The City of Tarkio Board of Alderman met Wednesday, March 19, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at Tarkio City Hall. Mayor Tim Morehouse called the meeting to order. Roll call was done by City Clerk Rebecca Jones: alderman Scott Poppa was present; alderwoman Blu Dow was present by video zoom; and aldermen Mike Klosek and Andy Riley were present by speaker phone. The absence of the members was due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic concerns. City employees Street Superintendent Jamie Quimby, Police Chief Tyson Gibbons, Police Officer Adam Stanton, Animal Control Officer Chris Hogue and Building Inspector Jesse Payne were present for the meeting. Visitors present were Megan McAdams and Craig Martin.

Mayor Morehouse read Bill No.  246-20 Ordinance No. 232-20, An Ordinance Adopting A Budget For The City Of Tarkio’s Fiscal Year April 1, 2020, To March 31, 2021. Dow made a motion to approve Bill No.  246-20 Ordinance No. 232-20. The motion was seconded and approved.

Mayor Morehouse gave the second reading of Bill No.  246-20 Ordinance No. 232-20. Dow made a motion to approve the bill and the motion was seconded and passed. Bill No.  246-20, Ordinance No. 232-20 approved.

Mayor Morehouse asked for the approval of the minutes of February 12 regular meeting, February 5 and February 27, 2020, special meetings as distributed. The minutes were approved.

Visitor Craig Martin was present to inquire about the home at 612 N. 8th Street, of Robert MacDonald, Sharon Alderman’s father. The home was to be moved out after MacDonald was deceased, but the present owner had no knowledge of the variance that was given to MacDonald in 2009. Mr. Martin was going to close on the purchase of the property soon. The owner notified Mr. Martin of the letter from the building inspector of the city about moving the home out. Mr. Martin gave his intentions of improving the property and possibly either removing the home and/or building a new home at a later date. Klosek made a motion to allow the home to remain at 612 N. 8th Street for Craig Martin to purchase and do improvement. Dow seconded the motion. Four ayes voted to accept the motion and the second.

The board received information on the drug testing for new employment and random testing. To have someone trained it will be $100 and each swab test will be $29. Presently, the city is paying $46 plus $15 for mileage. Riley made a motion to have someone train to give the swab test. Dow seconded the motion. Four ayes voted to accept the motion and the second. The testing will change to the swab test as soon as someone is trained.

The street maintenance barn February bid opening from Morton Building, Inc. was discussed. The one bid received from Morton was $147,608. The board had asked to get the amount with doors. This price was $165,278. Dow made a motion to accept the bid with Morton Building for $165,278 with doors included and borrow/lease $150,000 from Farmers State Bank for four years. Klosek seconded the motion. Four ayes voted to approve the bid. The street maintenance barn building was approved.

The board voted to pay the outstanding bills. Dow made a motion to enforce the rule that allows only 10 people in one location in the City of Tarkio due to COVID-19. There was no second to the motion. The motion died.

No department reports were given. The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m. The next regular meeting will be April 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.