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Posted on: September 30, 2022

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October Proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The board adopted a resolution proclaiming October 2022 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Anoka County.  On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner; during one year, this equates to more than 10 million men and women. During the meeting, the board talked about the victim services offered by the Dwelling Place and Alexandra House. Connie Moore, the executive director at Alexandra House, spoke about her organization. To watch the presentation, click HERE. 

New Human Resources Management System Now Live

Anoka County’s new human resources management system, known as Workday, is now live. Implementing this system was a several-year process –– Workday will make many of the county’s day-to-day processes more streamlined, which will save time and money, allowing staff to better serve the public. To watch the presentation, click HERE. 

Donations to Library Accepted

The board accepted donations from Lillian Beck ($250), Goodwill ($1,548.25) and Julie Linnihan ($1,000) for the Anoka County Library. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Agreement Approved for Intersection Improvements at 109th Ave.

The board approved a local road improvement agreement amendment for interchange improvements at Highway 65 and 109th Avenue in the City of Blaine. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Agreement Approved for Improvements on Lino Lakes, Shoreview Roads

The board approved entering into a joint powers agreement with the city of Lino Lakes for improvements to the intersection of Hodgson Road and County Road 32/County Road J/Ash Street, in the cities of Lino Lakes and Shoreview. Construction on this project is currently scheduled to being in spring of 2023. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Purchase of Service Agreement Approved for Sunfish Lake Blvd., Ramsey Blvd. 

The board approved two purchase of service agreements with Bolton & Menk for grade-separated interchange design services at Sunfish Lake and Ramsey boulevards on U.S. Highway 10/169 in the City of Ramsey. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Contracts Approved for Construction of Emergency Communications Center

The board approved a package of contracts for the construction of a new emergency communications center, estimated at $22,274,000. The county allocated $20 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars towards this project. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Grant to Fund Home Visiting Program 

The Minnesota Department of Health awarded Anoka County a five-year grant in the amount of $684,380 for the Strong Foundations Evidenced-based Family Home Visiting Program. Through the County’s Public Health and Environmental Services Department, the grant will be used to improve and promote child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce crime and intimate partner violence, and more. For more information on this item, click HERE.

County Network Switches to be Replaced

The board approved obtaining professional services for network core switch replacement from Insight Public Sector, Inc. Data center switches are extremely important pieces of the county’s IT infrastructure –– they are redundant devices that oversee and allow for county data to be access and processed quickly and securely. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.

Review of Elections Procedures Conducted

During the Internal Audit Committee report, Commissioner Matt Look said the committee conducted a review of elections procedures during the committee meeting Sept. 12. He noted key controls were evaluated and validated, and no exceptions were found to those processes. Overall, the audit found Anoka County elections procedures to be secure. He also said it was noted during the meeting that county voting machines are never connected to the internet. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Board Approves Flat 2023 Preliminary Levy

The board approved a flat preliminary 2023 property tax levy  –– this was the third consecutive year the levy amount did not increase. To read the news release on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.




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