County Notes 8/22/13

WashCo_logoCounty, OPH reach road project agreement
Washington County and Oak Park Heights will work together on upgrading County roads 62 and 63 in the city under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.
The agreement outlines Oak Park Heights’ $376,000 costs associated with the project based on current county policy and outlines the county’s and city’s maintenance responsibilities after work is completed.
The project includes new pavement, parking lot rehabilitation around the county Government Center, storm water infrastructure, curb rehabilitation, utility improvements, sidewalks and trails on CR 62 and 63 and Government Center parking lot.

Agencies to aid homeless

Canvas Health and Solid Ground, formerly the East Metro Women’s Council, will continue providing services to homeless people in Washington County through agreements approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.
The county will pay Solid Ground $137,000 and Canvas Health $61,740 under the agreements. Solid Ground will use Family Homeless Prevention and Approval funds to serve 43 households with support services and rent payment assistance through the Home Again program.
Canvas Health’s Youth Transition program will serve 160 youths with support services to boost independent living skills and access stable housing.
Both goals of both programs are ensuring households and youths are in permanent housing and not becoming homeless or enter a shelter within six months of leaving the programs.

Trail to extend along state ROW

A trail planned by the developer of the proposed Woodbury Cabela’s store will be constructed along Washington County and state rights-of-way after the Board of Commissioners requested a state permit Tuesday.
The city of Woodbury has approved a planned unit development for the Cabela’s store at a site west of Radio Drive between Hudson Boulevard and Interstate 94. The trail Cabela’s will construct along Radio Drive is within county and state Department of Transportation rights-of-way and completes a missing trail link between Woodbury and Oakdale.
The MnDOT permit commissioners requested is needed for a small section of the trail that would extend into the state’s right-of-way.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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