Summer 2013 Number 187
A publication of the city of New Hope, Minnesota e www.ci.new-hope.mn.us
HRG curbside clean up postponed until 2014 Some highlights of this issue include: Jackie Robinson and the Kid Special presentation on Sept. 11 City Day on Sept. 28 Event is paired with fire open house City Services Survey City adopts performance measurements In Business • New businesses at Village on Quebec • New businesses on Bass Lake Road Employee of the Quarter Sarah Hansen recognized Seal coating and Sewer lining City contracts for 2013 projects
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he curbside clean up event originally scheduled for this fall has been postponed until 2014. Hennepin Recycling Group, which coordinates the event for the cities of New Hope and Crystal, has been unable to find garbage haulers that are interested in bidding on doing the clean up this fall. A major factor in the HRG’s inability to find haulers to complete the work this fall is that most new garbage trucks load from the side. Bulk materials pick up, like the HRG’s event, requires oldstyle garbage trucks that load from the rear. HRG administration will do everything possible to be creative and find a
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June 21 storm led to neighbors helping neighbors
shopping promotion held about 20 years ago characterized our community as “neighborly New Hope.” Following the severe storm on June 21, the thoughtful acts by residents throughout our community makes it clear that New Hope continues to be just as neighborly today. A few examples of neighborly acts following the storm include: More than 200,000 households lost power in and around the Twin Cities as a result of the storm, but the outages were spotty. In many neighborhoods, homes on one side of the street lost power for several days while the homes across the street still had power. Throughout New Hope, there were examples of residents who still had power sharing it with those who didn’t. In one neighborhood just north of City Hall, there were three long extension cords stretched from one side of the street to the other… all in the same block. That’s neighborly! The strong winds that accompanied the storm also damaged or destroyed
countless trees in New Hope. In many areas, neighbors helped each other deal with fallen trees or branches. The Hirmans, who live near 53rd and Sumter, lost two trees. One of the trees fell on the roof of their home and the other fell in the front yard. As soon as the storm passed, several neighbors rushed over to the Hirman’s home to make sure they were okay. The next morning some neighbors returned, with chainsaws in hand, to help the Hirmans cut up and stack the fallen tree debris. That’s neighborly too! And, Fox 9 News covered the story of 10-year-old Judd Ginther of New Hope who did what he could to soften the blow for his 83-year-old neighbor, Rose Rue, who lost a mature tree to the storm. Rose has lived in the neighborhood near 31st and Cavell for 49 years, and has grown very fond of the trees in her yard. When Judd realized that his neighbor had lost one of her trees he brought her the spruce sapling he had gotten at an Arbor Day event. That’s not only neighborly…that’s awesome!
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The new playground in Terra Linda Park will have fun structures for kids to swing, slide and climb on.
Council approves new playground and other improvements in Terra Linda Park
he New Hope City Council approved the low quotes from two contractors recently to complete an improvement project at Terra Linda Park at Lamphere Drive and Medicine Lake Road in New Hope. Dunaway Construction was awarded a contract for $87,300 to make a number of site improvements at the park including removal of the existing playground container and installation of a new container, grading of the site, drain tile to improve the drainage beneath the new playground, storm water work (including removal of two storm sewer covers and sewer pipe), and all blacktop and concrete work. Dunaway Construction made improvements in New Hope’s Lions Park in 2011 and the city was satisfied with their work. Flagship Recreation was awarded a contract for $58,600 to install two separate areas of Landscape Structures playground equipment – one geared
toward children ages 2 to 5 and the other designed for kids ages 5 to 12. The new playground will include a variety of slides, climbing and spinning structures and traditional playground swings. The new play equipment will replace equipment that is 23 years old – the oldest in New Hope’s park system. The playground will be moved northeast from its current location to provide additional separation from an existing sanitary sewer lift station. If contingency funds remain when the project is completed, the city also hopes to install some additional plantings and new benches in the park. The Terra Linda Park improvements will be funded primarily through the city’s Park Infrastructure Fund, with about $20,000 from the Storm Water Fund for the storm water work. The improvement project will be substantially completed this fall.
The city’s response to the June storm Commission’s water distribution system (New Hope, Crystal and Golden Valley purchase water from the city of Minneapolis and jointly operate and maintain the water distribution system). v Police officers responded to lots of additional calls for service related to problems caused by flash flooding, downed power lines and other stormrelated issues. v And, West Metro responded Fifty-four boulevard and park trees were lost in the storm. to nearly 200 storm-related t the June 24 City Council meeting, calls, mostly for arcing or downed the mayor and council members power lines or fallen trees. Fortunately, expressed their thanks to members of there were no storm-related house fires the police and public works departin the West Metro area. ments and West Metro Fire-Rescue It took public works crews about a who put in a lot of extra effort and extra month to finish cleaning up the damhours responding to the aftermath of aged trees along boulevards and in city the storm. parks following the storm. A total of 54 v Public works personnel scrambled to public trees were destroyed and more provide emergency power to several of than 270 lost branches in the storm. the city’s lift stations, to make sure that The city also allowed residents to drop sanitary sewage continued to flow in the off their tree debris for a couple weeks right direction. They also removed lots in the former Kmart parking lot. A conof tree debris from the street and helped tractor has been hired to chip up the address problems with the Joint Water debris and haul it away.
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City Services Survey gives insight into what residents think about core city services
ew Hope has been participating in a voluntary Performance Measurement Program for cities and counties since it was implemented by the Minnesota Legislature in 2011. Government entities that participate in the program are required to conduct an annual survey to assess what their residents think about core municipal services. In addition to the survey, another component of the state program requires participating communities to develop some specific performance measurement benchmarks. In May 2013, the City Council adopted 17 performance measures related to core city services. Three of New Hope's performance measures assess police services: number of crimes, average response time, and citizens' feeling of safety. The fire and EMS services performance measures are: insurance industry rating,
fire calls per 1,000 population, and the citizens' rating of fire services. Several performance measures evaluate public works services, including: the average city pavement rating based on detailed analysis as well as citizens' perception of pavement condition, citizens' rating of snowplowing, the number of sewer blockages in the city's system per 100 connections as well as how citizens rate the sanitary sewer system, and how citizens rate the quality and dependability of the city's water supply. Finally, several performance measures evaluate the general condition of New Hope, including: the city's bond rating, percent change in the taxable market value, citizens' ratings of the overall appearance of the city, the quality of city recreational programs and facilities, and the overall quality of city services.
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CERT basic training session in October
est Metro Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold its next basic training course the weekend of October 11 to 13. West Metro CERT is a collaborative effort of the cities of New Hope, Crystal and West Metro Fire-Rescue to provide disaster training for local residents. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Team members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. There are
many jobs within a CERT team suitable for both older adults and those with physical limitations. The basic training course is free and open to anyone 15 and older (youth 15 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants need to complete online training before participating in the classroom instruction. The course is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, at the fire station, 4251 Xylon Ave. N. in New Hope. Applications for the basic CERT course and additional information are available on the cityâ€™s website at www.ci.newhope.mn.us/cert or by calling 763-5315161. For more information about CERT, visit www.fema.gov/communityemergency-response-teams.
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City Day rescheduled to September 28
ity staff had a fun New Hope City Day event planned for Saturday, June 22. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas, and the event had to be cancelled. Not to be deterred, City Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, outside, in front of New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. While some of the activities at the fall City Day have changed, it will still be a great opportunity to learn about city programs, services and projects, and ask questions of City Council members and city staff. A great addition to the fall event is that City Day is being held in collaboration with a West Metro Fire-Rescue open house, which will be going on at the same time, right next door at Station 3. The open house will be an opportunity to see the department's equipment, learn about fire safety, and participate in fun activities. And, the New Hope Community Farmers Market, with lots of vegetables and its annual craft sale, will be in full swing across the street. City Day will have lots of fun activities including police department tours at 10 and 11 a.m. and a K-9 team demonstration at 10:30 a.m. There will be fire trucks, police cars, and heavy equipment from public works that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy. Several groups that work closely with
Sergeant Pete Stanley gives a young boy a chance to try some SWAT team equipment on for size.
the city have also been invited to City Day, including: k Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) with information about home improvement loans and energy audits, k Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG) with information about curbside recycling and other waste disposal options, k West Metro Water Alliance with fascinating information about storm water management and water quality, k A television production truck from Northwest Community Television, k Armstrong Cooper Youth Hockey, the Human Rights Commission, and more.
Visit Facebook for timely city information
he city of New Hope now has two Facebook pages. The New Hope Parks and Recreation Department has had a Facebook page since early 2010. The page has more than 350 active followers. The web address for the recreation site is www.facebook.com/newhoperecreation. City staff has been considering adding a second Facebook page for all of the other city departments for some time. The recent storm made it clear that the city needed additional ways to quickly disseminate information to residents, especially those who rely upon mobile devices. New Hope launched a new Facebook page for information about all city programs except for recreation programs in early July. The page already has more than 135 followers. The web address for the new page is www.facebook.com/ cityofnewhopemn.
HRC to present Jackie Robinson and the Kid
Jackie Robinson and the he New Hope Kid is a story of a kid Human Rights and his larger than life Commission is sponsorhero and the lessons he ing a presentation by learned. It is a story of Ron Rabinovitz, "Jackie dreams come true, muRobinson and the Kid," tual respect, and "paying at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, it forward." It is a story September 11, at Cooof poignant, emotional per High School auditoand heartfelt letters that rium, 8230 47th Ave. N. provide a unique winWhen Ron Rabinovitz dow into Jackie Robinfirst met his idol, Jackie son's soul. Robinson and Rabinovitz Robinson, in 1953 they Major League Baseball Productions recouldn't have come from much differleased a documentary about Jackie and ent worlds. Ron was a chubby, 8-yearRon's story - "Letters from Jackie, the old Jewish kid growing up in lily-white Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson" Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Jackie was the 35-year-old black athlete who had shat- on DVD earlier this year. And, Oscartered the color barrier in Major League winning playwrite, Eric Simonson is Baseball when he joined Branch Rickies writing a play about their relationship. Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Yet, RobRabinovitz's presentation on Septeminson and Rabinovitz became penpals ber 11 is free, and everyone is welcome. who continued to maintain a friendship for the remainder of Robinson's life.
Open to Business helps entrepeneurs take the next step
Council approves restaurant and adult day care at Village on Quebec
he City Council approved two new businesses in August at the Village on Quebec, located at 42nd and Quebec avenues – Goose Egg's Deli and Diner and Hope Health Care. Goose Egg's Deli and Diner will occupy 7554-7562 42nd Avenue, which are the three tenant bays on the north end of the one-story building on the west side of the development. The bays have been vacant since Village on Quebec was constructed in 2006. The addition of a restaurant at that location meets a stated goal of the City Council since Village on Quebec was first proposed. Goose Egg's owner describes his new enterprise as two businesses under one roof with a shared kitchen. The deli and diner will occupy a total of about 3,700 square feet. The diner will be open for breakfast and lunch, with seating for 101 guests. The deli, which will have a separate entrance, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and have seating for 35. In 2006, when Village on Quebec was constructed, the Planned Unit Development for the project limited the number of tenant bays that could be occupied by a restaurant to two because of the intensive need that restaurants have for parking. After careful consideration, the Planning Commission and City Council granted a request by Goose Egg's owner for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that allows up to four bays in the western building to be used for restaurant space (a bay on the south end of the building has been occupied by the Mountain Mudd Espresso coffee and cafe for several years). A condition of the CUP is that Goose Egg's owner lease 15 off-site parking spaces to provide additional parking. The new deli and diner will also share an outside dining area with seating for 16, which will look very similar to the area Mountain Mudd has at the south end of the building. Hope Health Care will occupy 75047512 42nd Avenue North, which are the five tenant bays on the north end of the first floor of the two-story building on the east side of Village on Quebec. That building has been vacant since the development was constructed. The adult day care facility will serve clients who range in age from 18 to 99, all with some kind of disability. Hope Health Care expects to serve approximately 70 clients per day. Each client's arrival times and length of stay at the center will vary. The center will
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be divided into several rooms to meet clients' needs, including an exercise room, game room, activity room, quiet rooms and a dining room. The facility also has office space and a kitchen to prepare cold breakfasts and help serve catered The eastern building at Village on Quebec has been vacant since the lunches. project was constructed. An adult day care facility will have more than 2,000 square is a conditional use in a New Hope zoning district designated Community feet of interior recreation and exercise space, the city approved the smaller Business, like the district in which Village on Quebec is located. Staff believes exterior recreation space. The outdoor recreation area will be entirely hard surthat Hope Health Care is an excellent faced to accomodate the needs of clients fit for the shopping center. Both the – most of whom will rely upon either a Planning Commission and City Counwheelchair or walker to get around. cil agreed, and granted a Conditional Use Permit. Hope Health Care has had a location in south Minneapolis since 1999. The The city's Zoning Code also requires that adult day care facilities have at least New Hope facility will be their second location. 1,500 square feet of outdoor recreation area. The care facility owners plan to Both Goose Egg's Deli and Diner and convert 624 square feet of parking on Hope Health Care plan to open for the north end of the building into outbusiness sometime this winter. door recreation space. Because the
n early 2012, the cities of New Hope and Golden Valley joined together to provide free one-on-one business assistance to small businesses through Open to Business. Professional business advisors from the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers can help residents who are thinking about starting a business as well as existing businesses that are thinking about expanding. So far in 2013, the local Open to Business advisors have provided assistance to 13 local businesses. They helped a New Hope resident evaluate the feasibility of a micro-brewery business and helped an existing Golden Valley business develop detailed costing to manufacture a new product. The types of services Open to Business provides included business plan development, business feasibility, cash flow analysis, marketing, record keeping, strategic planning and real estate analysis. They can also help clients work with banks to obtain financing. For more information or to get started, contact Rob Smolund at 612-789-7337, ext. 11 or email@example.com.
Auto Zone and new restaurant coming to Bass Lake Road
t its August 26 coping and decorative cornices. meeting, the New And, Auto Zone will construct Hope City Council a pylon sign that meets all city gave the necessary requirements. approvals for a new The City Council also approved a auto parts store and a site plan for The Claws Restaurant restaurant remodeling to remodel the former Taco Bell project near Bass Lake at 7100 Bass Lake Road and conRoad and Louisiana vert it into a seafood restaurant. Avenue. The new restaurant's owners Auto Zone is construct- A drawing of the new Auto Zone as it will appear from Bass Lake Road. plan to improve the outside of ing a new 7,360 square foot retail auto will be removed, substantially reducing the existing 2,100 square foot buildparts store at 7117 Bass Lake Road, the vehicle conflicts on the heavily-traveled ing by moving the entrance from the site of the former Jack's Gas Station. The Bass Lake Road. The property owner south side to the northeast corner of the Council approved a preliminary and will provide ample parking, exceeding building, repaint the masonry to match final plat to combine 7117 Bass Lake City Code requirements. the restaurant's color scheme, and Road and 5551 Louisiana Avenue (the Both an underground detention tank and enhance the outdoor dining area with vacant property just to the south) into an open infiltration area will more than an ornamental, black aluminum fence one parcel that will provide Auto Zone offset the additional storm water runoff and some new landscaping. Reorientwith adequate space for its new store. that will result from the increased building the building entrance will make it Auto Zone will demolish the vacant gas ing and blacktop coverage on the site. more convenient to the parking lot. station and remove the underground The landscape plan for the site includes Two handicapped parking spots will be fuel storage tanks. The company will moved closer to the new entrance and a "green belt" of evergreen trees and construct a new store that complies the lot will be restriped, but otherwise shrubs to buffer the residential properwith all of the city's building, utility, will remain unchanged. ties to the south. The developer plans landscaping and signage requirements. to preserve some of the existing maA portion of the existing chimney on The building's front yard setback from ture trees on the site and add five new the south side of the building will be reBass Lake Road and rear yard setback deciduous trees in the boulevard area moved and a backlit faux chimney with from the adjacent residential properties along Louisiana. The plan also provides the restaurant logo will be added to the to the south will significantly exceed adequate screening of the parking lot front of the building. The existing pylon the city's minimum standards. The with a mixture of shrubs and grasses. sign on the southwest corner of the remaining setbacks – along the west property will also be reused. The building architecture and materiproperty line and for parking and lightThe new restaurant owners have also als comply with the New Hope Design ing – will meet the city's standards. agreed to screen the previously unGuidelines. The building's exterior Vehicle access to the Auto Zone will screened rooftop heating and air condifeatures concrete masonry panels, come off of Louisiana Avenue. The cursythentic stucco, and lots of windows tioning units by constructing a low wall rent access points off of Bass Lake Road and door glass accented by aluminum around the units.
In Business e Summer 2013
2013 Safety Camp a big success!
he popular New Hope Safety Camp teaches kids entering grades 3 to 5 about a broad range of safety topics including fire safety, personal safety, bike safety, seatbelt safety, water safety, first aid, and many more. This year, 68 kids participated in the camp, which was held from August 13-15. Safety Camp would not be possible without those who donate time, money and merchandise to the event. Thanks go to: New Hope Crime Prevention Fund Board, West Metro Fire-Rescue Relief Association, McLellan Plumbing,
Process Displays/Printing, New Hope Women of Today, Sweet Taste of ItalyCrystal, Country Kitchen-New Hope, McDonald’s-New Hope, Applebee’sNew Hope, Chili’s-Plymouth, NUCOM Ltd., New Hope Lions, Golden Valley VFW Post #7051, Stantec, Inc., and Twin West Chamber of Commerce. The event is coordinated by staff members of the New Hope police and parks and recreation departments and West Metro Fire with assistance from the New Hope Police Reserves, police and fire Explorers, and other city volunteers.
(left) A state trooper demonstrated the importance of proper use of seatbelts in a rollover accident. (right) Don Bania, a quadriplegic and mouth artist, encouraged kids to always wear a helmet to protect their head, and to have a "can do" attitude, whatever challenges they face.
Survey (continued from page 2) The 2013 New Hope City Services Survey was posted online in July and mailed to residents in the utility bill they received in early August. So far, more than 750 residents have completed a survey. That is nearly four times the participation of the previous two years. A link to the City Services Survey is available on the homepage of the city’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us. The survey is on a Survey Monkey web page hosted and tabulated by the League of Minnesota Cities. Survey responses are kept anonymous. The 10-question, multiple choice survey will take most residents only a few minutes to complete. For those who do not have access to the Internet, paper copies of the survey are available at City Hall. The city will continue to accept City Services Survey responses until November 30. The results of the 2013 survey will be published early next year.
Use yard waste site for leaves, grass and more
he Maple Grove yard waste site is a great place to dispose of leaves, garden waste, branches, grass clippings and small quantities of sod or dirt. The site, which is located at 14796 101st Ave. N., is free for residents of New Hope to use with proof of residency. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays, through November 30. For more information about the yard waste site including directions, listen to the recorded message at 763-420-4886, or visit the facility’s website at www.mgyardwaste.com.
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Hansen named Employee of the Quarter
arah Hansen, recreation coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, was named New Hope Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2013. Hansen was recognized for the outstanding work she did organizing New Hope's participation in the Step To It program and a first-ever Step To It kickoff event in May. Hansen has been responsible for coordinating the participation of New Hope residents and employees in Hennepin County's Step To It exercise program for the last two years, but 2013 was the first time there was a Step To It kickoff event. The kickoff event, which featured a fun walk, also became a designated activity for the city's employee wellness program. The Step To It kickoff quickly grew in scope, with Hansen arranging the participation of a number of organizations and guests including the mayors of New Hope and Crystal, the Minnesota Twins mascot, Emergency Foodshelf Network, representatives from Hennepin County, and others. Hansen ended up handling the kickoff event almost single-handed, even though it occurred during her busiest time of the year and she only works 24 hours a week. Eighty-eight people attended the event, which included the walk, refreshments, Step To It giveaway items, and more. The kickoff was a big success! Hansen coordinates many of the recreation programs for youth and a few parent/child sports programs. She also
City contracts for sewer lining and seal coating work
t its July meeting, the New Hope City Council approved the low bid for a contract to complete the city’s 2013 crack repair and seal coating street maintenance project and a contract to reline 6,170 feet of sanitary sewer pipe. New Hope performs crack repair and seal coating maintenance regularly based on detailed pavement analysis done as part of the city’s Pavement Management Program. Those maintenance activities are a relatively inexpensive way to maximize the life of pavement on the city’s streets. This year’s project included selected streets west of Winnetka Avenue between 59th and 62nd avenues and Boone Avenue between 62nd Avenue and Bass Lake Road for crack repair. The project also included crack repair and seal coating of Bass Creek Circle and the neighborhood south of St. Raphael’s Church, between Winnetka Avenue and the Crystal city border. The seal coating process was modified this year to avoid the problem with loose rock chips that New Hope experienced in 2012. The contractor implemented recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to use fewer chips and a polymer modified asphalt sealer. In addition, a the seal coat area will be swept again in spring 2014, if needed. The low bid of $95,966, submitted by Allied Blacktop Company, was about $38,000 below the engineer’s estimate for the project. The work was completed in early August.
City of New Hope, Minnesota e Summer 2013
This year's sanitary sewer lining project involves the relining of 6,170 lineal feet of nine-inch clay sanitary sewer pipe in the neighborhood between Winnetka and Boone avenues from Medicine Lake Road on the south to the Crystal border on the north. These areas were found to be in need of repair during televised inspections. New Hope began relining sanitary sewer pipe in 2004 as one of several initiatives to help reduce the inflow and infiltration (I/I) of ground water into the city’s sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, incorrectly connected sump pumps, cracks and gaps in sanitary sewer lines caused by tree roots and other factors can cause high volumes of ground water to flow into the city’s sanitary sewer system. In 2007, the Metropolitan Council implemented a sanitary sewer surcharge because these excessive volumes from New Hope and many other communities had begun to strain the capacity of its wastewater treatment facilities. Through its ongoing sanitary sewer relining work and other I/I abatement efforts, the city has significantly reduced peak sewer flows following heavy rain events. The sewer lining process creates a jointless pipe-within-a-pipe which eliminates ground water seepage into the sanitary sewer system without the mess and high cost of replacing the old sewer pipe. The liner is installed through manholes and hardened in place, so there is no need to dig up the street. This year’s sewer lining project is expected to be completed sometime this fall.
Sarah Hansen (with TC Bear)
coordinates or helps organize a number of major recreation events including the Bike Rodeo, Vehicle Fair, Safety Camp and Half-Pint Safety Camp, Wet and Wild Water Day, youth dances and more. And, Hansen takes the lead on most non-sports recreation programs for adults. She keeps very busy, especially because she only works part time. According to her nominator, "Sarah deserves to be named the Employee of the Quarter for her outstanding organization, enthusiasm, communication and follow through." Hansen has been a city of New Hope employee since May of 2011. She has a masters degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Before coming to New Hope, she worked at Golden Valley Parks and Recreation and interned at the Chanhassen and Rogers recreation departments. 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 Sarah Hansen, on being selected a New Hope Employee of the Quarter!
Curbside Pick Up Alternatives (continued from page 1) way to bring back the curbside clean up event in 2014. In the mean time, there are other alternatives to get rid of your unwanted waste items. v The HRG fall Special Materials Drop-off Day is October 12. At that event, electronics, scrap metal, oil, antifreeze and paper/cardboard can be recycled for free. Carpet/pads, mattress/ box spring, appliances, and tires can be dropped off for a fee. Visit hrg-recyling. com or call 763-493-8006 for details. v A variety of household items are accepted at Hennepin County’s drop-off facility in Brooklyn Park. Automotive products, household hazardous waste and limited quantities of electronics are accepted for free. A variety of other items are accepted for a fee. Household garbage is no longer accepted at this facility. Visit www.hennepin.us and search for “Drop-Off Facilities” for more information. v To dispose of household garbage, consider contacting your garbage hauler and ask them what they charge, or haul it to a landfill or transfer station. Visit www.hennepinatoz.org/ azguide/item/246, for more options.