Truman may add splash pad

TRUMAN — The Truman City Council on Monday looked at two options for installing a splash pad at the Truman Pool.

City administrator Bethanie Ekstrom will soon meet with representatives of the Schmeeckle Foundation, as she had applied for a matching grant of $50,000.

Ekstrom said she has two quotes and designs for splash pads, one for $20,000 and one for $10,000. One is a fresh water option and the other a recirculated water option.

Ekstrom said Mapleton and Albert Lea both recently put in splash pads, so she is going to reach out to them to see what contractors they hired.

If all goes well, the new splash pad will be put in this fall and ready for the next pool season.

Moving to another matter, the council discussed the hedges around the cemetery. They have not been trimmed in a long time so they are overgrown. The council had previously made a motion to have Dave Fingsted trim the hedges, but council member Brandon Mosloski said he talked to Fingsted, who said the council is better off taking out the hedges and putting in new ones rather than paying for them to be trimmed.

“Maybe we should wait. Yes it’s an eyesore but what’s one more year? Let’s check and see what our budget looks like,” Mosloski said.

The council decided it would be best to wait and set aside money in the budget. In the meantime, the city will seek grants.

In other business, the council studied an estimate from Fairmont Roofing for the former grocery store building, as the city wants to get it fixed up so it can rent it or sell it in the near future. The estimate is about $50,000 for a single-ply low-slope roof. Two other companies, Kato Roofing and Ballman Roofing and Coating, did not respond to inquiries. Several council members said they would rather have a mono slope to the south so that water runs out to the back. Ekstrom said she would look for another estimate to accommodate that preference.

In other news:

o It was reported that Dr. Olsen of Larson & Olsen Dental has signed the clinic lease at 401 N. Fourth Ave. E.

o The council approved hiring two people to work on the baseball fields in June and July. One would be willing to help with city work, which would include painting curbs, filling potholes and doing some mowing. The council will need a third person to help with city work but tabled a decision until next meeting.