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August 2013

Take the New Hope city services survey In 2011, the state auditor’s office implemented a legislative initiative intended to help residents, taxpayers and state and local elected officials evaluate how effective a job cities and counties are doing in providing core services. In 2012, the state developed a set of measurable performance standards for cities and counties to use to evaluate their services. Participation in the performance measurement system is voluntary. A key part of New Hope’s participation in the state’s performance measurement program is an annual city services survey. 2013 is the third year the city is conducting the survey. In 2012, 189 residents responded to the survey. The City Council would like a much broader response to the survey this year.

The city services survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Residents can fill out the survey online by following the link on the city’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/ servicessurvey. Or, if you prefer to fill out a paper copy of the survey, one is included in this utility bill for your convenience. Once you’ve completed the survey, you can simply include it in the envelope when you pay your utility bill. Please submit only one survey per adult New Hope resident. Watch for a summary of the results of the 2013 city services survey in the winter issue of the In Touch newsletter early next year.

Participate in National Night Out

It’s not too late to enter the 2013 In Focus photo contest. The deadline for entries is August 15. There are three main categories: Nature, People, and Places, a special category for youth 16 and under, and a People’s Choice Award chosen by the public. The contest is open to anyone who lives or works in New Hope. Full contest details and a registration form are available on the city’s website, www. ci.new-hope.mn.us/infocus or at City Hall.

New Hope’s National Night Out/Night to Unite is Tuesday, August 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual event is a great opportunity to spend some time outside with your neighbors, getting to know each other better. It’s also a good way to strengthen your neighborhood’s commitment to work together, and with the New Hope Police Department, to help prevent crime and keep your neighborhood safe. With about 90 National Night Out block parties planned in New Hope, there is almost certain to be a gathering planned in your neighborhood. Join with your neighbors on August 6. Turn on your outdoor lights and send criminals a clear message that your neighborhood is organized and that you will fight back against crime. If you are uncertain where a National Night Out event is planned in your area, contact Officer Nichole Korth at 763-531-5140.

Enter the In Focus photo contest

Safety Camp is August 13-15 New Hope Safety Camp is a three day event held in Civic Center Park filled with safety learning and fun for youth entering grades 3 to 5. Topics this year will include fire safety, water safety, sports safety, electrical safety, and many others. Safety Camp is sponsored by the New Hope parks and recreation and police departments and West Metro Fire. For more information or to register, call 763-531-5151.

Saturday farmers market Locally grown fruit and vegetables and a variety of other items are available every Saturday at the New Hope Community Farmers Market. The open-air market is located in the parking lot at 4300 Xylon Avenue N., in the former Kmart parking lot across the street from New Hope City Hall. Market hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Labor Day, then from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 12. About two-thirds of the vendors are local fruit, vegetable and flower growers. A variety of prepared food vendors, local artists and crafters round out the merchandise offerings. There is also a variety of entertainment and different community groups participating each week. For details, visit www.newhopemarket.org.

August/September City Council regular meetings: August 12 and 26, September 9 and 23 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: August 19, September 16 –Council meal at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: August 13, September 10 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: August 5, September 3 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: August 7, September 3 – 7 p.m. Holidays (city offices closed): Labor Day - September 2 Events: National Night Out - August 6, 6-9 p.m., Safety Camp - August 13-15 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.


Visit us on Facebook

Redevelopment proposals

The 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 325 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 quickly picked up more than 60 followers. The web address for the new page is www. facebook/cityofnewhopemn.

New Hope expects to finalize the purchase of the Winnetka Learning Center and adjacent fields by early this fall. Two developers have already submitted preliminary proposals for possible residential redevelopment of the site. Centra and Pulte Homes both made presentations to the New Hope City Council on May 29. The developer presentations are available on the city’s website so that residents can get a better idea of what is being proposed, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/ winnetkahousing. No redevelopment will occur on the site until the city’s purchase of the property has been finalized and the proposed redevelopment project has gone through an extensive review process, with plenty of opportunities for public comment along the way.

Recreation Corner Flag football for kids in grades 1-4 New Hope and several nearby communities are offering a fall flag football program for kids in grades 1 to 4. An instructional program on Sunday afternoons teaches kids in grades 1 and 2 basic football skills through drills and low-key games. The program is scheduled from September 8 to October 13 at Robbinsdale Middle School, 3730 Toledo Ave. N. The fee is $59 for residents. The flag football league, for youth in grades 3 and 4, is scheduled from August 22 to October 13. Team practices are on Thursday evenings at Civic Center Park and games are played on Sunday afternoons at Zachary, Elm Creek and Oakwood parks in Plymouth. The league fee is $72 for residents.

Mike Lynch StarWatch party is September 6 WCCO personality Mike Lynch has a way of making the stars accessible to everyone. Lynch’s StarWatch Party is coming to New Hope’s Outdoor Theatre from 8 to 10 p.m. on September 6. The event is open to everyone ages 7 and older (those ages 7 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult). Lynch will teach participants where to find popular constellations and share some stories about how the constellations got their names. He will bring giant 20-inch reflecting telescopes for great views of the night sky. The fee is only $12 per person.

Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball classes begin in September The first of two fall sessions of skill development classes led by instructors from Revolutionary Sports will begin in mid-September. MiniStars (ages 5 to 7) and MightyStars (ages 6 to 8) soccer classes are scheduled on Tuesday evenings at Hidden Valley Park, 32nd and Boone avenues. MightyStars (ages 6 to 8) and SkillsStars (ages 8 to 11) basketball classes meet on Tuesday evenings at New Hope Community Gyms, 8230 47th Ave. N. And, MightyStars (ages 6 to 8) and SkillsStars (ages 8 to 11) volleyball classes are scheduled on Saturday afternoons at Robbinsdale Community Gyms or Monday evenings at New Hope Community Gyms. The resident fee for any of the six-week classes is $45. Call for details. 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 Teen Driver Safety Minnesota teen drivers continue to be overrepresented in traffic crashes due to driver inexperience, distractions, speeding/risk-taking, and seat belt non-use. The greatest crash risk occurs during the first months of independent driving. The most common contributing factors in teen crashes is driver inattention/ distractions, failure to yield, illegal or unsafe speed, and following too closely. To reduce this risk of teen crashes, Minnesota implemented a graduated driver license system in 2008: • During the first six months of a provisional license, a person under 18 is prohibited from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. (with a few narrow exceptions). • And, the new licensee cannot operate a vehicle carrying more than one passenger under age 20 who is not a member of their immediate family. For the second six months, provisional license holders under 18 may have three non-family passengers under age 20. • Provisional license holders are also prohibited from using a cell phone while the vehicle is in operation. And, all Minnesota drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. The good news is that progress has been made. In 2004, 22.7 percent of all traffic crashes in Minnesota involved teens ages 15 to 19. By 2012, that number had dropped to 17 percent. Six Minnesota teens were killed in alcohol related crashes in 2012 – one of those was a teen drunk driver. A total of 1,121 teens ages 15 to 19 were arrested for drunk driving in Minnesota in 2012. While young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking alcohol, their crash risk is substantially higher when they do. This is especially true at low and moderate alcohol concentrations. Under the terms of Minnesota’s “Not A Drop” law, a person under age 21 who drives after drinking any amount of alcohol can lose their license for 30 to 180 days. Laws such as no cell phone use, no texting, primary seat belt, and nighttime and passenger limitations have helped reduce teen traffic deaths and injuries. This article was compiled from information on www.mnsafedriving.com

In the Pipeline, August 2013  
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