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Posted on: June 1, 2022

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County to Sell Parcel of Land in Ramsey

The board approved the sale of county-owned property at 8175 Riverdale Dr. NW in the City of Ramsey. This is land that was originally acquired through condemnation for the purpose of constructing the Armstrong Boulevard Interchange. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Professional Services Agreement Approved for Anoka Solution

The board approved entering into a revised professional services agreement as a sub-client with the City of Anoka for construction administration services related to the Anoka Solution, which is the interchange improvement project on U.S. Highway 10/169 at the intersection of West Main Street, Fairoak Avenue, and Thurston Avenue in Anoka. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Performance Measurement Program Approved 

The board approved a performance measurement program through the State of Minnesota. Since 2010, the state has offered the county $25,000 annually to participate in the program, which involves collecting information from various departments. Information collected includes deputy response times, how long it takes to clear snow during a storm, life expectancy, accuracy of a post-election audit, and more. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

County Applies for Mental Health Grant 

In 2020, the county applied for the Adult Mental Health Initiative Grant and Community Support Program Grant funding through the Department of Human Services and was awarded $765,075 for the first grant for 2021-22 and $615,721 for the second grant. The county is reapplying for these grants for 2023-24. If they are awarded, the county plans to use these dollars for a variety of mental health services, such as a mental health drop-in center, supported employment, peer support recovery groups, housing services, and more. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

County Applies for Adult Mobile Crisis Services

Through the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the board is applying for grant funding that will serve to support the county with technology, recruitment, training and staffing, allowing for increased capacity to take more calls and respond to individuals in crisis. For more information on this item, click HERE

Grant Renewed for Enhanced Treatment Program 

The board approved a contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services for renewed grant funding for the Enhanced Treatment Program. The grant includes $125,000 annually for the next five state fiscal years. This program began in 2006 and has been providing long-term substance abuse case management and recovery support to women struggling with addition who have with addition. The target population is women involved in Child Protection or criminal justice systems at risk of losing their children due to continued substance abuse. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

New Network Switches Purchased

The board approved the purchase of data center core network switches from Insight Public Sector, Inc. The current switches were purchased in 2012 and have reached end of life. Data network switches are extremely important pieces of the county’s IT infrastructure, as they form a centralized backbone that other devices, including routers, computers, and printers, use to communicate internally and over the internet. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

County to Recruit New Forensic Pathologist

Due to growth throughout its coverage area, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, located in Ramsey, is in need of an additional forensic pathologist. The board approved the office’s request to begin the process of recruiting a forensic pathologist. There is a shortage of professionals in this position nationwide, with recent studies showing a pool of only about 500 pathologists. The office hopes to add a forensic pathologist in the next 1 to 2 years. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Property Insurance Renewed

The board approved the renewal of property insurance from Chubb Group. The premium for June 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023 is $539,302. This is a premium increase of $60,948 from the previous policy year. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.  

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