North Branch City Council briefs

The following actions and discussion points were addressed at the Feb. 25 North Branch City Council meeting:

Teen Center opening date nearing

Richard Smith, executive director of Family Pathways, and Sarah Peterson, Family Pathways youth services coordinator, told the council a teen center will be opening in North Branch April 1 at the used book store location on Main Street.

The center is moving from Stacy to North Branch.

The book store’s last day is Friday, and the store is having a closeout sale until then.

Peterson said the teen center offers an array of services, such as career development, homework help, mental health information and activities to help keep youth in the community engaged.

“This can give them a head start and help them find that spark they’re interested in,” Peterson said of the services.

Public works hire

The council voted to appoint Lane Hischer to a vacant public works maintenance position. The city received 73 applications for that position.

Board of equalization meeting set

The council voted to set the board of equalization meeting date for April 24, 7 p.m.

At that meeting, residents can appeal their assessed property values.

If an appeal is successful, it would then go to the county level.

If it were successful at the county level, the appeal could be heard in tax court.

Official newspaper re-designated 

The council voted 3-1 to designate the Isanti-Chisago County Star as the official legal newspaper of North Branch.

Mayor Ron Lindquist was absent for the meeting.

Council member Kathy Blomquist voted to have the Post Review print the city’s legal announcements.

Prior to the meeting, the Post Review had served as the official legal newspaper of the city.

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