Public safety measures acted upon at Braham Council meeting

Greg Hunt

At the July 12 regular Braham City Council meeting, actions were taken to improve public safety in the village.

The council approved utilizing funds from the Safety Equipment Reserve to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the municipal Home Town Liquor Store on the north side of town. If the budget allows, another AED will be purchased for City Hall which is located in the central part of Braham. Training will be conducted so staff are well versed  in the operation of an AED.

The council also entered into an agreement with the Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. Local #361 to unionize the Braham Police Department. This issue was debated in closed sessions over 2011 until the agreement was passed Tuesday evening. The union contract will run retroactively from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2013.

The council then approved the hiring of part-time police officer Chad Meyer for the BPD.

In one more safety action, the council received a $1,000 grant from CenterPoint Energy which will go toward replacing breathing apparatus cylinders for the Braham Fire Department.

Block Party request granted

Braham resident Shawn Sullivan requested a special-event permit for a “Braham Jam” block party planned for Saturday, Sept. 17. The block party includes live music, a neighborhood potluck, hayride and a kickball game on Sunday morning. The request required that Douglas Ave. S. between 2nd and 3rd St. SW be closed for the event. The council approved the request with the stipulation the music be shut down at 11 p.m., as per Braham Police Chief Robert Knowles’ advisement.

In other action, the council:

• Set a public hearing for the Wellhead Protection Plan to discuss issues to protect the city’s drinking water supply wells for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 (held prior to that month’s council meeting).

• Adopted the Social Host Ordinance to prohibit and establish penalties for any person hosting an event or gathering where alcohol is present and being consumed by persons under the age of 21.

  • John Johnson

    Why in the world does Braham even need a Police Department? It is a town of 1300 residents and they currently have 7 Officers and now hired another one? North Branch was going to shut down their Police Department but ended up voting to decrease the number of Officers to 6. North Branch is HUGE compared to Braham. If I were a Braham Resident I would be asking myself that question.

    In addition, about one month ago the Main Street Market and Deli was robbed. The front door was broken. This is less than a Block from the Police Station. Where were the Police when this occurred? They only have a very small space to patrol (they can’t go into other counties). What are they being paid for?

    • Anna Oliver

      I agree. What a waste of Tax payer dollars!!!! I have also seen numerous Isanti County Sheriff Department cars in Braham – with so many Officers why would the Sheriff need to be there?