November Proclaimed Adoption Awareness Month
The board adopted a resolution proclaiming November Adoption Awareness Month. In 2023, Anoka County finalized the adoptions of 32 children. Of the 30 children who are wards of the state, seven of those children are still waiting to be matched with adoptive parents. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Public Health and Environmental Services Department Recognized
The board recognized Anoka County’s Public Health and Environmental services department as the recipient of the 2023 Organizational Neighborhood HealthSource Builder Award for its work during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Anoka County Road Safety Plan Updates Coming
Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing Anoka County to enter into an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to make updates to the Anoka County Road Safety Plan (CRSP). The update process will provide Anoka County and the project team the opportunity to review improvement alternatives, analyze current traffic operations and patterns, and utilize new safety improvement tools that have been developed since the completion of the original plan. The project is being funded with 80 percent federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds and 20 percent local county revenue sources. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Vacant Land to be Acquired for Future Highway Project
The board approved a resolution for the acquisition of vacant land for a future highway project. Ramsey County, Anoka County, White Bear Township, and the cities of North Oaks and Lino Lakes, have developed a preferred layout for the Ash Street/County Road J and I-35E interchange project. The vacant land parcel is in the northwest quadrant of the County Road J and County Road 84 (Otter Lake Road) intersection. Anoka County will utilize Transportation Tax funds to acquire the parcel. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Intersection Safety Improvements Wrapping up in Fall
Commissioners recommended approval to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Anoka for an intersection safety improvements project. Anoka County, in cooperation with the City of Anoka, has prepared plans to improve the intersection of 7th Avenue and Buchanan Street in Anoka. In 2019, a new Kwik Trip convenience store was constructed in the northwest quadrant of the intersection. Traffic patterns have since changed, resulting in a series of near incidents and concerns from the traveling public. The improvements will include minor curb replacement and geometric/lane alignment modifications. The project is funded through a combination of transportation tax, County State Aid Highway funds, and local funds. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Contract Awarded for Bunker Beach Facility Improvements Project
The board awarded a contract to TKDA for professional design and engineering services to refurbish the splash cove slides and tower, as well as make miscellaneous upgrades to prolong the structural integrity and safe function of the various facilities. Construction is anticipated to be completed prior to the 2024 water park season for a cost of $124,700. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Contract Awarded for Bunker Hill Regional Park Pavilions Project
The board awarded a contract to Meyer Group Architecture for design/build contract in the amount of $1,156,924 for the Bunker Hills Regional Park Pavilions Project. Due to the failing structural integrity of the previous wood pavilions at Bunker Hills Regional Park, they were demolished in 2023. Anoka County is receiving $1.4 million in modernization funding from the state to rebuild two of the pavilions at Bunker Hills. Pavilion 3 will be structured to accommodate 250 people; pavilion 1 will be structured to accommodate 100 people. Pavilion 2 will not be replaced at this time. The pavilions will be replaced with sustainable steel structures with minimal lifespans of 50 years. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Anoka County Pursuing Grant for Adaptive Parks Equipment
The board authorized a resolution of support for Anoka County’s Equity Application for an Accessibility in the Parks Project. The Metropolitan Council provides financial support to the Regional Parks Implementing Agencies for capital and non-capital projects which intend to strengthen equitable usage of the regional parks and trails. The Parks Department is applying for $131,500 in funds that would provide a variety of adaptive equipment to increase accessibility. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
Grant Awarded to Support Mental Health of Law Enforcement
The board approved the execution of the 2023 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act as part of a new initiative that focuses on the wellness of Anoka County’s law enforcement as started by the sheriff. The initiative will aim to enhance the mental health and wellness of Anoka County’s deputies, civilian staff, and their families. The county has been awarded a grant that will support the initiative by the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. For more information, click HERE. To watch the video, click HERE.
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