Truman code revisions available

TRUMAN – Truman City Council covered a gamut of topics Monday, including a revision of City Code.

The council held an initial reading of the revisions, slating a second reading and vote for 5:30 p.m. March 17. Residents can review the changes during business hours at City Hall.

“That’s a nice job to finally have done,” said Mayor Lynn Brownlee.

The council has been working on updating the code and editing its verbiage for several months.

In other city news, motorists driving through Truman will view a new city sign in the future. The old sign broke when it was recently was knocked down by strong winds. Brownlee noted the new sign will be long-term and maintenance-free.

Elsewhere, the Truman Community Building will soon be getting new tables. The council chose to purchase 12 round tables, 5 feet in diameter, from Costco. The $1,600 price includes a storage cart, tax and delivery, which will take about a month.

The floor at the building also needs upgrading. The council will compare costs and benefits of re-waxing versus resurfacing.

In other business, the council:

o Approved a fire protection agreement with Westford, Waverly and Nashville townships, with the fee set at $175 per section. A portion of each section’s fee, $25, will be placed in a truck fund for future fire truck purchases. The city will donate $5,000 annually to this fund.

o Heard from Police Chief Justin Jobe about updates to the department’s computers. Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP, currently used on laptops in the two squad cars and the office desktop computer.

Jobe said the technician used by Watonwan County has assured him the laptops can be updated for a one-time fee of $125 per computer, but he is not sure about the office unit. All upgrades must be done by April 1.