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Posted on: November 8, 2023

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Longtime Employees Recognized

The board recognized employees who recently celebrated milestone work anniversaries. The longest-serving employee recognized BY the board has worked for Anoka County for 35 years. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

October Proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

In 2022, Anoka County recorded 574 domestic violence law enforcement referrals, and 15 percent of 8th, 9th, and 11th grade students in the county indicated they had experienced some sort of relationship violence. To recognize victims of domestic violence and to promote awareness of this issue, the board proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month, the county lights several of its facilities purple, and it further promotes domestic violence resources. The county’s domestic abuse resource hub can be accessed HERE.   To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

Parking Restricted on Lake Drive in Lino Lakes 

The board adopted a resolution restricting parking on or along both sides of Lake Drive, from Aqua Lane to Main Street, in the City of Lino Lakes. This restriction is due to city officials and residents in the area notifying Highway staff of safety concerns caused by vehicles parking on the shoulders along Lake Drive. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

New Bridge to be Constructed Over Rum River in Oak Grove

The board adopted a resolution authorizing Anoka County to enter into a local bridge replacement program with MnDOT for the replacement of the Viking Boulevard bridge over the Rum River, in the City of Oak Grove. Construction is anticipated to begin in November and continue through 2024. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE. 

Traffic Signal to be Added at Lexington Waters

The board approved entering into a joint powers agreement with the City of Blaine for intersections improvements at Lexington Avenue and 131st Avenue –– the site Blaine recently approved for the Lexington Waters development. The intersection improvements will include construction of a new traffic control signal and a northbound right turn lane. Since the intersection does not meet traffic signal warrants, Blaine will be responsible for all of the costs for installing the new traffic signal system. For more information on this item, click HERE.  

Swale Stabilization Planned Along Rum River 

The board entered into a license agreement with the St. Francis School District, the City of St. Francis and the Anoka County Soil and Water Conservation District for the construction of a swale/drainage project along the east side of Rum River Boulevard in St. Francis. This area receives stormwater runoff from the ISD 15 property and the swale regularly washes out – the water from it outlets directly into the nearby Rum River. The construction of a new swale will be of no cost to Anoka County, as the Soil and Water Conservation District was able to obtain grant funding. For more information on this item, click HERE.

‘Ramsey Gateway’ Construction Contract Awarded

Preparation for the “Ramsey Gateway” construction project has been years in the making. The board took a big step toward the start of the project by awarding a nearly $100 million contract to Ames Construction for the construction of grade-separated interchanges and associated railroad crossings at Ramsey Boulevard and Sunfish Lake Boulevard at U.S. Highway 10/169, along with frontage and backage roads, and other associated corridor improvements along the thoroughfare in Ramsey and Anoka. Construction is expected to begin in the fall/winter of 2023 and be completed in the fall of 2025. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.

Rum River Tire Cleanup a Success 

As an information item, Commissioner Mike Gamache noted the Sept. 18 Rum River “tire fishing” project was a success. Over the summer, with the clear and low water conditions, a resident noticed multiple tires in the river and crafted the idea to reach out to Andover High School to explore a potential tire removal project with the students.  The resident also recorded the locations of the highest concentrations of the tires. As a result, Bob Ameli, an Outdoor Adventures/Environmental Science teacher at Andover High School, coordinated the tire fishing project Sept. 18.  Ameli coordinated and deployed 65 students in 28 canoes on a mission to extract tires from the river between 219th Avenue in Oak Grove and Rum River Central Regional Park in Ramsey.  Remarkably, the students removed over 200 tires. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

Trail Washed out by Coon Creek

Anoka County Parks Director Jeff Perry noted a 5-inch rain event caused erosion along Coon Creek, near Pleasure Creek in Coon Rapids, making the trail in that area unsafe. Plans were already in the works to replace that section of trail, but due to the erosion, that section of trail is now closed, and a detour is posted. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.  

Cannabis Use Now Prohibited on County Properties

The board enacted an ordinance that establishes a prohibition on the public use of cannabis on properties owned, leased or controlled by Anoka County –– this action  followed the passage of cannabis laws during the 2023 legislative session. There were three language options the board had for the ordinance; option no. 2 was chosen. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.  

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