Conserving water helps keep utility bill in check Summer is a time when our lawns and gardens thirst for water and pools and dirty vehicles can also make our water meters spin. While most utility customers need to use more water in the summer months, it’s important for the environment, and your pocketbook, not to waste water. In 2010, New Hope implemented a multi-tiered water rate structure mandated by the State of Minnesota to encourage water conservation. This year, residential water usage of 1 to 10,000 gallons per month is billed at a volume rate of $4.50 per 1,000 gallons (plus the minimum water charge of $6.12). Excessive levels of water use are billed at increasingly higher rates. Water usage of 10,001 to 20,000 gallons per month will cost $4.90 per 1,000 gallons, and usage over 20,000 gallons per month will cost $5.51 per 1,000 gallons. There are many simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of water you use outside: Plant drought-resistant shrubs and plants – Many shrubs and plants, particularly native plants, thrive with much less water. Group plants according to their watering needs.
Watch Channel 16 Customers of Comcast’s cable television service can now watch New Hope City Council meetings, other city-related videos and text information about city of New Hope programs, services and events on New Hope’s government access Ch. 16. The new Tightrope playback system replays the most recent City Council meeting every day at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Shorter videos and text information are replayed on a loop which is updated regularly.
Put mulch around trees and plants – Adding two to four inches of bark or compost will increase the ability of the soil to retain moisture. Don’t water the street – Position sprinklers so water lands only on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Water during the early part of the day – Watering in the early morning and around dusk reduces water loss to evaporation. Early morning is generally best because it helps prevent the growth of fungus and deters slugs and other pests. Avoid watering when it’s windy – Wind can blow sprinkler streams oﬀ target and speed evaporation. Water your lawn only when it needs it – Most lawns only need about one inch of water each week. Letting grass grow to about three inches helps the soil retain moisture. During dry spells, consider letting your lawn go brown and dormant. Deep soak your lawn – When you water the lawn, do it long enough to soak down to the roots. Put an empty tuna can in the lawn, when it’s full, you’ve watered about enough. For more water conservation tips, visit eartheasy.com or a similar website.
Pool opens June 9 New Hope’s outdoor pool opens for the summer on June 9. This year’s pool season has been extended a week, through August 19. The pool is a great place to stay cool, have fun with friends and family, or take some swimming lessons. And, the family pool passes are a great deal for frequent visitors. New Hope’s Olympic-sized swimming pool is located at 4301 Xylon Ave. N. New Hope oﬀers Red Cross-certiﬁed swimming lessons for Little Ones, ages 3 to 4, through advanced Level 6 swimmers. There are four sessions of lessons beginning June 18, July 2, July 16 and July 30. New Hope’s swimming lessons are very reasonable, only $50 for New Hope residents or $57 for nonresidents. Open swimming sessions are scheduled every day, beginning at 1 p.m. Daily admission is $8 per person, or $6 after 5 p.m. Season-long family pool passes, which are good at both the New Hope and Crystal pools, are also available. The cost of a pool pass for residents ranges from $55 for an individual to $136 for a family of four, nonresidents pay a little more. For more information about the pool, call the Recreation oﬃce at 763-531-5151.
June/July City Council regular meetings: June 11 and 25, July 23 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: June 18, none in July – Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: June 12, July 10 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: June 4 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: June 5, July 10 – 7 p.m. Events: City Day, June 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Farmers Market returns for season, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning June 16 at 4300 Xylon Ave. N. Holiday: July 4 - Independence Day observance – city oﬃces closed All activities are at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. unless otherwise indicated. Agendas and minutes for council and commission meetings are available on the city’s website. Schedule is subject to change. Call 763-531-5100 for more information.
City Day is June 23
Golf at New Hope’s par 3
The third annual City Day will be Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The event provides a great opportunity to ask questions of city staﬀ, have a casual conversation with a council member, and learn more about city projects, programs and services. There will also be lots of fun activities for the whole family including police, ﬁre and public works vehicles, dance and gymnastics performances, Footloose highlights, Police Department tours, a K-9 team demonstration, and much more. For details see the spring In Touch newsletter or the city website.
Don’t miss one of New Hope’s hidden jewels, New Hope Village Golf Course. • Beautiful nine-hole, par-three course • A great place for golfers of all ages and skill levels • Play a round in about 90 minutes • Golf carts, pull carts and rental clubs available • Air-conditioned clubhouse with refreshments and pro shop • Leagues, lessons and open golf for youth, adults and seniors Call 763-531-5178 to reserve a round, or just stop by. The course is located at 8130 Bass Lake Road.
Fun playground programs offered in four parks New Hope will have playground programs in Holiday, Hidden Valley, Liberty, and Northwood Parks again this summer. Two sessions of Playground Pals, for kids ages 4 to 6, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. twice a week, beginning on June 18 and July 11. Super Summer, for youth in grades 1 to 5, meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. twice a week, from June 18 to July 31. Activities center around a theme each week and include age appropriate games, arts and crafts, and much more. Call the recreation oﬃce for details.
Register soon for youth sports camps New Hope Parks and Recreation is collaborating with Cooper High School on a wide variety of youth sports camps again this summer. The weeklong camps are designed to help young athletes build skills while having a lot of fun. This year’s camps are: soccer, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, track, wrestling, lacrosse, tennis, and girls’ volleyball. Many camps are led by Cooper coaches, assisted by their players. The camps are only $56 for residents. Several other camps including gymnastics, skateboarding, Mini Spiker volleyball, strength and conditioning and football are also being oﬀered. Call for details.
Youth tennis lessons and leagues New Hope oﬀers Rockin’ Rackets, children’s and teen tennis lessons for youth from ages 4 to 16. Sessions begin in June and July for both beginner and intermediate players. The city also participates in a Teen Tennis League for boys and girls ages 12 to 18, with matches played from June 11 to August 1.
New Hope offers several ball programs New Hope oﬀers a wide range of ball programs for kids from age 5 to grade 9. Intro to T-Ball, for kids ages 5 and 6, provides a fun introduction. T-League Baseball, for kids entering grades 1 to 3, is a great next step. Instructional Baseball is for youth entering grades 3 and 4. And, Grade 3-5 and 6-9 Softball, is league play for boys and girls completing grades 3 to 9. All of the programs are scheduled from the week of June 11 to the ﬁrst week of August. The fee for each program is $48 for New Hope residents. Call for details or to register. For more information about these programs or to register, call the Recreation oﬃce at 763-531-5151 or click on Rec Express at New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.
Safety Tip of the Month 10 Ways to Keep Burglars Out With the return of warm weather residents tend to be away from home more and open up their homes – to both the fresh air, and burglars. Here are 10 tips to keep your home secure this summer: 1. Use lights and sounds to make it appear that someone is home. Automatic timers and motion sensors can be a great tool. 2. Don’t put a key somewhere an intruder can ﬁnd it. Leave a key with a friend or neighbor instead. Then, when you are away, they can check on your house once in a while. 3. If you’re going to away for several days, arrange for someone to pick up your mail and newspaper so they don’t alert a burglar of your absence. 4. Make sure you have sturdy, functioning locks on all your doors and windows - and use them! 5. Consider investing in a home security system. A home alarm that goes oﬀ when an intruder enters your home is one of the best ways to scare them oﬀ. Remember, if you have a home alarm, you need to register it with the New Hope Police Department. 6. Use security bars, pins, or slide stops on easily accessible windows and patio doors. 7. Keep your garage door closed whether you are at home or not. Secure the garage service door with brackets and a two-by-four when not in use. 8. Document and insure your valuables so they can be tracked and returned more easily if they are stolen. Operation Identiﬁcation is a good option. 9. Organize a Neighborhood Watch group. A neighborhood is safer when neighbors watch out for one another. 10. Don’t provide hiding places outside your home. Heavy shrubbery or high fences provide burglars with a place to conceal themselves where they can plot their entry without being noticed. For lots more home security tips contact crime prevention oﬃcer Nichole Korth, 763-531-5140.
Published on May 29, 2012