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Posted on: October 26, 2022

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 Community Corrections Director Receives Award

The board recognized Anoka County Community Corrections Director Dylan Warkentin for receiving a 2022 Jack Young Award for Excellence in Community Corrections during the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties Conference in late September. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Resolution Adopted Supporting Operation Green Light for Veterans

The board adopted a resolution noting Anoka County will be taking part in Operation Green Light for Veterans, a new initiative by the National Association of Counties that prompts counties to light their buildings green Nov. 7 to 13 as a way to show veterans that they are seen, appreciated and supported. Anoka County plans to light parts of the Government Center in downtown Anoka green during this time. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Anoka County Hosting Job Fair, Career Expo Nov. 1

The Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Ave., Anoka, will be hosting a job fair and career expo 1-5 p.m. Nov. 1. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the careers available in public service at the county. To read the news release on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.

Library Equipment Purchased

The board approved a contract with Bibliotheca LLC for the purchase of equipment and software for the day-to-day operations of all Anoka County Library checkout stations. The current equipment used is 13 years old and past end of life. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Amendments Approved for ‘Anoka Solution’ Road Project

The board approved two contract amendments related to the “Anoka Solution” interchange improvement projects on U.S. Highway 10/169 at the intersections of West Main Street, Fairoak Avenue and Thurston Avenue in the City of Anoka. These amendments allocate more state Local Road Improvement Program funds to this project for design, construction, and administration of the project. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.

Contract Approved for West Freeway Drive Project

The board approved a professional services contract with Bolton & Menk Inc. for the construction engineering and construction administration for the reconstruction and realignment of West Freeway Drive, north of Lake Drive, in the City of Columbus. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.

Housing Services Contract Approved for those with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse Issues

Since 1996, Anoka County, The Anoka County Community Action Program, and a service provider have partnered for an enhanced board and lodge program with support services for those living with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. In July of last year, the county’s previous service provider ended their contract with the county to operate the Columbia Heights facility. Due to this, the county searched for another service provider, and Missions, Inc. was awarded the contract. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Jail Management System to be Replaced

The board approved a contract with The ActOne Group for the purchase of a new jail management system, which will consist of jail management, corrections, and workhouse management, warrant services and processing, and justice/civil services processing. The current system is more than 15 years old and is not providing needed functionality. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Gifts Accepted for Anoka County Veterans Services

The board accepted six checks, totaling $665, from six businesses and two individuals for the Anoka County Veterans Services Office. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Voting Machines Tested

Commissioner Mandy Meisner, chair of the Property Records and Taxation Committee, noted on Oct. 25 the county had performed an accuracy test on the county’s voting equipment. She also encouraged residents to learn about opportunities to vote early. This information is posted on the county’s WEBSITE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce Donates $2,500

The board accepted a $2,500 donation from the Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce that will be used towards the security provided by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit at the Freedom Festival in Ham Lake. For more information on this item, click HERE.

To watch the full board meeting, click HERE.

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