New Hope has an elected 7-member Borough Council which plays a central role in borough government. Council sets policy, enacts legislation, adopts budgets, controls expenditures, appoints advisory commissions and boards, and hires employees. Council members are elected to four year terms, with either 3 or 4 members up for election every two years.
Council elects a president, vice-president, and president pro tem from its ranks. The president, in cooperation with council, establishes standing committees and makes appointments thereto. These standing committees generally consider all matters pertaining to a particular area of public policy, such as land use regulation, historic preservation, or recreation, and make recommendations to the full council.
The New Hope Mayor, Laurence D. Keller, has several roles: he works with the Police Chief to set police policy and work rules and is responsible for emergency proclamations. He attends council meetings and generally votes when there is a tie. The Mayor also represents the Borough in local functions and events and may perform weddings.
Standing Committees and Liaisons
Park & Recreation Board Liaison - Laurie McHugh
Shade Tree Commission Liaison - Laurie McHugh
The Shade Tree Commission liaison assists the Shade Tree Commission in overseeing the care and proper maintenance of the Borough's street trees and reviews the Shade Tree Commission's proposed tree planting program.
Revitalization Committee Liaisons - Connie Gering and Joe Franlin
1. The liaisons serve as Council's representatives on the Revitalization Committee.
2. The liaisons assist the Revitalization Committee in preserving, enhancing and
revitalizing the Borough's infrastructure and unique natural, cultural, historic and
3. The liaisons also assist the Committee in identifying significant community needs,
assessing available grant programs and similar resources, and in developing
improvement projects of significant benefit to the Borough.
The Park and Recreation Board liaison assists the Board in exercising general oversight of park and recreation activities and issues, as well as the conditions of the Borough's park system including all park facilities.
Land Use and Historic Preservation Committee
HARB Liaison - Ken Maisel
Zoning Hearing Board Liaison - Claire Shaw
Planning Commission Liaison - Alison Kingsley
The Land Use and Historic Preservation Committee consists of three members of Council, each assigned as a liaison to a specific board or commission, i.e., the Historical Architectural Review Board, the Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board. The committee presents to Council all land use and historic preservation applications and issues such as pending Zoning Hearing Board appeals, land development applications, subdivision applications, land development waiver applications, proposed land use ordinance and HARB ordinance amendments, and conditional use and special exception applications. The committee may also offer comments and recommendations on such applications to Council.
Regular meetings of the New Hope Borough Council are held at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the New Hope Borough Community Room, located at 125 New Street. Executive sessions are held prior to the regular meetings at 6 p.m. in the Borough office building at 123 New Street. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. For up-to-date public meeting information on all Council meetings and Borough committee and board meetings, consult the Notices & Meetings Page of this web site. The public is encouraged to attend and to participate fully at all public meetings.
Next Council Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the New Hope Community Meeting Room, 125 New Street.
February 21, 2017 Agenda
Recent and archived Council meeting minutes are available on the Council Meeting Minutes page.
Council Resolution urging State and Federal Lawmakers to enact stronger protections against gun violence.