County briefs: Sheriff’s Office gets grant to work toward zero deaths

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed to accept a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Nov. 12 to be used by the Sheriff’s Office in its Toward Zero Deaths Enforcement Program.

The grant is for $289,894.

The funding is available from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014, and will be used to reimburse overtime costs associated with assisting the state Department of Public Safety in its coordinated patrol saturations as part of the Toward Zero Deaths Enforcement Program. The overtime cost will cover work performed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Stillwater, Bayport, Woodbury, Forest Lake, Oak Park Heights, Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, and Newport.

Signs will show route of Mississippi trail

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Nov. 12 to install signs for the Mississippi River Trail on county right-of-way.

The county will maintain the signs.

Earlier in the year, County Board adopted a resolution in support of the development of the trail (U.S. Bicycle Route 45) that extends through the cities of Newport, St. Paul Park, Cottage Grove, and Grey Cloud Island and Denmark townships. Sections of the trail are on county highways and trail systems in the cities of Newport, St. Paul Park, and Cottage Grove, and Grey Cloud Island Township.

County’s Minnesota Family Investment Program plan

Washington County will submit its biennial plan for the Minnesota Family Investment Program to the state Department of Human Services (DHS), after the County Board reviewed the plan Nov. 12.

The plan is on the county’s website, under Community Services, and available for public comment.

The DHS requires counties to prepare and submit a biennial plan for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The purpose of the service plan is to provide DHS with information about services and strategies within Washington County to meet state established outcomes with the goal of increasing the economic stability of low-income families served. The service plan will give DHS a comprehensive assessment of current efforts; insight into what types of assistance is needed; and information on new strategies to better serve program participants.

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