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Posted on: December 26, 2019

County Board Briefs — 12-17-19

County IT Department Receives Two ‘Golden GOVIT’ Awards 

The Anoka County Information Technology Department recently received two “Golden GOVIT” awards for innovations that reduce waste, save time and make people’s lives easier. Application developers Tom Rogers and Charles Kolstad were the individuals behind the projects that led to these awards. Read the press release HERE. Watch the video on this item HERE.

Economic Assistance Staff Win SNAP Awards

Anoka County Economic Assistance staff received three awards from the Minnesota Department of Human Services for work that was completed to improve the county’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Watch the video on this item HERE.

Gifts Accepted for Medlink Luncheon

The board accepted donations from 21 local organizations for the Oct. 22 Medlink Luncheon, which was organized to thank the volunteer drivers who make the county’s Medlink program possible. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Right-of-Way Projects Approved in Anoka and Ramsey

The board approved several actions that related to right-of-way construction along Highway 47 and Bunker Lake Boulevard in the cities of Anoka and Ramsey. This project is scheduled for construction in 2021. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Reconstruction of 125th Avenue in Blaine Approved

A joint powers agreement between Anoka County and the City of Blaine was approved for the reconstruction of 125th Avenue between Aberdeen Street and Radisson Road in Blaine. This project is scheduled for construction in 2020. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Aquatic Invasive Species Aid Program Renewed for 2020

The board approved the renewal of the Aquatic Invasive Species County Aid Program in 2020. In 2019, through this program, 15 watercraft inspectors were hired. These seasonal employees conducted a total of 14,949 inspections and identified 672 drain plug violations, and 244 plant violations. They also worked closely with local schools to teach about the importance of inspections, so invasive species don’t spread from one body of water to another. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Medical Examiner’s Office to Implement New Case Management System 

Due to the need for new and evolving technologies, the board approved a contract with VeriQ Software, LLC for a new case management system at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. This new system will include the ability to attach documents, images and x-rays to a case. Currently, if a doctor needs to review a case, he or she must use multiple systems to review all pertinent information, which adds complexity to managing case files. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Reappointment Vote Postponed

The board decided to postpone a vote on the reappointment of a member to the Rice Creek Watershed District until the March 10, 2020 board meeting. Currently, the District 6 Anoka County Board commissioner seat is vacant, and that post should be filled by Feb. 25. Several board members noted they’d like to have input on this appointment from the new District 6 commissioner. To watch the video on this item, click HERE

Board Provides Summary of 6-month Administrator Review

The board provided a summary of the 6-month review it conducted of county administrator Rhonda Sivarajah. The review took place Dec. 6; the meeting was closed, as is authorized by Minnesota State Statute. Ongoing performance reviews will now be conducted annually. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

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