Imagine a City that works proactively to build connections with its citizens, provides excellent service, retains effective staff, engages in effective long-term financial planning and keeps its tax levy competitive. This type of city does not just exist in your imagination; it actual exists in reality. Welcome to the City of New Brighton! I invite you to learn about our great city. New Brighton is a community that has well connected and safe neighborhoods, outstanding schools, well-maintained infrastructure and highly trained, competent staff.
While our past three citizen surveys will tell you that, our residents are very satisfied with their core services. Nine in ten residents rate New Brighton a desirable place to live, a desirable place to raise children and that the quality of the City’s services are excellent or good. Results are what matter and when you consider the strength of a community and the quality of life the residents enjoy. New Brighton is a results oriented organization.
New Brighton typically finishes in the top 5 in National Night Out nation-wide rankings oftentimes boasting 130 to 145 neighborhood parties. Our great city is only one of a handful of cities to have won two International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing awards in the world. We are working towards reinvesting in our 13 city parks and creating greater connection between those parks with trails. New Brighton also is home to Ramsey County’s Long Lake Regional Park which is one of the busiest parks in the County. When you compare the tax levy of New Brighton with its nine other comparable cities, New Brighton’s tax levy is second lowest. Great service and quality of life at competitive prices; sounds amazing. That is the New Brighton way though.
As Mayor, I am very pleased with these results. New Brighton’s work is not done yet, in fact, our work is never done. Maintaining New Brighton’s current levels of exceptionalism takes eternal vigilance. Continuing to build on our existing successes takes even more hard work. Moving into the future, New Brighton is committed to finding new ways to engage its public. Whether it’s our redesigned website and newsletter, our neighborhood and community open house meetings, or moving our odd year elections to the even years, New Brighton will continue to work hard to connect with our residents and that is what will make New Brighton the preferred place to live, work and play.
Drinking Water Updates
In May 2016, New Brighton started construction on the Minneapolis Interconnection, which will connect the Minneapolis Hilltop Reservoir to New Brighton’s water distribution system at Water Treatment Plant 1. New 18 and 24-inch pipes were installed to allow for delivery of up to 6 million gallons per day (MGD); that will replace the capacity of New Brighton’s Mount Simon Hinckley Wells, which supply a maximum of 4.5 MGD. The additional capacity will ensure that we can supply a safe, reliable source of water for the next two years, until the expansion of Water Treatment Plant 1 is completed in fall of 2018. The Minneapolis Interconnection will also serve as an emergency back-up supply after Water Treatment Plant 1 resumes operations in 2018.
With the Minneapolis Interconnection in place, New Brighton has changed its primary water source from the Mount Simon Hinckley wells to Minneapolis Water. New Brighton and Minneapolis have worked with the Minnesota Department of Health on the transition process. To account for the chemical differences between surface water and groundwater, New Brighton is feeding the same anti-corrosion chemicals that Minneapolis uses into the existing pipe network.