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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 03/06/2018  
Subject:    Approve Anoka Hennepin Drug Task Force Joint Powers Agreement
From: Brad Wise, Police Chief

The Coon Rapids Police Department has been a member of the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force (DTF) since its inception. Current members of the DTF are the police departments of Anoka, Blaine, Champlin, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, Ramsey, Rogers and the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. This updated agreement proposes to add Section 7, which authorizes the Task Force Commander to expend up to $1000 without prior approval of the Advisory Board and authorizes the Executive Committee make expenditures of up to $5000 without prior Advisory Board approval.
The existing JPA has been in place since September 2017. The JPA is amended when new language is introduced. In this case, the day to day operation of the Task Force occasionally requires the Commander to make modest purchases (up to $1000.00). The new language allows for the Task Force to more quickly respond to the need to spend money rather than wait for the full Advisory Board to convene for approval. In addition, for larger purchases (up to $5000) the Board agreed to empower the Executive Committee, which consists of the Task Force Commander, the Advisory Board Chair, and the Advisory Board Vice Chair. This was done again to facilitate a more nimble organization. Of note, any purchases that fall under this new language will become part of meeting minutes of the full Advisory Board.
Staff recommends the Council approve the 2018 Joint Powers Agreement to reflect the addition of Section 7 of the Joint Powers Agreement of the Anoka Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force authorizing the Commander and the Executive Committee to approve purchases of $1000 and $5000 respectively. 


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