Transportation Department Thanked for Work During Snowstorm
Board Chair Matt Look expressed the board’s gratitude to the county’s Transportation Department for all their work in clearing the roads during the snowstorm last week, which dropped around a foot of snow on many places in the county. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.
Roundabout Planned at 125th Ave. NE/Sunset Ave. in Blaine and Lino Lakes
The board adopted two resolutions related to right-of-way acquisition for the construction of a roundabout at 125th Avenue NE/Main Street and Sunset Avenue in Blaine and Lino Lakes. This project is scheduled for construction in 2024. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Improvements Planned at Viking Blvd. between Highway 47/Rum River Blvd.
The board adopted two resolutions related to right-of-way acquisition for road improvement projects at Viking Boulevard, between Highway 47 and Rum River Boulevard, in Nowthen and Oak Grove. These improvements will include the installation of concrete on Viking Boulevard and Rum River Boulevard, the addition of right and left turn lanes at Quapaw Street and Kiowa Street, drainage system enhancements, pedestrian accommodations, and other improvements. This project is scheduled for construction in 2024. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Roundabout Planned at Viking Blvd. and Rum River Blvd. in Oak Grove
The board adopted a resolution authorizing the acquisition of right-of-way for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Viking Boulevard and Rum River Boulevard in Oak Grove. This project is scheduled for construction in 2024. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Joint Powers Agreement Approved with MnDOT for Highway 10 Work
The board adopted a resolution to enter into a joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the preliminary design, environmental documentation and final design services for the U.S. Highway 10 strategic mitigation congestion project from Hanson Boulevard to Round Lake Boulevard in Coon Rapids. Proposed improvement include constructing an additional travel lane in each direction between Hanson Boulevard and Round Lake Boulevard. The project will also include noise walls, where warranted, and a widened shoulder for bus traffic. Project development is on schedule to produce a final construction plan and environmental documentation prior to the end of 2023. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Old Central Ave./Gardena Ave. in Fridley to be Improved
The board awarded a contract to New Look Contracting, Inc. for improvements at the intersection of Old Central Avenue and Gardena Avenue in Fridley. The project will include construction of a new roundabout, ADA improvements, and sidewalk connections. Construction is expected to begin in spring or summer of this year and be completed by fall. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Road Striper to be Repaired
Due to the age and condition of the county’s current road striper, the board authorized the county engineer to have the machine rehabilitated. The county estimates it can have this work completed for $175,000. The cost of a new road striper is $780,000. This piece of equipment is does about 6 million feet of striping each year. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Human Services/Job Training Center to be Remodeled
The Anoka County Human Services/Job Training Center in Blaine will have its second and fourth floors remodeled after the board approved a contract with Parkos Construction Company. Response to COVID has led to some Human Services staff working remotely or in a hybrid fashion, and the remodeling at the facility in Blaine will better accommodate this shift and improve how the county serves its vulnerable populations. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Contract Awarded for Electrical Work at Emergency Communication Center
After voiding a contract with a different electrical company, the board awarded a contract to Laketown Electrical for Anoka County Emergency Communications Center and Radio shop electrical work. This work will be paid for through American Rescue Plan Act funds. For more information on this item, click HERE.
CDC Public Infrastructure Grant Accepted
The board accepted a $904,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health that will be used to recruit, retain and train a skilled and diverse public health workforce, address longstanding public health infrastructure needs, and increase the size of the public health workforce. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Contract Approved for Mental Health Crisis Response Services
The board approved a contract with Canvas Health to provide mobile mental health crisis response services for adults and children in Anoka County. This contract has been in place since 2012. Canvas Health provides the county with telephone triage, mobile crisis assessments, mobile crisis intervention, and mobile crisis stabilization services. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Anoka County Legislative Platform Amended
The board approved amending the county’s 2023 legislative platform to include “Supporting with the Joint Law Enforcement Council (JLEC), a continuation of the public safety levy for countywide public safety capital projects" with two conditions of support, which have already been addressed in the proposed legislation:
- Any JLEC levy be excluded from the general county levy.
- Anything advanced to the County Board for a final vote would have to be a super majority of JLEC.
For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
County Seeking DNR Grant for Rum River South Playground
The board adopted a resolution supporting a funding application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for $100,000 to be used for replacement of the playground at Rum River South County Park. If this application is successful, the county will match the grant with $100,000 from the county capital improvement budget for 2023. The current playground is about 25 years old, and the equipment is becoming unsafe. Parks Director Jeff Perry said a new playground would be inclusive and adaptable. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Blair Buccicone Appointed as County Board Rep on Fogerty Ice Arena Board
The board appointed Blair Buccicone as the county representative on the Fogerty Ice Arena Bord of Directors for 2023. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.
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