February 6, 2020

The City of Tarkio Board of Aldermen met Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall in Tarkio. Mayor Tim Morehouse called the special meeting to order. Roll call was done by City Clerk Rebecca Jones. Aldermen Scott Poppa, Mike Klosek, and Blu Dow were all present and alderman Andy Riley came in at 5:20 p.m.

The board was meeting to: (a) Approve specification for the new maintenance building and set an opening date for bids; (b) Information on Senate Bill 671, firemen work comp; and (c) Approve bills payable.

Mayor Morehouse spoke on (b) first, Information on Senate Bill 671, firemen work comp. He explained the impact on the city if this bill passes.

The aldermen approved the payment of the outstanding bills.

A lengthy discussion was held on the bid specifications and the opening of the bids for the maintenance building. Klosek made the motion to accept the specifications for the Street Maintenance Barn and open bids February 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting adjourned.

February 12, 2020

The City of Tarkio Board of Aldermen met Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted. Roll call was done by City Clerk Rebecca Jones: aldermen Poppa, Klosek and Dow were present, Riley was absent. City employees Street Superintendent Jamie Quimby, Police Chief Tyson Gibbons, Officer Adam Stanton, Animal Control Officer Chris Hogue and Building Inspector Jesse Payne were all present for the meeting. Visitor present was Mike Klosek, Sr.

Mayor Morehouse asked for the approval of the regular meeting minutes of January 8, 2020, as distributed. Dow made a motion to approve the minutes and the motion passed and the minutes were approved.

The bid opening for the airport runway will not take place on February 18 as planned. The environmental study for the airport has not been completed and has to be done before the bid can be let out. It will be rebid in a couple of months.

Mayor Morehouse read Bill No. 245.20, Ordinance No. 231.20, An Ordinance Adopting An Amended Budget for the City of Tarkio’s Fiscal Year April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020. Klosek made a motion to approve Bill 245.20, Ordinance No. 231.20. Dow seconded the motion and the motion passed.

Mayor Morehouse gave the second reading of Bill 245.20, Ordinance No. 231.20.A motion to approve Bill 245.20, Ordinance No. 231.20, was made and passed. Bill 245.20 was approved.

Mayor Morehouse asked for approval of the code book update from General Code at an approximate cost $1,340 to $1,540. The code update was approved.

Clerk Jones gave the board a 2020-2021 budget to be looked at for approval at the next regular meeting. The board looked it over and will get any changes to her as soon as possible.

Department Reports

Blu Dow, City Buildings – The Community Building pillar replacement estimate is $165.00 per pole. Poppa and Klosek agreed the poles need to be replaced. Mayor Morehouse approved the replacement of all the west pillars from Dow Construction.

Michael Klosek, Fire Department – Klosek reported four firemen went to the fire school training in Columbia. The rural pays for one-half of the training and expenses for the volunteer firefighters to attend. Both furnaces at the fire station had to be repaired. Fire Chief Shane Bredensteiner called Meek & Sons to come check the furnaces.

Andy Riley, Parks & Pool – Riley was absent. The Parks & Pool report was given by Ashley Alsup who came into the meeting from the Park Board meeting. The Park Board has advertised for a pool manager and guards. The board members would like to hire two part-time men for the 2020 season. After a lengthy discussion on whether to hire two part-time or one full-time, Klosek made a motion to hire one full-time position and split it with the street department; applications due by March 1. The motion passed. The Park Board would like to get new bleachers for the south city ball field, the cost estimate is $50,000. The board asked the street department to split the cost of rock to place at the area south of the field for parking at approximately $15,000. The street department declined; they have their own large projects to fund. The Doug Summa 5K will be on June 27 and the Sand Lot will be played May 30 at the ball field.

Scott Poppa, Street Department – Jamie Quimby reported regular maintenance has been kept up on all equipment. Shane Hogue had to put a new wiper motor in the white dump truck and a code showed up on the salt spreader. The manufacturer was contacted and the issue was repaired. The street department has equipment not being used. Parts are hard to come by or obsolete on the road grader and it hasn’t been used for a couple of years. Also, the home-made wagon that was used to collect used oil is no longer used. Clerk Jones and Quimby have gone over the 2020- 2021 fiscal year budget. Because of the winter weather events, extreme cold and the way the systems moved through, they were not able to remove ice very efficiently and streets were very slick for several days. When the sun came out it reactivated the treatments then the streets cleared nicely. The east end of Main Street is deteriorating due to heavy truck traffic. Quimby spoke with Gary Henson and inquired if Ag Partners would be interested in sharing in the cost of this repair, as the grain trucks are the bulk of the traffic. Gary had spoken with the company and they are willing to help with the cost. An estimate has been obtained from J & E Concrete. Another sewer line was running slow at the R-V Park, and Meek & Sons was called. Quimby asked if the city will be doing City-Wide Clean-Up this spring the same way as last year, The consensus of the board was to do it as it has been done, as it works best picked up at the curb. Also noted was to not pick up piles that are NOT sorted or that don’t comply to the rules.

Chris Hogue, Animal Control – Animal Control has not had any animals this past month.

Tyson Gibbons, Police Department – Tyson handed out his report of stops and cases.

Adam Stanton, Building Inspections – Stanton reported that two Main Street buildings are still pending demolition.

Tim Morehouse, Mayor – Mayor Morehouse gave no additional comments.

Becky Jones, City Financials – Financials were given for January; no comments or questions were asked.

Klosek made a motion to approve the payment of the outstanding bills. The motion passed.

The meeting moved into executive session for the purpose of chapter 610.021 (3) hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting a particular employee.

The meeting moved out of executive session. Dow made a motion to increase Georgia Houghton’s wages to $17.39 per hour. Poppa seconded the motion. Three ayes voted to increase Houghton’s pay.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The next regular meeting has been moved to March 18, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

February 27, 2020

The City of Tarkio Board of Alderman met Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Mayor Morehouse called the special meeting to order. Roll call was done by City Clerk Rebecca Jones: aldermen Poppa and Dow were present, Klosek was contacted by phone, and Riley was absent. Tarkio Street Superintendent Jamie Quimby was also present for the meeting.

Mayor Morehouse opened the one bid for the new street maintenance building. The bid was received from Morton Buildings of Morton, Illinois. The bid for the project without overhead doors was $147,608. After a lengthy discussion, Poppa made a motion to accept the bid. Dow and Klosek thought that there should be more than one bid and the job should be rebid. The board took a recess at 5:55 p.m. and reconvened at 6:50 p.m. Roll call was done by Clerk Jones: Mayor Morehouse and aldermen Riley, Poppa, and Dow were present. Alderman Klosek was absent.

Mayor Morehouse, Riley, Poppa, and Dow went over the bid and more discussion was held. Riley made a motion so the board has a better idea of the total cost of the building, put out for bid the interior finishing, electrical, plumbing, heating and also the doors, then he would accept the bid on the building. Dow seconded the motion. Three ayes voted to accept the motion and the second.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.