By Mike Scott
Police officers in Kahoka will soon be carrying Tasers.
At the Monday, April 13 meeting of the Kahoka Board of Aldermen, Police Chief Bill Conger request approval of the purchase, along with a Taser usage policy, as recommended by the city’s insurance company. The city will purchase two tasers at a cost of $3685.65, and will be reimbursed by the insurance carrier for about 75 percent of the cost.
“Most of the time, suspects see that laser (from the Taser), and just say ‘I’m done’, said Conger.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Department already has Tasers in service.
Conger also requested permission to purchase 3-4 motion activated cameras, which are used to monitor sites for tresspassing and suspected criminal activity.
The board also held a public hearing on the proposed Demolition Grant. Melody Whitacre, Community Economic Development Specialist for the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, spoke to the board.
“You’re competing against the whole state of Missouri for this money,” she said. “Right now, you have eight properties signed up and ready to go.”
Property owners will pay $500 to demolish a residental property, and 20 percent of the cost if it is a commercial property. If Kahoka is awarded the grant, demolition could begin next spring.
The council accepted bids for administration costs, demolition inspector, and asbestos abatement.
Mayor Jerry Webber gave his thanks to outgoing East Ward Alderman Jeff Wood, who served the city for 16 years on the council.
Clark County Associate Circuit Judge Rick Roberts administered the oath of office to Mayor Jerry Webber, new East Ward Alderman Joe Roberts, and West Ward Alderman Greg Sutterfield.
In other business, the council:
-Heard comments from Bill Bergman, who encouraged the city’s electrical system to request an “over voltage trip” from the electric supplier (Ameren) to protect the city’s electrical system in the event of a problem with the national electric grid.
-Repairs at the street shed are ready to proceed.
-MECO Engineers have started survey work for the Downtown Enhancement project, which will replace sidewalks on the north and south side of the square.
-The inspection of the city’s aging sewer system started last week, with VISU-Sewer inspecting lines in the north part of Kahoka. Residents are advised to contact the city if they have any sewer issues, which is very unlikely to happen.
-The final engineering for the Farmer’s Market shelter is nearing completion.
-Attorney April Wilson reported that she has sent some debt collection letters.
-Fire Chief Lary Fountain asked the council to approve the purchase of a different saw than previously approved. After more discussion, the fire department wants a chain saw rather than a circular saw to cut into roofs for ventilation.
-Alderman Larry Young reported that at least one road in the cemetery has shifted, so that vehicles are now driving across flat markers. The road will need to be fixed and relocated to prevent driving on grave markers.
-Young also reported that the Cemetery Committee is requesting an ordinance that will require the use of a cement box or vault for burial. In addition, the want an ordinance allowing only one human remain, or one remain and one cremation, or two cremations per plot. Further, they recommend the cost for plots be increased to $200.
-The board agreed to reimburse the Swap Meet $100 for the porta-potty.
-The Summer Ball Association is getting prices for a sign for the facility, and pursuing grants for new lighting for the north field.
-Jim Sherwood reported eight new trees have been planted at O-MAK-O-HAK Park. Nobody received permission for the planting, and no one knows what kinds of trees were planted, and whether they are appropriate for the location.
-The city will hold an Arbor Day event later this month.