County Board actions: Lead education, community policing

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969


County board actions

Board votes approve program to prevent lead poisoning, add sheriff's deputies and award Youth Sports Program grants.


Grant will promote lead education, eradication

The board approved three contracts to help create safe and healthy homes as part of Hennepin County’s 2015 Lead Hazard Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These contacts with Sustainable Resources Center and the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health will bring about at least 185 hazard reduction projects and at least 200 in-home lead education. More than half of those will take place in Hennepin County. 

Read about the efforts to reduce lead poisoning in Hennepin County.


New funding will offset cost of additional sheriff's deputies

The board voted to accept a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, to offset tthe cost of employing two additional law enforcement officers over three years, in an effort to increase community policing capacity. 

For additional information, read the full release on the Sheriff's Office website.


Board sets fee for solid waste delivered to transfer station, HERC

The board established a fee of $85 per ton for mixed municipal solid waste delivered to the Brooklyn Park Transfer Station and Hennepin Energy Recovery Center by waste haulers who do not have waste delivery agreements with the county. This is an increase from $65 per ton and was established in order to minimize the amount of unexpected waste being delivered to county facilities. The fee covers the county’s cost of transporting and managing excess waste in accordance with state law and requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The county has waste delivery agreements with most, but not all, licensed municipal solid waste haulers for disposing of waste at county facilities. These haulers pay a tipping fee of $55 per ton up to a maximum delivery amount established by the county, after which the fee is $85 per ton.

Read more about the county's changes to the gate-tipping fee.


Citizen advisory board appointments

The following Hennepin County residents were selected to participate.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

  • Brian Shekleton
  • William Becker

Hennepin County Library Board

  • Sam Neisen

Adult Mental Health Local Citizens Advisory Boards


  • Oduwa Aganmwonyi
  • Carrie Franstead


  • Leslie Kreofsky
  • Colleen Livermore
  • Chakita Lewis


  • Shelley Burns
  • Danae Curtis

At large

  • Rick Crispino
  • Angela Conley

Learn about Hennepin County's Citizen Advisory Boards.


Youth Sports Program capital and equipment grants awarded

The County Board approved five facility projects and 21 small equipment grants. They will be funded through the Hennepin County Youth Sports Program, excess sales tax proceeds earmarked to expand library hours and promote youth sports activities. The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission administers the grant process and makes funding recommendations.

Since the program began in 2009, the county has awarded $17.4 million to 108 facility projects and 179 small equipment projects.

2016 facility projects

City of Dayton
$25,000 for playground improvements at Riverbend Park

City of Long Lake
$25,000 for playground improvements at Nelson Park

City of Robbinsdale
$25,000 for playground improvements at Triangle Park

Village of Minnetonka Beach
$25,000 for playground improvements at Halfmoon Park and City Hall Park

Intermediate School District #287
$25,000 for playground improvements at South Education Center

2016 equipment grants 

City of Richfield
$7,465 for two full size soccer goals and four youth soccer goals at Christian Park and Richfield STEM School

City of Robbinsdale
$2,450 for a pitching machine, three hitting tees, four bownets and a line marker at Lee, Spanjers and Manor parks

City of Saint Bonifacius
$9,995 for a backstop, dugout, outfield fencing, infield materials, batting cage, shed and accessories at Towns Edge Park

Elk River Area School District #728
$8,368 for gaga ball pits at Hassan Elementary School

Minneapolis Public Schools

  • $2,798 for glass backboards at Anwatin Middle School
  • $5,290 for a wrestling mat at Edison High School
  • $1,870 for three volleyball nets, football down markers, two drinking stations and an equipment wagon at North High School
  • $7,699 for a discus cage at Patrick Henry High School
  • $3,909 for eight portable soccer goals, eight nets and a storage container at Washburn High School
  • $2,500 for 40 hurdles at Washburn High School
  • $3,399 for two full size soccer goals at Southwest High School
  • $3,118 for two glass backboards at Roosevelt High School
  • $1,500 for a soccer passing machine at South High School
  • $8,500 for a wrestling mat at North Commons Recreation Center
  • $10,000 for gym floor refinishing at Martin Luther King Park
  • $6,700 for bleachers at Luxton Park
  • $4,000 for four youth soccer goals at Hiawatha School Park

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
$10,000 for bleachers at Bossen Field

Richfield Public Schools
$10,000 for six youth soccer goals at Richfield Middle School

Robbinsdale Public Schools #281
$7,500 for a utility vehicle and groomer at Armstrong High School

Three Rivers Park District
$5,464 for 20 sets of youth skis at Elm Creek Regional Park 

Learn about the Youth Sports Program.


State of the County speech to be held April 19

County Board Chair Jan Callison will deliver the 2016 State of the County address on Tuesday, April 19, at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 

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