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Posted on: June 28, 2022

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Attorneys Receive Awards from Bar Association

The board recognized Anoka County attorneys Tony Palumbo and Anne Zimmerman for receiving awards from the Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section. Palumbo, who has worked for the Anoka County Attorney’s Office for 45 years, the last 11 as county’s lead attorney, was given the Douglas K. Amdahl Career Achievement Award.  Zimmerman, an attorney in the county’s Civil Division-Protective Services Unit, was presented with the Public Attorney Award of Excellence in Civil Law from the Association. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

Market Rate Adjustment Approved for Attorney’s Office 

Following years of recruitment, hiring and retention problems due to low pay, the County Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the county’s Human Resources Office, conducted a detailed market study and found that the office’s pay rates were considerably lower than market for most comparable positions. The board voted to increase compensation rates in accordance with the study. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Hodgson Road to be Improved

The board adopted a resolution authorizing acquisition of right-of-way for improvements to the intersection of Hodgson Road, Highway 32 and Highway 1 in the cities of Shoreview and Lino Lakes. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Agreement Approved for ‘Anoka Solution’

The board adopted a resolution authorizing Anoka County to enter into a local road improvement program agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the “Anoka Solution” interchange project on U.S. Highway 10/169, at the intersection of West Main Street, Fairoak Avenue and Thurston Avenue, in the City of Anoka. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Alpine Drive to be Improved 

Improvements at the intersection of Armstrong Boulevard and Alpine Drive in the City of Ramsey are now on the road construction docket following the board approving a joint powers agreement with Ramsey. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Second Phase of Countywide Overlay Program Approved 

The cities of Andover, Blaine, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Lino Lakes and Ramsey will have overlay projects completed on some of their roadways as a result of the board approving a contract with Bituminous Roadways, Inc. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Coon Rapids Boulevard to be Improved

The board approved awarding a contract to Forest Lake Contracting, Inc. for intersection improvements on Coon Rapids Boulevard, at Blackfoot Street, in the City of Coon Rapids. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Donation Accepted from Centerville Lions Club

The Centerville Lions Club donated $500 to the Anoka County Parks Department from money raised during the club’s annual fishing contest. This donation will go to help support park operations at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

County Seeking Grant Funds for Banfill Locke Historic House

In 2020, Anoka County hired Collaborative Design to conduct a condition assessment on the Banfill historic house. That assessment determined the structure would need a new roof and siding. To pay for these fixes, the board adopted a resolution supporting a Minnesota Historical Society grant application. If this grant is awarded, construction would occur in 2023. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Contract Awarded for Archaeological Evaluation Along Trail Site

The county has $500,000 in state bonding funds to design and engineer a segment of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail from Golden Elementary School to Baldwin Park in Circle Pines. Since this project is located along Rice Creek, a known area for archaeological resource, the board approved a contract with 106 Group LTD for an archeological evaluation to be performed along the proposed trail route. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Trainer Reduces Fee as Donation for K-9 Program 

The board accepted a fee reduction donation from K-9 grainer Mark McDonough. McDonough usually charges $17,500 for the purchase and training of a new K-9 officer. He reduced that fee by $10,000 for the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office’s next K-9 officer. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


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