Fire department receives funding

TRUMAN — Truman City Council on Monday heard a quarterly report from Fire Chief Dave Bentz, who noted that the department has been doing a good job applying for grants. And recently, it received word it has obtained some.

Just last week, Bentz received word the fire department won a $2,500 grant from Pioneer Seeds. It also received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant worth $112,000. Finally, the department received a matching funds grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources worth $3,800. With the city’s match, it totaled $7,600.

In total, the department has received $122,000 in grants, with only $3,800 coming from the city.

Council members thanked Bentz for applying for the grants, acknowledging how much it helps. The department plans to put the money toward air packs, radios and pagers, as they all need to be replaced periodically.

Bentz also spoke of the recent fire at Truman Bus Service. He said that when the department received the call, they were not sure what was all damaged, but just one bus was on fire and firefighters were able to put it out quickly.

“It was a significant loss for a local business, but everybody did their job and it was handled well,” Bentz said.

In other business, the council discussed the proposed 2018 budget and property tax levy. The budget is estimated at $1.06 million, while the levy is set to increase 3 percent.

“We’ve been very consistent at 3 percent,” remarked Mayor Lynn Brownlee.

The council voted to approve the preliminary budget and levy.