Temporary Pavement Project Approved in Preparation for Ramsey Gateway
The board adopted a resolution authorizing Anoka County to enter into a cooperative agreement with MnDOT for temporary pavement surfacing and access accommodations along U.S. Highways 10/169 in the cities of Anoka and Ramsey. The Ramsey Gateway project will include grading, bituminous pavement access accommodations and construction of a new frontage road east of Highway 57 on the south side of Highways 10/169. To facilitate that larger project, a smaller widening and frontage work project pre-work is needed to prepare for the necessary traffic shift. This project will also facilitate business access so there are no interruptions when the Ramsey Gateway projects begins in the fall of 2023. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Public Hearing Approved for Residential Treatment Facility
The board adopted a resolution approving a public hearing related to financing for Nexus Diversified Community Services to operate a school-aged focused psychiatric residential treatment facility (32 living units with 64 beds) in East Bethel. Nexus is requesting for up to $7.5 million in Anoka County Revenue Notes be issued to fund the acquisition of the former Cambia Hills property for this purpose. The county bears no liability, as this is a planned issuance of conduit under Minnesota state statutes. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Payment to Metro Transit for Northstar Commuter Rail Approved
The County’s Finance and Capital Improvements Committee recommended the board partially fund the Metropolitan Council’s 2023 operating grant application for Northstar Commuter Rail operating expenses in an amount not to exceed $1,957,796. The board followed this recommendation. Since early 2020, Northstar has been running on a reduced schedule. Operating costs have been adjusted over the last three years to reflect reduced operational costs that occurred during COVID. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
County Applies for Pathway 4 Home Funding
The board authorized the Anoka County Job Training Center to join a group application and accept funds from the U.S. Department of Labor for the Pathway 4 Home Competitive Grant application in an amount not to exceed $1,008, 670. The purpose of this program is to provide eligible incarcerated individuals in men’s and women’s state correctional facilities with workforce services prior to release and continue services after release by transitioning participants into reentry programs in the communities to which they will return. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Grant Awarded for Mobile Crisis Services
The board accepted a one-time grant award of $786,184 that will be used to contract with Canvas Health for mobile crisis services for 2023 and 2024. This funding will allow for increased capacity to take more calls and respond to more individuals facing mental health crises. For more information on this item, click HERE.
New Servers Purchased for County Users
The board approved the purchase of 12 new blade servers from Insight Public Sector for a total of $404,648.94. Blade servers and chassis are in use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide applications, databases, email, phone services and many other systems to county users. The existing blade servers were purchased in 2015 and are at end of life. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Ham Lake Chamber Donates to Sheriff’s Office
The Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce donated $2,500 for security at the July 1 Freedom Festival in the city. For more information on this item, click HERE.
K-9 Officer Retires
The board noted Anoka County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Officer Eli is now retired, and ownership of Eli has been transferred to his handler, Sgt. Matthew O’Connor. For more information on this item, click HERE.
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