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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, 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

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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 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 azguide/item/246, for more options.

In Touch - Summer 2013  

A quarterly newsletter published by the city of New Hope, Minnesota

In Touch - Summer 2013  

A quarterly newsletter published by the city of New Hope, Minnesota