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Posted on: April 28, 2022

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Board Recognizes Correctional Officers 

The board commended Anoka County’s correctional officers as part of National Correctional Officers Week, which this year is May 1 to 7. Also present to offer praise to the officers were Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart and Dylan Warkentin, Anoka County director of Community Corrections. To watch the video for this item, click HERE. 

Peace Officers Recognized 

National Peace Officers week is also in early May (11-17), so the board and Sheriff Stuart lauded Anoka County’s deputies and officers from its 11 other law enforcement agencies for their hard work and dedication to public safety. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

New Intersection to be Constructed at 7th, 143rd Avenues 

As part of a joint powers agreement, the cities of Anoka and Andover have partnered with Anoka County to design and construct a new intersection at 7th and 143rd avenues.  The project improvements include the addition of right and left turn lanes at 143rd  Avenue, the construction of a new traffic control signal system  at 143rd  and other associated improvements on  7th Avenue from Bunker Lake Boulevard to 145th Avenue. Construction is currently scheduled to commence this year. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Intersection Improvements Planned at Coon Rapids Blvd., Blackfoot St.

The board approved a joint powers agreement with the City of Coon Rapids for intersection improvements on Coon Rapids Boulevard at Blackfoot Street. The project will update the existing pedestrian accommodations to current ADA standards and reconstruct the existing traffic signal at this intersection. Construction is scheduled for this year. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

West Freeway Drive to be Realigned in Columbus

The board approved a joint powers agreement with the City of Columbus for the realignment of West Freeway Drive and improvements to Lamprey Pass (DNR roadway). Columbus’ portion of West Freeway Drive is the last project to be completed in association with the I-35/Highway 97 interchange improvements. This project is scheduled to start this summer and be completed by spring of 2023. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Contract Approved with Armored Car Service

The board approved a contract with a new armored car service for the secure transport of funds from the county’s cash-based locations to the bank for deposit into the county’s accounts. Anticipated improvements with this new contract include faster access to working capital; improved cash visibility and accountability; more efficient use of labor; improved security; improved accuracy and automation. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.

Grant Funding Awarded for Election Security

The board accepted a 2020 Help America Voting Act Election Security grant. Per statute, the grant funds must be used for improving accessibility, implementing security improvements for elections systems, and/or for funding other activities to improve the security of elections. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Donations Accepted for Public Safety

The board accepted a $7,500 donation from AKC Reunite, which will be used to assist in the training of one of the Sheriff’s Office K-9 teams. The board also accepted a $20,000 donation from Guy Lidstad and Jennifer Roth to assist in the purchase and training of a new K-9 officer. For more information on these items, click HERE.

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE. 

 

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