Officer to stand guard at Isanti County Government Center

An officer will soon stand guard at the Isanti County Government Center during court hours.

During the Isanti County Board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Isanti County Board approved recommendations by the personnel committee, including hiring a jailer to stand at the front entrance of the building, particularly between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., when court is in session.

Originally the new hire was to stand upstairs outside the courtroom, but Commissioner George Larson asked if the officer could stand on the main floor by the front entrance.

“If you’re going to screen everyone going upstairs, why not do it down below?” Larson said. “It would help a little bit with security down here as well.”

Sheriff’s Office to purchase four new vehicles

The Isanti County Board approved the request of the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office to purchase three patrol cars and one jail transport car.

Sergeant Chris Caulk was on hand to present to the board, saying money is set aside in the budget for the purchase and setup of the vehicles.

The vehicles will be 2013 Dodge Chargers with rear-wheel drive purchased from Dodge of Burnsville. The three patrol cars are $22,817 each, and the transport car is $22,902.

The transport vehicle will replace a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria.

Veterans Service Officer to attend web development course

The board approved a request by Isanti County Veterans Service Officer Jim Rostberg to attend a web development course in order to expand the Isanti County Veterans Services website.

The office received a grant for $2,298 in October from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Rostberg said the grant is designated for community outreach and must be spent by May 31, 2013.