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Truman seeks state aid

March 6, 2012
Kylie Saari - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

TRUMAN - Truman officials are aggressively seeking funding to continue a stormwater project.

Mayor Lynn Brownlee and city administrator Monte Rohman are testifying before a state Senate finance committee today, hoping to convince lawmakers to approve funding half of an estimated $2.4 million project to extend drainage pipe upgrades along Second Avenue South and First Street South.

Rohman said the duo will bring pictures and documents, describing flooding that has plagued Truman over the years.

If Brownlee and Rohman can convince the committee the project is worthwhile, legislation would need to pass the House and Senate and survive Gov. Mark Dayton's veto pen before Truman would get the financial help.

To cover the other half of the $2.4 million price tag, the City Council has approved hiring a grant writer to assist in applying for a federal flood mitigation grant. The cost for the grant writing help will not exceed $2,700.

Rohman said this year represents the best time for the city to get help for the project, as flooding in recent years has "put Truman on the state's radar."

Even so, Rohman cautioned the council that there is no guarantee either plea will result in assistance.

"[But] you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket," he said.

By May, the city will know if the money will be made available. The council has not approved any construction until funds are in place.

"I think we have to try," Rohman said. "We owe it to our citizens."



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