Truman council hears reports

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday heard quarterly reports from department heads, including Truman Fire Chief Dave Bentz, who spoke about events surrounding the Northrop fire that took place over the weekend.

“I was really impressed with everyone’s attitude,” he said. “Nobody was complaining about the weather or anything like that and that really struck me. There was such a positive attitude and feeling and that showed. Everybody did good.”

The fire, which began early Friday morning, consumed the LB Pork grain elevator.

Bentz reported he worked closely with Northrop’s and Fairmont’s fire chiefs, with 54 different organizations responding to help. Bentz said they received many calls from miles around asking if they needed help.

“We greatly appreciated all of the food and various items that were donated by community members,” he said. “A lot of people wanted to do their part to help out and that was appreciated.”

“We pumped water for about 62 hours straight, and that was fire engine 3 that ran that long,” Bentz said. “I’m kind of proud of that truck for what we went through to get it here.”

The city purchased the fire truck last year.

Mona Weihe, who is on the executive board for the ambulance department, reported they have six local individuals who recently underwent EMT training. Of the six, two have taken and passed the national registry test. She also reported that in December, they received about 20 calls.

The council also heard a report from Police Chief Justin Jobe, who said the department received about 900 calls in 2017. He said this is near average over the last nine years.

Jobe also reported that a new squad car has been ordered and is expected to arrive around March.

In other news, the council heard from street superintendent John Bosshart, who discussed purchasing a new snow plow truck for the city. The current truck is a 1991 model. The council approved the purchase of a 2019 Freightliner chassis from Harrison Trucks for $85,463, and a new box from Crysteel for $58,546, making the total $144,009.

To pay for the truck, the council is looking at a five-year lease/purchase agreement from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services at a 3.91 percent rate, and will make a decision at a later date.