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Posted on: October 27, 2021

County Board Briefs — 10-26-21

IT Director Says Positions Available in Anoka County

Anoka County Information and Technology Director Susan Vreeland presented the board with a list of upcoming initiatives by her department, and she noted positions are available in the county’s IT department. About 60 percent of the IT department is at or near retirement age, so positions are opening as employees retire, and as other employees move onto different opportunities. To view Anoka County job openings, visit governmentjobs.com/careers/anoka 

Highway 610, East River Road Interchange to be Improved

The board approved a resolution authorizing a local road improvement program agreement with the City of Coon Rapids for improvements to the Highway 610 and East River Road interchange. Anoka County has received $1.5 million in bond funds through the state for preliminary engineering, environmental analysis, and final design of the interchange. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Resolution Approved for Tax-Exempt Bond Reimbursement

The board approved a resolution that declares the intent of Anoka County to reimburse certain expenditures related to the proceeds of tax-exempt bonds. This action was in relation to the proposed parking ramp and emergency communication dispatch center. The resolution does not authorize issuance of bonds, and only allows the county to reimburse itself up to $95 million. The county may choose to issue tax-exempt bonds for less or not issue any tax-exempt bonds at all. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Contract Approved for Street Outreach Services

The board approved a contract with Guild Services of St. Paul for street outreach services. Anoka County Community Social Services and Behavioral Health has been awarded $480,000 in Emergency Service Program Funds through June 30, 2023, from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to use for street outreach services to help the homeless in the Anoka County. Guild Services will be adding 1.5 FTE outreach staff to complement their current PATH program build a comprehensive homeless outreach program in Anoka County. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Grant Contract Amended for COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Implementation

The state of Minnesota was allocated federal funding to pass to community health boards for COVID-19 vaccine implementation and COVID-19 response. The original contract was for $1,699,124 for April 1 to Dec. 31 of 2021. The amendment will increase the award by $1,547,149, for a total grant award of $3,246,273 and extends the end date to Dec. 31, 2023. This grant provides funding for COVID-19 response, monitoring, recovery, vaccination implementation and distribution and promotion of vaccine confidence to increase vaccine uptake. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Feasibility Study for City Water in Red Oaks

Commissioner Mandy Meisner, during her Property Records and Taxation Report, noted the city of Andover is conducting a feasibility study for running city water through the Red Oaks Development, due to a groundwater contamination issue. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. 

 Two K-9 Officers Retire  

The board approved a resolution allowing the retirement and transfer of ownership of two Anoka County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

 Leth Appointed Economic Assistance Director

The board appointed Jessica G. Leth as the new Economic Assistance director. Leth has been an economic assistance manager for six years, an economic assistance supervisor for four years and a financial assistance specialist for six years. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

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