Truman evaluating solutions for flooding

TRUMAN — The city of Truman is weighing options on how to solve a drainage problem along Fifth Street North.

Truman city administrator Bethanie Ekstrom on Monday presented the council with information from engineering firm Bolton & Menk. One of its engineers, Greg Mitchell, talked to the council a few months ago about the drainage issue along the street, between Third Avenue East and Highway 15. A low area on the street tends to pond water during rainfall. This will last for several days.

Bolton & Menk came up with two options. One is to build a new storm sewer on Fifth Street North. The other is to construct a new storm sewer outlet to the lift station. Estimates were given for the projects.

Council members briefly discussed their thoughts.

“We also talked about working on the drainage that’s further west down Fifth Street and I wonder if the two can’t be done in conjunction,” said Mayor Lynn Brownlee.

“That would be a major project, estimated at $1 million for that project on Third, plus Fifth Street to the west. To me, if we’re going to do it we should lump it all together,” said council member Brandon Mosloski.

He explained that a better deal can be had by paying to get more done at once, rather than spending money on small projects individually.

In the end, the council decided to discuss the matter again at a later date.

In other business, the council talked about the recent invitation for the city to join the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce. The yearly membership dues would be $353. The council decided to not to join.

In other news, the council voted to dissolve the Truman Economic Development Authority. Officials say the city has been paying out more in wages than it is earning through the group.

“They’ve been struggling and we talked about phasing it out last year,” Brownlee explained.