Donate school supplies at Tekoa Pharmacy. The goal is to fill 9 backpacks with school supplies, which will be donated to Tekoa students. July 16 through August 25.
Tekoa Library News:
Thank you, Tekoa businesses and residents, for the Summer Reading support. More than 50 children signed up, and most completed over 10 hours of reading in 5 weeks! Adults and teens continue their competition until August 31st. Adults and teens simply read and briefly review three books. Grand prizes in Whitman County are two Samsung Galaxy 3 Tab devices, $50 Amazon gift card and $50 Rosauers gift card. In addition to that, the Tekoa library has a gift basket filled with donated items. Grade school game day is back on Thursday, August 20, from Noon to 2 p.m. Play Wii, Monopoly, Twister and many other fun games. Beat the heat inside the nice, cool library! A reminder--all Whitman County Libraries are closed August 3-9 for annual maintenance. Pick up all your reading needs on Thursday, July 30, from noon to 6 p.m. A giant selection of new books and videos is available just in time for “closed” week. Want up-to-date information about library happenings and fun pictures? Make sure to like the Tekoa Library Facebook page, bookmark the library’s webpage, www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call Diane during Tekoa Library hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30–6 p.m. and Thursday from noon – 6 p.m. Need help when the Tekoa Library is closed? Call the Colfax branch of the Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Messages from the Mayor—
Hope everyone is enjoying our summer weather, even if we wish for some rain. By the time you read my newsletter, harvest should be in full swing. Let’s hope for a safe and productive harvest season.
I want to publically thank Anthony Ferro for cleaning up our burn pile. He did a great job of addressing an eye sore, just across the street from City Hall. We will again allow yard wastes to be dumped in this area, preferably close to the existing pile that needs to be burned. Please…please, nothing but yard wastes (branches, limbs, grass). No treated wood products and I shouldn’t even have to include “tires” in a list of things NOT to dump. That’s the reason for the $150.00 fine!! The council approved placing a trail cam on the light posts in order to monitor the dumping of materials!
Park Street should be open for traffic as you read this newsletter. We are excited about his road project and expect that in the near future, both ends of this project will be expanded.
Now for my pet peeve!! I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people who share my concerns with making U-Turns on downtown Crosby Street. If we consider such maneuvers unsafe and/or possibly interfering with traffic, it is illegal by state law. Also, unless we have an ordinance that states otherwise, vehicles parked on downtown Crosby Street must park “with the right-hand wheels parallel to the right-hand curb.” There is one exception: We do allow delivery trucks to park temporarily on the wrong side of the street.
The council approved our annual street levy of $50,000. As mentioned in previous newsletters, a good share of this amount goes for street lights. Also, as mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the new LED lights that Avista will install this summer may save the city between 20 to 30% of our monthly light bill!!
Concerning cemetery improvement projects, our engineer will report on the possibility of a booster pump that will provide water pressure for the cemetery. Also, at the August council meeting, we will have financial figures on the cost of the chip-sealing project just completed. This should give us a time line for the next phase of chip-sealing.
Lastly, after visiting with Doug Sienknecht, it appears that discussions involving a cell tower are ongoing. He expects to reach some decision this fall with the cell-service provider. We all have to be patient!!