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Posted on: May 13, 2020

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Board Recognizes Nurses 

The board recognized National Nurses Week in Anoka County by honoring the men and women who serve our society in this role. As part of this presentation, Anoka County Human Services Division Manager Cindy Cesare spoke about the role of the county’s Public Health Department and also lauded all community nurses providing care during the coronavirus pandemic. To watch the presentation, click HERE.

Watermain Construction Agreement Approved

The board approved entering into a joint powers agreement with the City of Columbia Heights to construct a new watermain under 49th Avenue NE, between 7th Street and Washington Street. The cost of the watermain is to be paid for by the city. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Company Selected for Trail Improvement Project

Peterson Companies, out of Chisago City, was awarded a contract by the board for the Islands of Peace Trail Improvement Project. This project will reduce the amount impervious surfaces on the island and reconstruct a degraded culvert system. This project is being funded through a Metropolitan Council Regional Parks Grants and a Mississippi Watershed Organization grant. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Support Given for Regional Parks System Additions 

The board authorized a resolution of support for an application to the Metropolitan Council for regional parks system additions for two parks in Anoka County: Coon Lake County Park and the creation of a park that encompasses Rum River Central Regional Park, Rum River North and Rum River South County Parks and the Rum River Water Trail into one cohesive regional park unit. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Block Grant Plan Approved

The board approved the adoption of a resolution approving Anoka County’s 2020 Annual Action Plan and the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program. Anoka County will be receiving $1,585,888 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in CDBG funding. The consolidated plan is used to determine which projects will receive the CDBG dollars. The Community Development Block Grant program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons, according to HUD. For more information on this item, click HERE.

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.

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