tournament are on Sunday afternoon. The tennis tournament has several categories for players 14 and older. Register at the New Hope rec-

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Entertainment, carnival games and the Kiddie Parade are all part of the fun at Duk Duk Daze.

City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

District 287 is building a new foundation in the north suburbs

City challenges local photographers to put their vision of New Hope In Focus

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here are many things about New Hope that make it special. The city of New Hope’s second annual New Hope In Focus photo contest gives local photographers an opportunity to showcase their skills and share some of the things about New Hope that catch their eye and their camera’s Fire in the Sky, by Jennifer Schmidt, finished first in the Nature category eyepiece. The first In and tied for first in the People's Choice category last year. Focus photo contest, held last year, was a great start! Nineteen New Hope photographers submitted 48 photographs. This year, the city is hoping for even (continued on page 10) broader participation. Don’t miss out on the fun! Photographs may be entered in one of Hope and must be the work of the perthree categories: Nature, People, and son submitting it. Places. A volunteer panel of judges will ■ Each photograph must be submitted evaluate each entry and award a $50 as a 5X7 print on photo-quality paper. first-place prize in each of the three Slides will not be accepted. Matted or main categories. framed photographs are not allowed. To encourage young photographers Prints will not be returned. under 18 years of age, there is also a ■ Submission of an electronic fi le in adspecial youth category with a $25 first dition to a print is appreciated, but not place prize. Entries will be judged on required. subject matter, composition, clarity, ■ Photographs may be either color or lighting, effective use of depth of field, drama/artistry, degree of difficulty, black and white. Electronic photo matechnical excellence, and overall impact. nipulation is permitted. ■ By entering a photograph in the conIn addition, residents will have a test, the photographer gives the city of chance to choose their favorite and New Hope the right to use the photoselect a “People’s Choice” award winner that will receive a $25 prize. People graph in city publications and to promote the city with proper credit. can cast a vote for their favorite on the city’s website between Friday, August ■ If there is an identifiable person in a In early July, three phases of construction were in evidence at the North Education Center – 19, and Monday September 19. Only submitted photograph and the photo footings (in the foreground), steel framing (at left) and concrete block wall work (at right). one vote per person, please. The phowas not taken in a public place, the tographs will also be displayed at City photographer is responsible for obtainHall, the New Hope Community Farm- ing permission from those pictured to ers Market and New Hope Village Golf take and use the image. Course during that period. A complete list of rules is available on Kathi Hemken Eric Lammle Winners will also be recognized at a the photo contest entry form. To obtain Mayor Council Member City Council meeting and have their an entry form or for more information 763-537-7990 763-544-0912 photos published in the city newsletter. follow the link on the homepage of the khemken@ci.new-hope.mn.us elammle@ci.new-hope.mn.us city’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/ The rules of the New Hope In Focus infocus, or call 763-531-5103. photo contest are really quite simple. Th e rest is up to your imagination: The deadline for entries is 4:30 p.m. on John Elder Daniel Stauner ■ Anyone who lives or works in Monday, August 15. Entries should be Council Member Council Member New Hope may submit up to three sent to New Hope In Focus Photo Con763-442-0999 763-536-1415 photographs. test, 4401 Xylon Ave. N., New Hope, jelder@ci.new-hope.mn.us dstauner@ci.new-hope.mn.us ■ Photographs must be taken in New 55428.

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onstruction of District 287’s North Education Center (NEC) began in earnest in late April as construction crews began pouring footings for the new building. By late June, the contractor had installed most of the structural steel framing for two wings of the school and had begun installing concrete block walls. District 287 broke ground on its new, $25 million north campus on October 28 at the former 10-acre site of Hosterman Middle School, 5530 Zealand Ave. N. Demolition progressed slowly over the winter months and was completed in early spring. Much of the building debris was ground up on site, before being trucked away, which greatly reduced the amount of truck traffic required. In April, some bad soils were removed from the southeast corner of the old building and the site was rough graded

Andy Hoffe Council Member 763-537-2647 ahoffe@ci.new-hope.mn.us

in preparation for construction of the new building. Construction of the building is expected to be substantially complete by July 2012 with classes to begin at the new facility in fall 2012. The 157,521 square foot North Education Center has a curved front façade with four separate wings branching out from the center arch. The outside wings are two stories in height while the central two wings are three stories tall. The facility will house elementary students and daycare facilities on the first floor, middle and high school students will attend classes on the second floor, and more high school youth and students up to age 21 will use the third floor. The NEC has a much different design than a traditional school that is better suited to the smaller class sizes and unique needs of the District 287 students it will serve.

Kirk McDonald City Manager 763-531-5112 kmcdonald@ci.new-hope.mn.us

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City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

Building inspections help ensure safety Whether we are in our homes, offices, schools, stores, factories or places of entertainment, we rely on the safety of structures that surround us. Building permits, and the building codes that inspectors enforce when they perform a building inspection, are important. By getting a permit, you ensure that structural, electrical, heating, plumbing and other improvement work is done correctly. City building inspectors make sure

make sure that minimum safety standards are met. The New Hope Inspections Division is also a great resource to help you plan your project, including a home remodel, roofing, siding, or a deck. After you obtain the proper permits, inspectors will check along the way to make sure that everything is done safely and correctly. Call New Hope Inspections at 763-531-5127 to get things started.

Who-ville comes to the New Hope Outdoor Theatre on July 21 “performances under the stars,” with shows beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday evening “family friendly” shows will begin at 8 p.m. The August 4 performance will be signed by an American Sign Language interpreter (rain makeup on August 5). Because seating is often limited, guests are encouraged to arrive early. Items may not be placed on unattended seats to save them for an extended period. As always, performances of Seussical the Musical are free, but audience members are invited to bring a donation for the local food shelf. The New Hope Outdoor Theatre is located just west of City Hall at 4401 Xylon Ave. N. Don’t miss the show the New York Times lauded for its “Sweetness, humor and energetic high spirits.” For more information about Seussical the Musical, or to make a contribution to the fine work the Off-Broadway Musical Theatre does, visit www.obmt.org.

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his summer, Off-Broadway Musical Theatre will present “Seussical the Musical” at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre on three consecutive weekends beginning July 21. Seussical the Musical is a two-act journey into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. The show, which debuted on Broadway in 2000, is based on a concept by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame), with lyrics and music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who also co-wrote the Broadway hit Ragtime and many other shows. The plot of the show echoes that of the Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who, which centers on Horton the elephant’s efforts to protect the people of Whoville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. Characters from more than a dozen other popular Dr. Seuss books make cameos in the show, including the Cat in the Hat, who acts as the musical’s narrator, outside observer, and devil’s advocate. Nine performances are planned from July 21 through August 6. Friday and Saturday night Members of the Off Broadway Musical Theatre Board looked on (at right) shows will be as the actors who play the Wickersham brothers (who are monkeys) give a the traditional sneak peak of Seussical at a recent City Council meeting.

City financial reporting news

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n April, the city of New Hope was notified that it had been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009. New Hope’s 2009 report was judged by an impartial panel to demonstrate a constructive “spirit of full disclosure,” to clearly communicate the city’s financial story, and to motivate potential users and user groups to read the report. The panel also provides comments and specific suggestions for possible improvements the city could make to its financial reporting techniques. The GFOA award is the highest recognition the city can receive in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The GFOA is a professional association of nearly 17,400 state and local finance officers in the United States and Canada committed to providing leadership to the government finance profession through research, education, and recommended practices. The New Hope City Council formally accepted a plaque related to the

award at a council meeting. The New Hope 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available for review on the city’s website at www.ci.newhope.mn.us. In May, the city’s audit firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich and Co. presented the 2010 city of New Hope Audit and 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the City Council. The auditor gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, their findings and opinion of the city’s records and financial data, and an overview of the city’s financial status compared to statewide averages for cities our size. The auditor pointed out a number of recent improvements in the city’s financial practices and found no deficiencies or material weaknesses in the audit this year. Following acceptance by the Council the financial report was filed with the State Auditor’s office. The audit management report and special purposes report along with the financial report are available for review on the city’s website, www.ci.newhope.mn.us.

Plan ahead for National Night Out

New Hope Police Reserve Wendy Linn has a conversation with residents at one of the many block parties held as part of National Night Out/Nite to Unite 2010.

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ign up today for National Night Out/ Nite to Unite! This year’s celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. New Hope is participating in both the National Night Out program sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and Nite to Unite, the state program sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association. Whatever you call it, the point is to get out with your neighbors and renew and strengthen your commitment to working together with the police to prevent crime and improve public safety in New Hope! While the traditional “lights on” and front porch vigils remain a part of National Night Out, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, visits from police, neighborhood walks, contests and much more. The goal of the event is to help develop police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie and to foster awareness of crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts. Last year, there were 97 registered National Night Out block parties or events throughout New Hope. Participants also contributed more than 1,000 pounds of food and a truckload of school supplies for local families in need. Neighborhood organizers can register now for this year’s National Night Out

celebration. While registration continues through August 1, event planners are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible. Popular neighborhood visitors – including McGruff, West Metro firefighters, a police K-9, or a city official – are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups planning to block off their street for a block party need to submit completed paperwork no later than July 20 to reserve barricades. If you haven’t quite decided what fun activities to include in your neighborhood’s celebration, give crime prevention officer Nichole Korth a call. She has loads of fun, imaginative ideas for activities that other groups have enjoyed at their festivities over the years. Following this year’s National Night Out, organizers are being encouraged to send their favorite photo from their neighborhood’s event to the police department. The best photo from all of the events in New Hope will be published in the Sun Post. Registration packets have already been mailed to residents who organized National Night Out events last year. Others may obtain a registration form or more information about New Hope’s National Night Out/Nite to Unite event by visiting the city’s website at www. ci.new-hope.mn.us, or contacting Officer Korth at 763-531-5140.

City purchases cameras to fight vandalism and theft

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ith help from the New Hope Crime Fund, the New Hope Police Department recently purchased a new tool to help combat vandalism and theft. When they least expect it perpetrators will find that – “Surprise! You’re on Flash CAM!” Flash CAM is a portable, motionactivated camera. When the system’s sensor detects movement, a high-resolution camera is triggered to take from one to four photographs. A bright flash goes off to provide adequate illumination up to 200 feet away for nighttime photographs. And, a loud recorded voice is activated that informs the subject that they are under surveillance. The system is housed in a small but rugged enclosure that can be mounted on a utility or light pole. The equipment is solar powered, so that it can run indefinitely without external

power. The system can produce prosecution-quality images. It can even capture license plates in total darkness. Other law enforcement agencies have found it to be a valuable tool in combating graffiti, vandalism and theft. The devices also tend to be an effective deterrent to vandalism. “Maybe the best feature of the Flash CAM is its portability,” noted community services officer Nichole Korth. The police department will be able to easily move its two units anywhere in the city. “Criminals won’t know when we’ve got an ‘eye’ on them.” New Hope’s purchase of two Flash CAM systems was made possible by a matching grant from the New Hope Crime Fund. The Crime Fund donated $6,800 which was matched by the New Hope Police Department.

City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

Popular farmers market returns to New Hope on Saturdays

City will strive to incorporate Complete Street principles into street and redevelopment projects

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n May, the city of New Hope became only the second city in Hennepin County to adopt a Complete Streets policy. “Complete Streets” is another principle espoused by Active Living Hennepin County. Incomplete streets – those designed with only cars in mind – limit transportation choices by making walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation inconvenient, unattractive, and, too often, dangerous. Com- Complete Streets features will vary from street to street. On plete Streets are streets Winnetka north of Bass Lake Road, a shared bike/parking lane that are designed and now makes it much safer for bicyclists to use the street. operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyStreets principles is the restriping of clists, motorists and transit riders of all Winnetka Avenue, from 62nd Avenue ages and abilities must be able to safely North south to Bass Lake Road. While move along and across a complete the street is not wide enough to prostreet. Streets that incorporate Comvide dedicated bike lanes that meet the plete Streets design principles make it Minnesota Department of Transportaeasy to cross the street, walk to shops, tion's current standards, city staff has and bicycle to work. gained MnDOT approval to restripe the street with a shared bike/parking The Complete Streets concept was a lane along both sides of Winnetka in core part of the discussions the City the project area. There was previously Council and Planning Commission no bike lane provided along this section had as part of the City Center Transit of roadway. Oriented Development Study. They wanted to ensure that any future redeTo review the city’s CompleteStreets velopment in New Hope’s City Center policy, visit www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/ area includes amenities that improve completestreets. For more informaoverall mobility by taking into account tion about Complete Streets, visit the the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists website www.completestreets.org. For and transit users as well as motorized information about how New Hope is vehicles. incorporating Complete Streets principles into current projects, call the The first completed project in New Community Development Department, Hope that will show the influence of 763-531-5196. the city’s commitment to Complete

About Active Living Hennepin County

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ew Hope joined the Hennepin County Active Living group in January 2010. The group consists of 13 communities (including Crystal, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and Brooklyn Park) and eight other agencies (including Robbinsdale Area Schools, Three Rivers Park District, and the Metropolitan Council). The goal of the partnership is to work together to increase opportunities for active living in the member communities through policy change, infrastructure planning, and other activities. The group is funded through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). For more information about Active Living Hennepin County visit its website, hennepin.us/activeliving.

Play a round...at the New Hope Village Golf Course

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he New Hope Village Golf Course is a great place for people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the game of golf. The beautiful 9-hole, par 27 course consists of gently rolling terrain, large mature trees and turf that is meticulously manicured and maintained. The course isn't too daunting for beginners, yet water hazards and sand traps, that come into play on five of the holes, present challenges for even the most experienced golfer. The course has plenty of time slots for open golf.

Most golfers can play a round in about 90 minutes. Tee times can be reserved up to one week in advance. For those who enjoy joining a league, fall leagues for adults begin in late August. The regular rate is $14 a round for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), and $9.50 for juniors (under 16). Pass books and punch cards offer additional savings. Rental clubs, hand carts and electric carts are also available. The New Hope Village Golf Course is located at 8130 Bass Lake Road. The phone number is 763-531-5178.

City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

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he New Hope Community Farmers Market began its third season on June 18. The market is a great place for area residents to get healthy, straight-off-thevine fruits and vegetables, to browse the creations of local artists and crafters, to learn about a variety of community groups, and enjoy some home-spun entertainment. Market day is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through September 3 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from September 10 to October 15. The market is held In addition to produce, there are vendors at the New in the Kmart parking lot, 4300 Hope Community Farmers Market that sell a variety of Xylon Ave. N. (across the street prepared foods – including pickles. from New Hope City Hall). The market features about 50 vendors. from New Hope and surrounding comMost of the farmers, arts, crafts and munities. Call Prism’s reservation line, other food vendors have returned from 763-529-1252, the Monday through last year. A handful of new vendors Thursday before market day to arrange should bring some exciting new variety a ride. to the market. Some of the new items For more information about the New include dog jackets, organic soap, apHope Community Farmers Market, ples, Jamaican marinade, fried bananas, visit its website at www.newhopemarpears, kitchen utensils, kettle corn, and ket.org, become a fan on Facebook at an organic fruit and vegetable farmer. www.facebook.com/newhopefarmersPrism Express will once again be offermarket, or get the electronic newsletter ing free rides to the market for seniors by emailing info@newhopemarket.org.

Hope Grows Community Garden takes root

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ope Grows Community Garden broke ground on Sunday, May 15, in front of the Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) building at 8501 54th Avenue North in New Hope. Although the city has discussed the idea of a community garden on a few occasions in the past, Active Living Hennepin County planted the seed for the current project in April of last year. Active Living encouraged its three member cities that did not have a community garden – New Hope, Crystal and Robbinsdale – to start The Hope Grows Community Garden is located in front of the Emergency Foodshelf Network building. one. They also offered funding and the assistance of Gardening Matthe garden had a name, “Hope Grows,” ters, a consulting group with expertise and a board was beginning to take in community gardening, to help with shape. The group continued to evaluate the process. site options, and in January Emergency Foodshelf Network stepped forward to A community garden provides gardening opportunities for residents who don’t offer to lease land on its property for the have access to garden space. The garden garden plots. tends to attract people of every age and The Hope Grows Community Garden background and becomes a community has 24 plots for local gardeners who gathering space and a source of commu- want to grow fresh produce for their nity pride. The New Hope City Council families. In addition, there are six comwas supportive of the community garden munal plots that are tended by local community organizations and groups idea. They felt strongly that the garden as a service project to raise fresh fruits should be community-based; run by a and vegetables for programs at EFN board of volunteers with limited assisand other non-profits. Each plot is tance from the city. City staff began working with Gardening about 10 by 12 feet in size. Gardeners pay $20 to rent a plot for the season, Matters to plan the best approach for getting a community garden started and which includes access to water. For more information about the Hope identified several potential locations, Grows Community Garden contact including both city parks and several community development assistant Eric privately owned sites. In November, a small group of residents attended a How Weiss at 763-531-5196, garden presito Start a Community Garden workshop dent Thomas Mercier at merc0129@ to assess residents’ interest in creating a umn.edu, or visit the webpage www. ci.new-hope.mn.us/hopegrows. community garden. And by December,

New Hope completes two pond improvement projects

Street infrastructure work scheduled in southern New Hope

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ork is underway on the 2011 Street Infrastructure Project. The project includes street and utility improvements in the southern part of New Hope from Flag Avenue east to Louisiana Avenue, and from the Crystal border/29th Avenue south to Medicine Lake Road. The area was recommended for improvement in New Hope’s Pavement Management Plan. Based upon detailed pavement analysis, the project will include three different types of pavement improvements: total reconstruction, reclamation, and mill and overlay. The segments of Sumter, Yukon, Quebec, Nevada and 28th avenues and Terra Linda Drive in the project area as well as the portion of Zealand Avenue south of 27th Place are being The contractor works on replacing the water main in reconstructed. Reconstruction 28th Avenue, just east of Boone Avenue. is the most intensive and expenground off and a new wear course of bisive type of street improvement tuminous asphalt will be installed. project used for streets in the poorest condition. It involves improvement of In addition to the water main replacethe roadway base material, new pavement in the reconstruction areas, the ment surface, and new curb and gutter. project will also include minor imNew Hope also generally replaces the provements to the storm sewer and water main when it reconstructs a seg- sanitary sewer pipes in the area, as ment of street. needed. Most of the work on the sanitary sewer pipes will focus on limiting The segments of Ensign Avenue, Xylon infiltration of ground water into the Avenue, Lamphere Drive, Valle Vista sanitary sewer system through leaky and Viewcrest Lane in the project fittings or cracks in the pipes. area, as well as Zealand Avenue north of 27th Place and 29th Avenue east of The low bid for the 2011 Street InfraBoone Avenue are being reclaimed. structure Project was $3.08 million, Reclamation work is less intensive than considerably below the original engifull reconstruction. Like reconstrucneer’s estimate. Nearly two-thirds of the tion, the pavement surface is replaced. project’s cost will be paid by New Hope’s The old bituminous pavement is typiStreet Infrastructure Fund, which is cally ground up and reused to make the collected each year with property taxes. new pavement surface. Base material is The remainder will be funded by the generally not disturbed, and only porcity’s water, sanitary sewer and storm tions of the curb and gutter that are in water funds, and four tax exempt proppoor condition are replaced. erties in the project area. Finally, two sections of roadway in the Work on the project began in May project area that are still quite sound and should largely be complete by this but need a new driving surface – VirOctober. In the areas where the street ginia Avenue and Rosalyn Court – will is being reconstructed, a final layer of have mill and overlay work done. The pavement and site restoration work will top 1½ inches of pavement will be be completed next spring.

Noise wall construction begins

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n mid-June, the Minnesota Departfunds, or about $120,000, will come ment of Transportation (MnDOT) from an existing construction project began construction of a new noise wall fund. The construction may result in along the east side of Highway 169 in occasional lane closures during nonNew Hope, between 36th and 42nd rush hour periods. Before the state avenues. The new wall will be similar government shut down halted conto the segment of noise wall MnDOT struction, the project was expected to constructed in New Hope in 2003 from be completed this fall. Medicine Lake Road to 36th Avenue. The New Hope City Council passed a resolution of support for the project in September following a neighborhood open house where the vast majority of residents in attendance favored the noise wall project. The state will fund 90 percent of the estimated $1.2 million noise wall project cost. The The new noise wall will be similar to this segment concity’s 10 percent matching structed just to the south in 2003.

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he city of New Hope regularly mercial and park land drain into the makes improvements to its wetland pond which, in turn, is a tributary to areas to improve the quality or increase Twin Lake in Crystal. Because Twin the quantity of storm water that flows Lake has been identified as having imthrough New Hope’s wetlands on its way paired water quality, Shingle Creek to the Mississippi. The portion of New Watershed Management Commission Hope roughly north of 42nd Avenue (SCWMC) has made water quality imdrains into the Shingle Creek waterprovements upstream a priority. The dry shed, while the southern part of the city pond at 45th Avenue previously provided drains into the Bassett Creek watershed. virtually no storm water treatment. In December, the City Council authoThe improvement project added a rized the low bid for a contractor to larger and deeper pond to increase the remove the buildup of sediment and veg- amount of water the wetland could etation in the wetland located between hold, and raised the outlet of the pond the eastern end of Northwood Park and so that storm water will be held in the Winnetka Avenue. The excess material pond for an extended period of time. had begun to restrict the flow of runoff The improved wetland design will through the wetland, causing the water greatly increase the amount of suslevel in Northwood Park to rise and repended solids that settle out of storm main high for an extended period, even water into the wetland as well as the during normal rain events. The city was amount of phosphorus and other nutriconcerned that the restricted flow could ents that will be absorbed by the wetresult in property damage and erosion land’s vegetation before storm water around Northwood Lake. continues downstream. The contractor excavated the wetland, (continued on page 10) removed the excess sediment and vegetation, and restored the wetland channel last winter, while the ground was frozen. Restoration work was completed this spring and the channel is now flowing more freely. The city will be reimbursed for the $83,000 project with funds from the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission. This past winter, a contractor began work on improvements to the wetland north of 45th Avenue, just west of Winnetka Avenue. Eighty-one acres of A pond was dug in the 45th Avenue wetland to improve neighboring residential, com- the quality of the ground water that leaves the wetland.

Other 2011 street projects

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n addition to the 2011 Street Infrastructure project, New Hope will complete two other street improvement projects this summer.

Boone Avenue The pavement surface of Boone Avenue will be replaced between 42nd and 49th avenues beginning in mid to late-July. New Hope’s Pavement Management Plan has identified the pavement in this portion of Boone Avenue to be in poor condition. The project will involve replacement of the pavement surface, repair of curb and gutter as needed, and minor improvements to the storm sewer and water systems. A few of New Hope’s major streets, including Boone Avenue, are Municipal State Aid streets. The state provides funding each year to help the city perform routine maintenance and construction of these streets as needed. More than 70 percent of the estimated $1.14 million project cost will be paid with Municipal State Aid (MSA) funds. The remaining project costs will be covered by the city’s water and storm water funds and by assessments to properties in the project area that do not pay property taxes.

Crack Repair and Seal Coating New Hope performs crack repair and seal coating maintenance regularly based upon detailed pavement analysis done as part of the city’s Pavement Management Plan. Those maintenance activities are a relatively inexpensive way to maximize the life of pavement on the city’s streets. Crack repair involves sealing gaps in the pavement with flexible rubberized asphalt that bonds to crack walls and moves with the pavement as it expands and contracts to prevent water from intruding into base material beneath the pavement. Seal coating involves the application of a thin layer of liquid asphalt on the pavement surface immediately followed by a layer of crushed stone. This year’s project includes selected streets from Gethsemane Cemetery to Northwood Park between Boone and Winnetka avenues; from Winnetka Avenue to Jordan Avenue between 42nd and 36th avenues; and the Lions Park parking lot. The $158,200 low bid for the project was about nine percent below the engineer’s estimate. The project will be completed in August.

City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

Emerald Ash Borer effort continues Emerald Ash Borer Program

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he Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle is a serious invasive tree pest that has decimated the ash tree populations in Michigan, Emerald Ash Indiana and Ohio, and spread to 15 states and sev- Borer Beetle (actual size) eral Canadian provinces. The first infestation of EAB in Minnesota was found in St. Paul in May 2009. Although the Emerald Ash Borer beetle has not been found in New Hope yet, in 2010 the New Hope City Council decided to preemptively begin addressing the spread of EAB. The Council adopted an Emerald Ash Borer program that provides $100,000 annually to combat the problem. In 2010, the city removed 200 ash trees in the boulevard and on public land. Priority was given to removing public ash trees in poor condition and boulevard ash trees at locations where property owners requested removal. In 2011, the city has already completed the removal of 40 boulevard ash trees and expects to remove approximately 40 additional public ash trees by the end of the year.

replacement trees when they lose a tree in the boulevard. In 2010, an $87,000 planning and preparedness grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture made it possible for the city to pick up the full cost of removing boulevard ash trees. The city was also able to replace 120 boulevard trees with grant funds. There are no federal or state Emerald Ash Borer grant funds available in 2011. Consequently, in February the City Council decided to return to the previous policy where New Hope splits the cost of replacing a boulevard tree with a maximum reimbursement to residents of $200 from the city.

EAB Surveys and Quarantines

In spring 2011, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture placed 4,500 Emerald Ash Borer traps throughout the state of Minnesota. The trap is a three-paneled purple prism placed in ash trees, coated on the inside with the smell of a stressed ash tree. EAB traps have been placed in New Hope’s Begin and Fred Sims parks. Once EAB is drawn to the purple trap, a sticky layer on the outside of the trap holds the beetle until Department of Agriculture trappers can return and check for 2011 Boulevard signs of the insect. Emerald ash beetles Tree Replacement Policy have been captured at several traps in concentrated areas of western Ramsey, For many years the city of New Hope has had a policy of helping residents buy eastern Hennepin, and western Houston County. The Department of Agriculture has had a quarantine in effect on all ash wood byproducts from Ramsey, Hennepin and Houston counties since May 2009. These ash byproducts include entire ash trees, ash limbs or branches, ash stumps or roots, ash logs, ash lumber, ash wood chips or bark chips, and the firewood of any non-coniferous (leaf-bearing) species. It is illegal to transport these items outside of the quarantined area and ash byproducts must be disposed of at a desigEmerald Ash Borer traps have been hung through- nated ash tree waste disposal site out Minnesota to monitor the spread of the beetle, (which includes the Maple Grove including this trap in New Hope's Fred Sims Park. Yard Waste site).

Recycle yard waste for free in Maple Grove

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he Maple Grove yard waste site opened for the season on April 1. The site accepts: • Grass clippings • Leaves • Garden materials • Brush • Branches/logs up to 10 inches in diameter • Small quantities of sod, gravel, or soil All of the materials are recycled at the site. If bags are used to haul yard waste, they must be emptied by the user and removed. The site also has a limited supply of free compost and wood mulch available. The facility is free for residents of New Hope and seven nearby communities. The operating cost of the facility is paid through the “Recycling

Charges” service fee on residents’ utility bills. Yard waste site hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m., until November 30. The site is closed on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. Those using the site must show proof of residency. The Maple Grove facility is located at 14796 101st Avenue North. To reach the site from New Hope, drive northwest on County Road 81 past Osseo to Fernbrook Lane (County Road 121), turn left on Fernbrook Lane to 101st Avenue North, and left again on 101st to the site entrance. For more information, call 763-420-4886 for a recorded message or visit www. mgyardwaste.com.

City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

Fall curbside event and transfer station are good disposal options

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s part of its recycling program, the city of New Hope provides residents with a curbside pickup of waste items through Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG) in the fall of odd-numbered years. The event is funded through the monthly curbside recycling fee. The next collection will be Saturday, September 24, for New Hope residents who live south of 42nd Avenue and on Saturday, October 1, for residents who live north of 42nd. Any household that pays for curbside recycling service with the city (single family through eight-unit households) are eligible to participate in the waste pickup event. Acceptable items include old/unusable furniture, general household junk up to 100 pounds per item, scrap metal, and appliances. Please call HRG Administration at 763-493-8006 with questions or for more information

about the curbside waste event.

City Center Vision

shoppers/visitors. ❖ The area does not generate enough income, jobs or tax dollars. ❖ And, the area is not prepared for the future.

(continued from page 1) transit-oriented development (TOD) study, which focused on opportunities to include multi-modal transportation options – such as transit facilities and improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists – into future redevelopment of the City Center area. The Council quickly concluded that a more allencompassing visioning process was needed. The current study is by no means the first time the city has studied redevelopment of New Hope’s City Center area. Past studies were conducted in 1998, 2003, 2004, and 2005. However, none of those studies were ultimately adopted by the city, and both the market situation and tools available to the city for redevelopment have changed significantly since those earlier studies were completed. Early on in the study, the group developed a list of the key assets the City Center area currently has on which the community can build. Those include: Location – close to both Minneapolis and the growing suburbs to the west and north Transportation Connections – easy access to interstates, highways, and a good network of local streets Businesses – strong existing businesses and organizations in the area Existing City Facilities – City Hall, Civic Center Park, and the outdoor pool already make the area a hub of activity for residents Based on those assets, the study group concluded that City Center should serve as the commercial and social heart of the community. The group went on to identify issues and characteristics that make it difficult for the area to fulfill this role: ❖ Space is underutilized – a high proportion of the space is covered with surface parking and some commercial properties are vacant. ❖ Transportation connections and circulation within the area are poor, especially for pedestrians, bicycles and transit users. ❖ The area does not attract enough

The Hennepin County Transfer Station in Brooklyn Park is a good year-round option for waste disposal. Residents can drop-off a wide variety of household waste items at the facility, which is located at 8100 Jefferson Highway. Recycling, electronics, household hazardous waste, automotive items (including oil, gas, antifreeze and lead-acid batteries), can all be dropped off at no charge. Appliances, tires, garbage and mattresses/box springs can be dropped off for a fee. Facility hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details about items accepted, costs, and directions to the transfer station, call 612-348-3777 or visit www.hennepin.us/dropoffs.

The Heart of the Community Over several meetings a vision statement for City Center emerged – “New Hope’s City Center is the Heart of the Community.” The vision statement for City Center expresses New Hope’s goals for redevelopment of the area and how the area should look and function for residents, businesses and visitors. It’s important that any redevelopment in City Center strengthen this role. The Council and Planning Commission as well as local businesses, residents and other community stakeholders that participated in the process envision a City Center that will be a vibrant, yearround destination that includes retail, commercial, and residential uses. Those uses will be integrated with a government center, park, and recreation areas that reflect the active, prosperous and friendly character of New Hope.

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Be a good neighbor

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ith the arrival of summer, it's important to avoid these common nuisance issues: ❖ City ordinance stipulates that grass should not be allowed to grow more than six inches tall and weeds should not be allowed to go to seed. ❖ Homeowners should avoid allowing clutter to accumulate in their yard, particularly where neighbors can see it. ❖ Trash and recycling containers must be stored in your garage or screened from view. If you're having a problem with one of these nuisance issues in your neighborhood, the city can help. Call 763-592-6777 for grass or weeds and 763-531-5127 for other issues.

Applebee’s and St. Therese recognized as outstanding businesses

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n November, the New Hope City Council recognized Applebee’s New Hope with the Fall 2010 New Hope Outstanding Business Award. Applebee’s has operated a neighborhood grill and bar at 4203 Winnetka Avenue, in New Hope City Center Mall, since 1987. The business has 30 fulltime and 18 part-time employees. John Del Toro, New Hope City Applebee's manager, Nate McVey, accepts the Outstanding Center Mall property Business Award from the New Hope City Council. manager, nominated Applebee’s because of how they give new Life Balance Center, air conditioning chiller replacement, roof replaceback to the community. ment, interior redesign, reconfiguration “For 23 years they have delivered beyond expectations while hosting special of dining/kitchen spaces, and redecoration of apartment building common events and countless pancake breakspaces. St. Therese was nominated for fast fundraisers for local schools and the award by an employee, Abby other groups.” Curtis Jacobsen, New Dehmer. “St. Therese has been an exHope community development direccellent community partner in New tor, noted that Applebee’s “is a great Hope for many years,” noted Mayor example of the strength and vitality Kathi Hemken. of the New Hope business commuThe purpose of the New Hope Outnity.” Mayor Kathi Hemken and counstanding Business Award program is cilmember John Elder concurred that to recognize New Hope businesses for “This is a business that does a great their contributions to the community deal for the community.” and to encourage other businesses to rise to that level of excellence. The deadline to nominate a business for the Summer 2011 Outstanding Business Award is July 31. Any New Hope resident or business person may make a nomination. Visit the Community Development section of the city’s website to download a nomiSt. Therese CEO, Barb Rode, in the new Life Balance Center nation form. In May, the City Council presented St. Therese with the Spring 2011 Outstanding Business Award. St. Therese has had a senior care facility at 8000 Bass Lake Road for 43 years, and recently welcomed their 8000th resident to the care center. The New Hope facility offers a full continuum of senior housing and care options including 220 independent senior apartments, assisted living, and a 302 bed skilled nursing care center with rehabilitative, long-term, memory and end-of-life care. St. Therese is one of New Hope’s largest employers with 260 full-time and 455 part-time employees. In 2010, St. Therese completed approximately $3.6 million in improvements at their New Hope facility including a

Networking group welcomes new members

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he New Hope Business Networking Group was started by New Hope business owners to create an open forum for networking within the city. The group is open and free to all New Hope business owners. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. and the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at various businesses in the city. For more information or to subscribe to the group's newsletter visit www.newhopebng.org

CVS building store at Midland Shopping Center

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raus-Anderson, the owners of Mid- ping center on its east side, facing Winnetka. land Shopping Center, 2703-2767 Winnetka Avenue, recently sold 1.44 Other features will include a driveacres at the south end of the center to through service lane, more parking CVS Pharmacy. The sale included the spaces than the city requires, and an former Snyder Drug and Transmission underground stormwater retention Shop, Inc. on the corner of Medicine chamber to accomodate runoff from Lake Road and Winnetka Avenue. the site. Kraus-Anderson will provide In February, The City Council approved streetscaping including extensive plantings and decorative fencing near the Kraus-Anderson's request to subdivide the shopping center and CVS's Planned intersection of Medicine Lake Road and Winnetka as well as landscaped islands Unit Development/ Conditional Use in the new parking area. CVS plans to Permit as required by New Hope City open its new store by the end of 2011. Code. A contractor demolished approximately 19,400 square feet of the shopping center in June. The Transmission Shop building will be demolished later. CVS plans to construct a freestanding 13,500 square foot building similar in design to its current location on Bass Lake Road and Winnetka Avenue. The new building will be close to Medicine Lake Road, set back 77 feet, which is consistent with New Hope's design guidelines. The southern part of Midland Shopping Center was The new store will be aligned with the remainder of the shop- demolished recently to make room for a new CVS.

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he city of New Hope purchased the Bass Lake Road Apartment site and demolished the buildings in 2008 with the intention of working with a developer to build upscale, owneroccupied condominiums on the site. With the downturn in the economy redevelopment has been delayed but, in order to recover its cost of acquiring and clearing the site from tax increment, New Hope needed to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district on the site by the end of June 2011. As part of the process of creating the new TIF district, city consultants also did an analysis of all of New Hope’s existing TIF districts. Tax increment financing (TIF) has been a valuable development tool for the city of New Hope over the last 30 years. TIF enables the city to capture all of the additional property tax revenue generated when an under-utilized piece of property is redeveloped. The city uses those additional tax dollars to help finance some of the expenses associated with redevelopment – including site acquisition, demolition, remediation and new infrastructure – which make it much more costly than developing vacant land. After a set period of time, typically 25 to 30 years, each TIF district is decertified and the county and school district once again receive property tax revenue based on the redeveloped property’s current valuation. Since the city used TIF financing to help construct the twin homes at Hills-

boro and 36th avenues in 1980, 10 TIF districts have helped developers and the city transform underutilized properties with an original market value of $23.25 million into property with a current market value of $152.32 million. To date, New Hope has decertified four TIF districts, and four more will be decertified in December 2012. Creation of a new TIF district on the former site of Bass Lake Road Apartments, on the northeast corner of Bass Lake Road and Yukon Avenue, would enable the city to recoup the $3.4 million it expended to purchase and clear the site in 2008 from TIF revenue. The city plans to work with a developer to redevelop the site when the economy improves. The TIF district analysis presented to the City Council in March by the city’s TIF consultant, Monroe Moxness Berg Law Firm, indicated that the city has approximately $5 million in TIF funds available for development activities. The Council prioritized a list of possible activities that are eligible for TIF funding. Infrastructure improvements that were discussed include decorative street lighting near the intersections of Winnetka Avenue and Bass Lake Road, 42nd Avenue, and Medicine Lake Road, and burying electrical wires along Bass Lake Road. The Council also identified a list of potential property acquisitions near 42nd and Winnetka and near Bass Lake Road and Winnetka that have significant potential for redevelopment.

In Business Summer 2011

Understanding Water Quality The Joint Water Commission (JWC) cities of Crystal, Golden Valley and New Hope provide drinking water to their residents through a contract with the city of Minneapolis for treated surface water from the Mississippi River. To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides the same protection for public health by regulating the contaminants permitted in bottled water. This Water Quality Report includes the results of monitoring done by the JWC on its drinking water from January 1 through December 31, 2010. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources. Although the water the JWC provides its residents meets drinking water standards, the Minnesota Department of Health has determined that the Mississippi River is potentially susceptible to contamination. If you wish to obtain the entire source water assessment for your drinking water, please call 651-2014700 or 1-800-818-9318 (and press 5) during normal business hours. Also, you can view

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Compliance with National Drinking Water Regulations Before water is used for a water supply, it is tested for contaminants and other water quality factors. The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over land or through the ground it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

Microbial Contaminants: Viruses and bacteria which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife

Inorganic Contaminants: Salts and metals which may be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming

Pesticides and Herbicides: May come from a variety of sources such as agricultural, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses

Organic Chemical Contaminants (including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals): By-products of industrial processes and petroleum production can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems

Special Health Needs Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons, including those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, those who have had an organ transplant, those with HIV/ AIDS or other immune system disorders,

the assessment online at www.health.state. mn.us/divs/eh/water/swp/swa. If you have questions about your drinking water or would like information about opportunities for public participation in decisions that may affect the quality of the water, contact Bernie Weber, New Hope utilities maintenance supervisor, at 763-592-6762. Information about New Hope’s drinking water is also available at the Joint Water Commission website, jwcontap.org, or the city of New Hope website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us. For more information about the federal regulation of drinking water visit www.epa.gov/safewater.

some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers. EPA/ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

2010 Tap Water Test Results In 2010, no contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. However, some contaminants were detected in trace amounts that were below legal limits. The table below shows the contaminants that were detected in trace amounts last year. (Some contaminants are sampled less frequently than once a year; as a result, not all contaminants were sampled for in 2010). If any of these contaminants were detected the last time they were sampled, they are included in the table along with the date that that detection occurred. Regulated Substances – Several substances have Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) set by the EPA. This is the highest level allowed in drinking water. Some regulated contaminants also have MCL Goals (or MCLGs). This is the level of a substance where there is no known or expected health risk. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. MCLs are set as close to MCLGs as possible using the best available treatment technology. All water systems must monitor about 80 regulated substances. Regulated Substance Detected (units)

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Fluoride (ppm)

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Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb) Nitrate (as Nitrogen)

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9.3-24.9

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By-product of drinking water disinfection

10.4

10.4

N/A

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Runoff from fertilizer use, leaching from septic tanks, sewage, erosion of natural deposits

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11.3-30.6

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Total Trihalomethanes (ppb)

By-product of drinking water disinfection

*This is the value used to determine compliance with federal standards. It sometimes is the highest value detected and sometimes is an average of all the detected values. If it is the average, it may contain sampling results from the previous year.

Lead and Copper – If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily the result of plumbing corrosion in individual homes, not the water distribution system. The city of New Hope is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When water has been sitting in the pipes for several hours, you can substantially reduce the amount of lead in your water by simply letting the tap run for 30 seconds to two minutes before using the water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may want to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. Substance Detected (6/9/09) (units) Lead (ppb) Copper (ppm)

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Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

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Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

Turbidity – Turbidity, which is a measure of the clarity of the water, is monitored at the Minneapolis Water Works treatment plant as a measure of the effectiveness of the filtration system. EPA requires: 1) certain treatment processes be used to reduce turbidity; 2) 95% of monthly samples to be below 0.5 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU); and 3) all samples to be less than 5 NTU. Turbidity Monitored Turbidity (NTU)

MCLG

Action Level

Lowest Monthly Percentage of Samples Meeting Turbidity Limits

Highest Single Measurement

N/A

TT

99.8

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Typical Source of Substance Soil runoff

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Highest Quarterly Average

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Unregulated Substances – Many substances are monitored but not regulated. They are evaluated using state standards known as health risk limits to determine if they pose a threat to human health. If unacceptable levels of an unregulated contaminant are found, the response is the same as if an MCL has been exceeded; the water system must inform its customers and take other corrective actions. Sodium and Sulfate were last sampled for on July 3, 2008. Unregulated Substance Detected (7/3/08) (units)

Level Found Range (2009)

Average Result

Typical Source of Contaminant

Radioactive Contaminants:

Sodium (ppm)

N/A

9.9

Erosion of natural deposits

Can occur naturally or result from oil and gas production and mining activities

Sulfate (ppm)

N/A

25.5

Erosion of natural deposits

Joint Water Commission 2010 Water Quality Report

Key to Abbreviations ppb - parts per billion ppm - parts per million pCi/l - Pico Curries per liter TT - treatment technique N/A - Not Applicable

Improvement projects approved in Lions and Northwood parks

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Assembly of the new Lions Park playground equipment began in early July.

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he city will complete two improvement projects in Lions and Northwood parks this summer. Extensive improvements are underway to revitalize Lions Park, 38th and Oregon avenues. In December, the City Council approved a proposal from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground to install new play equipment in Lions Park. The new playground will replace equipment installed in 1989 which is the oldest play equipment in New Hope’s park system. In November, three vendors presented playground proposals for the park with a budget of $95,000 to a group of kids and adults from the Lions Park neighborhood. The neighbors chose the proposal from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground which has separate play areas for younger and older children and lots of different swinging, sliding, and climbing elements to choose from Nearly $90,000 in other improvements will also be made in Lions Park. In May, the Council approved a bid that includes: a new playground container

with an accessible, engineered wood chip surface; partial replacement and expansion of the park’s trails; a new drinking fountain; and new lighting for the parking lot. In addition, the parking lot is scheduled to be sealcoated as part of the city’s 2011 sealcoating project. Work on the Lion’s Park improvements began in May and should be completed this summer. The heavily-used parking lots in Northwood Park, Boone and 38th avenues, is in poor condition and lighting improvements are needed. In May, the City Council approved the low bid of $122,573 to remove and replace the pavement in both the east and west parking lots and repair the portions of curb and gutter that are in poor condition. (LED) lights will also be added to the west parking lot, and lighting in the east parking lot will be upgraded from high pressure sodium fixtures to much more efficient LED lights. The work in Northwood Park will begin in late July, after Duk Duk Daze.

New Hope Tumblers wins state championship

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ew Hope Tumblers Team 2 finished first in the Minnesota Amateur Gymnastics Association (MAGA) State Championships on March 5 with a score of 99.225. The meet, which was hosted by Faribault Gymnastics Club, also included teams from Clearwater, Worthington, Northfield, Red Wing, Winona, New Ulm and St. Paul. In five seasons of competition, this is the first time the New Hope Tumblers Team 2 has been able to qualify for the state meet. The award-winning Tumblers 2 team members are (back The team includes 10 girls between the ages of 9 and 14 from row, L-R) Julia Rowles, Claire O'Donnell, Faith Robinson, Brooke Hobbs, and Hannah Walker, (middle row) BreNew Hope and surrounding anna Osanai, Jenna Rowles, McKenna Dale, Melaney communities. Team members Hannah Walker took first place Wuollet, and Kaylee Geier (front row) coaches Amber LaVelle and Rhonda Bitzer. on bars and all around in the junior division and Julia Rowles took first with several girls placing in more than place on bars in the child division. New one event.” Hope Tumblers head coach Rhonda MAGA includes about 50 youth gymBitzer noted, “We’re very proud of the nastics teams from Minnesota, Iowa, girls and all their hard work. Nine of Wisconsin, North Dakota and South the girls placed in at least one event Dakota.

n April, a consulting engineer presented the New Hope City Council with recommendations for an improvement project at the New Hope Ice Arena. In August 2010, an engineering firm that specializes in ice arenas completed a study of improvement needs at the New Hope arena. The arena was constructed in 1975, and some of the original equipment is reaching the end of its useful lifespan, is outdated, or inefficient. Stevens Engineers identified 11 high-priority improvement needs. The city contracted with Stevens in November to recommend the specifics of a project that would address the most pressing needs at the arena first, while minimizing construction costs. The plan proposed by Stevens Engineers would separate the work into three separate bids. An ice system bid would include replacement of the north rink’s existing sand floor and Freon refrigera-

Replacing aging refrigeration equipment for the north ice sheet is key part of the arena project.

tion system for the original north sheet of ice with a new ammonia refrigeration system and concrete floor. A bid for structural improvements would include replacement of deteriorating concrete stairs at the north rink and spot repairs to the block walls. And, a bid covering a variety of mechanical, electrical and plumbing improvements would include replacement of the dehumidification system for the north rink and other minor improvements. The total estimated project cost for these improvements would be about $2.7 million. The city is also working with McKinstry, a building consulting firm from Brooklyn Park, to explore the potential for leveraging future energy savings that would result from ice arena improvements to fund as much as two-thirds of the construction costs. The tentative timeline for the ice arena improvement project is to design the project and work through financing this year and complete the construction between March and October of 2012.

Registration for fall recreation programs begins in August. Watch for the In Motion brochure in the mail and register with a major credit card by calling 763-531-5151, or register online with Rec Express at www.ci. new-hope.mn.us/recexpress.

New Hope has off-leash dog areas in three parks

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arlier this year, the New Hope City Council approved plans to make the off-leash dog park in the hockey rink at Lions Park, 38th and Oregon avenues, a permanent summer amenity. The rink in Lions Park was used as a dog park in summer 2010 on a trial basis. It joins the dog park in Civic Center Park, 44th and Xylon avenues, as the second permanent dog park in New Hope. In June, a majority of the City Council approved a Citizen Advisory Commission recommendation to also use the hockey rink in Liberty Park, 60th and Gettysburg avenues, as an off-leash dog park on a trial basis. Although a number of residents expressed concern about an off-leash area in the park, the majority of the Council concluded that New Hope’s positive experience with using the hockey rinks in Civic Center and Lions parks as off-leash areas and the experience of surrounding communities with similar facilities – which have had no significant problems – suggested that a dog park trial period in Liberty Park was appropriate. The dog park in Liberty Park will open as soon as a sign with regulations and other minor modifications can be completed, most likely sometime in late July. The trial will conclude this fall, but may be

extended into next summer if the initial trial period goes well. New Hope’s dog parks generally open in April and close for the season by the end of November. There is no fee for using the dog parks. The off-leash areas may be used during daylight hours only. The hockey boards provide a large, safe, enclosed area where pet owners can allow their pets to run and socialize with other dogs. The city has provided seating for dog owners, bags for dog droppings, and a trash receptacle at each dog park enclosure. Pet owners are responsible for controlling and picking up after their dogs. Dogs must remain on-leash until they enter the dog park. Please read all of the rules posted at the entrance before using one of New Hope’s dog parks. For more information, call the New Hope Parks and Recreation office at 763-531-5151.

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Parks and Recreation and Police departments see transition in leadership

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wo longtime city of New Hope department directors, police chief Gary Link and director of parks and recreation Shari French, retired in the last few months. Together, French and Link had compiled more than 70 years of service to the city. Two highly qualified and experienced subordinates, former police sergeant Tim Fournier and recreation supervisor Susan Rader, have been promoted to take the reins of the two departments. Gary Link started at the New Hope Police Department as a part-time community service officer in 1974, and became a dispatcher in 1976, before being hired as a police officer in February 1977. Link was promoted to investigator in 1982 and to sergeant in 1990, before taking the top job in the department, as director of police, Gary Link in 1999. Besides his many duties as police chief, Link also served the city as staff liaison to the New Hope Human Rights Commission, as a representative and chair of the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council Executive Board, as New Hope’s representative to the LOGIS computer consortium, and member of the New Hope Crime Fund Board. He served as president of the Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Association in 2003. City manager Kirk McDonald said of Chief Link, “Gary has led the New Hope Police Department with professionalism and integrity. He has served as a great role model for many of the new officers we hired – 16 of them during his tenure as chief.” In summing up his time in New Hope, Link said, ”Even though law enforcement has changed a lot in the last 37 years, we continue to have fantastic people who are in the job for the right reasons, who give heart and soul to their job and do the best they can on every shift. They take care of each other, while taking care of the community.” Link has accepted a job as planning director for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The new police chief, Tim Fournier, has been a member of the New Hope Police Department since September 1993. He has served as a patrol officer, a D.A.R.E officer, a school liaison officer, and a member of the multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. Fournier was promoted to sergeant in June 1999. He has both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in management from Cardinal Stritch University, and graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Shari French started working for the New Hope Parks and Recreation Department as a college student in 1969. She became a full time recreation super-

Chief Tim Fournier

visor in 1975, and has been the director of parks and recreation for the last 25 years. French was twice recognized by the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association for her dedication, service, and professionalism, including receiving the prestigious Clifton E. French Distinguished Service Award in 2006. French has played a key role in a number of projects over the years including construction of the New Hope Community Gyms (in collaboration with Robbinsdale Area Schools), expansion of the New Hope Ice Arena and the pending arena renovation, construction of the New Hope Village Golf Course clubhouse, remodeling of New Hope City Hall, and numerous park improvement projects. And she has provided guidance for New Hope’s 20 parks and apShari French proximately 120 recreation programs. City manager Kirk McDonald said of Director French, “Shari should be very proud of her achievements in New Hope. I sincerely thank her for all she has done for the city over the years.” French grew up in New Hope, and was around the New Hope Park and Recreation Department from an early age. She noted “I met the New Hope Parks and Recreation director when I was 13, I thought he had the best job ever.

It’s always been a pleasure to do a job that makes it possible for other people to have fun”! French is looking forward to spending more time with her husband and grandchildren. The new director of parks and recreation, Susan Rader, has worked with the New Hope Parks and Recreation Department as a recreation supervisor since June 1989. Rader has been instrumental in bringing many new programs to the city and has coordinated a wide variety of programs for preschool children through senior citizens. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies from the University of Minnesota, and has completed the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association Leadership Academy. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service Chief Link and Director French. Welcome to your challenging new positions Chief Fournier and Director Rader.

Director Susan Rader

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North Education Center (continued from page 2) The NEC includes nearly 50 classrooms as well as labs, a fitness center and gym, and break out rooms for individual instruction. The campus also features a fenced daycare play area, a basketball court, outdoor dining, and environmentally sensitive features including 40 percent green space and lots of trees and landscaping. New Hope’s community development staff believes the new school is a well thought out and planned property. The building’s brick and glass exterior is architecturally interesting and aesthetically pleasing. During construction, the 280 District 287 students who previously attended class at Hosterman will move to the former Sandburg Middle School building in Golden Valley. In Fall 2012, those students will return to the new North Education Center along with about 70 students who attend an Area Learning Center for pregnant and parent teens now in Robbinsdale, and high school students who are currently housed in a commercial building in Brooklyn Park. District 287 expects the NEC to be at capacity when it opens in 2012. About 60 percent of the NEC project costs will be funded through interestfree federal bonds. District 287 is one of 10 Minnesota school districts that received Qualified School Construction bond authority through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information about the North Education Center, including a fun “Sky Cam” that tracks the progress of construction, go to www.district287.org and click on the link “North Education Center Update” at the bottom of the blue sidebar on the right side of the homepage.

Pond Improvements (continued from page 5) A second phase of the project will be completed when the city reconstructs 45th Avenue in a few years. The second phase will involve replacing the existing 30-inch storm sewer trunk line beneath 45th Avenue and connecting it to the new pond inlet further to the west. This will increase the retention time of storm water in the pond, and create a pretreatment basin at the inlet of the new pond to reduce the amount of sediment that is discharged into the wetland area. The preliminary cost estimate for the 45th Avenue pond project was $550,000, which includes an estimated $328,000 for the first phase of the project completed this spring. The pond improvements will be funded by a $160,000 grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources administered by SCWMC, up to $82,500 in SCWMC’s Capital Improvement Program, the New Hope storm water fund, and possibly some state aid funds.

Kloss and Weber named employees of the quarter New federal program provides foreclosure assistance

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orraine Kloss, administrative support specialist for the City Manager’s Department, was named Employee of the Quarter for October through December 2010 for the excellent work she did on the 2010 elections as well as the extra effort she has put in handling additional duties at the front counter. Kloss serves as the city clerk’s righthand person when it comes to the elections. She is largely responsible for absentee voting – both mailed ballots and walk-in voters. She also assists with a wide variety of other electionrelated tasks including recruitment and training of election judges, coordinating election supplies, and organizing ballots and equipment. And, she stays of top of ever-changing election laws so that she is able to answer voters’ questions. When the city’s customer service representative left last July, she was not replaced due to budget constraints. While Kloss had previously been the backup person at the front counter, she has stepped up to shoulder a majority of the customer service responsibilities. These duties include answering the city’s main phone line, and handling utility bill inquiries, homestead applications, and data entry for cash receipts. Kloss’ nominator commended her for being dependable, “I can always count on Lorraine…,” and noted that she always completed her extra responsibilities “competently and efficiently.” “Lorraine goes the extra mile to ensure that the needs of the city are met.” Kloss has been a city employee for nearly 22 years. Her regular responsibilities as administrative support specialist for the City Manager’s Department include assisting the city manager with correspondence, preparation of agendas and minutes for the City Council, records retention, business licenses, elections and assisting residents at the front counter.

Bernie Weber Bernie Weber, utilities supervisor in the Public Works Department, was named Employee of the Quarter for January through March 2011 for the impressive tenacity he showed in dealing with a water main break in January. During the coldest part of January, New Hope Public Works crews responded to a string of four water main

breaks in four days. Weber and his crew worked until 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, to repair the first water main break. Mid-afternoon on Friday a second break was reported. By the time it was unearthed, water had been flowing from the break for three to four days, creating a big hole in the street. The city crew quickly inserted a pump to help remove water from the hole but, because the water main was located beneath a sewer pipe, they were unable to stop the flow for an extended period of time. Crews of maintenance workers came and went, but Weber worked on the break for 30 hours straight – from 2 p.m. on Friday through 8 p.m. on Saturday – to oversee the repair. To round out his weekend, he returned to work another seven hours on Sunday to supervise the repair of two more water main breaks. Weber’s nominator noted, “Bernie is a salaried employee who does not receive any overtime pay. He acted above and beyond any normal working hours.” Weber, however, is quick to pass along the praise to the utility workers who endured long hours and temperatures that dipped to 17 below zero, with winds of 30 to 35 miles per hour. “It’s really not about me,” he protested. Weber has been a city employee since 2004 and utilities supervisor for the past 3½ years. His primary job responsibilities include coordinating the maintenance program for the city’s water, sanitary sewer, storm water, and street light utilities, and a variety of administrative and supervisory activities relating to the city’s utilities. Weber supervises the utility maintenance workers and seasonal summer staff, and drafts all of the annual operating budgets for the city’s utility operations. Recipients of the New Hope Employee of the Quarter recognition are nominated by coworkers and selected by a committee with representatives from each city department. Congratulations to Lorraine Kloss and Bernie Weber for being recognized as Employee of the Quarter!

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omeowners facing foreclosure due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment or medical issues may be eligible for a new federal program – Emergency Home-owners' Loan Program (EHLP). The deadline for program applications is 5 p.m. on July 22. The program will provide more than 1,400 Minnesota home-owners up to $50,000 in interest-free loans over the next two years to help pay mortgage costs. The loans are 100 percent foregivable for homeowners who stay in their home for five years following the program's completion.

Homeowners must meet several criteria in order to be eligible for the federal program, including: ❖ Have income declines of 15 percent or more due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment or medical issues. ❖ Have been unable to make a mortgage payment for at least the past three months. ❖ Reside in the mortgaged property. Unemployed or underemployed homeowners should visit the program's Minnesota website at www.EHLPMinnesota.com to verify eligibility and download a pre-application.

Nominate your neighbor for a New Hope RAVE! Award today

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t’s not too late to nominate a neighbor for a New Hope RAVE! Award. With the late spring, nominations are a bit slow in coming in this year, so the nomination deadline has been extended to August 1. Any residential property in New Hope is eligible to be nominated for a RAVE! Award, including owner-occupied or rental single-family homes, and multi-family dwellings This workshop won an award for best exterior remodeling owned by individuals or project last year. corporations. Anyone in made, why not nominate them for an New Hope is welcome to award? submit as many nominations as they like. If you’re really pleased with how a A panel of volunteer judges will screen recent project turned out at your home, entries and tour top entries before don’t be shy… nominate yourself! making award recommendations to the City Council. The Council will make While gardening and landscaping are the final decisions on the award wineasily the most popular categories, the ners. Award recipients will be recogRAVE! Awards also include categories nized at a City Council meeting, have for remodeling or renovation projects, their names inscribed on a permanent additions, general property mainteplaque at City Hall, and be highlighted nance, and environmentally sensitive in the city newsletter. improvements (including use of a rain garden, use of “green” building materiTo nominate someone for a RAVE! als, etc). Award, download a nomination form Projects don’t necessarily need to be from the city’s website, www.ci.newmajor and extravagant to do well in hope.mn.us/rave. For more information the RAVE! Awards. Last year a workor to volunteer to be a RAVE! Award shop won in the exterior remodeling judge, call the New Hope Community category and a few years ago a well Development Department at 763-531done egress window won an award. If 5196. The deadline for nominations is you live in an apartment or town home Monday, August 1. complex and really appreciate the job Judging will occur in early August. your landlord does on property maintenance or a recent improvement they

Call before you dig!

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lanning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling Gopher State One Call at “811” before each job. The depth of utility lines varies. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you, and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling Gopher State One Call before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences. For more information, visit www.gopherstateonecall.org or call 811.

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City Center Vision (continued from page 6) City Center should be the focus of civic, business and cultural activity and the city’s transportation network. The area should express the identity and character of the city – friendly, welcoming, positive, diverse and active; business and resident-friendly; a good place for people of all ages. And, the design of buildings, the streetscape, signs, and gathering spaces should work together to reinforce a strong cohesive identity. The study group went on to identify specific types of improvements that were needed to achieve this vision. A few details are provided below. Much more supporting information is available in the report. Transportation Transportation improvements in City Center will be designed to effectively serve a variety of modes of transportation including cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, emergency vehicles and light-rail. City Center needs to be the hub of the city’s transportation network, and the city needs to work to increase transportation choices by providing roadway, transit and trail connections to local neighborhoods, the Bottineau transit line (that is being planned along County Road 81/Bottineau Boulevard), and other regional facilities. Community Gathering Spaces City Center will be the cultural and

community center of New Hope. It should be engaging, active, lively, and fun. Public spaces at City Center will be linked to City Hall and Civic Center Park. Pedestrian and bike trails and public spaces should be lighted to extend use into the evening, and maintained for year-round use. Businesses City Center will be the hub of commercial activity in New Hope. It will serve the community by offering a unique mix of retail, commercial, service food, office and fitness needs. The commercial area should be diverse and redevelopment will include retaining and supporting healthy current businesses and organizations. The development of additional office uses will be important to support retail businesses, services and restaurants. Housing City Center will provide a mix of housing units that cater to needs throughout the lifecycle. The higher density housing options in City Center will include new housing types for New Hope, such as higher-end condominiums and mixed-use residential/ commercial buildings. City Center residential uses will have easy access to walking, biking, transit connections and connections to the commercial areas nearby. To read the New Hope City Center Vision report, visit www.ci.new-hope. mn.us/citycenter.

Planning by other agencies of interest to New Hope residents

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lanning is underway on three projects by other agencies that will affect New Hope residents and businesses.

Bottineau Transitway The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) continues working to define the best alternative and route for a rapid transit option from the northwest suburbs to downtown Minneapolis. The study impacts New Hope residents because it will likely skirt New Hope along Bottineau Boulevard/County Road 81, and it will affect local commuting options in the future. The Bottineau Transitway Alternative Analysis Study began in 2008 and was completed in 2010. The study considered bus rapid transit and light rail transit options. Several route options were considered starting from either the Maple Grove Transit hub or near West Broadway and Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park, or both. There were also several alternative routes considered between the transit hub in Robbinsdale and downtown Minneapolis. The next step in HCRRA's process is a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. For more information, visit bottransit.org.

Bassett Creek Regional Trail Three Rivers Park District is working on a master plan for a regional trail from Clifton E. French Park in Plymouth to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The 6.6 mile trail will likely travel through New Hope, Crystal and

Golden Valley along its route. The Bassett Creek Regional Trail will provide connectivity with first-tier suburbs; linking bicycles and other nonmotorized traffic with regional parks and other local destinations. The portion of the trail in New Hope is proposed to enter the city at the Highway 169 pedestrian bridge at 36th Avenue, then north on Boone Avenue to Northwood Park, through Northwood Park to Winnetka Avenue, south on Winnetka to 36th Avenue, and east on 36th to Nevada Avenue. For more information about the Bassett Creek Regional Trail Master Plan, visit www.threeriversparks.org and search for "Bassett Creek Regional Trail."

Third Generation Watershed Management Plan The Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission has begun work on its Third Generation Watershed Management plan. The Shingle Creek watershed includes northern New Hope (roughly north of 42nd Avenue). The watershed planning process is governed by state statute and rules. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) requires that the planning process be completed in an open manner with opportunities for public input. For information about the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission's planning process, visit www. shinglecreek.org.

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New Hope receives Wellness by Design award

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he city of New Hope received a 2011 Silver Wellness by Design award from Hennepin County in midJune. New Hope has had a wellness program for employees since the early 1990s. The program encourages participating employees to eat nutritiously, exercise and have annual doctor visits. This is first time the city has received a silver Wellness by Design award. New Hope previously received bronze awards in 2006, 2009, and 2010. The award is presented to cities that show commitment to creating policies, programs, and environments that support and encourage employee health.

Wellness coordinator Eve Lomaistro presents the Wellness by Design award to Mayor Hemken.

Donations to city help enhance quality of life

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onations and grants, of all sizes, help the city of New Hope do more for its residents. In March, the New Hope Lions Club donated $1,800 for the city to purchase two attractive concrete trash containers for Fred Sims Park, which is located at 45th and Nevada avenues. Over the last 10 years, the Lions have donated more than $37,000 for 49 new trash containers in New Hope parks. Also in March, the Twin West Chamber of Commerce donated $341 to the city-sponsored Safety Camp and HalfPint Safety Camp in August and October. The donation came from proceeds from the Crystal/New Hope Business Council's annual golf tournament. In May, the City Council accepted a $3,000 Kub's Kids Grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund to support the city's tee ball programs. The grant was made possible by a major contribution by Twins outfielder Jason Kubel. The grant money was used to

assist with operation (including purchasing needed equipment and additional teaching tools), administration (such as program scholarships) and promotion (including color posters and fliers) of the city's tee ball program. Also in May, the New Hope Women of Today contributed $100 to the Parks and Recreation Department scholarship program. The scholarship program helps low income New Hope families pay recreation program fees for children and teens. Since 1990, Women of Today has donated $4,880 to the program and an additional $4,560 to Safety Camp. And in June, the city received a $1,900 Community Partnership Grant from CenterPoint Energy to help the city purchase two new automatic external defibrillators for the New Hope Ice Arena and outdoor pool. The city provided $1,900 in matching funds.

Duk Duk Daze (continued from page 1) reation office or call 763-516-3062 for more information. For details about the softball or bean bag tournament, call 763-531-5129. As always, Duk Duk Daze will feature great entertainment. Friday’s headline act will be the 70s, 80s and 90s dance party music of Honeywagon, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday’s highlight act will be the classic rock of Loose Rock, beginning at 7 p.m. Other entertainment includes magician Craig Carlson at 11 a.m. and Showtime Chorus at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Other great activities include a classic motorcycle display at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a classic car display at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Free accessible shuttle buses will provide pickup and return service to Cooper High School and New Hope Elementary from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Duk Duk Daze is sponsored by New Hope Lions Club in cooperation with the city of New Hope. Proceeds from the event are donated back into the community. For a complete schedule of 2011 Duk Duk Daze activities and additional details, visit www.dukdukdaze. com.

CenterPoint representative Crystal Gorres presents a check to Mayor Kathi Hemken

Wet & Wild Water Fun Day August 5, 12:30-3 p.m. Lions Valley Place Park 6822 32nd Ave. N., Crystal $3 per person – Pay at the park


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