Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office Director Receives Award
Shane Sheets, director of the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, based in Ramsey, recently received a Health Care Hero Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for the exemplary work he routinely performs at the office, which includes death investigations, postmortem investigations, and providing education and consultations to affiliated counties. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.
Recycling and Resource Solutions to Hire Communications Employee
The board approved adding a full-time position to the Anoka County Communications Department, which will work with Recycling and Resource Solutions on strategic marketing and communications efforts to increase the understanding and implementation of best waste management practices throughout the county. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Opioid Prevention Specialist Position Approved
The board approved adding a full-time senior program specialist opioid prevention position. Funding for this position will come from Opioid Settlement funds. This employee will work to coordinate prevention efforts with public safety, health care, behavioral health, social services, educational professionals, and others to address the overdose crisis at a community level. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Professional Services Agreement Approved for Ramsey Gateway Project
The board approved entering a professional services contract with Bolton & Menk, Inc., for the construction of a new grade-separated interchange at Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Ramsey Boulevard on U.S. Highway 10/169 in Ramsey. The contract approval will provide construction-related design/support services, construction material testing and communication services. The Ramsey Gateway projects design costs are being supported by state bond funds. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Bridge over Coon Creek to be Replaced
The board approved a contract with Landwehr Construction Inc. for the replacement of the Coon Creek Boulevard bridge in Coon Rapids. Construction on this project is expected to begin in the winter of 2023/2024, due to extended lead times on concrete box culvert orders. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Federal Funds Secured for Construction on Highway 65
On June 28, the Biden-Harris Administration awarded more than $2.2 billion in discretionary RAISE grant funding to 162 different infrastructure projects across the country; Highway 65 received $20 million of this funding for enhancements are in the areas of 99th Avenue, 105th Avenue, 109thAvenue and 117th Avenue in Blaine. Improvements in this area will include adding frontage roads and overpasses, changing access, and improving facilities for people walking and bicycling. A total of four traffic lights along the thoroughfare will be removed, which will help address congestion issues along the corridor. Over the past three years, the project team has piecemealed funding sources together for this nearly $163 million endeavor, and nearly all the funding for improvements at these intersections has been secured. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.
Food Service Contract Reestablished for Community Corrections
The board awarded a contract to Summit Food Service for food services at the Adult Workhouse, Anoka County Secure, East Regional Juvenile Center, and Non-Secure program. This is the same company that was providing food services at these locations; Summit came in as the lowest responsible bidder for the contract. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Two Trailers Purchased for Emergency Management
The board approved the purchase of two Generator Environmental Trailer Systems, which are used during emergencies and disasters to provide immediate capability to provide power and climate control to tents or structures that require such support. For more information on this item, click HERE.
Donations Accepted for K-9 Program
The board accepted donations from Vista Outdoor Inc., in the amount of $1,000, and AKC Reunite, in the amount of $7,500, to support the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. For more information on these items, click HERE.
Revenue Notes Approved for Nexus Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
A public hearing was held prior to the board adopting a resolution approving the issuance of up to $7.5 million in Anoka County revenue notes that will be used to fund the acquisition of property and equipment to operate a psychiatric residential treatment facility that will be leased to St. Francis Area Schools in East Bethel. The county bears no liability with the issuance of these revenue notes. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
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