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Posted on: February 14, 2022

County Board Briefs –– 2-8-22

Board Remembers Former Commissioner Al Kordiak

During chair’s remarks, Commissioner Scott Schulte took some time to talk about former Anoka County Commissioner Al Kordiak, who recently passed away. Kordiak was a pillar of the board and the community, serving a total of 32 years from 1954 to 1986, representing District 4. Kordiak was perhaps best known for his role in creating the Anoka County Parks system, the first system of its kind in the state. To watch the presentation, click HERE.

Amended Contract Approved Related to Human Resources Management System

The board approved an amended contract with Collaborative Solutions, the implementation provider for Anoka County’s new human resources management system called Workday. This contract is not to exceed $975,000. The initial schedule for this system included an estimated go-live date near the end of 2021. In December of last year, staff were confronted with a untenable situation regarding the integrity of payroll execution, which has resulted in the amended contract with Collaborative Solutions and a new go-live timeframe in 2022. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Detour Agreement Approved for Highway 10 Construction

The board adopted a resolution authorizing Anoka County to enter into a detour agreement with MnDOT to provide for payment by MnDOT to Anoka County for the use of 7th Avenue and Bunker Lake boulevard as a detour route in the city of Anoka during Highway 10 construction. This is to facilitate the reconstruction of the U.S. Highway 10 bridge over the Rum River and for the reconstruction of the Highway 10/169 interchange in 2022 and 2023. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Right-of-Way Acquired for Bridge Widening in Oak Grove

The board adopted a resolution authorizing acquisition of right-of-way for the rehabilitation and widening of a bridge on Viking Boulevard over the Rum River in the city of Oak Grove. This project is scheduled for construction in spring of 2023. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Professional Services Contract Approved for Sunfish Lake Blvd. Improvements

The board approved entering into a professional services contract with Bolton and Menk, Inc. for the design services associated with improvements at the at-grade U.S. Highway 10/169 and Sunfish Lake Boulevard intersection and adjacent at-grade BSNF railroad crossing the in the city of Ramsey. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Donation from Angel Dress Program Accepted

Anoka County, through the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, has accepted a generous donation of clothing from the Angel Dress Program, which repurposes old wedding dresses and gowns into infant or fetus-sized outfits for parents who have lost a young child or children. The clothing is provided free of charge to families that want to host a funeral or viewing following a fetal or infant autopsy. To watch the presentation on this item, click HERE. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Veterans Support Network Established

The board established a Veterans Support Network by restructuring the Veterans Programs Advisory Board. The aim of this change is to be more inclusive of several veterans organization. To watch the video on this item, click HERE. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Donation Accepted for Reidel Farmhouse

The board accepted a donation from Nick Roberts and the Roberts family in the amount of $10,000 for improvements of the Reidel farmhouse, located in Riverfront Regional Park. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Connexus Donation Accepted

The board accepted a $25,000 donation from Connexus for the natural and cultural history programming at Wargo Nature Center. This grant funds the annual Wildlife Outreach Program and Heritage Lab program. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Redistricting Principles Established

The board adopted a resolution establishing its principles for redistricting, which are:

  • County is divided into as many districts as there are members of the county board. 
  • Districts are bounded by town, municipal, ward or precinct lines. 
  • Districts are composed of contiguous territory as regular and compact in form as practicable. 
  • Districts as nearly equal in population as possible (no more than 10 percent variation from average).
  • A majority of the least populous districts cannot contain less than a majority of the county population. 

Other considerations 

  • No city represented by a majority of commissioners. 
  • Preserve communities of interest, including citizens with similar social, geographic, political, cultural, ethnic, economic or other interests. 
  • Districts drawn without the purpose of either protecting or defeating incumbents. 
  • Anticipating future growth.

 To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

 To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.

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