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Posted on: July 12, 2023

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Anoka County Fair is July 20-25

This year, the Anoka County Fair runs Tuesday, July 25, to Sunday, July 30. The fair includes a variety of tasty foods, rides, the talent show, the always-popular tractor pull, and plenty of gifted musicians will share their talents on stage throughout the fair. Mike Ahlers, president of the Anoka County Fair Board, was present at the board meeting to talk about the offerings of this year’s fair, and he mentioned that on July 27 country music star Tyler Farr, whose debut album hit No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, will be performing. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

Donation Accepted to Anoka County Attorney’s Office 

The Rush City Restorative Justice program donated $2,000 to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office to provide services and support for victims of crime; the board voted to accept this donation. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Corrections Positions Added with State Funding

The 2023 Minnesota Legislature allocated additional fund to local county governments to address service gaps in corrections due to systemic lack of funding from the state. The board voted to use these funds to create and fill six full time community corrections probation officer positions. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Kickoff Project Approved for Ramsey Gateway

The board awarded a contract to North Pine Aggregate for construction of transportation infrastructure improvements on U.S. Highway 10/169 and adjacent frontage/backage roads, in preparation for construction of the Ramsey Gateway project in Anoka and Ramsey. This pre-work project will facilitate business access so there are no interruptions when the Ramsey Gateway project begins in the fall. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Contract Approved for Administration of Highway Grant Funds 

The board entered into an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration for utilization of $40 million of federal INFRA grant funds to be utilized for construction costs associated with the Ramsey Gateway project. This project is scheduled to begin construction this fall and be complete in late 2025. For more information on this item, click HERE. 

Carlos Avery Entrance Near Lyons Street to be Paved 

The board approved entering into a joint powers agreement with Linwood Township for paving of 205th Avenue, from Lyons Street to the entrance of Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. This project is being paid for via State Park Road Account funds and is scheduled to be constructed this summer. For more information on this item, click HERE.  To watch the video, click HERE.  

Budgets Presented at Intergovernmental Meeting 

Commissioner Jeff Reinert, chair of the Intergovernmental and Community Relations Committee, noted that Veteran Services, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, License and Passport Centers, Libraries and Government relations all gave budget presentations during the committee’s last meeting June 27. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE

Donation Accepted from Centerville Lions Club

The board accepted a $350 donation from the Centerville Lions Club that will go towards supporting park operations and natural resources conservation efforts in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Parks Reserve. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Donation Accepted from Coon Rapids Lions Club

The Coon Rapids Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Anoka County Parks Department, to support the 35th annual Kids Fishing Clinic, which was held May 6 at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Funding Accepted for Rice Creek Regional Trail Project 

The board approved the acceptance of $200,000 for the Rice Creek Regional Trail project and made a state capital bonding request of $6.75 million to pay for construction of the last remaining 1.75 miles of the trail. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

Contract Awarded for Wargo Nature Center Design Services 

The board awarded a contract to Blue Rhino Studios for the exhibit and display/design services for Wargo Nature Center. The aim of this project is to enhance the visitor experience on Wargo’s lower level. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Contracted Information Technology CIO Introduced

County Administrator Rhonda Sivarajah introduced David Elges from Hartman Executive Advisors as the county’s new Information Technology CIO. At the June 13 meeting, the board approved a contract with Hartman Executive Advisors, not to exceed $288,000, to provide temporary leadership to the county’s IT department until a new IT director can be hired. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

To watch the full meeting, click HERE.  

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