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Posted on: September 12, 2019

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Bunker Beach Staff, Other Responders Recognized for Lifesaving Actions

Several Bunker Beach Water Park Staff and other first responders were recognized at the meeting for their heroic actions the morning of Aug. 7 that resulted in saving the life of a 2-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in a closed pool during Bunker’s Tot Time program. The boy and his family were present for the meeting to thank the responders. Click HERE to watch the video of the presentation.

Event Scheduled to Help the Homeless 

The board noted this year’s Anoka Community Connect Event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Church of St. Timothy, 707 89th Ave. NE, in Blaine. This event gives people who are struggling to find stable housing access to resources and services that can make a difference in their daily lives. It includes free haircuts, flu shots, blood pressure checks, housing information and more. Also part of Anoka Community Connect is a hiring event that will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To watch the video about this event, click HERE.


  • All action items were approved unanimously. 

Columbia Heights Pursuing TIF Financing for Downtown Project 

Aaron Chirpich, City of Columbia Heights Community Development director, gave a presentation to the board for informational purposes about a redevelopment project in the city at Central Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE in the city. The proposal is for a developer — Atlas LLC — to build a 250 to 275 luxury apartment unit complex with underground and street-level parking. A new city hall building could also be located in this location. Columbia Heights can set up a tax increment financing district for the area, but the county needed to approve a shortened public hearing notice, as normally public hearings on TIF districts need to be noticed at least 30 days prior to the meeting. The hearing on the proposed TIF district is 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at Columbia Heights City Hall. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

New Position Added to Human Services 

The board approved the addition of a 1.0 full-time-equivalent waiver coordinator position to the Community Social Services and Behavioral Health department. There has only been one waiver coordinator since 2002, and since that time the county has seen a 987 percent increase in case loads for this position. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Donations to Veteran Services Accepted 

Anoka County accepted donations from Smokey’s Pub, Hidden Haven Country Club, E.J’s Inc., Ham Lake Lanes, Fridley American Legion, and the Coon Rapids VFW Auxiliary for the county’s Veteran Services Department. In total, these businesses and organizations donated $3,320 in support of veterans.

Rum River Trail Plan Amended 

The board approved a resolution of support for the Rum River Trail Master Plan Amendment. There are two proposed changes to the trail — the first is to eliminate an at-grade crossing of the trail at Bridge Street in St. Francis and have the trail pass underneath the road, thus improving safety. The second change would be to realign the trail north of the county park, closer to the river, so there is a better sight line for users of the trail. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Engineering Services for Bunker Beach Wave Pool Approved 

The board awarded a contract to 292 Design Group for engineering services related to construction on the wave pool at Bunker Beach Water Park in Coon Rapids. Funding for this project will come from the Metropolitan Council’s Legacy Grant and the Anoka County Capital Investment Project. Construction is anticipated to begin after the 2020 pool season and be finished by 2021. In addition to fixes to the mechanisms that control the waves, having the pool heated is part of the planned improvements. For more information on this item, click HERE.

First Cultural Day Celebration Held at Government Center 

The inaugural Cultural Day Celebration was held at the Anoka County Government Center following the board meeting. The event, which was open to county staff and the public, included food trucks that served various kinds of ethnic fare and information tables that covered a variety of different cultures that call Anoka County home.

To watch the full video of the board meeting, click HERE.

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