At the May 3 regular meeting, the Braham City Council approved taking over part of Co. Rd. 54 lying west of Hwy. 107, officially turning it into a city street.
The Isanti County Highway Department will resurface that stretch as part of its 2011 project list, along with replacing smaller culverts and signs. The large concrete culvert will not be replaced as its deemed to be structurally sound.
Exploring contracting for police services
Mayor Ken Ceaglske reported he has held exploratory conversations with Isanti County Sheriff Russ Monson on the option of contracting with his office for police services for the city of Braham.
No 2011 contract has been agreed upon between the city and police union officers. According to City Administrator Sally Hoy’s report, the Braham Police Department was offered the same 5 percent pay cut restoration dating back to 2009 which was accepted by other city employees, but the union negotiations “were asking for substantially more than 5 percent.”
Cost comparisons and law enforcement coverage details will be continued to be gathered and presented at a future meeting.
In other action, the council:
• Came to an agreement with Adam Conzemius regarding the filling in of a holding pond easement on his Horseshoe Meadows 4th Addition property.
• Approved the Braham Firefighter’s Relief Association’s request for a temporary on-sale 3.2 beer license and the Tusen Tack’s bingo application for Braham Appreciation Day coming on Saturday, June 11.
• Approved the $500 budgeted donation to Braham Area Community Education’s Summer Rec Program. The council voted to not make a donation to Braham High’s track improvement but offered in-kind assistance through labor and equipment if not burdensome to the city’s street department crew.
Next meeting: Tuesday, June 7 (7 p.m.)