Support shown for Braham Area Community Center

The Braham City Council held a public hearing for the Braham Area Community Center during the Braham City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2.

A public hearing is a requirement for all open DEED grants. Many members of the community, who have been working on the community center for six years, came to show their support and share their enthusiasm.

The community center bidding process will begin in November, and the building is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

NRI request for use of rail spur

Ross Ohman from National Recycling, Inc. (NRI) attended the meeting do discuss NRI using a rail spur in Braham to load and unload scrap metals from their Cambridge facility.

Council member Terry Turnquist was against the idea. He did not think it would be beneficial to Braham, and he was concerned about the noise level during NRI’s hours of operation.

Since that area is not zoned for heavy industrial, City Administrator Sally Hoy said NRI would need to meet with the Planning Commission before the council could make a decision.

In other action, the council:

After the first case of West Nile Virus in Braham was reported, the council discussed the importance of continuing to treat public areas for mosquitoes.

• Approved donating $500 to The Refuge Network in 2012 and in 2013.

• Approved John Mancuso’s kennel license for four dogs contingent upon him meeting and maintaining all licensing requirements.

• Approved an employee’s request to pay $200 a month for their spouse’s company health insurance. This will save the city $700 per month by not adding him to the city’s health insurance plan.

• Approved the amendment including reference to the city’s Wellhead Protection Plan in the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

• Due to the upcoming General Election, the next city council meeting will be held Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Braham City Hall.

 Braham Mayor Tish Carlson proclaimed October 13, 2012 to be Girl Scout 2012 Take Action: Centennial Day of Service.