The City of Tarkio Board of Aldermen met Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Tarkio City Hall. The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted. City Clerk Becky Jones gave roll call: aldermen Blu Dow, Scott Poppa, Mike Klosek and Andy Riley were all present. City employees present were Police Chief Tyson Gibbons, Officer Adam Stanton, Officer Jesse Bolin, Park/Animal Control Superintendent Chris Hogue, Street Superintendent Jamie Quimby and Building Inspector Jesse Payne. Brittney Vogler, Ashlee Driskell and Ashley Alsup came in late from the Tarkio Park Board meeting. Visitors present were Dallas Prather and Mike Klosek, Sr.

Mayor Morehouse called the regular meeting to order. The mayor asked for approval of the minutes of the December 12, 2018, regular meeting as distributed. The minutes were approved as distributed.

Announcement: 2019 Election – One alderman from the North Ward and one from the South Ward will be up for election in 2019. Scott Poppa and Andy Riley’s positions are the ones that are up. Filings opened December 11, 2018, and close January 15, 2019. Both incumbents have filed for the positions open.

Dallas Prather was present for Tarkio Renewal to request a donation to help with demolishing two buildings on the north side of Main Street between 3rd and 4th. The old library building is one and the one just west of it. Tarkio Renewal has a bid to take both buildings down for $9,000. Tarkio Renewal is also in the process of taking down a house at 402 College Street that is extremely dilapidated. After a lengthy discussion, Riley made a motion to give Tarkio Renewal $5,000 to help with demolition of the dangerous building. Klosek seconded the motion. Three voted for the approval and one abstained. The motion passed.

Mayor Morehouse opened the bids received for the 1997 Dodge pickup. The first bid opened was from Joshua Wright. His bid was $1,005.10. Bid #2 was from Roger Livengood and his bid was for $1,000. The aldermen voted unanimously to accept the bid from Joshua Wright for $1,005.10. The motion passed.

Mayor Morehouse read Resolution 55-19 by title Destruction of Records. A list of the records to be destroyed was given to the council. Dow made a motion to accept Resolution 55-19 Destruction of Records. The motion passed.



Blu Dow, Tarkio Volunteer Fire Department – The department is sending four men to Fire School in Columbia, Missouri, in February.

Michael Klosek, Tarkio City Buildings – Klosek had nothing to report.

Andy Riley, Tarkio Street Department – The Z-Flash for the emergency lighting on the new F350 was installed. The department was out New Year’s Eve to spread approximately one ton of salt. The brush pile will be set on fire most likely the week of January 21-25, 2019, unless there is something else scheduled at the Community Building at that time. On December 31, 2018, there was some illegal dumping found at the brush pile. The Christmas decorations on Main Street were taken down by KCP&L. Most of the upstairs area of City Hall has been cleaned except for a couple areas. Becky assisted us in making sure that we did not throw out anything that we should not have. Tyson and I have noticed that there are several locations in town that are starting to accumulate unwanted furniture and trash in the yard. We wonder if the trash contract doesn’t need to be looked at and have a “one bulky item per month” clause put in it. This would allow people to get rid of unwanted large items without the city having to handle items that have who-knows-what living in it when city-wide clean-up gets here. A lengthy discussion was held on the trash contract, adding an additional pickup and how it could be billed. The ordinance on nuisance violation is going to be looked at for making it stronger, less time to correct a nuisance, issuing citation and fining for the nuisance.

Scott Poppa, Tarkio City Parks – No report. Driskell gave the board information on the Park Board meeting. Rotary has given the Parks and Police $1,670 to split for new equipment at the pool and for an AED. The crow’s nest bid was given to a contractor who has gone out of business. The board decided on improvements to be done, but the building will not be replaced. A contract will be done for the lease of the ball field, to the Tarkio R-I School District. New for 2019, all Tarkio ball team coaches will be requested to sign a Code of Conduct and follow the code. The concession stands will be bid out for the ball field and pool for the 2019 season. March 9 will be movie night at the Community Building. The Doug Summa 5K will be June 22. September 7 will be the next Friendship Day event on Main Street. Riley made a motion to close Main Street from 4th Street to past City Hall for Friendship Day. The motion was seconded and approved.

Poppa brought up the use of the Community Building and need for wi-fi. The fees could be increased for the usage of the building that would help with the cost of the wi-fi. Riley made a motion to increase the use of the Community Building from $50 to $75 for reunions and meetings and from $150 to $175 for sales, wedding receptions and dances. The motion was seconded and approved for the increase in the rental of the Community Building.

Chief Gibbons, Tarkio Police Department – Chief Gibbons reported on stops and cases filed. The Police Department had Shop with a Cop and gave $100 to each of 12 children to spend on toys. Riley offered to be a reserve officer for the Tarkio Police Department at no cost to the city. Klosek made a motion to allow Andy Riley to be a reserve for the Tarkio Police Department. Dow seconded the motion, three yeas voted to accept the motion and the second, one abstained.

Chris Hogue, Tarkio Animal Control – Had no report.

Mayor Timothy Morehouse – Mayor Morehouse reported on the special meeting for January 12.

Adam Stanton, Building Inspector – No addition to the report from Tarkio Renewal.

Becky Jones, City Financials – Clerk Jones asked if anyone had questions on the December financials. It is time to start working on the 2019-2020 budget. All departments need to set up a time to work on it with Becky. Request for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 audit was let out for bid by mail invitation and will be on the agenda for February 13.

Klosek made a motion to pay the outstanding bills. The motion was seconded and approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The next special meeting will be January 12, 2019, and next regular meeting is February 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.