Braham student seeks Eagle Scout ideas during council meeting

Delwayne Hahn
Contributing Writer

Josh Klingensmith, a Braham Area High School student, approached the Braham City Council at its March 7 meeting to discuss ideas and get advice for his Eagle Scout project.

Klingensmith was asked what projects other Scouts had done in pursuit of their Eagle award. In response, he cited Police Chief Bob Knowles’ two sons, Paul and Bryan, whose projects included benches and a table around the elementary school playground and organizing and working on a playground that serves High Point Estates Park.

Council members suggested that Klingensmith should contact the city’s parks and recreation department and the Braham Area School Board for ideas as well.

In the end, Council Member Shawn Sullivan suggested, “Why don’t you come up with an idea and propose it to us.”

Then he added, “What do you see that Braham needs that would be beneficial and helpful?”

The council concurred that Klingensmith should come up with an idea and then propose it to council.

In other news:
• The council accepted the resignations of part-time police officers Kevin Gross and Mark Schaffer. Both cited full-time work elsewhere and family commitments as the reasons for their decisions to resign. In Schaffer’s case, he was hired by the State Patrol and is now a trooper in the Braham area.

• Patricia “Tish” Carlson, Seth Zeltinger, Sharon Jaques, Betty Keenan and Judy Olson were appointed to the Braham Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The HRA is the governing board for Park Manor. All appointments except Zeltinger’s were reappointments, with his being a new appointment.

• Two special event permits were approved: the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to hold its Appreciation for Life 5K on Aug. 5, including an automatic annual renewal for the event on the first Saturday in August and the Braham Girl Scouts to hold its 5K Color Run-Walk on May 20.

• Braham Pizza Pub got the go-ahead for an interim use permit to use its outside patio in 2017. The permit extends the business’ liquor license to the patio area as well.

• Action on a request from the Isanti County Parks Department for financial participation in its comprehensive trail and bikeway master plan was postponed until the council’s April meeting. Several members expressed concern over the history of this project and wanted assurance that any bike trail would extend to Braham. The county parks department will be invited to the April meeting to give clarification to the project and answer the concerns that were expressed.

• Approved Steve Horbul and Phil Virkus as part-time hires for clerk positions at the city liquor store.

• Acknowledged the receipt of Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the “outstanding operations, maintenance and management of the city’s wastewater treatment facility.” Gary Giltner, Paul Christenson and the People Service operators were commended in the council’s action. The award will be presented at the 80th annual Wastewater Operations Conference at the end of this month.

• Authorized an advertisement to sell four Fire Department vehicles and four Police Department vehicles. In addition, a copier, fax machine and Christmas decorations were included in the motion.