Tarkio City Clerk Becky Jones, right, swears in new Tarkio Police Officer Katie Keaveny on November 9, 2020, at Tarkio City Hall. Officer Keaveny began her field training November 12. (Chief Gibbons photo)

The City of Tarkio Board of Aldermen met Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Roll call was done by City Clerk Rebecca Jones: aldermen Scott Poppa, Mike Klosek, and Blu Dow were present. Alderman Andy Riley came in at 6:07 p.m.

Tarkio Mayor Tim Morehouse asked for approval of the minutes of the October 14 regular meeting and October 19, 2020, special meeting as distributed. The board voted to approve the minutes as distributed.

Mayor Morehouse opened the Solid Waste Bids in the order received. The first bid received was Klosek’s LLC Trash Service, Tarkio, Missouri. City-wide curbside pick-up prices per month are: $15.00 – 2021, $15.45 – 2022, and $15.90 – 2023. The second bid was from American Recycling & Sanitation, Inc. also from Tarkio: $10.75 – 2021; $11.00 – 2022; and $11.35 – 2023. Poppa made a motion to accept the American Recycling & Sanitation, Inc. bid as presented. Dow seconded the motion and it passed with three ayes and one abstaining to accept American Recycling & Sanitation for a three-year term.

Blu Dow, city buildings, reported: Danny McCoy has the threshold to fix the west door on the new area of City Hall.

Mike Klosek, fire department, reported: Shane Bredensteiner, Fire Chief, reported the fire hydrant the fire department uses to fill the tanker was locked at the time when it was needed recently for a fire. This should be looked into so there are no issues for the department. Mayor Morehouse said he would look into it. Also, the volunteer firemen who have lights on their personal vehicle are not supposed to run red and blue lights, unless they have special permission from the sheriff or the fire chief.

Riley, Parks & Recreation Department: There is not much going on in the parks. ACCO pool company has not sent an estimate on fixing the pool mushroom yet.

Chris Hogue, Animal Control, reported no dogs have been picked up this past month.

The meeting moved into executive session per State Statue Section 610.021 (2) Leasing, purchase or sale of real estate where public knowledge might adversely affect the amount paid in the transaction. Executive session was held.

The meeting came out of executive session and then went into a recess for five minutes. The regular meeting opened back up. The meeting moved into executive session per State Statue Section 610.021 (3) Hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting a particular employee, etc. Executive session was held.

Katie Lynn Keaveny was interviewed. The aldermen voted to hire Keaveny as a police officer at a starting pay of $30,000. The meeting came out of executive session.

Quimby gave the report for the Street Department. There were no major equipment repairs. The snow equipment removal has been checked out and is ready for the winter season. Workers still continue to social distance when possible. Progress is being made on the new maintenance building. Overhead doors have been installed and interior trimmed. The gas line has been installed, but they are waiting on the meter. Midwest Data Center was contacted to see what needed to be done to be prepared for the transition to fiber. Mark came and explained what needed to be done and provided the material. They have this completed so that it is ready to be hooked up when the office is done. Some lights are temporarily hung, the sewer line has been installed and the two furnaces for the shop area have been delivered. The brush pile needs to be burned; however, Atchison County is in a burn ban. Tarkio has had its first adverse winter weather of the season, salt was spread, but not enough snow fell to push. The ground temperature was still above freezing so the salt worked well.

Gibbons gave his report of stops and cases. There were no questions of Gibbons’ report. Gibbons asked to approve Wesley Lopez to be a reserve officer with no pay for the Tarkio Police Department. The aldermen voted unanimously to allow Lopez to be a reserve police officer.

Riley made a motion to allow Officer Dorrel to be the new K-9 handler for the Tarkio Police Department. Dow seconded the motion: four ayes voted to approve the motion and the second.

The board had no questions on the financials. They voted to pay the outstanding bills. The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.