TRUMAN – On Monday, the Truman City Council heard from Pat Jones with Truman Active Living, who gave a brief update on some of the projects. Jones had previously spoken of a desire to ensure house numbers are visible on each of Truman’s homes and buildings.
Jones spoke to the police and fire department, who she says are both behind the case. She said she also contacted MNRAAA (Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging), who said it would be interested in potentially providing some grant money for it.
She said that in the city of Winnebago, residents are responsible for making sure a house number is visible, but locally Truman Active Living has been discussing ways to get uniformity and size for all house numbers.
Jones asked if there was any current city ordinance regarding numbers on the buildings and homes in the city. She was told there is no ordinance. Jones then asked if an ordinance would be drafted.
“We’re going to have to work on it.. some people want it put in their house to make it look nice and they don’t want to do that in the middle of winter,” said Councilman Jake Ebert.
Police Chief Justin Jobe said once the city attorney drafts it and takes it to council, it will need a few weeks for public comment before it is passed and takes effect.
Jobe also said they would likely allow a grace period for residents to come into compliance with the ordinance before it is enforced. He added that he wasn’t sure how much they wanted to put into enforcing it.
SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership) coordinator, Caroline McCourt, has been working with the active living group. She was also present to speak about the house number project.
She said that while housing numbers may not fall under the same category as active living, there are three different sources of funding they look at.
“We were looking at the different areas and domains of funding that we can apply for and there is a safety area that ties into some of the items that some members of Truman Active Living are talking about,” McCourt said.
Jones also spoke briefly about another project that both the active commune and the city would like to see done: a pickle ball field.
“Martin County doesn’t have a pickleball court yet. Blue Earth is doing it, Mankato is doing it… keep it in mind as we keep working on it,” Jones said.
McCourt is also working with Truman Active Living on writing grants to help fund a pickleball court.
The council also reviewed Northrop’s police contract. Right now, Truman charges $40 per hour, up from one hour per day, which is set in 2020.
Councilman Brandon Mosloski asked what the city’s input is and Ebert said he thought it was much closer to $60 when you look at fuel, etc.
“All those things add up so quickly. It’s not worth it to me if we don’t make it
it,” said Ebert.
The municipality spoke about the higher rate charged by the province. Subsequently, it was discussed how the contract can be changed. Council members expressed a desire to at least break even on the deal.
The council decided to correspond with Northrop City Council on this matter.
Utility Foreman, Brent Brown, moved to another company and said they look forward to purchasing transformers for projects next year. He said like everything else they’ve seen, prices have skyrocketed.
“A transformer that was $1,600 two years ago is now $4,500,” said Brown.
Mosloski asked how many they want to get and Brown listed different sizes and backups needed.
Ebert asked if they are all the same price, and Brown said the larger ones cost about $9,000 or $10,000 each.
The council approved a request to order the transformers.
In other news:
— The council approved a regulation to regulate the sale of THC products and discussed the setting of a fee.
— The council convened a working session on Monday, November 28 at 3 p.m. to further discuss the proposed budget for 2023.