~~Tekoa High School Library Boosters is looking for volunteers, comfy reading chairs and good books for teenagers. Can you volunteer one day a week from 6:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. as a librarian? Please call Ted at 284-2080, or come to our Wednesday, August 3, meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the High School Library. Books may be donated at 141 S. Howard at any time.
~~All Whitman County Libraries will be closed for maintenance and computer upgrades on August 1 – 7.
~There is a new group forming to fight crime in Tekoa. Keeping our property and the down town area neat, clean, and free of weeds will also show that we care about our community. All of us working together can discourage crime and drug dealers in our city and encourage new people to live here.
Carol Sturman, Council Member
~Just a quick note for our residents in Tekoa regarding our new cell service! We've been searching for a provider who would be willing to come to Tekoa for a little over 3 years now. Local Washington business, Inland Cellular, made the trip to Tekoa and decided that we were worth the effort! Over the last year, Inland Cellular has been negotiating wireless contracts, searching for tower space and securing radio bandwidth. Finally, on June 15th, Inland Cellular turned on basic cell service! Here's the good news: We currently have basic cellular service (no data) that works with the following wireless companies: Inland Cellular, Sprint and Verizon. Here's some more good news: Local DATA service is on its way and should be up and working sometime this fall! The equipment has been ordered, and I've been told it will be coming very, very soon. If you're super attached to data over your cellphone, your best option will be to subscribe to Inland Cellular. Sprint also has a good wireless contract with Inland Cellular and would be my 2nd choice. Here's the bad news: AT&T and T-Mobile use a different technology and will not work at all with our new tower. Also, at this time I am unsure if Inland Cellular has secured a data contract with Verizon. If you have a Verizon phone, basic cell phone service will still work. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local residents and owners of Triple D Farms: Doug, Darlene, Dale and Addie May Sienknecht. They were willing and able to negotiate with Inland Cellular for the tower space. Basically, without the Sienknechts, we wouldn't have any cell service! If you would like to subscribe to Inland Cellular, please call 1-800-248-8822. They have retail outlets in Moscow and in Lewiston, next to Home Depot. I'm usually home after 6 p.m., and if you have questions about our new cellular service, please feel free to give me a call at 284-2847.
Troy Wilson, Council Member
Messages from the Mayor—
I’ll start this newsletter with best wishes to our area farmers for a safe and profitable harvest.
We put another Slippery Gulch Celebration behind us. No doubt, the rain and wind put a little damper on the festivities, but overall, the day was a huge success. I would like to thank the many volunteers who were instrumental for a celebration like ours to be successful. I would also like to invite other community members, especially those new to Tekoa, to become involved if they are interested. Contact Diane Harp if you are interested in helping with Slippery Gulch or assisting with other community groups or organizations. Diane can easily be found at our community library!
Two weeks ago we held a public meeting at the high school to discuss options to help our community become a safer place to live and work. A report will be made to the city council at their regular August meeting.
The city is still trying to sell the vacant lot on Sheridan Street. The lot has both water and sewer hook-ups. We are looking to possibly put this lot up for bid.
The council approved a street levy of $50,000 that will be on the November ballot. The council expressed their intent of using at least half of this levy to chip-seal gravel roads. Our street budget has to include payment to Avista for street lights, snow removal, gravel and materials to repair pot-holes. However, we believe half of this levy can be set aside for chip-sealing.
I have asked the council members to periodically provide information for the newsletter. We will call it “Council Comments.” This information could include such issues as our burn pile, cell service, and the National Night Out program scheduled August 2, at 6:00 p.m., at the Tekoa Ambulance Barn.
Lastly, we are beginning to remove parked vehicles that are either not registered or are inoperable from our city streets. I would encourage owners of such vehicles to remove their vehicles themselves and save some money!!