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May 11, 2021


Compact roundabout approved in Fridley

The board approved entering into a professional services contract with WSB Engineering for improvements at the intersection of Old Central Avenue and Gardena Avenue N.E. in the City of Fridley. This work will include the construction of a compact roundabout, ADA improvements, drainage system improvements, and sidewalk connections to improve safety and mobility for all roadway users. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Contract Awarded for Railroad Grade Separation at Foley Blvd. 

The board awarded a more than $21 million contract to Redstone Construction LLC for the railroad grade separation of Foley Boulevard, between Coon Rapids Boulevard and East River Road, in the City of Coon Rapids. Construction is estimated to begin in early June of this year and be completed in late fall of 2022. For more information on this item, click HERE. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Dedicated for Broadband

The board designated $3.15 million of the federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars to match funds for community broadband projects. $150,000 of this amount is being allocated to the City of Columbus for a broadband project that will serve 188 households. For more information on this item, click HERE.

Meet in the Parks Event Aug. 22

Anoka County Parks Director Jeff Perry noted Anoka County would be hosting a Meet in the Parks event 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at Locke County Park, 840 71st Ave NE, Fridley. This event will be focused on Anoka County’s Latino community, but anyone is welcome. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Bunker Beach to Fully Reopen

Bunker Beach Water Park in Coon Rapids will fully reopen to the public, with a new wave pool and other amenities, in June. There will be a ribbon cutting attended by county officials and local media June 5. To watch the video on this item, click HERE.

Board Meetings Reopen to In-Person Attendance 

Last week, Governor Walz announced he was loosening some of the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Consistent with that, Anoka County is opening county board meetings and management committee meetings, which take place just prior to regular board meetings, to the public for in-person attendance, starting May 25, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the Government Center remains closed except for the first floor. Accordingly, Anoka County is making special arrangements for members of the public who wish to attend board meetings in person. Information on how to attend meetings will be available on the official Anoka County website and at the top of each future meeting notice. For those who wish to monitor the board meetings remotely, web streaming and archived video of these meetings will still be available, as it was prior to the pandemic. Comments on agenda items will continue to be accepted at committee meetings, which was also standard practice before COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.

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