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Posted on: April 30, 2020

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Board Recognizes Peace Officers 

The board recognized all Anoka County peace officers as part of National Peace Officers Week, which this year is May 10 to 16. Law enforcement in Anoka County is composed of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and 11 other agencies that dutifully serve the citizens of the county. To watch the presentation, click HERE.

Board Recognizes Correctional Employees

The board recognized all county correctional employees as part of National Correctional Officers Week, which this year is May 5 to 11. These brave men and women serve as detention deputies, corrections officers and other employees at the county’s jail and correctional facilities to provide humane conditions to inmates. To watch the presentation, click HERE.

Several Transportation Items Approved

Three items under the highway division and two under transit were approved. The first highway item was the award of a contract to North Valley, Inc. for the countywide overlay program in the cities of Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Ham Lake, St. Francis, Nowthen and Linwood Township. The second was the approval of an agreement with Bolton & Menk for design services related to the construction of a new interchange at U.S. Highway 10/169 and Ramsey Boulevard and a grade-separated crossing at the adjacent BNSF railroad. The third was a joint powers agreement with the city of Ramsey to perform a corridor study on Bunker Lake Boulevard, between Armstrong Boulevard and Sunfish Lake Boulevard. The first transit item was approval of an agreement with WSB & Associates to conduct a transit needs study; the second was an agreement between the county and Transit Inc., for operation of regular route transit. For more information on these items, click HERE.

Grant Agreement Approved for COVID-19 Emergency Response Funds

The board approved a Minnesota Department of Human Services, Office of Economic Opportunity, grant agreement for COVID-19 emergency response funds. This action was the result of the State Legislature passing a $330-million emergency funding package to help counties during the coronavirus crisis. Anoka County will receive $272,950 for a 30-day period to help people struggling to find shelter in which to isolate during this time. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Grant Agreement Approved for Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Project 

The board approved a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs, for the 2020 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the number of untested/unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits held by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office identified in a 2015 statewide survey. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. For more information on this item, click HERE.

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.

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