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March 2014

City sidewalk plowing program overview

Council approves emergency water supply fee

City staff has received a number of phone calls over the last few months asking about the city’s policy regarding the removal of snow and ice from New Hope’s sidewalks. The City Code holds New Hope property owners responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their home or business in a timely manner. Although the city does remove snow from city sidewalks when time and resources permit, clearing city streets is the maintenance crew’s first priority. It generally takes the entire maintenance crew a minimum of 8 to 10 hours to plow all of the city’s streets and cul-de-sacs. Sidewalk plowing typically begins the next weekday. Due to budget constraints, New Hope has not budgeted overtime for sidewalk plowing since 2009. Consequently, public works staff does not plow sidewalks on weekends or holidays. The top priority for sidewalk plowing is near schools, followed by the City Center area, next the sidewalk along one side of each of the major streets in New Hope is cleared, then the remaining sidewalks. Hennepin County plows the county roads – Winnetka (south of Bass Lake Road), Bass Lake Road, 42nd Avenue, and Medicine Lake Road. The city has no control over how or when those roads are plowed. The county’s plowing activity can negatively impact and obstruct the city-maintained sidewalks adjacent to county roads. Pedestrians should always use extra caution when walking on plowed sidewalks. City crews are frequently unable to clear sidewalks to bare pavement and, consequently, plowed sidewalks may have slippery spots.

At its meeting on February 10, the New Hope City Council approved an additional water fee of 20 cents per 1,000 gallons to fund New Hope’s share of the emergency water supply system recently approved by the Joint Water Commission (JWC). In January, the JWC cities of New Hope, Crystal and Golden Valley approved construction of a $4 million emergency water supply system. The project involves drilling three wells near the JWC’s reservoirs and renovating the well near the north water tower in New Hope. New Hope’s share of the project is $1.1 million. The new 20 cent per 1,000 gallon fee will go toward constructing and maintaining the emergency backup system. The cost to an average residential utility customer will be $1 per month (based upon 5,000 gallons usage). The fee takes effect in March and will appear on April utility bills.

Remodeling Fair is April 5 The 22nd Annual Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair will be Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. The fair is free and will feature about 80 home remodeling and landscaping exhibitors, informative workshops, city fire and building experts, registered architects, master gardeners, and more. Free workshops start on the half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topics this year will include: Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Shaping Your Home Today to Serve You Tomorrow, Update Ideas for Bathrooms, Flowering Annuals, How to Install Allure Vinyl Flooring, Exterior Maintenance and Trends, Kitchen Cabinet Refacing, How to Install Tile Flooring, Demystifying Organic Gardening, Shade Perennials, How to Install Wood Floors, New Kitchen Remodeling Ideas, Plumbing Services Costs Demystified, Importance of Proper Insulation and Ventilation. For more information including workshop times and a list of exhibitors, visit

March/April City Council regular meetings: March 10 and 24, April 14 and 28 at 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: March 17, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Board of Appeals and Equalization: April 10 at 7 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: March 11 at 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: March 3, April 7 at 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: March 4, April 1 at 7 p.m. Events: Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair - April 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive Maple Grove Yard Waste Site - opens for the season on April 1, visit for details All activities are at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. unless otherwise indicated. Agendas and minutes for meetings are available on the city’s website. Schedule is subject to change. Call 763-531-5100 for more information.


West Metro food drive West Metro Fire’s fourth annual “Firefighters Fighting Hunger!” food drive is March 1 through 15. The firefighters are collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the Emergency Foodshelf Network. Items can be dropped off at Station 3 in New Hope, 4251 Xylon Ave. N., on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or anytime crews are present. The food drive will culminate with a special event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

on Saturday, March 15. Stop by one of West Metro’s fire stations to drop off a donation, take a tour of the facility, and meet your hometown firefighters. Or, if you’re going shopping that day, West Metro will have fire vehicles at Almsteds Fresh Market, the Crystal Aldi, the Cub Foods in Crystal and east Plymouth, and the Target in Crystal. Visit or call 763230-7007 for more information.

Recreation Corner

Spring gymnastics classes begin March 12-18 New Hope’s gymnastics program has classes for beginners ages 4 to 5 through advanced gymnasts. Spring classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons beginning March 12 through 18 and continuing through mid-May. Fees per session range from $60 for 4 and 5 year-old beginners to $113 for advanced gymnasts. Nonresidents pay $7 more. Classes are held in Gym A at the Sandburg Learning Center, 2400 Sandburg Lane in Golden Valley. Call for details.

Register soon for adult softball New Hope is currently accepting registration for its slow-pitch adult softball leagues. There may still be openings in the Men’s Upper D leagues on Tuesdays or Thursdays, Men’s Lower D leagues on Mondays or Wednesdays, and Co-Rec leagues on Sundays or Mondays. Teams play a 10-week season and playoffs beginning in late April or early May. The fee for all leagues includes MRPA/USSSA registration, game balls, facility use, umpires and awards. Call for details.

Tripsters will enjoy local tapestry and angels On Thursday, March 27, the Community Tripsters will visit Plymouth Congregational Church to see its renowned embroideries of the four seasons and to the Basilica of St. Mary Catholic Church for a tour of its 675 angels! In between, they will enjoy a delightful salad at Jax Cafe. The trip will leave the New Hope Ice Arena parking lot at 9:15 a.m. and return at about 3:45 p.m. The fee, which includes transportation, tours, lunch, tax, gratuity and escort, is $59 per person. For additional details, call the recreation office.

Enjoy a Magic Carpet Party with Princess Jasmine Children ages 2 to 7 are invited to come and play Aladdin-themed games at Princess Jasmine’s Magic Carpet Party, from 10 to 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 22. Activities will include a pop-up story book, dancing with instruments, and a castle craft to take home. Be sure to bring a camera, so that you can get a photo with Jasmine on the magic carpet. The event will be at the Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Parkway. The program fee is $15 for residents of New Hope, Golden Valley, Crystal and Robbinsdale, and $22 for nonresidents. For more information about these programs or to register, call the New Hope Parks and Recreation office at 763-531-5151

Safety Tip of the Month Poison First Aid March 16 to 22 is Poison Prevention Week. It’s a good time to think about what you should do if someone is exposed to poison. Below are some poison first aid tips from the Minnesota Poison Control System. In any poison emergency, call Poison Help, at 1-800-222-1222 for immediate, 24/7 professional assistance. Ingested Poison DO NOT PANIC! Remove anything remaining in the mouth. Call 911 if the victim is unconscious, having a seizure, or cannot swallow, otherwise give two ounces of water to drink and call Poison Help for further instructions. Poison in the Eye Remove all foreign materials from the eyes, including contact lenses if worn. Gently flush eye for 10-15 minutes, timed by the clock, using slightly warm water. Pour a stream of water from a clean glass held about three inches above the eye. When rinsing the eyes of a young child, lie the child down in the bathtub or with head supported over sink. Pour a gentle stream of water across the bridge of the nose or on the forehead above the affected eye. Do not use any eye drops until advised to do so by the Poison Help. Poison on the Skin Remove any contaminated clothing. Rinse the affected area thoroughly with large amounts of water. Wash the same area gently with hand soap and warm water to remove all remaining chemicals on the skin. If exposed, remember to wash hair and under fingernails. Inhaled Poison Get to fresh air as soon as possible. Avoid breathing fumes. Ventilate that area as soon as possible by opening windows or directing fans toward the door, while protecting yourself from injury. If the person is unconscious, having difficulty breathing or not breathing, call 911. For more poison tips visit www.