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Your Invited to our annual Night to Unite Celebration!

Mark your calendars for this year's Night to Unite! The North Branch Police Department  will be out at Central Park, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 PM. Food, demonstrations, music, and more! We hope to see you there!

If you are hosting a neighborhood or block event that evening and would like an officer to stop by, please email Officer Tim Olson at timo@ci.north-branch.mn.us

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13th Annual Day with Public Safety

You are invited to the 13th Annual Day with Public Safety!

***sponsored by the Rob Sanvik Agency - American Family Insurance and hosted by the North Branch Police Department and the North Branch Fire Department

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017

Where: North Branch Fire Department
37917 Forest Blvd, North Branch

* 5K Run - registration at 08:00 and run at 8:30 (see flyer for registration info)

* Bike Ride - registration 9:30 and ride at 10:00
(Free T-shirt with a non-perishable food item)
*Demonstrations by the NBFD
*Refreshments, Food and prizes!

Hope to see you there!

2017

To All Residents of City Of North Branch,

To All Residents of City Of North Branch,

Please make sure to ask for a valid transient merchant’s license that has been issued and approved by the City of North Branch before accepting work from out of town vendors. This applies to all vendors including peddlers, solicitors, door-to-door (vendors that leave brochure on your door steps), mobile vendors and those who want to temporary sell products and services. Unless they show a valid and approved transient merchant license please do not accept work and instead get their name, address and phone number and call the city hall at 651-674-8113 to report such activities. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in this matter in order to protect residents from fraudulent activities by such vendors. Each transient merchant license goes through thorough background check by the city before a license is approved. This is essential to protect the residents from any fraudulent activities that may result from an unlicensed vendors.

City code requires license of all such vendors!! 
https://northbranch.municipalcodeonline.com/book?type=code#name=Sec_18-155_License_Required

CITY OF NORTH BRANCH, NORTH BRANCH, MINNESOTA PRESS RELEASE

The City of North Branch seeks applications from residents interested in serving on the newly restructured planning commission.  The planning commission assists city staff and the City Council by conducting certain public hearings (including the review of applications, analysis of testimony and review and recommendations for proposed findings of fact and conditions for approval), hosting public input sessions, and reviewing and recommending changes and amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan, ordinances and zoning code. 

Planning commission meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Additional meetings may occur on an infrequent basis.  Citizens appointed to the planning commission will serve four year terms that are staggered to provide for continuity.  Initially citizens will be appointed for either a 1 year term, 2 year term, three year term, or a four year term to establish the initial rotation.  Interested citizens are invited to complete an application.  The application can be found on the city’s web site at:  http://www.ci.north-branch.mn.us/document_center/Planning_Forms/2017%20Commission%20Application%20Form.pdf 

Applications are due by 4:30 pm, Monday, July 31 for consideration by the City Council.  Applications will be reviewed at the August 3 City Council work session, and the candidates selected by the City Council to serve will be officially appointed at the August 8 regular City Council meeting.  New members of the planning commission will be required to attend a training session in late August and the first meeting of the newly appointed planning commission will be held on Tuesday, September 5, at 6:30 pm.  If you have questions, please contact Renae Fry at 651-674-8113 or via email to renaef@ci.north-branch.mn.us.

 
SUNRISE PRAIRIE REGIONAL TRAIL CLOSES FOR REPAVING STARTING JULY 17TH  THE TRAIL IS CLOSED FOR PUBLIC USE

Chisago County Commissioners recently approved a contract with HardDrives, Inc. out of Rogers, Minnesota. Harddrives will be completing trail base improvements, new bituminous pavement and a pedestrian crosswalk flasher system at County roads 17 and 19 at the trail intersections.  This includes new pavement from the south county line just north of Forest Lake to State Highway 95 in North Branch. The project is expected to be complete by August 30th. Chisago County was fortunate to secure significant funding for the project through the Land, Water and Conservation Legacy Fund, Regional Parks and Trails Commission grants program initiated by Minnesota voter in 2008.

Chisago County Commissioners, Park Board and Foundation Board members have documented significant benefits that the trails provide both residents and businesses in Chisago County. In a recent Parks and Trails Comprehensive Plan, County Commissioners supported the concept of connecting our communities, allowing links between residential areas, schools, parks and commercial areas. Foundation Board Member and Center City Mayor Larry Houger works to promote trail improvements in Chisago County, Houger says it makes the County a great place to work and live.

If you have ideas or feedback regarding our project contact the Chisago County Park Director, Laird Mork, Laird.mork@chisagocounty.us

Mr. Larid Mork                                                  

Chisago County Park Director                           

P.O. Box 815, North Branch, MN 55056
Sunrise Flour Mill Expansion (North Branch)

Sunrise Flour Mill (SFM), among the country's first to mill organic heritage wheat, is expanding its capacity with the purchase of a 5200 square foot facility in North Branch, MN. The move from its current location will increase Sunrise Flour Mill's retail packaging and whole for immediate release

CITY OF NORTH BRANCH, NORTH BRANCH, MINNESOTA PRESS RELEASE

In a double win for the City of North Branch, the City Council acted at its last meeting to approve the refinancing of two bond issues, saving City residents close to $700,000 in debt service costs over the next 20 years.  To aid in the sale of the refinancing bonds, the City applied for bond ratings from S&P Global Ratings, a nationally recognized rating agency, and received an “AA-“rating on its general obligation bonds.  “AA-“is in the second highest tier of S&P’s rating grid.  

The S&P report sites strong budgetary performance and flexibility, very strong liquidity and an upgrade in the City’s Financial Management Assessment to strong management with good financial policies and practices.  The report also notes a weak debt profile that reflects both direct City debt and its portion of the state run pension plans.  The City is in the eighth year of an aggressive 13-year plan to dramatically reduce its debt levels and adherence to that plan coupled with economic growth could lead to a rating increase in the future.

Savings from the refinancing will benefit several parts of the City’s operations including sewer utilities, and provide a reduction in the amount of debt service provided by property taxes.

The NBPD receives a grant from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety! The NBPD is excited to announce that we were awarded a grant from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety for CELLslips that we can hand out to our residents. CELLslips are designed to prevent drivers from being distracted by cell phones. Click here to view a short video showing how they work. A big thank you to the AAA Foundation!
City of North Branch Road Maintenance Update City of North Branch is working towards the Road Maintenance implementation through various discussions throughout the year. Public are encouraged to attend & provide comments during such discussions during council sessions. Provided below are some pertinent information as discussed during the March 14th, 2017 Council Regular meeting.

City of North Branch Road Maintenance Update
Example - City of Rogers (Funding Options)
Example - City of Rogers (FAQs)

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The NBPD is Accepting Applications for Volunteer Police Reserve Officers

The North Branch Police Department is currently accepting applications for volunteer Police Reserve Officers. Police Reserve Officers are non-licensed and non-paid volunteers who are willing to provide volunteer hours at the North Branch Police Department on a regular basis. To learn more about this program and how to apply, please visit:

To All Residents of City Of North Branch,
Please make sure to ask for a valid transient merchant’s license that has been issued and approved by the City of North Branch before accepting work from out of town vendors. This applies to all vendors including peddlers, solicitors, door-to-door (vendors that leave brochure on your door steps), mobile vendors and those who want to temporary sell products and services. Unless they show a valid and approved transient merchant license please do not accept work and instead get their name, address and phone number and call the city hall at 651-674-8113 to report such activities. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in this matter in order to protect residents from fraudulent activities by such vendors. Each transient merchant license goes through thorough background check by the city before a license is approved. This is essential to protect the residents from any fraudulent activities that may result from an unlicensed vendors.
 
City code requires license of all such vendors!! https://northbranch.municipalcodeonline.com/book?type=code#name=Sec_18-155_License_Required
City Of North Branch Road Maintenance Update City of North Branch is working towards getting the pavement maintenance implemented. Provided below are are some pertinent information related to it. City of Rogers is used as an example for funding options. Council will be holding more discussions and public are welcome to attend and comment as the city works towards getting this implementation through various discussions throughout the year.

City of North Branch Road Maintenance
Example - City of Rogers
Example - City of Rogers (FAQs)

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