Braham residents, businesses urged to apply for development program grant

By Greg Hunt

Braham home and business owners with needed remodeling projects that haven’t found a place in the budget to get completed are urged to learn more about the Small Cities Development Program’s grant process.

The Lakes & Pines CAC office in Mora is accepting interest applications through October and into November. If enough Braham applicants are received, then that city is admitted into the selection process for the funds which come through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“There is money available, and Braham citizens are urged to take advantage of it. Not everyone has the funds to fix up the home if other circumstances become priorities,” said Johnson. “This a great resource.”

The primary objective of the SCDP is to preserve viable urban communities by providing decent affordable housing and suitable living environments by expanding economic opportunities. Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation– such as new windows or roofs–  is one activity funded through the program. The program is established for low to moderate income home owners.

There are no income guides for commercial building rehabilitation, and the SCDP grants have helped revamp areas of east-central communities which become a little rundown. Johnson has worked with SCDP projects in Aitkin, Hinckley, Center City and Cloquet, with present processes in place for McGregor, Princeton and Milaca projects. Windows, roofs, signage and awnings are examples of work completed in the past.

Johnson came be reached at Lakes & Pines by calling 320-679-1800, ext. 123. More information about the Small Cities Development Program can be found at; click on the link in the lower left corner of the home page.


Braham Council October meeting update

The Braham Council approved the purchase and installation of a grinder for the water treatment plant. The grinder would protect the new equipment at the WWTF from rags and other articles which get flushed into the system. The total price is $25,800, covered through the city’s Sewer Equipment Replacement reserves.

• Gracie, the pot-bellied pig owned by Braham residents Mark Isum and Amanda Schinzel, will be allowed to stay in her home after the council amended Animal Control Ordinance #214 to include indoor pot-bellied pigs as domestic animals. Isum and Schinzel brought a petition signed by neighbors in support of Gracie, along with the pig’s vaccination record.

• The council approved the hiring of Mark Schafer as a part-time police officer for the BPD which will help alleviate staffing problems, commented BPD Chief Robert Knowles.