April 6 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
April 7 - Empire Theatre Meeting, 11:30 a.m. - Feeding Station
April 7 - Ambulance Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
April 7 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
April 7 - Hospital District Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - City Hall
April 14 - FD #1 Commissioners Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 101 N Crosby
April 14 - HTC, 9:00 a.m. - Kathy Kramer's Home
April 14 - Neighbors Watch Meeting, 10:45 a.m. - Eclair's
April 20 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
April 21 - Park and Rec. Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
April 21 - Senior Pinochle, 1:30 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
April 22 - Slippery Gulch Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
April 27 - Ambualance Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Ambulance Building
April 29 - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - District Board Room
April 30 - Tekoa Food Bank, 8:00 a.m. - City Hall
Celebrate Recovery - Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. - Tekoa Community Church
NOTICE: The City of Tekoa is interested in keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. At our emergency meeting on Monday, March 23, we adopted an emergency proclamation stating that a local emergency now exists, and emergency operations are in effect. We also adopted Resolution No. 20-01, establishing rules for remote attendance at city council meetings. This will make it possible for council members to connect into the meeting through ZOOM and also allow members of the public to remote in. This will keep the number under ten at the meeting, to try to keep people safe. If you are interested in getting the code to remote into the meeting, please send your email address to email@example.com, and you will be given the information to access the meeting. You will need to notify me by Friday, April 3, 2020, if you are interested in being a part of this, so I can send you the information. Also, there will be times during the crisis that we will be working from home. If we are, you can contact Kynda on her cell phone at 509-842-4725. Let’s all do our part to keep our community safe.
Tekoa Library Happenings for April: The Tekoa Library misses its patrons! While we remain closed there are some online resources that you can take advantage of. First is our own Whitman County Library website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us, which has several electronic resources that are fun and easy to use including sources for downloadable books, news links, and language learning. Also the Washington State Library offers this link for those schooling at home and anyone who likes to learn: https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/livingwell/covid19.aspx. This site has several wonderful and engaging links including a live cam to the Seattle Aquarium and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Hope to see you soon!
HEALTHY Tekoa News: I hope this newsletter finds all of you safe and well at home. As we are all living our days differently, please work on ways to keep you and your family’s spirits up: Modify your activities to meet the current situation and give you purpose. Spend time outside enjoying the spring sunshine. Give yourself small breaks. Connect with others via phone, email, text, and social media, Skype or FaceTime. Stay up to date on what is happening from reliable sources (see healthytekoa.org for links) and avoid 24/7 media coverage. Children are especially vulnerable to the stress and anxiety around them. Here are a few ways to help our children: 1) Provide patience, tolerance, and reassurance. 2) Encourage continuation of routines. 3) Participate in structured household chores. 4) Set gentle but firm limits. 5) Discuss the current outbreak and encourage questions. Include what is being done in the family and community. 6) Encourage expression through play and conversation. (Source: doh.wa.gov, click on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 link). To follow the Governor’s Stay-at-Home and Social-Distance orders, HTC is cancelling Family Easter Egg Hunt, and Prescription Take Back event this month. Please keep others safe by bringing your unused medicines to the Tekoa Pharmacy. Coalition meeting on April 14 will be held via Zoom. Please contact Jennifer Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list.
Messages from the Mayor~
It snowed last night. Arrrrghhh!! Not sure how to take that… since it was almost 60 degrees here last Sunday. Mrs. Wilson and I weeded and roto-tilled the garden while we let the chickens and the duck out. (yeah… we have a duck…. Her name is Floyd) I’m so ready for sunshine! With that said, I’m very glad this winter wasn’t the Snowpocalypse we endured last year. I hope all is well with you and yours… I know we’re amid some very crazy stuff right now, and I’ll try to keep my message to you as positive that I can!
Friends and neighbors: These are trying times. We will get through this together. Your city council and I are engaged and doing our best to keep you safe and secure until we’re through this.
On Monday, March 23, the city held an emergency meeting to adopt the proclamation that Tekoa is in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. The Council also adopted a resolution for remote attendance to our council meetings while we are in this state of emergency. Please watch for more information on how you can attend those meetings remotely. BEWARE: You’ll see me in Super Awesome Close-Up Camera Mode. Haa! In the interim, City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. You can still call. You can still drop off your correspondence in the drop box… All operations are continuing; the office just isn’t open to the public. This is for your safety and ours!
What does “State of Emergency” mean for you? For most of you, it’s business as usual; however, for our local small businesses this proclamation aligns Tekoa with the state of Washington for emergency funding. On Sunday, President Trump authorized and recognized Governor Inslee’s proclamation that Washington is in a state of emergency. This will allow access for our small businesses to obtain money to stay afloat and keep our workers working. As of right now (I’m writing this on the evening of Wednesday, March 25) the federal government’s COVID-19 stimulus package hasn’t passed yet. If it does, there will be several avenues for small businesses to keep their employees working and keep their doors open. With that said, I would encourage every one of you to SHOP LOCAL. Tekoa’s businesses have been here for you… it’s time for you to BE THERE FOR THEM!!
Thank you, Tekoa School District! You’re out there every morning… delivering a sack lunch, breakfast and knowledge to our children! I’m humbled and amazed at your resilience in this current environment. Please know I’m peeking out the window enjoying your smiles when you deliver to our children lined up at the bus! (Dan Hutton… I saw you smiling on the bus handing that out… don’t deny it!)
Let’s enjoy the spring! Just at a distance! Social distancing dictates we stay 6 feet away from everyone for our own safety. Please, remember we’re in an unusual, uncomfortable and weird time in our lives. If you feel sick, stay home. If you have kids that are sick, keep them home. If you’re at risk because of underlying health issues, stay home! Wash your hands. OFTEN! If you’re stuck at home and you need something, CALL ME. I’LL GO GET IT FOR YOU!! Unless it’s toilet paper. Nobody can get toilet paper right now. Or paper towels. Or Clorox wipes.