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Posted on: December 16, 2020

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Jam Hops Named Small Business of the Year

The board recognized local business Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory for winning the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, which was presented to the business at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Big Week for Small Business virtual summit in early October. Jam Hops was one of more than 700 applicants for the award. To watch the presentation on this item, click HERE.

Local Man Recognized for Service to Homeless

The board recognized Fridley’s Bill Jechorek for his service to the homeless over the past 20 years. During that time, Jechorek has organized sock drives that have resulted in more than 100,000 pairs of socks being distributed to the homeless. To watch the presentation on this item, click HERE.

Bridge Work to Commence in Coon Rapids, Oak Grove 

The board approved an agreement with HDR, Inc. for consultant design services for the rehabilitation/replacement of the bridge on Coon Creek Boulevard, over Coon Creek, in the City of Coon Rapids. The board also approved the rehabilitation and widening of the bridge on Viking Boulevard, over the Rum River, in the City of Oak Grove. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Agreement Reached with MnDOT for Reconstruction of Foley Boulevard 

The board adopted a resolution authorizing Anoka County to enter into an advance construction agreement with MnDOT for the reconstruction of Foley Boulevard between East River Road and Coon Rapids Boulevard in the City of Coon Rapids. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Board Accepts Grant for Housing Assistance 

The board entered into a grant contract with the UCARE Foundation for one-time housing related assistance funding. This grant funding will support health equity efforts through assisting individuals with fiscal challenges and provide opportunity to stabilize their housing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Board Approves Purchase of Tech for Telephone Service 

The board approved a purchase from Onvoy LLC for Session Initiation Protocol telelphony services. This technology has several advantages, one of which is the ability to ramp up phone service, when needed, and bring it back down, when needed, so there’s less instance of phone lines being jammed and service not being available because of a high volume of calls. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

2021 Legislative Platform Approved

The board approved the 2021 Anoka County legislative platform. To view the platform, click HERE.

Guidelines to Prevent, Reduce Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Adopted 

The board adopted a resolution of support for preventing and reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species in accordance with guidelines and funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Contract Approved for Rum River Erosion Control 

The board approved a contract with the Anoka Conservation District for erosion control along the Rum River, which includes riverbank stabilization, water quality enhancements and fish and wildlife habitat improvements. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

New Library Director Appointed

The board appointed Colleen Haubner as the new Anoka County Library director. Haubner has served in various capacities for the YMCA, most recently as the executive director of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities – New Hope. She comes to Anoka County with more than 30 years of experience. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Update Given on CARES Act Spending

Anoka County Finance and Central Services Director Cory Kampf gave the board an update on Anoka County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act spending, now that the county is closing out its CARES Act spending. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.

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