Truman weighs truck, plow deals

TRUMAN — Truman City Council met Monday with street superintendent John Bosshart to discuss ordering a new snow plow truck. The truck is planned for in the 2018 budget as a lease/purchase item.

The city currently owns a 1991 truck and a plow from 2002. The new truck will be a 2019 model. The proposed cost is $146,000. The city has received five-year lease/purchase proposals from three different leasing companies but no final decision has been made.

In other business, the council approved a mowing contract with WDADS Turf & Snow for 2018. WDADS mows Ridge Lawn Cemetery for a monthly fee of $200. With no increase in several years, the council approved a $20 monthly increase that has been budgeted for in the 2018 budget.

Moving along to other matters, the council reviewed a quote from JT Services of Mankato for the final batch of LED street lights. All street lights in Truman are being replaced with LED fixtures to save on energy costs. The three-year plan began in 2016.

The council approved ordering the final batch now to get them at this year’s pricing, but they will not be delivered until January to be part of the 2018 budget.

The cost of $13,162 has been fit into the budget, but City Clerk Monte Rohman reported he applied for a $5,000 grant from Heartland Consumers Power District to save some budget fund for other projects.