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Truman eyes flood relief plan

February 7, 2012
Kylie Saari - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

TRUMAN - Truman is moving into phase three of its storm water drainage improvements, a plan that will replace small pipes to reduce regular citywide flooding.

In the fall of 2009, phase one opened up a ditch on the south side of town with a 60-inch drainage pipe. The next year, larger drainage pipes were extended from the ditch to the west side of the school.

Phase three would bring the project north along Second Avenue South and west along First Street South.

City engineer Greg Mitchell told the City Council on Monday that preliminary work and a cost estimate for the next stage is complete. Council permission is needed to move to the next steps of putting together a facility plan and submitting it to the state to be placed on a project priority list.

The project is estimated at $2.4 million, but with state and federal grants, city administrator Monte Rohman expects to get some, if not most, of the project funded.

State Sen. Julie Rosen's office emailed Rohman with confirmation that she and state Rep. Bob Gunther have authored legislation for bonding money to pay up to 50 percent of the project.

The legislation still needs to be heard before committee, but the council approved moving forward with the plan, given Truman's need for flood relief and the ability to alter the plan if funding doesn't come through.

"It is a pretty vital project for Truman," Rohman said.

Most of Truman's storm sewer pipes are between 6 and 12 inches in diameter. According to Mitchell, pipes that small aren't even up to code for new projects.

Phase three will replace the small pipes with some four times as large.

Actual construction on the project likely wouldn't happen until late 2012 or early 2013, if funding is secured.



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