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Posted on: October 24, 2019

County Board Briefs — 10-22-19

Law Library Director Receives Statewide Award

The board commended John Murphy, Anoka County Law Library Director, for being recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as an “Unsung Legal Hero” for the work he’s done to enhance the library’s services. Minnesota Lawyer is an independent publication dedicated to providing legal news, court opinions and more. Murphy was one of only 20 people statewide to win this award. To view the video on this item, click HERE.

Cultural Day Celebration Recapped

Commissioner Mandy Meisner, along with fellow Anoka County Cultural Committee members Mike Roff, Darin McGowan and Eileen Waterman, provided a wrap-up presentation about the county’s first Cultural Day Celebration, which took place Sept. 10. This event at the Anoka County Government Center featured ethnic food trucks, artists, and vendors. The aim of the event was to identify commonalities and appreciate differences. To view the video on this item, click HERE.

Board Supports Grant Funding for Enhanced Mobility 

The board adopted a contract with MnDOT to support funding for a grant to study transportation services for enhanced mobility of seniors and people with disabilities. The total amount of the grant is $150,000, which includes a local match of $30,000. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Money Saved by Refinancing Bonds 

The board approved the issuance and sale of general obligation capital improvement plan refunding bonds in the amount of $10,690,000. This resulted in an interest cost savings of $962,000 over the life of the bonds. The board conducted a similar action with housing development revenue refunding bonds that resulted in a cost savings of about $680,000. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Board Accepts Funds for Homeless Services, Prevention 

The board accepted an amendment to the Minnesota Housing Grant in the amount of $906,514 for Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Services through Sept. 30, 2021. The county had received an additional $259,920 to make the total award. Because of this funding allocation, the county was able to amend homelessness prevention and assistance contracts with the Salvation Army and the Emma B. Howe YMCA. For more information on this item, click HERE.

McPherson Appointed County Engineer

The board appointed Joe McPherson as Anoka County Engineer by a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Meisner voted in opposition. McPherson, who has been with the county as assistant county engineer since 2016, replaces Doug Fischer, who retired from the county in October. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.


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