By Greg Hunt
A feasibility study recommended by City Engineer Brian Miller to determine how to assess costs for a final paving job on certain Horseshoe Meadows 2nd and 4th Additions streets was approved at the Feb. 6 Braham City Council meeting.
As Miller explained, Horseshoe Meadows developer Ivory Street Builders did not lay down a final wear course on the streets while waiting for lots to sell in the southeast Braham housing area. The economy went sour in 2009, and eventually 20 lots went into forfeiture.
Miller said the unfinished streets are holding up okay, but “alligator cracking” is showing up in distinct areas between the street and curb which could lead to further damage. The $2,400 study will be completed in the near future to determine how assessments will be placed on the lots which the Isanti County Auditor’s office will have on a tax forfeiture sale later this year.
Concerns discussed at the council meeting centered on how to deal with the residents who already purchased homes in those additions with the understanding they already paid for a finished street in their home price.
Grant received for squad car video systems
Also at the Feb. 6 meeting, the council thanked East Central Energy for a $2,500 “Round-Up” grant which will go toward the purchase of two in-car video systems for the Braham Police Departments. BPD Officer Erik Anderson, who applied for the grant, explained the advantages of the refurbished DM-500 Plus dual surveillance systems ($3,400 each), particularly how they technologically match better with the systems the Isanti County Sheriff’s squads use.
In other action, the council:
• Approved taking away the Float Days for city employees which were put in place back in 2009 in lieu of cost-of-living wage increases. With this year’s 3-percent step increase getting wages back on track, the council officially approved the motion to end the Float Day program.
• Discussed the plan to acquire buffering pieces of property from District 314 so the fenceline around the Wastewater Treatment Facility could be extended, allowing trucks easier access and exit from the plant located north of the high school.
• Approved the purchase of a discounted “Jaws of Life” for the Braham Fire Department to replace the worn unit the BFD has been using. The $18,800 will come from the Liquor Fund as a way to promote the benefit of shopping locally and what the municipal Hometown Liquors brings to the community.
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m. (Annual Audit Report at 6:30 p.m.; Public Hearing on Small Cities Development Grant at 7 p.m.),