East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force is established

By Greg Hunt

With the aim to coordinate crime-fighting efforts, the newly-formed East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force was given the Isanti County Board’s blessing at the Nov. 2 regular board meeting.

The Task Force furthers cooperation and coordination between officers of Isanti, Chisago and Pine counties to investigate illegal drug activity, violent crime and assist in the prosecution of offenders. Presenting the resolution to the board was Isanti Co. Sheriff Russ Monson who said the coalition is applying for grant money which could be applied to overtime or other expenses incurred by the Task Force if received.

“This Task Force will also work across the state with other partnerships to combat the web of the drug world,” said Sheriff Monson.

• In a related matter, Public Health Director Kathy Minkler updated the board on the clean-up efforts at the latest meth lab bust in Isanti County. She said there is residual ground contamination at the site, but the well water test came back clean. The primary chemical contamination was isolated to the garage. She added the property owner has until Nov. 14 to finish the clean-up job.

Bridge repair on to-do list

The old timber-piling bridge on Co. Rd. 32 in Springvale Township is due for replacement and may be eligible for state bridge bonding funds next year, reported Highway Engineer Richard Heilman. The projected cost for the replacement is $340,000, with potential bonds covering $300,000. Weight restrictions are in place on the bridge, added Heilman.

Tax forfeited land on private sale

Chief Deputy County Auditor Angie Larson received approval from the board to put on private sale 16 lots of tax forfeited land, including 14 tiny lots in the Francis Lake Shores development. Bids presented to the Auditor’s Office will be accepted through Dec. 21.

Next County Board meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.