Journalists: Henn. Co-Commissioner Kevin Anderson talks about his first year in office

10:00 AM | Monday, January 17, 2022

Hennepin Co. Commissioner Kevin Anderson, who represents the Maple Grove area in District 7, spoke about his first year in office.

One of the most impactful issues is an amendment change the public works assessment process for future projects.

“A lot of District 7 has changed over the last 10 to 20 years, so the way we’ve grown around our county roads, which were originally designed as country roads or farm roads. The nature of the roadway has changed so much,” Anderson said. “We need to make sure we focus on how we need our roads to operate and make sure we’re working with state partners so that we can find the funding for it.”

Anderson says he was surprised to learn there was no veterans memorial on the Hennepin County property. That will change this year when one is installed near the Hennepin County Government Square.

Kevin Anderson represents District 7 on the Hennepin County Commission, which includes Maple Grove, Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Independence, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, Southern Mound, Rogers, St. Bonifacius, Hanover, Northwest Plymouth and Rockford.

He also heard several public safety concerns from residents.

“We’ve seen so much around public safety, especially recently. Our cities take this very seriously. The county is at the table every step of the way,” Anderson said. “One of the things we’re doing is expanding our integrated social worker program with the local police department, so they have more resources to respond to the needs of the community so the police can do the work for which they were hired.”

See also: Mayor’s pen letter urging Hennepin County prosecutor to get tough on crime

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