Braham applies for Commercial and Housing Rehab grant program

Greg Hunt

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At the April 8 regular meeting, the Braham City Council agreed to apply for the Lakes and Pines “Commercial and Housing Rehab” program, part of the non-profit corporation’s Small Cities Development Program.

The Small Cities Development Program is a competitive grant program that cities & townships (with a population under 50,000) or counties  (with a population under 200,000) can apply for through the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.

The Small Cities Development Program is funded through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and activities funded through this program must meet the federal objectives of: benefiting low to moderate income persons, eliminating slum & blight conditions or solving an urgent need (such as health or environmental hazards).

For the $1,500 fee, Lakes and Pines will handle Braham’s grant writing and application submittal for projects falling under the following criteria:

• Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation

• Residential rental housing rehabilitation

• Commercial building rehabilitation

• Public facilities – either new construction or replacement/repair/rehabilitation of existing system

Lakes and Pines stresses the use of local licensed contractors to perform the rehab work. Learn more about the program at

The city also approved paying the $600 annual donation to the Initiative Foundation which has a good history of helping fund various programs in Braham.


WWTF upgrade

Di-Mar Construction joined council and city staff for a March 21 pre-construction meeting, sharing a time-table for the steps needed to upgrade the Braham Waste Water Treatment Facility. The project begins this summer and carries into autumn of 2012.

WWTF Operator Mike Piha and the PeopleService team were recognized for their efforts keeping the old WWTF plant rolling after recently receiving a MPCA “Certificate of Commendation.” Among the award’s criteria were the facility did not exceed the effluent limits, reports were completed on time, and no significant compliance concerns were identified.

More members of the plant-managing PeopleService crew are Jerry Williams, Greg Bring, George Valvoda, Don Branzovsky and Regional Manager Paul Christensen.