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Posted on: September 28, 2020

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Job Training Center Staff Receive Award

The board recognized the Anoka County Job Center staff for receiving a Promising Practices Award from the Minnesota Association of Workforce Boards. This award was for the staff’s development of a Cohort Model for Incumbent Worker program that seeks to remedy a problematic worker training situation in the county. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. 

New Job Training Center Resources Available

Nicole Swanson, director of the Anoka County Job Training Center, provided the board with an update on the Job Training Center’s COVID Transportation program, which can help people with car repairs, it’s virtual platform, and a new resource available to career-seekers called Coursera. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The board proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Month and detailed the work and resources offered by Alexandra House and the Dwelling Place–– two area organizations that advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in Anoka County. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. For more information on Alexandra House, click HERE. For more information about The Dwelling Place, click HERE.

Community Feedback Needed for Domestic Violence Survey

 Justin Navratil, Anoka County health program planner and policy analyst, and Kassy Podvin, Anoka County prevention outreach coordinator, spoke about a roundtable group that is planning some activities to help raise awareness of domestic violence and encouraging community feedback through an online survey that the group has developed. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. To access the survey, click HERE.

Oct. 8 Proclaimed Family Promise Day in Anoka County

In recognition of the essential work Family Promise does in Anoka County, the board proclaimed Oct. 8 Family Promise Day in Anoka County. Family Promise has been operating in Anoka County since 2010; it’s mission is to provide temporary shelter, hospitality, and case management to assist families experiencing homelessness in our area achieve housing independence. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

Parking Restrictions Established on Roadway Along Coon Lake

Due to overcrowding at Coon Lake County Park and cars subsequently parking along Lexington Avenue when the parking lot is full, the board adopted a resolution restricting parking along the north side of Lexington Ave., from about 500 feet west of the access to the park to about 500 feet east of the access. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Assistive Voting Devices Purchased

The board approved the purchase of an assistive voting device for Anoka County Elections. All polling places in Minnesota must provide at least one assistive voting device that conforms to federal requirements. The county’s current assistive technology, which has been in place since 2006, is outdated. The new device will be the OmniBallot Tablet. For more information on this item, click HERE.

 Flat 2021 Preliminary Property Tax Levy Approved

The board approved a preliminary 2021 property tax levy that is no increase from the 2020 final levy. The levy can be further decreased before it is approved in December, but it cannot increase. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

CARES Act items Approved

The board approved several Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act items, including the purchase of a digital engagement platform, audio-visual equipment to aid in social distancing and mobile dispatch technology for 911 operators. For more information on this item, click HERE.

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